Category Archives: Hardware news

AMD Bulldozer: It’s time to settle

As you may remember, AMD’s Bulldozer has always been somewhat controversial, for various reasons. One thing in particular was that AMD claimed it was the ‘first native 8-core desktop processor’. This led to a class-action lawsuit, because consumers thought this … Continue reading

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Zen2: Credit where credit’s due

So, AMD has released its new Zen2 architecture, codenamed ‘Matisse’, and now available commercially as the Ryzen 3000-series. And I think I can keep this blog short: Intel has its work cut out, because AMD is back. AMD now has … Continue reading

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The DreamBlaster S2P: General MIDI from a parallel port

In the interest of catching up, here is the second blog that is long overdue. I want to talk about the DreamBlaster S2P from Serdaco. I received mine over a year ago, and it actually was an early prototype. The … Continue reading

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Intel tries its hand at a discrete GPU again?

As you may have heard a few months ago, Intel has employed Raja Koduri, former GPU-designer at AMD’s Radeon division. Back then the statement already read: In this position, Koduri will expand Intel’s leading position in integrated graphics for the … Continue reading

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The Covox years

I have covered various early sound solutions from the DOS/8088 era recently, including AdLib, Sound Blaster, PCjr/Tandy’s SN76489 chip, and the trusty old PC speaker itself. One device that has yet to be mentioned however, is the Covox Speech Thing. … Continue reading

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nVidia makes good on their promise: DX12 support for Fermi

You might remember that in the months leading up to Mantle, DX12 and Vulkan, I mentioned that all of nVidia’s cards from Fermi and up would support DX12. This was also officially confirmed by nVidia on this page, and also … Continue reading

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AMD Zen: a bit of a deja-vu?

AMD has released the first proper information on their new Zen architecture. Anandtech seems to have done some of the most in-depth coverage, as usual. My first impression is that of a deja-vu… in more than one way. Firstly, it reminds … Continue reading

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