A handful of things in life are certain: death, taxes (you better hurry!) and, after seeing the Nvidia GTX 680 drop for just $500, the eventual lowering of AMD Radeon 7900 series prices. That was the common theory, anyways, but several weeks have passed with nary a word from AMD. Could conventional wisdom be wrong? Nope! AMD was just biding its time. Today, the company slashed the prices of not only the 7900 series GPUs, but the low-end Radeon 7770, too.
Good news for all you mechanical drive freaks out there: the beleaguered and washed-out hard disk drive industry is on track to pull its head back above water in the second half of the year. Yay! Bad news for all you mechanical drive freaks out there: even though HDD output will fully catch up to previous levels, HDD prices are still going to stay above the "dirt cheap" range they were at before the Thailand floods.
Last month, Samsung launched an ultrabook under the Series 5 brand in its home market of South Korea. The company, however, has remained tightlipped on any plans for a U.S. release of the Series 5 ultrabook. Thanks to a couple of premature pre-order listings on online retailer J&R, we now know the price of both models.
Oh, AMD, you wiley stage magicians. While the company was busy showing off its Opteron 6200 and 4200 enterprise processors with one metaphorical hand earlier this week, the other metaphorical hand was secretly tweaking prices on several of its processors while everyone was distracted. Heck, they even introduced a new quad-core processor and next to nobody noticed! Penn and Teller, eat your hearts out.
Intel hopes to stop the tablet wave dead in its tracks with its ultrabooks, a new breed of ultra-thin and -light notebooks starting at around $1,000. While most PC vendors are finding it difficult to meet the current price requirement for ultrabooks, Intel wants them to move to an even more competitive pricing model in the future.
If you’re going to build a big, badass PC, you need a big, badass case to house that awesome 3-way SLI you’re planning on installing. The Level 10 GT chassis by Thermaltake is one such monstrosity. Yeah, its compartmentalized design is, well, not for everyone, but we still liked it enough that we gave it a 9 score a few months back -- despite its hefty $280 price tag. If that sticker cost was a bit too high, we’ve got some good news; Thermaltake has dropped the MSRP of the case to $200 through the end of November.
Sony on Wednesday announced the “world's lightest 13-Inch standard voltage PC” in the US. Besides its ultra-thin and light design, the new Vaio Z is particularly noteworthy for its Light Peak-enabled, GPU-packing docking station. Hit the jump for more on the Vaio Z and the accompanying Power Media Dock
Intel’s next-generation Atom platform, codenamed “Cedar Trail” and built on a 32nm manufacturing process, will be significantly cheaper when compared to current Atom N4xx and N5xx series CPUs, according to prolific rumormonger Digitimes. The chip maker is expected to begin shipping the next-generation Atom chips during the second half of 2011. Hit the jump for more.
Cisco revealed its tablet ambitions back in June when it announced the “Cius.” It is very likely that Cisco's tablet has not made it to any most-anticipated-tablets list in the intervening period. This is due to the fact that the 7-inch Android-running Cius is an enterprise product. As for those of you interested in such an offering, the price – or at least the price range – of the Cisco has been revealed.
According to a FAQ document sent to potential software partners and leaked by CrunchGear, the Cius will be priced below $1,000. Comparisons with the iPad are an inevitability for any upcoming tablet regardless of its intended purpose. Cisco appears to understand the perils of such a comparison, and therefore draws a clear line between the two.
The FAQ document explains why Cisco Cius is twice the price of an Apple iPad: “Cisco Cius is not a consumer device so it’s not an equivalent comparison. Cisco Cius is the first-of-its- kind mobile collaboration device. With Cius, casual and highly mobile employees benefit from a communications, collaboration and computing solution.” It then goes onto list the various “additional benefits additional benefits over an iPad.”
“Pricing is still be finalized at this time. With typical discounts applied, expectation would be that the Cius tablet would be available at under $1000 ($USD street price). Note that discounts may vary by Cisco reseller and thus, prices noted should be considered a guideline,” reads the FAQ document.
“Limited availability of Cisco Cius is expected to be CY Q4 2010 with general availability in calendar year Q1 2011.”
Those of you holding your breath for the Nintendo 3DS will have to do so until late February or March (depending on which part of the world you call home). Nintendo has confirmed the launch date of the 3DS and also revealed its price. The handheld will debut first in Japan on February 26, 2011 and then go on to launch in Europe, Australia and the U.S the following month.
The autostereoscopic successor to the Nintendo DS will cost ¥25,000 (US$298), according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. He made the announcement at a press event in Japan. The hardware package will include a Nintendo 3DS hardware unit, recharging cradle, AC adapter, 3DS stylus, 2GB SD memory card and 6 AR Cards (used for games with AR technologies). The complete 3DS spec list is available here.