LTE is the belle of the CTIA Wireless ball in Las Vegas this week. With wireless operators set to deploy the 4G network beginning this year--starting with Verizon Wireless here in the U.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.
<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>
Proving it's harder and harder to keep such info under wraps, it looks like the latest processors from competitors AMD and Intel have already had their pricing info outed by Asian muckrakers DigiTimes and a Bahrainian etailer. Those new CPUs include AMD's forthcoming six-core challengers (dubbed Phenom II X6) to Intel's Gulftown hexa-core Core i7-980X.
My first computer being an Atari 800, I don't have the first-hand experience of having owned a Commodore 64, but it's remembered a lot more ardently than those early Atari computers. In fact, the Commodore name is so beloved that it's continually being resurrected, including an attempt to make it the moniker for a line of gaming desktops.
Another desktop vendor has jumped aboard the six-core gaming desktop bandwagon, as iBuyPower has released four new systems featuring the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.The cheapest of the six-core Paladin line at $2,159, the Gamer Paladin F890, comes with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, while the other three pack twice as much RAM.
The deluge of systems offering i7-980X CPUs has begun, with several gaming PC vendors adding the new Intel six-core processor to their lineups. That includes Maingear, which is selling its Shift performance desktop (pictured) for $3,290 with the first Gulftown CPU.
Desktop makers are all getting into the act with freshly updated systems that feature the new Intel i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core CPU, but so is a boutique laptop builder as well.Eurocom is one of a few vendors that squeezes desktop processors into hot and heavy notebooks whose heft and lap-scorching capabilities result in these desktop replacements mostly staying on the desktop.
Today was the day that Intel PC partners could officially announce their support for the new i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core processor, and several companies have updated their product offerings, which will hopefully cover in the next few posts. But let's start with the biggest desktop company with a new offering: HP has added the CPU as an option for its Pavilion Elite HPE-180t series.
We blogged over the last 36 hours or so (here and here) about Intel introducing its latest fastest desktop processor ever: the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. Though some media outlets tested systems from Falcon Northwest and Maingear, neither of them has added the CPU to their online configurators.
The performance gulf between Intel and AMD (pun intended) just got a little bit bigger.At a conference for game developers this week, Intel announced its first six-core desktop processor, the Core i7- 980X Extreme Edition (my colleague, Sean Portnoy, wrote about this earlier).
Intel Core i7-980X six-core "Gulftown" CPU gets reviewed, benchmarked. Verdict: Fastest desktop processor ever.
Depending on your view, PC gaming is dead or is the only way to game. Clearly, Intel is of the latter view, which is why the company chose to preview its new "Extreme Edition" CPU at the Game Developers Conferencethe Core i7-980X, the first desktop processor to feature six computing cores.
Antec first turned heads with its Skeleton open-air case, which exposed DIYers components but helped with air cooling and reduced dust bunnies found in a closed chassis. Now premium case builder Lian-Li is going further out with its new PC-T1R, which not only leaves your system's parts out in the open, but also has four "legs" that let you have a mechanical spider (well, semi-spider) sitting on your desk.
Walmart has put Dell's latest all-in-one PC, the Inspiron One 19, on sale at its locations without much fanfare, apparently causing Engadget to think it's just been stocked. (Read the comments to see people who've already seen the desktop in stores for a few weeks.
Here's an interesting product that DIYers might embrace and system builders may tread warily around. Asus' new M4A89GTD PRO motherboard, based around AMD's new 890GX chipset, has the skills to circumvent the design of certain AMD multi-core processors.
Despite AMD/ATI's lack of success with its device to connect an external graphics card to a laptop (a Europe-only release that never saw the light of day here), not everyone has soured on the idea. I posted a few weeks ago that Nvidia is considering an external graphics device, and this week at the CeBIT expo, Shuttle has been displaying its own solution, the I-Power GXT Mini.
While Intel is busy at CeBIT unveiling new Atom processors and a revamped Classmate PC, AMD is taking the opportunity to roll out a new desktop chipset that the company claims to be "exceptionally energy efficient." The 890GX is paired with ATI Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics, which supports Direct X 10.