HP Pavilion p6710f for $390

If you are looking for a fairly decent desktop system, and you happen to be near a Micro Center store, you should look into the HP Pavilion p6710f that’s on sale for just $390. The p6710f is powered by AMD Athlon™ II 640, a quad core processor.

It comes with 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM, 1 TB 7,200 RPM hard drive, an ATI RadeonTM HD 4200 display card, and powered by Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). You can review all the details of the p6710f at Micro Center’s website. I think it’s a great deal.

I would get this if I were looking into buying a new system, but I already own a AMD Athlon™ II 640 system. I could use more memory and a better graphics card, but this system for the price is a great deal.

Google, AMD and Apple Beat The Market

When three Silicon Valley companies beat market expectations in the same quarter, there is good cause for optimism in Santa Clara County. Google, AMD and Apple all beat market expectations last quarter. Google had an excellent quarter. AMD had a better quarter than expected. And Apple’s stock smashed through the $300 dollar barrier.

Does the good news translate to business finally picking up in the Valley? Not sure if it does. With the unemployment rate at 12%, any positive news is a welcome change. It depends if firms begin to hire once again. When hiring begins, things can really start to look up once again. In the meantime, let’s just wait and see.

AMD Phenom II X6 Processors

I upgraded my desktop to the AMD Phenom II X4 620 chip in January for just $99. Today, AMD released a six-core processor starting at $199. From ZDNet:

AMD released today its first six-core processors for desktops, only a few weeks after Intel released its first six-core desktop chip. Unlike Intel’s “Gulftown,” which is available in limited quantities and costs more than $1,000 in retail, AMD’s “Thuban” processors start at around $200. AMD claims computer makers should be able to build complete desktops with Phenom II X6 chips for about the same price as the Core i7-980X Extreme alone.

The two new processors are the 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 1055T, which costs $199, and the 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, which is $295. (With the Black Edition processors, you can overclock not only the CPU, but also other parts of the system, to further boost performance.) In addition to the six-core processor, this new high-end platform includes a supporting chipset, the 890GX, and Radeon HD 5000 series DirectX 11 GPUs. AMD refers to this platform as Leo. The Phenom II X6 can also be used as a drop-in upgrade in any AM2+ or AM3 motherboard.

If you are looking to upgrade soon, consider AMD’s Thuban processors. They can be used with your existing AM2+ or AM3 motherboard. Excellent value for the price.

AMD Phenom

Advanced Micro Devices next generation quad-core desktop processor will be called the Phenom. The Phenom line of processors promises to be energy efficient with a boost of performance by minimizing the distance where data travels within the processor. It will be available in the second half of this year. AMD will also offer an eight-core platform called “FASN8” pronounced “fascinate” sometime in 2008 by pairing two quad-core processors. Meanwhile, Intel announced last week a new line Centrino processors.

The tech industry need both companies to thrive. Competition forces innovation and competitive pricing. I wish we had this across all sectors of the tech industry.

Linux World 2005

I went to Linux World 2005 Exhibition today. The usual big companies were there like HP, Sun, IBM, AMD, Oracle and Sybase. Linux giants Redhat and Novell were also present along with a few companies with smaller Linux distributions.

I was a bit disappointed since I expected a bit more. Missing were the popular Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, TurboLinux and Mandriva companies. Where are you guys? It was nice to see MySQL. I expected a bit more Linux gadgets, but there were few and far between. The big companies clearly dominated the Linux World Exhibition. They had the largest and best spots on the floor.

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