Shuttle has made a name for itself for manufacturing of high-performance small form factor PCs, along with creating the XPC, and they've gone ahead and announced their Computex 2010 exhibition booth. The event is Asia's largest trade show for computers and the industry, which is held in Taipei, Taiwan. Shuttle wants to make sure they make a mark at this year's event, and therefore have a nice ace up their sleeve: the J3.
It has only been a short while since Intel pulled the wraps off its Gulftown CPUs. AMD has now tossed its own new server platform CPUs into the ring with the introduction of the new AMD Opteron 6000 series CPUs with 8-cores and 12-cores.
It's not only MAINGEAR playing games with Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme processor. The new hexacore has found its way into Digital Storm's similarly-stonking BlackOPS desktop, but they've not seen fit to leave its 3.33GHz alone; instead, opt for their TwisterBoost overclocking package and they'll crank the Core i7 all the way up to 4.44GHz.
It should come as little surprise, what with the well-publicized iPad preorder sale starting today, but the Apple Store has been taken down for updating. Apple's new tablet kicks off at $499 and is expected to go on sale at 8.30am EST; of course, Apple could surprise us and add a few more updates into the mixture as well. Recent rumors have tipped an updated Mac Pro desktop, using Intel's new Core i7-980 Gulftown processor.
Apple have quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop systems, adding a new processor option together with greater storage. Buyers looking for the most powerful Mac Pro around are now able to specify a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, which is a whopping $1,200 on top of the regular machine. The new CPU joins the existing entry-level 2.66GHz Xeon and 2.93GHz Xeon, the latter of which is a $400 option.
As for the storage tweak, there's now a 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200rpm hard-drive option, priced at $350, in addition to the previous 640GB and 1TB drives on offer. The new 2TB drive has 32GB of cache, and is also available on the Apple Xserve server.
It's not yet possible to specify two of the 3.33GHz Xeon processors in Apple's 8-core Mac Pro, which still only offers 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz options. Apple have been tipped to release a 6-core, 12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor (built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache) in early 2010.
It's been a while since we've seen a significant refresh to Apple's Mac Pro desktop range, and so a rumor regarding what overwhelming components the company might slot inside is certainly timely. According to Hardmac's sources, Apple intend to outfit the Mac Pro with a 6-core, 12-thread Intel Xeon (Gulftown) processor, built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache. The hexacore CPUs will be accompanied by up to 128GB of RAM and a 10Gbit/s ethernet port.
That will be thanks to a newly modified, custom mainboard with support for 8GB and 16GB memory modules. Early testing of the CPUs, at least, have indicated that the hexacore Xeon requires less power than a current-gen quadcore Xeon of the same 2.4GHz clock-speed.
AMD have revealed that they're working on a hexacore - or six-core - processor for release in 2010. The chip, codenamed Thuban, will be manufactured using 45nm processes and have an integrated DDR3 controller; more interestingly, however, it will be backward compatible with existing AM2+ and AM3 motherboards.
The weekend is here again fellow geeks and geekettes so I am back with another week in review. Monday more rumors surfaced that has Apple launching that long anticipated tablet device this November. The rumors further claim that the tablet will be aimed at gaming and media use. Early this week Verizon cut the pricing on all its smartphones save a few of the new ones to $99. That makes us think lots of new smartphone hardware is on its way.