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Intel announces Pentium 4 "C" processors and Springdale chipsets

By: Array

Today Intel announced three new Pentium 4 processors which bring hyper-threading technology to mainstream PC users. The new Intel Pentium 4 processors include the 2.80C, and 2.60C, and 2.40C GHz and come equipped with HT Technology and 800MHz FSB.

 

Sydney, Australia, 21 May 2003 - Intel Corporation today announced three Intel® Pentium® 4 processors supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology** and a trio of chipsets enabling faster and more feature-rich corporate and consumer PCs at mainstream price points. The new Intel Pentium 4 processors -- 2.80C, and 2.60C, and 2.40C GHz -- come equipped with HT Technology and an advanced 800 MHz system bus that allows information to flow to and from the processor more quickly.
More information in our New Products Forum

 

Additionally, Intel announced their Intel Springdale 865G and 865PE chipsets today which support HT Technology and 800MHz FSB at a lower cost than Canterwood based motherboards, thus enabling Intel to reach the mainstream user.

 

The 865G chipset marks the beginning of the new Intel® Stable Image Platform Program unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in February. Previously code-named Granite Peak, the program provides at least 12 months of chipset hardware and software driver stability for corporate PC buyers. The program provides software image stability that IT managers can use to more easily manage the deployment and maintenance of their PC environments.
The Tech Report has posted a review of the new chipsets and the new processors. OC Addiction review the FIC VL11PE Springdale motherboard and MB Review check out the Intel D865PERL (i865PE) and Intel D865GBF (i865G) reference boards. And if you still want more action, EPoX let us know about their 4PDA2+ Springdale motherboard which you can read about in our New Products Forum.

 

This should keep you busy till our Springdale review which we hope to have posted later today or early tomorrow!

 

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nVidia announce nForce3 Pro - Opteron support galore!

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As many of you will already know, AMD today announced their AMD Opteron 64bit workstation / server level processor.

 

Companies including nVidia and VIA also announced their supporting motherboard chipsets today in the nForce3 Pro and VIA Apollo K8T400M, respectively, along with a bunch of other IT companies announcing their support for AMD's world changing processor which help put AMD in a seemingly nice position at the moment as Intel remain without a 64bit platform on the market - at least for the time being.

 

NEW YORK CITY, NY-APRIL 22, 2003-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today introduced NVIDIA nForce™3 Professional, the Company's first single-chip, core-logic solution for professional computing environments. Optimized for the new 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processor announced earlier today, NVIDIA nForce3 Professional platform processors provide a compatible, stable, and reliable computing platform for professional workstation users who wish to exploit the benefits of both 32-bit and 64-bit computing environments. In addition, all NVIDIA platform processors take advantage of the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture-NVIDIA's "one driver for all platforms" design philosophy-which greatly simplifies IT deployment and enhance low-cost product life cycle management.
More information @ nVidia

 

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AMD 2600+ 333MHz FSB CPU Review @ OCAddiction

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Well, if you're in the same boat as me, you may be wondering what flavor of CPU to stick in your computer. With the Intel's Prescott, and AMD's Opteron 64-bit CPU slated to appear, the question may be a bit hard to answer. For those of you who don't want to wait, the crew over at OCAddiction have taken AMD's 2600+ 333MHz CPU to the slate to see if it's worth your hard earned buck.

 

Today we're playing with the AMD AthlonXP 2600+ that ships from the factory at 333Mhz front side bus. Here at OCAddiction we admit it up front, we're speed whores. We really don't care what it says on the box so long as it's faster. That said, we've been excited to play with these new Thoroughbreds and see if they are really that much improved over their 266Mhz bus little brothers. We're adopting pretty much a just the facts approach to this review. A little about the CPU, a few key features, some CPU benchmarks, and then we'll wrap it up.
More information @ OCAddiciton

 

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Judge bans VIA P4 chipsets in Germany

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The Inquirer has a story reporting that a Dusseldorf judge ruled that VIA chipsets that work with the Pentium 4 processor cannot be sold or imported into Germany. As expected, VIA will appeal, keeping lawyers grinning.

