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Posted 106 weeks ago

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Posted 106 weeks ago

GeekUninstaller – Uninstallation of Stubborn Windows Programs

GeekUninstaller is a small, portable and freeware application designed to help you remove troublesome software from your client’s computer.
Microsoft did an adequate job with their default Add/Remove Programs feature, and in many cases, it is sufficient for removing a lot of software your client doesn’t need, but what happens when you need to remove bloatware that shipped with a new computer or your client installed a troublesome program that does not uninstall properly when using the default Add/Remove Programs feature?

GeekUninstaller can help you quickly and easily remove software from your client’s computer using it’s many modules, like Clean Removal which scans your client’s computer after the uninstall process to ensure that no remnants of that program are left on the system. Another module that GeekUninstaller has is it’s Force Removal to help you rid your client’s computer of stubborn and corrupt programs. As always, a full list of features is available on the developer’s website below.

GeekUninstaller is compatible with Windows XP through Windows 8 and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows while boasting a Native 64-bit architecture. GeekUninstaller also supports over 30 different languages while maintaining a clean and minimalistic interface. It is worth noting that the developer’s website mentions a Pro Version and recommends it at download, however, that Pro Version is from a different developer completely and I would not recommend it’s use.

GeekUninstaller also allows you to create an HTML file that includes all of the programs your client has installed, their individual size, and the date they were installed, a great feature to use to keep records if the need arises.

Right-clicking on one of the programs in the list will bring up a context menu with several options that you can use to remove the troublesome software from your client’s system. You can choose to perform a clean uninstall using the first option, then Forced Removal for those programs that don’t uninstall properly. You can also remove the entry from the list and not uninstall the program. By clicking Registry Entry, RegEdit will open to show all registry data associated with that application. You can also have GeekUninstaller open the Installation Folder in Windows Explorer and even run a quick Google Search about the program.

GeekUninstaller is a great portable tool you can use to get rid of stubborn programs on your client’s computer, or just perform a more efficient uninstall. GeekUninstaller is completely free, but no support is offered from the developer.
How does GeekUninstaller stack up against some of your other favorite uninstallation programs for Windows? Please let us know in the comments!

Screenshots

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Downloads:

Download from Official Site – 1.9mb

Posted 227 weeks ago
Posted 288 weeks ago

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1

Spacious and easy to use

Sitting mean and green (or red, or blue, depending on your fan LED settings), the Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 combines striking looks with state-of-the-art features, all bundled into an affordable £130-£190 package.

The Chaser MK-1 is the best Cooler Master HAF case Thermaltake has ever put out.

The MK-1 is a steel-construction, full-tower chassis, 22.4 inches high by 9.3 inches wide by 22.9 inches deep and weighing 27 pounds. Its plastic front and top panels are lined in mesh, and blue plastic accents adorn the drive trays, optical bezels, and top corners of the case. The MK-1 features four toolless optical drive bays, as well as six toolless hard drive bays with flexible blue plastic drive trays. We were a little bummed that the hard drive cage itself isn’t removable.

That didn’t matter too much, however, as the MK-1 has more than enough room to accept even the lengthiest of graphics cards in its eight PCIe slots without having to move a thing. In fact, we found our test build to be quite easy: Utilizing the rubber-grommeted cable-routing cutouts in the motherboard tray, we were able to wire up a very clean build.

Go ahead. Put a 12.2 inch GPU in there and make our day.

The MK-1 ships with a 20cm top fan, 20cm front fan, and a 14cm exhaust fan, as well as an array of further cooling options, including a 20cm fan-mounting bracket on the side panel and a removable top panel that can accommodate a 24cm radiator or another 20cm fan. The MK-1 also features three water-cooling routing holes in the back of the case. The first two routing holes are remnants from the days of eternal radiators, while the third is a leftover from the days of pass-through USB 3.0 cables.

In addition to the three stock fans, the MK-1 features slide-out dust filters (below the case and also behind the front panel) and 1.25-inch feet to elevate the case for better airflow—particularly helpful if you’re going to be parking your rig on carpet.

Little details, like a built-in headphone holder on the side of the chassis, really emphasize Thermaltake’s attention to detail.

