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Okay, the first thing that has to be said... Nvidia knows our contact details and if they want to start sending us products under NDA instead of these mystery companies, we are happy to cooperate, just as AMD has recently agreed to do.
We want to hear negative comments about our work as much as anyone else does about their work. But the bottom line is, when you have been in this game as long as us, you get use to it and it is like water off a ducks back. We understand you simply cannot please everyone.
What we do have a problem with is when people take the time and effort to post negative comments about our content without actually taking the time to read it and verify what they are posting in forums - such as "Chris Ray" who is an Nvidia employed forums member. A lot of the issues that people have mentioned with our GX2 Early Test were actually covered in the article - they just did not read the actual article.
In the final thoughts we mentioned about the newer driver not being able to install, even though it was said to be for the GX2. If you do not think we actively searched or asked for a new driver, you are sadly mistaken. The next gripe is of course the people saying that SLI isn't working under Vista. I included the 8800GT for this very reason. The 8800GT specification is only slightly behind that of the 9800GX2 from a single core GPU perspective. Now with a bit of logic, you would think that if SLI wasn't working in a game, then performance would only be slightly faster than the 8800GT.
Performance gains over the 8800GT OC can be seen of up to and over 50% under Vista at times. Now if SLI was not working, how is it that a graphics card, with specs that is only slightly better than an 8800GT, score so much more? If you take the time to think about it you would probably realize that it is because SLI is actually enabled. Sadly for Nvidia fan boys, the GX2 is not all it is cracked up to be - at least with these early drivers.
There's been some funny comments said and one of my personal favourites is by one forum member (owner of Driver Heaven actually) saying that we only took pictures of the back of the card to protect the company that sent it. Well technically each side of the card is a back and we took pictures of both sides.
We are not here to annoy Nvidia or anyone else for that matter. We mentioned that the article was an "Early Test" in the article title. Performance as it is at the moment just as the people want to see and we are here to deliver it. We also mentioned that as soon as we get a new driver we will retest the card. We're extremely dedicated to the testing of drivers - we take the time every month to evaluate the latest Catalyst releases from AMD.
To the people who have taken the time to read the complete review and answered some of the responses we thank you. For those of you who have chosen to simply look at the graphs and nothing else playing on the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover!" how about... "Don't judge a review by its graphs!".
Today Patriot Memory have today released their latest DDR3 Extreme Performance memory kit, the PC3-14400 (DDR3-1800MHz) Viper Series.
The RAM is listed over at Newegg for a rather costly $349.99 USD in 2GB kits and also includes lifetime warranty if something happens to go bad. They are also equipped Patriot's Viper Heat Shields that uses their Aluminum Copper Composite technology for what looks to be rather impressive cooling.
The memory is tested to work at 1800MHz DDR on Intel P35, X38 and X48 based motherboards at 1.9 volts. At these extreme speeds it will work at timings of 8-8-8-20 and also includes support for Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel XMP) which is another nice touch.
If you are after some new RAM capable of extremely high speeds head on over to the product page to learn more.
Maybe we should have booked thought plane tickets to Germany after all. Nevertheless, the news continues flooding in and we find ourselves back at German website PCGH who scored exclusive pictures of an upcoming and improved AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 which has been rumored for the past week or so.
What is improved? For starters, it comes with faster and cooler operating GDDR4 memory clocked (still a total of 1GB onboard RAM) at 2250MHz DDR which is up from the 1800MHz DDR on the GDDR3 version of the X2. Not only that, it also features a shorter PCB design with improved heat pipe cooler. If what we are seeing is the reference design from AMD, we are quite pleased. Regular X2 cards were released with just TV-out and dual DVI ports but the shots we are seeing of this card includes TV-out, HDMI and three DVI ports, which is much better.
By the look of the pictures, it would seem like the new and improved X2 is almost ready and would probably come out around the same time as Nvidia's 9800 GX2 but we do not have any firm release dates yet.
Enjoy the product shots in the photo gallery over at PCGH for the time being.
We are totally shocked to hear that MSI have plans to enter the memory module market under the "Star Memory" brand. We visited MSI in Taiwan for their pre-CeBIT bash but heard nothing about this.
