News Bits: ThinkPad X300 Brochure Leaked, Firefox 3 Beta, ATI HD 3870 Graphics in March

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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 to arrive in March

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An AMD roadmap shows that the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 graphics card will be launched in March. Given that the desktop ATI Radeon HD 3870 is comparable to the Nvidia 8800, the Mobility Radeon HD 3870 should at least challenge the Nvidia GeForce 8800M-GTS graphics card.

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Lenovo X300 product brochure leaked

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A product brochure for the ThinkPad X300 has been leaked and is available for viewing. coverage of the X300

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Dell XPS M1730 gets Penryn option

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Dell has updated its flagship XPS M1730 gaming notebook with the new Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn 45nm CPU options. The base processor is now the 2.4GHz T8300; upgrade options include the T9300 for $125, the older T7800 for $400, and the X7900 Extreme Edition for $750. Of all the CPU options, the T8300 and T9300 are the most sensible choices. Dell has not yet given the M1730 the new Penryn X9000 option; it should be available soon from Intel. review for the XPS M1730
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Intel, Nokia introduce seamless WiFi switching

Intel and Nokia have introduced a concept that is not new but extremely useful. The technology will allow for seamless switching between a variety of wireless networks, most notably between WiFi and WiMAX. When the wireless signal gets weak, the software switches over and connects to the WiMAX network, taking with it the data streams currently going over the WiFi.

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Firefox 3 Beta available

Mozilla has released the Firefox 3 Beta for download. It has architectural changes which should speed up web browsing by making page rendering faster, added personalization features, and better downloading. Increased security is another improvement. Mozilla says the Beta is not for casual users; the full release is expected later this year.

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Gaming performance difference between Core 2 Duo T5450/T9300

How much of a performance gain is there by going from a budget Core 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz) to a high-end Penryn T9300 (2.5GHz) in gaming? The results are mixed. Crysis does not benefit a whole lot from the increased CPU power as the game is limited by the GPU. However, for World in Conflict, a game that greatly depends on the available CPU power, the difference is quite drastic – average framerates go from 26 frames per second with the T5450 to 40 frames per second with the T9300 and a GPU overclock.

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