Tech stuff in short bursts: processor manufacturing, Intel X99 chipset, and Nvidia GTX 980 vs Ati R9 290x


Linus explains in the video form above why the computer industry manages to keep the prices almost the same year by year but are able to double the capacity and power of the processors once every two years. The secret? They are able to use more and more transistors on the same chip which makes manufacturing processes cost almost the same in regards to resources. That new chip will provide more power and will consume less energy than the previous ones.

Thanks Intel and AMD and the others. Keep on doing great stuff out there.

Now, you may want to know what has Intel done recently. It has released the X99 chipset, which means that the motherboards that use this chipset, like ASUS X99 Deluxe, Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5, and MSI X99S Gaming 7, will let you:
– use an i7 processor on LGA2011-4 socket – motherboards are not backwards compatible
– you can use up to 128 GB of DDR4 RAM overclocked (OC) to up to 3333Mhz
– several PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots
– a ton of USB 3 ports
(check ASUS X99-DELUXE and MSI X99S Gaming 7 for more details. I like NewEgg as it offer a ton of details as opposed to Amazon).

Here is the video:

And now for the Nvidia GTX980 vs Ati Radeon R9 290x comparison:

It seems that the Nvidia GTX980 beats the R9 290x and it is cheaper than the ATI one.

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