About Me

At the age of 18 I left home and served 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring honorably from miltary service. I currently reside in Europe. A very special thanks to P.J. who continues to inspire me


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Sunday, May 25, 2008

GPU video card cooling

This particular blog entry is directed at both ATI (AMD) and NVIDIA. For about two years now we've seen remarkable advancements in GPU technology. Despite this amazing accomplishment from both companies previously mentioned there is still not enough advancement in GPU cooling. Some of NVIDIA's partners have come up with different fan cooling solutions for some of NVIDIA's newer video cards. For the most part however, NVIDIA's cooling solution, for example on the 9800 GTX, is still far too loud when the fan speeds up beyond about 70 percent. ATI (AMD) could also improve their fan cooling technology as well. I think both companies really need to start making quieter cooling solutions for their video cards.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Why did NVIDIA miss it's target revenue?

First of all I would like to apologize for not posting any recent entries to my blog. With that aside I'd like to say that in my personal opinion the reason NVIDIA missed its target revenue for the 1st quarter was simply because there was lack of stock, at least in Europe, during the early part of the quarter. If you recall in my earlier blogs I mentioned that some video cards were nearly impossible to find. Perhaps if supply had been abundant revenues would be higher for NVIDIA. However, we'll have to see this next fiscal quarter if NVIDIA can manage to keep stock in the channel in all parts of the world and not just the North American market

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is Intel slow getting dual cores into the channel?

I've been waiting for weeks now for Intel to get some E8400 dual core processors shipped to a store close to me. Amazingly there are none to be found. Intel has normally been quite good about making sure there are enough of their fast selling CPUs into the sales channels but this time they are very slow in response to demand. Even in the USA if you look up a store such as www.newegg.com who is one of the best on line PC stores out there they are out of stock as well.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NVIDIA slowly getting stock into Europe

Some G92 video cards are beginning to slowly come into European supply channels but many vendors still have no stock. Some 780 chipset motherboards are slowly making their way into the channel as well but still well short of demand.

It will be interesting indeed to see if NVIDIA responds to the ATI/AMD release of the 3870 x2 video card in the weeks to come.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

NVIDIA G92 shortages may soon be over

I've had the opportunity to talk to several video card manufacturers, either directly or indirectly, about shortages in 8800GT video cards in Europe. Many of the manufacturers that were kind enough to send me a response back indicate that many shortages should begin to see some relief sometime at the end of January. I'd like to point out that 8800GTS 512 meg cards are also affected by this shortage.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

NVIDIA shortages still evident in Europe

NVIDIA is a great company. Unfortunately there are shortages of their newest parts in Europe. Primarily the 8800 GT videocards and 780i motherboards. I contacted some retailers and they hope to have shipments in January but what I would like to know is what is causing the problems and how will NVIDIA rectify these shortages?

Shortages of these items will no doubt show some lost revenue for the 4th quarter of 2007.

Monday, December 24, 2007

NVIDIA and Intel are my personal best PC companies of the year!

In looking over the tremendous contributions of all the major PC companies this year I have to say with all honestly that Intel and NVIDIA are my personal best favorites in the PC business in 2007. Intel continues their domination of AMD with dual and quad core CPUs that are of top notch quality. Although I certainly stress that I believe their quad core extreme CPUs are overpriced the pros of their outstanding work certainly outweighs the minor cons. NVIDIA continues to show that their 8XXX series of video cards are the best in the business although even their top line video cards can't seem to handle the game Crysis as well as everyone hoped.