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The iPhone 5's A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead

The iPhone 5's A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead | Tech In-Depth | Scoop.it

Apple has branched out into the world of custom ARM architecture engineering. Much like Qualcomm with it's Krait family of SoCs, Apple has extended the ARM architecture so what they have in the new (Apple)A6, is somewhere between a current gen (ARM)A9 and next gen (ARM)A15.

 

This has allowed them to maintain their relatively low voltage and low frequency SoC bias, with all it attendant battery life advantages, as well as live up to it's ~2x performance claims.

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The GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review | Tech In-Depth | Scoop.it

NVIDIA's new GPU is another re-spin of the GK104 that powers the top of the line GTX 680 and only slightly less top of the line GTX 670.

 

In comparison to the 670, the 660 Ti gives up only one of the four ROP/Memory clusters. All other specs remain the same.

 

Pricing wise the 660 Ti sits between the competition. HD 7950 above, HD 7870 below. Performance wise, it's much closer to the HD 7950. Of course this varies from game to game.

 

Heat and power consumption is excellent, like all the other 28nm NVIDIA parts.

 

Interesting card. And if you are in the market for a mid-range ~$300 part, it would be my first choice for a 1080p gaming machine.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch)

Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (7-inch) | Tech In-Depth | Scoop.it

Amazon's second attempt at the increasingly crowded 7' tablet space.

 

Gorgeous screen. Mid-range SoC.

 

Custom UI lacks a little performance polish compared to iOS and stock Android.

 

If you are a functioning cog in the Kindle ecosystem it presents a very attractive window into that content.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Review

Samsung Galaxy S III Review | Tech In-Depth | Scoop.it

A review that differs a little from the norm. Almost entirely devoid of specs, or even numbers at all.

 

In-depth, subjective, use case style stuff. More of 'how it is' as a smartphone, rather than 'what it is' made up of components and features wise.

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