Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Yet Dell can move its $999+ XPS 13 Ultrabook because it straddles the line drawn between the corporate and consumer sectors. “Half the sales of the XPS 13 are coming from enterprise [large corporate] customers. That’s a lot of its success,” Burd said. “We can load a company’s image on the system, we can put custom BIOS settings on the system, an asset tag so they can track it.”

A fresh report suggests that it will be carved out by disabling an entire graphics processing cluster (GPC) on the GK104 silicon, resulting in a CUDA core count of 1152; reducing the memory bus width of 192-bit GDDR5; and most likely reducing the ROP count to 24. This SKU could be used to capture a price point of around US $249, targeting AMD’s Radeon HD 7800 series.

The Monster 1.0 isn’t just about stuffing the latest and greatest parts into a small form factor. Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor is socket compatible with Sandy Bridge chips, and since there are no dual-core IVB offerings right now Eurocom offers the Monster with either dual-core SNB or quad-core IVB—though you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the quad-core IVB option it seems. Since it uses the updated HM76 chipset, you also get native USB 3.0 ports.

Because there was such a large savings difference with the AMD Opteron™ processor Model 6220, we decided to do what most customers would do: super-size their configuration choices. AMD was already 25 percent faster in performance, so adding faster processors might not make sense. But what about doubling the memory and adding more drives? We wanted to also make sure that this server was reliable so we added a RAID controller. Now, if customers are putting a RAID controller in their server, they will want more than one hard drive, so let’s make it three hard drivers so that you can do RAID 5

Notebook makers are anticipating the launch of the next generation of MacBook Pros and apparently are planning their product strategy around Apple’s success or failure. Digitimes reports that notebook manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Asustek will follow Apple’s lead, but only if Apple sees a positive reaction from customers.