That time of year when we bring trees indoors, put up lights and foil, and generally eat and drink too much is just around the corner. It's also the time of year when I'm inundated by requests for gift lists and tech gift ideas.
Well this year, rather than take my usual scatter-gun approach to this most important to topic, I've decided to put together a whole raft of posts for ZDNet covering Holiday gift ideas from different angles.
So far, I've published two posts:
Both these lists are crammed with great hardware upgrade ideas, ranging from a $1,000 Core i7 processor, to $15 RAM modules!
Here's an excerpt:
Core i7 component gallery
The Core i7 processors represents a new era in architecture for Intel. Gone is the LGA 775 socket, instead replaced by the larger Socket LGA 1366.
The Core i7 processors currently come in two flavors and three clock speeds:
- Core i7 920 2.66GHz | Street price: ~$320
- Core i7 940 2.93GHz | Street price: ~$600
- Core i7 965 “Extreme Edition” 3.2GHz | Street price: ~$1,070
With the Core i7 Intel has also reintroduced Hyper-Threading, giving the desktop CPUs the power of eight virtual cores. You also get the brand new X58 chipset and support for DDR3.
How can I put how powerful the Core i7 processors are in context? Well, let's put it this way. the lowest speed Core i7 (the 920) is faster in almost every benchmark than the previous CPU speed-king, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770.
I'll be posting more lists over the coming days, so stay tuned!