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We have been playing with NVIDIA Optimus Technology for a couple of weeks now and I have been nothing but impressed by this new mobility offering that promises the performance of discrete graphics solutions with the battery life of integrated graphics. Can NVIDIA really pull it off? We think they have, so stop in and read (or watch!) our review of the future of mobile computing!
Introduction and Specifications
The feature sets on many boards can vary widely depending on who they are geared toward, but there is a consensus right now for these basic options -- quad core CPU support, quad GPU graphics support, premium audio (onboard or as add-on), and higher rated DDR3 memory support. These are tall orders for many boards to live up to, but one such micro ATX solution that fits the bill is the ASUS Maximus III Gene.
Massive data sets, massive processing, massive bandwidth
We have been talking about tera-scale technologies since 2006 when it comes to Intel research programs. The name is perhaps more grandiose than the actual idea: as data sets increase in size the need for computing technologies to handle this amount of data will need to be created. It is no secret that the CPU as it exists today simply can't handle the massive amounts of parallel information that will soon become normal operating procedure.
Asus aims between the eyes with a deadly combination of design, performance, and price. But is it enough to put it in the G51J gaming notebook on your shopping list in the crowded marketplace?
Our storage guru took a stroll through a state of the art flash memory plant in Lehi, Utah. This plant, dubbed 'IM Flash Technologies', is jointly run by both Intel and Micron. Together they have announced the smallest production transistor process on the planet, and are now in volume production of this new 25nm flash memory.
Introduction and Features
Virtually silent! If you are looking for a very quiet mid-power PSU with good voltage regulation, good efficiency, high-end video card support and modular cables; the Nexus RX-5300 deserves a very close look.
Introduction and Specifications
Zalman has been building high-end PC cases for several years now and their newest MS1000-HS2 is their new flagship mid-tower enclosure that features two hot swappable SATA storage bays, a sleek, windowless design, and a custom cooling solution. This $175 beast also has sound dampening features and a full steel chassis that is very sturdy. Let's dive right into all the features the MS1000-MS2 has to offer enthusiasts and PC builders.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
While AMD is certainly behind Intel when it comes to the high end of the market, as well as introducing 32 nm processors, they do have a very strong position and following in the sub-$200 processor market. AMD has released five new processors from $74 to $179, which they hope will help solidify their offerings in the face of Intel's i3 and i5 processors.
Introduction, Features, Specifications
When I'm on the go covering technology events or press conferences, my 15" laptop rarely has enough real estate compared to when I'm at the office using my dual 24" LCDs. Sometimes, I just need a few more inches of space to monitor e-mail, instant messaging, and even my MP3 playlist. One relatively inexpensive solution to this dilemma is Lilliput's 7" mini USB monitor.
Introduction and Setup
The whole gaming world has been talking about OnLive since it was first announced back in March of 2009 and we finally were able to spend some time with the online gaming service beta to see how it fared. We walk you through the user interface as well as creating some side by side comparisons of gaming with OnLive against local versions of the same games.
Fashionably Late, but Dressed to the Nines
While AMD is holding the upper hand with full DirectX 11 support from $99 and up, NVIDIA is trying to push aging DX 10 products out into the market. That is, until they can get their first DX 11 product out the door. NVIDIA gave us a sneak peek at the GF100 architecture, and what exactly it brings to gaming, Direct Compute, and GPGPU.
The World's Fastest Mobile CPU
We take a hands-on look at a top-of-the-line Intel Calpella notebook complete with an Intel Core i7 Extreme 920XM CPU and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M. It doesn't come much faster and portable than this!
DX11 continues to shrink
The new Radeon HD 5670 brings a 40nm DX11-ready graphics card to the sub-$100 market for the first time ever! Can this new GPU put the screws to NVIDIA's lackluster GeForce GT 240 card while keeping prices low? Stop in and read how AMD is hoping to revolutionize gaming for even those of us without thick wallets.
Allyn came back from CES with a pre-release Vertex 2 Pro from OCZ. This new drive comes equipped with a previously unknown Sandforce controller, which gave us some shocking results, especially in the areas of IOPS scaling and fragmentation-over-time. Check out his detailed review for the full scoop.
AMD releases fastest DirectX 11 graphics for mobile solutions
AMD continues to blaze ahead by bringing their RV870 graphics chipset to the mobile realm. Announced today is the new Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series - DirectX 11 for notebooks has officially arrived!
Asus Reveal Press Event - Tuesday January 5, 2010
Image gallery of photos during the Asus Press Event held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Many new products were announced including a Bang & Olufsen collaboration notebook, a stealth fighter inspire gaming laptop, and new netbooks.
ASUS and Bang & Olufsen create the NX90Jq
In what will likely be the first of several new sets of product announcements from ASUS at this year's CES, we have some of the first images of the new ASUS ROG G73Jh gaming notebook and the collaborative effort between the ASUS and Bang & Olufsen, the NX90Jq. Check out what the high end notebook market is shaping up like for 2010!
Viva Las Vegas
PC Perspective brings you CES unlike before! Unscripted and in Hi-Def. Find out how we've got you covered at this year's biggest electronics show starting January 7 to 10.
Westmere meets the desktop
Intel is bringing the Nehalem architecture to an even lower price point with their first 32nm architecture known as Westmere. Part of a huge processor and product release today the Clarkdale processors are based around Core i5 and Core i3 brands and integrate graphics on the CPU for the first time in a mainstream desktop platform.
Meet the other new guy
A winter full of new Intel releases, the new Westmere architecture has been launched on both the desktop and mobile segments. In this review of the new Intel mobile platform we preview what the new processor will mean to notebook designs, performance and battery life going into 2010.