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The enthusiast gaming notebook has become an extremely viable and desirable alternative to today's desktop systems, which in-part explains why the mobile segment is one of the fastest growing in the PC industry. The latest crop of high performance notebooks are an engineering marvel of sorts, as they come dangerously close to providing the same levels of performance without the excessive bulk and heat associated with a full desktop system. Over the course of the last year in particular, we have witnessed the notebook gain further ground on desktops with the arrival of new processors and NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU configurations on the notebook platform. As such, we now have... Read more...
DailyTech has managed to get their hands on a preliminary sample of ATI's upcoming mainstream RV570 GPU and has posted some early performance results for your viewing pleasure. Based on a 80u process, this new GPU features 36 Pixel Shaders and 12 pipelines and is said to run with a core frequency of 580MHz and memory running at 700MHz. Equipped with 256MB of memory, the card also boasts an internal Crossfire connector allowing for multiple GPU configurations without needing an external adaptor. With a rough pricepoint hovering between $199 and $250, the new ATI GPU will be doing battle with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GS. Judging from the initial performance results, it appears... Read more...
Intel gave access to quad-core Kentsfield-based systems to select members of the press yesterday at IDF.  Today the embargo has been lifted on a preview of performance numbers with the new 2.66GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.  HotHardware: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 quad-core performance Preview Discuss Digg To Share... Read more...
  Though we're running the risk of sounding a bit platitudinal, this is definitely the IDF moment we're sure many of you have been waiting for.  We've reported to you on Intel's various technology announcements and architectural initiatives over the past few days.  And, from what we could garner from our sessions with Intel at this fall's IDF, the company certainly has a lot of bleeding-edge technology on tap that by all rights should dramatically affect the computing industry landscape for years to come. We've heard from both sides of the fence, nearly all year long, that the age of the multi-core processor is upon us and multi-threaded applications... Read more...
Rambus Showcases Silicon Verified Demo Compliant with Gen2 Revision 0.5 Specification for PCI Express   Seamlessly integrated digital controller and PHY solution for next generation PC and peripheral interconnect... Los Altos, California, United States  - 09/25/2006   Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq: RMBS), one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed chip interfaces, today announced the availability of its Gen2 Total Solution silicon demo, a complete communications interface solution featuring an integrated digital controller and PHY implementation for the next generation of PCI Express(R) technology. At a 5.0 Gbps transfer rate, Gen2... Read more...
The gang at IGN have been chatting with the folks at Bigfoot Networks regarding the company's new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In essence, this new NIC offloads all the networking tasks from the CPU and OS and handles it onboard with its own 400MHz NPU (Network Processing Unit) and 64MB of RAM. As one might suspect from the hefty price tag, there are a multitude of features and functionality which are tailored around online gaming. Unfortunately, all performance benchmarks and claims thus far are coming straight from Bigfoot Networks. Should the results we witness when we test the hardware be even close to what these preliminary benchmarks indicate, we will have... Read more...
  In recent months, we've seen a major step forward in the image quality of TV Tuner cards on the PC.  As we recently saw with our review of NVIDIA's DualTV, an analog signal can now be cleaned up nicely with finely tuned comb filters and other technologies to bring clarity not seen with previous products.  As the technology has evolved, manufacturers now have the leverage to produce TV-Tuner packages with exceptional analog image quality along with other features, such as dual-tuners, using a single cable connection. While NVIDIA impressed us with their DualTV card, ATI has been hard at work fine tuning their Theater 650 Pro processor.  Building... Read more...
If you're in the market for a powerful new notebook, [H]Consumer -- sister site to [H]ard|OCP -- has just posted a preview of Lenovo's Core Duo powered ThinkPad T60 that you'll want to check out.  Seems like a really nice notebook.  I'm going to be adding it to my list of upgrade options; this X1000 has to go soon. "Carrying an Intel Core Duo processor and the innovative ThinkPad system management platform, the T60 is a look at the future of mobile computing. We give you the [H] Consumer perspective on what you can look forward to."  ... Read more...
