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Sony S Series Notebooks Get Core i5 And i7 Processors

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Sony has updated its Vaio S Series notebooks with Intel’s latest Core i5 and Core i7 processors, for a performance boost. It now also comes with an optional battery which Sony says will give you up to 15 hours of battery life. If true, that is pretty sweet.

The Sony Vaio S Series features a 13.3 inch display, and your choice of two Intel Core i5 processor and one Intel Core i7 processor, plus 4GB of RAM standard with the option to upgrade to 8GB. There’s also your choice of hard drives from 320GB up to 750GB or Solid State Drives from 256GB up to 1TB (with 2 x 512GB).

Sony T99, WX5 and TX9 Cybershots with BIONZ processors

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2010

Sony has extended the Cybershot line with a trio of new cameras. The T99 is an underwater camera that is capable of shooting panorama shots and 720p HD videos at 30fps. The TX9 is a full HD 1080i with Sweep Multi Angle for 3D style imaging. It also has a ‘background defocus’ feature that gives it the DSLR like effect for sharper foreground images with backgrounds that appear blurry.

The WX5 has no water-resistance but a 5x optical zoom and a Sony G lens. Looks like the WX5 will be $400, the TX9 will cost $512 and the T99 will cost $330.

New MacBook Pros with Core i5 and i7 Processors

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2010

The new MacBook Pros are finally here, and both the 15 and 17-inch models are loaded with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors along with new display options, but the 13-inch model has just a Core2Duo and the same price. The base MBP 17 drops is now $2,300 while the base MBP 15 is $1800.

All the new models come with 4GB of RAM, expandable to 8GB. The Core i7 processors are options for both the 15 and 17-inch models, which include NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics. The 13-inch MBP includes a custom-made NVIDIA 320M GPU.

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD server

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2009

Mac Minis get faster processors, more memory, dual-HDD serverApple’s Mac mini server gets rid of an optical drive and gains room for two hard disks. It uses Snow Leopard Server, and has the same 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor as the updated 320GB Mac mini.

For $1000 it includes two 500GB hard disks, 4GB of RAM, and GeForce 9400M graphics. The 320GB Mac mini will stay at $800, but has the already mentioned new processor, and ups 2GB of memory to 4GB. The $600 entry-level Mac mini has a faster 2.26GHz processor (was 2GHz), 2GB RAM (was 1GB), and has 160GB of storage (was 120GB).

AMD’s triple-core Phenom chips are now shipping

Posted in Processors by Darrin Olson on March 27th, 2008

AMD’s triple core Phenom chips are now shippingAs promised back in September, AMD announced on Thursday that it has started shipping its new Phenom processors with triple cores. These processors are the first on the market that use 3 cores on a single silicon die instead of the more traditional 2 or 4 core chips.

The design of the Phenom X3 8400 (2.1GHz) and Phenom X3 8600 (2.3GHZ) chips are essential the same as AMD’s quad cores with one of the cores removed. This configuration allows for new pricing of the chips in between dual cores and quad cores, where rival Intel does not currently have a competitive product.

Intel announces plans for up to 8-core processors

Posted in Processors by Darrin Olson on March 17th, 2008

Intel’s Pat Gelsinger introduces Nehalem and Dunnington as new processor chipsToday Intel announced plans for its future in building processor chips in this seemingly crazy race to build them bigger and faster between Intel and AMD. The latest news involves new chips that promise to bump up processing speeds even more with 2, 4, 6 and even 8-core processors.

Intel unveiled a new microprocessor code-named “Dunnington” which will pack in a 6-core processor as a replacement for current Xeon systems with Quad-core processors. According to Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel’s digital enterprise group, the new Dunnington processors are expected to be available in the second half of 2008.

Intel names new chips ‘Atom’

Posted in Processors by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2008

Intel announces Atom for name of new processor chipsIntel made an announcement on Sunday that they’ve decided to give a new family of small processor chips the official name “Atom”. The Atom family of processors will be low-power chips targeting mobile devices that access the internet as well as lower-end, “Internet-centric” mobile computers. The first two chips to be branded with the Atom were previously code-named Silverthorne and Diamondville.

Both of these chips are expected to hit the market early yet this year. Intel’s Sliverthorne chip is designed to run in mobile Internet devices and uses very low amounts of power, even shutting down between processing tasks to further conserve power. The Diamondville chip is a more affordable single processing core chip created for low-end notebook computers.

AMD Goes For The Triple Core

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Chris Weber on September 17th, 2007

AMD Phenom triple core processor code named TolimanHot on the heals of the Barcelona Quad Core processor introduction last week, AMD today confirmed rumors and unveiled a new triple core addition to the Phenom lineup of dual-core and quad-core processors. The new triple core Phenom (code named “Toliman”) will be added in the first quarter of 2008 and will likely take its place in a new pricing tier between the dual and quad cores.

AMD says the new CPU’s will be the first ever to offer 3 cores on a single silicon die, even though the makeup of the new triple core will be essential the same as that of the quad-core, with one of the cores removed. The 3-core CPU’s will allow AMD to provide more purchasing options for consumers while still introducing multi-core technology into more computer purchases without requiring consumers to buy into the full quad-core price.