Nvidia's new Fermi cards haven't been runaway successes, but the GeForce GTX 460 has managed to hit the price/performance sweet spot. However, it looks like AMD will have an answer for it -- apparently as soon as next week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you buy a discrete Nvidia graphics card as an add-on for your PC, you're actually buying a retail model sold by one of the company's partners, like Asus or EVGA. That is, unless you stop by your local Best Buy, where you can now obtain Nvidia video cards that are being sold under the Nvidia brand itself.
Usually you take your new PC out of the cardboard box in which it was shipped. But a company called Recompute is building systems that stay in the cardboard box.
Acer's Predator gaming desktops are probably as well known for their orange metallic exteriors as for anything inside. For the two latest additions to the lineup, the company has kept its radical design for one model and added a tamer version that just uses orange as an accent color.
The performance margin between smartphones and netbooks could soon disappear altogether. Over the last few weeks ARM and its customers have announced new products that promise to not only power a wave of "super-phones," but also push into tablets, netbooks and laptops and even servers.
Origin PC's Eon 17 gaming laptop can house a pair of new Nvidia graphics cards, six-core Intel desktop CPU
If you're tired of hearing about budget laptops, netbooks and tablets, Origin PC has a new notebook that is neither tiny nor value-priced. The new Eon 17 gaming rig can pack a pair of Nvidia's latest mobile graphics cards in SLI configuration as well as Intel's top desktop processors, and starts at a economy-be-damned price of $2,499.
In addition to rolling out new Aspire multimedia notebooks (see my previous post), Acer has just announced an expansion of its svelte TimelineX laptop line, with the smallest one including the new Intel Core i7-680UM ultra-low voltage processor.The TimelineX 1830T-68U118 weighs a little over 3 pounds, packs an 11.