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If you've been shopping for a processor, you may have noticed that Intel silently launched a new Pentium D CPU recently, the dual-core 3.6GHz Pentium D 960. The gang at HardwareZone plucked one fresh from the assembly line and have posted their thoughts about its performance and value.  Not a bad chip -- it's almost a shame Conroe is right around the corner. "Quite frankly, we thought the Pentium 965 Extreme Edition from Intel was the last attempt at rivaling AMD with their existing Presler based CPUs. While we are still right that they haven't put up any speedier models than they already have, a check recently on their Pentium... Read more...
The HardwareZone has taken a look at Intel's current flagship Pentium Extreme Edition 955 and 965 processors. We evaluated both of these CPUs a while back as well.  You can see our take on the 955 here, and the 965 here. "Succeeding their lackluster predecessors, the new Pentium XE processors based on the Presler core sport some serious specs. With clock speeds of up to 3.73GHz, loaded with 4MB of L2 cache and taking advantage of a 1066MHz FSB, they seem to instill fear into AMD's A64 FX series; but are they that extreme?"  ... Read more...
Intel's current line-up of desktop processors based on the company's aging Netburst micro-architecture may not have the allure it once did with power users, thanks in no small part to fierce competition from arch-rival AMD, but their core logic chipsets have always been held in high regard. Intel puts an immense amount of resources into designing and qualifying their chipsets.  And over the years they've built and solidified a reputation for performance, features, and rock-solid stability. Another company with a solid reputation for building high performance, feature-rich and stable products is Asus. Over the years, we've tested and burned in a multitude of Asus-built products,... Read more...
The folks at HKPEC have posted a great scoop on what seems to be an unknown upcoming GPU from NVIDIA. The GPU is dubbed "Tritium" which is defined as, "A rare radioactive hydrogen isotope with atomic mass 3 and half-life 12.5 years, prepared artificially for use as a tracer and as a constituent of hydrogen bombs." Unfortunately, the slide simply references this mystery "Tritium GPU" so we're not sure of any details. One thing is certain, the rumor mill is going to have a field day with this one.  ... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Premium DDR PC-3200 Titanium XTC Series Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first Titanium XTC products-PC-3200 EL Titanium DDR 1GB module and 2GB Dual Channel kit. The OCZ Titanium series is the first and only line of memory dedicated to the high reliability needs of high-end systems and servers. Sophisticated discrete IC screening and qualification ensures superior performance ideal for mission critical systems, high power users, and server applications. Each Titanium XTC module is 100% hand-tested for ultimate reliability and quality assurance.... Read more...
Hey everyone. I've been playing with one of Intel's Pentium D 805 processors for most of this morning, and have some interesting news to report.  If you're unfamiliar with the Pentium D 805, it's basically a cheap, dual-core CPU based on Intel's 90nm Smithfield core. What separates the Pentium D 805 from most of its Smithfield-based counterparts, is that the 805 rides on a 533MHz FSB. And it's also the lowest clocked dual-core desktop processor available from Intel at the moment at 2.66GHz. This, of course, makes the Pentium D 805 a potential candidate for overclockers on a budget looking to jump on the dual-core bandwagon.  How good of a candidate was a question I had up until a few... Read more...
About three months ago, we took a look at the Pentium Extreme Edition 955, which was Intel's first Extreme Edition processor built using the company's then brand-new 65nm manufacturing process. Each of the 955XE chip's two cores hummed along at a lofty 3.46GHz, and we found its performance to be quite good when compared to Intel's previous dual-core and single-core offerings. The Pentium Extreme Edition 955 was clearly Intel's fastest desktop dual-core processor in our tests, and due to the inherent benefits of the more advanced manufacturing process, the chip consumed much less power than its predecessor under-load, even though it was clocked almost 10% higher and was equipped with double the... Read more...