Using our thermal test setup from the August 2011 case roundup, the Chaser MK-1 had a CPU burn average of about 59.5 degrees Celsius, and a GPU burn average of about 83C, which is not stellar, but not terrible, either. Idling, the MK-1 ran a bit hot, with an average temperature of 38.2C. This is actually the warmest idle we’ve seen in months, but only by a degree.

The top panel has an interesting blend of usual and not-so-usual features: The MK-1 sports a reset switch, a power button, audio jacks, two fan control settings (high and low), and a button that lets you cycle through fan LED colors—red, blue, green, and intermittent flashing of all three—the same basic setup from Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT. Though it is cool to have the ability to choose your fan colors, we couldn’t help but wonder why anyone would choose any color other than blue, as the case features lots of blue accents. The top panel also features two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (with an internal motherboard header), a single eSATA port, and Thermaltake’s now-familiar drop-down SATA dock.

Up top and split down the middle: Fan controls, USB 3.0 ports, and a single eSATA port organize the top panel.

Overall, we’re very impressed with the MK-1. It looks über-beastly, especially when you power on the fan LEDs—although it’s a bit reminiscent of Cooler Master’s HAF series—and is spacious, to boot. Even minor additions, like a headset holder built into the side panel and the aforementioned foot stands and dust filters show us that Thermaltake doesn’t always know when to stop adding details.

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Posted 288 weeks ago

Intel Sandy Bridge-E Debuts: Core i7-3960X Review

Test System Specs
Intel LGA2011 Test System Specs - Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.30GHz) - x4 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-14900 (CAS 8-9-8-24) - Gigabyte G1.Assassin2 (Intel X79) - OCZ ZX Series 1250w - Crucial m4 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s) - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB) Software - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Nvidia Forceware 285.38
AMD AM3+ Test System Specs - AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz) - AMD Phenom II X4 980 (3.70GHz) - AMD FX-8150 (3.60GHz) - AMD FX-8120 (3.10GHz) - AMD FX-6100 (3.30GHz) - AMD FX-4170 (4.20GHz) - x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-14900 (CAS 8-9-8-24) - Asrock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional (AMD 990FX) - OCZ ZX Series 1250w - Crucial m4 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s) - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB) Software - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Nvidia Forceware 285.38
Intel LGA1366 Test System Specs - Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition (3.33GHz) - Intel Core i7-920 (2.66GHz) - x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20) - Gigabyte G1.Sniper (Intel X58) - OCZ ZX Series 1250w - Crucial m4 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s) - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB) Software - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Nvidia Forceware 285.38
Intel LGA1155 Test System Specs - Intel Core i7-2600K - Intel Core i5-2500K - x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-14900 (CAS 8-9-8-24) - Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 (Intel Z68) - OCZ ZX Series 1250w - Crucial m4 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s) - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB) Software - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Nvidia Forceware 285.38
Intel LGA1156 Test System Specs - Intel Core i5-750 - x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20) - Gigabyte P55A-UD7 (Intel P55) - OCZ ZX Series 1250w - Crucial m4 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s) - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB) - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - Nvidia Forceware 285.38
 
Memory Bandwidth PerformanceThe memory bandwidth of the Core i7-3960X is surprisingly low given it was tested with quad-channel DDR3-1866 memory. The read throughput reached just 18.1GB/s, while the write performance was limited to 15.1GB/s. This made the Core i7-3960X roughly 9% slower than the Core i5-2500K when measuring read performance and 18% slower for the write performance.  
The memory bandwidth of the Core i7-3960X is surprisingly low given it was tested with quad-channel DDR3-1866 memory. The read throughput reached just 18.1GB/s, while the write performance was limited to 15.1GB/s. This made the Core i7-3960X roughly 9% slower than the Core i5-2500K when measuring read performance and 18% slower for the write performance.
Despite the weaker than expected memory bandwidth performance, we were happy to find that the L2 cache performance of the Core i7-3960X was greater than that or the original Sandy Bridge processors.
 
