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.
Having an SSD will load games faster. But your in-game experience will also be improved. The numbers don’t lie.
Hard core gamers know by now that Windows and games will load faster if you’re running from an SSD. Did you know your gameplay will improve, too? Intel has the numbers to prove it.
Adam Lake from Intel’s Visual Computing Group and Glen Miner from game developer Digital Extremes gave an animated talk about the impact of solid state drives on both the gaming experience and how SSDs improve productivity during the game development process. First, let’s look at playing games.
This week, Gordon phones in from the IDF show floor, and the gang discusses Samsung's new Android phones, Intel's Sandy Bridge, AMD's Bulldog architecture, and the worst ships in the Star Wars universe.
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Conventional wisdom says the future of ultra mobile computing will run an Apple iOS, Google OS or even an Intel Meego OS but QCosmos is out to prove that wrong.
The company showed off a PSP-sized device running a full version of Microsoft’s desktop Windows 7 OS. The OCS1 features a 4.8-inch display running at 1024x600, the OMOS sports a capacitive touch screen, GPS, 32GB of storage, and a full-slide out QWERTY keyboard. A USB 2.0 port is onboard as well as a 3 megapixel and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. For a CPU, the OCS1 uses Intel’s new Oak Trail Atom derivative chip for tablets and smart phones.
QCosmos says the device is currently limited to Wi-Fi only but there is a roadmap for a version with a cellular device.
The protype that we viewed did appear to be running to the full Windows 7 OS. Although it was not running games, QCosmos says it is capable of running many PC games including Starcraft II.
Officials say the device is aimed more at the gaming crowd and entertainment crowd so it would likely compete with Apple’s iTouch devices and Sony’s PSP. Pricing wasn’t announced. The device is expected to available for sale in 2011.
Unveiled last summer, Intel’s Experience and Interactions Research promises a new way to develop projects. What they’re showing looks pretty familiar, though.
If Dr. Genevieve Bell, the only Intel Fellow who’s an anthropologist, has her way, Intel’s product development process needs to change. Last summer, Intel announced that Bell would be the head of a newly created lab under Intel’s research umbrella known as “Experience and Interactions Research.” The idea is to create products based on users desires – and to try to predict where those users' desires would be in a few years.
Sandy Bridge will feature an on-die, high clock speed graphics core. Will it be fast enough for most users? Maximum PC readers know we’ve never been strong fans of integrated graphics. Even when we’ve needed them – in small form factor home theater PCs, for example, we’ve tended to go for AMD or Nvidia integrated solutions. More often, though, we’ll spec out an entry level discrete graphics card for a compact HTPC.
The new Intel HD Graphics built into the Sandy Bridge CPU may shift that decision point a bit. While any gaming experience with the new graphics is still fairly entry level, it’s far less anemic than past Intel efforts. Starcraft 2, for example, runs at medium settings and keeps up pretty well with entry level discrete solutions from Nvidia. Let’s take a quick look at the internals of the latest Intel graphics core, rebuilt from the ground up for 32nm, brings to the table.
If you’re a performance enthusiast, then it’s unlikely you’ll be chomping at the bit to build a new system based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs when those processors ship in early 2011. That’s because the CPU Intel is calling their second generation Core architecture is aimed at the vast majority of mainstream users – and mostly laptop users a that.
First, let’s go over a quick rundown on the CPU itself. Sandy Bridge is built on Intel’s 32nm process. Intel’s “tick-tock” product creation process dictates that a brand new architecture be built on proven manufacturing capabilities to minimize risks to the design.
LGA1366 users can breathe a sigh of relief. LGA2011, the socket expected to obsolete existing LGA1366 boards, didn’t make an appearance at Intel’s IDF on Monday.
Instead, Intel concentrated on its mainstream and mobile chip, codenamed Sandy Bridge, at its developer forum in San Francisco. Expected to be released early next year, Sandy Bridge will integrate a new graphics core on the die, add AVX instructions and generally offer better compute and graphics performance over today’s Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 CPUs based on the Lynnfield and Clarkdale chips.
AMD’s next-generation APU will kick the ass of Core i5, the company said and demonstrated Monday – the opening day of Intel’s Developer Forum conference.
AMD publically lifted the veil on the Zacate Accelerated Processor Unit on Monday. Zacate fuses the guts of a traditional CPU with the guts of a GPU. The result of that hard work, AMD said, is a chip that consumes from 9-18 watts and out performs existing Core i5 chips in gaming. The company showed Zacate running City of Heroes: Going Rogue running like butter on a mobile development platform.
This week, we welcome regular Maximum PC contributor Loyd Case to the show to chat with Gordon and Will about IDF, the sassy new Radeon 5870, and Intel's first Larrabee showing. After a too-short trip to the lab, we jump straight into reader questions, before closing with another installment of Gordon's Rant of the Week.
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