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The lads at PCGamesHardware have become the first to lay eyes on PowerColor's HD 4870 PCS OC, with the interesting aspect of this card not so much being the superior Zerotherm cooling solution and higher clock speeds, but the choice to go with double the memory at 1GB GDDR5.
It will be interesting to see what the extra memory does for the card, though it's pretty much a given we should see some big increases from it at the higher resolutions. Hopefully we can get hold of a sample for review in the near future; we'll do our best!
All the partners' HD 4850 cards we've seen hit shelves thus far tend to be much of the reference design, but PowerColor have taken a huge step away from the same ole' approach by whacking on 2GB of GDDR3 memory. This is a huge leap from the usual 512MB, and although probably overkill, it should certainly help the card under higher resolutions where the memory buffer is more likely to be filled.
Further to that, PowerColor has also cranked up the memory frequency to 2000MHz and the core to 665MHz out of the box. The icing on the cake is the inclusion of a superior full-copper cooling solution from ZEROTherm.
Pricing and availability hasn't yet been disclosed, but thanks to Expreview for the pics and info on the card.
Contrary to conflicting reports, AMD's eagerly anticipated HD 4870X2 will indeed ship with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, according to confirmation received by Fudzilla.
Refreshed AMD, is clearly holding no punches, with the HD 4870X2, codenamed 'Spartan', heading for a late-August debut, according to reports.
The company is either undecided, or, holding final clock speed information very close to its chest, but as excitement builds, rival NVIDIA undoubtedly has something or the other up its sleeve.
The HD 4800 solution hoping to eclipse all others, is definitely on its way.
Are you the type of person that wants the fastest of everything? Sure you are - and you will love this. A-DATA has today launched what they are calling the world's fastest Compact Flash memory card at a remarkable 350x.
A-DATA's Compact Flash 16GB Ultra cards sport read speeds up to 52MB/s and write speeds up to 47MB/s.
Previously the fastest CF cards on the market were 300x but A-DATA managed to find the chips to get its 350x product out onto the market. It uses SLC (Single Level Cell) flash memory.
We will be testing this CF card next week along with a whole bunch of others using an uber l33t industrial flash testing machine in Taipei - stay tuned!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 G.Skill showed us the new cooling solutions like the passive and active clip on that fit over the DDR slots.
Their new SSD is ready to roll out with the other companies who were also showing their products in Taipei this week.
And their DDR3 running at some nice speeds and the kicker is... its 2000MHz DDR at CL8.
Most companies who make decent RAM had memory operating at around or near 2000MHz during the show this week but most were running CL9, so this is impressive.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 our friends at bit-tech have discovered that NVIDIA plan to harness GDDR5 based memory in conjunction with its D12U codenamed graphics cards, though these arn't likely to be launched before late 2009. Although the sooner to be released D10U based models are also yet to hit the market, it's been ascertained that these will stick to GDDR3 memory.
Obviously, D12U probably hasn't even left the drawing board yet, but it's clear that Nvidia is already in discussions with memory manufacturers about the supply of high-speed GDDR5 memory. We already know that ATI's next-generation graphics cards support GDDR5, and we're likely to see the new memory technology used on the RV770XT-based products.
GDDR5 is currently made on a 70nm node, but by the time Nvidia gets around to using it, it'll be manufactured on a 55nm process - that's expected to happen at some point during 2009. What's more, by the end of Q1 2009, memory manufacturers expect to have doubled the density of the technology, meaning higher capacity memory kits will be available for newer graphics cards.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Kingston have always done some great products and today's tour was no exception.
Starting with some USB thumb drives that they claim are currently the fastest on the market (30MB/s Read and 20MB/s write. On display was 2, 8 and 16GB models, only out in the USA at the moment.
Next was a new design series called terracotta that is aimed at giving the thumb drives a quality look and feel. This model is based on a design of the terracotta warriors.
Kingston is also making headway with the smaller thumb drives in an effort to compete with every other memory manufacturer out there it seems.
An interesting note is that they are also trying co-marketing ventures within specific regions that allow them to pre-load the drives with content in an effort to help boost sales. Seen here is a tie in with World of Warcraft for Taiwan specifically that gives the buyer extra points to spend online.
Moving on to the DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules Kingston show us a full buffered module for server usage that has some passive heat pipe dissipation on top to keep it really cool.
Also on show are some new DDR3 modules running at 2000MHz FSB.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Aeneon, a subsidiary of memory maker Qimonda has announced a new breed of Xtune series DDR3 memory modules designed for overclocked rates whilst only requiring 1.5V of power. These Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1800 CL10 memory modules come in the form of a 2x1GB kit.
It doesn't end there though, also on display at Computex for memory hungry 64-bit users is a 2x4GB DDR2-800 kit as well as a DDR3-1600 CL9 kit in the form of 2x2GB modules.
The above new series of modules and many more are currently on display at the event. You can find the full press release here.
Taipei, Taiwan - June 3, 2008 - Qimonda AG's (NYSE: QI) Aeneon channel and retail product line led by the new Xtune series will take center stage at Computex 2008, June 3-7, at Taipei World Trade Center.
Delivering impressive - gamers would say 'awesome' - overclock rates while operating on normal 1.5V power, Aeneon's Xtune series was specifically designed to deliver maximum performance to gamers and enthusiasts. The Aeneon Xtune line has consistently delivered high memory speed and density at standard voltage without compromising on performance. Aeneon Xtune modules deliver a compelling solution for energy-efficient computing platforms with reduced heat dissipation.
The Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1800 CL10 memory module is tailored for gamers and overclockers who use high performance desktop platforms with Intel X38, X48, P45 and Nvidia chipsets. Modules come in 2x1GB Dual Channel Kits supporting XMP and EPP2.0 profiles for easy overclocking use and are aimed at PC enthusiasts who demand extreme performance as well as cruising stability. With speeds up to 1800 MHz at standard voltage, which is unique in the market, the DDR3 module promises to deliver up to twice the bandwidth of current mainstream DDR2 modules.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 As though Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel didn't have enough brands to his name already, he's about to stick one more notch on that belt of his. The latest company to jump on the professional gamer is OCZ who intend to make a line-up of enthusiast memory under the Fatal1ty naming scheme.
While at the moment we're not 100% sure on what modules are going to come under the name, early pictures show that we should at least see a DDR2 PC2-8500 kit carrying a 5-5-5 timings.
Corsair have given the heads up that they plan to release a monster 4GB DDR3 memory kit next week at Computex which is rated to run at speeds of 2000MHz; this kit to appropriately fall into their DOMINATOR line-up.
The pre-release announcement doesn't mention if the kit comprises 4x1GB or 2x2GB modules, nor the timings of these modules, but I'm sure we'll find that out upon launch next week. Corsair do mention however that they have set a USD MSRP of $675 on the kit; certainly an improvement for DDR3 pricing, but there's still a long road to travel yet.
Fremont, CA, May 29, 2008 - Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei. Tested and guaranteed for operation at the lightning fast overclocked speed of 2000MHz, this 4GB DOMINATOR kit provides superior performance for desktop platforms.
"Corsair is focused on building the industry's fastest memory available in the largest densities," said Richard Hashim, Director of Marketing at Corsair. "This new ultra-fast DDR3 4GB DOMINATOR solution demonstrates Corsair's commitment to lead the memory technology transition from DDR2 to DDR3 and from 2GB solutions to 4GB solutions. Enthusiasts worldwide demand it and we are happy to support their requirements."