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OCZ have released a new CPU air cooling solution today dubbed the "Vanquisher". It features a copper base plate with three heatpipes and a towering aluminum fin array where the thermal load is dissipated by the quiet side mounted 92mm fan.
Sunnyvale, CA-August 29, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.
The Inquirer have some startling info for us about the performance of AMD's upcoming Phenom 3GHz parts in conjunction with a pair of Radeon 2900 XTs in Crossfire.
They are claiming that they have had the chance to tinker with an early K10 system present at the Games Convention in Leipzig last week, and provide us with some (apparent) legitimate benchmarking scores which are quite crushing!
How's 30,031 points in 3DMark06 sound? Certainly a new world record right off the bat if it pertains to be true. Further information about the system benched is that the platform was running on the RD790 chipset along with Corsair's Dominator PC2-9136C5D memory modules, and the Crossfire setup was overclocked to GPU/MEM speeds of 830MHz/900 MHz respectively.
This all too clearly to be taken with a grain of salt though, it would be nice to think these results are legit but we're lacking something very important here... EVIDENCE!
LAST WEEK in Leipzig my kit was nicked, but before that happened we asked AMD if it would let us run memory benchmark scores on a system there. The reps gave us the company line and declined, so we decided to disclose the benchmark scores of our own K10 benchmarking here and now.
If you were wondering why AMD was hiding the scores of K10 so secretly, there were two reasons. The first might be that the CPU sucks badly and after AMD comes out, Intel's lads can start celebrating the death of AMD. On the other hand, there the was clear and present danger of the K10 significantly beating not just the current Conroe/Kentsfield generation, but easily out besting Wolfdale/Yorkfield. This statement warrants at least three hatemails from Intel's R&D lads, but all that we will disclose here are results we have in our possession. The pics are gone with my stolen laptop, though.
Look's like AMD's next-gen Barcelona chips will beat out Intel's Penryn based Xeon parts for launch. Dailytech report that we wont be seeing quad-core Penryn Xeons until November 11.
Pricing and brief specs have also been mentioned across the full Penryn Quad-Core Xeon lineup, with the base model E5405 (2GHz) going up at $209 through to the highest model X5460 processor at $1,172 (3.16GHz).
Intel has set the launch date for its Penryn based quad-core Xeon processor family. The company intends to launch seven new Harpertown based models ranging from 2.0-to-3.16
GHz on November 11, according to a posting on Intel's reseller webpage. Standard "E" bin and performance "X" bin processors launch on November 11.
Intel Xeon processors carrying the "E" designation feature 80-watt TDP ratings while the "X" bin processors have higher 120-watt TDP ratings. Intel does not plan to launch the low-power "L" models
until Q1'08, with two models in the pipeline.
SiS is going to have a new chipset with integrated graphics for the 1,333MHz FSB Core 2 Duo processors from Intel, the SiS 680SCE. The specifications are pretty basic, as this new chipset only supports single channel memory. It will feature SiS' new Mirage 4 graphics engine which is meant to have DX10 support, but with a single channel memory controller, we have to wonder how well this new graphics engine will perform.
The Mirage 4 does support HDMI with HDCP, which might make this an interesting platform for media center type applications. The chipset also supports a x16 PCI Express slot and four x4 PCI Express slots. Additionally it also supports up to three PCI slots, HD audio, SATA RAID, Gigabit Ethernet and up to 10 USB 2.0 ports.
The advantage here is that it's a single chip solution, so it should allow for some very affordable motherboards. SiS might not have the best reputation in the chipset business, but it's a sensible budget option, especially as the rumors about VIA pulling out of the Intel chipset business just won't go away.
It will be interesting to see how well this new chipset performs when it arrives and how well it can compete against other integrated graphics solutions. For now it's the first DX10 part to appear, but it might just be the slowest one as well, because of that single channel memory controller.
AMD has today dropped its CPU prices once again, in an attempt to steal back some market share from Intel one has to presume. At the same time, AMD had issued EOL's (End of Line) for all of its single core CPU's as well as the low end X2 parts.
Let's start with the price drops, as we're looking at some quite attractive reductions here. As you can see from the picture below, some of the CPU's are dropping as much as US$60 in price and even the top of the range Athlon 64 X2 processors are looking quite tempting. The 6000+ will cost less than the 5600+ did last week.
AMD has also killed off the Athlon 64 and its Sempron processors in all but the so called expanding markets. The Athlon 64 X2 3600+ and 3800+ was also give the chop.
With new Intel Core 2 Duo processors arriving shortly, it seems like AMD did a pre-emtive strike with this price drop, let's just hope for AMD's sake, that it's enough to make people buy its processors.
You can find the official price list here
Dailytech have gotten a hold of AMD's latest roadmap which confirms their plans for the remainder of the year and into Q1 2008.
The most interesting info plucked from the roadmap is in regards to their upcoming "Phenom FX" range of processors. Under this new naming scheme, AMD will announced both the Phenom FX-80 and FX-90 series, with the 80 series designated to single processor systems whilst the 90 series is suited specifically to 4x4 dual processor configs.
AMD expect to launch the FX-80 series towards the end of the year, with the 90 series to debut early next year.
Further revealed by the roadmap are details of the mainstream Phenom X2 GE-Series processors, also reported over at Dailytech
To learn more about the specs and characteristics of the FX lineup, read here.
AMD's latest roadmap reveals model numbers for upcoming Phenom FX processors. Under the new naming scheme, the AMD Phenom FX lineup consists of the Phenom FX-80 and FX-90 series. AMD designates the Phenom FX-80 series for single processor systems while the FX-90 takes on 4x4 dual processor systems.
