- The Gadget Show Live, April 2013: Technology in the UK
- The Great Equalizer 3: How Fast is Your Smartphone/Tablet in PC GPU Terms
- MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5" & mSATA (240GB) Review
Posted: 04 Apr 2013 03:30 AM PDT
On Tuesday this week I went to The Gadget Show Live, a trade and public show about technology and entrepreneurs in the UK. There are some interesting developments in home grown talent...
Posted: 03 Apr 2013 10:00 PM PDT
For the past several days I've been playing around with Futuremark's new 3DMark for Android, as well as Kishonti's GL and DXBenchmark 2.7. All of these tests are scheduled to be available on Android, iOS, Windows RT and Windows 8 - giving us the beginning of a very wonderful thing: a set of benchmarks that allow us to roughly compare mobile hardware across (virtually) all OSes. The computing world is headed for convergence in a major way, and with benchmarks like these we'll be able to better track everyone's progress as the high performance folks go low power, and the low power folks aim for higher performance.
The previous two articles I did on the topic were really focused on comparing smartphones to smartphones, and tablets to tablets. What we've been lacking however has been perspective. On the CPU side we've known how fast Atom was for quite a while. Back in 2008 I concluded that a 1.6GHz single core Atom processor delivered performance similar to that of a 1.2GHz Pentium M, or a mainstream Centrino notebook from 2003. Higher clock speeds and a second core would likely push that performance forward by another year or two at most. Given that most of the ARM based CPU competitors tend to be a bit slower than Atom, you could estimate that any of the current crop of smartphones delivers CPU performance somewhere in the range of a notebook from 2003 - 2005. Not bad. But what about graphics performance?
Posted: 03 Apr 2013 08:13 AM PDT
When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With SandForce you at least know what to expect but our experience with Phison based SSDs is limited and Crucial's v4 definitely didn't build a golden image of Phison as a controller maker, which made me very skeptical about the BP3 when I first got it. Fortunately, MyDigitalSSD proved me wrong. The BP3 turned out to be not the highest performing drive, but rather a very good bang for the buck. It was noticeably cheaper than any other mSATA offerings in the market, which made it an alluring option for value orientated mSATA buyers.
Almost immediately after our BP3 and SMART review went up, MyDigitalSSD told me that the successor to the BP3 was just around the corner: the BP4. From a hardware standpoint, not much has changed in the BP4 and the only major change is the move from 24nm to 19nm NAND. However, there have been some big changes on the firmware front and MyDigitalSSD is promising some pretty impressive performance figures and very affordable prices. Do their claims hold up? Read on to find out!
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