Small form factor (SFF) computing meets up with Ivy Bridge.
When you stop and think about it, the amount of power in some of today's mini PC systems is pretty amazing. Enter Zotac, a company that lives and breathes small form factor (SFF) systems under its Zbox line, which today it infused with an Intel Core i5 3470T processor. It's a respectable desktop part built around Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture with two processing cores clocked at 2.9GHz (3.6GHz via Turbo), 3MB of cache, and a rated max TDP of 35W -- plenty powerful enough for general purpose computing.
Atom parts have long been the butt of our jokes for being the anti-performance parts that inspired the Netbook but anyone who ever tried to drive a Netbook for anything beyond browsing knows how much Atom’s sucked in performance. A dual-core, Hyper-Threaded 1.6Ghz Atom N2600 gives up a Cinebench 11.5 score of 0.47. That’s just barely faster than a single-core Athlon 64 3200’s score of 0.42. For reference, a Core i7-2600K gives up about 8.1 and a 3.2GHz Core 2 Duo E8200 gives you about 1.91. The actual performance isn’t known, but the new “Silvermont” version of Atom should offer far more performance than we've ever seen before.
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Silvermont is significantly different from Atom architectures that have preceded it.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Silvermont, the codename for the next generation of Intel's Atom line and the first in a family of yearly refreshes. Oh, and forget any preconceived notions you have about Atom, Silvermont is far different from the architecture found in your first or second generation notebook. It's a brand new design using Intel's 22nm 3D Tri-Gate SoC (System-on-Chip), which Intel claims will deliver "significant increases in performance and energy efficiency."
AMD recently launched a pair of FX-Series Piledriver processors, FX-4350 and FX-6350, and hot on heels of those new chips is a round of price cuts to some older parts. The Sunnyvale chip designer slashed the price of 10 chips in all, most of which received a double-digit percentage discount. In fact, the smallest price cut was 9.5 percent, and the two others that technically don't qualify as double digits were both dropped by 9.9 percent.
We all knew it was coming this summer, but now we also know it will only be 3,337,200,000,000,000 more nanoseconds until Haswell officially launches. Our back-of-the-envelope calculations align this countdown with Computex 2013, a show we fully expect to be dominated by Intel powered machines showing off the new architecture.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently said that touchscreen PCs could start selling for as little as $200 sometime in the next few months, though it's tough to imagine a Windows 8-based machine carrying such a low price tag. That's because they probably won't. Instead of Windows 8, most of these affordable PCs will be laptop machines built around Google's open source Android platform.
The sky didn't fall far for Intel, which met its revenue target for Q1.
Analysts can crow all they want about how the PC market is disintegrating, the world's largest semiconductor player still made a killing. We're of course referring to Intel, which today posted first quarter revenue of $12.6 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, and net income of $2 billion. All of those are down to some extent, but how many businesses would jump at the chance to switch places with Intel?
With the vast majority of closed-loop water-cooling kits based on either Asetek or CoolIt designs, Cooler Master’s in-house-designed Seidon 120M easily stands out from the crowd. At just $70, it’s one of the more affordable kits we’ve seen, too, and though it’s not the answer to our cooling prayers, it proves you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a decent water cooler.
Note: This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
The latest workstation from AVADirect is packing some serious horsepower.
AVADirect, a boutique system builder based in Ohio, sent word to us today that it's now offering a new workstation build configurable with up to two Xeon E5 eight-core processors and a whopping 512GB of RAM installed into 16 DIMM slots. At the heart of this monster system is the Asus Z9PE-D16/2L motherboard with optional SAS interfaces (using Asus PIKE RAID cards) and fan speed control.