Solid state drives have been marketed as offering speedier performance than typical hard drives -- making them great alternative boot drives for your OS -- but with the caveat that you will receive far less capacity at a higher price. Intel may not have completely solved the pricing issue, but it appears to have figured out how to move past the storage size limitations.
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.
When you buy a discrete Nvidia graphics card as an add-on for your PC, you're actually buying a retail model sold by one of the company's partners, like Asus or EVGA. That is, unless you stop by your local Best Buy, where you can now obtain Nvidia video cards that are being sold under the Nvidia brand itself.
Usually you take your new PC out of the cardboard box in which it was shipped. But a company called Recompute is building systems that stay in the cardboard box.
Acer's Predator gaming desktops are probably as well known for their orange metallic exteriors as for anything inside. For the two latest additions to the lineup, the company has kept its radical design for one model and added a tamer version that just uses orange as an accent color.
The performance margin between smartphones and netbooks could soon disappear altogether. Over the last few weeks ARM and its customers have announced new products that promise to not only power a wave of "super-phones," but also push into tablets, netbooks and laptops and even servers.
Origin PC's Eon 17 gaming laptop can house a pair of new Nvidia graphics cards, six-core Intel desktop CPU
If you're tired of hearing about budget laptops, netbooks and tablets, Origin PC has a new notebook that is neither tiny nor value-priced. The new Eon 17 gaming rig can pack a pair of Nvidia's latest mobile graphics cards in SLI configuration as well as Intel's top desktop processors, and starts at a economy-be-damned price of $2,499.
In addition to rolling out new Aspire multimedia notebooks (see my previous post), Acer has just announced an expansion of its svelte TimelineX laptop line, with the smallest one including the new Intel Core i7-680UM ultra-low voltage processor.The TimelineX 1830T-68U118 weighs a little over 3 pounds, packs an 11.
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.
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.