Despite rumors of its demise, Nvidia says discrete graphics is alive and well, and the company will make a big push at the Consumer Electronics Show to prove it. Nvidia is expected to release a new family of GeForce GPUs for Sandy Bridge laptops.
Laptops & Desktops
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.
Laptop introductions are few and far between in the weeks leading up to CES, but that hasn't stopped Digital Storm from releasing a new 15-inch gaming notebook, the xm15, that uses Nvidia Optimus graphics.For those who don't know about Optimus, the technology basically determines when to switch between the system using integrated graphics (for basic tasks) and discrete graphics (for gaming, imaging editing and the like.
Apple may be giving Nvidia the cold shoulder, but the green giant seems to have deepened its volatile relationship with sometimes-rival Intel, at least when it comes to new PCs that will be running on the new Sandy Bridge CPUs. Nvidia has announced today that 200 different Sandy Bridge systems being released in the first half of 2011 will feature its GeForce GPUs.
Seagate introduces Barracuda Green line, promising better performance than other eco-friendly hard drives
"Green" hard drives generally deliver slower performance, thanks to 5,400rpm spin speeds that sip less power, but Seagate is hoping to buck that trend with its new Barracuda Green line. The company is touting the family as offering "the highest performance eco-friendly 3.
The long-awaited launch of AMD's new high-performance desktop graphics cards -- the Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 -- has just occurred, but they're not quite the Nvidia beaters that many had hoped for. While they are superior to their Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 predecessors, their performance according to benchmarking is mixed when it comes to the latest GeForce GTX 580 and 570 boards.
Google's Chrome OS is off to a rough start and the prototype Cr-48 netbook has been greeted with mixed reviews. But don't write-off Chrome just yet.
Usually tucked under the desk in a tiny cubicle, the humble workstation gets no love when it comes to industrial design. But the last bastion of the beige box may be getting a rather nice face lift, courtesy of Dell, if some images found on the Internet and supplied to Engadget are the real deal.
It looks like Nvidia may be getting shot on both sides when it comes to Apple and graphics solutions for its laptops. The result could be that the green giant is out of most Apple notebooks in 2011, with AMD and Intel dividing the spoils.
It looks like there's going to be a lot to love about Intel's new Sandy Bridge mobile CPUs for laptop gamers. Some leaked photos on NotebookReview.
WD's Caviar Blue internal hard drives are the cheapest in its Caviar family, which means you shouldn't automatically expect the best performance compared to its Caviar Black lineup. But they just received a shot of adrenaline in the form of a SATA 3.