 

Bloomberg later quoted Via CEO Wenchi Chen, speaking at a press conference in Taiwan, as saying that it will appeal against the decision by a Dusseldorf court, and other patent cases in Germany are still not resolved.
More information @ The Inquirer

 

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Actual AMD Opteron benchmarks?

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German site 3D Center claim to have the first actual benchmarks of AMD's up-and-coming Opteron processor running at 2GHz. Benchmarked from within AMD labs, they compare the Opteron against an Athlon XP, Athlon Thunderbird, Pentium 4, Pentium 4 Xeon, Itanium 1 and 2 under SPEC CPU2000. The translation is fairly shady but all we really need to see are the numbers, which I stress, should be treated as speculation at this stage. Don't ask me how they managed to run the tests, for all we know an AMD employee could have done them.

 

On the Microprocessor forum in San Jose, California, announced AMD first of bench mark to 2,0 GHz of a Opteron of processor. Contrary to not at all estimated values uncommon with server processors in the preparatory phase (which however mostly nevertheless are correct) this bench mark on a material Opteron system in the AMD laboratories rule-fairly and offer after the values Clawhammer prototypes on 800 MHz from June this yearly the first halfway reliable numbers were measured to AMD's of new processor generation.
More information @ 3D Center (translated)

 

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Intel i845GE Chipset Overview

accelenation.com has their first look at Intel's new i845GE chipset. Head on over and see how the new chipset stands up to its predecessors plus a Shuttle SS51.

Much like the i845PE, the i845GE adds an integrated graphics core which uses shared memory. With the upcoming Pentium 4's rumored to have Hyper Threading Enabled, the i845GE receives support for Hyper Threading technology, which the i845G lacked.
More information at accelenation.com

 

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AMD Athlon XP™ 2700+ and 2400+ Processors Reviewed

Today GotApex? not only has got their hands on an Athlon XP2400+ but also an Athlon 2700+ and then went to work to see how these two CPU's could stand up to a little workout.

A rap on the office's front door and a gentle thud of a dropping box caused us to spring to life, as we rushed to see what the good 'ol UPS lady had left for us. Knowing full well that the launch of the new 333MHz FSB AMD chips were looming on the horizon, we had hoped that we could have a peak at just how beneficial the move to the 333MHZ FSB would prove to be. Sure enough, the contents of the oversized box was the standard AMD CPU review kit. The CPU to be the subject of the review, and already fastened to the mainboard, was the AthlonXP 2700+.
More information at GotApex?

 

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Dell Considers Opteron a Possibility

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Dell, who has always been a huge Intel supporter, may now be leaning towards using AMD's 64bit Opteron processors in their servers. While Dell has made no firm commitments as of yet, they have confirmed this as a possibility. Dell expects to come to a decision by the end of this year.

 

The first indication from Dell that the AMD Opteron MPU was being considered appeared in the New York Times last Sunday, in a story on Intel's Itanium processor. That story contained comments by Randy Groves, vice president for the enterprise systems group, that "This is the first time AMD has had a value proposition that is more than just price. That's something we have to take seriously." The Dell spokesman confirmed the quote today.
More information @ EBNews

 

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New Intel Chipset Driver - Do NOT Install

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There's a newish Intel Chipset INF Driver file being reported about on several news sites today, that is being mirrored at some French website I had never heard of before now. Anyway, I installed the driver (dated 9/3/02) on my PC and as a result experienced nothing but problems - It installed without a problem, but after rebooting the system was very sluggish and programs were not responding. For example, Internet Explorer was taking a minute to load - what fun. I have a feeling it wasn't detecting the IDE controller properly and was operating at ATA33, even though it felt as if it was running much slower.

 

Dreading the worst (a format), I checked out the Intel website and downloaded the latest OFFICIAL Intel Chipset INF Driver more info (dated 6/7/02) hoping to install over the top of the newer unofficial driver which is floating around today. After downloading, I went ahead and tried to install the older driver, but it wouldn't pass 30% through installation. Thinking I was in for a format, in a last ditched effort, I rebooted and started up in Safe Mode and tried to install the older official drivers, again - It worked, and fixed all the problems aforementioned.

 

If you were unlucky enough to install this new Intel Chipset Driver floating around, I hope this information has proved useful for you. I just wish news reporters would bother to test new drivers first before they post about them and give many users, like myself, an unneeded headache!

 

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