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Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio D711 All-in-one with Sandy Bridge CPU

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

The new Toshiba Dynabook Qosmio D711 all-in-one PC will save you some space on your desktop and comes with an Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard disk drive.

Other features include a digital TV tuner, a super fast USB 3.0 port, an SDXC slot and a Combo SupersEngine with a BDXL+ drive. This all-in-one computer will be available in Japan very soon for 200,000 Yen or around $2,421.

Sony updates VAIO E, F, L with new CPUs, graphics

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Sony has upgraded PC lineup with some speed and option upgrades across some models. The VAIO E series gets most of the updates: options for the faster 2.66GHz Core i5 580M and 2.53GHz Core i5 460M, and a new 2GHz Pentium dual-core option for build-to-order models.

The EA and EB now have options for Mobility Radeon HD 5650 video and 1080p displays, while every E series gets purple as a color choice. The VAIO F gets a visual performance upgrade with the newer GeForce GT 425M and a single USB 3.0 port.

Intel wants to charge $50 to upgrade CPU performance

Posted in Intel by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This one will make you angry if you want every bit of power from your CPU. Intel is asking customers to pay extra if they want to unleash the full power of their store-bought cpus. An Engadget reader was at Best Buy when he spotted this $50 card. Intel websites confirm it. The card lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.

Hardware.info got themselves an early sample of the chip and it’s a full 1MB of L3 cache that’s enabled plus HyperThreading support. Chip companies already sell hardware-locked chips, so this isn’t new. The process is called binning, but binned chips are usually sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their chips turned are defective after printing.

Acer’s dualscreen laptop with Core i5 CPU?

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

We’ve been waiting to see more dual screen laptops like this here Onkyo and this guy here, but it’s been dry lately. Now we hear some news that Acer is testing a rig that might be powerful enough to do the trick.

Some pictures from Tech Review purportedly show a 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 processor (likely a Core i5-580M) with dual fifteen-inch multitouch screens, making other dual screen lappies look dated by comparison. According to the source however, this device is “still slow and buggy,” so we likely have a long wait.

Nintendo 3DS to be powered by a Marvell CPU?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Speculation is that Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS portable 3D gaming handheld could be powered by Marvell. Marvell co-founder Sehat Sutardja dropped some hints during their quarterly earnings call. He says that Marvell chips will soon be used to power a game console.

“Approximately 15% of the sequential increase (in quarterly sales) was due to the initial production revenue from our ARMADA application processors, primarily as a result of a major customer preparing to launch a new gaming platform,”

Intel roadmap tips new Core i5-580M CPU

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

A product roadmap leaked late last week from Intel that shows the chipmaker is set to launched a new Core i5 part this fall. The new part is called the Core i5-580M and will reportedly replace the 540M CPU.

The new 580M CPU will run at 2.66GHz. It will consumer 35W of power and will feature Turbo Boost technology. With Turbo Boost, that CPU is said to be able to hit 3.33GHz.

Intel to let Atom N550 CPU be used in machines with up to 12.1-inch screen

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

Intel has always been worried that the robust sales and popularity of the Atom line of CPUs would draw buyers away from its more profitable and powerful CPUs. This fear lead to the Atom processors getting a screen size limit of 10.2-inches.

DigiTimes reports that Intel is lifting that screen size limitation on the new Atom N550. The N550 is a dual-core CPU set for release in the second half of the year.


Dell Inspiron M501R with AMD Phenom II X4 CPU

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2010

The Dell Inspiron M501R is powered by AMD’s Phenom II X4 mobile processor, codenamed Champlain. The laptop comes with either 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics, a 15.6-inch 720p HD-capable display, standard DVD burner and an optional Blu-ray drive.

Some other features include an integrated 1.3MP webcam, speakers, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB port, optional 7-in-1 media card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs, along with a full-size keyboard with numeric pad.

AMD posts record Q1 revenue

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2010

Q1 2010 has come and gone and financials for many tech companies are starting to come out. So far, Intel and Google have both posted strong financials for the quarter.

AMD has now offered up its financials and the company reports that it has had record Q1 revenue. Revenue for the quarter was $1.57 billion with net income of $257 million. Operating income was $182 million with a gross margin of $130 million.

AMD unveils Opteron 6000 8 and 12-core CPUs

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on March 29th, 2010

AMD has been offering Opteron processor for a while now that have six cores inside. The company has now announced that it has new Opteron 6000 series processors available that have 8-cores and 12-cores.

The new processors are aimed at the server environment and will be offered in servers from HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD says that the new processors offer twice the performance of the previous generation 6-core processors.

AMD Phenom II X6 CPU prices surface

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on March 22nd, 2010

Intel released its new 6-core Gulftown CPUs earlier this month with high-end versions going for over $1000. AMD is set to launch its own 6-core processors with the code name Thuban.

The Thuban parts will be officially called the AMD Phenom II X6 processors. Pricing on a couple of the CPUs has been revealed today. The Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition will sell for $295. The processor operates at 3.2GHz and has a 9MB cache.


Intel whips out new Xeon 5600 processor series

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2010

Intel has pulled the wraps off many new technologies over the years. The world’s largest processor maker today unveiled its latest Xeon processors calling the new parts the most secure ever. The new Xeon 5600 series includes multiple CPU models.

Intel says the key to the secure nature of the CPUs is the new Intel Advanced Encryption Standards New Instructions and Intel Trusted Execution Technology. This tech works together to make encryption and decryption faster and more secure.

CPU upgrade puts Jaguar supercomputer at the top performance wise

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 16th, 2009

jaguarsupercomputer-sgThe Jaguar supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was recently upgraded with new AMD processors that gave it enough performance to move up the top 5 supercomputers list. The Jaguar is a Cray XT5 supercomputer and is now the fastest machine in the world.

Jaguar previously used quad-core AMD processors and was upgraded to 6-core processors. The new upgrade gives the supercomputer a theoretical peak performance of 2.3 petaflops/s. The performance on the Linpack benchmark was 1.75 petaflops/second.

AMD and Intel settle all antitrust and IP disputes for $1.25 billion

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on November 13th, 2009

amd-logo1I have been looking out the windows trying to spot flying pigs since I read this. After years of fighting in courts, Intel and AMD have settled all antitrust and IP disputes. Intel got out of the thing paying only $1.25 billion to AMD.

That is a lot of money, but it’s not that much considering how bad things could have been. The two companies have also agreed to a 5-year cross-licensing agreement and Intel has agreed to abide by a set of business practice provisions.

Global CPU shipments grow significantly for Q3 2009

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on November 9th, 2009

idc-logoAccording to research firm IDC, the global shipments of CPUs for Q3 2009 have grown at more than double the normal quarter to quarter rate. The latest figures are in and the global CPU market grew 23% for Q3 2009 compared to Q2 2009.

The most growth of any CPU segment was in the netbook CPU category where shipments grew 35.7% over the quarter. Desktop CPU shipments grew 11.4% and x86 server processors grew 12.2%. The global CPU market revenue was over $7.4 billion, a growth of 14% from the previous quarter.

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