Posts Tagged ‘intel’

Gigabyte Unleashes Extras-laden P55 Motherboard

February 5, 2010

Gigabyte has released a statement on the launch of a new flagship motherboard for the Intel P55 chipset platform, the GA-P55A-UD7.  A DigiTimes report on the releases says the GA-P55A-UD7 will continue the tradition of the company’s UD7-series of “packing as many extra features on the board as it can find space for”.

Extra Extra!

In the case on the GA-P55A-UD7 value-added extras not seen on common P55-based boards include support for Nvidia 3-Way SLI. USB 3.0 with Power Boost, and SATA 6Gbpss, as well as a 24-phase power design to increase overclocking potential. Before we get into more of the details, DigiTimes asked the quite pertinent question of whether there really is logic behind adding so many extra features, which increase the selling price of the board, to what is essentially a mid-range platform (Intel has its X58 chipset for the high-end segment).



Dell Debuts Latitude 13

February 2, 2010

Dell today launched the Latitude 13, a product they hope will catch the eye of the upper end of the business market. On a busy day, the latest version of its 17-inch Precision M6500 mobile workstation was also produced, adding options such as dual-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and an RGB display.

The new Precision M6500

Essentially a rebranded Vostro 1310, the Latitude 13 includes Dell’s ImageDirect services, which allows IT users to create, update, and deploy customer images to a whole fleet of Latitude 13s. Laptopmag notes that whereas the V13, like other Vostros, was designed to help businesses without IT departments help themselves, “The Latitude 13 comes tailor-made for IT managers, complete with TPM circuitry and virtualization-ready configurations”.


Special Offers – Week of February 1st

February 1, 2010

Good afternoon all, hopefully the return to work from the weekend hasn’t been too hard on you. Things are going quite well here, even the weather seems to have cheered up a little. Anyway, every Monday afternoon we post a list of our special offers for the week. It means you guys have as long as possible to check things out before deciding if you’d like to pick them up while they’re at a reduced price.

Anyway, this week we’ve got a few really nice bits and pieces on offer, including Intel’s X25 SSD, Belkin’s Gigabit Powerline HD starter kit, a Radeon 5670 and a Pioneer surround setup.

Intel X25:

For a very long time indeed, the SSD was a very expensive option indeed, but Intel has attempted to remedy that, offering solid-state storage on a wider scale for less-than-bankrupting sums… which is always nice.

Click through to see our page for Intel's X25 80GB SSD 🙂

Intel’s X25 is, in case anyone missed it, a solid-state drive. As with the vast majority of SSDs, it’s a 2.5-inch drive, so it should fit into a laptop without any real bother. Moreover, because it’s solid-state you’ll see faster read and write speeds than most standard hard-drives, which should mean a quicker boot… which is always nice. Your data will also be that bit more secure when it comes to the drive being knocked around a little in transit, thanks to the fact that the drive has no moving parts.

All in all, it’s a solid drive, and one that we’re genuinely pleased to be able to have on offer, because it’s attracted an awful lot of attention over the last couple of months.

Intel’s X25 80GB SSD is down to €199 this week, which isn’t bad at all when you consider the upsides of a nice SSD.


AMD and Intel Six-Core Processors Coming Soon

January 29, 2010

DigiTimes is reporting that the long-running rumours of AMD’s plans to launch three six-core desktop processors (codenamed Thuban) under its new Phenom II X6 1000T series will finally come to pass in May of this year, while Intel’s heavily mooted plans to launch its six-core desktop processors (codenamed Gulftown) are set to kick into gear at the end of March.

It’s war!

Citing “sources from motherboard makers”, the article claims that the three processors from AMD – the Phenom II X6 1075T, 1055T and 1035T – will each adopt a 45nm process. AMD will also launch the quad-core Phenom II X4 960T alongside the six-core models, the sources noted.


WiMAX to Bolster Irish Internet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Imagine isn’t the only company eying a wide scale WiMAX rollout in Ireland as one of the ways to easily supply wide-scale internet to a country whose population is, by and large, quite thinly spread.

It's hard to say no with a logo like that 🙂

Indeed, according to SiliconRepublic it seems that the Telocommunications and Internet Federation [TIF] is on board with plans for a WiMAX rollout, citing the fact that the wireless standard facilitates relatively high-speed internet connections across large areas, whether urban or rural. It’s an interesting point, and it’s certainly true that a wide scale WiMAX rollout would cost significantly less than trailing cable across the countryside, but just how well it works out remains to be seen.


