Hey guys, late last night I published an article on Blu-ray performance with NVIDIA's Ion platform. 

NVIDIA was quick to respond and they believe that the data isn't correct and want some time to re-create my environment and test the titles themselves. 

In the interest of being completely accurate I've pulled the article for now until I know for sure if the Blu-ray performance results are what I found. It's back to reviewing SSDs for me...


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  • the goat - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    All that matters is that your results are consistent with the version of PowerDVD that you used (and documented). Do you pull video card reviews when a newer driver is released? No that would be stupid because it is understood that the results in the review are a reflection on the drivers used. Newer drivers could provide better performance. This is nothing new. Put the article back up. Reply
  • someonesomewhere - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    Your findings were not "incorrect" if there was a flaw in PowerDVD. The findings simply are the results of the test setup.

    The thing to do is to keep the article up, with a note about a possible bug with PowerDVD, et cetera. The whole "incorrect results" thing only is fair if your results do not match the data the test setup gave you.
  • Nacho - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    The problem with that is that the article is about nvidia's ion platform, not about powerdvd's efficiency (sp?) Reply
  • tpurves - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    It's hard to get around the fact that the Atom is a painfully slow chip.

    Intel meanwhile has little incentive to improve it, already netbooks seem to be cannibalizing far more than intel intended, more or less to the detriment of everybody.

    yay for cheap portables. booo for an architecture that resets the lowest common denominator to a chip that can barely run an 8 year old widows operating system and turns anything from flash, to hi def video (or just launching firefox) into a horrible slideshow.
  • IntelUser2000 - Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - link

    See I don't get comments like this. It's beyond stupid. They don't need to scale up Atom because their higher end chips occupy the segment. Instead, Atom will go further down into SoCs so Intel can tap the big smartphone market.

    Sure they can introduce a chip that costs $40 and performs like Nehalem, IF THEY ARE STUPID and want to bankrupt themselves in a month.

    And it runs everything perfectly fine. Most people that have Netbooks apparently disagree with you.
  • ssj4Gogeta - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    Anand, you should have left the article online. Even if nvidia come up with different results, we'd rather believe your testing than theirs. I won't believe them until you retest and confirm whatever they claim. Reply
  • XiZeL - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    nVidia Fail!!! Reply
  • cosmotic - Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - link

    Internet meme fail! Reply
  • Arbie - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    I was confused by the fact that there is no feedback after you click on "Post Comment" - you just get routed to a search page.

    I also realize that I was following a discussion that had gone way off-topic into SSDs.
  • Arbie - Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - link

    I notice that there is very little discussion of LIFETIME of these devices. This has the appearance of an unpleasant truth that no one wants to get into. Sort of like the fact that the new low energy "long-lifetime" compact flourescent bulbs actually burn out very quickly in normal use, where they're switched on and off.

    And I recently saw an OCZ post in their forum on the care and feeding of SSDs. It turns out these things are really touchy, with all kinds of arcane issues you never think of with HDDs.

    So, while I too would love to see all those moving parts replaced with solid state, I would be very, very careful about getting in now. It may be years before you can buy a robust SSD that's price-competitive with HDD and faster in all regards.

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