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.
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John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
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.
While Intel will bear the brunt of the damage from the SATA-port defect the company has detected in its new Sandy Bridge chipsets, other companies building products around the parts are having to perform damage control as well.Several PC manufacturers and component companies have already responded to the news of the defective parts.
Intel helped usher in the era of solid state drives for consumer PCs with its X25 lineup, and now the chip giant is readying new SSDs that will easily eclipse the performance of their predecessors.Fudzilla reports that a pair of new drives will be launched next month, and this page on Intel's Website confirms that the new 510 series is designed for the "enthusiast consumer client PC.
The free memory upgrade is back. The beginning of the year is a slow period and computer companies are looking for any angle. Meanwhile the price of DRAM has collapsed making it much easier to offer "free" upgrades to 6- or even 8GB on many systems.
Gallery: Hammerhead takes PC design in new directionsA desktop that looks like it was designed by NASA but hand-crafted like it was being sold on Etsy? That's the story behind the Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989, a gaming rig that's built by a one-man crew who is an engineer and race car designer.
The first tablets and smartphones based on the dual-core Tegra 2 aren't even shipping yet, but Nvidia is already working on a faster Tegra 2 for 3D gadgets and a quad-core Tegra 3.
Probably the most anticipated Android-based tablet, Motorola's Xoom has been the subject of a couple of leaks over the weekend that, if true, would mean it will be available soon -- and for more than you probably thought.As with the latest dirt on HP's webOS tablets, the scoops come courtesy of Engadget.