AMD and Nvidia have spent years trying to convince users to upgrade to better graphics. Yet most still choose laptops with basic integrated graphics. Is it worth spending a little extra for a better GPU?
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.
AMD is about to bring the six-core processor closer to the mainstream with its Phenom II X6 1090T "Thuban" CPU, long announced but finally starting to appear in the hands of the masses. The 1090T is showing up for pre-order at online stores for between $300 and $350, which is more than $600 cheaper than Intel's current six-core desktop processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.
One of the main reasons Apple was able to turn around its Mac sales in recent years was the company's decision to switch from the PowerPC to Intel processors. But if the latest rumor circulated by AppleInsider.
If Apple doesn't have a problem letting other manufacturers build its iPads, iPhones, and iPods, then maybe that's not such a bad ideaat least it may explain why Sony is planning to add a second division of laptops that it won't be building itself.A Sony exec told PC Pro that the electronics giant is splitting its laptop business into two divisions: the first one still built by Sony itself, with the second one built by partners but still sold under the Sony name.
USB 3.0 is just making a dent in the marketplace, and Intel is already talking about a new cable that may signal the end for USB altogether.
You have to hand it to the crew at MadShrimps.beyou really must love to overclock if you take on the challenge of pushing a single-core desktop CPU (you remember those, right?
Some people think the idea of controlling another computer through an iPad is a ridiculous idea—why wouldn't you just get a laptop and then it's not even an issue. I can see the argument that using the Apple tablet to spend an extensive amount of time dealing with a remote computer's interface would be challenging, but I can think of a few reasons you'd want the capability.
AMD's six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs will underclock three cores and automatically overclock the other three
More details have emerged about how AMD's forthcoming six-core desktop CPUs, the Phenom II X6 lineup (a.k.
Now that 3D hardware is here, the content will follow, starting with The Masters this week. But is it compelling enough to convince consumers to upgrade?
Most desktop users don't care a lick about such things as the rotational speed of their hard drives, but those who do know that the VelociRaptor from Western Digital is one of the best performing drives out there, thanks to its 10,000rpm speed, along with 32MB of cache and SATA 6Gbps support.The VelociRaptor's primary drawback has been its smaller capacities (300GB max) in a world full of terabyte (and more) drives.