Three years later, we are finally able to put the X58/LGA1366 platform to rest, in what’s virtually been Intel’s flagship platform for the entire duration. Sandy Bridge gave the platform a run for its money earlier this year, but in the remainder the platform managed to stay on top and only recently AMD was able to match it with their new FX series processors.
The AMD FX (Bulldozer) launch was pretty disappointing, to put it mildly, and today’s arrival of the new Sandy Bridge-E processors does nothing to make AMD’s flagship look any more attractive. But as was the case with the Phenom II and the original Core i7, Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge-E are two very different animals that target very different price ranges.
The AMD FX-8150 is currently being listed for around $270 (if you can find stock), while the Core i7-3960X is a bone chilling $990. The Core i7-3930K should deliver a similar level of performance, but even at $555 it’s hardly what you would call affordable. It is what you would call half a grand, and that is what you would call almost twice the price of the FX-8150.
Pricing of the Core i7-3820 is yet to be revealed, but we are not crossing our fingers as it shouldn’t be much faster than the Core i7-2600K. The only advantage it has is the slightly larger L3 cache and the quad-channel DDR3 memory support. Therefore realistically to get aboard the LGA2011 platform, users will want to grab the Core i7-3930K along with a supporting motherboard and four sticks of DDR3 memory.
For gamers there’s very little to see here. The Core i7-3960X is no faster than the Core i7-2600K or even the Core i5-2500K. However when it came to our application and encoding performance tests the Core i7-3960X was a monster. The Excel, Photoshop and encoding gains over the Core i7-2600K were impressive, in the order of 20% or faster. 
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Posted 298 weeks ago

DC Computer Solutions - AMD FX-8150 CPU Review

DC Computer Solutions - AMD FX-8150 CPU Review

Introduction

There have been a lot of products and inventions through the years that have been misunderstood and not given the credit they deserve. Looking as far back as the invention of the phonograph, even it was looked at as simply a quaint oddity. A parlor toy, if you will. At the time, most people’s exposure to music in the home was singing around their own piano, or simply singing in the shower. Then came the phonograph. It made recording voices and music possible, and with the advent from wax cylinders to reproducible media, it made it distributable. Think about something, at the time of the invention there were no such things as recording artists. Thomas Edison had to create the entire beginnings of the recording industry in order to support his parlor toy. We all see where that has gone….now turn off the iPod and listen to me.

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At some point (or points), a product comes along that changes an industry, or in the case of the simple architecture of the phonograph, creates one. In technology, there are constant creations and advances, but oddly, the actual architecture of the CPU hasn’t really changed all that much. The benchmarks we were using ten years ago are, for the most part, still applicable as performance measurements today. This is simply because the way CPUs operate hasn’t changed all that much. But how is this possible in a world of ever changing software looking to grow more complex all the time? At what point does the architecture of the CPU need to change in order to keep up with the software and give the software a chance to grow?

AMD’s new FX-8150 is the first release in their new Bulldozer line, featuring an all new and radically different architecture. The AMD FX-8150 is the first eight core desktop processor to market, but there is much more going on beneath the skin. The eight cores of the FX-8150 are built into four modules on the chip, each with two physical processing cores. These two cores share resources in a way previously unseen, sharing not only L2 cache, but FPUs, as well. This makes for a highly efficient unit capable of incredible multi-threaded capabilities. In addition, the FX-8150 is a Black Edition CPU with an unlocked multiplier. This obviously makes for easier overclocking and the FX-8150 is designed with extreme overclocking headroom in mind. Recently, AMD set a world overclocking record with a Bulldozer CPU with the OC topping out at an astounding 8.4GHz. This, naturally, is not what should be expected from an ordinary home build, but it does show that the FX-8150 has extreme overclocking potential.

Technologies

AMD FX Series Processors

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Seamless integration is AMD’s approach as they introduce the latest technology and offer a flexible upgrade path towards the new AMD FX platform. The award winning AMD 6000 series GPUs debuted in Q4 2010, delivering top of the line DirectX11 performance and unparalleled multi-display gaming capabilities to desktop PCs. The 9-series chipset was released soon after, in Q2 2011, laying the groundwork for the AM3+ infrastructure while offering full compatibility with the current crop of AM3 processors. The third part of the puzzle completing the new FX platform is the AMD FX processor itself and it has finally arrived. Unlocked and highly overclockable, these new FX processors feature the world’s first octo-core desktop processor and AMD microarchitecture developed from the ground up.   Combined with a 9-series motherboard, the new AM3+ platform supports increased ILDT current for higher frequency HT link up to 5.2 GT/s. The AM3+ socket infrastructure also adds support for CPU voltage load line and increased DRAM current, now supporting up to DDR3-1866. Each 9-series chipset is CrossFireX ready with two PCIe x16 lanes, supporting the latest 6000 series Radeon GPUs, while also natively compatible with NVIDIA’s SLI technology.

