Rumor: Dell Bought Alienware To Get AMD Processors

Alexei Oreskovic has a great piece up today about how Dell bought Alienware not only to gain high end market share, but to also be able to get access to AMD processors. Dell has yet to disclose how much it paid for Alienware! Dell, of course, sells Intel-based PCs exclusively. That approach has hurt the …more

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Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) will be region free

Sony has confirmed that its next generation Playstation three will be region free, at least for gaming. This is awesome news for all and something that wasn’t expected by many. In a QA session following the platform keynote address at GDC 2006 this morning, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison confirmed what was …more

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Vista gamers need 2GB plus of memory

The Inq thinks that they are the first to report that gamers need 2GB of system memory to run Microsoft Vista today, but that is not the case. Legit Reviews posted an editorial back in December of 2005 about needing 2GB of memory here: The Future of Computer Memory: 2GB+. It is good that they …more

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AMD confirms Athlon 64 X2 5000+

The Register says that AMD will release its first batch of dual-core Turion 64 mobile processors on 9 May, lining up seven chips clocked between 1.6GHz and 2.2GHz, and accompanied by low-voltage variants, according to online claims. Separately, the vendor has itself confirmed the existence of the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 5000+. AMD this month …more

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Microsoft’s Vista delay could pull Intel?s price-cut schedule forward

Taiwan?s notebook manufacturers expect Intel?s price reduction on dual-core Yonah processors to arrive in advance of the planned date of May 28, with the aim of stimulating the worldwide notebook PC market, despite Microsoft?s delayed launch of its next operating system (OS). Some PC manufacturers in Taiwan, however, expressed that delayed availability of the consumer …more

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ECS Launches The 945G-M3 Motherboard

Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc.(ECS), the world’s leading computer component and notebook manufacturer, today unveiled the new RoHS-compliant 945G-M3 motherboard designed for the new generation of digital home users. Based on the new Intel Viiv technology, the 945G-M3 motherboard is a powerhouse of digital media features that deliver superior user performance thank to the Intel 945G …more

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Wednesday Reviews from Around the Web

The Tech Report reviews Intel’s Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processor. Find this and other reviews from around the web by visiting the Legit Forums! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN you pack a quad-SLI graphics subsystem, a Sound Blaster X-Fi audio processor, a physics acceleration chip, a RAID 10 disk array, four gigs of DDR2-1200 memory, and Intel’s …more

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NVIDIA Corporation to Acquire Hybrid Graphics

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hybrid Graphics Ltd., the leading developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices. This acquisition will enable the customers of both companies to deploy compelling graphics solutions for the entire worldwide handheld market. Looks like NVIDIA is trying to …more

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Microsoft Puts Vista Operating System on Hold

Microsoft will delay the consumer version of Vista, the next version of Windows, until January 2007, the company announced Tuesday. But a version for business will be released in November of this year. Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) are down -0.59 (-2.13%) to $27.15 in the early morning trading session. The news ruffled investors who have …more

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AMD Socket F boards slated for July 11, 2006

It looks like the upcoming AMD F core revision, which are known as Windsor (dual-core) and Orleans (single-core) are coming along just fine and are slated for release on July 11th, 2006. The F core stepping processors will support Pacifica visualization technology and Presidio data protection technology, which will require new chipsets and BIOS updates …more

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Elpida begins sampling 512Mbit Rambus XDR DRAM

Elpida begins sampling 512Mbit Rambus XDR DRAM

Japan-based Elpida Memory on March 22 announced the availability of 512Mbit XDR DRAM devices in sample quantities. XDR DRAM is based on the XDR memory interface architecture developed by Rambus, and the new Elpida device operates at a 4.0GHz data rate. The memory looks great on paper, but I’ll wait to see what AMD and …more

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Nokia Claims End near for MP3 players and video camcorders

Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. I have to agree with this one as I use my Treo with a 1GB SecureDigital card and Real Player for my …more

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French push to free digital MP3’s as Apple cringes

French MPs are set to vote on a law that could lead to big changes in the way digital music is sold online. The proposed measures would force companies like Apple and Microsoft to share their copy-protection software. The aim is to ensure that digital music can be played on any player, regardless of its …more

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Microsoft to boost Xbox 360 shipments this week

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to boost shipments of its Xbox 360 video game console by “two to three times” this week to address shortages that have crimped game sales across the industry. Good news for gamers trying to buy a system, but why couldn’t Micrososft meet demand in the first place? Initially, …more

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