Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and she has a few nuggets of great video coverage for us to share with you all.
First up is an interview with an Intel chap from the EMEA who gives us an early look at Intel Sandy Bridge, which is the upcoming second generation Core CPU architecture for 2011, and how it performs under intensive video conversation. Setup on the test system is an advanced copy of Movavi Video Converter and the test is designed to showcase the power of Sandy Bridge's integrated hardware video encoder, which is said to dramatically speed up the performance of video encoding.
As you can see in the video above, with Sandy Bridge's encoder hardware acceleration (aka Intel Media SDK) enabled, the same H.264 video takes around 20 seconds compared to the 40 - 50 seconds with the hardware acceleration turned off. That will give you a pretty close comparison to modern day Core processors and what you can expect from tomorrow's Intel processors next year.
More coming up soon on Sandy Bridge performance. Stay tuned!
We will all agree that when it comes to our phones and other portable devices and gadgets we want more battery life. The battery in my devices like the iPhone and iPod never seem to last as long as I want them too. For my iPhone have a Mophie Juice Pack that helps to keep the thing going longer.
Mophie has announced a new universal battery pack for the iPhone, iPad, and any other device that can charge via a USB port. The device is called the juice pack powerstation. It has two USB ports on the bottom and to connect any device to it you need the device's charge cable. The battery pack supports iPad charging with 2.1A output and it can also automatically change to other settings depending on what the device needs.
The biggest problem for iPhone users that want to listen to their music on earphones, but want to be able to make and receive calls if needed as well is that many of the best earphones lack support for making and receiving calls. Altec Lansing has announced a new set of earphones that are aimed at the audiophile that uses an iPhone or iPod. The earphones are called the Muzx Ultra MZX606.
The earphones are designed to block sounds from outside to make the music clearer. The maker claims that they can block up to 26dB of noise. That should mean that you could use them in an airplane, car, or bus to block the noise that can drive you up the wall on a long trip. The earphones use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
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The latest happenings from around the web - September 16th, 2010
- ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX Socket AM3 Motherboard @ ThinkComputers
- Asus P7F7-E WS SuperComputer motherboard @ Overclockers
- Asus Rampage III Gene Motherboard @ itshootout
- ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 Socket AM3 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- MSI 890FXA-G70 Motherboard @ PC Perspective
- Biostar TA890FXE Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
- Intel Core i5-670 @ Hardware-Mag
- AMD Zecate APU Performance Preview @ PC Perspective
New benchmark results are back online for our MAINGEAR F131 P55 SLI Custom Gaming PC review which comprise the system's synthetic (3DMark Vantage) and Real World Gaming tests. We apologise for the downtime with these results, but wanted to ensure that the system was configured optimally to give the best performance possible. For this we needed to adjust a setting that falls under "Multiple Display/Mixed-GPU Acceleration mode" in the drivers from "Compatibility Performance" to "Single Display".
It is important to note that this is how MAINGEAR configures the system as delivered for the purposes of optimal compatibility between users and differing types of display setups. However, for optimal SLI performance on a single display, one needs to adjust the aforementioned setting which as we have learned from our second run of tests, enhances performance considerably.
It looks like OnStar is not just for notifying the authorities of an accident or getting your car unlocked anymore. OnStar's ninth generation hardware will reportedly support audio Facebook statuses and SMS messages. It seems there's no way to get away from social networking anymore.
The OnStar social networking service works over audio. Facebook and SMS messages are read to drivers and drivers respond verbally with voice transcription typing the responses. This is being launched as a part of OnStar's "responsible connectivity" initiative that is hoping to keep driver attention on the road instead of mobile devices.
Were you one of the thousands who waited up until midnight to pick up Halo Reach for the Xbox 360? Well, some of you may have gotten a nasty little surprise when you got home if you own the 4GB model of the Xbox 360 Slim. According to reports, multiplayer doesn't work on these consoles due to the 4GB model having a "Memory Unit" instead of a hard drive.
Apparently Halo Reach will give you a "hard drive is required" message if you attempt to play any co-op modes like campaign or firefight. Although it is not listed on the packaging, Microsoft has been quoted on the issue stating "some multiplayer aspects of Halo: Reach require an Xbox 360 certified hard drive." Seriously? The only fix at this point is to buy a $130 USD Xbox 360 Slim hard disk. So much for getting a deal on the $199 Slim console.
HTC officially unveiled the Desire HD smartphone today to the world, which will bring a 4.3" LCD to Android lovers who have been cursing EVO 4G owners in the U.S. Sporting a 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, 4.3" LCD, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, and Wireless N capability, it definitely looks quite similar to the EVO 4G in a little bit different skin. This will also be one of the first device with the newly enhanced HTC Sense and HTCsense.com services. Europe and Asia can expect this to hit stores sometime in October.