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VIA Technologies seemed down and out over the past 8 months with Pentium 4 licensing issues with Intel and battle in the AMD segment with nVidia and their popular nForce chipset series. Now that VIA and Intel have settled their differences with Pentium 4 licensing, it has enabled VIA to get back into the chipset game at full strength with no objects in their way.
As a step in the right direction for regaining their strong Pentium 4 chipset market presence once more, today VIA launched their newest chipset, the PT800 chipset for the Pentium 4 which is targeted at the performance mainstream segment. Coupled with VIA's new VT8237 Southbridge which was launched only last week, you have support for 800MHz FSB processors, FastStream64 DDR400, AGP8X, and native Serial ATA/RAID. We will spend tomorrow testing VIA's reference PT800 motherboard and we should have a complete review published in two days - if everything goes to plan!
Supporting 800MHz FSB and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, the VIA PT800 chipset implements VIA's advanced FastStream64 DDR400 Memory Controller and AGP8X graphics port in a synchronized North Bridge configuration that maximizes bus bandwidth efficiency. When coupled with the advanced new VIA VT8237 South Bridge, the PT800 delivers a host of advanced connectivity and multimedia features, including the VIA DriveStation Controller Suite, containing the industry's first full-featured native Serial ATA/RAID controller that enables the fusion of high-speed 150MB/s dual channel Serial ATA with RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, and RAID Level 0+1 storage options while retaining support for up to four additional Parallel ATA-133 devices. The VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite provides superlative integrated and onboard 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound options while 8X V-Link serves as a high-throughput North and South Bridge interconnect, feeding a host of high-bandwidth connectivity options including support for up to eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet.More information in our VIA Forum
Digi Times are reporting that Intel will launch two new chipsets for Pentium 4 value end users. Think of the new chipsets as a cut down Springdale with Single Channel DDR.
Intel plans to release two new Pentium 4 chipsets supporting single-channel DDR400 and an 800Mhz FSB (front-side bus), Taiwanese motherboard sources said. The 848P, formerly rumored as the 865PL, will be marketed for the value-line end-user market, while the 865GV will target OEM customers.More information @ Digi Times
Intel's 848P will share the same core and technologies as the existing 865P chipset, and only minor revisions will be needed to lower the 865P's memory bandwidth from dual-channel to single-channel and increase its FSB speed to 800Mhz.
Beyond3D has posted a preview of ATI's upcoming Radeon 9100 IGP with Dual Channel DDR-400, AGP 8x and Hyper Threading support but only 533MHz FSB support for the Pentium 4 line.
Much of the configurations of RS300 follows that of Intel's own Springdale chipset, with a Dual DDR 333/400MHz memory bus. At present ATI do not have an 800MHz FSB chipset license, meaning that although 400MHz DDR RAM can be used the CPU FSB will still be limited to 533MHz. Sources indicate that the chipset is fully capable of supporting and 800MHz FSB but its just a question of timing with the license - in other words, watch this space.More information @ Beyond3D
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!
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 nForce3 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
It appears that Intel is set to officially release it's newest processor on Monday.
Intel Corp. on Monday will release upgraded versions of its Xeon processors for dual-processor workstations and servers at speeds of 3GHz and 3.06GHz, according to sources familiar with the chip maker's plans.More information @ eWEEK
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
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
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)
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