Hardware 8 - Many CPUs, Dream PCs and mobile gaming

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November 5, 2009 // 6:17 p.m.

Tags: #965 #alienware #amd #c3-stepping #cpus #dream-pcs #hardware #i7-930 #i9 #intel #m17x #podcast #processors #six-core #via-nano #windows-7

We're back with another Hardware Podcast - so good it's spelled in capitals. Rich, Harry and Clive get together to talk about all the hot (and just power-efficient) hardware of the last fortnight. Tune in to hear what we think of Intel's Atom (clue - it's not very good, is it?) VIA's new Nano processor and news on what Intel's up to.
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We kick off with a chat about Dream PCs, as our sister-mag Custom PC has published its annual Dream PC group test (the issue is in UK shops now, hint hint). We challenge the best PC builders in the UK to deliver the most innovative and exciting PC they can make, and the results are usually spectacular. This year was no exception, as you can see from the Dream PC videos. Let us know what you'd like to see from a Dream PC in the comments thread below.

We also talk about the Alienware M17x gaming laptop which we kind of like. We can't wait to see the M15x, it's little brother, and its Core i7 Mobile CPU.

Talking of CPUs, Rich tested and reviewed AMD's Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition C3-stepping processor the other day. We're pretty impressed by what AMD has managed to do just with a stepping revision, but has the 965 BE got the speed to match Intel's Core i5-750?

This episode is CPU-tastic, with discussion of Intel's forthcoming Core i7-930 and six-core Core iSomething. We're also pretty impressed with VIA's claims about it's new Nano CPU - come on VIA, how about a working sample for review this time? :D

Harry has also found out that Windows 7 can make even nettops good. You'll have to wait until Saturday to read the review, but listen in and you can get a sneak preview. Well, not that sneak, obviously, this is a globally available, non-restricted podcast...

Send your guesses of what hardware we're describing to podcast [at] custompc.co.uk (with the subject line Hardware 8) to be in with a chance of winning a game from Good Old Games.

Thanks as always to Shure (they haven't let us down yet), and to Brad Sucks for the tune. See below for ways to get the podcast.
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