Rock adds Intel's Q9000 quad-core chip to its Xtreme 780 gaming laptop


There are very few true PC gamers that’ll willingly buy a laptop over a desktop, primarily because the performance-price difference is so great. Rock’s just added an Intel Q9000 chip to its flagship gaming laptop – the Xtreme 780, but I suspect the majority of gamers out there simply won’t care.

It’s not even that great a machine. Quad-core aside, the 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS is merely adequate, the 2GB of memory will look very meagre before the end of 2009, and a 250GB hard drive is considerably less than most gamers will need. For £1700, which is what the Xtreme 780 costs, you could make two desktop PCs that outspec this laptop.

Asus launches quad-core gaming laptop – claims 'fastest in the UK'


Asus has just announced the UK’s first quad-core gaming laptop, claiming it’s the fastest gaming laptop that money can buy. It’s got an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor running at 2.53GHz, 4GB of RAM, a Geforce 9700M graphics card, and a pair of 250GB hard drives in RAID-0.

The beast packs a 17″ screen, with 1920×1200 resolution, and a smaller ‘VFD’ display too, which can show email notifications and framerates while in-game. It’s got a 2 megapixel webcam, 802.11n wireless, HDMI and eSATA ports, 2.1 speakers and a subwoofer, and ‘programmable chassis lighting’…

Acer Aspire PREDATOR – Quad-Core, SLI, RAID and the all-important flashing blue LEDs

Acer’s upcoming Aspire PREDATOR desktop line-up is all based around specs. It’s for people who like specs, know their specs and can tell you what the clock speed of their computer’s RAM is and the average temperature of their CPU. And the brand of the glue adhering the CPU to the motherboard. And the type of motherboard. And the PSU capacity. You get the idea.

The PREDATOR (their capital letters, not mine for once) comes in a “deep metallic copper coloured housing perfectly representing the power it encloses,” with the moving front masking a DVD and Blu-ray burner. Here’s what a PC with a moving front looks like:


It looks INSANE. Acer’s Easy-swap technology lets you pop open the front and remove the Serial ATA hard drives…

AMD announces triple core Phenom processors


Yes, I know that we’re already looking at quad core processors and beyond, but AMD hopes that its Phenom triple core offering will encourage the mainstream adoption of processors more powerful than the popular dual core chips, without breaking the bank.

The new Phenom X3 models include the 2.1GHz 8400, 2.3GHz 8600, 2.1GHz 8450, 2.3GHz 8650, and 2.4GHz 8750, arriving over the coming months…