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The other day, Apple announced it was giving the option for up to two quad-core processors, equaling a staggering 8 core desktop machine. Now it looks like Samsung is going to offer the option of 2 five-core processors for a combined total of 10 cores, running at 3.0GHZ. The 45nm Hi-K processors based on the Intel® Core microarchitecture is in the new Intel 3-series, which hasn’t be released yet. The new desktop system are supposed to hit the market in korea later this year, and maybe hit the Americas by early 2008.
Xbox 360 is the leader in the console war so far, having an almost full year head start above its competitors. The Wii is catching up surprisingly fast, and the PS3 is getting good momentum with sales up 135% due to price cuts.
Sony is a great example of what price-cuts can do. The Xbox 360’s continuous stream of hardware failure seems to be holding its pure potential quite a bit. Microsoft is hoping that a $50 price-cut, added value packs, and an array of different versions will keep the Xbox 360 a strong console.
The versions of the Xbox include the core package, premium package, and the Elite. These systems should start to sell for $249, $359, and $429, respectively, early next month.
There is no doubt that Microsoft is starting to really slow down in the console war. Maybe they can revive themselves with these new price cuts, new games and the limited edition Halo model.
The 360 is a great, well priced system, but due to hardware failure, and the Wii, it looks like its going to a lose the little foothold that it had at the first of this little war.
The ThinkPad X61 laptop computer is a sleek, powerful, practical and cheap machine. Earlier in the year, a similar model was released, but this new model is a much improved version of an already great computer.
This laptop has Intel Centrino Pro technology, CPU Core 2 Duo L7500 (1.6GHz). It comes loaded with 1GB RAM, Wireless LAN function and a 160GB HDD (twice the size as the previous) This also comes preinstalled with Windows Vista, Home Premium Edition.
This nice little Laptop also comes with a built in fingertip sensor, to ensure the protection of your important files. It has an average battery of 3-7 hours, and dimensions of 274× depth 244× height 33mm, and a weight of only 1.85kg (just over 4lbs).
One of the biggest features is the improved screen technology. The FFS SXGA+ TFT liquid crystal panel is easy to see even under the direct sunlight, has a wide field of vision angle, and anti-reflection to ensure correct viewing in any condition.
Now this little beauty packs one hell of a punch, is sleek and light, and for around $2,300, isn’t that expensive. So whats the downside? It doesn’t have an optical drive.
There are currently no dates on the release outside of Japan, but there is one on the way.
[via ThinkPad (japan)]
1GB Toshiba Gigabeats in 24 new flavors. Toshiba has announced that it is going to release 24 new colors of the Gigabeat. It will cost Japan 13,800 Yen ($115 USD). There is no date for when it will hit the US or Canada but they will hit the Japanese market around August 12th. These new players will have 1GB flash memory and up to 20hrs of continuous playback. They will also feature a nice little fm radio.
Now these DAPs are no iPod killer, but with these new colors, and decent price tag, I am sure that everyone can find a color they enjoy most.
[via IT Plus]
Eight Processing Cores, now available in your Mac Pro. Looks like Apple’s store is now offering more options in regards to proccessing power. When customizing your Mac Pro online you can now choose from the following:
One or two Dual-Core Intel Xeons (Total of 4 cores) running at 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz or
One or two Quad-Core Intel Xeons (Totalof 8 cores) running at 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz
Now this is one powerful computer. You can customize it to have up to 3TB of storage, and 16GBs of RAM. And if you are so inclined, you can even get TWO of their 30inch HD cinama Screens for a pretty penny. So, if you have $17,000 to spend, you can get all of the above, and a little more.
PC, say hello to the new Mac.