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Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

21 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

Some of these can be... but through the extensive research I've done, I've decided that the Chinese market Honor V9 is the best of them all. Just look at that price!


You get a 2k screen, 64gb ROM, Kirin 960 octa-core, 6GB of RAM, Micro SD, USB Type C, and Android 7.0 to top it all off. This can all be had for under $600 delivered.


The problem is... you have to do your own restore of Google Play as it's not allowed there... and I'm guessing there will have to be a little jimmying to do with the OS to make it nicer, but it should be basic Huawei here.


But $600 is a bit rich to risk IMO, so I'm putting the feelers out.


Does anyone have any experience with these or other Chinese phones? Hell... does anyone have any EMUI 5.0 experience? Is anyone else in my position?


Let's have a chat.



Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

21 August 2017 - 12:32 AM

So Coffee Lake gets revealed on the 21st. This will be the thread to post all the low down on it. But in addition to that... subsequent announced Lakes that Intel has confirmed.




So unless you have been living under a rock.. you might have seen Coffee Lake leaks. These will be 6 core 12 thread mainstream flagships descending to fill the lineup and eliminate the dual core.. as rumoured. This will again be 14nm... but '14nm++' because it can do two roundhouse kicks... but also because the 14nm process has been further "refined" and along with the architecture (Kaby Lake being '14nm+').


In addition to this we have the just announced "Ice Lake" architecture... the 9th Core generation. This will be 10nm+ almost a double jump from Coffee Lake. Cannon Lake to be the first step to 10nm to iron out the bugs before Ice Lake. This is slated to be launched in 2018! Yes... 2018. It's apparently already taped out according to sources from Intel. In contrast... AMD has sent Zen for 7nm taping, though there is some conjecture over correct node naming.. check out the Icy Lake link.


So Intel seem to be throwing everything they have at AMD. Time will tell if they drown them in releases again.


Now we can post.. talk... postulate, and generally just bulldust about what is on the horizon for PC tech.



Continually updated article about Coffee Lake and everything 8th Gen

AMD RX Vega announcement.

31 July 2017 - 02:28 PM

August 14 Release. Pricing and Specs confirmed (but we already knew specs. :P)




AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid:

  • Stream Processors 4096(64 CUs) 
  • Texture Units 256
  • ROPs 64
  • Base Clock 1406MHz
  • Boost Clock 1677MHz
  • Memory Clock 1.89Gbps
  • Memory Bus Width 2048-bit
  • VRAM 8GB
  • Board Power 345W
  • Price $699* USD


AMD Radeon RX Vega 64:

  • Stream Processors 4096(64 CUs) 
  • Texture Units 256
  • ROPs 64
  • Base Clock 1247MHz
  • Boost Clock 1546MHz
  • Memory Clock 1.89Gbps
  • Memory Bus Width 2048-bit
  • VRAM 8GB
  • Board Power 295W
  • Price $499/599* USD


AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

  • Stream Processors 3585 (56 CUs)
  • Texture Units 224
  • ROPs 64
  • Base Clock 1156MHz
  • Boost Clock 1471MHz
  • Memory Clock HBM2 1.6Gbps
  • VRAM 8GB
  • Memory Bus Width 2048-bit
  • Board Power 210W
  • Price $399/499* USD


RX Vega 64 is expected to do battle with the GTX1080, while Vega 56 the GTX1070. Hopefully this is so.. and AMD are finally back in high end graphics.


No telling if the liquid cooled can match the 1080 Ti... but it's very unlikely.