Another year has gone by and we're wrapping up yet another calendar year. This year was not short of major news or surprises. As we've strived to bring you quality and original content and analysis we have kept track of which articles got the most attention from our readers. We've picked the top 15 articles and give you some of the links to take a look back at what's happened in the last year. We also are going to look at each article and see which ones were correct and which ones appeared to be false.
The Biggest Articles on BSN* of 2013
1. AMD Radeon R9 290: Blowing the Doors off the Competition - A review of AMD's long awaited Hawaii chip, but with the most affordable price tag and arguably the best bang for your buck in years.
2. Google to Launch the New Nexus 10 Tablet at MWC 2013? Quad-Core, GPGPU Inside - Unfortunately for all of us, this rumor did not come true and we're still sitting here in the end of December with a new Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 but no Nexus 10 anywhere in sight.
3. LiteCoin is Causing Shortages of AMD Radeon GPUs - We originally ran this article with the title Cryptocurrencies instead of LiteCoin, which would be far more accurate considering all of the other altcoins out there right now. But we wanted people to understand what we were talking about and lots of people have no idea what Cryptocurrencies are unless they're BitCoin or LiteCoin. What was the most interesting thing was hearing how many people claimed that we were basing this on supposition and conjecture when we had OTR statements from AMD representatives and board partners AND multiple retailers all saying the same thing. While things appear to have fizzled a bit, it looks like the cryptocurrency train is still chugging along, for now.
4. Analysis: AMD Kaveri APU and Steamroller Core Architectural Enhancements Unveiled - While it remains to be seen how accurate these AMD Kaveri APU numbers and features were, we hope to get a good idea of that VERY soon and will have those updates for you as soon as possible.
5. Nvidia GeForce Titan Launches February 18th, 2013: Loses to GTX 690, AMD HD 7990 - By the looks of it here, we were spot on with most of our numbers. However, we really underestimated how awesome Titan would really be. Sure, it didn't always win in all of the benchmarks, but in most benchmarks Titan was simply king for the majority of the year until the R9 290X came out and changed all that. And then Nvidia came out with the 780 Ti to best AMD's 290X to reclaim the single GPU crown.
6. The 2013 Nvidia Lineup: GTX780 is Titan LE, GTX770 is GTX680, GTX760Ti is GTX670? - In this article we were also spot on with the assessment that the GTX 780 would be a Titan Lite and the GTX 770 would be a revamped GTX 680 and the 760 Ti would be somewhere near the 670 in spec, this all appeared to be correct as all of the aforementioned cards are GK-104 based except the GTX 780 which is clearly a cut down GK-110.
7. GeForce GTX Titan SLI Review: Crysis 3 and Battlefield 3 vs HD 7970 GHz Edition - Here we had our biggest matchup of the year with a Titan review with three cards versus three of AMD's latest and greatest cards. We may actually consider doing such a big time review next year once Maxwell launches against whatever AMD will release to follow the R9 290X.
8. Leaked Intel Haswell APU Results show Disappointing Performance - Here, we wrote an early assessment of Intel's Haswell CPU based on an early leak of the processor from Tom's Hardware. While most of their figures were pretty spot on and the performance was quite good, the end result was disappointing for desktop users. However, for mobile users Haswell's power consumption savings and power management have proven to be the inverse of disappointing and has somewhat reinvigorated the notebook market with new usage models and designs.
9. Tomb Raider: AMD Touts TressFX Hair as Nvidia Apologizes for Poor Experience - Here we have a story that we didn't entirely have as an exclusive, but added a lot of valuable analysis to make it far more relevant than many other publications' coverage of the event. This was a great moment for AMD and a somewhat bad one for Nvidia, but the truth is that in the end the gamers ended up getting a better product and improved support from both companies which is ultimately all that we care about.
10. AMD Kaveri Unveiled: PC Architecture Gets GDDR5 - Here we have yet another Kaveri-related article about the possibility of GDDR5 for memory on Kaveri, however it appears that this development may have been rolled back due to the shortage of GDDR5 due to a fire and the fact that maybe Kaveri's memory controller isn't quite ready for GDDR5 yet.
11. Tegra 4 GPU Specs Disappoint, Nvidia in Defensive Mode - Tegra 4 has been quite the rollercoaster ride. I will be the first one to admit that I was pretty disappointed with Nvidia's choice in their GPU, but it was clearly a half step until they implemented Kepler in mobile. While there is no arguing that Tegra 4 had an incredibly slow start, it definitely did pick up some steam towards the second half of the year. However, Nvidia did lose the Nexus 7 and didn't have any major smartphone deals with the Tegra 4, which hurt the chip's perception of success greatly
12. Why LG Optimus G is the best phone on AT&T and Sprint - This was our first phone review of the year, which was a review that had spilled over from late last year. Looking at that review now, it seems crazy to think that we've moved so fast from the Optimus G last year to the G2 this year with the Snapdragon 800. LG's G2 is the successor to the Optimus G and it looks like it, too, is one of the best phones out on the market today
13. The State of 4K and 4K Gaming: Early 2013 - In this article, we talked about the current state of the 4K industry in terms of both hardware and software and what to expect in the coming year. And based on our expectations, so far everything has fallen perfectly into place with the exception of H.265 codecs which still remain undefined by most content producers. We plan to do an update of this in the coming week before the end of the year, addressing all that's happened in 4K this year.
14. Intel Confirms Haswell Chipset Bug - Easily one of the biggest stories of the year, when Intel confirmed that they had yet another bug in their chipsets for a new CPU and motherboard chipset launch. This time it pertained to USB 3.0 and issues with the controller and power loss and reconnection. Admittedly, it wasn't a game stopper, but still a major hardware bug that needed fixing. Many motherboard vendors quietly informed customers that their motherboards had extra non-Intel USB 3.0 controllers to compensate for any problems Intel's 'might' have. Intel would later resolve the issue through chip revisions, but essentially had the first batch with some users experiencing problems.
15. Video: Bullet Time Football Replays Thanks to FreeD From Replay Technologies - Here we had something that really brought about a combination of absolutely cool technology and sports entertainment. While we are still waiting to hear about more stadiums and teams adopting this new system of instant replay, there is no doubt that we will see more cool things like this come out as cameras become faster and more accurate and computer vision becomes less compute intensive and native to operating systems. Probably one of the coolest tech videos of the year.
And there you have it, the top 15 articles of the year on BSN* and we really hope that they gave you a good insight as to what transpired this year. It really does seem like it hits most of the important topics that became important this year and we're pretty proud to have gotten what was important to you guys, our readers. We hope to continue to bring relevant and informative news in the coming year and to do so at an even higher level.
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