It is being reported that OS X 10.8.3 beta has ATI Tahiti 7000 drivers support and can be found in the system profiler. This could very well mean that Mountain Lion is ready for an imminent Mac Pro refresh. In addition, the new iMacs are said to have Nvidia graphics, so this support isn't mean for those--no current Macs has these graphic chips, so it's good news for those hardcore users that need extra muscle and have been holding out.
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Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled unloaded a bevy of product roadmap details for its upcoming Fusion processors—though; much of the information had already been leaked last month.
AMD's Fusion chips are the culmination of the chip maker's blending of x86 central processor technology with the GPU instruction set it acquired when it bought ATI Technologies in 2006. By putting both key computing functions on a single processor die, the company thinks it has a more compelling processor package for makers of mobile computers and light-footprint desktops than rivals Intel and Nvidia.
AMD calls these chips "accelerated processing units" or APUs. The company's A-Series APUs, formerly codenamed Llano, are currently shipping to computer makers and are expected to appear in more than 150 desktops and notebooks set to hit retail shelves throughout the second quarter of this year, AMD said.
The company isn't shy about talking up the advantages of its A-series processors, which combine up to four x86 CPU cores with up to 400 Radeon GPU cores with DirectX11 support, and dedicated HD video processing on a single chip of silicon.
Is Advanced Micro Devices finally making a major push into the tablet market? That's the signal sent by leaked product roadmap slides showing plans for an AMD tablet chip codenamed Desna that surfaced on NGOHQ.com last week.
The slides don't offer any specs for AMD's Z-Series accelerated processing unit, or APU, nor do they name a release date other than the heading "2011 AMD HD Tablet Platform Overview."
Here's what we do know. AMD thinks Desna is well-suited for both consumer media tablets and devices built for business use. The chip maker is playing up its graphics prowess with promises of "smooth streaming HD video," AdobeFlash 10.2 acceleration, Microsoft Office 10 visual enhancements, and support for DirectX 11 and Windows 7 Effects.
Desna also runs accelerated HTML 5 and Internet Explorer 9, while "leveraging the Microsoft Windows application base," which sounds a bit like AMD saying, "we don't actually have an app store for this chip."
The Z-Series platform's commercial play seems to be summed up with promises of "full integration and support in IT environments," "unparalleled versatility and security," and "enhanced productivity."
The Deal of the Day for today offers up an HP Envy 15 notebook computer at a 13% discount. This rarely-discounted laptop features the Intel Core i5 processor, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 discrete graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, night vision webcam, and a 15.6-inch LED backlit BrightView display. When all is said and done, after entering the HP promo code, what you end up with is the best price currently for the 1080p Envy 15.
Today’s deal features the HP Pavilion dv6 notebook which recently received a redesign. You’re able to get it for $400 off of the retail price, saving you 30% off the total cost. What does that get you? Well, here’s the rundown. This model of the dv6 runs an Intel Core i7 processor, 1GB ATI Radeon HD5650 graphics card, packs in 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and even a Blu-ray drive as well. The display is 15.6-inches and is LED-backlit, and you also get a backlit keyboard as well. Not too shabby for $949, especially when they’re throwing in free shipping to boot.
Newegg has got a nice sale on the high end gaming card, the BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GT with 512MB RAM. The card is HDCP-ready, supports SLI, and plugs into a PCI Express 2.0 port. It’s aso a low profile size, so the card doesn’t block any other slots in your system. Even better, it’s eco-intelligent, so it uses 30% less power than similar cards from other manufacturers. The card typically sells for $100, but with Newegg promo code VGA51315, you’ll get a 15% discount, plus free shipping. You can pick up the BFG Tech GeForce 9800 GT from Newegg for $84.99 now.
As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo code and deals on our forums.
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Dell has recently announced a bunch of new notebooks as part of the Vostro small business notebook line. They feature WLED LCD displays, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 802.11n, optical drives, 5-in-one flash memory readers, and optional two megapixel webcams. The 1014 and 1088 have 14.1-inch screens, with the 1015 has a 15.6-inch screen with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics. So far, there is no word on a price, but they do stack well, don’t they?
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Gateway is after the student demographic with their NV Series Notebooks. Available in black, blue, red, or brown, most feature a 15.6-inch LCD (1366×768,) 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, webcam, DVD burner, HDMI and Vista Home Premium. The NV5214u, with a price of $499.00, comes with a 2.1GHz dual-core AMD Athlon 64 CPU and ATI Radeon 3200 graphics while the NV5807u has a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and an Intel 4500MHD graphics chipset at a price of $599.00.
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Just came across this Newegg deal on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 video card that we had to share. The card typically sells for $140, but you can pick one up, today only, for $114.99. The Radeon HD 4850 sports 512 MB RAM, plugs into a PCI Express 2.0 slot, and supports HDCP. You’ll find an HDMI out on this card, and it also supports CrossFire, if you wanted to buy two and make them work in tandem.
As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg coupon codes and deals on our forums.
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Check out our HTPC on a Budget series and join us in building a great HTPC for under $1,000.
In our quest to build the ultimate inexpensive hoome theater computer, we’ve walked you through selecting all the major components that will power our labor of love PC. I’m talking about things like why we picked our chosen motherboard, the MSI MS-7411, a look at how we will drive 7.1 sound from the HTPC to our receiver, and the smart way that we will move content to the HTPC so it’s displayed on our television.
But what about the rest? The pieces that, although not major, are still required to have a - you know - functioning HTPC? Well, that’s where this article comes in. We are going to be giving you a quick rundown of the smaller components that you will need in order to get this thing built, before we do our wrap-up in our next article.
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