Intel has spent a lot of time making its mobile processors act more like the application processors in smartphones, creating a new category of netbooks in the process. But the opposite is happening as well.
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.
The theme of the keynotes that kicked off the CTIA Wireless this week can be summed up in two words: more spectrum. There's no "silver bullet," and there are lots of other things the wireless industry can do to improve networks.
LTE is the belle of the CTIA Wireless ball in Las Vegas this week. With wireless operators set to deploy the 4G network beginning this year--starting with Verizon Wireless here in the U.
Proving it's harder and harder to keep such info under wraps, it looks like the latest processors from competitors AMD and Intel have already had their pricing info outed by Asian muckrakers DigiTimes and a Bahrainian etailer. Those new CPUs include AMD's forthcoming six-core challengers (dubbed Phenom II X6) to Intel's Gulftown hexa-core Core i7-980X.
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.
Another desktop vendor has jumped aboard the six-core gaming desktop bandwagon, as iBuyPower has released four new systems featuring the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.The cheapest of the six-core Paladin line at $2,159, the Gamer Paladin F890, comes with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, while the other three pack twice as much RAM.
The deluge of systems offering i7-980X CPUs has begun, with several gaming PC vendors adding the new Intel six-core processor to their lineups. That includes Maingear, which is selling its Shift performance desktop (pictured) for $3,290 with the first Gulftown CPU.
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.
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.
We blogged over the last 36 hours or so (here and here) about Intel introducing its latest fastest desktop processor ever: the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. Though some media outlets tested systems from Falcon Northwest and Maingear, neither of them has added the CPU to their online configurators.