Archos 9 Tablet PC Running Microsoft Windows 7

Archos 9 Tablets Featuring Windows 7

If you have been looking for an elegant looking, streamline tablet PC Archos has created the perfect solutions with the new Archos 9 Tablet PC running Microsoft Windows 7.

Touted as the first fully-tactile MiniPC the Archos 9 sports a highly responsive touch screen display along with a virtual keyboard and stylus for navigating through the Windows 7 enviroment.

Demonstrations of the Archos 9 have been fairly impressive with smooth playback of high quality video, lightning fast Wi-Fi and blue tooth capabilities, and great hardware specs in a highly portable tablet PC.

The Archos 9 comes equipped with the new Intel ATOM Z515 processors, an 80gb internal hard disk, blue tooth for wireless accessories and 2 antennas to receive DVBT TV.

The overall package is stylish and fun, and makes the Archos 9 a prime candidate for business and home use.


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AMD Phenom II X4 45nm CPU Release – Why Buy a New Phenom II PC

Phenom II X4 45nm Processors for Gaming, Performance, and Business.

AMD Phenom II X4 920 & 940 Processors

The new AMD Phenom II Processors are now starting to hit online retailers. While there has been talk online about the release of the Phenom II for awhile now it has been near impossible to find a store that had one in stock.

This week I started noticing several online vendors that were now carrying the AMD Phenom II X4 CPUs. Since I am always trying to stay on top of current trends in technology I wanted to cover some of the information about the Phenom II and why I think it is a great alternative to the Intel Core i7 Processor.

It really comes down to three main things.

  • Price
  • Availability
  • Performance

AMD Phenom II X4 Pricing

Because of some of the struggles that AMD has run into in the past few years they have really taken on a philosophy of being very competitive with Intel in price. AMD manages to create CPUs that offer great performance at a fraction of the cost of Intel Processors.

While these chips may not rank as well as Intel’s latest offerings in the benchmarks many of us cannot afford to break the bank while constantly upgrading our PCs. Another important reason is for resellers that need to offer the most competitive price to their customers. AMD has always kept this in mind and has offered a very competitive price on their CPUs.

Phenom II X4 Availability

As I mentioned above the Phenom II has generated a lot of excitement in the past few months but users have been hard pressed to actually find one to buy. This week I have started seeing more online retailers carrying the product. I stumble across two Phenom II’s yesterday at the link below:

Buy the New AMD Phenom II X4 CPUs

Because of the competitive pricing and ready availability of the Phenom II the chips stand to be a great alternative for builders, and resellers who need an inexpensive, high performance solution to offer to their customers.

They are also a great option for end users, performance enthusiasts and gamers who are ready to build their new PC “NOW”. It’s not often that you can pickup the latest hardware without waiting in line somewhere at 6:00am in the morning. It’s refreshing to have access to a hot new product where this is not the case.

AMD Phenom II X4 CPU Performance Benchmarks

AMD has once again done a great job of creating a very competitive CPU that offers outstanding performance at a low cost.

AMD Phenom II X4 Benchmarks and Performance

In some of the latest benchmarks online the AMD Phenom II 940 scores better than the Intel Extreme QX6700. This means instead of spending around $1,000+ on the QX6700 you can spend around $250 on the Phenom II 940 and use the other $800 dollars to build the rest of your PC.

When compared to the Intel Core i7 920 the AMD Phenom II X4 holds it’s own against the competition. Under PC Mark and 3D Mark Tomshardware has the Phenom II 940 almost neck in neck with the Core i7 920. This means you can get the same great performance found in Intel’s newest line of processors for about $50+ dollars less.

Once again AMD has proven that its focus is to provide high performance CPU solutions to users at an affordable price.

AMD Phenom II X4 Technical Specs

According to AMD’s product brief the Phenom II is a CPU that is designed to offer a high-end media experience to users for high definition entertainment, gaming and media applications.

