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In the wake of Microsoft's Surface unveil last night, much of the buzz has been about Apple, and how Surface will (or won't) challenge Apple's domination of the mobile and tablet markets. This makes some sense, given Apple's recent high-profile unveil of the Macbook Pro with Retina Display, but Surface isn't really meant to go head-to-head against any Apple product. The true potential casualties are Android's share of the tablet market and AMD. When it launched Windows Phone 7, Microsoft effectively put world+dog on notice that it intended to deliver its own vision for a next-generation, scalable... Read more...
Earlier this year, we took a long, hard look at one of Dell's most highly-anticipated multimedia notebooks to date. That was the XPS 15z, and we thought pretty highly of it in almost every measurable way, including its delightfully thin dimensions. Fast forward a few months, and in slides the XPS 14z. According to its branding, this unit is just a single number different than the XPS 15z, and if you didn't know any better, you'd just assume that someone took a shrink-ray to the 15z. Indeed, the 14z really is just a small 15z in some ways, but by the same token, that's something that hasn't really... Read more...
The MSI X460DX straddles two of the more popular notebook form-factors available today. It's not an ultraportable, and it's not a mainstream 15-incher either. Instead, its 14-inch form factor gives mobile consumers another choice. It's a platform size that we don't think is used enough, and it doesn't get nearly enough attention. That said, MSI has decided to step out a bit with the X460DX, and the internal specifications are just as intriguing as the outside chassis... MSI X460DX 14" Core i5 Notebook Review... Read more...
Thin–and–light is back. If you have any doubts whatsoever, just take a look at the notebook landscape as it is today. Outside of those monster gaming laptops and desktop replacements that still demand their own massive amount of real estate, most everything else these days seems to be aiming for thin. MSI's lineup is no different, with the company's new X460 and X460DX aiming for a solid balance of power and portability. MSI's X Series should be no stranger to those reading these pages, and the unit here on our test bed certainly appears to kick things up a notch. The X460DX straddles... Read more...
iBUYPOWER announced the availability of Intel Z68 Core i5 and Core i7 powered systems. The systems will come in a NZXT Gama gaming case and will feature a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-2600K processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics card, 450W power supply, and a 500GB hard drive. With the Z68 chipset, users will get the ability to overclock both K SKU systems and integrated GPUs. The new processors also feature Intel’s Smart Response Technology to improve hard drive performance and LucidLogix Virtu GPU Technology. The iBUYPOWER Z68 systems start at $749. iBUYPOWER... Read more...
With their Sandy Bridge wrinkles firmly tucked away, Intel is continuing to flesh out their mobile offering with a new, more moderately priced dual-core CPU that brings all of their latest technologies to bear in a 2.53GHz chip called the Core i5-2520M.  With Turbo Boost technology available for bursts of performance on demand, this four-thread capable CPU should be a popular configuration in the midrange class of multimedia notebooks.  The Asus K53E was the vehicle of choice that Intel went with for our testing and evaluation requirements here today and it's a looker.  ... Read more...
For their new generation of notebook processors, Intel decided to take the opposite approach that they took in their desktop architecture, where they launched their mid-range quad-core product first, with a promise of top-end multi-core performance to come just a bit further down their roadmap.  From a mobile standpoint, the Core i7 2820QM with four cores and eight threads is a heck of a lot of computing resources to carry around in your briefcase or backpack.  It could be argued that the average, mainstream mobile end user doesn't need that kind of horsepower and as long as the multimedia... Read more...
Find yourself jonesing for an all-in-one PC? MSI's new Wind Top AE2210 might be just the ticket. The AE2210 is a 21.5-inch machine built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, and don't worry about those early warts that affected Intel's 6-series chipset -- you won't find any of those in the AE2210. What you will find is an Intel Core i3 2100 (3.1GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 2500MHz DMI) or Core i5 2400s (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 2500MHz DMI) processor, 2GB/4GB of DDR3 (upgradeable to 8GB), integrated Intel HD 2000 graphics or optional Nvidia GeForce GT 540M discrete hardware, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 640GB SATA II... Read more...
The ultraportable notebook marketplace is hotter than ever before. In years past, buying a sub-14" machine generally meant a couple of things: low power and higher relative price. Today, it's still fair to say that ultraportables are generally less powerful and more expensive than the standard-sized 15" machines that sit above them, but the gap is closing fast. Toshiba's 13.3" Portégé R705 is one of the sleeker, more potent ultraportables on the market today, and in general, we have always admired the Portégé design scheme. The R705 keeps a good thing going, with its... Read more...
The ultraportable notebook marketplace is hotter than ever before. In years past, buying a sub-14" machine generally meant a couple of things: low power and high price. Today, it's still fair to say that ultraportables are generally less powerful and more expensive than the standard-sized 15" machines that sit above them, but the gap is closing fast. Intel's Core i3 and i5 line of processors has ushered in an entirely new segment of thin-and-light machines, and we're getting to the point where 13.3" machines can finally be taken seriously from a performance standpoint. Toshiba's 13.3" Portégé... Read more...
AMD always hosts an event in the shadow of Intel's Developer Forum, so it wasn't surprising to hear the company was demoing its upcoming Zacate processor this week. Zacate is the codename associated with AMD's 18W dual-core APU and will target the $500 notebook market. The second chip, Ontario, is a 9W APU that'll chase after Atom's business. According to AMD's Director of Fusion Marketing, John Taylor, Zacate-class APUs are ideal platforms for what he calls "no-compromise cloud computing." Why's that? He's glad you asked. Increasingly, we go online for collaboration and social interaction...Nowhere... Read more...
Yesterday, we chided AMD for its decision not to reveal more details about Bulldozer and Bobcat, but it turns out we didn't have all the facts. AMD was planning on disclosing more information later in the day at Hot Chips—but the company failed to disclose that tid-bit before we went live with our previous coverage. We're going to take a look at the new information about Bobcat and Bulldozer that's subsequently been revealed; if you want more general backround data you can get it here... Next-Gen AMD Bobcat and Bulldozer CPU Deep Dive... Read more...
Yesterday, we chided AMD for its decision not to reveal more details about Bulldozer and Bobcat, but it turns out we didn't have all the facts. AMD was planning on disclosing more information later in the day at Hot Chips—but the company failed to disclose that before we went live with our previous coverage. We're going to take a look at the new information about Bobcat and Bulldozer that's subsequently been revealed; if you want more general background data, check the links above. Bully For Bobcat We'll start with the high-level block diagram of Bobcat's architecture, then step... Read more...
At Hot Chips 22 today, AMD will be discussing new details of its Bobcat and Bulldozer processors—but don't be surprised if some of the new information sounds familiar. With the exception of a few tidbits on Bobcat's architecture and a new Bulldozer block diagram, much of what the company discussed with us recently was revealed last November at the company's Analyst Day. For those of you who might not keep up with the company's roadmap, here's the current situation. Llano, the 32nm Phenom II-derived APU (read: CPU+GPU) that AMD was hoping to launch at the end of Q4... Read more...
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