• Galaxy Note 3 Benchmark Boosts Miss The Point That No One Cares About Benchmarks

    Galaxy Note 3 Benchmark Boosts Miss The Point That No One Cares About Benchmarks

    Samsung is being called out by the highly respected and thorough Ars Technica for apparently “artificially” boosting the Galaxy Note 3’s performance specifically when it comes to benchmark testing. The blog found that while under normal testing the Note 3 vastly outperformed the LG G2, which has the same processor, after stripping away some fancy benchmark-specific code… Read More

  • MacBook Air Benchmarks: Fast Enough For Everyday Use, But The Slow Processor Does Hurt Performance

    You know, it’s one thing to use subjective and entirely unscientific terms like “feels” or “seems” when it comes to reviewing computers, but there’s something to be said about actually running benchmarks and comparing the numbers to other comparable computers. Numbers don’t lie. So kudos to MacWorld for actually taking the time to see just how… Read More

  • 3DMark releases DirectX 11 demo

    Have you ever wondered how they rate gaming laptops and desktops? Well, aside from a bunch of hand-waving and pseudo-intellectual discussion, most hardware reviewers depend on a few important benchmarks, including 3DMark 11. 3DMark traditionally pounds graphics processors and CPUs with all kinds of great stuff – I remember running 3DMark in 2001 and seeing some amazing graphics including… Read More

  • The Raon ‘EVERUN NOTE’ looks to be pretty powerful

    Remember the Raon EVERUN NOTE from yesterday? Turns out that it’s got a little bit of punch under that tiny hood. Raon opted to go with a 64-bit dual-core AMD Turion chip instead of, say, a more mobile-friendly Atom or VIA chipset. You’ll lose out on the battery life that you’d get from Intel or VIA – the EVERUN NOTE will top out at around 2.5 hours – but… Read More

  • New entry level MacBook slower than last year's model

    [photopress:gbcmb.jpg,full,center] I remember when the G5 processor came out a few years ago. After the initial hype died down, people realized that it only had L2 cache whereas the G4 it was replacing had L3 cache. Basically, the L3 cache was a big reason why the G4 was the reliable workhorse it was. The L3 cache made it run that much better. A similar thing is now being realized with the… Read More

  • Mossburg: MacBook Air's SSD option isn't worth the price

    We all like the MacBook Air. Well, most of us. I don’t. But if you’re thinking of getting one, and waffling between the HDD and SSD drives, go with the HDD. And don’t take my word for it, take uncle Walt Mossburg’s. His crew ran a series of tests on a standard hard drive-based Air and on a solid state drive-based Air, and found the SSD doesn’t make that much… Read More

  • Benchmarks: MacBook Air hard drive vs. solid state

    From this guy’s Flickr The MacBook Air is finding its way into wanting hands and some early benchmarks have been tallied. There’s two main differences between the two default MacBook Airs you can buy—a 1.6GHz vs. 1.8GHz processor and an 80GB hard drive vs. a 64GB solid state drive. The price difference may be $999; it’s… Read More

  • Latest MacBook shows 15 percent jump in memory performance

    Calling last week’s MacBook update merely a “speed bump” may be accurate to the letter, but it doesn’t faithfully describe the spirit of the upgrade. Primate Labs, which makes Geekbench, a benchmarking application (surprise!), says that processor performance is only marginally improved. That makes sense: Apple only slightly increased the processor speeds, so… Read More

  • Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed

    The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers. They are now circling the planet in a Kryptonian Phantom Zone but their words remain: • Mail is really great, seems super fast
    • Spotlight much more responsive, no pauses as you type
    • Safari seems faster and now has that styled text editor as in FireFox… Read More