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The Bulldozer architecture focuses on efficient resource sharing to deliver well-balanced performance and power consumption on multi-threaded applications. Each Bulldozer core is armed with two independent integer clusters each with a dedicated L1 data cache (essentially two physical cores in one Bulldozer core) and modularly, shares L2 cache, Floating Point Scheduler, as well as two 128-bit FPUs supporting up to 256-bit floating point execution. Sharing resources reduces not only the power consumption but also the die space, therefore lowering the cost.

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Bulldozer has a deeper pipeline that relies on improved branch prediction and pre-fetchers, aiming to resolve the bottleneck caused by incorrect branch prediction. Unlike the previous architecture, the predict and fetch pipelines are decoupled. A queue of future fetch-addresses is created by the predictor and allows the fetch logic to go through this queue and compare it to what’s in the instruction cache. Each Bulldozer module is capable of decoding up to four instructions per cycle, compared to three on AMD Phenom II processors.

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Another major change that Bulldozer brings to the table is Power Gating, when paired with a 900-Series Chipset. Each module can be clocked and power gated independently, allowing unused cores to be powered off while the other active cores can be driven up in frequency. This new Turbo Core technology, enhanced for the new FX processors, has a new mode which can run ALL cores for a time in Turbo mode where there is sufficient TDP headroom. There is also a MAX Frequency mode where the FX processor can increase the frequency on half the cores and can remain in a higher frequency state longer compared to previous Phenom II processors, resulting in improved performance in lightly threaded applications.

AMD Bulldozer Tech

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Built on the latest 32nm silicon on insulator technology, Bulldozer-based chips can have up to 8 cores (each core is seen by the Operating System as a logical processor) comprised of four Bulldozer modules sharing L3 Cache and NB resources between them.  Bulldozer is also designed to dynamically switch between shared and dedicated components to maximize efficiency, while featuring new x86 instruction sets, like SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, and XOP including 4-operand FMAC allowing for greater performance and flexibility. These new instruction sets will find use in the next generation of applications that will play a prominent role in the near future. While some new instructions, like SSE, AESNI and AVX, useful for video encoding, data encryption and FP intensive apps, are both supported by the latest Intel and AMD processors, the FX series processors are uniquely capable of processing FMA4 and XOP instructions as well, useful for HPC and numeric applications.

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Putting it all Together

The much anticipated launch of Bulldozer has been long coming. There have been small pieces of information available here and there, some confirmed, some merely speculation. One thing that AMD never hesitated to share was that Bulldozer’s Zambezi core was going to be an entirely new architecture, unlike anything we had seen previously. That is certainly the case. Eight cores in four modules, with shared resources in each module for two cores and a boatload of L2 and L3 cache makes for an impressive looking new architecture.

There is also a new approach to the Turbo Core in the FX-8150 and the whole Bulldozer lineup. The FX-8150 sports a stock clock of 3.6GHz. When power headroom allows, all eight cores will ramp up to 3.9GHz under load. That is pretty standard. Where it gets interesting is when only four threads are required. In this case, the FX-8150 will address those four threads with four cores boosted to 4.2GHz provided there is sufficient voltage headroom. That is a big boost with no overclock involved, and the amount of boost can be altered for either state in AOD, should you decide to do so, allowing for what is essentially an overclock when necessary, but a cool running stock chip when the power isn’t needed.

At no point did AMD anoint Bulldozer as a Sandy Bridge killer. Even now, they are quick to point out certain things that it is more capable of, due to its unique architecture, but also are willing to admit where it falls behind a little, due to the same. The question becomes, what are the strong points of this new architecture, and where does it seem to fall short? Another question being, is it the architecture that falls short in some respects, or is it simply more advanced than the software that has perceived lags in?

