It's not exactly quad-core for the masses, but Intel this morning released a lower-end, non-Extreme, quad-core desktop CPU. The Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 joins the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, Intel's first quad-core desktop chip, which it released last November. The new quad-core part is very similar to the preceding Extreme chip. it's priced just $150 less, at $851. And like the Extreme QX6700, the Q6600 features 8MB of L2 cache and operates on a 1066MHz front-side bus. The Q6600 is clocked at 2.4GHz compared with the QX6700's 2.66GHz clock speed. The biggest difference … Read more
We're sure Sony's VAIO XL3 Digital Living Room System will not be the last living room PC we hear of at the show with a laundry list of new features, but it might be the most comprehensive from a major PC vendor. A Blu-ray DVD burner, CableCard support for digital cable reception, and Windows Vista Home Premium are the highlights. By incorporating all of these new features into a system right away, Sony shows that, if it has given up on the standard desktop PC, it remains serious about the living room computer.
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It's hard to say whether Sony intends its just-announced VAIO RM HD Video Editing system as a professional-level workstation or not. Its $3,500 price tag, its Blu-ray burner, and the fact that it comes with Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 say, "yes," but its single dual-core processor, the lack of a FireWire 800 port, and the use of the word "videophile" in the product's press release say otherwise. Apple's Mac Pro crosses over between the professional and the consumer worlds well enough, so perhaps it's easiest to consider the VAIO RM … Read more
At $1,600, Sony's new Vaio TP1 Living Room PC, announced today, might be a little pricey for some of you, especially considering that it doesn't have an HD optical drive. Still, we suspect that its Roomba-like design might be charming enough to help it find a way into many living rooms. It does include an HDMI-out, so you can at least hook it up to your HDTV. It will be powered by Windows Vista Home Premium and an Intel Core 2 Duo laptop chip (which model is unspecified). Other specs include built-in Wi-Fi networking, a standard-definition, … Read more
Earlier this week we checked out Buddy Shopping, a collaborative Web browsing tool for shoppers. And today we got word of Yugma, a more general-purpose screen-sharing product. Best of all, it's free and cross-platform. Yugma runs in Java and acts almost like an app outside of the browser.
In Yugma, drivers and passengers can trade place at will--you can swap which desktop is in view. There also are some basic drawing tools, so you can doodle on the screen. (But for serious design review work, you might want a specialized tool like ConceptShare)
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When Nvidia rolled out its GeForce 8800 cards last month, word was Nvidia wasn't giving the green light to its partners to sell overclocked versions of the cards. Sure enough, the initial batch from the usual suspects ran at stock speeds. There wasn't too much to complain about, however, since these next-gen graphics cards represented far more than a mere speed bump to the core clock and memory. Plus, they were insanely fast on any game you'd care to throw at them. Well, insanely fast isn't fast enough for the good people at XFX. According to … Read more
AMD today announced its first desktop processors manufactured on the 65-nanometer process, which arrive more than a year after Intel first started selling its 65nm chips. AMD new chips promise better energy efficiency rather than improved performance. The 65nm chips are dual core, feature 1MB of L2 cache, carry the same Athlon 64 X2 name as the company's existing 90nm chips, and will work current socket AM2 motherboards. AMD's new 65nm chips also introduce another first for the company: strained silicon, which stretches the atoms of the silicon in the chips so electrons can travel faster (more on … Read more
HP is cooking up an all-in-one PC that--if the images on Engadget are any indication--looks to be a surefire hit with small, blonde children. It's hard to say where the images sprang from, because Engadget provides no source, and when pressed for comment, HP politely declined our advances. According to Engadget, it's called the IQ770 Crossfire, and it's set to launch along with Vista on January 30. It features a 19-inch touch-screen display and laptop components, including an AMD Turion X2 TL-52 processor and Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 graphics. Along with 2GB of memory and a 320GB … Read more