Tuesday, December 11, 2012

AnandTech Article Channel

AnandTech Article Channel

LG 29EA93 Ultrawide Display - Missing its Target

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 09:20 PM PST

When migrating away from 4:3 screens for home video, the 16:9 aspect ratio was chosen as a compromise between all the common formats at the time. For many film fans, this meant finally being able to watch movies in their original aspect ratio without putting up with black bars. However many films are shot using aspect ratios even wider than 1.78:1, such as 2.20 for 70mm film or 2.39 for modern cinemascope films. While the letterboxing of these titles was improved over 4:3 sets on new 16:9 sets, the black bars remained. Now we are starting to see panels that also address this audience, including the LG 29EA93 21:9 LCD monitor.

While cinephiles may rejoice, traditional computer users might be wondering if this makes any sense for a desktop display. There is still a lot of resentment over the transition from 16:10 to 16:9 displays, as the loss of vertical space means less room for word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other data, even if it might be slightly more ideal for HDTV. If the layout of many operating systems and programs hasn’t adapted yet to properly utilize 16:9, what will using 21:9 be like? Is the LG 29EA93 a one trick pony for those that want to watch scope films, or does it serve a larger purpose as well?

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 Review: Know Your Platform

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST

The A85X chipset and FM2 socket is supposedly here to stay for Trinity plus one more generation.  As a result, AMD needs to make sure that the platform is right so that the new processors can slot straight in (whenever that may be).  While they may have missed the ship on PCIe 3.0 (despite AMD pioneering it on the GPU side), we do get a tasty array of eight SATA 6 Gbps ports from the chipset with RAID 5 support and a promise that the integrated graphics part of the APU is powerful.  In the next installment of our series of FM2/Trinity motherboard reviews, MSI sent us their top line motherboard to test.  The FM2-A85XA-G65, while a rather lengthy classification, is a full sized ATX motherboard using the FM2 chipset in an MSI Military Class black and blue theme.  At a mid-pack price of $100, MSI gives us the full eight FM2 SATA 6 Gbps ports, 5 fan headers, a full array of video outputs, and special features such as voltage read points and an OC Genie button.  Read on for the full review.

Plextor Updates The Firmware on M5 Pro: Promises Increased Performance, We Test It

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST

Plextor released their M5 Pro SSD in August, which we reviewed shortly after the release. Now nearly four months later, Plextor has released an updated firmware (v1.02) for the M5 Pro that promises performance improvements. The M5 Pro with the original firmware did well in our tests but there was still room for improvement as the difference between the M5 Pro and the older M3 Pro was not magnificent. With the new firmware, Plextor is claiming up to 100K random IOPS and also increased sequential write speeds. Read on to find out how the updated M5 Pro stacks up with the current speed kings: Samsung's SSD 840 Pro and OCZ's Vector!

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