Intel is set to roll out its latest generation of processors sometime this spring. By normal standards, the launch should mark a new "tick" in the company's product roadmap, but Intel is going beyond just shrinking the current 32nm Sandy Bridge die by introducing some fundamental advancements with its new 22nm process. We'll recap some of the major changes and practical implications, while also bringing you up to speed on the latest developments, including expected launch lineup and specs.
AMD's latest generation GPU series is really starting to take shape now. Having been blown away by the performance of the Radeon HD 7900 series and then let down by the steep pricing of the HD 7700 series, we are keen to see what AMD has to offer with the new HD 7800 series. Today marks the release of the "Pitcairn" GPUs which make up the the Radeon HD 7800 series, which consists of two GPUs: the Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850, designed to occupy the ample $200 to $400 range.
The release last week of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been an interesting one for Microsoft. Users are trying to figure out the Metro interface as well as the desktop UI. One thing that users have missed is the familiar Start menu in the desktop environment. We got a chance to ask Stardock CEO Brad Wardell some questions about Start8, how he feels about Windows 8 in general, whether or not Stardock will make more Windows 8 apps and products, and more.
Windows 8 CP cracked 1 million downloads shortly after launching last Wednesday and I'm sure many of you have tried it already. Whether you went with a dual-boot, upgrade, clean install or virtual machine, if you're coming from Windows 7 you'll notice significant changes immediately, while others may not be as obvious. With change comes good and bad -- at least until you learn some tricks that get you back up to speed. Here's a shortlist of shortcuts and useful quick tricks I've gathered thus far.