Intel doesn't seem to be having much luck keeping its latest top-performing hexa-core CPU, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, under wraps. Already one gaming PC builder, Origin PC, has started offering the new processor in its systems.
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Intel's latest six-core processor, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, hasn't been officially unveiled by the chip giant yet, but gaming PC builder Origin PC has just announced the new CPU's availability in its Genesis desktop as well as its Eon-17 gaming laptop.The i7-990X, no doubt the fastest desktop processor (as were its six-core predecessors), has a base clock speed of 3.
Having vanquished its Dell Adamo competitor, Apple's MacBook Air ultraportable laptop will get a performance boost in June, according to our sister site CNET.After using Intel's Core 2 Duo processors since its launch, the svelte notebook will be updated to the latest Sandy Bridge CPUs, which should allow the MacBook Air to run faster and eek out even more battery life.
Unlike Motorola, which will apparently sell its new Xoom tablet for a whopping $800 starting in a couple of weeks, Research in Motion is taking a saner approach to pricing its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.CrackBerry.
Our sister site CNET is reporting that Dell is killing off its Adamo ultraportable laptop, a few weeks after it dropped prices on the MacBook Air rival.Ultraportable notebooks have taken it on the chin lately -- or at least PC versions.
The delay of new PCs using Intel's second-generation Core processors may not be as long as initially thought. Intel said some customers will use original 6 Series chipset anyway while production of the updated Sandy Bridge chipset is going better than expected.
AMD is expanding its Radeon HD 6000 family with a few new cards that will only be available to OEMs to use in their systems they sell to consumers. The boards should help AMD compete with Nvidia in the midrange desktop space.
Long before the iPad came along HP was trying to make touch work better on Windows. Today HP announced new versions of its touchscreen all-in-one PCs and an update to its TouchSmart software.
Is it in response to the Intel Sandy Bridge defect or an effort to move product before the launch of its Bulldozer platform? Either way, AMD has quietly slashed pricing on some Phenom II X4 and Phenom II X6 CPUs.
Microsoft has floated the idea of officially supporting its Kinect gesture-based game controller in the PC realm after hackers have used it for various experiments, but Sony may beat it to the punch with support for its own PlayStation Move motion controllers.According to our sister site CNET, Sony exec John McCutchan will discuss a project called Move Server at the upcoming Game Developers Conference.