Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

John Morris

John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.

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CyberPower first to announce gaming PCs with new Nvidia Fermi graphics

CyberPower first to announce gaming PCs with new Nvidia Fermi graphics

With Nvidia set to officially launch its new Fermi graphics card architecture tonight, CyberPower is making sure it's first with its announcement of desktops that will come with the new cards. Not surprisingly, the company's lines that will sport the latest Nvidia cards—Black Pearl, Black Mamba Fang Series and Gamer Xtreme 3D—are the same that are rocking the new Intel Core i7-980X six-core processor.

March 26, 2010 by in Hardware

HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

HP offers Core i7 quad-core processor, DreamColor display options for EliteBook 8740w mobile workstation

HP has beefed up its top-of-the-line EliteBook 8740w laptop workstation, packing them with Intel's latest mobile processors and offering the option to outfit it with a 17-inch DreamColor screen, which is a 30-bit panel that can display more than a billion colors (64x more colors than a typical LCD can display).HP has a number of configurations available on its Web site (and lets you configure your own).

March 24, 2010 by in Processors

Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what's old is new again

Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what's old is new again

My first computer being an Atari 800, I don't have the first-hand experience of having owned a Commodore 64, but it's remembered a lot more ardently than those early Atari computers. In fact, the Commodore name is so beloved that it's continually being resurrected, including an attempt to make it the moniker for a line of gaming desktops.

March 21, 2010 by in CXO

Eurocom jams i7-980X six-core desktop processor into 17-inch D900F Panther laptop

Eurocom jams i7-980X six-core desktop processor into 17-inch D900F Panther laptop

Desktop makers are all getting into the act with freshly updated systems that feature the new Intel i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core CPU, but so is a boutique laptop builder as well.Eurocom is one of a few vendors that squeezes desktop processors into hot and heavy notebooks whose heft and lap-scorching capabilities result in these desktop replacements mostly staying on the desktop.

March 16, 2010 by in Laptops

HP offers new Intel i7-980X six-core processor in HPE-180t desktop for under $2,000

HP offers new Intel i7-980X six-core processor in HPE-180t desktop for under $2,000

Today was the day that Intel PC partners could officially announce their support for the new i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core processor, and several companies have updated their product offerings, which will hopefully cover in the next few posts. But let's start with the biggest desktop company with a new offering: HP has added the CPU as an option for its Pavilion Elite HPE-180t series.

March 16, 2010 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

More details on Intel's six-core Gulftown chip

More details on Intel's six-core Gulftown chip

The performance gulf between Intel and AMD (pun intended) just got a little bit bigger.At a conference for game developers this week, Intel announced its first six-core desktop processor, the Core i7- 980X Extreme Edition (my colleague, Sean Portnoy, wrote about this earlier).

March 11, 2010 by in Intel

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