AMD have announced their latest graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 5670, which attempts to bring DirectX 11 and ATI Eyefinity multi-display support to a relatively budget audience. Priced at under $100, the Radeon HD 5670 promises up to 620 gigaflops of compute performance (paired with GDDR5 memory), and over a 20-percent improvement compared to NVIDIA's GT 240 512MB.
Acer have announced a new range of Aspire notebooks packing Intel's new Core i3 and i5 Arrandale processors. The 15.6-inch AS5740 and 17.3-inch AS7740 notebooks kick off from $599.99 and have a choice of Core i3-330M 2.13GHz or Core i5-430M 2.26GHz CPUs, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD 5470 graphics, and optional Blu-ray drives.
We're generally sceptical about laptops with design "inspired" by something else, but ASUS' G73 gaming laptop does at least make a good hack at channeling some of the Stealth Fighter elements it's apparently influenced by. We stopped by to check out the mobile powerhouse at CES 2010; check out more live pictures after the cut.
Thinking of a new Windows 7 desktop with multitouch? HP may have just the setup; they've announced their latest desktop PC, the HP Pavilion Elite HPE, along with a new, multitouch-capable 21.5-inch LCD, the HP Compaq L2105tm, at CES 2010. The Pavilion Elite HPE will be available with various Intel Core 2 Quad, Core i7 and AMD Phenom II processors, along with up to 1TB of storage, NVIDIA or ATI graphics and Windows 7.
HP have outed their latest notebooks and netbooks at CES 2010, and like we've seen from other manufacturers the theme seems to be touch-sensitivity. Biggest is the HP TouchSmart tm2, a convertible tablet PC which replaces the company's tx2, with a 12.1-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor and optional ATI Mobility Radeon GPU. However there's also a 10.1-inch Atom N450 netbook, the HP Mini 5102, which has a multitouch-touchscreen option of its own.
Lenovo haven't forgotten about their mainstream home users at CES 2010; the company has unveiled two new models, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 notebooks, complete with various options from Intel's latest Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. The IdeaPad Y460 has a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display, Core i3 or i5 CPU, ATI Radeon HD5740/HD5650 graphics and up to 320GB hard-drive, while the IdeaPad Y560 has a 15.6-inch display, Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU, ATI Radeon HD5730 graphics and up to 500GB hard-drive.
NVIDIA's Fermi 40nm GPU won't make its expected late-2009 launch, and nor will it be ready in time for CES 2010 in January, according to DigiTimes' sources at graphics card manufacturers. The rumor-mongers claim that NVIDIA have been telling producers to only expect the DirectX 11-compatible Fermi chips in March 2010, and suggest that defects have prompted the delay.
MSI have announced two new models in the X-Slim range of waifish ultraportables. The MSI X-Slim X350 and X-Slim X600 Pro pack 13.4-inch and 15.6-inch LCD LED-backlit displays respectively, along with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and HDMI outputs. The X600 Pro also squeezes in ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 graphics (the X350 makes do with Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics) and gets optional WiMAX and twice the RAM: up to 4GB compared to the smaller model's 2GB maximum.
We can't help but wonder whether Kohjinsha will be a little bit frustrated with Onkyo, who have rebranded the company's nifty dual-display netbook but actually one-up'd the original by slotting in higher resolution panels. The Onkyo DX-Series has the same form-factor as the Kohjinsha DZ, which means a rotating pair of 10.1-inch LCD screens but the footprint of a regular netbook, only theirs uses two 1,366 x 768 panels rather than the original's 1024 x 600.
Acer's latest Ferrari-branded notebook has pulled up, and it's an 11.6-inch ultraportable. The Acer Ferrari One has a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor under the hood, together with 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics. As with other Acer Ferrari models, there's plenty of fake carbon fiber together with a one-touch shortcut key to the supercar manufacturer's website.
Dell have updated their mobile workstation range of notebooks with the Precision M6500, packing a range of Intel Core i7 quad-core and Core i7 Extreme quad-core processors. There's also a considerable 17-inch 1920 x 1200 display - with various degrees of LED backlighting - together with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, space for up to three hard-drives (up to 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD in each bay; various RAID setups available) and a choice of ATI FirePro M7740 1GB, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 1GB, or Quadro FX 3800M 1GB graphics.