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A rush of information on Intel's upcoming 45nm "Penryn" processors has just surfaced on the web, thanks to Intel showing off performance numbers and releasing stacks more details on their characteristics at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China this week.
You knew it had to be coming. A year ago Intel previewed its first Core 2 processors ahead of their release, and with Penryn due out before the end of the year the boys in blue are back again.
Penryn is still pretty early, although Intel was able to reach over 3GHz on all of the samples we tested. Not surprisingly, the number of benchmarks we were able to run was quite limited. Intel also provided us with a handful of its own test results demonstrated at IDF Beijing which we have reproduced here as well.
As a recap, Penryn is the 45nm micro-architectural update to Intel's current Core 2 processors. The slide above shows most of the improvements to Penryn.
A notebook maker by the name of Malibal have just recently launched a notebook with a MONSTER 20.1" widescreen display; Not only this but it also carries full SLI support, two hard drive bays with RAID 0/1 support, and much more.
Get the full rundown on it at Malibal's website.
Las Vegas, Nev., April 5th, 2007 - MALIBAL, a world leader in innovative laptop design and development, today announced the release of its new Veda Series line of notebooks. Available immediately, the Veda Series features an extensive collection of high-end options, including: 20.1" widescreen display, two hard drive bays and RAID 0/1, dual GPU capabilities with NVIDIA® SLI technology and AMD dual-core mobile technology.
NVIDIA® SLI technology is a multi-GPU solution that increases graphical processing power by linking multiple NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) together to produce a single, high-performance output.
Bit of a car buff? Admire the hard work put into a well-built custom PC? Oh you've just GOT to see this. Raktron Inc. have decided to do the unthinkable, and actually turbo-charge a highly customized PC (with red flames, working headlights, custom license plate etc.).
The turbo-charger was pulled from a late 90s Mitsubishi Eclipse and is actually made functional at 3,500rpms to push air through the case.
This was our first PC Case Modification, and this computer generated more attention than we ever could have imagined. Featured in two magazines and many websites (including hardocp.com), the response was overwhelming, and we'd like to say thanks to those who sent in positive comments. It made all the effort worthwhile.
We thought a fast computer should have hot rod flames, working headlights, and a custom license plate. As for the cooling system, an LED case fan just wasn't going to be original enough. Instead, our case fan is a turbocharger commonly found on late 1990's Mitsubishi Eclipses and Eagle Talons.
Whilst attending CeBIT at the moment, OCZ have issued out a PR which highlights all of their bang whizz products currently being showcased there.
Read the announcement here for full details.
CeBIT 2007-Hannover, Germany-March 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is unveiling a number of ground-breaking, next generation products at the World's largest digital technology tradeshow, CeBIT. Setting out to impress the worldwide enthusiast community and European market and impact the high-end computing and gaming industry, OCZ will be introducing new memory, power, cooling, flash, and peripherals making use of innovative technology to their product line.
Also following suit, Corsair announce their plans to dazzle us all with an array of exciting new products at this year's CeBIT, set to kick off in Hannover from March 15 through 21.
Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology. Show attendees can expect to see the latest and next generation Corsair products including the DOMINATORTM series as well as the latest announced high performance USB drive - Flash VoyagerTM GT. Corsair executive team as well as regional sales and marketing leads will be on site to conduct meetings and provide interviews.
Milton Keynes, England, 28th February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it will be displaying all of its latest solutions at CeBIT this year as well as offering visitors first-look information from its new product Road Map. ECS will showcase its latest motherboards, graphics cards, notebook computers, desktop computers, portable multimedia audio/video players and home entertainment products at its booth.
If you've an appreciation for good quality computer speakers you'll no doubt have heard of Klipsch. They've just issued out a PDF file detailing all of their latest offerings which are on display at CES right now. These comprise the following :-
- Klipsch Introduces Multi-Room Entertainment Products With Wireless KlipschCast Technology
- Klipsch Introduces CS-500 DVD Entertainment System
- Klipsch Amplifies TV Sound With Add-On Audio Solution
- Klipsch Ups the iPod Speaker Ante With New iGroove SXT
- Klipsch CS-700 System Snags 2007 CES Innovations Award
Theres been several press releases come to light from NVIDIA since the opening of CES. These consist of some new mobile products in the way of notebooks, handheld devices and remote controls. You can read up on them all via the linkies to NVIDIA's press room below.
- NVIDIA GeForce GFX Processors Deliver Ultimate Visual Experience on New HP PCs and Windows Vista
- NVIDIA and ASUS Deliver World's First Notebook with Windows Sideshow Secondary Display
- NVIDIA and LG Electronics Offer Windows Sideshow Functionality in New Notebooks
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Redefines Functionality in Windows Media Center Remote Controls for Vista
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Enables Windows Vista On The Go
Legit Reviews have scored an early look at another one of Ultra's fancy new offerings set to be showcased at CES this week, it happens to be the first ever computer case made out of carbon fiber!
Though the official start of CES is a day away we've got an early look at a unique product that will make its debut here in Las Vegas, the Ultra Products Carbon Fiber case. Many of you know that carbon fiber has been used in aircraft and race cars for years, and no I'm talking about your Honda. Though there have been a few custom cases make use CF this is the first use that I know of in a production case.
The use of Carbon Fiber may seem excessive to some, but the light weight material reduces weight, which is great for those who frequently haul their cases around the country to LAN parties. It is these individuals that Ultra is hoping to entice with their new gaming PC's. Having lugged my heavy PC's around to more LAN parties than I can remember over the last several years I have to say that I'm pretty excited about the use of lighter materials.
While surfing around the Internet I stumbled upon a Microsoft website which has a tool which tells you whether or not your PC is ready to run the upcoming Windows Vista operating system and which version is best suited for you.
On the surface, the tool appears to just test out your hardware drivers and open applications. It doesn't appear to actually test system components, as far as performance goes. Interestingly, I'm running an Intel Core 2 processor clocked at 3.3GHz with 2GB RAM and DX9 graphics card (GeForce 7900GS) and the tool says I'm only good for Windows Vista "Business Edition". Of course, we know my PC will run the top-end "Ultimate Edition" without any problems, but the tool detected some issues with the current hardware in my system.
The main system requirement issue detected was my HD audio. It says, if I install Vista my audio controller might not work but that's only because I don't have the Vista driver for it yet. My CPU, System Memory, DVD and Graphics Adapter are all up to the task according to the tool and since I'm using a hardware DX9 graphics card, I'll be able to run the Windows Aero interface without any issues. As far as drivers go, a lot of my Windows XP drivers will work in Vista according to the tool but performance wouldn't likely be that great since they aren't optimized for the new OS. It was interesting to note that even my graphics card will work in Windows Vista without any driver change - it may use the current driver presuming I upgrade to Vista or if I do a new install, it might come with drivers already in Vista. Either way, both nVidia and ATI already have Vista drivers on their websites, so it's a non issue.
The only drivers the tool says I will have issues with are in relation to the Intel P965 chipset and the HD audio controller but this will be easy fixed by downloading the Vista drivers for these devices. This all a good sign as Vista is just around the corner and we shouldn't have too many issues with drivers in Microsoft's latest OS. Intel doesn't list any Vista chipsets drivers on their website yet but Vista will include chipset drivers for the major companies, so it's not much of an issue. You can update to the latest Vista drivers when they come out which will likely offer performance improvements.
So, as far as drivers go, is your computer ready to run Windows Vista? What did the tool recommend you? Let us know by posting your comment below!