Breaking down what you are getting into with the AMD FX-8150 is a little more complex due to this. As a result, the platform has enormous strengths and some minor weaknesses. However, the weaknesses seem to be amplified by how well it hits its strengths, but there is no area where you can call Bulldozer an underperformer. Like I said, Bulldozer is a complicated chip in more than its architecture.

We can talk about synthetic benchmarks, and all the GOPS you are getting, or your memory bandwidth, but that really isn’t what most people are looking to know. Most people don’t run Sandra and AIDA benchmarks for entertainment (or work) purposes, so let’s focus on applications you may actually be using, or benchmarks that simulate real world usage. Besides, if you are running Sandra benchmarks for entertainment, you don’t need an explanation here.

The FX-8150 has eight cores….and it likes to use them. During testing the FX-8150 produced some absolutely jaw dropping results in multi-threaded applications. Rendering in Cinebench actually stopped me in my tracks during the test with the speed I saw, and the benchmark numbers certainly back that up. All eight cores worked quickly and efficiently in unison for an incredibly fast 3D render, and the final scores certainly backed that up.

Multi-threaded video applications, such as Handbrake and x264, were absolutely no problem, as the FX-8150 put up outstanding transcoding numbers in both. The FX-8150 split tests in x264 with the Sandy Bridge processors. In Handbrake 0.9.5, the FX-8150 did what really matters – it cleanly transcoded a DVD mpg to mp4 faster than either the 2500K or 2600K at stock speeds, and scaled appropriately faster when overclocked. All in all, the AMD FX-8150 is an incredibly powerful CPU for multimedia creation, and using today’s multi-threaded apps only adds to its power.

In our WinRAR tests, the FX-8150 was able to really shine. This is a multi-threaded productivity app and the FX-8150 took full advantage. Showing that it’s not just an entertainment piece, the FX-8150 put up numbers on par with the 2600K in compression with even better throughput at stock clocks.

Gaming with the FX-8150 is absolutely solid and showed an improvement over the Phenom II and Thuban in almost all cases. Again, the Bulldozer CPU seemed to show an aptitude for more complex and CPU intensive games. Metro 2033 saw almost a 25% performance increase over a Phenom II 980 using the same video card. Real world mimicking benchmarks, like 3DMark 11, saw a huge jump in physics computation, and Unigine and Stone Giant displayed beautiful rendering. One immediately noticeable, but not measured, trait I saw was in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CoP. It has always been a sticking point that vegetation was seemingly rendered only as you got right on top of it. The FX-8150 rendered the scene significantly further into the distance, making for a much more realistic playing field.

It would seem that the FX-8150 has only one area where it may not meet expectations, and that is with older and single threaded software. Clock for clock, the FX-8150 shows minor improvement over the Phenom II/Thuban, but not the huge leaps we see in multi-threaded apps. Single threaded apps run very capably, but there are no mind boggling numbers, nor are there any performance issues of concern. As I stated previously, it is more of a situation where “runs single threaded apps very well” seems to pale next to its stellar multi-threaded performance. As apps become more complex, the FX-8150 will not only be ready for them, it will be eagerly awaiting them.

Reviewer’s Opinion

It’s been a long wait for Bulldozer’s arrival, with the date being pushed back again and again. Naturally, that had me going in looking for the flaw that kept it from coming to market on any of the previous announced release dates. Was the architecture not yet ready? Were there microcode issues? Did they inexplicably catch fire when exposed to lemon meringue pies? Who knows, it was something, and after playing with the chip, my gut hunch is that “something” was a question of the right way to market it.

Bulldozer is new architecture, all new from the ground up. There isn’t another processor out there like it. Usually, there is something on the same page around, but this time there isn’t even anything in the same book store. It’s different and it is incredibly forward thinking. However, with different also comes a different type of performance, and the FX-8150 certainly has anything but traditional performance characteristics. Looking at synthetic benchmarks, they were all over the board in ways that made very little corresponding sense, so it wasn’t until I got to use the processor in actual applications that I got a feel for what it was all about.

