If you've been as dependent on Microsoft Windows for all of your computers as HP has been, how do you free yourself from the tug of Redmond's gravity? Apparently you make some acquisitions that give you the building blocks for an alternative ecosystem.
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.
It's only been a couple of months since Intel released its first six-core desktop chip, the Core i7-980X "Gulftown" processor that is the fastest on the market, but X-bit labs is reporting that the company is readying a faster successor for release by the end of this year.X-bit surmises that the new CPU will be dubbed the i7-990X and boost clock speed beyond the 3.
The Steam online gaming platform has recently been launched for Mac users, but already it seems that the average gamer using an Apple computer has a superior system than his or her PC brethren, though not everywhere that it counts.According to Valve's Steam Hardware Survey for May, the average Mac has more RAM (4GB to 2GB) and is more likely to have a dual-core processor running at 2.
Alienware M11x "gaming netbook" gains new Core i5, i7 processor options, Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics
As paradoxical as it might seem, the Alienware M11x concept was to place a gaming laptop into a netbook form factor. Dell likes to boast that the M11x is the "world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop," but of course it's pretty much competing against itself for the title.
For the past few months, ATI has held the crown for the latest and greatest graphics card for gaming laptops with its Mobility Radeon HD 5870. In the meantime, Nvidia has been preparing its new Fermi platform and a new top-of-the-line mobile GPU in the GeForce GTX 480M.
Computex, which is Asia's largest tech show, has a different theme each year. In 2008, it was netbooks.
Here's a different kind of motherboard that not only may appeal to DIY system builders but also possibly to desktop manufacturers. Asus is showing off at Computex a "concept" board that includes an ATI Radeon discrete graphics card built onto it, as well as Lucid Hydra technology that allows that Radeon card to work in tandem with another graphics card, regardless of whether it's ATI or Nvidia.
Nvidia's Optimus technology, which allows a laptop to switch between integrated graphics and its discrete card depending on what type of application is running, was launched several months ago, but was only introduced for a handful of systems (mostly from Asus) since then. This week's Computex show has changed that, as more than a dozen notebooks using Optimus have been announced here.
Via Technologies thinks it's found a way to compete against the iPad—not just a lower price, but a iPod Nano price. The processor company tells Bloomberg Businessweek that a handful of tablets using its technology will be available in the second half of this year for prices ranging from $100 to $150.
AMD gave its first public demonstration of a working Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) at Computex on Wednesday.