Acer yells “me too!” while shoving Core i7-based Aspire M7720 out the door

Ah, the deluge of gaming rigs that comes after each and every major CPU announcement made by Intel. As the overflow slows to a trickle, Acer is looking to get its rig out before it just seems like old hat. The purported Aspire M7720, which was announced over in Taiwan, will arrive in a relatively drab chassis and house a potent Core i7 processor, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB hard drive and ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics with 1GB of memory. There’s no definitive word on when the rig will actually leave the dock and head stateside, but considering that it’s already behind the eight ball, we’d put our money (speaking of, it’ll start around $1,200) on soon.[Via Electronista]

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    ASUS summons Core i7 power in ROG CG6190 gaming desktop

    If you thought your ARES CG6155 was hot stuff during the sweltering summer, well, you were right. Sadly, your bragging days have come to an end, as a new era of cutting-edge buyers are fixing to one-up you with the purchase of ASUS’ ROG CG6190. Timed to be released alongside Intel’s potent Core i7 processor, this beast is built around the X58 chipset and includes an eye-catching chassis, 52% faster processing speed in 3D gaming applications (thanks, overclocked Core i7!), up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM and support for an NVIDIA triple-SLI GPU setup or an ATI CrossFireX rig. You’ll also notice a biometric fingerprint scanner, a unique 2-kilowatt dual power system, customized liquid cooling modules and a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card. As ASUS loves to do, we’re left in the dark on pricing, but we’d guess it’ll launch somewhere between expensive and ludicrously pricey here soon.
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    Upcoming dual-processor Nehalem EP machine benchmarked — yeah, it’s fast

    Intel’s new Core i7 chip has been showing up in tons of silly-spec’d high-end gaming rigs for about three days now, so it’s obviously time to get bored and move on — and right on cue, TechRadar‘s got the first benchmarks we’ve seen of the upcoming dual-processor Nehalem EP platform. The secret test machine featured two 2.8GHz Nehalem EP chips (likely to hit retail in 2009 as the Xeon X5560) and 24GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM controlled by the new Quick Path Interconnect and on-die memory controllers, which together cranked out a SPECfp base rate of 160 — way above the 90 posted by current 3.4GHz Xeon setups, and higher than the 105 scored by a 2.7GHz dual-processor rig with AMD’s new Shanghai chips. Yeah, that’s silly fast, and it’s bound to get even faster when these bad boys launch with a 3.2GHz part along for the ride. Now if Intel could just siphon some of that speed into these pokey Atoms we can actually afford, we’d be grins-a-plenty.

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    Dell’s Core i7-powered XPS 730x reviewed: potent and pricey, like it should be

    Whenever Intel (or AMD, for that matter) drops a wicked quick new chip, everyone knows it ain’t gonna be cheap. Critics over at Computer Shopper would like to remind you to keep that in mind as you scope out Dell’s Core i7-powered XPS 730x, ’cause the thing sports a price tag that’s rather absurd. Dollars and cents aside, the machine is about as powerful as one could hope, offering enough muscle to churn through the most demanding of games. The biggest issue these reviewers had was that many other capable Core i7 rigs could put up similar FPS numbers for substantially less dough, and in the end, it didn’t find the flash in Dell’s enclosure to be worth the surcharge. Granted, that didn’t stop the beast from snagging an 8.1 out of 10 on the review scale, but that’s probably assuming you’ve got the disposable income lying around and ready to burn.

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