The AMD FX-8150 absolutely excels in a multi-threaded environment. It seems the more you throw at it, the better it responds. Look at the WinRAR test, this was always a place that Intel came up big. It uses every available thread, and pushes them. Surprisingly, the FX-8150 absolutely chewed it up and spit it out, posting numbers better than either of its Sandy Bridge competitors. It’s been a long time since AMD has held that distinction.

Multi-threaded video encoding was again a big winner for the FX-8150. It ripped through videos in a flash. The x264 and Handbrake numbers speak for themselves. However, even more impressive was actually sitting with it working in Adobe Premiere. The snappy feeling during editing was outstanding, adding filters on the fly was flawless and when it came time for conversions or transcoding, the FX-8150 whipped through it like nothing. The feeling and speed was drastically different, and for the better.

Gaming was satisfying, and sometimes spectacular. Again, it seemed the more complex the game, the more outstanding the performance became.

With all of these, it was interesting watching Turbo Core work. With a CPU monitor set up, you could see the speed and voltage boosts at appropriate times. Though Turbo Core is not a new idea, the two step Turbo mode is. Only need four threads? Well, four threads at 4.2GHz all being used is much better than eight at 3.6GHz, with four sitting idle. A bit like an instant OC, with flexibility added to allow you to tweak the boost.

Where the FX-8150 doesn’t make improvements in leaps and bounds is in older and/or single threaded applications. It seems curious, but it seems to be a characteristic of the architecture. It doesn’t lose ground here from previous generations, the improvements just aren’t as drastic as they are in multi-threaded apps. I’m sure some are going to throw out the numbers from these and point to them as an issue. But my feeling is this, when was the last time you were typing a letter in Word 2003 and wished your CPU was faster? I am going to guess never. I sure haven’t.

On to the fun stuff….overclocking was a breeze. Like all of the Black Editions I have used, the FX-8150 much preferred a multiplier OC to a Ref Clock boost. 4.9GHz was stable on air, with normal operating temps staying within limits. Only once did it get dicey, and that was on a prolonged eight thread video transcode, and even then temps peaked at 66 centigrade. That may sound a bit hot for an AMD, but we are talking 8 cores, 1.525v under load. It’s going to generate heat, no way around it.

OC performance scaled nicely, though to the naked eye it may not seem as good as it actually is. You need to keep in mind that with stock clocks of 3.6GHz, the Turbo Core allows the CPU to jump to 4.2GHz. So much of the OC when under load is actually a bit smaller than the 1.3GHz you assume.

The AMD FX-8150 is possibly the most advanced processor on the market right now, and brings absolutely stunning performance to the latest and greatest apps out there. Do older apps get the same type of stunning upgrade? Well, no…but software is changing, and you have to make the break somewhere. Trying to be a “one size fits all” really means that “one size doesn’t fit anything correctly”.

The new AMD Bulldozer/Zambezi/Scorpius (call it what you will) architecture is forward thinking. The FX-8150 delivers smoking performance on the latest apps and games and, just as importantly, has the promise to evolve. Right now, it’s time for developers to get the software caught up to the FX-8150’s capabilities. It’s a top performer now and looks to be for some time to come. You can look at all of the out of context benchmarks you like, but in real world use, the AMD FX-8150 is ready to Bulldoze a lot of sand out of its way. If you appreciate the AMD FX-8150 for what it is, and what you are really going to be doing with it, it was worth every second of the wait.

Pros:

  • Incredible Multi Threaded Performance
  • Excellent Price/Performance Ratio
  • Smooth Working Turbo Core For Speed Boost
  • Dual Turbo Modes For Increased Boost In Lightly Threaded Apps
  • Maintains Excellent Temps At Stock Speeds
  • Black Edition With Unlocked Multiplier
  • Eight Physical Cores
  • Easily Achieves High Overclocks
  • Excellent OC Performance Scaling
  • Easily Tweaked With AOD For Maximum Performance

Cons:

