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Core i3 listed in all its glory

A Canadian retailer is listing Intel's upcoming Core i3 530 for $152.

The processor is clocked at 2993MHz, has 2 x 256Kb of L2 cache and 4MB of L3, 733MHz graphics and a 22x multiplier. Of course, it's an LGA 1156 part, but at 73W its TDP is rather high for a 32nm processor.

Bear in mind that this is the slowest Core i3 Intel plans to launch. The rest of the series will feature higher clocks in both the CPU and graphics department, as well as hyperthreading and Turbo features.

HP spills beans on upcoming Radeons

Engadget has scooped up several leaked HP slides detailing new Pavilion all-in-ones and, more interestingly, AMD's upcoming HD 5570 and HD 5350 graphics cards.

The HD 5350, codenamed Evora Cedar, will feature 1GB of memory and HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors and it will ship January 7. The somewhat more interesting HD 5570 Jaguar will pack up to 2GB of memory and drop VGA in favor of DisplayPort. The availability date is January 20.

The HD 5350 will send HD 4350 and HD 4550 parts into retirement, while the HD 5570 should replace HD 4650, HD 4670 and to some extend HD 4770 cards.

Nvidia preparing Geforce 315 desktop rebrand

A week and a half ago, news hit the internet that Nvidia had launched its first Geforce 300-series desktop card, which garnered hopes from its massive consumer base that it was preparing to unveil the full next-generation series over the next few months. Unfortunately, the unveiling of the “behemoth” Geforce G 310 was overhyped too quickly, as prospective consumers and media analysts alike soon realized it to be a simple rebranded, refreshed version of the Geforce G 210 marketed for OEM distributors.

Seagate intros its first SSD

Seagate has finally joined the SSD club and unveiled the Pulsar, an SLC-based enterprise class drive.

The Pulsar is a 2.5-inch drive, it's 7mm thick and it will ship in three capacities ranging from 50GB, through 100GB to 200GB. While most SSD makers opt for 40GB and 160GB drives, Samsung took the road less traveled and added a few more chips in the mix. The drives are based on Samsung's chips and their capacity is, in fact, somewhat higher, but Samsung reserved 20 percent of it for redundancy.

Chrome OS goes 64-bit

Google's Chrome OS has been the darling of open source developers for a while, and now it just got a bit more serious.

ChromeiumOS64 is a new Chrome project with 64-bit support and it should offer a bit more potential for more serious use on proper, 64-bit CPUs. In addition to 64-bit support, ChromeiumOS64 also features Xen hypervisor! and allows users to run virtual machines on Linux or even Windows.

Microsoft loses font war in China

Microsoft has suffered a blow behind the bamboo curtain after a Chinese court ordered versions of Windows with a particular typeface withdrawn from sale.

Vole had an agreement with Chinese technology company, Zhongyi Electronic, which designs Chinese character fonts. However the court said that Vole violated the scope of licensing agreements and will have to stop selling its Chinese versions of its Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and Windows XP.

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.

Pirates get innovative on Windows 7

Chinese pirates are doing something that Microsoft didn't – they are starting to peddle versions of Windows 7 on a USB stick.

The Netac U208 8GB USB drives preloaded with Windows 7 are being sold for 98 yuan, or about $14, according to the Chinese website 163. The drive, ironically with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's signature on the outside was being flogged in Shenzhen.

PC games sales slump 38%

According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, 2009 was a horrible year for the gaming industry, as October sales plummeted 38 percent year-on-year.

PC retail sales in October went down to $27 million, but as always there is a catch. It appears Pachter's numbers did not include e-tail sales or online distribution sales. In contrast, console games were down 18 percent, from last year's $698 million to $573 million.

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