Are PC gamers who choose fighting wars on terrorism or slaying aliens with an overclocked, liquid-cooled desktop elitists who thumb their noses at those whose gaming interests tend toward building farms? A polemical post on the Games Brief blog argues just that.
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.
Quo Computers' liquid-cooled Core i7 maxQ2 runs OS X, Linux, Windows 7 ... until Apple says otherwise
In theory, there's no reason you can't run Apple's OS X on non-Apple hardware, since Macs are using the same Intel processors as many PCs do. But actually finding someone who will sell you a computer running OS X who doesn't have Steve Jobs for a boss is quite a challenge, in no small part thanks to Apple's zealous legal team.
Nvidia announced its new Fermi architecture for laptop graphics cards last week, and the first takers are now starting to provide details on their new GeForce GTX 400M-series notebooks. Predictably, Asus, Eurocom, and Maingear have come early to the party.
Even if Nvidia's recent roll out of graphics cards based on its new Fermi architecture has slightly dulled AMD's momentum in the graphics market, the Radeon brand is still rolling along, with Nvidia supposedly mulling a price cut on one of its new boards. At the same time, AMD is readying its new Radeon HD 6000 series, which will be more of an evolutionary step forward from the 5000 series, but should continue to put pressure on Nvidia.
First Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core benchmarks: Nearly as fast as Core i7 980X, could make low-end graphics cards obsolete
Though not due to be released for several more months, an early copy of an Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processor has reached the bench of enthusiast site AnandTech, which has duly reported the results of its testing. While those result s are extremely preliminary, it looks like it can lap most of today's Core i7 processors at a lower price point and requiring less power.
IFA, the big consumer electronics show in Berlin, officially starts today and several companies are using the event to announce long-rumored tablets. Do any of them have what it takes to compete with Apple's iPad?
AMD's new chip architecture, dubbed Bulldozer, is being highly anticipated next year as the company prepares to match Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Included in AMD's plans, according to Fudzilla, is an eight-core CPU that will be aimed at the server market, but that will no doubt be of interest to performance desktop buyers as well.
Hot on the heels of Samsung's roll out of the SF series, the company is introducing the new QX410 and RF series laptops for those who want to pay a little more for improved performance. The QX410 is the first Samsung notebook to use Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics.
Samsung continues to design laptops with the ladies in mind, with the company's new SF series offering a fin-like design, ivory-colored exterior, and the usual press shots of the notebooks being clutched by an attractive young woman.That doesn't mean the three systems in the series (the 13.
GlobalFoundries, the AMD spin-off, is promising some major announcements aboiut its roadmap today. What it has to say will help determine whether AMD really can close the gap with Intel.