  • Performance In Single Threaded Apps Not On Par With Multi-threaded

DC Computer Solutions 

Posted 306 weeks ago
Posted 306 weeks ago

Data, security and cloud identified as IT “super themes” in 2012

Big data, security and cloud identified as IT “super themes” in 2012

“Big data” analytics, security and cloud computing will be three of the most significant drivers of technological change in 2012, according to Ovum.
The predictions for the coming year also include the growing impact of social networking platforms on enterprise collaboration strategies, convergence of selected software-as-a-service (SaaS) CRM and marketing services, and the consumerisation of IT, which looks likely to accelerate the adoption of self-selected SaaS by line-of-business owners and the deployment of mobile device management solutions to support bring-your-own-device strategies, Ovum said.
The independent technology analyst  also expects the role of the CIO to continue evolving next year as it faces strong pressure to develop operational and investment models that embrace technology-led innovation from all functional units within the organisation.
“The adoption of new smart devices and sophisticated web services in the consumer market is accelerating, extending the gap between user expectations and the services being delivered by corporate IT,” explained Tim Jennings, Ovum’s chief Analyst for Enterprise IT. “To minimise this disconnect the CIO will need to act as an enabler of innovation for the business, and this creates the opportunity to play a central role in both operational and commercial strategy.”
With an increase in the number of employee-owned devices being used in the workplace, datasecurity and best practice will remain a top concern for CIOs next year, analysts believe.
Organisations will need to protect and secure corporate information, whilst also providing access to corporate data on self-provisioned devices, Ovum said. However, selecting the right mobile device management or mobile desktop virtualisation solution must be accompanied by consideration of both country-specific employee data privacy and industry-specific compliance requirements.
“We expect these overarching themes to be pivotal to the success of business strategy next year. Only businesses considering the opportunities that each trend presents, and the challenges that may exist, will ensure that they remain at the forefront of their respective industries,” concluded Jennings.
According to Ovum, key predictions for 2012 include:

Cloud computing: 2012 to be the year of PaaS
Organisations’ approach to cloud will shift from a low-level infrastructure-as-a-service/cost-cutting discussion to a higher-level platform-as-a-service/SaaS discussion. Access to innovative mobile, social and collaborative apps underpinned by analytics and management reporting will drive adoption.
Big data and analytics: new data sources create transformation opportunities
Applying analytics to social media, machine-to-machine and location data will create new business opportunities and drive new investment in business intelligence and data warehousing infrastructure. However, only organisations using big data and analytics in a transformative way will realise substantial benefits. The advanced “social media command/control centre” will increase in appeal as more organisations engage directly with their markets and constituencies through the vehicle of social media, rather than via marketing services agencies, and look to measure the effectiveness of their investments in this channel.
Security: mobility multiplies the data leakage points
Going forward, organisations must learn to live in a state of compromise and should plan and act as though they have already been breached. The flip of the consumerisation of IT is that customer complaint will increasingly take the form a malicious attack on the corporate network. The use of employee-owned devices also will continue to grow the number of data leakage points for the enterprise. This will continue to drive both the need for more rigorous penetration testing and advanced MDM capabilities.
IT consumerisation: a source of contention in the workplace
The consumerisation of corporate IT will create contention within the workplace as line-of-business owners confront the CIO, arguing that the corporate IT function is no longer able to satisfy the particular requirements of the department. “Personal computer” gives way to “personal cloud” as users consume mobile and web apps, making bring your own software (BYOS) more common than bring your own device (BYOD). Consumers will increasingly provide new sales channels for vendors to sell into the enterprise, so the role of the CIO has to change in order to deal with “proliferative innovation” – technological innovation driven from all parts of the organisation.

Social media: rapid growth in social enterprise platforms
The social networking market will not see any major disruption to its current growth trajectory in 2012, and Facebook will continue to drive the evolution of employee communications as organisations look to enterprise social networking software. However, as Facebook has turned its social networking service into a platform, there will be a growing focus on third-party application development for emerging social enterprise platforms such as Jive and Yammer. Ovum expects to see innovative new services pushed into the enterprise through this channel by new market entrants.

Mobility: tablets deployed as an enterprise tool
Mobile apps in both the commercial and public sectors will mature to become alever for change and innovation in 2012. The debate over native apps vs. browser-based apps will continue to be driven by the growing exploitation of HTML5 and CSS5. The tablet computer will continue to see deployment by the enterprise for specific roles, particularly for customer-facing staff in service industries, as a tool to close the knowledge gap with customers who themselves are increasingly armed with product and price search services on their own smart devices.
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