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Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2006 - 02:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA seems to have gotten an answer to those users that were complaining of problems with the first wave of 680i motherboards.
This morning, NVIDIA and its partners released a new system BIOS for the NVIDIA nForceÂ® 680i SLI "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboards. These are the motherboards designed by NVIDIA and sold by EVGA, BFG, Biostar, and ECS.
This BIOS update eliminates a bug related to the operation of SATA hard disk drives experienced by some customers.
Subject: Chipsets | December 21, 2006 - 06:00 PM | Alex Marsters
According to DailyTech AMD is delaying their integrated chipset (fromerly the RS690 chipset from ATI) due to some HDCP issues.
AMD was expected to release its long awaited ATI RS690 integrated graphics chipset shortly after the AM2 launch in mid-2006. Since the AMD acquisition of ATI, the chipset has since been renamed to AMD 690.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 05:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
In Taiwan, Sapphire was showing a dual-GPU graphics card using X1950 Pro GPUs.
If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.
Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single car
Subject: Chipsets | December 21, 2006 - 05:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Intel is already planning their push into DDR3 memory technologies with a set of chipsets for late 2007.
X38 is the enthusiast top notch chipset scheduled for a Q3 2007 introduction. This is intended to replace the 975X chipset. It served us well but it lived too long. It cannot support DDR 2 memory at 1066, and we see that as a problem for enthusiasts. It supports PCIe 2.0, 2x16 PCIe graphic slots, DDR 3 memory at 1333 and a Quad core support.
Subject: Motherboards | December 21, 2006 - 05:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has posted a review up today of the MSI P965 motherboard.
Essentially, the P965 is a great motherboard, especially at stock speeds, but unremarkable. Overclocking is mediocre, but not horrible. The layout is excellent, and the board has a solid feature set, and isn't over burdened with an excessive amount of features that most users will likely never touch. Some issues I experienced were annoying, but should easily be fixed with BIOS and driver updates.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Maybe feeling the pressure from Intel's extreme R&D resources, AMD is opening a new design lab outside Redmond, Washington.
REDMOND, WASH. -- December 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the formation of a new Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab led by Rich Witek, AMD corporate fellow and chief architectural officer.
Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2006 - 05:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
We've known this was coming for some time, and now it looks like 2007 will be the year the shift takes place.
However, it seems that 2007 could be the year that notebooks, more than desktops, become the bigger revenue generator for major PC makers like Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo.
The first hints of this sea change in the PC market can be found buried deep in a Merrill Lynch financial report written Dec.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD's new 65nm processors aren't going over as good as they'd have hoped for!
We're a little perplexed by these developments. Why would AMD increase the latency of its L2 cache, especially without increasing its size? Why isn't the die area of the 65nm Athlon 64 X2 even smaller compared to the 90nm version with the same transistor count? There are a number of possibilities, but I'll refrain from speculating for now, and we'll await some better answers from AMD.
Subject: Mobile | December 21, 2006 - 01:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
We'll be meeting with VIA while at CES next month, and the UMPC definitely seems to be where VIA is heading.
VIA Technologies is restructuring its business and taking aim at the Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) market, with the company expecting solid growth in the segment in 2007, according to VIA Technologies president and CEO, Wen-chi Chen.
Chen also indicated that 2008 and 2009 will be a turning point for VIA in the UMPC market.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 01:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Could it be that AMD is finally going to let go of the PR-rating system that was useless once the Athlon 64 was launched?
Such decision is a win-win strategy. As Intel realized clock speeds could no longer solely differentiate the performance of different, instead microarchitecture plays an important role in nowadays race, the MHz race ended and PR now more a less become meaningless.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2006 - 01:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tired of console games getting all the attention? Then check out this interview at Joystiq.com that looks at how Vista and the "Games for Windows" initiative will help.
Games for Windows is still very much a vision. The first priority, a retail initiative, is currently underway.
Subject: Displays | December 21, 2006 - 01:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
So why does this new model of the Dell 30" monitor deserve a review seperate from the original?
Though we still feel Dell could have offered a few more connectivity options, as well and a bit more range of motion with its stand, it's safe to say that this gorgeous new 30" panel lives up to the rather lofty goal of refinement of the already impressive standard 3007WFP. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is what
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
We just got official word from Intel that they are going to be releasing a new quad-core processor in early January. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 will run at 2.4 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 8M of cache total. The TDP of the new CPU will be 105 watts and the default voltage is 1.325v.
IntelÂ® Core™2 Quad processor Q6600 (formerly codenamed Kentsfield)
- Multimedia powerhouse for demanding entertainment
- Ideal choice for processor intensive, highly-threaded applications
Subject: Mobile | December 20, 2006 - 12:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
HardOCP has reviewed a notebook from a company called Twinhead that claims to be spill proof and quite durable for everyday use. Are they impressed at all though?
What we've got here is a very basic, but very reliable, mobile computing solution. What it lacks in cutting edge technology, it makes up for in physical endurance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2006 - 12:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
While this won't help most of you NOT going to CES this year, if any of you are, you can stop by the Zalman booth, watch a presentation and be entered to win one of two complete systems from our friends at Zalman.
a. HD160XT Silver
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 12:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has gotten a pair of the new 65nm processors, a 4800+ and 5000+, and put them through the paces on performance and power consumption. Can these new cores help AMD get back in competition with Intel?
That said, AMD could make one considerable stride toward countering Intel's quad-core chips and salvaging its poorly received Quad FX platform by replacing the Athlon 64 FX-70-series processorsâ€”and their scorching 125W TDP ratingsâ€”with chips made on this 65nm process.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at HKEPC are saying now that Intel will be releasing a quad core Q6400 for a price under $450. That's the good news! The bad: it isn't planned until the third quarter of 2007.
Core 2 Quad Q6400 remains in Kentsfield core like others released models. Standards for this model include: 65nm manufacturing process, LGA 775 package, clock speed at 2.13Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, and 4MB x 2 L2 Cache.
Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2006 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Lost Circuits has sent over news of a new review they posted for the Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard that uses the AMD/ATI Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset.
As the MVP moniker alludes to, the M2R32 MVP does not feature the most opulent bundle in the world, in fact, if ASUS had named it "Spartan" instead of MVP, it would have been just on target as well.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Newegg has received a shipment of AMD's new Athlon FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70 processors and is preparing to offer them for sale very soon. They are NOT available yet, but we'll be checking Newegg.com's site for you often and will update you if we find them.
For now, you'll ONLY be able to buy these CPUs in combination with the Asus L1N64-SLI motherboard; priced at $349 apparently. The CPUs will be priced at $999, $799 and $599 for pairs of the 74s, 72s and 70s, respectivel
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP. HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards. On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of