Core i7

Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition debuts: 5.6GHz overclock

Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition debuts: 5.6GHz overclock

Intel has outed its latest high-end processor, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, along with a new chipset, the X79 Express, and manufacturers are already jumping all over the performance pair. Maingear has updated its SHIFT, F131 and Quantum SHIFT desktop PCs to use the Core i7-3960X chip, which runs at 3.3GHz but can be overclocked to a huge 5.6GHz thanks to it coming unlocked, as well as 3.9GHz using Intel Turbo, packs six cores and 12 threads, and has 15MB of cache. Upgraders hoping to use the new processor may be frustrated by Intel's new LGA 2011 socket, however.

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Dell XPS 14z official

Dell XPS 14z official

Dell has outed its latest notebook, the Dell XPS 14z, a 14-inch notebook that manages to squeeze its 1366 x 768 display into space that would normally only accommodate a 13-inch panel. Set to go on sale in North America on November, and follow on in the UK come November 15, the XPS 14z has a choice of Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1GB graphics (with Optimus switching), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory (4GB standard) and a slot-loading DVD burner.

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MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

Apple is readying a refreshed range of MacBook Pro notebooks, it's rumored, with Bluetooth 4.0 and faster processors each tipped to be included in the new line-up. Supplies of the existing versions are currently constrained, 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, but the updated versions have already shown up in Apple's inventory systems ready for imminent release. It's possible that Apple's changes could pave the way for broader Siri voice control support across the desktop.

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ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS has boarded the ultrabook bandwagon, and it's picked an impressive machine to show its hand. The ASUS Zenbook UX21 may not be branded an ultrabook, but it's just as much one of the new Intel breed of ultrabooks - and a MacBook Air rival - as Acer's, Toshiba's, Lenovo's and the rest. We've grabbed some hands-on time at ASUS' London launch event; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Stealth Computer LPC-125LPM Ultra-Compact PC Released

Stealth Computer LPC-125LPM Ultra-Compact PC Released

What you're going to get right here is one small computer, that's an open and shut case. This is the quite unassuming LPC-125LPM from Stealth Computer, a group that's known for it's small and awesome machinery. This device measures 6.1-inches by 4-inches by 1.45-inches, it weighing in at 1.2 pounds and having any color case you want, just so long as it's black. Inside you're going to find a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 55GB solid state drive. Is this the next ultra-tiny computer on your desktop or hidden under your desk, or would you rather have a dual-core smartphone instead? Let's get a little bit more into this situation before you make your decision.

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Toshiba Qosmio F750 3D: glasses-free 3D Core i7 laptop

Toshiba Qosmio F750 3D: glasses-free 3D Core i7 laptop

Toshiba has outed its latest 3D laptop, the Qosmio F750 3D, the first to offer glasses-free 3D. Pairing a lenticular display - which splits the image between the left and right eyes - with a 15.6-inch Full HD LCD panel and clever eye-tracking technology to preserve the 3D effect even as you move your head around, the Toshiba Qosmio F750 3D has a 2.0GHz Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory and a Blu-ray XL recordable drive.

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Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony has unveiled its latest performance ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series, tipping the scales at under 1.2kg but still offering - thanks to a docking station that uses the same Intel Thunderbolt connection technology as Apple recently adopted - solid graphics performance with an external video card. The new 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz processor paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 256GB SSD, while the Sony Power Media Dock VGP-PRZ20C/VGP-PRZ20A packs an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, and support for a further two simultaneous monitors.

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