Somewhat lost in all the blog posts about how much Sony's latest Vaio Z ultraportable, available in the UK, costs, is the laptop's optional docking station, which includes an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card that works with the notebook through Intel's Light Peak connection.
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John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
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The latest dust-up in the AMD-versus-Intel never-ending conflict concerns BAPCo, a consortium of tech companies that releases a set of benchmarks, including, most importantly, SYSmark. This week, AMD quit the BAPCo board, and speculation over why has run rampant ever since.
To make sure there's further confusion in the myriad ways you can connect an external device to your computer, the PCI special interest group says it is working on an external version of PCI Express, the standard already used internally in PCs for graphics cards, sound cards, and even SSDs. It would join eSATA, USB 3.
After showing it off at the recent Computex show, Powercolor has officially released its HD6870X2, which combines two AMD Radeon HD 6870 high-performance GPUs on a single card. It will compete with other dual-GPU boards like the Radeon HD 6990, Nvidia GeForce GTX 590, and the forthcoming Asus Mars II, though according to Fudzilla, it will undercut their pricing by being offered at $449.
So far most of the news surrounding AMD's launch of its new Llano accelerated processing units (APUs) has been related to laptop chips, like those in soon-to-be-shipping notebooks from HP. But Fudzilla has unearthed some preliminary pricing for the first Llano desktop parts -- and they look to give Intel's Core i3 processors a run for your money.
Intel has released new low-voltage versions of its second-generation Core processors designed to power a new class of so-called Ultrabooks from the likes of Asus, Lenovo and LG Electronics.
AMD has barely rolled out its new A-series of Accelerated Processing Units, a.k.
Competition is fierce in the solid-state-drive market, but many buyers are still focused on Intel's SSDs, thanks to the chip giant's name and its drives' good overall performance. Already in 2011, the company has released the SSD 510 and the SSD 320 Series to refresh its mainstream offerings.
Acer has been busy over the last week, introducing everything from new Aspire TimelineX notebooks to fresh desktop families. Today, the company is debuting a new line of laptops that puts digital entertainment in the forefront.
AMD's new A-series, or "Llano," Accelerated Processing Units -- which combine CPU cores with Radeon HD graphics cores on a single chip -- is off to a good start with HP's announcement that a whopping 11 different Pavilion and ProBook laptops will offer the new processors starting either later this month or in July.Unfortunately, HP hasn't disclosed which APUs will be available for which laptops, but the company has announced the particular laptop families that will support Llano.