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VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

VIA VN1000 northbridge promises frugal Blu-ray 1080p performance

Ah, the humble northbridge; neither as earnest as the processor nor as glamourous as the dedicated video card, it works its subtle charms and waits in vain for recognition.  If VIA have their way, though, the northbridge will soon be declared the saviour of the proletariat: the new VIA VN1000 is intended for entry-level all-in-ones, SFF machines and budget desktops, instilling them with DirectX 10.1 support and the ability to play back 1080p Blu-ray content.

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Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

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.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD SFF desktop debuts

Dell Inspiron Zino HD SFF desktop debuts

Dell's compact desktop, the Inspiron Zino HD, has finally made its way out of the shadows and into your online basket.  Teased all the way back in August, the Zino HD might only measure 7.75 x 7.75 x 3.5 inches but Dell have squeezed in up to AMD's Athlon Neo X2 6850e 1.8GHz processor, up to 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM and an optional optical drive; you can even have discrete graphics, in the shape of ATI's Radeon HD 4330.

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iBuyPower Battalion 101 W870CU notebook gets Core i7 heft

iBuyPower Battalion 101 W870CU notebook gets Core i7 heft

If you're in the market for a stonkingly fast gaming laptop then your options keep getting better; iBuyPower are the latest company to dip a toe into the Core i7 pool, with their new Battalion 101 W870CU notebook.  Inside the hefty chassis there's a 17.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD, up to 8GB of RAM and a choice of Core i7-720QM, i7-820QM or i7-920XM processors.  Graphics are courtesy of NVIDIA's GTX280 with 1GB of DDR3 memory.

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Maingear SHIFT “personal supercomputer” packs Core i7, up to 12 SSDs

Maingear SHIFT “personal supercomputer” packs Core i7, up to 12 SSDs

When companies like ASUS are reasonably legitimately launching desktop supercomputers, describing your performance PC as a "personal supercomputer" seems like asking for trouble.  Still, that's how Maingear are referring to their latest desktop, the SHIFT, packing as it does a choice of Intel Core i7 processor, stacks of DDR3-1600 memory, Asetek liquid-cooling and a choice of up to six regular hard-drives or twelve SSDs.

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JVC throws new cheap XV-BP11 Blu-ray player to the wolves

JVC throws new cheap XV-BP11 Blu-ray player to the wolves

This holiday season may well see the mass adoption of Blu-ray in many homes. We have the PS3 at a new bargain price sporting its Blu-ray capability and we are seeing new stand-alone Blu-ray players pop up at much more affordable prices. It wasn't so long ago that Blu-ray players were still well over $300. JVC has just announced a new Blu-ray player called the XV-BP11 that is available right now.

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