Atom CPU Price Drop

"Intel drops the Atom CPU's already low price even lower"

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Atom CPU Price Drop
In order to prevent AMD grabbing low-cost desktop PC market share with its Sempron processors, Intel is planning to bring its entry-level desktop Atom 230 processor down to a price below US$29 in thousand-unit tray quantities, according to sources at motherboard makers.

The CPU is expected to launch in the second quarter this year. Asustek Computer's E-DT is expected to adopt the CPU, while other desktop PC makers are expected to follow its lead with similar low-cost products soon, noted the sources.

Intel said it cannot comment on unannounced products and pricing.
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23-03-2008, 15:32:22

Creative have released a new driver for Vista and XP for the X-Fi Series. There has not been a non beta XP driver for ages:

This download is a driver providing Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and Windows® XP support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

This download supports the following audio devices only:

* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty®
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi


* Resolves the issue for systems with 4 GB of RAM.
* Resolves the Digital I/O detection issue when restarting your computer.

Known Issues:

* Before installing this driver, close the Creative MediaSource Go! application on your desktop and restart your computer. (After you have installed this driver, you may manually launch the MediaSource Go! application from the Start menu)
* When adjusting the master volume in any of the Mode Console, there is no sound output in the rear speakers. (Use the Microsoft Volume Control panel to adjust the master volume)


* Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 or Window XP MCE 2004
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above

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