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It appears that Sony did indeed change the CPU in the new 40GB version of the PS3 to a 65nm chip after all, despite what you might've read earlier. It took a while for Sony to admit to doing so, but Kazuo Hirai, the president of SCEI came clean and said that the Cell Broadband Engine in the 40GB model is indeed produced using a 65nm process.
The story started in Japan with some journalists noticing a much lower power usage of the 40GB model, although Sony did initially deny that there were any new chips in the latest revision of the console. However, now the company has come clean and although the Cell processor has had its die shrunk, the RSX graphics chip remains at 90nm.
The Japanese website Impress PC Watch has stripped one of the new consoles and they've also done some power testing. The old model draws 170W at boot, while the new model only draws 117W. During DVD playback we're looking at 198 versus 140W and playing Ridge Racer 7 the old model draws 191W while the new model only draws 136W. It seems strange that the PS3 draws more power during DVD playback than when you're playing games though.
The picture above is of the new motherboard which is missing the Emotion Engine of the PS2 which the 20 and 60GB models came with. There are plenty of pictures on how to disassemble the PS3, although PC Watch isn't suggestion you should do so, as it'll void your warranty. The PS3 looks quite different from the Xbox 360 internally, which shows that it has nothing in common with a PC, unlike the Xbox 360 which has borrowed heavily from the PC platform.
You can find a babelfish translated link of the PC Watch article here and there are loads of pictures to have a look at if you want to see more of the internals of a PS3.
A new CPU cooler has made its way into ASUS' Triton series this week dubbed the Triton 77.
This new Triton 77 incorporates innovative features that include the up-way air flow technology, high-density fins, dynamic fan speed control and pure copper heat pipes to deliver efficient heat dissipation for the latest quad-core processors. With its lightweight and compact cooler size, the Triton 77 is also compatible with a wide range of motherboards and chassis.
Quite an interesting concept with the fan being mounted underneath, not something you see often that's for sure. As to just how effective it is, we'll have to wait for the reviews to show up.
The announcement can be found here folks.
With ASUS' innovative Up-way air flow cooling technology, the Triton 77 provides up to 15% enhanced cooling efficiency by rapidly transferring heat directly from the CPU and dissipating it out from the chassis with the case fan. Additionally, it also carries the heat produced by the VRM (Voltage regulation modules) surrounding the CPU to reduce their temperature by 10-15°C for system reliability and stability.
Some benchmark results for AMD's upcoming quad-core based "Phenom X4" have surfaced on the web which puts it up against a few of Intel's Core 2 processors in the new Crysis demo.
It would be really nice to see AMD apply some real pressure back on Intel once again but if these benchmark numbers are anything to go by It's unfortunately easy to assume that isn't going to happen. The AMD processor gets its rear handed to it by all three Intel processors even when overclocked to 3GHz.
Thanks to Expreview for the early look at K10 quad-core performance, as depressing as it is.
Thanks to the built-in CPU/GPU branchmark system of Crysis, we can easily finish CPU/GPU branchmark on this game. The GPU branchmark will finish today,before that let's have some branchmark score of CPUs:QX6850,QX9650,Phenom X4.
For more balance, Phenom X4 is already OC to 3GHz(15x200MHz) .Because the built-in Memory controller of Phenom have some auto setting funtion, so the memory frenquency is set to 375MHz automatically.
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.