Posts Tagged ‘Processors’
  • Apple passing on 32-nm Arrandale processor because of integrated graphics?
    by Mike
    Posted December 5th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    To most, Intel's latest 32-nm Arrandale processors are the glean in our eyes. They promise increased speeds, more cores, better integrated graphics, and an overall smaller energy footprint. So why would anyone not want to incorporate such a chip? Of all the companies and manufacturers that come to mind, does it surprise you that Apple may have a problem? You see, the big deal with Arrandale is the greatly increased integrated graphics. Apple themselves have been researching as of late into ...
  • This just in: 6 cores are better than 4. Core i9 50% faster than Corei7
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:22 am
    Shocker! 6 cores are better than 4 with the up and coming top dog Core i7 chips performing roughly 50% faster on complex, optimized programs. I can already see you drooling, thinking out loud: "The Core i7 is just becoming mainstream and we're already talking about it's replacement?" Such is the world we live in folks, it never stops. But apart from constantly evolving "top dogs", I have to say that the Core i9 power advantage is compelling to shell out extra for it. It won't come cheap, th...
  • Core i7 (Upgrade) equipped iMac’s: The best $200 ever spent…
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 8:29 am
    Results above are in 64-bit modeWhen the new iMac's were announced a couple months back, I like many of you were awestruck. The form was somehow even more delicious than previous generations with upgraded hardware that left me wanting two. Unfortunately for those who were ready to throw down cash on the spot for a new Core i7 beast, a November shipping date put a temporary block on the speed party. Well, it's November and said units are now shipping with benchmarks starting to trickle in. Wh...
  • BlackBerry “Task Manager” a must have app for multi-tasking Berry users.
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    Simple operation is the goal of many smartphone manufacturers and mobile OS developers. The easier and more straightforward you can make your device the better. But sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty or tweak your device a bit. For BlackBerry users longing for such control, they have a new solution in "Task Manager". Even in the free model, users have access to Applications, Performance, and System Info. The first three tabs give you some insightful insider knowledge on the ...
  • And so it begins again…Windows “officially supported” logo program
    by Mike
    Posted September 30th, 2009 at 6:30 am
    While the "Vista Capable" logo and moniker were nothing short of a joke and outright crime towards humanity, the announcement today featuring details of a revised and lengthened testing program for Win7 testing mean the resulting hardware should actually be...well...capable of running said software. To date, 6,000+ hardware hopefuls have made the cut meaning just about any desktop or laptop you choose will be good to go when the time comes to make the 7 switch. With one of the Win7 labels even...
  • AMD upping the ante: 6 cores are better than 4
    by Mike
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 am
    The processor race and its ever ongoing back and forth tussle between AMD and Intel is about to get a new addition sure to bring many more heated battles. Following on the heels of AMD's server based 6-core processors, the consumer market is next in AMD's crosshairs with the company's announcement of a 6-core party starter unleashing number crunching madness on the consumer market come 2010. The new hotness will come with the "Thuban" moniker attached. Weird names I know but it is what it is ...
  • Intel making the move to 32nm
    by Mike
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 7:51 am
    Love trees, saving energy, and hugging cute furry critters? Intel's shift towards 32nm processors should help you in that quest. If you didn't know, the big hype around Intel's move to smaller 32nm processors will mean increased efficiency which in turn will provide better battery life ending up with the previously mentioned results. Most people won't ever notice a difference or know that the computer they buy in the not too distant future packs a smaller yet ever increaasingly potent proce...
  • Too much time on your hands? Build a processor
    by Mike
    Posted May 28th, 2009 at 5:21 am
    Boredom is nuisance to each and every human that has stood the test of time. Wherever we go, whatever we do, it is always there, waiting, ready to pounce on our being and envelope us wishing we were anywhere else/doing anything else than whatever it was at that particular time. If you're like many, you would simply groan, complain, or outright just start hating life. However, if you're like this fine gentlemen, Steve Chamberlin, you would take all of that pent up boredom and energy just wai...
  • The effects of no competition: Intel Core i5 chips to be delayed
    by Mike
    Posted May 26th, 2009 at 5:19 am
    Those of you looking forward to a July release for Intel's Core i5 chips will sadly have to wait a tad bit longer. The reason for the delay according to DigiTimes is a stockpile of old inventory that Intel wants/needs to move before introducing any more new silicon into the market. Translation: "We don't have anyone to compete with, so, we'll squeeze every last dollar out of old product that we can...we're not going anywhere." Someone, whether it be AMD or some other processor manufacturer ...
  • Turn that AMD Phenom II X3 into the quad core you’ve always dreamed of
    by Mike
    Posted February 27th, 2009 at 7:06 am
    If you have an AMD Phenom II X3 laying around, today is the day to unlock its true potential.  Seems as if the X3's are really just  quad core with one of its cores maimed.  However, if you are fortunate enough to have certain motherboards (korean), a Biostar mobo, or a Bios with the option of "Advanced Clock Callibration", you can restore life back to that lifeless core of yours.  The process is actually quite simple.   Under the Advanced Clock Callibration screen, switch the setting ...
  • First six core chips on track so says AMD
    by Mike
    Posted February 25th, 2009 at 8:40 am
    The processor core race is one that doesn't show any signs of letting up anytime soon.  While Intel went the 2, 4, etc route, AMD instead choose to one up make bigger jumps at a time choosing instead a 3, 6, etc route making one ahead of the other at all times.  Do you really need six cores?  For most of the general population, that is a big no.  However being the geeked person that I am, the more cores the better!  Sometime today AMD is reportedly going to announce their Istanbul 6-cor...
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