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Dell reveals its Intel 3rd generation computers

Dell XPS 8500, Vostro 470 Specs and Pricing: Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge processors

The American based computer systems manufacturing company Dell has again surprised us with its newest range of systems which house the latest Intel’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors.

As we know Intel recently released their Ivy Bridge processors later in April which contain 3-D transistors and are of 22nm architecture. Getting a PC with these processors will certainly future-proof you at least till the next year and Ivy Bridge also boast of a 20% performance improvements over its predecessors Sandy Bridge.

Although there are only desktops available now from Dell which features Intel’s 3rd generation processors. Dell will soon start manufacturing laptops and notebooks with Ivy Bridge processors. If you want a high performance desktop right now you had better go with Dell because their prices are really cheap for the average consumer.

The two desktops are the Dell XPS 8500 and the Dell Vostro 470. Here are the specs and pricing of XPS 8500 and Vostro 470.


Dell XPS 8500:

Dell XPS 8500 specs and pricing

·  3rd Generation Intel Quad Core i5 and  i7 processor options:

o    Intel Quad Core i5 3450

o    Intel Quad Core i7 3770

·         Powerful AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics options:

o    1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640

o    1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570

·         Configure with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory (4GB standard); 4 DIMM Slots

·         Configure with up to 3TB 8.89 cm 7200RPM HDD (1TB standard); optional HDD and SSD configurations up to 3TB + 256GB mSATA SSD

·         DVD drive with optional Blu-Ray Combo drive for advanced entertainment

·         Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate options

·         Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

·         Bluetooth 4.0 with Wi-Fi card; optional WLAN combo card (802.11n + BT 4.0)

·         Integrated 7.1 Surround Sound

·         (4) USB 3.0 + (6) USB 2.0 PowerShare; RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, 19-in-1 media card reader

·         Available in White with Chrome trim

Vostro 470:

Dell vostro 470 specs and pricing

·         3rd Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options

·         Powerful AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics options:

o    NVIDIA GeForce GT 620

o    1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570 DDR5

·         4 DIMM Slots capable of expanding upto 32GB 1600Mhz memory

·         Support for 2 storage drives with up to 2TB 8.89 cm 7200RPM HDD

·         DVDRW drive

·         Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 7 Professional optional

·         Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

·         Bluetooth 4.0 with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) card

·         Integrated 7.1 Surround Sound

·         (4) USB 3.0 + (6) USB 2.0 PowerShare; RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, 19-in-1 media card reader

·         350W power supply


The XPS 8500 starts at Rs. 53,000/- (excluding taxes) and Vostro 470 starts at Rs. 44,900 (excluding taxes).


By buying these desktops you save a lot of money on your electricity bills, hehe not really, but these processors are very energy efficient and does not consume a lot of power. A small warning for pros out there, please don’t overclock your Ivy Bridge processors as there are reports on the web that they run hot compared to the Sandy bridge processors when overclocked. Also if you like living on the Bleeding edge buying Intel’s 3rd generation desktops will certainly not be a bad choice for you!

So what are your thoughts? Will you buy these chics or go with the good old Sandy Bridge processors instead, comment and let us know your thoughts.

USB 3.0 to power a new era


AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is all set to release its new USB 3.0 integrated chipsets this year. USB 3.0 is codenamed SuperSpeed USB. It was rumored that AMD will release its USB 3.0 functionality in the Hudson D1 Laptops but the latest news from CNET suggests that AMD will incorporate USB 3.0 in its A75 and A70M Fusion chipsets.

USB 3.0 Enabled

The computers you are using today, be it a desktop, laptop or a notebook, all are powered with USB 2.0 ports! USB 2.0 has been with us from over a decade now. It has already become outdated in the industry, and with the new generation’s increasing demands USB 3.0 has come to rescue us. With improved speed and quality, here is a short featurelist what USB 3.0 has got new for us: 

USB 3.0 10 Speed

→ USB 3.0 offers a bidirectional throughput speed of upto 10 times faster compared to the USB 2.0. Now that is some significant increase.

→ USB 3.0 has a power increase too, giving out an awesome 900mA compared to 500mA in USB 2.0.

→ USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 i.e. it can also be used with USB 2.0 devices. USB 3.0 Hi-SpeedAlthough intel is rumored to release its Thunderbolt (Interface for connecting peripheral devices to a computer) integrated chipsets in the early 2012, it is not yet confirmed and maybe further delayed which would mean a lot of waiting time. As for the good news AMD is talking with Renesas Electronics to fabricate and release their USB 3.0 enabled chipset anytime in the fourth-quarter of this year. Already two major companies, Renesas and Fresco Logic are producing USB 3.0 enabled host controllers certified by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum). If AMD does manage to ship out the new chipsets housing USB 3.0 ports, it would be a bad news for intel as that would mean more AMD sales and less intel sales!

USB 3.0 Devices Please comment as to how you feel about the new 3.0 in the market! Do you think intel will again manage to outrun its rival AMD or this time AMD will emerge as a winner?

Truly Interactive, Futuristic TV by Intel


We all know the future; they’ve shown it to us in a thousand different ways in a thousand different Sci-Fi flicks, and the basic takeaway is a simple fact: super interactive personal technology. Robots to get us juice and vacuum the house, automatic cars to take verbal orders from us and drive on their own, and many more innovative little solutions.

Those days are far away, but a step in that direction would be a TV that understands what we want to watch, something that schedules shows for us, without us reminding or prompting it. Also, a TV that presents us the advertisements that fit our individual demographic well. After all, ads pay for media, and a smart TV that knows what users want, is a smart choice for brands to advertise. This concept is not just an idea, in fact there is work being done on it as we speak, by none other than semiconductor giant Intel.

Intel’s main job is to make the processors that power the numerous gadgets around us, right from PCs, laptops and also loads of embedded systems like smart treadmills etc. This concept, of a smart interactive television, is one of the newer projects being researched at the Intel labs.

To explain what’s going on in their minds in a nutshell, the experience begins with a set-top-box, which identifies consumer presence based on wireless communication with their cell phone, smart phone, or MID. The set top box can then personalize itself to the user, displaying a personalized list of content, selected from broadcast television, prerecorded content, and streaming media. This list is tailored  using information gathered from the devices that users interact with continuously throughout the day: their PC, their set-top-box, and their mobile device. Working together, these devices can understand user habits, what users are doing, what users are interested in, and how much time users have in their schedule.

This same information can be used to select advertisements that would be the most informative and interesting to consumers. That makes sense as the wants and needs of individuals these days are quite vast. The overall result is an experience that more closely matches user interests and lifestyle.

Moving on to technical data, Intel execs Jim Rattner And Eric Kim spoke at last year’s IDF, unveiling the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest system-on-chip (SoC) in a family of consumer electronics (CE) media processors; they also announced efforts with several key industry players including Adobe, CBS, Cisco and TransGaming which help make the vision of interactive TV a reality in the short-term.

With the massive amount of TV content delivered digitally today and in the future, personalization is critical. TV Network CBS developed a TV Widget, or small Internet application, to help viewers find and connect to premium content in a more customized manner. TV Widgets are made possible by the performance of Intel CE media processors and Widget Channel, a software development framework.

Source: Tech2