Not sure we agree with Hardcoreware.net's contention that "the playing field is level" now that AMD and Intel both offer dual-core processors, but if you want to see how the Athlon 64 X2 stacks up against a Pentium D, they've got some benchmarks for you to chew on. When you're done though, make sure to check out our Athlon 64 FX-60 and Pentium Extreme Edition 955 articles as well."Deciding between an Athlon64 and a Pentium 4 used to be a generally tough decision. AMD was easily faster in games, but the Pentium 4 was always backed by superior platforms (Intel's own chipsets), better multitasking performance thanks to HyperThreading, and generally better audio and video encoding performance.... Read more...
Our friends at the TechReport have just posted and article that pits Intel's Pentium M 760 up against AMD's Turion 64 ML-44.  These two mobile CPUs represent the best single-core technology available from AMD and Intel for the mobile space.  Core Duo is here and dual-core Turions are on the Horizon, but if you want to know which processor reigns supreme in the current landscape, Scott's bound to give you his opinion. "ALTHOUGH INTEL HAS BEEN STRUGGLING on the desktop front of late, things on the mobile side have been going just fine, thank you. In fact, the Pentium M has been doing so well that Intel's desktop line will eventually... Read more...
The Pentium-D 900 series is the next evolution in Intel's Dual-Core plans.  The Pentium-D 900 offers a total of 2MB of L2 cache per core while also adding support for Virtualization.  Thanks to an improve 65nm manufacturing process, the Pentium-D 900 series also offers lower power consumption as well.  Building on "Smithfields' successes, the new Pentium-D "Pressler" 900 series aims to add new pressure to AMD with performance and competitive pricing."The hip, newly-styled, fresh-and-in-your-face Intel is looking to freshen up the Pentium-D family with one last hoorah before their new architecture hits in late 2006. Armed with new 65nm process technology, Intel has... Read more...
Easily one of the most exciting topics in the last few months, Hardware Zone has managed to get their hands on (and benchmark) MSI's MXM-comprised Germinium Go SLI graphics card. Given the low power requirements, significantly lower heat output, and upgradeability of an MXM-based graphics card it is more than a bit exciting to see MSI taking this approach so seriously. Those doubting the viability of this card will be a bit surprised to see that MSI is serious enough to have already achieved all the proper certifications (ROHS, TUV, etc.) to bring the card to market. For those looking for something interesting to stir up their Tuesday morning, do yourself a favor and go check out MSI's ingenious... Read more...
My right-hand man, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta (aka the Backbone of HH), checked in with me this AM with some super-stealth spy photos from the backrooms of the CES show in Vegas!  What we have for you here is one of the significantly more innovative products we've seen at the show this year, courtesy of MSI Computer. MSI Geminium - Upgradeable Graphics Card    What you're looking at is "technically" an upgradeable graphics card based on a pair of NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 MXM modules that typically are used in notebook discrete graphics solutions.  There are two MXM (Mobile PCI Express) modules populated in the sockets in a SLI configuration with 512MB of total... Read more...
Intel sure sees something special with their Pentium M architecture, with their next set of CPUs like Yonah, Conroe and Woodcrest being built on it. Hardware Secrets takes you through 7 pages of Pentium M explanation."In this tutorial we will explain you how Pentium M CPU works in an easy to follow language. Since all new CPUs from Intel will use Pentium M's architecture, studying this architecture is very important to understand the architecture of forthcoming CPUs like Yonah, Conroe and Woodcrest. You will learn exactly how its architecture works so you will be able to compare it more precisely to other processors from Intel and competitors from AMD."... Read more...
Well folks, the reviews for Intel's latest CPU and chipset are in, and tonight we have a roundup for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Intel Pentium EE 955 & 975X Express Chipset Reviews: Viper Lair Legit Reviews Sudhian X-Bit labs PC Perspective LostCircuits FiringSquad And our own take on the subject is right here. ... Read more...
Intel has been relatively quiet over the last eight months or so, since the initial release of the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor back in early April of this year. The company has released an entire line of dual-core 'Pentium D' processors since then, and have also introduced a number of new core logic chipsets as well, including the recently released 975X Express chipset.  However, they've been content to have the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 as their flagship desktop processor for quite some time. Courtesy of its dual Hyper-Threading enabled execution cores, the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 was a high performing CPU in many multi-threaded applications, but... Read more...
