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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How Dell Adamo Designers Hid The Labels

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 08:30 AM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105...10197590-1.html

"The Adamo is clean. Unlike almost every other Windows laptop you can buy, it has no "Designed for Windows" or "Intel Inside" stickers glued to the palm rest. Turn it over, and instead of a jigsaw puzzle of FCC approval stickers, serial number tags, and Microsoft certifications, there's a metal builder's plate with Dell, Intel, and Microsoft logos subtly printed on it. There's even a special magnetic cover hiding a required licensing sticker."

In pretty much every laptop review/video I do, I complain about the labels. To me, they ruin the design aesthetic of the laptop. They add zero value to the user - it's not like they're going to forget they're running Windows Vista - and are usually difficult to remove. The laptop OEMs need to push back - hard - on Microsoft and Intel the way Dell has done with the Adamo. I don't mind so much if the labels are on the bottom of the laptop, but I can see why Dell wanted to keep the bottom of the Adamo clean. I'd like to see more of this from OEMs, all the way down the line.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Intel Core i7 CPU: Kicking Ass & Taking Names

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 01:40 PM

Every benchmark out there confirms it, but there's nothing like experiencing the results for yourself first-hand: a Dell Studio XPS computer equipped with a Core i7 CPU that I ordered a couple of weeks ago showed up a couple of days ago, and I immediately wanted to benchmark it to understand how in real-world scenarios it would provide a speed boost for the types of things I do, namely video and photo editing/encoding.

My current media editing rig is the one that I built back in September, based around a Shuttle SD39P2, and upgraded a bit since I wrote that article: a Core 2 Quad CPU (Q6600) overclocked to 2.8 Ghz and 4 GB of Kingston HyperX DDR2 RAM now power that system. Time to pit it against the new CPU from Intel: the Core i7. The Core i7 is a quad core CPU, but each core has hyperthreading enabled, so the right application can take advantage of up to eight threads of processing power. It also has 8 MB of cache, and is created with a 45nm process. The Core i7 is a truly next-gen processor - it's the "tock" of their tick-tock strategy for moving CPU technology forward and represents a significant leap forward form the 65nm Q6600 CPU I'm using now.

So how did I do a real-world benchmark on this beast of a processor? I installed ProShow Gold 4.0 because it scales really well to multiple processors. I loaded it up with 50 photos, and cranked out a 1080p (1920 x 1080) MPEG2 file with buttery-smooth transitions between each photo. I ran the same test on my Core 2 Quad CPU machine after down-clocking it to 2.67 Ghz, and compared the results...the Core i7 is one fast CPU! Read more...


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Intel Relaxes Limitations on i7 CPUs

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...MC-R3A917316679

"If you’ve tried to research the differences between Intel’s top-end Core i7-965 Extreme Edition and the midrange 940 and budget 920 parts, you’re probably as confused as us. And we even have direct access to Intel. But the technical differences between these parts are enormously important for system builders when you consider the price disparity -- $1000 for a Core i7-965 compared to under $300 for a Core i7-920."

According to correspondence between MaximumPC and Intel, the Core i7 920 and 940 can be boosted more than originally planned. At their base configurations, the 920 and 940 already provide an increidble amount of horsepower, but with the added features of having an unlocked QPI and memory multipliers, the Core i7 series stands to be a solid value and those dreams of using a Phenom II for me are quickly dismissed. I hope Intel doesn't change their mind, as I know what I'll be getting come next upgrade. For those of you with a Core i7 920 or 940, are you anxious to see how far you can take it?


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Core i7 Overclocking Examined

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...MC-R3A917316679

"The bulk of overclockers, however, are more concerned with the cost dividends. If you can take a $300 CPU and make it as fast or faster than one that costs $1,000, the money you save can go toward other components in your system. For these folks, it’s like getting a free high-end videocard. Whether you’re a cheapskate or a drag racer, you’ll find that Intel’s new Core i7 CPU is unlike any previous Intel CPU, and overclocking this beast requires more tinkering than you might expect. Follow along as we explore what it takes to push this chip hard."

It seems as if Intel goes through phases when it comes to being overclock friendly. Every few generations, Intel releases CPUs that can be insanely overclocked like the Core 2 Duo, or, and I'm dating myself a bit, the original Celeron. Then they realize they're cannibalizing their premium CPU sales and lock things down. That seems to be the case with the Core i7 series, where the low cost 920 needs work to speed it up while the 965 Extreme Edition is easier to boost. I do find it interesting that AMD is on the flip side with the recent release of the Phenom II which has proven to be very overclocking friendly. Should you be bitten by the speed bug, just be aware that you are going to need more than that stock cooler to keep things running reliably. While the investment may pay off, you could compromise stability, and possibly even your warranty.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Times: Is the YoYotech Fi7epower the World's Fastest PC?

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk...icle5207626.ece

"Where might you expect to find the world’s fastest PC? In the air-conditioned server room of a Silicon Valley tech company, perhaps, or cobbled together by boffins at a university? The reality is different: in the showroom of an electronics store off the Tottenham Court Road in central London sits a glowing black monolithic machine, the YoYotech Fi7epower MLK1610. This desktop supercomputer, built by a small British company, is nearly twice as fast as the next most powerful PC in the world. "

This is one of the new Intel Core i7 supercomputers, showing just how fast the i7 quad core chips are (even without water cooling). The feature I find most intriguing on this computer is the use of an 80GB solid state drive as the boot device. It claims a boot time of mere seconds, using an optimized version of Windows Vista 64. I do question the terrible name, though. Try searching the web for that Fi7epower!


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Intel Quad-Core CPUs Coming to a Laptop Near You

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 03:15 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,1...,1/article.html

"Intel says it will ship quad-core chips designed specifically for laptops later this year. The quad-core chips, most likely for desktop replacement laptops, will be based on the Core 2 Duo microarchitecture and will ship in the third quarter, Intel officials said. Intel declined comment on chip details, though enthusiast Web sites reported the chip is Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9300. The chips will be manufactured using the new 45-nanometer process. The chip will be released after Intel's Centrino 2 platform, code-named Montevina, is launched in the second quarter. Montevina is an upgrade to the current Centrino mobile platform that puts WiMax and Wi-Fi networking capabilities on a single chip. Montevina will include processors based on the Core 2 microarchitecture and the quad-core notebook processor could be included in the platform."

Quad-core CPUs in a laptop? Hell yeah! It would be great to have that kind of power for media editing - as long as the software you're using takes full advantage of all four cores. It's great to see Intel pushing forward with their Quad Core CPUs - it amazes me that you can get an Intel Core 2 Quad for under $250.


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