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Daily News Round #1

| Posted: Sep 10, 2003 7:00 am

- VIA PT880

 

X-Bit Labs posted an early preview of VIA's PT880 dual channel Pentium 4 chipset in the form of the Soltek SL-86SPV2-RL motherboard. Does it have what it takes to stand up to Intel's Canterwood and Springdale? I think you will be pleasantly surprised - we were.

 

 

Pentium 4 chipsets with a dual-channel memory controller are gaining in popularity. The recent transition of the Pentium 4 CPU family to the 800MHz FSB is one of the contributing factors, because the processor-chipset highway has a peak bandwidth of 6.4GB/s now. None of the current memory types can give out a data stream of such intensity, so the dual-channel memory subsystems are simply a must. Using two 64-bit memory channels for ordinary DDR400 SDRAM, we achieve a bandwidth of 6.4GB/s - an exact match of the FSB bandwidth. Considering that DDR400 is the fastest memory of the DDR SDRAM type standardized by JEDEC, it is clearly impossible to reach the same data throughput with one memory channel only.

 


- nVidia Flickering

 

Our good friends over at 3DGPU has word of a new Detonator driver for Windows XP which fixes flickering issue that owners of cards based on GeForce FX 5900 & 5900 Ultra have experienced lately. You can download the new driver here.

 

NVIDIA has sent us a new Detonator driver for Windows XP, version 45.33, that fixes the flickering issue that owners of cards based on GeForce FX 5900 & 5900 Ultra experienced. The driver weighs in at 9.7MB. You can find the download link by clicking the Read More link below.

 


- Small Form Factor Gallery

 

SFF Tech has added a new feature to their website, a small form factor gallery. If you're into small things, in this case computing, check it out. Don't forget to stop by our Photo Gallery from time to time as well.

 

At last.... a place for us small form factor users to show off our pictures, mods, and hard work.

 


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

 

- Shuttle XPC SB65G2 @ AnandTech
- MSI CR52-M: CDRW ramps up to 32X @ AnandTech
- Peltier Condensation Prevention Guide @ Techware Labs
- Kingmax SuperRAM DDR433 @ Hardware Zone
- Inno3D GeForce FX5900 @ Overclocker Cafe
- ASUS A7N8X-X (single Channel nForce2) @ Lost Circuits

 

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