The first to make use of Intel’s recently launched mobile Core i7 chips (codenamed “Clarksfield”), the specs of the Alienware M15x indicate that the company’s marketing is right on target. No doubt maxing out the configuration will result in a $4000+ laptop. However, at the starting price of $1500, here’s what you get:
512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
15.6-inch WideHD+ 1600 x 900 – WLED
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
3GB DDR3 – 1066MHz
Internal Wireless Bluetooth 2.1+ Enhanced Data Rate
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
IEEE 1394a (4-pin) port
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Computer hardware enthusiasts online are busy hanging out at Tom’s Hardware, discussing the potentials and pitfalls of Intel’s new processors, the Core i5 750 (2.66Ghz), Core i7 860 (2.8Ghz), and the Core i7 870 (2.93 Ghz).
Codenamed Lynnfield, these CPUs supposedly enjoy the benefits of a new memory and bus interface, withthe integration of some of the northbridge’s functions into the chip itself. As enthusiasts and their favorite websites run these new thingamajigs through your typical benchmark and stress tests, it remains to be seen if the improvements represent long-term improvements over Intel’s previous generation CPUs, and the older i7s.
The new …read more
Looks like those firmware problems have been resolved, as the Intel X25-M is now for sale on NewEgg.com. Of interest is the 160 gigabyte variant, for it’s relative balance of capacity, performance, and price.
You’re probably wondering why you should spend $485 on a drive that can only hold 160GB of data. Well, solid state disks are known more for their read and write speeds, rather than the affordability. And in terms of speed, it seems nothing matches Intel’s flagship SSD offering for now.
In any case, the Intel X25-M line represents significant improvements over the X25-E models. Simply put, the newer …read more
What happens when you combine 16 64GB Intel X25-E SSDs into a RAID array managed by two Adaptec 5805 controller cards? Why, a storage setup that can write and read at sustained speeds of 2.23 GB/s. Yes, two point two-three gigabytes a second. With a total capacity of around a terabyte, you’re talking about being able to delete all data stored in less than 8 minutes.
The financially frivolous exercise (see prices below) was Tom’s Hardware US’s response to an email by Samsung’s PR agency, which apparently showcased a RAID array of 24 Samsung PB22-J flash SSDs achieving 2.12GB/s. Looks like …read more
You may have heard about Intel coming out with new SSDs. This X25-M upgrade represents the same capacities (80GB and 160GB) at much lower prices ($225 from $595 and $440 from $945 respectively), not to mention better reading speeds (”a 25 percent reduction in read latency”). Personally, this development made me hopeful that pretty soon we’ll see $200 320GB solid state drives.
But Intel discovered a hiccup with the new drives, asking retailers to put all deliveries on hold, and to actually pull the X25-Ms from their respective store fronts. William George of Puget Systems narrates what happened:
After several hours of …read more
y now you’ve probably heard about the European commission fining Intel a record of 1.45… BILLION DOLLARS! So of course main rival AMD wanted to drive the point home, collecting quotes highlighting Intel’s allegedly abusive behavior on the newly-launched AMD Break Free page. Some choice tidbits:
“The abuse of market power to protect a monopoly hurts consumers and hinders innovation — locking out smaller rivals that may have better products with new features or lower prices. With an 80 percent to 90 percent share of the microprocessor market, Intel wields much more power than your local supermarket. Its threat to raise …read more
Here’s our own special Star Trek related promo, as promised yesterday: get a chance to win the Star Trek Messenger bag pictured above!
So how can you enter?
For Intel and Lenovo, the Star Trek franchise represents an opportunity to reach the geeky people. You know, the type who give a damn about CPUs and computing equipment. That’s why they’re raffling off access to:
A trip for four to the Hollywood Premiere of the new Star Trek movie.
A “zero gravity flight” for a group of four. That’s the trip where you all fly in a plane that climbs up then descends quickly, creating zero gravity conditions for you and friends to play around in.
The so-called New Frontiers Sweepstakes is only open to US residents, age 18 and above. Visit …read more
You probably know Intel’s Core i7 architecture as the manufacturer’s latest high-end consumer offering. And you’re probably aware that investing in these expensive processors also require an expensive overhaul of your desktop hardware for compatibility and maximization. But not that much, according to Anandtech:
Despite the high cost of the CPU and the uniqueness of some components, we have shown that it is possible to build a complete high performance Core i7 system for as little as $1450. That price is for a system with 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray player/DVD burner, a Radeon HD 4870 1GB video card, 1920×1080 monitor, keyboard/mouse, …read more