If you just can't seem to quench your thirst for more info on AMD's Socket AM2, Phoronix has another article of interest. Click here to get in the know on chipset support, motherboard offerings, and linux compatibility. "When it comes to the whole server and workstation topic of Socket AM2 support, NVIDIA is currently working on a replacement for its nForce Professional 2050/2200 Chipset. This new NVIDIA nForce PRO 3000 core-logic is still under NDA with its vendors. We would anticipate that the new NVIDIA nForce Professional Chipsets would arrive in July to coincide with the AMD LGA-1207 DDR2 Socket F launch, while the PRO Chipsets... Read more...
Hot on the heals of this morning's announcement from AMD, HardwareZone has posted a performance preview is the new Turion 64 X2 processor. It seems the gang at HardwareZone got their hands on a pre-release MSI notebook that featured AMD new mobile CPU.  Seemed like a decent performer... "Get a socket change, a new dual-channel DDR2 memory controller, double the processing cores, improve power management and you have a recipe for the new Turion 64 X2 processor. Read on as we take MSI's S271 Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology pre-evaluation notebook for a quick spin."  ... Read more...
ExtremeTech have posted a preview of NVIDIA's new flagship mobile GPU dubbed the GeForce Go 7900 GTX. Installed in a new Dell XPS M1710 gaming notebook, this new mobile GPU is able to provide framerates that are on par with some of the fastest desktops money can buy. If you're into the thought of gaming on the run or a frequent LAN junky, NVIDIA's latest and greatest new GPU certainly warrants your attention. Since the Go 7900 GTX on the surface just seems like a refresh of the Go 7800 GTX, we weren't expecting substantial improvements in performance over the earlier release. But the fine tuning of the architecture,... Read more...
MVKTech has a preview of NVidia's 7900GX2 Quad SLI cards. This review has some excellent information about the layout and specifications of each board as well as awesome photos of these high profile cards. NVIDIA has taken advantage of their leading position when it comes to multi-GPU technology, which they have introduced quite successfully some years ago. This technology was launched as SLI, Scalable Link Interface to bundle the performance of two graphics cards. SLI is a high-performance technology that intelligently combines and scales graphics performance and visual quality by having multiple NVIDIA GPU's in a single system. NVIDIA has puched once again the limits and instead of running... Read more...
Anand has just posted a performance preview of AMD's upcoming Socket AM2 platform for your viewing pleasure. Beyond the obvious physical socket change, AMD is making the move away from DDR and switching over to DDR2 memory. Although AMD had an exceptionally efficient DDR memory controller in its architecture, there have been rumors of issues regarding DDR2's higher latencies that could inhibit the platform's performance. With Intel's Conroe architecture coming in the near future, AMD fans are hoping for a miracle before the planned architecture update in 2007. Why would you move to Socket-AM2? If you're well invested... Read more...
NVIDIA's replacement for the aging GeForce 6600 GS and answer to ATI's Radeon X1600 series has been launched as the GeForce 7600 GS. Various websites have posted previews and limited reviews of this new GPU with some solid results. We've taken the liberty of consolidating these reviews in one place for your viewing pleasure. PC Impact Hardware Zone PC Perspective Legit Reviews Firing Squad   (From Hardware Zone) - Based on the MSI NX7600GS-T2D256EH that we have just seen, the GeForce 7600 GS not only runs circles around the GeForce 6600 GT, it makes a mockery of ATI's mid-range offering. The nearest price competitor, the Radeon X1600 PRO... Read more...
Anandtech has posted a very interesting follow-up to their initial Conroe CPU benchmarks. This new article includes results taken from Anand's own custom benchmarks and not the Intel-created demos used in the previous article. Somewhat surprisingly, the new Conroe CPU still retains its almost obscene performance advantage seemingly indicating that there were no tricks behind the stunning results Intel was already showcasing. Should these results be legit, the only question which remains is when and how much?The performance picture with regards to Conroe hasn't really changed all that much - on average we're still seeing a bit over a 20% increase in performance over an overclocked Athlon 64 FX-60.... Read more...
