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For the past few months, we have been putting three Intel X25-M SSDs through their paces in long-term real world usage scenarios. The results were surprising to say the least. We explore the internals of these drives as to determine the cause and attempt solutions of varying difficulties.
Intel Talks 32nm Westmere
Intel had a press and analyst meeting today to go over its newest roadmap and the changes it has seen courtesy of the economy and a ramping up of 32nm process technology. We got to see some more specifics on the first CPU with integrated graphics, a six-core Nehalem processor for 2010 and plans for mobility and mainstream markets in 2009.
A surprise CPU review
Intel is finally bringing the low-cost PC world a dual-core version of the wildly popular Atom processor with the Atom 330. The CPU runs at 1.6 GHz and sports a pair of cores that both support HyperThreading for a total of four threads of computing. Will the Atom 330 revolutionize the performance levels of netbooks?
Fleshing Out the Family
AMD is unveiling their AM3 platform today with the launch of the Phenom II X4 810 and the Phenom II X3 720. These sub $200 processors are paving the way for DDR-3 support with AMD processors. While their support for DDR-3 is nice, they still are compatible with AM2+ sockets and DDR-2 support. These two processors help to flesh out AMD's offerings for the budget marketplace, and should allow AMD to transition that much faster to all 45 nm parts.
I felt a great disturbance in Force...
We have been hearing about the ION Platform for a while now as an attempt for NVIDIA to break into the world of netbooks and small form factor PCs with its GeForce 9400M chipset and the Intel Atom processor. Now that we finally have the hardware in our hands we compare it to current generation Atom-based netbooks to see how it improves our computing experiences.
Introduction and Features
SilverStone's new high-end case features a positive pressure cooling configuration that is both affective and quiet, and the FT01 provides a lot of storage space for a mid-tower enclosure. If you are in the market for a premium case, the FT01 is sure to please!
OCZ Mixes up SSDs
Solid state drives (SSDs) are definitely one of the most interesting product categories of the day as they promise users benefits of flash memory for primary storage and the end of the platter-based hard drive reign. The OCZ Apex is unique in that it uses internal RAID-0 configurations to help speed that transition along.
GTX 285 Shows its 55nm Face
The new GeForce GTX 285 GPU uses the same great architecture (the GT200) that is behind the GTX 280 though shrunk down to a 55nm process technology. What the hell does that mean for you? Higher clocks, lower power and lower prices!
Introduction and Features
Antec raises the bar with the introduction of their new Signature Series PSUs. If you are looking for a top quality PSU in the 850W range, this may be the one to beat.
NVIDIA moves into the netbook market, sorta
NVIDIA had some Ion platforms on display at CES 2009 last week and we had the chance to talk with the company about their goals for the project. We also have some of the first benchmarks of the palm-sized-PC courtesy of NVIDIA as well.
AMD is unleashing its first 45 nm processor, and while it is a large step in the right direction, AMD still has a tough mountain to climb to compete with Intel and their Core 2 Quad and i7 processors. While the Phenom II is not a world beater, it certainly puts AMD in a much more competitive position.
NVIDIA has been working on stereoscopic 3D gaming for several years but now is the official release of retail product that you can buy NOW! Come in and see how we reate the new technology offering from NVIDIA and see how it could change the way you game forever.
GTX 295 Retail Release
Now that the GeForce GTX 295 is officially being launched, we can tell you all about the features and performance we didn't get to disclose during our preview posted a few weeks ago. This time we have added power consumption, Crysis and of course, Quad SLI testing!!
Another win for NVIDIA with Apple
The MacWorld Expo starts this week and once again rumors are swirling about potential new products being announced at the show. We have some exclusive information on the new iMacs and Mac Mini that will be announced as well as the potential for a new 28" iMac model and a new Mac Pro machine.
Core 2 still lives!!
Even with the release of the Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset, the Intel Core 2 processor continues to be a great bargain processor option while offering great performance. The P45 chipset is the most mainstream solution for motherboards and we have a trio of offerings from MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS today that we'll run you through to see which might make a great upgrade option for you.
An Athlon 64 X2 By Any Other Name...
This week AMD released the long awaited Kuma, and while performance is surprisingly competitive with what Intel has in the market, the real story is how this strange little processor came to market.
A change of holiday plans
NVIDIA gave us a little time with the new GeForce GTX 295 graphics card - the first dual-GPU solution from the company since the 9800 GX2 featuring a pair of 55nm GT200-based cores on a pair of PCBs on a single card. Can this new GPU get NVIDIA the performance crown again and will it cost you the remainder of your 401k to buy?
Minor or major update
NVIDIA knew that the Elemental Technologies Badaboom application was a bit lacking in terms of features in the original release and ATI's Avivo Video Converter likely pushed the software to its newest version a bit faster. See what changes v1.1 offers!
The NVIDIA Quadro CX Card
The NVIDIA Quadro CX is dubbed "the accelerator for Adobe CS4 Suite" and it is in fact just that. With the release of the CS4 series of software Adobe began offering GPU-enabled computing models in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects and NVIDIA's partner Elemental has a GPU-based encoder for Premiere Pro as well. All are examined and tested inside!
Introduction and Features
Not only is the V8 visually a very impressive cooler, it delivers good performance and quiet operation with support for both Intel and AMD processors. Check out the review for all the details.