Sean Portnoy

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.

John Morris

<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>

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Do Mac gamers using Steam have better systems than PC fraggers?

Do Mac gamers using Steam have better systems than PC fraggers?

The Steam online gaming platform has recently been launched for Mac users, but already it seems that the average gamer using an Apple computer has a superior system than his or her PC brethren, though not everywhere that it counts.According to Valve's Steam Hardware Survey for May, the average Mac has more RAM (4GB to 2GB) and is more likely to have a dual-core processor running at 2.

June 9, 2010 by in Mobility

Asus Immensity X58 motherboard includes built-in ATI Radeon video card, Lucid Hydra graphics tech

Asus Immensity X58 motherboard includes built-in ATI Radeon video card, Lucid Hydra graphics tech

Here's a different kind of motherboard that not only may appeal to DIY system builders but also possibly to desktop manufacturers. Asus is showing off at Computex a "concept" board that includes an ATI Radeon discrete graphics card built onto it, as well as Lucid Hydra technology that allows that Radeon card to work in tandem with another graphics card, regardless of whether it's ATI or Nvidia.

June 3, 2010 by in Processors

More laptops with Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics announced at Computex

More laptops with Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics announced at Computex

Nvidia's Optimus technology, which allows a laptop to switch between integrated graphics and its discrete card depending on what type of application is running, was launched several months ago, but was only introduced for a handful of systems (mostly from Asus) since then. This week's Computex show has changed that, as more than a dozen notebooks using Optimus have been announced here.

June 2, 2010 by in Laptops

Intel officially (again) kills off Larrabee as a discrete graphics chip "in the short-term"

Intel officially (again) kills off Larrabee as a discrete graphics chip "in the short-term"

It was only about two weeks ago that Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the rumors of its Larrabee graphics chips' demise were greatly exaggerated. Late last year the company said that it was yanking its hardware project and concentrating on Larrabee as a software platform, but Otellini suggested that details about the project were being rushed out to the public and basically we should stay tuned.

May 25, 2010 by in Intel

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