Anandtech has got its hands on a Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 motherboard and has run some benchmarks on it. This is an early engineering sample and we're not quite sure why they bothered testing it, as looking at the benchmark results, the board is hardly any faster than the Abit P35 board that they've compared it to.
Although the board apparently was happy to run all the tests they threw at it, it wasn't a good overclocker and had to be run at stock speed. Although they managed to get some tests to run at a 510MHz bus, it wasn't stable enough, so the best they could do for a complete run of benchmarks was 400MHz.
We can confirm that the official Intel X38 chipset launch has been pushed back after having been brought forward. So everyone that's hoping for a launch on the 9/10th of September depending on where you live, you'll be disappointed to know that the launch has now been pushed back to the 23/24th of September, as it was initially intended.
But for those of you that desperately want an X38 board next week we've got some good news, apparently the motherboard manufacturers have already got stocks of the chipset and from what we've heard, some of them are intending to launch their boards on the 9/10th without Intel's blessing or official chipset launch.
This is very much akin with the P35 launch, as boards were available to purchase a good two to three weeks before the official launch at Computex in June this year. It seems strange that Intel allows this, but no-one is going to be sad if they can buy a board based on a new chipset before it has been officially announced.
If you thought the new 1GB HD 2900 XTs were pretty badass, wait'll you set your eyes on this monster from Diamond. Engadget report that they are planning to release a HD 2900 XT based graphics card not with 1, but *2* GB of GDDR4 memory.
The forthcoming VFX 2000 Series card is primarily aimed at the professional workstation market and uses a modified PCB to support similar workstation-class features to that of the FireGL line.
There's no confirmation of what speeds the GPU and memory will run at yet though, but the card is set to be launched within the next few weeks.
ProLink has released its PixelView PlayTV Xpress Express card TV tuner card. It's quite a well features Express card, it supports all worldwide TV standards as well as it's got a built in FM radio tuner and video capture features. It doesn't support any digital TV standards though, which makes it a bit less appealing when you're considering that more and more countries are going digital and killing their analog TV networks.
The PlayTV Xpress uses the PCI Express bus rather than USB which is also an option for Express card devices and it's a 54mm Express card. It's also compatible with Windows Media Center Edition and it supports time shift recording.
Palit has moved into the motherboard market and has launched its first motherboard, the 945GC1066. It's a budget micro ATX board based on the 945GC chipset with a few tweaks which allows it to operate at 1,066MHz bus. It's compatible with all 65 and 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo processors and it has two DDR2 memory slots which supports 667MHz memory.
Other features include integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, Realtek 10/100Mbit Ethernet and 7.1-channel HD audio. It's got a single x16 PCI Express slot, a x1 PCI Express slot and two PCI slots.
Casio has showed of a new digital Exilim camera based on Sony's latest CMOS sensor which is capable of shooting 300 frames per second in VGA resolution, or 60fps at 6 Megapixels. Although it is limited to a maximum resolution of 6 Megapixels, but this shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem considering the high frame speed of this camera. Although it's only a prototype for now, we doubt that the final version will look all that different to the one showed.
The lens on the prototype features 12x optical zoom, equivalent to 35 to 420mm on a 35mm film camera. It stores pictures on SDHC cards and it has CMOS-shift image stabilization which should help handheld shots with the long optical zoom. Around the back you'll find a 2.8-inch LCD display and an electronic viewfinder with dioptre adjustment.
It's been revealed by an updated Intel roadmap earlier today that three Penryn based Xeon processors with a whopping 1600MHz front-side bus will be launched sometime during Q4 (supposedly along with the rest of the Penryn family).
The line topping Xeon E5472 processor runs at 3GHz, with the E5462 sitting close behind at 2.8GHz. Each is said to be priced at around $958 and $797 respectively.
It's also been noted by the lads over at Dailytech that there will be a dual-core Penryn based Xeon hit shelves too, this being the E5272. This chip will run at 3.4GHz and is set to be priced at somewhere around $1,172, OUCH!
Samsung yesterday expanded their Q1 Ultra UMPCs with three new additions, these each based around the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system.
Beginning at the lowest spec'd of the bunch, there is the new Q1U-ELXP which comes with an Intel A100 processor running at 600MHz and a 40GB HDD, this model has an RRP of $999 USD.
A bump in price to $1,149 gets you the Q1U-XP which has an Intel A110 processor operating at 800MHz and a 60GB HDD.
Just recently we posted about the MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard based on the AMD RD790 chipset and now it is time to focus on the X38 Diamond which we also saw at the MSI HQ here in Taiwan today.
The MSI marketing people just sent through a shot of the almost final revision of their X38 Diamond with the new full cooper heat pipe cooling solution (the shipping version will be striped of DDR2 slots and will be DDR3 only). The X38 chipset does get quite hot and as a result, a rather exotic cooler is required to keep things in order but it is not quite as crazy as the previous types we have seen from MSI but almost.
A little bit later than initially expected, HTC has finally launched the TyTN II Windows Mobile 6 Professional smart phone. To call it a smart phone is almost an insult, as the TyTN II has more features built in that some budget notebooks. It's a quad band GSM, tri band 3.5G handset with HSDPA, GPRS and EDGE for data connectivity. It also features 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless connectivity.
It's powered by a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200 CPU and comes with 256MB of ROM and 128MB or RAM. It has a 2.8-inch 240x320 LCD touch screen that slides out to reveal a keyboard and it can even be tilted for better usage on a desk. The TyTN II also has a 3 Megapixel camera with auto focus, a first as far as we know from HTC, as well as a front mounted VGA camera for video calls.