Early peek at Q9300 performance

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 21, 2008 5:57 PM CST

Intel's upcoming 45nm Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor should quickly become the new chip of choice for many enthusiasts upon its release as it will take over where the Q6600 leaves off; it will be the new entry level quad-core based processor running at 2.5GHz (333x7.5) with 6MB of L2 cache.

German hardware site PCGamesHardware has been given the chance to tinker with an early sample of the Q9300 which they've constructively used the time to compare it to current quad-core processors on the market in a bunch of various performance benchmarks.

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Wolfdale stock cooler spotted

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 21, 2008 5:55 PM CST

Pictures of Intel's revised stock cooler have surfaced on the web which will be bundled with upcoming Wolfdale (45nm) Core 2 processors.

At first the cooler doesn't look much different to what we're used to seeing, but if you look a bit closer you'll see that the aluminium heatsink has been cut down significantly making the overall size of the cooler quite a bit smaller.

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Digital downloads - HD quality explained

Shawn Baker | | Jan 20, 2008 4:50 PM CST

Continuing on with our talk of digital downloads, George Ou over at his ZDNet Blog is on a bit of a mission to educate the consumer about all this HD talk on digital downloads. The problem is that 720P is getting thrown around a bit too loosely with digital downloads, and high compression brings the quality way down to sometimes that of standard definition content.

He has followed it up with another piece labeled Here's what fake HD video looks like. Both are a great read if you're interested in the HD war or just generally interested in learning more about what exactly having the ability to play back HD content is.

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Face now 100% HD Compatible

Shawn Baker | | Jan 20, 2008 4:48 PM CST

Full HD! We're hearing it everywhere these days; walk into your local store to buy a TV and the sales staff are pushing 720P and 1080P onto you. Ultimately what it means for us is a better image quality which should in turn help further immerse you into the movies and enjoy it even more.

It seems though that not everyone is so happy about High Definition, with Hollywood actor's flaws coming up clearer than ever there are more and more techniques coming out to hide those bags under your eyes.

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Digital downloads - Where's it at?

Shawn Baker | | Jan 20, 2008 4:27 PM CST

With all the talk of digital downloads becoming the next big thing it wasn't going to take long for someone to put up a poll and see exactly where the newly announced Apple TV HD downloads sit.

The boys over at engadgetHD have done exactly that.

With almost 4,500 votes at the time of writing, over 50% of people say they're sticking with HD discs while only 20% of people say "Consider me sold".

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20k Apple iPhones shift a day

John Freeman | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 18, 2008 4:03 PM CST

4 million iPhones have been sold to date according to Steve Jobs at the recent MacWorld conference in San Francisco. When considering the market was exclusively limited to the USA up until the third quarter in 2007, then this has to be considered quite a feat.

In addition, Apple has promised that towards the end of February they will release the Software Developers Kit (SDK) to allow developers to create iPhone applications on their own steam. This is definitely a good move to generate more support and enthusiasm from iPhone end-users (As if Apple really needs more buzz).

That's not all and according to Jobs, any iPhone or iPhone Touch user can upgrade their product by downloading the latest patch to tap into the following awesome features:

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Apple: "Something in the air"

John Freeman | | Jan 18, 2008 4:01 PM CST

Apple's latest gizmo; the Macbook Air is said to be the "the world's thinnest notebook", 0.16" at its thinnest and 0.76" at its thickest.

Steve Jobs managed to impress everyone by introducing the notebook at the MacWorld Show held earlier this week, sliding the ultrathin notebook out of a regular office envelope. Jobs focused on the new and innovative technology incorporated into the notebook, saying many times that Apple has heard the end-user and he feels that Apple has delivered something that the customer will love.

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High-Definition war heats up

Shawn Baker | | Jan 17, 2008 6:15 PM CST

With CES now wrapped up and the announcement that Warner have decided to go Blu-ray exclusive, all eyes were on sales figures for the coming week. Well, the numbers are in over at High Def Digest and it looks good for supporters of the Blu side.

While the Blu team has not only been able to achieve 85% of HD sales last week, they also managed to keep the competition HD-DVD out of the top 10. The top title last week came in the form of the newly released "3:10 to Yuma", a Blu-ray exclusive while "The Kingdom" was the number one selling HD-DVD managing only 10% of what Blu-ray's number one title achieved.

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GIGABYTE DES press conference

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Jan 17, 2008 6:07 PM CST

Over the last week we've covered just about every angle of GIGABYTE's new DES technology, so we thought we'd give you one last DES related story; a quick report from the press conference. Although it was all in Chinese, we acquired an English version of the presentation that we'll do a brief summary of for you.

It all started with a quick speech and presentation by GIGABYTE's Senior VP, Richard Ma. He was talking a little bit about what GIGABYTE is trying to do to help the environment and DES is one step towards that, as the company is expecting to ship no less than one million DES enabled motherboards this year alone. That could result in a rather large overall power saving if all those users take advantage of DES, although the current range of boards is somewhat limited but expect to see DES on just about every single motherboard from GIGABYTE by the end of the year.

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