Thanks to a global recession, analysts have predicted that the global graphics card market will shrink by 12% this year. The graphics market has evolved a lot thanks to recession and the high degree of competition between ATi and Nvidia. ATi understood the needs of the consumer and came out with killer graphics card like [...]

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Facebook has been complaining about how their latest racks of server from AMD and Intel have been unable to provide them the performance improvement which both the companies have been claiming. Facebook Vice President Jonathan Heiliger said that the engineers at Facebook have hardly seen any performance improvement and energy saving from the new processors from Intel and AMD which both the companies tout. Jonathan Heiliger said, “The biggest thing that surprised us … is the less-than-anticipated performance gains from new micro architectures. The performance gains they are touting in the press, we are not seeing in our applications.”

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Intel today launched 2 new ‘Celeron’ branded processors namely the Intel E3200 and Intel E3300. Both the processors are made on 45nm fabrication process and feature twice the L2 cache of their predecessor at 1mb. Most importantly both the processors support virtualization which is very important for using the inbuilt virtualization feature in Windows 7.

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Intel Core i7 processors still have not become popular among the masses due to its high price but still Intel Core i7 processors provide a killer performance and have a great overclocking potential. But Intel Core i7 processors run extremely hot and their maximum temps. under load with the stock cooler can easily reach in excess of 80c. This is the reason why many manufacturers are coming out with cpu coolers for Core i7 processors.

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Few days ago Corsair announced that its going to stop using Elpida hyper memory chips in their Corsair Dominator GT and XMS3 series of DDR3 RAM’s as these RAM chips are unstable under certain conditions. Corsair also recalled the RAM’s which used Elpida hyper memory chips and were already sold. Corsair said that many users [...]

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Intel E7300 which was released last year will soon be going out of production. Intel Core 2 Duo does not support virtualization which is very important now since Windows 7 has an inbuilt feature to virtualises incompatible application and to run them under Windows XP right from inside Windows 7

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Corsair today announced that it will stop selling DDR3 RAM’s equipped with Elpida ‘Hyper’ memory chips as these chips tend to be unstable under certain conditions. Corsair also said that it will be recalling all the DDR3 RAM which were already sold to the end-user. The Elpida Memory Chips were usually used in high end Corsair Dominator GT and XMS3 DDR3 line up series

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OCZ had recently launched the Agility series of SSD’s and today OCZ have launched another new line-up of SSD – the ‘Vertex Turbo’. OCZ Vertex series of SSD’s have been quite a hit and no other SSD manufacturer has been able to match the popularity of the Vertex series of SSD’s from OCZ in terms of Sales. The OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD’s comes equipped with Barefoot memory controller manufactured by Indilinx, a Korean company, which offers a very good read/write performance at a very affordable price.

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All the high-end processors of Intel came with Virtualization support but Intel never really equipped there lower end processors with virtualization whereas AMD on the other hand had added virtualization support to most of their processors in their line-up. Virtualization allows a user to run an operating system from within an operating system. Processors that supported Virtualization at hardware level provide better performance when/if a user runs an virtualized Operating system. Most of the users did not care for Virtualization since not many people require it and since the lower end Intel Chips were terrific overclocker, most of the people used to grab Intel’s lower end CPU’s, but all this is going to change with Windows 7.

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During World Wide Developer Conference 09’ this year, Apple announced new Mac Book and Mac Book Pro’s featuring unibody aluminium construction, 7hours of battery life and most importantly a lower price tag for the base model. The downside was non-user replaceable battery and a lower spec’ed hardware

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Apple recently at their World Wide Developer Conference 09’ launched a new iPhone – the iPhone 3G S. The iPhone 3G S is no different from iPhone 3G from outside, its the inside which differ. The iPhone 3G S comes with a 600Mhz Processor and 256MB RAM which is double of what the iPhone 3G had. All these hardware changes made the latest version of iPhone very fast compared to its predecessor but with many Apple products recently, even the iPhone 3G S has been facing overheating Issues. Many people have been reporting that their iPhone 3G S becomes extremely hot when used heavily and some people who owned the white iPhone 3G S even said that their back white casing had turned pink/brown due to overheating. Soon after, most of the online forums were buzzing with the iPhone 3G S overheating.

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Nvidia ION has literally revolutionised the netbook segment. The Nvidia ION chipset which is still available in limited quantity is able to play Full-HD Videos which the Intel Chipsets are unable to do. Currently the Nvidia ION platform contains the 9400M and the MCP79 Chipsets. Currently the Nvidia 9400M has 16 shaders which provide a respectable performance on a netbook.

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Samsung is soon going to launch a notebook dubbed N510, based on Nvidia’s ION Platform. The Notebook will be equipped with an Intel N280 (1.6Ghz) Processor along with an integrated chipset based on 9400M. The notebook is rumoured to come with 11.6inch screen having a resolution of 1366*768. The notebook is also going to come with the usual 1Gb DDR2/DDR3 RAM, 160GB HDD, 3 in 1 Card Reader, 6 Celled Battery, Wi-Fi and finally Bluetooth. Nvidia’s ION platform has seen limited success among the Manufacturers.

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AMD is soon going to give-away Phenom II x4 Black Edition TWKR CPU’s to overclockers and will also be giving away few of these CPU’s in competitions. AMD Phenom II BE TWKR Edition CPU’s are hand picked from the production line and according to AMD they can overclock up to 7Ghz when the processor is cooled with Liquid Nitrogen. Only 100 of these CPU’s will be released though and none of them will be available in retail stores. The ‘TWKR’ here stands for “Those Who Know”, and the ‘R’ has been added to give it a ‘tweaker’ kind sound when spelled.

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It has been reported that AMD is disappointed by the performance of its processors in the notebook segment. AMD is now looking for a change and is set to drop the “Better By Design” tagline from its processors and graphics card from September, with the launch of the Tigris Platform for Notebook based on 45nm Dual Core. AMD will instead reform its notebook line-up and call it as AMD ‘Vision’

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