There should be an actual rule, not just an unwritten one, that if a manufacturer pitches a new product as a bargain or, in this case, carrying a "friendly price," said company should, oh, maybe disclose that price? We're thinking out loud here, but that seems fair to us. In any event, MSI announced its new generation CR460 notebook, giving us the skinny on the display size, processor, storage, and everything in and around the laptop, that is except the price tag.
On the surface, it’s easy to shrug your shoulders and say “meh” at Intel’s new Z68 chipset.
It doesn’t, for example, add any more than the two SATA 6GB/s ports that the P67 had nor does it add native USB 3.0. The single x16 PCI-E 2.0 isn’t improved either (nor can it be because those are within the CPU). But that’s doesn't mean the Z68 isn't an important step forward.
In fact, the improvements it brings to the table are actually uniquely compelling. Read on for our analysis of Intel's latest chipset.
Sandy Bridge was a huge leap forward for Intel, but in the never ending core count race, they still have some catching up to do with AMD. Rumors were circulating about a new possible eight-core variant, but now we have proof. An overzealous third party is looking to sell off its preview chip, and the image you’re looking at here is for an eight-core Sandy Bridge part that is branded “E” for “Enthusiast”. The chip shown is only rated at 1.6 GHz, but we expect these numbers to be not just overclockable, but likely to grow prior to launch.
Intel isn't planning to launch its Sandy Bridge-E series of processors until later this year, but if you absolutely, positively, really want to get your hands on one, come hell or high water, there's a chance you can grab one. That is, if you're willing to part with around $1,400 (with shipping) in exchange for a CPU that won't fit in any of your motherboards.
FinalWire today released a new version of its streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users, AIDA64 version 1.70. AIDA64 is the successor to Everest, the once popular utility that was discontinued in late 2010 and picked up by FinalWire, which would explain why the two programs look and function so similar. AIDA64 v1.70 adds a handful of new features and improvements, including support for the latest LGA1155 B3 stepping motherboards.
It looks like HP has given the Sandy Bridge treatment to their 14-inch Pavilion dm4 (now the dm4x) line of laptops. The lame old first-generation Core i5 CPU has been replaced with a spiffy new Core i5 2410M as the default option. For just $730, the base model seems very well-specced.
As of this moment, Intel's flagship mobile processor is its Core i7 2920XM CPU. This spunky slice of silicon sports Sandy Bridge DNA and comes clocked at 2.5GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) on each of its four cores for a total of eight processing threads. Built on a 32nm manufacturing process, the 2920XM features 8MB of cache and integrated graphics clocked at 650MHz, with the ability to Turbo up to 1300MHz. With eight months still left in the year, will Intel release a new top-end mobile chip in 2011?
Everyone remembers that famous scene from Top Gun when Maverick, then Goose, says, "I feel the need...the need for speed!, but it's not too difficult to picture that same line being belted out from within Origin PC's labs. This boutique system vendor definitely has a need for speed, and to prove it, the company just announced the availability of overclocked processors in its EON17-S laptop line. Just any ol' overclock, either, but up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost.
Sandy Bridge is sitting pretty in the eyes of system builders now that the design flaw that affected initial shipments of early 6-series chipsets is a thing of the past. Looking ahead, things are about to get even better. Intel's Z68 Express chipset aimed at power users will bring some performance-oriented features to the table, and according to the latest rumor mill chatter, the chipset's launch is less than three weeks away.
By now, Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs need no introduction. Since their debut late last year, the procs have been on the hot list of every red-blooded power user. But getting at them hasn’t been easy. Particularly the mobile parts, which hadn’t even hit the market in new notebooks before the now-infamous SATA 3Gb/s port issue brought product flow to a grinding halt.