More details on Core i3 and Core i5 processors
More and more details on Intel's upcoming Core i3 and i5 range surface with each day that passes by. Branding will be "simplified into entry-level (Intel Core i3), mid-level (Intel Core i5), and high-level (Intel Core i7)."
As you guys know by now, three processors will be launched initially: Core i5 750, Core i7 860, and Core i7 870. The entire new naming schema in combo with the three different sockets (!) are becoming messy, have a look at the following table:
|Core 2||Core 2||Nehalem||Westmere||Nehalem||Nehalem||Westmere|
Intel chipset support
|P35, P43, P45, G35, G43, G45, Q35, Q43, Q45, X38, X48||P35, P43, P45, G35, G43, G45, Q35, Q43, Q45, X38, X48||P55, P57, H55, H57, Q57||P57, H57, Q57||P55, P57, H55, H57, Q57||X58||X58|
Cores / Threads
|2 / 2||4 / 4||4 / 4||2 / 4||4 / 8||4 / 8||6 / 12|
QPI / DMI
|Now Core 2 Duo||Now Core 2 Quad||Q4 2009||Q4 2009||Q1 2010||Now Core i7||Q1 2010|
So now you know the fundamentals. But here's an overview of what Intel has planned in the long run:
And then this chart surfaced recently, Core i5 dual-core processors with hyper-threading.
There will be some Core i5 models have their model number series beginning in the 600 series leaving the 500 series Core i3 processors behind them, it is reported that Core i3 dual-core processors range between US $123~$143, while Core i5 dual-core ones between $176~$284.
So we just learned the Westmere 32nm processors feature two cores, and HyperThreading technology enabling four logical CPUs (threads). Each core has a dedicated L2 cache of 256 KB, while a 4 MB L3 cache is shared between two cores.
What an astounding confusing stigma Intel is creating with it's over-SKUing, re-branding and three different sockets with accompanying chipsets.
Netgear Home Theater Internet Connection Kit
Netgear has just released a Home Theater Internet Connection Kit, also known as the XAVB1004. This device is targeted to those who want to hook up multiple Ethernet-enabled entertainment devices (ranging from set-top boxes, gaming consoles to Blu-ray players) to the Internet and home networks simultaneously.
This setup will require one to have a high speed powerline connection at home, where it will then have enough bandwidth to handle high-performance applications including HD video streaming, Voice over IP (VoIP), Internet gaming and large file transfers to networked devices. The kit will comprise of a Powerline AV Adapter with 4-port Ethernet Switch (XAV1004) and one Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter (XAV101). Want to go wireless in your entertainment at home while consolidating other living room appliances?
The $179.99 asked for the Netgear Home Theater Internet Connection Kit sounds a bit on the high side [Press Release].
Onkyo TX-NR807 AV receiver with internet radio and DLNA streaming
Onkyo have dropped a new home AV receiver, the company
Verbatim TUFF-CLIP USB Drives now shipping
Verbatim announced their TUFF-CLIP USB drives today which offer up both 4GB and 8GB capacities for people who need a bit of storage while on the go that
Cryengine 3 technology video
This content comes from the Cryengine 3 engine taken from Crytek presentation at SIGGRAPH 2009. The technique is called
Massive lighting is a lighting of limited area with several of light sources (e.g. apartment indoor), according to Crytek.
NZXT launches Sentry 2 fan controller
NZXT announces their all new Sentry 2, a full system fan controller with an advanced touch screen interface. The Sentry 2 is available now for $29.99.
Sentry 2 installs in a 5.25
2TB Western Digital 7200RPM drive spotted
The 2 TB drives are kickass volume wise for a nice movie and music collection, yet a little slow as they most of them are 5400 RPM versions. Hitachi already has a 7200 RPM model out, but WD is prepping to release a 2TB drive at 7200 RPM now as well, in fact apparently it's already spotted in some German shops.
