Rather than choosing sides, Acer has decided that the new notebooks it's rolling out for the holiday season will feature new graphics tech from either Nvidia or AMD. Some laptops will make use of Nvidia's 3D Vision feature, some will come with Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics, and still others will feature some of the latest AMD mobile graphics cards.
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.
At this week's GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia took the unusual step of introducing its road map for future graphics cards on the heels of its tumultuous Fermi launch.Among other issues, Fermi cards have been knocked for the large amount of power they draw, and Nvidia is looking to address that concern first with the Kepler platform, which was ballparked for 2011.
If you're looking for a new CPU to build a system around, AMD has just dropped a half dozen onto the marketplace, including a new six-core Phenom II.The new processors comprise three Athlon II chips and a trio of Phenom II parts.
AMD has been trying to claw its way back into the laptop processor game -- it's had better luck with its mobile GPUs -- and it's found a willing partner in Dell, which has been slowly adding AMD-powered notebooks to its Inspiron lineup. Tally up two more in the Inspiron M501R and M5030 models, both of which come with starting prices below $1,000.
Having one of the most revered brands in the history of personal computing isn't enough for the latest person attempting to revive the Commodore. According to Brandweek, entrepreneur Barry Altman is planning a whopping $30 million advertising campaign to resuscitate the iconic brand, which has been brought back to life in a few different incarnations, including as a series of high-end gaming PCs.
While most of the processor focus at this week's Intel Developer Forum concerned the Q1 2011 release of Sandy Bridge, Intel is already well along in developing its next platform of chips. Dubbed Ivy Bridge, these will be manufactured using a 22nm process compared to Sandy Bridge's 32nm fabrication process.
Intel has been providing dribs and drabs of information about its forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors during this week's Intel Developer Forum. For instance, we now know that the integrated GPU will not support many DirectX 11 features, and it will automatically get disabled when a discrete graphics card is added to a PCI Express slot.
Dell finally seems to be breaking free -- at least a little bit -- from the beige design box it's drawn itself in over the years. After debuting the Streak, it's now showing off a hybrid tablet and laptop system that it's calling the Inspiron Duo and was unveiled today at the Intel Developer Forum.
IDF 2010: Acer Revo 2, Asus Companion Box sport Intel Atom CE4100 processors, Windows Media Center Embedded
The Boxee Box isn't the only device bragging today about its Intel Atom CE4100 processor. Two new ones were on display at the Intel Developer Forum sporting the same CPU.
Are PC gamers who choose fighting wars on terrorism or slaying aliens with an overclocked, liquid-cooled desktop elitists who thumb their noses at those whose gaming interests tend toward building farms? A polemical post on the Games Brief blog argues just that.