PC Perspective 11

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PC Perspective
Episode 11


  1. OCZ Apex SSD Performance results
    1. http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=661
    2. Not quite as fast as the Intel X25-M
    3. But faster than other SSDs using the JMicron controllers
    4. Helps alleviate some write issues
    5. Pricing: 60GB model will retail for $209, the 120GB model for $379 and the 250GB model for $839
  2. NVIDIA Ion platform reference system to display
    1. Hopefully this isn’t breaking any NDA
    2. Showing off the inside since we’ve already shown pics and internals
  3. Western Digital 2TB hard drive announced
    1. http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=6695
    2. Fun stats: 571,000 digital photos, 500,000 MP3s, 240 hours of HD video, 880 hours of DVD quality
    3. Retail: 299 but will likely sell lower
    4. 500GB per platter and 400GB per square inch
  4. MSI GT627 notebook is a great deal – a new category of gaming notebooks
    1. http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=6694
    2. Started with a Gateway machine last year
    3. Offers 2.4G P8600 CPU, 1GB DDR3(??)320G HDD, Blu-Ray, Vista, Mobility GF9800M - $1399 or so – 9 cell batt
    4. 2.26, 4GB DDR3, no Blu-ray, $1149 – 6 cell batt
    5. High perf, low cost laptop if you can forgo extreme portability and batter life
  5. A shift in transistor usage and Moore’s law
    1. http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2009/01/chipmakers-scrambling-to-cope-as-market-could-shrink-by-30.ars
    2. STMicroElectronics CEO Carlo Bozotti told reporters at a Paris conference that the global market for semiconductors could fall between 25 and 30 percent this year.
    3. “What is new is that originally the idea was to cut capacity in high-cost areas like the U.S. and transfer capacity to Asia. Today we are cutting the capacity in the U.S. but we are not transferring this capacity to Asia." – describes what Intel has announced
    4. All still just guesses at this point – no official conference calls have given outlooks for the future because no one knows
    5. Quote: “From a CPU price/performance perspective, there are two main ways to take advantage of Moore's Law: 1) sell more transistors and performance at roughly the same price per chip, and 2) sell the same number of transistors and performance at a much cheaper price per chip.”
    6. Former is what we have done for the last 20 years or so, latter is what we are doing now; not the acceptance of the Atom processor and lower price machines. (Has Intel shot itself in foot?)Think of the XP and Vista issue (on netbooks).
    7. http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/david-manners-semiconductor-blog/2009/01/has-intel-scored-a-spectacular.html
  6. Contest winners: Mike Dietrich and William Burlingame will get keychains!
  7. New contest: Pair of Thermaltake RamOrb coolers – to win email ryan@twit.tv and send me the subscription link to our podcast and you better subscribe!  :D