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Submission + - 14nm Intel Skylake To Integrate PCIe 4.0, SATA Express and DDR4 Memory (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel’s Skylake processors won’t launch for some time (the company still needs to release Broadwell at some point, which won’t be out until sometime next year at the earliest), but according to a leaked roadmap slide, we can see some juicy details about Skylake. The chips will be built on Intel's 14nm process node (which we’ll see first on Haswell-E processors), and they’ll also feature AVX 3.2. DDR4 DRAM interface support will be included, as well as support for PCIe 4.0, and Intel’s HD graphics will hit version 9 with reportedly significantly more robust performance.
AMD

GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990 Face Off 124

Vigile writes "Both NVIDIA and AMD have recently released new extreme-high-end graphics cards with dual-GPU configurations and PC Perspective has compared them to each other with some standard SLI/CrossFire comparisons for good measure. The GTX 590 is a pair of 512 shader processor GF110 GPUs which had the potential to be the fastest combination available, but the clock speeds were lowered to such a level that is has trouble keeping up with AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Sound levels were noticeably better on NVIDIA's option though the Radeon card provided better frame rates at the highest resolutions. So, while the $700 video card market just got a pair of new competitors, the best investment for that money might still be two less expensive Radeon or GeForce single-GPU cards."
Intel

Intel Lynnfield CPU Bests Nehalem In Performance/Watt 173

Vigile writes "Not many people have debated that Intel's Nehalem architecture is the fastest available for consumer desktop computers since it was released last year, but quite a few have complained about the cost of the platform. Intel just released new Lynnfield-based processors under both the Core i7 and Core i5 names and tests are showing the new CPUs beating Nehalem in both performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar tests to a startling degree. And while raw performance probably still goes to the Nehalem-based Core i7 CPUs, the lower prices of motherboards and memory for Lynnfield processors will likely more than make up for it." Update: 09/08 14:03 GMT by T : There are more eye-wateringly exhaustive examinations of the new chips all over the Web; here's HotHardware's version, and Tom's Hardware's.
The Courts

Submission + - NVIDIA Countersues Intel Over License Conflict (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "After Intel filed a lawsuit against NVIDIA late last month, alleging that a four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed did not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated memory controllers" (like Nehalem), NVIDIA decided to fight with fire. Today, NVIDIA filed a countersuit in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware against Intel Corporation for breach of contract. Furthermore, the action also seeks to terminate Intel's license to NVIDIA's valuable patent portfolio, which no doubt is reverberating with some level of intensity in the halls of Intel. According to NVIDIA, the countersuit was "brought in response to a filing by Intel last month in the Delaware court", which is no doubt in rebuttal to the skirmish that Intel initiated last month."
Intel

Submission + - Intel Demos Deep Viewer On 4.6GHz Core i7 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "While Intel didn't launch any major new products at this CES this year, they did show off an interesting application called Deep Viewer to members of the press. In the video, Intel's Francios Piednoel explains that Deep Viewer is an intelligent image search and management tool that Intel is developing. It allows the user the ability to organize and access images via intelligent recognition methods. The software will allow the user to search for photos based on similar image subject and composition, as well as offer super fast zooming from folder and thumbnail view to full resolution. Piednoel also demonstrates the software on an overclocked, water-cooler Core i7 rig humming along at a cool 4.6GHz."
Intel

Submission + - Intel's Barrett Highlights Social Responsiblity (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "This year's IDF kicked off in typical fashion with Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, taking the stage and giving a brief overview of what the event has to offer over the course of the next three days, including highlighting key speakers (the Woz on Thursday!), contributors, and sponsors. Gelsinger equated the childhood book series Where's Waldo with trying to figure out where in the world Intel Chairman, Craig Barrett might be at any given moment. As to "Where in the world is Craig Barrett," the answer could easily be any one of over 30 countries, where Gelsinger suggested that Barrett has become the chief ambassador for the IT industry. Barrett sees the current responsibility of technology to not just stimulate how we work and play, but to also stimulate education and the economy. Barrett also welcomed a "bright star of innovation" to the stage, Dr. Johnny Chung Lee, and expert in computer-human interfaces. Lee demonstrated a low-cost ($50) electronic white board using existing technology with a Wii remote, a PC, a projector, and an IR pen."
AMD

Submission + - AMD Launches Radeon HD 4870 X2 Dual GPU Monster (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "AMD has launched their latest flagship graphics card, dubbed the Radeon HD 4870 X2. As its name suggests, the card features two RV770 GPUs running in tandem, for what is effectively a Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire configuration on a single PCB. This new monster card has a few more differentiating features as well, including an on-board PCI Express gen 2 switch offering twice the bandwidth of previous generation AMD X2 variants. In addition, AMD's new RV770 GPU features a new "sideport" serial interface that offers another 5GB/s bi-directional link between the two GPUs. The combination of a new gen 2 switch and the sideport interface result in a total aggregate interconnect bandwidth on the Radeon HD 4870 X2 of 21.8GB/s, which is more than 3X that of the older Radeon HD 3870 X2. The benchmarks tell the rest of the story and show this latest volley from AMD takes on NVIDIA's fastest handily."
Intel