Anandtech has posted a very brief preview of what people can expect to see at this year's CEBIT tradeshow. Having flown to Taiwan ahead of the show to see what vendors would be marketing, Anand has a good idea of what the latest and greatest products will be. Unfortunately, it appears as though some platform info from AMD along with a new NVIDIA graphics card are the only bits of exciting news we'll see from CEBIT. Cebit is often a show with many industry launches, but this year appears to be a lot thinner than the recent past. The only major NDA to lift at Cebit will be the new NVIDIA video cards.... Read more...
PC Perspective has published a preview of FutureMark's new 3DMark06 benchmark complete with screenshots and technical explainations. Without question, 3DMark06 has enough new features and detail to make even the most hardcore systems sweat. If you've downloaded the benchmark and want to understand why your overall score is low, go check out the article and see what your system is dealing with. Now the only question left unanswered is what the record is today for the highest overall score.3DMark06 is hitting the web today, and no doubt there will be huge lines at all the download sites as gamers and enthusiasts struggle to be the first to find out how their system compares to the numbers we have... Read more...
Anandtech has posted a preview of NVIDIA's new entry-level DX9 part named the GeForce 7300. Armed with some healthy increases in frequency, higher memory capacities, and 64-bit memory bus should make the GeForce 7300 a very capable entry-level GPU. Granted, you won't be setting any benchmark records anytime soon. However, this is a very economical choice for those looking to play the latest and greatest games with a limited budget. For now, we can at least take comfort in the fact that a > 50% increase in core clock speed, increased memory size and bandwidth, and higher level of architectural efficiency over the 6200 TC will help make the new... Read more...
Both Anandtech and PC Perspective report that NVIDIA has just launched two new nForce4 chipsets for the Intel platform that will allow it to offer chipsets for the entire market segment. Here, the nForce4 SLI XE will address the performance mainstream segment with the nForce4 Ultra handling the mainstream segment. One of the most visible changes with these MCP's is the lack of the somewhat controversial NVIDIA active-armor networking engine and hardware-accelerated firewall. In return for lacking these features, we finally see the welcomed presence of HD Audio support (Azalia). In the end, it looks as though the Intel platform just received a healthy bust of energy and it will be interesting... Read more...
Anandtech has posted the second installment of his preview of Intel's new Yonah mobile processor. With some healthy performance increases in nearly every application, it appears as though Intel might have hit a homerun with Yonah. However, the gaming performance of the plaform still remains somewhat lackluster and could possibly result from the lack of an onboard memory controller.The problem with the Core Duo is that its clock speeds aren't going to be quite high enough to be competitive, on the very high end, with AMD. Luckily for Intel, Conroe should be able to offer higher clock speeds without much of a performance penalty thanks to its 4-issue core. It is always interesting to note that... Read more...
Microsoft is still trying to catch up to the feature reach FireFox browser, and today PCstats gives a bit of an IE7 preview. Given Microsoft still maintains browser dominance, there's a lot they need to do to keep it that way. "PCSTATS looks at the new features which Microsoft plans to bring to the table With Internet Explorer 7, and examine how the underlying functionality of the browser has changed to better protect your computer. Internet Explorer has the distinction of being the browser most targeted by all forms of spyware, malware, and other nasties, so more security is always good news. Essential features like tabbed browsing are just... Read more...
PC Perspective has just posted a review of ATI's new mainstream mobile GPU, the Mobility Radeon X1600. Those looking for yet another take on this GPU can take a glimpse at Marco's own impressions in Hot Hardware's own preview here. Overall, it looks like ATI has released a solid new mainstream product. Let's cross our fingers and hope we can find some systems using this new GPU before Christmas.The Radeon Mobility X1600 looks to be a powerful addition to the mobile GPU arsenal from ATI. With solid gameplay performance as well as new improvements in power management for battery savings, the X1600 should be a good offering for notebook users looking for a gaming notebook that doesn't have the weight... Read more...
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