The product will be tagged as RE3 (Raid Edition) model and comes as a RAID edition SATA II drive with 32MB of cache and an 8.7ms seek time. Its official SKU code will be WD2002FBYS. The price will be roughly
NVIDIA SLI now also licensed for Intel P55
NVIDIA spreads word that Intel and leading motherboard makers, including ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI, have all licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on their Intel P55 chipset based motherboards for Intel's Core i7 and Core i5 processors using the LGA1156 socket.
"NVIDIA SLI technology is a perfect complement to the processing prowess of our new Core i7 and Intel DP55KG desktop board," said Clem Russo, VP and General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation. "NVIDIA and Intel share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC this fall."
As a result of today's announcement, NVIDIA SLI technology is now available for all consumer PC platforms, including the Intel Core i7, Core i5, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors, as well as those based on the AMD Phenom II CPU. In addition to raw graphics performance, NVIDIA GeForce GPUs also provide gamers with additional capabilities not found on any other discrete graphics solutions, including NVIDIA PhysX technology for deeper gaming immersion, and stereoscopic 3D gaming with NVIDIA 3D Vision(TM) technology.
"Only the best-designed motherboards are capable of tapping into--and reaping maximum benefits from--the powerful synergy between SLI technology and the P55 platform," said Joe Hsieh, General Manager of ASUS' Motherboard Business Unit. "ASUS has honed the art and science of motherboard design with the ASUS P7P55 Deluxe and ROG Maximus III Series motherboards, which deliver unparalleled performance and stability."
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Lynnfield Mobo preview
The motherboard we'll preview today is the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe, and it promises to be a red rose of a motherboard based on that p55 chipset. The motherboard featuring a 16 + 3 phase design rather than 12-phase. It offers four DDR3-2133 (!) memory slots. This board also has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board DIP switches to control voltages.
You'll notice in the photo shoot that is comes with 3x 16x PCIe slots 2.0 two of which are split off from the main PCI-E bus coming directly from the CPU. he board features eight SATA II 3.0Gbps ports as well as dual gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 Realtek HD audio and the Express Gate instant-on OS feature. The board also comes bundled with a TurboV overclocking remote and corresponding software, Turbo Key, Xtreme Phase, Anti-EMI, and StackCool 3+ The board comes with what is called their 'Hybrid' TurboV EVO processor, it makes overclocking easier. It works together with ASUS
Dell quietly introduces trio of LCD monitors
Dell recently introduced three new LCD monitors without much fanfare, where they are the Dell ST2310 ($229) as seen above, the E2210H ($199) and E2010H ($139) which will be available in 23", 22" and 20" sizes, respectively. All three of them will cater to movie buffs, featuring extra wide 16:9 aspect ratios.
The ST2310 and E2210H will come with native 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution support, while the E2010H falls short with a resolution of just 1600 x 900 pixels. If you're out monitor hunting, would you give any of these three a chance? They aren't really expensive, you know.
Ozzy Osbourne scheduled to appear at BlizzCon 2009
MSI preps nForce 980a SLI AM3 Motherboard
Over at SAV computers they stumbled into another new motherboard for AMD Phenom processors, based on NVIDIA's nForce 980a SLI chipset.
Specifications look very much the same as for the older nForce 780a SLI, with one notable exception: Socket AM3 with DDR3 memory support and thus 3-way SLI.
The all new MSI NF980-G65 will bring a long awaited wish to AMD platforms, 3-way SLI. The NF980-G65 supports all Athlon II and Phenom II socket AM3 processors, including a new processor to be launched next week, check Guru3D.com for a review btw ;)
Other than that you'll see DDR3-2133 MHz memory capability. When looking at the motherboard we spot three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E x1, and two PCI slots. You'll spot DVI and HDMI connectors as nForce 980a SLI has an embedded GeForce 8300 IGP. Otyher than that we see six SATA II ports. Realtek ALC889 CODEC for 8 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and the rest of the standard connectors.