It is a high performance CPU featuring a Quad Core design that makes the most of energy efficiency to offer quality and performance to users.

AMD Phenom II X4 Technical Specs

Phenom II Key Architecture & Design

  • Offers a true Quad Core x86 Processor
  • Improves efficiency by connecting the Processor and Memory controller
  • Allows simultaneous 32 bit and 64 bit computing.
  • Integrated DDR2 memory controller.
  • Up to 33.1GB/s processor-to-system bandwidth.
  • Shared L3 Cache
  • And much more…

There are almost too many new features to list them all in one article. For the full technical specs and details I recommend you check out the AMD website which goes into detail on all the improvements in the Phenom II processors.

AMD Phenom™ II X4 Processors for Home

AMD Phenom II X4 Key Architectural Features

AMD Phenom II Final Thoughts and Review

With all the benefits we have discussed above and a price point that offers an affordable high performance CPU, that is easy to source the AMD Phenom II really offers the total package.

Whether you are a gamer, performance enthusiast, and just want a great PC to check your email with you don’t need to spend a fortune to stay up on the cutting edge.

Looking at the benchmarks the Phenom II has received along with the technical specs listed in AMD’s homepage it is easy to see why this CPU has generated so much buzz in the past few months.

If you are looking for a great processor that offers Core i7 performance at a fraction of the cost the new AMD Phenom II X4 CPU might be just the solution you are looking for.


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Intel Core i7 Release Date and Information

Nehalem Core i7 from Intel Q4 2008

Intel Nehalem Core i7 CPU Release Date and Pricing InformationFor those of you that have been following the news on Intel’s latest Core i7 CPU codenamed Nehalem your patience is about to be rewarded.

Intel has announced the date for the new Core i7 processor, and says it will be available for purchase as of November 17th. There has been a lot of excitement building around the release of the CPU in the computer industry.

Users who are always working to stay on top of the latest and greatest trends in computer hardware got their first taste of the Nehalem on November 3rd when Intel released official pricing information and some early benchmarks on the performance of the CPU started to appear online.

I have already had customers calling and asking about designing a custom Intel Core i7 Gaming PC. With all the power and potential of the i7 CPU for gaming systems, multimedia workstations, and servers it’s no wonder people are so excited about the latest Intel CPU.

There was an article on Tom’s Hardware a couple months back that gave some very early incite into the Nehalem i7 and impressions of overall performance that can be found at the link below.

Nehalem’ 2.93 GHz Benches Revealed – Tom’s Hardware

Keep checking back for more updates and information on the Intel i7 CPU. We are hoping to get our hands on one soon, and will be following up with a review on the cpu with our initial thoughts on the latest quad core processor from Intel.


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Intel’s Nehalem CPU Officially Named “Core i7” Processor

Next Generation Nehalem Architecture to be Named the Intel Core i7

Intel Nehalem Core i7 CPUIf you have been keeping up with all the advances in CPU architecture in the last few years you will know we have seen quite a few changes. Get ready for latest offering from Intel, which are their new Core i7 CPUs.

The Core i7 will be based on the next generation Nehalem architecture which Intel will start producing later this year. (Fourth quarter of 2008)

The CPU designations on the i7 processors will be similar to Intel’s existing chips which use a model number designation to provide more information about the chips. It will also be available in a standard and extreme version which Intel has used on their existing Core 2 and Quad Core CPUs.

The Nehalem architecture will support two to eight cores, along with two-way simultaneous multithreading. Other features include QuickPath interconnect, and an integrated memory controller. The chips will also utilize a new 8mb shared level 3 cache.

Intel will be releasing more information on the new line of CPUs on August 19 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, California.

Editor’s Note: With Intel’s push for even more powerful processors we can only wait and see what new innovations AMD will be offering to compete with the new Intel i7 processors. Do you think that the current track record for Intel has set them far ahead of the competition from AMD, or will we see another flip flop between the companies in the near future?

For details on the full story read the ZDNet Article which can be found here.


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