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HP ENVY 17 3D hands-on

HP ENVY 17 3D hands-on

HPs ENVY range of laptops have always been eye-catching, but their latest ENVY 17 3D takes that up a step by packing 3D support too.  We caught up with the 17.3-inch Full HD notebook this week, and it's certainly a beast of a machine: plenty of metal in the chassis, a quadcore Intel Core i7-720QM processor, 2TB of storage and a slot-loading Blu-ray drive.

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Microsoft snare GPU acceleration patent for video encoding

Microsoft snare GPU acceleration patent for video encoding

Microsoft has been granted a patent for GPU acceleration of video encoding, in a move that could have significant ramifications for NVIDIA, ATI and others.  The patent, "Accelerated video encoding using a graphics processing unit" filed in October 2004, describes a system whereby the GPU can "perform a motion estimation process in parallel with the video encoding process performed by the CPU" to reduce overall encoding time.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e giveaway coming up…

Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e giveaway coming up…

We're already running two giveaways - for a You Rock Guitar and a range of iPad cases - but we wanted to let you know there's yet another opportunity to win coming up, courtesy of Lenovo.  The company is giving us a brand new AMD-powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75e to give away, and since they're particularly proud of the AMD 760G chipset's ability to drive two displays simultaneously, they're throwing in a pair of 19-inch Lenovo LCD monitors as well!

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Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 Core i7-930 flagship and new midrange AG5900-U3092 debut

Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 Core i7-930 flagship and new midrange AG5900-U3092 debut

Acer's Aspire Predator series is known for its gaming kick, and that leg-action is all the more impressive now that the range has been expanded with a new flagship and a more affordable mainstream model.  The Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 takes a spot at the high-end of gaming PCs, with a quadcore Intel Core i7-930 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 graphics and 12GB of memory, while the Acer Aspire Predator AG5900-U3092 is a mid-range option with a Core i7-870 CPU, 8GB of memory and ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB graphics.

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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer seems to have taken a leaf out of Bang & Olufsen's design book with the aesthetic for their new all-in-ones, with the AMD-based Acer Aspire AZ3100-U3072 and the Intel-based Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 offering perhaps the best styling this side of an iMac.  The 21.5-inch AZ3100-U3072 is the cheaper option, with AMD's 2GHz Athlon II 170u CPU, 3GB of memory and a 500GB HDD, while the 23-inch Full HD AZ5700-U3112 gets Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and a touchscreen.

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Acer Aspire AS5745DG 3D Vision notebook joins refreshed AS5742G, AS5745 & AS7745

Acer Aspire AS5745DG 3D Vision notebook joins refreshed AS5742G, AS5745 & AS7745

Acer has updated its AS5742G, AS5745 and Aspire AS7745 notebooks, throwing in a selection of new Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, together with a choice of integrated NVIDIA Optimus or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics.  The 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 AS5742G and AS 5745 machines have a choice of HDDs up to 500GB, while the 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 AS7745 gets up to 1TB.  There's also the Acer AS5745DG with NVIDIA 3D Vision courtesy of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M GPU.

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AMD Retiring ATI Brand

AMD Retiring ATI Brand

Today AMD announced that they are retiring the ATI brand entirely from their branding and marketing. This is a move that I have been expecting for some time now since it has been one of the more prominent discussions at the last few AMD Analyst Summits I have attended.

It has become blatantly clear over the past few years that the “speeds and feeds” marketing by manufacturers of personal computers was becoming less relevant to the decision making process of mainstream consumers. This is why both AMD and Intel are taking very different approaches with their partners on how to position and market to consumers.

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AMD rebrand revealed: ATI ditched as consumers wise-up

AMD rebrand revealed: ATI ditched as consumers wise-up

AMD has confirmed it intends to axe its separate ATI graphics card branding, telling The Tech Report that it will instead be bringing them under the AMD umbrella.  Intended to accommodate the new breed of combined CPU/GPU Fusion chipsets that will kick off with the Bobcat before the end of 2010, the move also follows AMD's research which discovered potential buyers were three times more likely to pick an ATI-branded card when they were told AMD were behind it.

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Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu's latest external-graphics notebook has been revealed, the LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX, offloading its ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v 1GB video card to make for a more portable main unit.  Based on May's original AH530, complete with optional Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Blu ray or DVD drives, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB HDD, the AH530 GFX gives desktop users an alternative to the standard notebook's Intel HD GPU.

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