Tiny Drive Holds 16GB And Reads MicroSD Cards
Unbelievable ... This tiny little USB device will read your MicroSD cards, and hold a whopping 16GB at the same time.
Flash drives were awesome when they first came out, because it was a storage drive about the size of a keychain. Inevitably those have shrank until they
2.5TB HDD drive in early 2010
Developments in TDK's hard drive technology could lead to another boost in the capacity of hard drives within a few months, a roadmap presented this week shows. The storage firm is currently going through qualification tests of 640GB drive platters that would fit into a typical 3.5-inch drive and so would allow significantly more storage than existing 2TB drives from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital. A premium but commonplace four-platter drive could hold just over 2.5TB of data.
Mass production of the drives would start slowly in November, according to an eyewitness to the presentation from the Register, and ramp up to full speed by January, most likely leading to 2.5TB drives from one or more companies shortly afterwards.
Additionally, TDK is poised to produce 320GB platters destined for 2.5-inch drives and as a consequence make producing thin 640GB notebook hard disks more feasible. These are already starting production and should reach full production by December, hinting that they may ship either at the end of 2009 or in very early 2010. Seagate already has a 640GB external drive using early technology but still hasn't set a definitive launch date.
If the manufacturer can squeeze in an extra platter then it hits 3TB from a single HDD.
Intel Gulftown has 130W TDP
A turkish website has some details about Intel's Gulftown processor, this is a 32nm chip that should arrive within less than a year. It has six-cores, 12 threads and is compatible with X58 chipset based motherboards.The Gulftown supports 1066MHz DDR3 memory and has a TDP of 130W.
this 32nm six-core LGA1366 part is expected to be launched in the first half of 2010 under the Core i9 brand. The sample operated at a frequency of 2.4GHz (18x133MHz) and features a massive 12MB L3 cache.
Gulftown will be socket 1366 compatible and work with all X58 motherboards after a BIOS upgrade. I can tell you I am looking very forward to this processor.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Chart
This is supposedly the official Windows 7 upgrade chart from Microsoft. It looks like all Vista installs except Starter can do a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade and keep all your files, same with 64-bit to 64-bit. Windows XP owners will have to do a clean install after backing up your files.
Most Vista users will be able to upgrade in place to the corresponding 32- or 64-bit version of 7. That should cover the vast majority of people running Vista, but if you're still on XP or you're trying to do anything out of the ordinary you'd better get ready for some pain: all those ominous blue boxes require you to back up, wipe your drive, and reinstall a totally clean copy of 7. You heard that right -- the Windows 7 installer won't even try to retain your data and programs if you're not updating from the corresponding version of Vista.
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Dell UltraSharp U2410 LCD sports IPS panel
Hmm, nice. Dell announced their very first 1920x1200 display based on IPS or in-plane-switching technology today. It
Logitech outs G500 game mouse and G330 headset
Logitech on Thursday addressed its gamer audience with both a high-speed mouse and a headset. Replacing the long-serving G5, the G500 has a significantly faster laser and now tracks at up to 5,700DPI. On Windows PCs, drivers let users change the sensitivity on the spot in 100-unit increments to as little as 200DPI for slow but precise movements. It can further aid players by saving game input settings in memory and using removable weights to add as much as 27g of mass for those that like a heavier feel.
The G500 should work on at least a core level with all USB-supporting computers and will arrive in September for $70.
Both Macs and Windows PCs fully support the G330 headset. It's claimed to be ready for longer game sessions as the first headset to use a behind-the-head band instead of on top, reducing the amount of pressure. A silicone lining also keeps any contact points soft. The microphone itself has active noise canceling and swivels out of the way when it's not needed.
The design is notebook-friendly and connects either through typical 3.5mm input and output jacks or a single USB port depending on preference. Logitech ships the G330 first and will have it in shops later this month for $50.