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.
Intel has reportedly begun shipping its next generation Haswell parts to PC builders in preparation for a launch later this quarter. Right now you can file that tidbit under "R" for "Rumor," though the Santa Clara chip maker is expected to announce its fourth generation Core processor line at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next week. That's the good news. And the bad?
New graphics drivers for Ivy Bridge will add Ultra HD support.
If you're using the integrated graphics embedded into your 3rd generation Core processor (Ivy Bridge) from Intel, get ready for a driver update that's supposed to improve power and performance, as well as add new features. Intel HD Graphics driver 15.31 will be the seventh update since the introduction of 2nd generation Core processors (Sandy Bridge), and though it was built for 4th gen chips (Haswell), it will work on Ivy Bridge too.
Some vendors are already offering Haswell parts for pre-order.
We're still about three months away from retail availability for Intel's upcoming Haswell platform, and that assumes there won't be any last minute delays or chipset SNAFUS like the one that plagued Sandy Bridge's debut. Nevertheless, some anxious vendors have already begun accepting pre-orders for Haswell, giving us an early glimpse into how the pricing will shake out this summer.
Asus, Acer, and others are no longer releasing new netbook models in the U.S.
We can count on one tightly clenched fist the number of consumer netbook announcements so far in 2013. It's zero, zip, zilch, nada, and whatever other word or phrase you want to use to represent a quantity less than one. Netbooks, while once hugely popular, are largely dead in the U.S., so why is Intel holding onto its Cedar Trail M platform? One reason is because Classmate PCs are selling in developing markets.
Richand comes at just the right time for mobile users.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) today announced the availability of its new Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), otherwise known as "Richland." The new APUs not only offer faster graphics performance and longer battery life via enhanced power management capabilities all on a single chip, they also deliver user experiences like facial log-in and gesture recognition, AMD says.