On display in Germany at the MSI booth is the first set of Star Memory modules red or blue heat spreader. The modules on display are DDR2-800 with timings of CL5 - nothing overly exciting but you have got to start somewhere in the RAM business and this is a very interesting move by MSI.
We have often wondered why the like of ASUS, GIGABYTE as well as MSI never did it before. Maybe this will bring about a change in that - we'll see.
Sony Australia have just announced a refresh of the entire Memory Stick flash media line, now labelled as Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II. The refreshed models, offered in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, are slightly cheaper than the current line, support higher read and write speed (minimum write of 32 mbps) and still include a five year warranty.
But the biggest news is the announcement of a 16GB stick, compatible with PSP (for those extra nine films you just NEED to take everywhere).
It will be released in April with a suggested retail price of $479.95 AUD.
Corsair have just taken both their DDR2 and DDR3 memory module lineup to new heights with an announcement supporting the release of some extreme modules using Corsair's patented DHX (Dual-Path Heat Xchange) technology.
Planned for availability by late february are two 4GB DDR2 kits comprising 2x2GB modules in PC2-8500 (1066MHz) and PC2-9136 (1142MHz) speeds. DDR3 wise, we'll be seeing some modules capable of cracking the 2000MHz barrier very soon.
Check out Corsair's announcement here for the full scoop.
"Pushing the limits of new memory technologies, architectures and densities is what Corsair is known for," said Jack Peterson, VP of Corporate Marketing at Corsair. "These latest announcements will clearly impress our highly demanding enthusiast customers, as well as push Corsair even farther into the lead as the world's fastest memory solutions manufacturer," added Peterson.
Fudzilla have acquired some exclusive info in relation to NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2, their upcoming answer to the HD 3870 X2 from AMD.
Basing their comments on a screen shot of the manual from one of NV's partners, it may be possible that we'll be seeing 9800 GX2's with a whopping 2GB of graphics memory; though it's also possible this may be an advancement of select variants Vs. the reference model.
Although we've already seen a lot of different pictures of the GeForce 9800GX2, Fudzilla is the first site to have a screen shot from a manual of one of the partner cards as you can see below. This in itself might not be the most exciting thing in the world, as it just confirms the previous pictures, but what made us take notice, was that each of the PCB's seem to feature 1GB of memory on this specific card.
The lads at TechConnect have sourced some details of a new DDR2 based memory kit hitting the market from Transcend, this a part of their enthusiast "aXeRam" Series of modules.
This kit comprises 2x2GB modules rated for speeds of 1066MHz at 2.0v with timings of 5-5-5-15. EPP has been added to the modules and they are covered by Transcend's black and gold aluminum heatsinks. Furthermore, the kit is backed up by a lifetime warranty for quality assurance.
In similar fashion to the GDDR4 based 1GB 2900XTs that popped up soon after initial batches of reference GDDR3 offerings were released, it looks like several ATI partners are planning to use DDR4 memory on select Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards as well.
Fudzilla report that X2s should start appearing in around a few weeks from now, but specific details about how much memory will be implemented or how fast they plan to run it at hasn't yet been revealed.
A few ATI partners have confirmed that they are almost done with their GDDR4 R680 design. Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards are currently selling for around 400, but they are all based on slower DDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz for the reference cards.
This card should be just a bit more expensive and it should launch in a few weeks, but we don't expect any significant speed jumps with the new DDR4 card.
The point is, ATI can do it and the partners want it, so they will definitely follow up with the new refreshed card.
G.Skill continue to show strong support for DDR2 based motherboards with this latest DDR2-1066 4GB kit.
The F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK kit uses an 8-layer PCB with its memory chips being rated for timings of 5-5-5-15 at the stock 1066MHz speed. More details here.
Taipei, Taiwan (techmessenger.com) -- In consideration of high capacity memory becomes main spec for high end system. G.Skill strives for providing complete product range. DDR2-1066 4GB PK series memory kit fills up the product line coverage in high performance memory.
G.Skill F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK uses 8 Layers PCB which can avoid electronic noise from power line and ground. It also can provide more stable impedance and lower signal distortion.