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AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures and technology.The new line-up of processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following products... Phenom II X2 555  -  $99 Athlon II X4 635  -  $119 Athlon II X3 440  -  $84 Athlon II X2 255  -  $74 Phenom II X4... Read more...
AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures and technology.The new line-up of processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following products... Phenom II X2 555 - $99 Athlon II X4 635 - $119 Athlon II X3 440 - $84 Athlon II X2 255 - $74 Phenom II X4 910e - $169 We decided to take the 3.2GHz Phenom... Read more...
I’ve recently built up two midrange Core i7 based systems, which I discuss on my blog at Improbable Insights. One is based on Bloomfield, more specifically, the popular (among performance enthusiasts, anyway) Core i7 920. The other is the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 860. What’s interesting is the similarity in pricing between the two systems. I’ll talk about the individual system builds, but I also want to explore why you might build one type of system over the other. These systems are similar, but don’t have identical components (motherboards obviously differ.) But they are good case studies into... Read more...
I’ve recently built up two midrange Core i7 based systems, which I discuss on my blog at Improbable Insights. One is based on Bloomfield, more specifically, the popular (among performance enthusiasts, anyway) Core i7 920. The other is the new Lynnfield-based Core i7 860. What’s interesting is the similarity in pricing between the two systems. I’ll talk about the individual system builds, but I also want to explore why you might build one type of system over the other.These systems are similar, but don’t have identical components (motherboards obviously differ.) But they are good case studies into... Read more...
A common concern with the current crop of Solid State Drives is the performance penalty associated with block-rewriting. The flash memory used on today's SSDs is comprised of cells that usually contain 4KB pages that are arranged in blocks of 512KB. When a cell is unused, data can be written to it relatively quickly. But if a cell already contains some data--no matter how little, even if it fills only a single page in the block--the entire block must be re-written. That means, whatever data is already present in the block must be read, then it must be combined or replaced, etc. with the new additional... Read more...
OCZ recently expanded its lineup of DDR2 memory to include new high-speed 4GB kits that will operate and excel at low voltages. These latest kits provide enthusiasts with a way to achieve breakneck frequencies without exceeding 1.8V. OCZ plans to release the low-voltage DDR2 kits under the high-end Blade and Platinum series. Read on for full details in the press release. OCZ Technology Group Unveils New High Performance DDR2 Memory Solutions with Emphasis on Lower Power Requirements OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, expanded... Read more...
Corsair announced the new Corsair Cooling range of advanced cooling solutions for Dominator and Dominator GT modules. The new cooling solutions use the Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 water-block and Ice Series T30 thermo-electric cooler. This technology can cool memory to below room temperature and provide enhanced overclocking performance. The Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H30 is a high performance anodized aluminum water-block that is capable of cooling up to six Dominator or Dominator GT modules. The Corsair Cooling Ice Series T30 features a thermo-electric cooler capable of cooling memory... Read more...
Today we take a look at Asus’ N10Jc Netbook – a netbook with a bit more juice going on under the hood versus the standard fare. Based on Intel’s Atom N270 processor and sporting a switchable, discrete NVIDIA graphics engine to bolster multimedia performance and provide some level of gaming capability, the N10Jc is a standout netbook to be sure.  ... Read more...
ASUS is one of the key drivers of the netbook arena, at least in the sense that they are often the first to bring new features and platforms to market. Not only did they launch the very first commercially available netbook, the Eee PC 701, they can also lay claim to having the first Intel Atom powered notebook, the Eee PC 900A, as well as the first 10" netbook, the Eee PC 1000. Since the first Eee PC hit the market just over a year ago, we have seen a relatively constant stream of new products flow out of the Eee PC team at ASUS; both a blessing and a curse. Oddly, ASUS has actually been criticized... Read more...
VIA Nano Processor: World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based ComputersNew SiSoftware Sandra 2009 benchmarking software includes measurable cryptographic tests showing the VIA Nano processor using only 5% of the power and almost double the speed of competing CPUs Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of... Read more...
WD RE3 3.5-inch Enterprise SATA Hard Drives 1 TB, 1.2 million hours MTBF, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Generation 3: 20% faster, unparalleled reliability. High performance enterprise SATA drives designed specifically for business-critical applications. LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - As the enterprise market for highly reliable, high-capacity storage continues to grow, WDR (NYSE: WDC) today added 750 GB and 1 TB WD RE3 SATA hard drives to its successful family of WD RET hard drives. Perfect for demanding server and storage application environments, WD's RE3 750 GB and 1 TB high-capacity enterprise... Read more...
WD INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY OF 7200 RPM 2.5-INCH HARD DRIVES FOR FAST NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICESNew WD Scorpio® Black Drives Offer up to 320 GB High-performance, Low-power Storage for Space Hungry SystemsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 02, 2008 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its new line of WD Scorpio® Black 7200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance notebook computers and portable storage devices. Available in capacities up to 320 GB, WD Scorpio Black hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and... Read more...
Dell's XPS branded products have come a long way since they first appeared in 1993. Starting life as a performance trim for the Dimension product line, Dell has nurtured XPS into a well-known and respected premium performance brand. While not all XPS branded products are specifically targeted at gamers, gaming has always been at the core of the product line-up. The XPS brand's flagship desktop and notebook products have always been heavily gaming oriented, but it looks like that is set to change.The XPS 730 is Dell's latest XPS flagship desktop product, the fourth generation of the XPS 700 series,... Read more...
Dell's XPS branded products have come a long way since they first appeared in 1993. Starting life as a performance trim for the Dimension product line, Dell has nurtured XPS into a well-known and respected premium performance brand. While not all XPS branded products are specifically targeted at gamers, gaming has always been at the core of the product line-up. The XPS brand's flagship desktop and notebook products have always been heavily gaming oriented, but it looks like that is set to change.The XPS 730 is Dell's latest XPS flagship desktop product, the fourth generation of the XPS 700... Read more...
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