You can already order Core i7-based notebooks from OEM outfilts like CyberPower and Eurocom, but doing so means settling for a desktop chip crammed into a laptop chassis, power management be damned. If you've been holding off for Intel to release mobile versions of the popular desktop chip, you might not have to wait much longer.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, Intel has updated its launch schedule for three laptop Clarksfield CPUs -- a trio of mobile chips built on the Nehalem architecture that will most likely carry the Core i7 brand -- for a late September or early October release.
The upcoming Clarksfield chips include the Core 2 Extreme XE (2GHz), Core 2 Quad P2 (1.73GHz), and Core 2 Quad P1 (1.6GHz).
In addition to the Clarksfield CPUs, Intel also plans to announce Celeron SU2300 and Celeron 743 processors for ultra-thin notebooks around the same time.
Asus recently announced the Xtreme Design motherboard series, a new designation the company claims denotes "ground-breaking design innovations." The P6TD Deluxe will be one of Asus' existing boards to receive the Xtreme makeover.
One of those "innovations" comes in the form of improved cooling. Dubbed "Stack Cool3," Asus says it re-engineered the original copper cooling solution found on the P5E64 WS motherboard with an enhanced PCB layer, a move Asus claims will result in substantially improved heat dissipation.
Also traits of the Xtreme Design series, designated boards will feature an improved phase design, Turbo V overclocking for "an overwhelming boost of up to 51 percent in processing throughput," and more stringent Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) testing.
Last month, we reviewed Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 295, a dual-GPU GT200-based board that benefited from a die-shrink from 65 nanometers to 55 nanometers. This month, we’re testing the GTX 285, which uses the same silicon as the GTX 295, in a clocked-up single-GPU design. Unfortunately, the paltry clock-speed improvements that the die shrink allowed don’t deliver enough of a performance boost to make this board worth recommending, especially for folks who already own a GTX 280 board.
When you compare the GTX 285 to the GTX 280, you can see what the problem is. The GTX 285’s GT200 core is clocked at 648MHz, up from 602MHz for a stock GTX 280. The 1GB of GDDR3 memory runs at just 621MHz on a 512-bit bus—the GTX 280’s memory runs at 550MHz. The upshot is that this new card delivers less than a 10 percent performance increase over the GTX 280 parts in most benchmarks. The only big gains over the 280 are at lower resolutions with very high antialiasing and anisotropic filtering levels. The big gain is in power consumption. The 285 features a TDP of about 183W, while the 280 drew a massive 236W. That means that the 285 will actually run in a system that’s equipped with just a pair of 6-pin PCI-E video connectors—you don’t need the 6-pin and 8-pin combo that’s been de rigueur for the last few months.
I’m having a blue-screen problem on a T42p ThinkPad with 2GB of RAM running Windows XP Pro SP2. This is a corporate laptop issued to me as a mobile employee, so I have admin rights to it.
Every time I plug a USB device into either of the laptop’s two USB ports, it blue-screens. As long as the device is plugged in, the laptop loops through a boot process to a blue screen. Once I unplug the USB device, it behaves. Exceptions: If I put a USB power cable into the ports in the laptop for power only, there is no problem. I have a PCMCIA USB adapter too, and anything I plug into these USB ports works fine.
This PCMCIA USB adapter has a USB power cable, which I plug into the USB port in the laptop without incident. I have the PCMCIA USB adapter plugged into the PCMCIA slot, with a seven-port USB hub plugged into it running a printer, a wireless mouse, a keyboard, and a hard drive. I have a second hard drive’s data cable plugged into the USB hub, while its power cord is plugged into the laptop’s USB port, with no problem.
When I called the corporate help desk, they assumed I had a bad motherboard and sent me a replacement laptop. Same problem but worse. The new laptop, which was a 1GB machine, did not recover when the USB port was unplugged. I had to do disc recovery involving file and index cleanup to get it to behave. I went through this several times.
I used the same boot drive, which I had to transfer back and forth, on both laptops.
Fortunately, when I returned the hard drive to the old laptop, it worked the same as it had originally. I have returned the “new” replacement laptop since it did me no good, keeping the original laptop.
I’m to the point of reinstalling the OS, but I don’t have access to the corporate image without driving 90 miles, and at this point, I’m leery of just installing a different OS copy, with a different serial number.
