NVIDIA has just released their new top of the line GeForce 8700M GT, just in time to remind you that no matter how cool your new MacBook Pro or Sony VAIO are, you are not the King of the Hill anymore.
Not only that: NVIDIA says that now your Xbox 360’s graphics have been officially overtaken by a notebook GPU, as you can see in the gallery. The new 8700M GT has been first appeared into the Toshiba Dynabook Satellite WXW, which just got announced in Japan.
The 8700M GT has the same 32 Stream Processors of the 8600M GT, but it has increased the frequency of the GPU to 625MHz from 472 MHz. The shader processor has also seen an increase, from 950MHz to 1,250MHz, the same as the memory bus, which now clocks at 800MHz instead of the 700MHz with a maximum 512MB on board.
This new specs push performance quite a bit, jumping from a 7.6 gigatexels per second Texture Fill Rate to reach the 10 gigatexel/s mark. All quite stunning for a mobile graphic chip, matching the performance of some of the best desktop cards last year.
Other than the new graphics processor, the Toshiba Dynabook Satellite WXW is your usual top of the line Santa Rosa laptop. It comes with Core 2 Duo T7300 at 2GHz, 1,680 × 1,050 pixel screen and 120GB hard drive. It also comes with your usual ports plus HDMI out, S/PDIF digital audio and a fingerprint sensor. The NVIDIA 8700M GT, however, comes with just 256MB of RAM.
Good specs, fugly design.
LG has been busy revamping its LCDs lately and the company’s latest model, the 22-inch M228WA, appears to be the star player with am HDMI port and 1080p capability. In addition, the LCD can be easily paired with another display via its USB interface (there’s also DVI). Add to that a speedy 2ms response time and 3,000:1 contrast ratio and you got yourself a mighty fine display (even though we wish it were slightly bigger in screen size).
LG M228WA: 22-inch LCD Monitor with HDMI [PC Launches]
How big does a laptop have to be before it’s just a computer that can fold up? After all, if it’s too heavy and bulky to carry around and, well, use on your lap, then it’s just a desktop computer in a fancy case, right?
That seems to be the case with HP’s new 20-inch (!!) Pavilion HDX Gaming Notebook. Weighing in at an obscene 12 pounds, this thing is far from portable. But hey, it’s not really designed to be. It’s a gaming notebook, so that’s why you’ll get the ludicrously large 20-inch screen, and it’s loaded with hardware to run all your favorite games. It also has a built-in Windows Media remote next to the keyboard as well as an HDMI output if you want to send video to your HDTV. No word on pricing, but this thing is going to be as cheap as it is portable.
Gizmodo, via Mobile Mag
If you have run out of HDMI ports on your flat screen you might want to check out a HDMI switcher. I wrote about the automatic HDMI swithcer yesterday, but here’s another one that lets you hook up 4 different HDMI devices and switch between them with a remote or using the buttons on the unit. The device is only $99 and if you got a
Mac mini Apple TV this one will match the design perfect.
XtremeHD – HDMI Switcher [xtrememac.com]
Well, that rumored upgraded Xbox 360 we told you about a couple of months ago looks like it’s becoming a reality. Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox 360 Elite late last night, a black version of its popular console loaded up with a 120-GB hard drive and HDMI outputs.
It’s set to hit stores on April 29th for $480, which isn’t too much of a price increase for all that extra hard drive space and the improved connection. For you poor schulbs who are now stuck with a suddenly-outdated Xbox, you’ll be able to drop $180 on an external 120-GB hard drive for your older version as well, although that’s kind of an insane price for so little space. The really exciting stuff may be to come, however, as Microsoft is said to be announcing “exciting partnerships” later this week that might turn the Xbox into more of a multimedia hub, really using all that extra space. We’ll have to wait and see about that.
Several news outlets are citing various sources saying Microsoft plans to release the Xbox 360 Elite, a high-end limited edition console that would retail for $479 USD and include an HDMI connector, IPTV capabilities, and a 120GB hard drive.
The Redmond company is not confirming the rumors, although it has been reported that a Microsoft XNA framework developer may have unintentionally confirmed the HDMI functionality in a company forum for the technology.
Still missing from the rumored unit is a built-in HD DVD drive, say sources. While the company has said it plans to eventually build the technology into its consoles, Microsoft is apparently waiting for production costs to come down before it does so.
“It is interesting that Microsoft hasn’t added the HD DVD drive as a permanent feature,” Dean Takahashi of the San Jose Mecury News wrote of the news. “The format war with Blu-ray is still going on, and that drive would add considerable cost.”
The motherboard of the new Xbox 360 would also be redesigned to take advantage of new 65-nanometer technologies, which would also bring down the manufacturing costs of the console. This could open up the door for a price cut before the holidays, and put pressure on rivals Nintendo and Sony.
Analysts say it is unclear whether or not the other consoles would see a price cut immediately as a result of the new model’s unveiling. However, the addition of IPTV would give the Xbox 360 an edge over the PlayStation 3, which does not have the capability but costs more.