Santa Clara (CA) - Intel launched eight new dual-core Xeon MP processors late Thursday. The new CPUs go head-to-head with AMD's Opteron 8000 series processors and are based on the "Tulsa" core which uses the power-hungry Netburst architecture that is being phased in all other product lines such as desktop and DP server processor families. Still, Intel promises that Tulsa drops power consumption by up to 30%.
Forget 1 GHz memory, 1111 MHz is what you need. In what appears to be an accelerating race between performance memory manufacturers, Corsair has taken the lead. The company today announced its "DHX XMS2 Dominator memory series," which includes the first PC2-8888 memory. The modules are clocked at 1111 MHz at CAS 4 settings. Corsair also offers a "regular" and "lower-cost" PC2-8500 (1066 MHz, CL-5) version of the new memory.
El Segundo (CA) - Studio quality microphones often require big audio inputs not commonly available on a computer. MXL Microphones announced a new condenser microphone that plugs into a computer's USB port. The company claims the MXL USB.006 microphone will bring "big rich studio" sound to both PCs and Macs.
Tom's Hardware has updated its popular VGA Charts that allow readers to compare the performance and value of two graphics cards in various benchmark disciplines side by side.
Fremont (CA) - Plextor today announced that it will be shipping its first Blu-ray writer for PC in October of this year. The PX-B900A is an internal ATAPI drive that will include software to playback Blu-ray movies on computer systems with Windows XP and Vista.
Round Rock (TX) - Several notebook builders are expected to announce the first wave of Core 2 Duo systems today. This includes Dell, which has deployed the new processor, previously code-named ""Merom"", across its product family of XPS, Inspiron and Latitude notebooks as well as Precision mobile workstations. The company promises that it will begin shipping the new notebooks within a week.
High-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) are in short supply because of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console, according to sources with passive components makers.
Panda Software has released a new antivirus package that claims to have an ultra-light memory footprint. The Antivirus 2007 software combines an antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware scanners and can be installed on up to two machines for one price.
Sony's battery recalls could help boost sales Korean battery makers. Following the recalls of Apple and Dell notebooks batteries, Korean newspapers are betting that their hometown favorites such as Samsung will gain market share.
Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI's rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated.
Tul, a Taiwan-based provider of ATI-based graphic cards, on August 24 introduced its PowerColor X1950 XTX and CrossFire graphic cards that support HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).
Markham (Ontario) - As we reported yesterday, in the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled Tuesday from PriceGrabber and Froogle, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.
Fremont (CA) - Computer mice are fairly boring devices and companies have tried adding lasers, vibration sensors and scrolling wheels to spice them up. Now Logitech has announced its new MX and VX Revolution mouse line that has not one, but two metal scrolling wheels that can scroll through thousands of pages in a single flick. The wheel can also select words inside of documents or search the Internet.
Global shipments of Apple Computer's Intel-based laptops totaled 780,000-800,000 units in the second quarter of this year, with the MacBook becoming a hot model in the mainstream market, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers, citing data available from IDC and Gartner Dataquest.
Markham (ON) - ATI today announced two new high-end and two entry-level graphics cards. The Radeon X1950 series carries the firm's brand-new R580 graphics chip and introduces GDDR4 graphics memory running at 2 GHz to enthusiasts. The manufacturer claims that the new cards X1950 XTX flagship card beats the performance of rivaling dual-GPU solutions.
Hong Kong (China) - Just how low can USB flash stick prices go? Try $12.99 for a 1 GB USB flash stick. Starline International Group is selling USB sticks as a promotional offer, but the average consumer can't exactly run out and buy them. A minimum quantity must be ordered and the company requires several days of lead time to produce them.
Santa Clara (CA) - This afternoon, senior Nvidia spokesperson Bryan Del Rizzo disputed the likelihood of reports emerging from Dell that the first Pentium D 900-series-based XPS 700 units being shipped do not contain Nvidia's top-of-the-line nForce 590 chipset as advertised, but instead a solution reached in Dell's own laboratories. "Based on my understanding," Del Rizzo told TG Daily this afternoon, "they are in fact using the Nvidia nForce 590 SLI MCP."
Tom's Hardware has updated its interactive CPU charts with the latest processors from Intel and AMD.
Santa Clara (CA) - The latest round of seasonal CPU charts updates from Tom's Hardware Guide reveals what we expected, now that we've had a chance to test Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 dual-core CPU: At $247 average selling price, according to today's figures from PriceGrabber, it could be the most powerful CPU you can buy today for the fewest dollars...at least until figures from the E6300 are tallied.
BFG will is gearing up to offer its first SLI motherboard. The company today announced that it will be launching an Nforce 590 SLI-based motherboard in October.