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Intel: Initial Larrabee graphics chip canceled

Intel said Friday that its Larrabee graphics processor will initially appear as a software development platform only.

This is a blow to the world's largest chipmaker, which was looking to launch its first discrete (standalone) graphics chip in more than a decade.

"Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we hoped to be at this point in the project," Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer said Friday. "As a result, our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a standalone discrete graphics product," he said.

HD 5870 CrossFireX performance in DiRT 2

ATI has been talking about DirectX 11 for quite some time and the reason is quite simple – Nvidia doesn’t have it and ATI does. Today, we decided to show some results that we got in DiRT 2, one of the few games that support DirectX 11. DiRT 2 works in DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 mode, and the difference is a lot of features that you can read about on the next page. For DirectX 11 mode you need adequate hardware, or to be precise one of AMD's Evergreen family graphics cards.

SilverStone announces the Fortress FT02 chassis

As this year's holiday season unwinds from its climax over the past week and a half, many enthusiasts have been left wondering whether they have witnessed the full product offerings of the computer hardware industry, or if there is yet another wave of toys hiding under Santa's sleigh in some remote dimension of unawareness. We have already experienced the delay of Nvidia's Fermi architecture, the virulent paper launch of AMD's Radeon HD 5970, and the untimely delay of many capacitive multi-touch tablet notebooks and netbooks supporting Windows 7.

Early Intel Core i9 Makes Its Way Onto Ebay

An early engineering sample of Intel's upcoming Core i9 chip has been spotted on eBay, way ahead of the processors' scheduled 2010 release date.

The Gulftown chip, which recently impressed in early benchmark tests, is expected to launch in the first quarter of next year, so it came as a surprise when one recently showed up on auction site eBay. The auction listing (since removed) detailed the processor as the "Intel 6-Core Xeon Westmere Gulftown 2.4GHz LGA1366 ES", and promised that the chip was tested and in working order.

Introducing the Gecko Surfboard

The Gecko Surfboard is the most energy efficient and least expensive x86 desktop in the world. The Gecko Surfboard is a complete computer built into a keyboard. The Surfboard connects directly to a VGA monitor or can plug directly into a TV composite input. The Surfboard offers optional internal WIFI expansion or 3G connection.

The Gecko Surfboard is ideal for bedroom computers as it is fanless and silent. It is great for banks, hotels, hospitals, schools or homes. The Gecko Edubook makes a great thin client and supports both Windows XP and Linux.

Acer plans Chrome netbook for next year

Acer has given the Google Chrome operating system the thumbs up and plans to jack it under the bonnet of a netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010.

Digitimes quotes Acer chairman JT Wang saying he expects to be the first vendor to launch Chrome-based netbook in the market. Acer is a long term backer of Google Operating systems. It was the first top-tier vendor to launch a Google Android-based netbook in the market.

VIA shows new form factor

VIA Technologies has shown some quite interesting stuff this year and it's quite a shame that we haven't seen many of those concepts in retail, but once again managed to stun us with its announcement of the new Mobile-ITX form factor. The new form factor is 50 percent smaller than Pico-ITX and it basically fits in the palm of your hand, so this is something that will certainly have a bright future in niche markets.

Windows 7 steals biggest chunk of share from XP

Microsoft's Windows ran to stay in place last month as Window 7's market share gains made up for the largest-ever declines in Windows XP and Vista, data released today by Web metrics firm Net Applications showed.

By Net Applications' numbers, Windows 7's gains were primarily at the expense of Windows XP. For each copy of Vista replaced by Windows 7 during November, more than six copies of XP were swapped for the new OS.

Meanwhile, Apple's Mac OS X lost share during November.

Intel's x57 chipset generation priced up

Intel PM55 is the only chipset supporting Lynnfield processors, which include the current Core i5 and Nehalem-based Core i7 notebook chips. As of now, it is selling for $40 in quantities of 1,000.

Beginning in Q1 2010, Intel plans to launch an additional chipset within the x55 mainstream series (currently just P55) as well we three new x57 chipsets. The HM55 will match the PM55 in regards to price and it will sell for $40 in quantities of 1,000. Overall, this implies that there is not much difference between the two.

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