Submission + - Intel Reveals Larrabee More Architecture Details

Ninjakicks writes: Intel is presenting a paper at the SIGGRAPH 2008 industry conference in Los Angeles on Aug. 12 that describes features and capabilities of its first-ever forthcoming many-core blueprint or architecture codenamed Larrabee. Details unveiled in the SIGGRAPH paper include a new approach to the software rendering 3-D pipeline, a many-core programming model and performance analysis for several applications. Initial product implementations of the Larrabee architecture will target discrete graphics applications, support DirectX and OpenGL, and run existing games and programs. Additionally, a broad potential range of highly parallel applications including scientific and engineering software will benefit from the Larrabee native C/C++ programming model.
Displays

Submission + - AOC's New 22" HD Display: The Computer is Opti (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "As a 22-inch, HD flat-panel display, AOC's new 2230Fm LCD has nothing necessarily earth-shattering about its design. But what tripped us up was the marketing tag for the device: "No PC Required." It turns out that, in addition to being a traditional flat-screen LCD with a native resolution of 1680x1050 (HDCP ready), the 2230Fm also includes a built-in media player, with what AOC calls its H3 technology. The 2230Fm supports MPEG-1, 2, and 4 video formats. Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLA, and M4A. Supported photo formats include JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, and GIF images with resolutions up to 8000x8000 pixels. Playback modes include fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom, slideshow, and transitions, depending on the type of media being viewed. The display also has a low 2ms response time and high 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio."
Intel

Submission + - Intel Atom Home Server-Based Products Annnounced (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "In keeping with the trend of Intel Atom-based product announcements coming from Europe and Asia, U.K.-based Tranquil PC has announced yet another line of Atom-based products: The T7-HSAi and the T2-WHS-A3i. These updates to Tranquil PC's fanless chassis-based Microsoft Windows Home Servers are both powered by 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processors. The T7-HSAi is an "ultra compact" home server, designed to be placed in out-of-the-way areas, such as closets and it can even be wall mounted. It's price starts at £278 ($551 U.S.) with 512MB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. It can be configured with up to 1GB of RAM and 1TB of internal hard disk storage space. Four USB 2.0 ports allow for additional external storage."
Intel

Submission + - Intel's Centrino Atom Platform Unveiled (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "Intel is officially launching their new platform for MIDs today, code-named Menlow. Menlow is the processor and chipset combination you'll find in next-gen navigation devices, tablets, video players, and gaming handhelds. You won't hear Intel calling the platform by its internal name, though. The official brand is Centrino Atom. A complete Centrino Atom configuration consists of the Atom processor, Poulsbo, its single-component chipset, a wireless device, a battery, and a small form-factor enclosure. The first round of Atom processors will launch at clock frequencies between 800 MHz and 1.86 GHz. All models include 512KB of L2 cache on the same sub-25 square millimeter die. As you'd expect, power consumption rises as you ascend the family's hierarchy, so OEMs will have to continue weighing thermal performance against the size of their devices. Though it would be very interesting to hear of an iPhone product with this technology, that'll have to wait at least another year or two, when Intel launches its next-generation platform."
Portables

Submission + - Asus U6S Ultra-Portable Notebook, Beyond The Eee (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "While you may know them best for their motherboards, Asus is also a seasoned veteran when it comes to manufacturing notebooks, as is evidenced by the wildly popular EeePC. As interesting as the Eee PC may be, however, Asus has many other offerings that will surely be more attractive to road warriors, like the brand new U6S. The leather-bound Asus U6S is best described as a full-featured, ultra-portable laptop. Except for its 12.1" LED backlit screen, the U6S offers many of the same features of a full-sized notebook, like a built-in optical drive and discreet GeForce graphics — just in a compact, ultra-portable body. The sub-3.5lb U6S is built on Intel's fourth-generation Centrino platform, also known as Santa Rosa, and offers similar performance to a full-sized notebook as well."
Intel

Submission + - 3.4GHz Penyn and Skulltrail Peformance Preview (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Intel let a few members of the press get some hands-on time with their new 45nm quad-core processor, code-named Penryn today at IDF. Dual quad-core 3.4GHz processors were configured in a Seabird chipset, dual socket system based on the Intel's Skulltrail platform, for a total of eight cores. The benchmark numbers look pretty sharp as does the system."
HP

Submission + - HP Blackbird Desktop w/ Integrated Water Cooling (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC last year, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent. After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo in the first place? In addition, HP was secretly working on their own gaming PC, and its codename was Blackbird. However, Blackbird wasn't being designed solely by the newly acquired engineers from Voodoo. In fact, the Blackbird project was well underway at HP before the acquisition was finalized. The two did collaborate on a design though, that ultimately became the product that is shown here at — a high-end, fully customizable machine with an integrated water cooling system and a chasis design that allow of complete ease of access. Benchmarks and a full design showcase are included in the article."
HP

Submission + - HP Blackbird 002 High-End Gaming System Takes Off (hothardware.com)

Spinnerbait writes: "After HP's acquisition of Voodoo PC last year, many speculated that the company's entrance into the high-end gaming PC market was imminent. After all, why else would they have bought Voodoo in the first place? However, HP was also secretly working on their own gaming PC, and its codename was Blackbird. Blackbird wasn't being designed solely by the newly acquired engineers from Voodoo. In fact, the Blackbird project was well underway at HP before the acquisition was finalized. The two did collaborate on a design though, that ultimately became the product that is shown here at HotHardware — a high-end, fully customizable machine that's poised to do battle with the best gaming systems the industry has to offer. Benchmarks and a full design showcase are included in the article."

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