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

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.

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Nvidia rolls out GeForce GT 430 DX11 graphics card for $79

Nvidia rolls out GeForce GT 430 DX11 graphics card for $79

If you've been pining for a new Nvidia entry-level graphics card, you've had a long wait since the company introduced the GeForce GT 220. But now that time is at hand, as the green giant has just introduced the GeForce GT 430, the lowest priced Fermi card to date -- $79 for a DirectX11 budget board.

October 11, 2010 by in Hardware

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

The Maingear Shift performance desktop is already a beefy machine with a starting price tag of over $1,500, but for some with deep enough pockets, you can never upgrade your system enough. So the company is now offering what's it's calling a "Super Stock" option, in the form of both performance-boosting components and aesthetic customizations.

October 9, 2010 by in CXO

Intel's next generation of X25-M SSD drives includes 600GB model

Intel's next generation of X25-M SSD drives includes 600GB model

Solid state drives have been marketed as offering speedier performance than typical hard drives -- making them great alternative boot drives for your OS -- but with the caveat that you will receive far less capacity at a higher price. Intel may not have completely solved the pricing issue, but it appears to have figured out how to move past the storage size limitations.

October 6, 2010 by in Hardware

Nvidia's life after Fermi: Kepler in 2011, Maxwell in 2013

Nvidia's life after Fermi: Kepler in 2011, Maxwell in 2013

At this week's GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia took the unusual step of introducing its road map for future graphics cards on the heels of its tumultuous Fermi launch.Among other issues, Fermi cards have been knocked for the large amount of power they draw, and Nvidia is looking to address that concern first with the Kepler platform, which was ballparked for 2011.

September 23, 2010 by in Hardware

Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

AMD has been trying to claw its way back into the laptop processor game -- it's had better luck with its mobile GPUs -- and it's found a willing partner in Dell, which has been slowly adding AMD-powered notebooks to its Inspiron lineup. Tally up two more in the Inspiron M501R and M5030 models, both of which come with starting prices below $1,000.

September 19, 2010 by in Laptops

Latest Commodore reviver planning to spend $30 million to market new PCs, including C64 replica

Latest Commodore reviver planning to spend $30 million to market new PCs, including C64 replica

Having one of the most revered brands in the history of personal computing isn't enough for the latest person attempting to revive the Commodore. According to Brandweek, entrepreneur Barry Altman is planning a whopping $30 million advertising campaign to resuscitate the iconic brand, which has been brought back to life in a few different incarnations, including as a series of high-end gaming PCs.

September 18, 2010 by in Hardware

IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

While most of the processor focus at this week's Intel Developer Forum concerned the Q1 2011 release of Sandy Bridge, Intel is already well along in developing its next platform of chips. Dubbed Ivy Bridge, these will be manufactured using a 22nm process compared to Sandy Bridge's 32nm fabrication process.

September 16, 2010 by in Processors

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