Dell Introduces Server With 96 CPU Cores

From PC World: Dell on Monday introduced a server that can accommodate up to 96 CPU cores -- a big boost in the computational power provided by its hardware.

The Dell PowerEdge C6145 is one of the fastest servers the company has ever introduced, said Armando Acosta, a PowerEdge-C product manager at Dell. The server includes two four-socket nodes for up to eight 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 series processors.

Apple mulls turning MobileMe into film, music hub

From CNET MobileMe is an online storage locker, a service that enables users to keep calendars, address books, and e-mail on Apple's servers. In the future, Apple could turn the service into an entertainment and media hub, where users maintain their digital music and video libraries, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

MobileMe costs $99 annually to use, but Apple may turn it into a free service, the Journal report.

Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1

From DailyTech: Samsung teased its replacement for the original Galaxy S back in mid-January, but the company today made its announcement official. The company pulled the wraps off the Galaxy S II.

The Galaxy S II -- like most new high-end smartphones being introduced in 2011 -- incorporates a new dual core processor (running at 1GHz). In addition, the phone supports HSPA+ and has dual cameras (8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera for video conferencing).

Sony Playstation Phone Leads Shiny New Android Trio

From DailyTech: Today at the Mobile World Conference 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, Sony Ericsson took the wraps off three new Android smartphones. Sony (Ericsson), as you may recall, recently dropped out of the top five in global smartphone market share. Takings its place were Apple and Chinese Android phone vendor ZTE (RIM was also bumped from the top five).

AMD Plans Extremely Rapid Transition to New Micro-Architectures

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices seems to be planning extremely rapid transition of its desktop microprocessors to 32nm silicon-on-insulator fabrication process, a person with knowledge of the matter said. By the second quarter of 2012 virtually all AMD processors will be made using 32nm SOI technology and be based on new designs.

Fujitsu and Oracle Extend Relationship, SPARC Collaboration

From X-bit Labs: Fujitsu and Oracle this week announced that they are strengthening a multi-decade partnership with the extension of their SPARC development relationship, an expansive, new product distribution agreement and a commitment to further joint engineering, marketing and sales promotion efforts.

What do you think of Nokia's partnership with Microsoft?

A match made in heaven.
30% (44 votes)
As long as they keep Windows Phone 7 the way it is.
57% (85 votes)
Screw WP7, Symbian/Maemo/MeeGo for the win.
13% (20 votes)
Total votes: 149

Intel Core i5-2500K Review (Page 1 of 11)

We have a little song we sing here at APH Networks. It goes along with the tune of Taio Cruz's Dynamite radio hit that plays every five minutes on every North American popular music station. "I put my foot down to the floor sometimes / Saying VTEC / Just kicked in yo. / I want to mount my laser jammers on / Saying VTEC / Just kicked in yo." (Which replaces the chorus, "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes...") I put my foot down to the floor sometimes. If you look at the products Intel has been spewing out to the mainstream and enthusiast markets in the past five years or so, "foot to the floor" is a pretty good description with regards to the incredible performance you are getting for the money, as compared to computer equipment in general, say, just ten years ago. When we reviewed the Intel Core i5-750 quad core desktop processor last year, its performance easily eclipsed the king of the hill $1000 Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 released just a couple of years before. For $200. More than a year after the release of Lynnfield Core i5 and i7 processors, Intel is back again with their latest release of code named "Sandy Bridge" processors. The bad news is that the traditional overclocking method by raising the processor's base clock does not work with second generation Core CPUs, because the new CPUs use a single clock generator controlling the speed of all electrical buses. The good news is, if you are willing to pay an extra $10 and give up business oriented features such as Intel TXT and Intel VT-d, the company will happily sell you a K edition processor with an unlocked multiplier up to 57x. With your mom, your uncle, your next door neighbor and just about everyone else hitting at least 4.5GHz for some Core i7-980X smoking performance (Well, and two less cores, but how many do you really need anyway?) at a fraction of the price, my advice to you is to get your credit card out and ready right about... now. Possibly your car keys, if you are going retail. Still not convinced? That's okay. We have eleven pages of geek talk coming up for you next. Actually, just a slight update since I wrote everything before this sentence prior January 31st, you might just need to wait a bit on Intel's now infamous P67 bug, since you can't buy any LGA 1155 boards right now.

View: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor review

SilverStone Precision PS05 Review (Page 1 of 4)

In the past few weeks here at APH Networks, there has been quite a few articles on SilverStone products. Many users who have followed along would have noticed we had gone through two separate articles on SilverStone products alone over the past month or so. Today, we are finally on our the last of our trio, and plan to go out with a bang. (Not literally. We're not blowing anything up.) We chose the biggest object to review out of the three, just to give it the incremental quality -- or at least quantity -- vibe. SilverStone is well known for their excellence in the computing field, with products ranging from fans such as the SilverStone Air Penetrator SST-AP121-L, power supplies such as the SilverStone Strider Gold ST75F-G 750W, as well as cases such as the Precision PS05 we are reviewing today. Just imagine how many articles we could go through in a year. Anywho, for our final part of the SilverStone trio of articles, we chose to end it off with a case. The SilverStone Precision PS05 is the newest revision of the Precision series. Although it is the value line for SilverStone, even the value series promises "thoughtful details from high-end chassis designs", according to the manufacturer. That is one bold statement to make for such a product in its intended market, but we trust SilverStone knows what they are talking about, since they are known for making excellent stuff in this area. So let us dive right into this review, and see how well this case implements "details from high-end chassis designs".

View: SilverStone Precision PS05 Computer Case review

Asustek 2010 Earnings Signal Notebook Strength

From PC World: Asustek Computer's revenue for 2010 grew 29 percent over the previous year, largely on the strength of traditional laptop computer sales, the world's sixth-largest PC maker said on Friday.

The Taiwanese company hopes tablet PCs, barely a blip in its books last year, will make a bigger mark in 2011, while netbook computers are expected to hold at current sales levels.


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