Archive for February, 2009

Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

Phenom II x3 gets extra core with BIOS hack

The most obvious difference between AMD's Phenom II x3 and x4 processors is the number of cores: the x3 has three and the x4 has, unsurprisingly, four.  However the chips themselves are actually the same hardware, with AMD locking out one of the cores in the x3 variants.  That presents an almost irresistible target for modders, of course, who have shown that with the right motherboard you can turn your Phenom II x3 into an x4.

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Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Details are scant right now, but if this image is to be believed somebody has got OS X Leopard running on the Sony VAIO P.  The picture, which was flagged up on the Pocketables forum, shows the compact "I'm not a netbook!" ultraportable using the Apple OS, although apparently not everything is fully operational.

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Intel argue against Ion in anti-NVIDIA document

Intel argue against Ion in anti-NVIDIA document

Intel have taken their netbook chipset fight against NVIDIA into print, with the release of the "NVIDIA Ion Competitive Position Guide".  The document attempts to address several aspects of Ion which, Intel claim, make it a sub-par compared to their own chipsets.  One such reason is the fact that Ion is a development of the existing MCP79M/NCP7A chipset family, rather than a brand new product, with Intel conveniently forgetting that their 945GSE chipset is close to four years old itself.

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MSI Wind Box DC100, X-Slim X340 & Wind Top all-in-ones get hands-on

MSI Wind Box DC100, X-Slim X340 & Wind Top all-in-ones get hands-on

At the same time as launching the X-Slim X340 and X600, MSI were also flaunting their MSI Wind Box DC100 nettop, and the Wind Top AE1900, AE2010 and AE2200 touchscreen all-in-ones. Engadget Chinese grabbed some hands-on time with all four, together with the X340, and have come away considerably impressed. ASUS may have got there first with the Eee Box nettop and Eee Top all-in-one, while Apple certainly sired the X-Slim's design DNA with the MacBook Air, but there's still plenty of attraction in MSI's range.

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