There have been no shortage of attempts to give laptop graphics some added pop by connecting an external solution with a desktop board. Most recently, Shuttle and Gigabyte displayed new options at CeBIT in March, and now MSI is getting into the act with the prosaically named Graphics Upgrade Solution.
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.
While being pricier per gigabyte of storage than hard drives, solid state drives are increasing in popularity thanks to superior performance, including the ability to boot your OS significantly faster. So what if you can weld together the speed of an SSD with the bigger capacity (and much lower price) of a hard drive?
Netbooks may not be the hot product they were in their 2009 heyday, but there's apparently still new life to be squeezed from the little laptops. Fudzilla is reporting that Intel is readying dual-core Atom processorsAtom, of course, being the CPU that's powered most netbooks to datethat will be shipping in systems come the third quarter of 2010.
For all of its success, one thing Intel could never master was the standalone graphics card, eventually ceding the market to Nvidia and ATI/AMD. That was supposed to change with the company's Larrabee project, which was designed to produce 3D graphics chips that could compete with the GeForces and Radeons of the world.
It's only been a few days since NZXT's Vulcan stylish, compact case reached reviewers' hands (see a review here), and already iBuyPower is offering a new PC built around the chassis.While the Vulcan would be classified as a micro-ATX case, it has enough room to fit a couple of graphics cards and a 1,200-watt ATX power supply, and offers four 3.
AMD officially (and finally) unleashed its 2010 processor lineup yesterday, and Dell took the opportunity to launch its first desktop packing six-core Phenom II X6 processorsthe Studio XPS 7100, starting at just $749.For that price, you currently get a choice of CPU/GPU combination: Phenom II X6 1035T and ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics; 1035T and Radeon HD 5670; or the Phenom II X6 1055T and Radeon HD 5450.
PC enthusiasts already know how important proper cooling is in order to squeeze the most performance out of your rig, to the extent that they buy or build elaborately liquid-cooled setups and the hardest of hardcore overclockers try setting records with liquid nitrogen. One of the latest trends in air-based cooling (i.
Lenovo today announced 10 new and updated laptops and desktops including the company's first all-in-ones with touchscreens.
HP killed off development of its Slate tablet recently, supposedly because of the company's unhappiness with how it ran Windows 7. After HP acquired Palm and promised that webOS would boldly go where webOS had not gone before, everybody assumed that HP meant tablets, and now we're hearing the first rumblings of a webOS-powered tablet coming through HP's pipeline.
Being the world's lightest 13-inch laptop isn't big news these days, but Toshiba's forthcoming notebook has a couple of extras that give it a bit more cachet.The company hasn't made a formal announcement, so the name and pricing aren't yet available, but some interesting specs have leaked out from the VozExpress Web site.