GlobalFoundries, the AMD spin-off, is promising some major announcements aboiut its roadmap today. What it has to say will help determine whether AMD really can close the gap with Intel.
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.
HP has released a new version of its Pavilion dm3 laptop that features a suite of hardware and software innovations designed to reduce one of notebook computing's biggest headaches: excessive heat.
When they're not creating liquid cooling solutions for OEM partners or for component makers like Corsair, the folks at Asetek like to water cool computers for the hell of it. A couple of months ago, the company released a video that showed how it liquid cooled an all-in-one PC, and now it's back with another project (and video): liquid cooling and overclocking a Mac Pro, ostensibly to reduce its noise level.
Fudzilla is reporting details about the next Intel Gulftown six-core desktop processor, which will be the follow-up to the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. Not surprisingly, it's called the i7-990X, and will reach the market in the first quarter of 2011.
You gotta give LG's vice president of marketing Chang Ma points for hubris. Not only did he tell the Wall Street Journal that "The race hasn't started yet" in regards to smartphones (um, you're sure about that?
Like most new product roll-outs these days, Intel's launch of its new CPUs, code-named Sandy Bridge, won't be a complete surprise, thanks to a number of Web sites publishing information that's leaked out about the chips.Here's what we've heard so far from the leaks, none of which Intel will comment on.
Feel like a slave to your laptop? That "addiction" can hurt you in ways beyond affecting your social life.
Having tasted success in wringing market share away from Nvidia in discrete graphics cards, ATI isn't resting on its laurels. In response to its rival's Fermi GPU rollout, AMD's graphics brand is readying its next generation of video cards, the Radeon 6000 series (code-named Southern Islands), for release in November.
Gaming doesn't leap to mind when you think about all of a netbook's various uses, unless you're talking about solitaire or Minesweeper. That's especially because you're dealing with integrated graphics that limit the system ability to display all the visual complexity of current games.
With spec parity a given for most notebooks these days, innovations in batteries are one of the few areas that brands can use to differentiate themselves from one another. Case in point: The latest laptops from Asus, which will feature Sonata batteries from Boston-Power.