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Intel Core i9 Benched: Six Cores of Pure Joy

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.

Dirt cheap netbooks ready for Black Friday

$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's Shattered Horizon is great

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.

Windows 8 in 2012?

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.

Geforce 195.55 WHQL-candidate drivers released

A few hours ago, Nvidia released its first drivers to support GPU-acceleration in the prerelease of Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1, making it easier to view full screen online HD video from sites like YouTube, Vimeo and Hulu at significantly smoother frame rates.

Radeon HD 5970 sold out in a day

ATI partners have told Fudzilla that they received decent quantities of dual-chip Radeon HD 5970 cards, but due to heavy pre-orders and huge interest, they sold out all they had in matter of hours. Some additional cards might show up tomorrow or Monday, but it looks like partners can't provide enough cards to meet demand.

ATI releases Catalyst 9.11 WHQL

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.

NVIDIA Fun Photo of the Week

Fun Photo of the Week: GF100 (the first GeForce GPU based on the Fermi architecture) running the Unigine Heaven DX11 benchmark!

IBM Simulates A Cat's Brain -- With 147,000 CPUs

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."

Server Cool-Bags Could Cut Costs By 93 Percent

Technology developed by Iceotope, that wraps server components in synthetic modules of coolant, has been described by experts as "game changing"

UK company Iceotope has launched liquid-cooling technology, which it says surpasses what is achievable with purely water-based systems and could help cut data centre cooling costs from $788,400 (£469,446) to just $52,560.

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