Both AMD and Intel have been talking about new CPU/GPU combination processors for a long time. When we first heard of the combination processors chipmakers were predicting that they would be the end of the discrete GPU. Whether that will play out remains to be seen, but I doubt it. We would have expected the first CPU/GPU hybrid to come from Intel or AMD, but Microsoft has beaten both to the punch.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 team unveiled the new SoC that will power the coming slim Xbox 360 250GB gaming console. The SoC is built by Global Foundries on the 45nm process and combines the GPU and the CPU onto one chip. The goal Microsoft had in mind was making the construction of the gaming console cheaper in an effort to eek all the profit it could out of the console.
AMD has offered up some official details on a pair of its new CPU cores called Bobcat and Bulldozer. The two cores are aimed at different ends of the market with the Bobcat core being a power sipping offering that is flexible and designed for energy-efficient computing. Bulldozer on the other hand is a core optimized for performance and scalability.
Bobcat is the core that AMD expects to fight the Intel Atom for the netbook and low-end PC market. AMD claims that Bobcat can deliver 90% of the performance of today's mainstream computers in about half the area. Bobcat is targeting a sub-one-watt operation capability and is optimized for low power needs. The need for less power means that any mobile device using the Bobcat core will get longer runtime.
We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.
Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.
In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.
The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.
We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.
Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.
Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.
An article published on the Sydney Morning Herald today sheds a bright light on the now rapid growth of 3G growth in Australia thanks to more competitive plans with lower pricing and more generous data allowances.
All the major carriers including Optus, Telstra and Vodafone offer plans giving upwards of 3GB of usage for as little as 30 bucks a month these days, in turn giving people less of a reason to depend on WiFi hot spots (something that is severely lacking in Australia compared to the likes of America and Europe) and travel on the go with always accessible internet.
Further sign of 3G growth is attested to by the rise in sales of notebooks with embedded 3G. Notebook makers know more Australians are favouring notebooks off the shelf with 3G support inclusive and as such are equipping more models with this feature while costing less.
The price for a decent 3G connection with good monthly usage is still up there, but it's clearly heading down to Earth and becoming more easily within reach for many as a better on the go internet solution versus WiFi.
Our Download of the Day today is Speccy 1.04.173.
Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!
Processor brand and model
Hard drive size and speed
Amount of memory (RAM)
At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.
If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.
The latest happenings from around the web - August 24th, 2010
- Asus' bamboo-infused U33Jc 13-inch notebook @ Tech Report
- Dell Studio XPS 7100 Desktop @ Hardware Heaven
- ASUS G73JH Gaming Notebook @ Ocaholic
- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Motherboard @ OCIA
- ECS H55H-M LGA 1156 mATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective
- ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- DDR3 Memory Overclocking Charts Based On 200.000+ Results @ Madshrimps
- Patriot Sector 5 DDR3-2400 4GB Memory Kit @ Overclockers
Plenty of Apple fans out there are looking for a touchscreen iMac to add to their collection of devices. It seems we may be a little closer to that becoming a reality. Patently Apple uncovered some applications made by Apple that could revolve around a touchscreen-driven iMac.
According to the filings, the all in one device would have a hinged base that would allow the iMac to lay down flat for iPad-like touchscreen usage. When the iMac Touch is upright and vertical, regular keyboard/mouse/trackpad "normal" computer functionality would be used. Apple loves to announce new products in September; maybe this will be one of the now toys we hear about soon.
No olive branch of peace in the competition between Google and Apple in the mobile world is coming anytime soon, but the two do occasionally play nicely together. The currently Android-exclusive app Google Goggles is planned to come to the iPhone by the end of the year. Google executives released this information on Monday at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University.
Google Goggles is an app that allows the user to take a picture of an object and do a search based on the photo. David Petrou, a project lead of Google Goggles, demonstrated the app at the conference with the app correctly identifying and doing a search on a book and a can of beer. Goggles also works with bar codes and can even recognize and translate text. Facial recognition, for privacy reasons, is not in their plans.