The Future of TV: LPD, 3D and… Your Head

January 19, 2010

There was a time when innovation and TVs didn’t seem to quite mix, with the tried and tested old models reigning supreme for years – the ones that weighed a tonne, took up a few square metres in the living room and were tough enough to last a few generations. Innovation seemed to be confined to just having more TVs in the room than normal.

What's the next big thing for TV? Clue, it's not just stacking them on top of one another

If the movies are anything to go by, powerful executives (or drug dealers) from the 1980s liked to have a wall of TVs in their offices showing various images across a selection of news channels like one enormous Rubik’s Cube of information. The past decade has been different though with one new idea following another, from LCD to DLP to OLED and all manner of promises preceded by the letters H and D.

So after several years of rampaging progress, what’s next?


Review of the Reviews: Intel Core i3

January 19, 2010

We trawl the net so you don’t have to…

With the Intel Core 2 finding itself phased out late last year, the Core i3 – along with Core i7 and Core i5 – has been released to generally good reviews thus far. Considering how utterly successful the Core 2 processors were Intel has a lot of eyes focusing on their work this time around. However, as we sifted through some of the reviews out there of the i3 530 and 540 since their release a few weeks back, it became clear that Intel has met most expectations.

Early reports on Intel’s Core i3 capabilities have been positive

The two Core i3 models are dual-core, hyper-threading-equipped CPUs with 3MB shared L3 cache which is DDR3-1066-compatible. While most run-downs on the merits of the new range note that the Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs are “intended to be slower” than the i7, they are considerably cheaper to boot.


Intel Profits Take a Big Bounce

January 15, 2010

Intel’s fourth quarter results from 2009 have gone beyond all expectations, with the global leader of chip design reporting fourth-quarter revenue of $10.6 billion, which is a whopping a 28% rise from the same quarter last year. Operating income for the quarter was $2.5 billion and net income $2.3bn, topping Wall Street estimates. While for those of you with shares, the good news is that Intel’s share price jumped over 2.7% after the announcement to $22.07 per share before settling back to $21.45 at close of markets.

Intel... they're everywhere...

According to the net income increase was “a brawny 875% improvement year-on-year, a $2 billion rise”. However, they note that as impressive as these figures may sound, the fourth quarter of 2008 was about as bad as it ever got for Intel, when they reported profits nose-diving by 90%. This was due in part to the company’s $1 billion write-off of its stake in the WiMax service provider Clearwire.


The sub-€1000 Core i3 Build

January 14, 2010

So, with the recent release of Intel’s latest line of processors, the Core i3 line, we’ve had an awful lot of requests from people hoping we’d put together a solid Core i3 build on a reasonable budget. I was going to ask Ryan from our RMA department about this, but then I remembered that every time I say the word “budget” he tries to fit as much as humanly possible into the build.

Instead, myself and the entirely more reasonably minded and generally stable Shelton sat down and went over the various bits and pieces we’d like to see in a Core i3 build with a vague budget of €1,000. We initially agreed to be a little loose with the budget, but Shelton decided to get strict when we were over by three cent…

Anyway, without any further delay, here’s the build we’ve come up with 🙂


The CPU is what’s prompted this whole build, so we figured it might be best to make sure we got it out of the way as early as possible. It’s an Intel Core i3-540, which will probably say enough to those of you who’ve been keeping a close eye on it, but for those who haven’t bear with us.

Click through to check out our page on Intel's Core i3 🙂

The Core i3-540 is a dual core, socket 1156 processor with a 4MB L3 cache. It’s a solid arrangement, but for those who are interested in getting as much detail as possible, you’d do well to check out this (quite long winded) but very in-depth piece from XbitLabs, which goes into a tremendous amount of detail about Intel’s current processor line up.

Aside from all that, the Core i3-540 weighs in at €135.


Intel Leaks New MacBook Pro Details

January 14, 2010

It seems that Intel has accidentally leaked details of an upcoming update to Apple’s MacBook Pro notebook line through a slightly botched promotional mailing.

Set for a January 26th announcement?

AppleInsider is reporting that the promotional mailing sent out to members of Intel’s Retail Edge program detailed a competition whereby members could win a new MacBook Pro, unfortunately the MacBook Pro that’s advertised isn’t one of Apple’s current line. Moreover, it does look like just about exactly the right direction to move if you’re looking to upgrade the current MacBook Pro line without making a raft of changes. The promotion reads,