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Intel’s Ivy Bridge Announcement, 3D Transistors For All…

The CPU battle is once again heating up. Intel’s response to AMD’s earlier announcement of Trinity’s availability is to launch the first of its Ivy Bridge CPU’s. Hot off the production line are a bewildering array of 14 new models.

This new third generation of Core-i Series processors, both the i7 (top end) and i5 (mid-range), receive an updated CPU, the i7’s also include a completely reworked integrated graphics processor. All processors make use of the 3D Transistor technology and all are built on the industry leading 22nm manufacturing process. Putting Intel at least one generation ahead the industry, when it comes to manufacturing processes.

The launch may be a little light on details such as price and actual availability dates, technically called a paper launch, it has however achieved their goal of stealing back the limelight. Intel won’t let AMD have any more than 15 minutes of fame at a time.

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The Commodore Amiga Mini, Amiga Insanity At It’s Very Best…

Commodore USA, the makers of the Über cool retro PC’s has released a mini model. Absent from this model are any styling queues from the Amiga’s of old, but it does carry the brand and logo of the computer many people loved.

Internally the Amiga Mini is PC all the way. With Intel Core-i7, 16GB of Ram and a GeForce GT 430 GPU all sitting atop a Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme motherboard. A 1TB 2.5-inch laptop hard drive is included standard, with the option to switch to an SSD. A slot loading BluRay drive rounds-out the spec. This may actually be the most powerful Amiga every released.

The small 7.5 inch square – 3 inches tall – chassis is constructed entirely of highly polished aluminium with space for two 2.5 inch hard drives internally. Displayed prominently on the front of the case is the Commodore logo, with the Amiga logo front and center, etched into the aluminium itself.

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A New Class of Laptop, ASUS UX31 Ultrabook…

Launched at Computex 2011 the UX31 is part of a new UX Series of laptops from ASUS, also released along side the UX31 was it’s smaller brother the UX21 -11.6 inch screen-. Intels new generation chipset and CPU have allowed power usage and temperatures to drop, essential for this new generation of laptop.

The UX31 and Ultrabook reference design certainly do pack a lot of technology into a sleek and compact design, Intel has tried to make an industry standard model better than the MacBook Air and have generally managed to do just that. The UX31 presented at Computex included a Core i7-2637M –Sandy Bridge CPU– running at 1.7GHz, half the speed of the desktop equivalent. According to ASUS online options will include the cheaper Core i5 as well as the Core i7 CPU as seen in the demonstration models. 4GB of DDR3 Ram is standard along with the SanDisk U100 SATA III SSD, starting at 64GB, options for sizes up to 256GB will also be available. The UX31’s impressive 13.3 inch LED backlight screen boasts 1600×900 resolution, solving the most annoying characteristics of Netbooks, slow speed and low resolution screens. Intel’s anaemic integrated graphics is built into the CPU -keeping power usage down-, which it does very well but at the cost of graphics performance which is still a tad slow, in the same ballpark as most Netbooks. Still there is enough power here to run a second monitor or TV, watch movies and generally plod around as we do.

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