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Comment Re:SATA 3 is for SSDs (Score 1) 168

Yes, but with SSDs you still have a divide between "random" and "sequential" access, based on the size of the access. Anandtech does 4KB reads/writes for their "random" tests, and 2MB reads/writes for their "sequential" tests. One thing that holds true for all SSDs on the market so far is a high sequential read speed, but significantly slower random read speed.

Comment Re:Monopoly? (Score 4, Informative) 63

You have it backwards. Crossfire works on pretty much any motherboard with multiple PCIe slots, provided they have sufficient bandwidth between them. SLI requires the motherboard manufacturer to purchase a license from Nvidia to support SLI on the board.

If I'm not mistaken, Intel's X58 board was the first Intel-made board to support SLI, and I don't think anyone made a P45 board supporting it.

Comment Re:GPL Fanatics (Score 1) 585

I don't know. The things most keeping me from using FreeBSD instead of Linux on the desktop are closed source, ironically (NVidia blobs and Cedega, mostly)

I'm not a BSD user, but wouldn't you be able to use FreeBSD's binary compatibility to run Cedega, at least?

Comment Re:The cure is easy... (Score 1) 174

The problem with that experiment is that most wifi devices make some kind of noise when turned on, and most devices supply at least some power to the antenna when turned on, even if wireless transmission is off.

I can hear my router in a quiet room, even though it's fanless. Mostly due to the LEDs making noise.

Comment Re:Customer service apparently alive still (Score 1) 284

without things waiting in some weird limbo for three days

This phenomenon is usually known as a "weekend".

If you order on a Friday, your order won't likely ship before Monday, because they don't work weekends.

Rush processing applies for orders made before noon, and if they don't ship your order that day, they refund the rush processing fee.

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