ExtremeTech Explains: What is a Neural Net?

Photo: Mike MacKenzie, Flickr As Moore’s Law approaches its endgame, the technosphere has looked to different and more diverse approaches to computing. In order to continue to increase the computational power of our systems, we can’t just depend on driving clock speeds higher and higher, nor can we continue making…

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Video Cards Are Getting More Expensive Again

Gamers used to fear they’d get sniped at long range and lose a match, but now they live in fear of a GPU failure. A combination of factors has pushed video card prices into the stratosphere, and there’s no sign they’ll come back down to earth anytime soon. In fact,…

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SSD, HDD Reliability More Similar Than Thought

New data from Backblaze suggests that the reliability gap between hard drives and SSDs is not as large as previously thought and does not favor SSDs to the degree some had believed. The previous degree of difference between SSDs and HDDs was at least partly due to mismatched timelines. Backblaze’s…

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Chromebook Demand Falling as COVID Vaccination Increases

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic disruption and forced changes to the way many of us work and learn, but it’s been a boon for Chromebook sales. A new report from TrendForce suggests the good times are coming to an end for those Google-powered laptops. Windows demand should be…

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AMD Wants to Improve AI, HPC Efficiency 30x by 2025

AMD has announced a major new efficiency initiative that’s intended to build off its previous 25×20 project. The company will now work to deliver a 30x improvement in energy efficiency in AI and high performance computing overall, relative to today’s CPU and GPU accelerators. AMD’s blog post doesn’t go into…

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