Intel will announce its new line of processors, code-named Sandy Bridge, at a press conference tomorrow, but at this point it is a mere formality. The changes to the microarchitecture have been known for some time and the only remaining question was just how well Sandy Bridge would perform. Now we now that too.
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.
It's finally 2011, which means it's Sandy Bridge time. At long last, Intel's new processor platform has been officially unveiled, and it's a biggee.
Intel has launched a new solid-state drive that is a mere one eighth the size of a typical 2.5-inch version, which could find its way into new tablet devices and laptops.
Could Apple have delivered an ultra-portable knock-out punch with the latest version of its MacBook Air? Already Dell has dropped the price on its Adamo 13 laptop to $899, and now HP has slashed the price on its Envy 13 notebook by $450 to $999.
Whether you want to call it an enticement to juice post-holiday sales or a way to clear inventory before Intel's Sandy Bridge processors arrive, Dell has posted a new configuration (spotted by our sister site CNET) for its Adamo 13 ultra-portable laptop that not only drops the price $100 to $899, but also packs twice as much RAM and a faster processor.A Windows-based competitor to the MacBook Air, the Adamo 13 had come with an Intel Core 2 Duo lower-power processor running at 1.
Though there's speculation that Microsoft will eventually provide Windows support for its Kinect hands-free control system for the Xbox 360, it seems like everybody is jumping the gun. Hackers have made it work with PCs almost from its launch, and now a Korean PC game developer is claiming its new title will support Kinect.
It is shaping up to be the year of the tablet at CES. The shadow of Apple's iPad hangs over the show, forcing a wide range of companies to announce plans for tablets. Here's what I'm expecting to see.
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.
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.