Prices for DRAM are finally evening out after a period where manufacturers were demanding so much that suppliers couldn't manage to get enough chips to them.
Nanya Technology spokesperson Pei-lin Pai said that the shortage in the contract market was over. He said that PC OEMs can get enough from their contract market suppliers and were not having to buy from the more expensive spot market. Pai said that this had lead to a reduction in the price of DRAM chips, even if the amount of DRAM out there was not particularly high yet.
On paper, the Core i9 might not sound that exciting: It's a lot like the Core i7, except built with a 32nm fabrication process and two extra cores, for a total of six. Early benchmarks, though, say it flies. Sometimes.
The i9 doesn't extract significant advantages from its pumped core count (which brings processing thread count up to 12) in a lot of day to day tasks, so don't expect to see an increase in game performance, Windows startup speed or other single-core optimized tasks. It's when you start rendering video or doing 3D modeling—tasks that are suited to parallelization—that the i9 flexes its muscles.
$199 or $149, lower if you're lucky. Months prior to the original Eee PC launch, IT hacks were talking about sub-$200 netbooks that could change computing on the go for peanuts.
Of course, as soon as vendors realized they could make money on these toys, the market degenerated into showroom for nearly identical, overpriced netbooks based on Intel's brilliant yet very boring Atom CPU. Two years and a recession later, consumers will finally be able to get a brand new Atom netbook at just $199, courtesy of Black Friday.
Futuremark has already issued a new patch for its first game, the Shattered Horizon. We had a chance to try it out and we must confess that Futuremark did a great job with this multiplayer FPS and the "zero gravity" is even more fun than on paper.
Steven Sinofsky may not be talking about Microsoft's future Windows plans, but the Windows Server team appears to see more value in letting customers know its road map.
In at least two slides apparently shown at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft suggests that a major release update to Windows Server is due around 2012, with one of the slides confirming the Windows 8 code name.
In addition to claiming support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, ATI has released a new version of its Catalyst drivers in order to fully support that same feature. The new driver supports Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 series graphics cards as well as Radeon HD 4200 and 3000 series IGPs.
The new Catalyst 9.11 features 8.671 display drivers and should bring GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta. This features is limited to HD 5800, 5700 and HD 4000 series of products. The new driver also comes with high quality downscaling for video transcoding MSE and a bunch of other minor fixes.
The new driver can be found here.
Fun Photo of the Week: GF100 (the first GeForce GPU based on the Fermi architecture) running the Unigine Heaven DX11 benchmark!
Someone needs to alert Bill Joy -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) scientists, using an ultra-powerful supercomputer, have just replicated the cerebral cortex of your average house cat.
At the SC09 supercomputing conference in Portland, Ore., this week, Big Blue announced that it has made "significant progress" toward creating a computer that simulates a living organism's brain with abilities of sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition. Best of all, perhaps, is that IBM said such a computer system could rival "the brain's low power and energy consumption and compact size."
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