The Register has dissected (and translated) information from a post on the Japanese website PC Watch that seems to indicate that Intel might be dropping the name "Pentium" from its future products. Although it seems crazy to throw away one of the most recognized brand names on the face of the earth, Intel might be making a wise decision if they want to lose some of the negative stigma (power consumption, excessive heat, etc.) they've experienced in the press the last year or two.The new architecture, with is focus on performance per Watt, rather than raw horsepower, warrants new, distinct branding, and 'Intel Core' is it, the report suggests. Merom and Conroe are both likely to be made... Read more...
The Pentium 4 processor was first released in November of 2000. Over the past five years, we've seen a lot of changes happen to Intel's precious processing baby. With all the different core revisions and the features they have, it's a little difficult to keep up with what the various Pentium 4 chips have to offer. Hardware Secrets looks to make the job a little easier with their Pentium 4 model reference."Intel Pentium 4 Processor was released in November 2000, using Intel's seventh x86 microarchitecture, called Netburst. Pentium 4 processors can be found in three different core versions: Willamette, Northwood and Prescott. In this tutorial we will talk about each core version and list all Pentium... Read more...
Good evening folks.  We've got some news from ECS just now that we thought may be of interest to many of you. The company has added support for Intel's Pentium M processors to the PF88 though the use os a new SIMA card. Check it... ECS Adds Intel Pentium M Support with the Launch of I9S SIMA Card -- Expanding platform flexibility of PF88 Extreme Hybrid motherboard, the new SIMA card bridges support between Intel mobile processors and Intel desktop processors -- Fremont, CA (October 26, 2005) – Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc., world's leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, today announces immediate availability of its latest SIMA card designed exclusively for its award-winning... Read more...
All right folks, we've got a big post for you tonight. Opinions on F.E.A.R. and Quake 4 are everywhere, and we've rounded a few reviews to help you make up your mind. And hey, we can't forget about Sam... seriously. Enjoy the news folks, goodnight! Intel Announces Record Revenue Of $9.96 Billion SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced record revenue of $9.96 billion for the third quarter, up 18 percent year-over-year and up 8 percent sequentially. Third-quarter operating income was $3.1 billion, up 31 percent year-over-year and up 17 percent sequentially, and includes the impact of a legal settlement discussed below. Net income was $2 billion, up 5 percent... Read more...
Jackson Armor Card @ TechTastic.ca: "Today we take a look at a hardware solution that works independently of the operating system, the Jackson Armor Card.  The Jackson Armor Card is a revolutionary hardware solution that instantly restores computers to full operational status with a simply reboot. Even a novice PC user can instantly revive a disabled computer." Notebook Buying Tips and Input Devices Galore @ Designtechnica: "Lastly I discuss a nice logical process for purchasing a laptop, from a student's perspective. Hint: Start with the components you can't upgrade, and decide on how much weight you want to lug around. Specific systems mentioned include the Sony Vaio S4X0,... Read more...
Hey everyone, here's your afternoon dose of news. I need to suck down a couple coffees and head out, so let's get to it... Dual-core-capable Pentium platforms compared @ The Tech Report "Intel's dual-core chips may be cheap, but they won't plug into just any LGA775 motherboard. The processors require a chipset from Intel's 955/945 family or NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, so upgrading is more involved than simply buying a new CPU. Fortunately, motherboard manufacturers have flocked to Intel and NVIDIA's new chipsets, so there's no shortage of dual-core-compatible motherboards from which to choose." BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC Review @ nVnews | HH Perspective "My review of the BFG... Read more...
The weekend is over, and apparently so is the nice weather. It's not a problem though, we've got some decent news to keep your eyes glued to the monitor. Let's see what Monday has to offer... Seagate 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 SATA Hard Disk @ Adrian's Rojak Pot "Size matters when it comes to hard disks. Bigger is always better. Everyone is always looking out for the biggest hard disk in the market. Today, we are going to take a close look at one of the biggest hard disks in the market - the Seagate 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 SATA hard disk! Check out why we consider it worthy of our Reviewer's Choice Award!" Review of the World's Smallest MP3 Player: MobiBlu DAH-1500 @ I4U "I got several... Read more...
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