GammaTech introduces rugged Core i7 Durabook notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

GammaTech, the company that sounds like they gave the Hulk his powers, has introduced a rugged notebook in the 15.6-inch Durabook S15C. It sports a magnesium alloy case and conforms to 810G military standards. The hard drive is encased in a cable that will absorb shocks and the keyboard is spill-resistant.

The optical drive bay even has a lock-out that will prevent it from opening when the notebook is dropped. There is also double protection battery circuits to prevent overheating and over-voltage damage. Yes, they went above and beyond with this one.

Giada D2301 Core i7-powered Nettop PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Giada has a new super-slim nettop PC called the Giada D2301. The device measures 9.1-inches x 6.9-inches x 2.2-inches and is powered by either an Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor, second generation nVidia ION graphics, a slot-loading disc drive (with DVD and Blu-Ray options) and an optional digital TV tuner.

The D2301 also supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, has a couple of RAM slots, an HDMI port, a card reader, an eSATA port, four USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port. Sadly, there’s no info on pricing or availability.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-480t Core i7 Desktop with 1TB HDD, 9GB RAM

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-490t is the powerful desktop computer you’ve been looking for. It’s powered by the quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and is priced at only $1,075.

Other features include 9GB DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, a 1GB Radeon HD 5450 graphics, an HDMI port, a 16X DVD+/-RW LightScribe, Gigabit Ethernet, a 15-in-1 card reader, a multimedia keyboard and mouse, and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

New MacBook Pros running hot

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2010

Macs never have problems. Or so I have heard. They run perfectly and they are pretty. The end. If only that were the case. According to reviewers at PC Authority, that new Core i7 processor inside is heating up. I mean really heating up. In a bad way. Like, reaching 100°C.

If you have one of these on your lap, your nads will be fried pretty quickly, or it will at least prevent you from having children. Ouch!

Origin Core i7 powered EON15 Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

Now the Origin EON18 has a sibling. The company has added the 15.6-inch EON15 to the lineup. This looks like a good one for the serious gamer who wants a good machine that they can lug around and play games with.

The EON15 starts at $1,899, and some of the specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M or GTX 280M, 4GB-8GB RAM, 160GB-500GB hard drive or 80GB-250GB SSD, DVD Burner or Blu-ray burner, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output and Gigabit Ethernet.

HP TouchSmart 600 Quad Series does Core i7

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

HP now has an updated version of its TouchSmart 600 Quad All-In-One PC series. It comes equipped with the newest Intel Core i7 processor. You get your choice of either an Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz or Core i7-820QM 1.73GHz CPU.

Some other specs include an 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT230M graphics card, a 23-inch Full HD multitouch display, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 1.5TB hard drive, a built-in webcam, a slot-loading DVD drive, a 6-in-1 memory card reader and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.

HP EliteBook 8440w Notebook

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

HP has released a line of six new notebooks, but the most interesting is the HP EliteBook 8440w, with a comfortable keyboard, a fast processor and durability. This one is a mobile workstation. In order to be called a workstation, certain software and hardware requirements must be met and the HP EliteBook 8440w meets many of them.

Obviously the one downside to the HP EliteBook 8440w is that it’s heavy at nearly 6 pounds, but it’s solid. It’s strong and rigid and should be able to withstand most of what you can do to it in your daily life.

iBuyPower Battalion 101 Core i7 Notebook

Posted in iBuyPower by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2009

iBuyPower Battalion 101 Core i7 NotebookiBuyPower just launched its first Core i7 Notebook, the iBuyPower Battalion 101W870CU. The iBuyPower Battalion 101 comes with your choice of Intel Core i7 processor: the 1.6GHz 720QM, the 1.73GHz 820QM and the 2.0GHz 920XM.

Memory is 2GB of DDR3 RAM standard with the option to increase it to 8GB. It also boasts a GeForce GTX 280M card, along with a 17.3 inch widescreen full HD LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Hard drives range from 250GB up to 500GB or SSDs which from 64GB up to 256GB. There’s also an optional Blu-ray drive, 7-in-1 card reader, 3D surround sound, 802.11 a/g/n WiFi and LAN.

Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook gets reviewed

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2009

Asus G51J Core i7 Mobile Gaming Notebook gets reviewedAsus released a Core 2 Duo G51 a few months ago, but now they’ve just pushed out the exact same laptop with a Core i7 and a price tag that’s $200 less. The G51J-A1 was launched along with Windows 7, and the guys over at Hot Hardware put it through it’s paces to find out what it was capable of.

Here’s what they found: the new CPU allowed this machine to leave the C2D version in the dust in every test. Graphical performance was pretty astounding. Even though there’s no Blu-ray drive, at $1,499, you don’t really expect it to be included.

Acer Aspire 8940 boasts an 18.4 inch screen, Core i7 processor

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2009

Acer Aspire 8940 boasts an 18.4 inch screen, Core i7 processorPacking a large LED-backlit 18.4-inch display, a Core i7 720QM processor, and Windows 7, the Aspire 8940 is ready to replace your desktop for $1350.

For that price you will also get 4GB of 1066-DDR3 memory, 500GB storage, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M graphics, and a Blu-ray drive. On a laptop of this size you would expect an integrated TV tuner, but sadly there is none. As consolation you do get Acer’s touch-capacitive media control interface and surround sound via it’s 5 built-in speakers.

Alienware Core i7 M15x laptop

Posted in Alienware by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2009

Alienware Core i7 M15x laptopAlienware has upgraded their M15x laptop series with the latest Intel Core i7 processor. This latest model is powered by a 2GHz Core i7 920XM processor with a 15-inch full HD LCD display (1920 x 1080), 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 260M graphics with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB SATA hard drive or a 256GB SSD.

Some other specs include a Blu-ray burner, 9-cell battery, and even an optional TV tuner. The Alienware Core i7 M15x laptop in the basic configuration will retail for $1,499. Get one and do some serious gaming.

CyberPower announces new overclocked Intel Core i5 and Core i7 800 gaming rigs

Posted in Desktop PCs by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

CyberPower announces new overclocked Intel Core i5 and Core i7 800 gaming rigsCyberPower has rolled out a new range of gaming rigs with factory overclocked versions of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. There are five new models in the Gamer Xtreme 1000 to 5000 series, which come with your choice of Core i5 750 (2.66GHz), i7 860 (2.80 GHz), or i7 870 (2.93 GHz) processors, and one of a variety of P55 chipset motherboards from companies like Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA, and MSI.

You get all of the usual fully configurable options, with the usual expensive price tags, but the good news is that you can get in on the base level for only $749, which doesn’t hurt too much.

Kingston unveils hyper expensive HyperX RAM

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2009

kingston12gbddr3-sbOne of the things that the new Intel Core i7 platform offered that was good or bad depending on how you looked at it was support for triple-channel RAM and lower power consumption. The good was that the machines offered more memory bandwidth and needed less power. The bad was that those looking to upgrade to the new platform couldn’t use memory already on hand.

Kingston has now announced its first 12GB triple channel DDR3 HyperX memory kit specifically for the Intel Core i7 platform. The kit includes three 4GB RAM modules and operates at 1600MHz. The RAM is optimized for XMP.

Intel officially announces Core i7 CPU

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on November 18th, 2008

Intel Core i7A new CPU from Intel is big news around the PC enthusiast realm. Intel has introduced its latest Core i7 CPU that promises to deliver vastly superior performance compared to the previous generation of Intel processors.

According to Intel, the Core i7 parts deliver 40% more performance in processing intensive applications compared to the previous generation of processors. The CPU features Turbo Boost Technology that accelerates performance to match a computer user’s needs and the workload of the system at the time.

Dell launches new gaming machines powered by Intel Core i7

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on November 18th, 2008

Alienware Area-51 x58The PC gaming world is all aflutter over the new Intel platform introduced this week that includes the Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset. Many manufacturers are rolling out gaming and non-gaming machines using the platform.

Dell has announced a XPS gaming rig and a pair of Alienware machines that use the new Intel technology. The two Alienware machines are the Area-51 X-58 and the Area-51 ALX X-58. The Dell machine is the XPS 730x. The two Alienware machines can be optioned with RAID configurations and up to 12GB of RAM.