GeForce GTX 550 Ti redefines PC gaming

On March 21, 2011, in Gaming, Hardware, by Costea

The GTX 550 Ti unit is the latest product from the range of GPUs for consumers based on NVIDIA Fermi, designed for DirectX 11 to deliver an impressive performance. It offers a new price / performance for the PC gaming segment, keeping low acoustics and a minimal power consumption.

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Apple has given the MacBook a much needed upgrade to its specs. The processor jumps from 2.13GHz to 2.26 GHz, the HDD from 160GB to 250GB, while the 2GB of DDR2 RAM has been swapped for the same amount of slightly faster DDR3 memory. Visible changes include a new rubber bottom, glass multitouch trackpad, LED backlighting to go with its 13.3-inch display and a non-removable built-in seven hour battery which has already been seen on the MacBook Pro.


Since the UK Apple store has just re-opened, we can now report that the new pricing for the above MacBook will be £799 which isn’t bad at all considering all the new premium features you’ll be getting.


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Micro-Star Int’l (MSI) has announced their latest Core i7-equipped MSI GT640 15.4-inch gaming laptop. Along with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, the GT640 also features strong specs which has allowed the Taiwan-based company to temporaily claim the title as the world’s most powerful gaming notebook.


Onboard the GT640 is a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 1GB dedicated video card, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive storage, and a built-in DVD burner or Blu-ray drive. Other notables include a two megapixel webcam, HDMI, 7.1 channel audio output and an eSATA input. No info on pricing yet however given that it will come with Windows 7 Home Premium, its likely release date would probably be after the 22nd of this month.


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Acer has recently introduced their latest Predator gaming computer, the Aspire G.


More precisely known as the ASG7710-A41, its specs will be most appreciated by those who needed it, gamers! Offering a Core i7-950 @ 3.06GHz CPU, 6GB of DDR3 RAM (up to 12GB), an Intel X58 Express Chipset, 1TB of SATA HDD @ 7200rpm, two Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 (1GB of VRAM), a Blu-ray disc drive, as well as 11 USB 2.0 ports, 2 eSATA ports, a multi-card reader, 4 DVI-D ports and finally a two Gigabit Ethernet. The Aspire G will run on Windows Vista Home Premium (64bit), and also comes with the G15 keyboard and the G9 Laser mouse.

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Since Acer acquired Gateway and Packard Bell along with it, Packard Bell’s PC lineup has been relaunched with a touch of Acer inspiration. Not surprisingly so has Packard Bell’s high end ixtreme computer package.


The new ixtreme, high performance PC will have processor choices of – AMD Phenom X4 II, Core 2 Quad or Core i7 all on offer. Memory wise, up to 12GB of RAM and 3TB of storage and Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 for up to 1GB of graphics memory.

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Apart from netbooks which are gaining a substantial popularity over regular sized laptops in the recent years. Gaming laptops have also been popular, most likely because of their advantage in being able to move abouts whenever necessary. What we have below are two of the latest gaming laptops revealed by Acer and Clevo at the CeBIT this year.



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Exactly like the spy shot which got leaked during the end of last month, Apple has now official released the latest updated version of the Mac Mini. The refreshed Mac mini continues to sport a 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inch footprint. On its backplane the Mac mini now sports two video interfaces, a Mini DisplayPort, for connecting to Apple’s 24-inch LED Cinema Display, and a mini-DVI connector, for attaching to industry-standard DVI displays. Like the image we showed before, the new Mini now has five USB 2.0 interfaces, up from three on the previous-generation model, along with a FireWire 800 jack, replacing the FireWire 400 interface. It also sports Gigabit Ethernet, audio line in and audio line out ports.


Under the Apple shell, both the basic and “stepped up” new Mac mini models will sport 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 3MB shared L2 cache. Both systems feature Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, which are the same graphics that are featured on Apple’s MacBook laptop line. Apple claims that this enables the Mac mini to produce 3D graphics at up to five times the rate of the model it’s replacing; the previous-generation Mac mini was the last Apple product to ship with Intel GMA 950 graphics. Both models also feature 8x slot-loading “SuperDrives” capable of burning DVD media. They have AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR built in, as well.

While the basic model will cost $599, the $799 model steps up with 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, twice the RAM as the base model. It also gains a larger Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive with 320GB of memory, versus 120GB on the basic $599 version. Of course, build-to-order options are still available and this includes a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB RAM, 80GB, 250GB or 320GB hard disk drives.

[via Gizmodo]