As I write this, I’m sitting in seat 17F. My air speed is about 517mph, and I’m 35,146 feet above Limon, Colorado. Last year, this would have been a boring five-hour plane ride. This year, my hours in the air feel no different than kicking back at home on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I’m on a computer, farting around on the Internet. And while that’s undoubtedly nice, I really want—no, that’s not right—I need more.
You know the question everyone always asks: “If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?” The unimaginative types say they want an adamantium skeleton or X-ray vision, but I’m not interested in “classic” superpowers. I want instant brain-level access to the Internet. I want to know everything there is to know about everything—or at least have that information available at the speed of Google*. And I want all the relevant info at any given time displayed in a context-rich overlay on top of whatever I’m actually looking at. That’s not too much, is it?
PC manufacturers still haven’t arrived at a consensus as to what is a netbook. Sony’s perception of a netbook manifested itself in the form of the Vaio P earlier in the year. With the launch of the Vaio P, the Japanese giant prolonged its time-honored tradition of setting outrageous prices for its products. However, Sony has tried to justify Vaio P’s exorbitant price, which starts at $900, by deliberately referring to it as an ultra-portable as opposed to a netbook.
Intel had earlier made it clear that it doesn’t perceive Chrome OS as a threat to its open source OS Moblin. Now, according to a report, it wants to give a thrust to Google’s Android platform as well. According to a Digitimes report, the world’s leading chip manufacturer wants mobile internet devices (MIDs) based on its chips to run on Google’s Android platform. The report quotes sources at Taiwanese MID manufacturers. The report goes on to add that Android-based MIDs can only be expected once Intel’s Moorestown platform is out.
Back when our great-grandparents used to walk barefoot to school in scorching hot snow uphill both ways, folks stay connected to world events through newspapers, word of mouth, or via the Pony Express. A lot has changed since then, and in between taking online correspondence courses and sipping on lattes while wearing a robe and slippers to avoid being chilled from the central air conditioning, today's generation consumes the news online.
So it was only a matter of time before someone studied the modern news cycle, and that's exactly what researchers at Cornell have done. Using what The New York Times describes as "powerful computers and clever algorithms," the research team scoured 90 million articles and blog posts on 1.6 million mainstream media sites and blogs looking for repeated phrases.
The end result? In most cases, traditional news outlets led the way with blogs following behind, usually by 2.5 hours. However, that wasn't always the case; 3.5 percent of story lines originated from blogs and then made their way to traditional media.
"This is a landmark piece of work on the flow of news through the world," said Eric Horvitz, a researcher at Microsoft and president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. "And the study shows how Web-scale analytics can serve as powerful sociological laboratories."
AMD hasn't put up much of a fight in the desktop market, but when it comes to the server sector, the scrappy chip maker is giving Intel everything it's got. Adding to its arsenal, AMD is launching new versions of its Opteron HE and SE series, both of which will add to its existing six-core lineup.
AMD first launched a six-core chip on June 1, 2009, six months ahead of schedule. According to the chip maker, these new ones boast 18 percent better performance per watt than the original models, though that doesn't necessarily mean a low wattage design.
On the contrary, the high-performance Opteron SE will consume 105W and is being aimed at those who need performance more than power savings. The low-power Opteron HE, however, will consume just 55W and will likely find a home in cloud computing data centers.
The HE chips will run anywhere from $455 to $1,019, while the SE will cost $1,514 to $2,649.
When it comes to computer games, you don't have to pay to play, and we're not talking about software piracy. Instead, an increasing number of online gamers are discovering free or low cost casual games which, according to comScore, has seen "significant" growth in the past year.
"Online gaming continues to be one of the top gaining categories over the past year growing at ten times the rate of the total U.S. Internet population and reaching nearly one out of every two Internet users," said Edward Hunter, comScore director of gaming solutions. "And the growth in the category is occurring not only at the top gaming destination sites, but also through viral distribution platforms, including widgets and applications. In fact, some online gaming companies that distributed their games across sites are reaching as many people as the top online gaming sites."
In May of 2009, online gaming claimed 87 million U.S. visitors, an increase of 22 percent over one year ago. Yahoo Games edged out EA Online in claiming the most visitors, but no matter where the online portals ranked in terms of visitors, many of them have seen big growth. GSN Games Networks, for example, isn't in the top 10 but still managed to grow a whopping 563 percent to 6 million visitors.