Chrome - New Internet browser beta released

"The new browser from Google is in beta stage and today is the release day."

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Chrome Beta available today

Google Chrome in betaThe new open source browser from Google gets it's beta release today and it will be available for download in over 100 countries. Sporting features such as 'isolated' tabs to prevent multiple tabs crashing  and a more powerful JavaScript engine, Chrome will be going head to head with Internet Explorer and Firefox. One thing that makes Chrome different from the competition is that it's a multiprocess application, instead of the multithreaded approach modern web browsers use. Not only are the tabs (or HTML renderers)  seperate processes but  JavaScript VM’s and plugins are too.

Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, service Google engineering director, wrote in the official Chrome blog:

 

This is just the beginning -- Google Chrome is far from done. We're releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

The web gets better with more options and innovation. Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.
 

The new browser is eventually going to be multi platform, with Linux and Mac versions already underway. Google have produced a 38 page web comic, that aims to introduce and explain Chrome. A wiki has also been created which gives further details on the project.. You can also discuss the new browser here in our forums.

The Chrome Beta download link is not yet active at time of writing this article, but it will be placed on the official blog at some time today.
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28-08-2008, 11:18:46

Babylon5
Anyone got any information when these cards will be available?
I like the idea of sticking a cooler on these to oc it.
I see overclockers have the powercolor on pre order. I sent them an email today to ask them when it will be in stock.
Sapphire have one listed on there site -
http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=250&grp=3

This is the last piece of hardware for my rig and I'm starting to get impatient :-)

28-08-2008, 14:22:11

ace8uk
I never even knew that they were going to make a 1gb version, sounds like it could be a goodun though!

05-09-2008, 16:02:59

Fake

I never even knew that they were going to make a 1gb version, sounds like it could be a goodun though!

I pre-ordered mine about 2-3 weeks ago and still haven't received it. Ordered it with the rest of my PC upgrades (which I've received). I contacted my retailer and they said AMD/ATI are running low on supply with HD4870 1GB and they don't know when they will receive them.

05-09-2008, 16:51:02

Babylon5
hi fake, tell me about it!, the graphics card is the last piece for my upgrade and I haven't managed to get one all this week!. No reply from sapphire when stock will arrive. Some retailers like overclockers are listing them for pre-order. Overclockers told me they don't know when they will receive the cards! There's no information at the moment. There are links stating ATI are using the GDDR5 memory for the 4870x2 and have delayed the 4870 1gb. I'm considering the 4870x2 now. I don't know how much longer I can wait.

05-09-2008, 17:04:10

Fake

hi fake, tell me about it!, the graphics card is the last piece for my upgrade and I haven't managed to get one all this week!. No reply from sapphire when stock will arrive. Some retailers like overclockers are listing them for pre-order. Overclockers told me they don't know when they will receive the cards! There's no information at the moment. There are links stating ATI are using the GDDR5 memory for the 4870x2 and have delayed the 4870 1gb. I'm considering the 4870x2 now. I don't know how much longer I can wait.

Yea mate. AMD/ATI don't actually make the GDDR5 memory they buy them from someone else but I'm unsure what company. What I do know is that supply of GDDR5 memory chips are fairly low so it really wouldn't surprise me if AMD/ATI are using them in the HD4870 X2s instead of the HD4870s.

The HD4870 X2 isn't a bad choice mate if you decide to get it, the thing is flamingly fast but I wouldn't recommend it unless you run a 24" or larger monitor as the card will simply tear through everything or every game you throw at it. It's even capable of playing Crysis on Very High settings at 1680-1050 which is just amazing. My mate has the HD4870 X2 and he tells me he's yet to play a game where the framerate drops below 60:p He doesn't play Crysis so we can exclude that title.

GTX280 or HD4870 X2 for high end gaming is the way to go. The X2 trounces the GTX280 but the GTX280 is more then capable of tearing through most/every game as well so either choice will be great.

I was planning on getting the X2 but prices in Australia are just ridiculously high. Before the price drops nVidia was selling the GTX260 here for over $500:o Then ATI came in and kicked nVidia in the steroid shrunken balls with the HD4850 and HD4870 at awesome prices:worship:

18-09-2008, 09:15:10

Babylon5
These are starting to surface now, special offer on overclockers -
[URL="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-091-PC&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=939&name=Powercolor%20ATI%20Radeon%20HD%204870%201024MB%20GDDR5%20TV-Out/Dual%20DVI/HDMI%20(PCI-Express)%20-%20Retail"]over clockers[/URL]

specialtech

21-09-2008, 02:49:34

Bruce Banner
maaaan If I had known they would roll out 1GB versions so soon, I would have waited. =(
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