Digitimes is reporting that Logitech has decided to halt production of new Logitech Revue Google TV boxes until the end of next month. Gigabyte, the manufacturer of the devices, allegedly received word that no more units should be produced until Google completes an expected software update. Analysts had originally predicted that Logitech would ship 500,000 Google TV units by the end of 2010, it is unclear if this stop in production will significantly affect their numbers.
Google TV has been plagued by slow performance, and blocked online network content since it shipped last month. Logitech my feel it makes more sense to continue building Google TV devices when the new software can be pre-loaded, as opposed to updating them after the fact. The update is expected to contain support for a version of the Android Market for Google TV.
With both LGA1156 and AM3 scheduled for termination sooner rather than later, there’s only one safe harbor that will carry you through this year: LGA1366.
Fortunately, it’s no longer a major financial stretch to get into Intel’s enthusiast socket. Yes, you can spend a massive amount of cash on a board that you can boot using the Bluetooth on your phone, but for many DIYers, $200 is the maximum they’ll spend on a mobo. Enter Gigabyte’s GA-X58-USB3. As the name implies, it’s a USB 3.0 board using Intel’s elderly but still quite capable X58 chipset.
If you're having trouble deciding between a notebook or a tablet, Gigabyte's T1125 might be just what you're looking for. Netbooknews.com had a chance to spend some hands-on time with this tri-purpose device, and it certainly looks promising.
You'll notice we called this a tri-purpose device and not a dual-purpose notebook. Why? Well, slap it into the optional dock and now you have a secondary display to go along with your desktop's main monitor.
It gets even better. At 11.6 inches, the T1125 just barely slips out of netbook range, which means you won't find a poky Atom processor inside. Instead, the T1125 sports an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor along with Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics (with support for Nvidia's Optimus technology), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, 320/500GB hard drive, Wireless-N, built-in 3.5G antenna, 1.3MP webcam, a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, eSATA/USB combo, HDMI, and a few other odds and ends.
It hasn't always been smooth sailing for motherboard makers in 2010, but at least for the month of September, all the major players managed to increase revenues, most by 25 percent or more.
Pegatron showed the least amount of month-on-month growth of the bunch at 4.6 percent, followed by Asus with 5.79 percent (Asus is up year-over-year 45.42 percent).
ECS recorded the highest month-on-month revenue growth of them all by jumping up 33.27 percent. No other company needed it more, as ECS is also the only one to post a year-on-year loss, with overall revenue down 8.38 percent.
Gigabyte posted September revenues of $152.7 million, up 25.51 percent on month and 0.2 percent on year, while MSI posted $266.2 million in revenue for the month, up 26.22 percent.
Does a paltry 256MB of RAM matter? Apparently, it does, if you’re talking about Nvidia’s GF104-based GTX 460 cards.
In the October issue, we took a long look at Asus’s sweet GTX 460 768MB card. While that card impressed us for the most part, it did seem a little weak in a few areas, especially when you turned up antialiasing. This 1GB version isn’t just the same chip with another 256MB of GDDR5 memory slapped on.
The memory bus is actually wider than the 768MB card, at 256 bits wide instead of 192 bits wide. That extra bus width is managed by a fourth memory controller on board the chip (the 768MB card has only three memory controllers.) If you’re thinking that the 1GB version of the GeForce GTX 460 should have had its own model—perhaps GTX 463—you’re not alone. A lot of people have wondered why Nvidia would use the same nomenclature for these two different beasts. The chip itself is the same. The 1GB chip is based on TSMC’s 40nm process technology, and has the same 1.95-billion transistor count as the 768MB version.
The Intel Developer Forum is over, but we've still got some goodies from the show to share with you guys. No, we're not talking shwag (those keychains and pens are ours, darnit, and you can't have them), we're talking about VIDEOS. We're still getting the video thing down, so forgive the quality for now and check out our interview with Gigabyte's Collin Brix about their latest motherboard, the P67A-UD5.
Gigabyte has a frustrating habit of releasing a dozen motherboard models per chipset, and sometimes more—we counted no fewer than 15 Gigabyte boards based on Intel’s X58 chipset. That isn’t the case in 890FX land, where Gigabyte offers just two variants to choose from—the GA-890FXA-UD5, and the board reviewed here.
The differences between the two are big, and we mean that literally. Unlike the UD5, the UD7 ditches the tried-and-true standard ATX formfactor and comes constructed in XL-ATX, which is even larger than Extended ATX (E-ATX). Only folks with full towers need apply, and even then you’ll want to verify with your case manufacturer that an XL-ATX motherboard will fit. Gigabyte’s Chassis Support List of qualified cases is disappointingly sparse, though not all-inclusive.
Want to know how insane the enthusiast motherboard bracket has become? Gigabyte’s X58A-UD7 seems pedestrian next to the other two contenders here. Sure, it has a rakish, liquid-cooling-ready heat pipe to keep the north bridge chilled out, but frankly, without that Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2 in place, the board is damn near boring next to its contemporaries. Where’s the dual 8-pin supplemental CPU power connectors? Or Bluetooth remote-control capability, wired remote overclocking tool, or audio riser card?
It's pretty rare that a company apologizes for a marketing mishap and offers to make it right. Just look at the Vista capable lawsuit, or more recently, Apple's lame attempt at addressing the iPhone 4's antennae issue (Hey dude, you're holding it wrong. Here's a free case, but did I mention you're holding it wrong?).
Little nuggets of public regret just don't happen very often, so kudos to Gigabyte for backtracking on its "HyperMemory" marketing, and shame on them for doing it in the first place. HyperMemory is Gigabyte's AMD's fancy term for combining its graphics cards' onboard memory with a user's system memory. That's all fine and dandy, but where the confusion sets in is when the box advertises 1GB of memory, when really the videocard only ships with 512MB; that other 512MB is shared with from your system RAM.
Hit the jump to see how Gigabyte is making this right by its customers.