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Samsung finishes the development of the world’s first DDR4 DRAM

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Although DDR4 DRAM is not expected to be in anyone’s computer system until the beginning of 2012, Samsung is already done developing it. The new DDR4 modules will not only be faster than their DDR3 predecessor, but they are going to run using less power as well.

Samsung DDR4 DRAM module

In order to accomplish the lower power consumption of the modules, Samsung is using the 30nm-class process technology.

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Intel starts 2011 with a bang: 29 new Sandy Bridge CPUs are here

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Intel used the first workday of 2011 to announce a fresh lineup of Core processors. The second generation of i3, i5 and i7 chips uses the Sandy Bridge architecture and so far includes no less than 29 CPUs.

All the new Intel processors are based on 32nm manufacturing process and boast improved performance plus better power efficiency. And it’s not just the reduced-size instructions that lead to it – according to Intel it’s also due to the L3 cache, which is now shared between all cores. Read more »

Free Gmail voice calls to US and Canada extended

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The web-based VoIP client in Gmail was launched several months ago with free calls to the US and Canada until the end of 2010. Well, it’s either the Christmas mood or something else, I don’t know, but Google decided to extend those free calls through the whole 2011.

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New two-, three- and six-core AMD CPUs are 100MHz faster, get benchmarked extensively

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AMD is launching a few slightly upgraded CPUs. The first is a new six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, which is clocked 100MHz higher than its predecessor. And from the Island of Misfit Toys come the new X3 and X2 Athlons, which are getting a similar speed bump – and in the spirit of holiday gift-giving, the new X3 is priced the same as the older, slower X3…

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Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 is the first 7200 rpm 3TB 3.5-inch hard drive

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Today Hitachi announced its Dekstar 7K3000 hard drive – the world’s first to offer 3TB storage and 7200 RPM speed. The 3.5” drive also supports 6Gb/s SATA interface and packs a whopping 64MB cache.

These specs should give it an edge over the other available 3TB internal drive – the Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green, which only runs at 5400 RPM. Read more »

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 580 with 1.5GB GDDR5 memory

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NVidia is launching its latest DirectX11 graphic monster – the GeForce GTX 580. It packs 512 CUDA cores, 1.5GB GDDR5 memory and is up to 35% better performer than its predecessor, the GTX 480.

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Western Digital launches 3TB Caviar Green internal SATA hard drive

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Western Digital already released 3TB external drives two weeks ago and now it’s time for the 3.5-inches internal units. The 3TB Caviar Green has four 750GB platters, 64MB buffer and uses 3Gb/s SATA interface. It can be yours for 239 US dollars.

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AMD drops the ATI brand, for now on all Radeon graphic cards shall bear the AMD logo

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AMD is dropping the ATI moniker from its graphic cards range. Its future products will go sell under the AMD logo, but the family names will stay the same – Radeon and FirePro.

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Apple’s fire-breathing Mac Pros now available for purchase, up to 12 cores inside

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Remember those Mac Pros that Apple announced a while back? Well, they’re up for order but they don’t come cheap. Not that anything packing two six-core Intel Xeons with a pile of SSD drives and a coupe powerful graphic cards can be in any way cheap. But if you can afford it, you could probably make your own Google with that much power…

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Apple updates iMac, Mac Pro and Cinema Display lineup, adds Magic Trackpad

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Surprise, surprise… Well, not really – as everyone knows when the Apple Store goes down it goes up again but with a shiny new product available. As rumored, the Apple desktop lineup just got updated, but Apple snick in a surprise – the Magic Trackpad. It’s basically the MacBook trackpad packaged to be used in desktop computers.

There are new iMacs, new Cinema Display and new Mac Pros… Read more »

The GPU king has arrived – meet ASUS ARES

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ASUS ARES is the new king of the GPUs. It’s an upgraded ATI Radeon HD5970 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory and overclocked core and memory speeds.

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Atom D525 and D425 available, Intel gets further into wireless with Wireless Displays

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Intel just announced the D525 and D425 Atom processors for nettops. Intel is primarily known for their processors but they do other stuff as well. In related news, Intel’s Wireless Display technology is now available on over 25 new systems. …

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Aluminum unibody Apple Mac mini unveiled, packs HDMI-port and sells for as low as 700 US dollars

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Today isn’t only the day when the iPhone 4 hits it off (sort of) but it’s also the birthday of the latest and greatest Apple Mac mini, which now comes in an aluminum unibody and packs an HDMI port and an SD card slot and is said to deliver up to twice the graphics performance. Oh, and it still is as sleek as it’s ever been. Prices start from 700 US dollars.

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Intel announces Oak Trail and dual-core Pine Trail Atoms, shows off a 14mm thin netbook

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The Intel Atom CPU is ubiquitous in the netbook world, but Intel is working on new designs that will improve on current netbooks and move into tablet and handheld territory. There’s that and a new upcoming architecture called Sandy Bridge, which would become the new high-end CPU from Intel…

There are two new Atom architectures that Intel is working at. The first one is dual-core Pine Trail processors (current Pine Trail Atoms are single core), which will deliver more than just improved performance (could it be the N500?). Read more »

Intel throws unlocked Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K CPUs at overclockers around the globe

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Today Intel announced the dual-core i5-655K and quad-core i7-875K processors with unlocked core multipliers and made overclockers around the world tremble with excitement. Unlike most of their “unlocked” predecessors those will not be top of the line exclusive models that cost an arm and a leg.

The 3.2 GHz Core i5-655K will support Turbo boost up to 3.46 GHz and will cost 216 US dollars, while the 2.93 GHz Core i7-875K will go as high as 3.60 GHz in Turbo mode and will set you back 342 US dollars. Read more »