Opinion: Should you switch to quad-core now?

Admitted, the question whether to upgrade or not to upgrade to a quad-core processor won't be really problem many buyers of these pricey new processors will spend much time on. If you got the money to spend and it has to best, you will go after the QX6700.

Intel unleashes quad-core processors

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel is firing up the second stage of its Core microarchitecture: Not quite four months after the company regained the performance crown in the desktop and DP server processor segment, Intel is first to launch CPUs with four cores: The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 rings in a new era for desktop processors, while the Xeon 5300 series spearheads the firm's DP server lineup.M/b>

Dell first to officially roll out quad-core system

Round Rock (TX) - Dell received the honor of unveiling the first quad-core desktop computer. Just hours before Intel will formally announce its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor, Dell announced the XPS 710, which looks like a regular XPS gaming system but hides one of the first quad-core CPUs you can buy - for at least $3700.

Dell announces multi-function color laser printer

Dell will begin shipping its first multi-fuction color laser printer on Tuesday.

AMD's PIC canned as OLPC production begins

AMD announced in its third quarter SEC filing that it has ceased the manufacture of their Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) product for emerging markets due to lack of material revenue.

SMBs to get Office 2007 on Nov 30 at CompUSA

Small business owners will be able to pick up a box of Vista Business and Office Small Business 2007 at certain CompuUSA stores beginning on November 30.

AMD's Opteron shows muscles in supercomputer list

The 28th list of the world's 500 most power supercomputers was published one day ahead of the official opening of the SC06 supercomputing conference. The top-10 of the list saw major changes, partially due to three new AMD Opteron systems, which are ranked in Position 2, 9 and 10. Extra: Image gallery

Nvidia vs. The World - opinion

Nvidia's latest financial results have proven that the company does not need to buy into the merger talk that followed AMD's purchase of its major rival, ATI, recently.

Vista RTM downloads on Bittorrent

It hasn't even been out of the nest a full week yet, but already those nefarious software pirates who drive prices up for everyone else have taken the little birdie known as Windows Vista and begun passing it around the interwebs like a hot potato.

NEC develops new 3.5" LCD module

NEC LCD Technologies announced the successful development of a 3.5", quarter high definition (QHD) system-on-glass (SOG) LCD module (LCM) for mobile devices.

Microsoft's Jim Allchin stresses that Vista users will need anti-virus

Exchange 2007 to RTM in December

Exchange Server 2007 will be released to manufacturing in December and be available to customers within a number of days after that, Microsoft officials have confirmed.

Kentsfield quad-core processors to sell for less than $1200

Chicago (IL) - While Intel reportedly is gearing for a launch of its quad-core processors on Monday next week, a wide range of etailers has begun pre-selling or even selling the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor. A 1000-unit price of $1000 and a very limited availability indicated a scenario of potentially inflated etail pricing of the CPU, but at least the initial list of retailers will sell the processor for about the same price as a dual-core Core 2 Extreme X6800.

IBM announces quad-core servers, supercomputer cluster

Armonk (NY) - IBM will offer its System x servers with Intel's upcoming Xeon 5300 quad-core processors, which are expected to be announced early Monday next week. The company claims that the new x models will deliver "three to four times performance of systems that IBM offered less than twelve months ago."

AMD previews 4x4 platform

Munich (Germany) - AMD chose to reveal first official details about its 4x4, dual-socket processor platform at a PR event in Munich. 4x4 apparently is still on track for a November release, while AMD's U.S. representatives aren't ready yet to talk about the firm's answer to Intel's quad-core CPU. AMD confirmed at the event that 4x4 will be introduced with an Nvidia chipset and prices around $1000.

Gateway announces 24" 1080p desktop LCD

Gateway has added two new desktop LCDs to its monitor lineup. A 22" and a 24" complement the already existing 19" and 21" models and also integrate HDCP functionality that allows users to watch movies from HD DVD or Blu-ray media.

Velocity Micro dives into holiday season with Vector GX PC

Semi-Custom PC builder Velocity Micro introduced today the Vector GX Holiday Edition computer, and as the name suggests, becomes the company's frontrunner for spiking holiday sales.

Google became unwitting mediary for Kama Sutra worm, affected 50,000

Due to posts on Google's official Google Video blog group that contained a link to a computer worm, the Internet search giant is now apologizing, with reports that some 50,000 viewers and subscribers to the group were potentially affected.

Qimonda intros 183 MHz DDR memory for handheld devices

Qimonda today announced availability of 183 MHz, DDR-366 mobile RAM devices. Targeted for use in compact mobile devices such as smartphones and PDAs, the new chips come in a 512 Mbit (64 MB), 60-ball FBGA package and use the same 1.8 volt power supply of preceding 133 MHz (DDR-266) chips.

Intel announces volume shipments of 65 nm NOR flash MLC products

Intel has announced what it called the industry's first volume shipments of 65nm NOR flash multi-level cell (MLC) products, including the 65 nm 1Gb monolithic part for cell phones.