- Tul responds to accusations of involvement with forged PowerColor RADEON 9600 PRO's
Word's been spreading in recent times that there have been reasonably large quantities of PowerColor 9550 based graphics cards selling as 9600 Pro's, very fishy indeed. One such site revealing this information was none other than XBit Labs. Only a very short time later we see an official statement issued out from Tul Corporation (the big guns behind the PowerColor name) indicating that they've had no involvement whatsoever with the forged 9600 Pro cards and take no responsibility for the availability of these on the market. You can get the full story from them within their statement here.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (19 October, 2004) - Tul Corporation is hereby declaring that it holds no responsibilities of manufacturing and supplying the forged PowerColor RADEON 9600 PRO graphics cards, found in market earlier this month. Furthermore, Tul has already announced the discontinuation of the product - PowerColor RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB available in 400/600MHz - around Computex Taipei back in June this year.
A few graphics cards, under the PowerColor brand name that contained conflicting ATI processors, were surprisingly found available in a retail store. With the fact that Tul has discontinued the PowerColor RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB in 400/600MHz, which announcement also being posted on Tul's official website for four months by now, Tul suspects the occurrences of false usages and sales of PowerColor products by unknown parties. Ted Chen, C.E.O. of Tul Corporation, stated, "The forgery act not only jeopardizes Tul's credibility to its customers and Tul's relationship to the channels, it also drives the VGA industry to an unhealthy condition."
- OCZ Announces PC2-4200 DDR2 Platinum Revision 2 with 3-2-2 Timings
Finally we start to see some gain on the performance of top-end DDR1 memory modules with newer DDR2 technology. Thanks to OCZ, they've today unveiled their PC2-4200 Platinum Revision 2 memory capable of operating at stock speeds with timings of 3-2-2. You can get to their PR over here, and the product page here folks.
"With the adoption of DDR2 into the mainstream, coupled with the negligible performance advantage of stock DDR2 over performance DDR1, OCZ saw the demand for an ultra-high performance DDR2 part at 533MHz," said Dr. Michael Schuette, Director of Technology Development at OCZ Technology Group. "With the new revision of Enhanced Bandwidth DDR2, OCZ once again sets the industry pace for maximum memory bandwidth and performance."