AMD plans to launch two Phenom FX-90 series processors in Q1 2008. The two Phenom FX processors carry the FX-91 and FX-90 names. The AMD Phenom FX-91 will have a clock-speed between 2.4-to-2.6 GHz and will sit on a 3.6 GHz HyperTransport 3.0 bus. The lower Phenom FX-90 will have a clock-speed between 2.2-to-2.4 GHz with a slower HT3 bus. AMD is unsure of the Phenom FX-90's HT3 bus, but roadmaps indicate HT3 speeds excess of 3.2 GHz. The two Phenom FX-90 series will drop into Socket 1207+ motherboards.
According to the Inquirer, AMD has four new desktop chipsets coming out this year. The top of the range model here being the RD790 which we reported about from Computex last week. As you probably already know, this is the next CrossFire chipset and it supports PCI Express 2.0 which allows for 150 Watts of power per PCI Express slot. This chipset will come out for socket AM2+ and 1207+.
The next version down is the RX780 which is the mainstream version of the RD790, but without CrossFire support. What's missing here is the RD780, which is a cut down version of the RD790 with support for CrossFire but it is limited to x8 bandwidth per card. The Inquirer should double check their roadmaps before missing out a key chipset like this one. So the total is actually five, not four, so if you thought our headline was a type, then we're sorry to dissapoint you.
Next up we have two integrated graphics models, the RS740 which is a DX9 part and the RS780, which is a DX10 part with support for UVD. All the above chipsets will be paired with the current SB600 or the upcoming SB700 depending on AMD getting the new southbridge done on time. Remember the delays of the SB600?
You can read the Inquirers' article here
OCWorkbench have managed to get their mits on a yet to be released processor from AMD as a member of their Athlon X2 family, with the most notable aspect of it being its energy efficiency. It appears to be based on a refined 65nm process with a TDP of just 45W (compared to the 65W of current variants).
This chip looks to be a member of their upcoming BE-2xxx series, with the exact model number reported by CPU-Z as the BE-2350, operating at 2.1GHz (10.5x multi). It is also said that the usual "Athlon 64 X2" branding will be dropped for this family, in replacement for "Athlon X2 Dual Core". Why they'd chosen to drop '64' out of the branding in favour of 'dual core' is anyone's guess. Having 'X2' in the name already refers to the chip as being a dual-core variant.
This processor also gets away with running at a mere 1.15V to get the job done, very low indeed. For further information head over to OCWorkbench.
AMD BE-2350 CPU-Z shown @ OCWORKBENCH. Still based on 65nm design, this CPU has a lower TDP of only 45W. From the CPU-Z screen using v1.39 and v1.40. This CPU is recognised as Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor BE-2350. It runs at a multiplier of 10.5x and bus speed is at 200MHz. HT is at 1GHz. The amt. of cache is also shown on the screen shot. voltage is 1.152v
From what we gathered, AMD is also changing its branding of this new processors, the BE-2XXX series. They won't be called Athlon 64 X2. Instead it will be known as Athlon X2 Dual Core. The "64" is dropped. No reasons were given for dropping the "64"
Intel's much anticipated P35 mainstream desktop chipset (formerly codenamed "Bearlake") officially makes it into Intel's lineup today.
One of the biggest highlights about the introduction of this new chipset is that it will be the first to open the doors to DDR3 memory; Though some P35 boards will be designed to take DDR2 as well, making the upgrade step a little less-costly at first.
Aside from the much higher ceiling DDR3 memory is destined to bring us, the chipset itself carries support for a 1333MHz system bus, an obvious memory controller revamp which also introduces a new feature dubbed "Fast Memory Access", this basically optimizes the latency characteristics of the memory controller hub.
Last but not least, Intel have added a new southbridge to this family in the ICH9R. This southbridge brings support for 6 SATA ports (with Intel's Matrix Storage RAID technology and "Turbo Memory" support for Microsoft's Vista ReadyBoost feature), and an increase of USB ports to a total of 12.
An IGP based (G33) variant will also surface, essentially the same only with the inclusion of Intel's integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 which sports "Clear Video" technology, this supposedly assisting with enhanced high-definition video processing tasks.
Co-inciding with the launch there is a bit of coverage surfacing around the web. You can check it all out below :-
Motherboard chipset technology isn't refreshed at the same fevered pitch that processors, memory or IO products are. A CPU or GPU speed-bump is like low-lying fruit relatively speaking, but chipset enhancements can usher in a whole host of stability, interoperability and verification challenges. Let's face it, when the product is the basis for a platform foundation, forward migrations can be painful if not carefully planned, so the upside benefits need to be worth-while for both the end customer as well as the manufacturer.
If you asked us a year ago, what Intel's path to a higher bandwidth system bus and memory access was, we might have told you serial links from the CPU to the Northbridge and serial FBDIMM technology on the system memory. Of course, that would have been almost completely misguided, since obviously Intel is still pushing hard on their now aging legacy front side bus architecture, with only a hint of a serially connected CPU architecture on the horizon. In addition, though serial FBDIMMs have taken hold in the server market, where high density memory configurations benefit from the technology's intrinsic signal integrity advantages under multi-drop loads; it won't be showing up in consumer desktop volumes any time soon.
Scythe have just released a second version of their Katana CPU cooler, this of course carrying several improvements over the first-gen model such as unique sloping shaped heatsink fins to provide better performance, a superior heatpipe arrangement and an easier installation process.
Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces Katana 2 CPU Cooler, the 2nd generation of the former value-for-money CPU Cooler, Katana CPU Cooler, to the market. This version "2" comes with total 3 heatpipes, unique sloping shaped heatsink fins to provide a better performance than the previous model. Installation is much easier than the previous model, and the default fan is the Scythe original "Kaze Jyu 100mm Fan" to maximize the cooling performance yet maintain the high level of silence. Try this improved version of Katana CPU Cooler to fight against your CPU heat!