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The lads at XBit have posted up some details about AMD's upcoming lineup of IGP based motherboard chipsets, these to sport integrated DirectX 10 graphics, hybrid Crossfire tech, HDMI, DisplayPort and more.
Advanced Micro Devices plans to update its family of chipsets with built-in DirectX 10-compliant graphics cores in January, 2008, sources with knowledge of the matter revealed. The new products will help AMD to offer more competitive platforms, but the company will still have offer somewhat outdated integrated graphics solutions during holiday season.
Today Intel officially lifted the curtain on their new high-end X38 Express desktop chipset, normally it would be after this point that we finally get a real taste of the performance and features on tap, but with X38 we were lucky enough to get plenty of treats here and there well before this official unveiling today thanks to all the early coverage surfacing on hardware review websites in the last 3/4 weeks in particular.
Nonetheless, to coincide with the official release is a bunch of fresh coverage floating around on the web; You can check it out via the below links to see if X38 will be your next upgrade path :-
No doubt we'll now begin to see several press releases being distributed from motherboard makers showing off their variants based on X38. I'll bring them to you as they come in folks.
Back in May, Intel launched the P35 Express chipset, a replacement for its popular 965P. Classified as a mid-range product, the P35 added official support for front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz, came bundled with a new ICH9R south bridge chip, and became the first desktop chipset to support DDR3 memory. Enthusiasts lapped it up, and in the months since, we've seen a wave of P35 motherboards that offer great performance and tantalizing overclocking potential.
Intel's mid-range chipsets have traditionally been excellent, so the P35's success wasn't a surprise. That success also raised expectations for Intel's new high-end core logic chipset: the X38 Express. This isn't a new trend; the all-around goodness typical of Intel's mid-range chipsets has long made it difficult for the company's flagship offerings to shine.
Cooler Master have introduced their new Hyper 212 CPU cooler today which offers a unique dual-fin design and LED sickle fan blade. For the full scoop on it grab the official PR here.
Taipei, Taiwan - September 26, 2007 - Cooler Master is proud to introduce its latest creation - the Hyper 212 CPU Cooler; offering a unique dual-fin design, LED sickle fan blade, universal fit, and silent operation at 19dBA - the Hyper 212 delivers superior cooling performance for Intel® and AMD® CPUs.
Akasa have revealed details about a new kind of CPU cooler today, dubbed the "Revo" (short for Revolution). This unique design is powered by what's called 'thermodynamic "bubble-pump" technology' which promises completely silent cooling and outstanding performance.
A diagram posted up over at TechConnect explains how the new technology works here. Certainly looks promising, but we've seen a number of unique cooling solutions hit the market in the past which have failed to deliver in the end so it will be interesting to see if Akasa truely have done all their homework on this one and if it is in fact a 'revolution' for CPU coolers.
After a little teasing time Akasa has finally unveiled its newest CPU cooler, the Revo. Powered by thermodynamic 'bubble-pump' technology the Revo promises noiseless cooling and high thermal performance.
"We saw the potential in this new technology right away", says Adrian Young, Marketing Director of Akasa. "It's quieter than heatpipe coolers, cooler than conventional heatsinks, and easier to fit-and safer-than watercoolers. This technology could revolutionize CPU cooling".
OCZ have officially launched their latest CPU cooler, the Vendetta. As with their previous CPU coolers, this one is also a tower-like design only it has something a little extra special. If you look closely at the picture below you can see that the actual heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU, this making for much faster heat transfer and better overall performance.
For more information on it you'll find the official PR here folks.
Sunnyvale, CA-September 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vendetta CPU cooler as their leading-edge yet affordable solution. Using a distinctive, highly efficient heat pipe and fin design developed by Xigmatek in combination with a low-noise fan, the Vendetta is built to tackle heat-induced performance degradation and to solve the cooling challenges of today's enthusiast system builds.
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