Sapphire's Edge HD4 mini PC is about the size of a paperback book.
After testing the mini PC waters with its Edge HD series, which is supposedly the "smallest fully featured PC in the world," Sapphire felt motivated to introduce a new, more powerful model. Sapphire's Edge HD4 retains the "stylish outline" of its predecessors, but offers better performance with an Intel Celeron 847 processor. The Celeron brand gives some users the heebie jeebies, but note that this is a dual-core part clocked at 1.1GHz with 2MB of L3 cache and built around Intel's last generation Sandy Bridge architecture. It won't run Crysis, sure, but it shouldn't trip over day-to-day computing chores, either.
While the rest of us were busy browsing through the deal-tastic Steam Summer Sale, Intel was busy quietly releasing a new set of WHQL-certified graphics drivers for Windows 8 to ensure that integrated graphics types -- including people who like to casually frag on their notebooks -- will be able to get their game on with a minimum of buggy fuss. The new drivers run with Windows 8 Release Preview, but Intel says they'll be good for Windows 8 proper, too.
From desktops and all-in-one systems to notebooks and Ultraportable/ultrathin laptops, Intel's Ivy Bridge platform is leaving its mark everywhere you look. Is it time to say 'So long!' to Sandy Bridge? Not quite. Intel isn't gung-ho to send its Sandy Bridge platform to the CPU stockyard, and instead is planning to launch at least two new mobile chips based on last generation's architecture.
Now that Ivy Bridge is here, it's time for Intel to start tearing down Sandy Bridge and directing traffic to its newer architecture. And in fact, that's exactly what the Santa Clara chip maker is reportedly planning to do starting in September, though don't expect Sandy Bridge processors to disappear overnight. Instead, Intel will gradually retire Sandy Bridge while simultaneously pushing its Ivy Bridge platform hot and heavy, especially as the back-to-school season approaches.
After a ton of speculation, a bit of denial, and a ton of testing we finally have our answer. The thermal interface material change made by Intel when it went from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge is indeed the cause of the excessive temperatures we’ve observed while overclocking. The first accusation was made in late-April by Overclockers.com, however proving it wasn’t easy. The Japanese division of PC Watch somehow managed to remove the integrated heat spreader from a Core i7 3770k, along with the stock binding and grease. They then proceed to replace it with aftermarket alternatives, and the results speak for themselves.
Intel stepped up to the plate and seemingly hit a homerun with its Ivy Bridge architecture (which, by the way, is now showing up in retail). It's the first commercial processor to boast a 22nm manufacturing process and 3D transistors, a combination that ultimately leads to better performance with less power consumption than previous generation processors. At the same time, some have reported higher temps with Ivy Bridge compared to Sandy Bridge, and it could have to do with the way Intel attached the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS).
Last week, a Digitimes report citing unnamed sources from notebook vendors claimed that Intel had decided to postpone mass shipments of Ivy Bridge chips, and that its partners had already been apprised of the change in shipment plans. But now a new report has come out claiming that the extent of the delay in Ivy Bridge chip shipments is not as significant as has been rumored elsewhere.
Intel updated its processor price list on Sunday. While nothing seems to have changed where the prices of existing chips are concerned, a careful look at the updated list reveals that it contains as many as seven new Sandy Bridge processors. Hit the jump for more.
Shuttle has quite the long resume in small form factor and barebones systems, and the company's newest offering is the XH61, a 3-liter PC that's barely 7cm high, yet is able to lug around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. The compact case measures 24.2cm (D) x 20cm (WH) x 7.3cm (H) and has enough space for an optical Slimline drive and 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD) or hard disk drive (HDD).
They may not manifest in time for Christmas, but price drops for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors are reportedly on the horizon. Word on the Web is that Intel has already given its hardware partners a heads up on plans to reduce Sandy Bridge CPU prices, and that some Core i3 and i5 processor price cuts will run as deep as 10-15 percent.