Friday, March 20, 2009

Recent things I've learned

Don't download HD-TV shit.
Almost all of them aren't HD at all, but merely upscaled DVDs.

If you want real HD, make sure it has Bluray or HDDVD in the title.


There's really no major difference between most processors of the same model.

For example:

The Intel E8400, E8500, and E8600 are all the same chip, just clocked differently.
The only difference is the multiplier, which is of course locked on the non-extreme CPUs. This artificial limitation allows them to segregate the market into different niches, and charge from ~183$ to ~$266 for the same chip.

Similarly, the E7400 and E7500 are the same chip, just with less cache. Their base clock is downclocked for 1066 FSB, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have the same potential clock as the 8xxx series.

The lesson here is that if you don't understand what you're buying, it is very easy to be ripped off. If somebody found an easy way to open the multipliers on non-extreme chips, enthusiast overclockers would easily be able to save hundreds of dollars and clock it even higher.

This pisses me off, mainly because Intel is shipping products that are purposely reduced from their potential, so there is demand for the same chip factory-clocked higher. Talk about screwing with consumers. Oh, and this isn't just Intel. AMD and Nvidia do it too, with their CPUs and GPUs.
Other than shader cores, it's pretty easy to overclock a GPU to the same specs as a higher-priced model, assuming they're using the same model GPU. I recently made my 8800 GTS into an 8800GTX, which would have saved me hundreds of dollars if I had done it when they were relevant cards.

Knowledge is power.

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