Intel (with recap)
Intel placed a strong focus on mobile products in their booth at CES. A number of UMPCs and MIDs (mobile internet devices) were on display that all featured Intel processor technology.
One of the fun displays consisted of an old Toshiba notebook powered by a 486 processor that sat alongside a brand new Centrino based machine; my how far we have come. Like last year, Intel also placed a strong focus on HD video and showcased a number of products for the CE and PC markets gears and HD creation, playback, and storage.
A Recap From HotHardware's News Page: We've posted a myriad of information and preliminary benchmarks regarding Intel's upcoming extreme Octa-Core SkullTrail platform over the last few months, since attending the Intel Developers Forum this past September. In their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, however, Intel disclosed a few more juicy details and showed off a couple of SkullTrail systems we thought you'd like to see.
The system on the left is a custom Alienware rig based on the Skulltrail platform that features a liquid-cooling system and a pair of GeForce 8800 Ultras running in SLI mode. The dual Core 2 Extreme X9775 processors in the system were running at 4GHz (10 x 400MHz), and according to the BIOS hardware monitor, the chips hummed along at a relatively cool 40 degrees while idling. The system's specifics can be seen in the CPU-Z screenshot above.
In addition to the Alienware system, the folks from Intel's performance lab also assembled an air-cooled SkullTrail system of their own, which also happened to be clocked at 4GHz. This system, however, used a pair of Thermalright air coolers on the processors. With these high clock speeds, and some relatively speedy DDR2-800 CAS 3 FB-DIMMs, the 4GHz SkullTrail rigs burned through the Cinebench R9.5 multi-threaded test in only 6 seconds and the Cinebench R10 benchmark in only 35 seconds.
Stay tuned for more on SkullTrail in the weeks ahead.