A-DATA discusses upcoming gamer products from HQ

Cameron Wilmot | | Jun 16, 2008 3:31 AM CDT

We spent a couple hours with A-DATA at its Taiwanese headquarters today and discussed current as well as future plans for the expanding memory company.

Cheryl Chu (Project Marketing Manager) and Steven Kuo (OC Product Manager) of A-DATA mentioned many fascinating points which suggested the future direction of the company to us. Steven was employed by A-DATA recently to take over its overclocking products and also head up a new direction for A-DATA which focuses on gaming products.

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AMD Phenom looking to be in a world of hurt

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jun 15, 2008 10:18 PM CDT

As it is, AMD are really struggling to attract much interest in their underwhelming lineup of Phenom desktop processors. The only good thing they have going for them is the pricetag, making it easier for people on a budget to become a part of the quad-core crowd.

If they think that's what's going to keep them afloat though, they'd better re-think their strategy, and very soon. Intel are planning to close the gap entirely next quarter by releasing new entry-level Core 2 Duo and Quad processors that will be as cheap as chips!

Talk of a Core 2 Quad Q8000 lineup is getting stronger, with a Q8200 offering to kick it off which sits at 2.33GHz and contains 4MB of shared L2 cache on a 1333MHz FSB. The most hurtful aspect of this as far as AMD's Phenom range go, is the price. Several asian websites are reporting that the Q8200 will come in at a mere $203, just slightly above what AMD charge at the moment for its 2.2GHz X4s/2.4GHz X3s.

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Amazon adds Diamond Radeon HD 4850 to its website

Cameron Wilmot | Internet & Websites | Jun 13, 2008 9:02 AM CDT

It appears as if somebody forgot to tell Amazon the launch date for AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.

Amazon has gone ahead and listed Diamond's ATI Radeon 4850PE3512 PCIE 512MB GDDR3 graphics card for $199.99 USD with shipping expected in one to two months. Amazon states that the card has PCI Express 2.0 support, 512MB of 256-bit GDDR3 memory, Support for Microsoft Direct X 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 2.0 and Built-in HDMI support (even though the provided pictures don't show a HDMI port).

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TweakTown's VIDEO unboxing of ASUS Eee PC 1000H!

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | Jun 13, 2008 9:00 AM CDT

TWEAKTOWN EXCLUSIVE We got word that the ASUS Eee PC 1000 and 1000H was to begin selling on Wednesday this week in Taiwan and we instantly set about trying to buy one.

The new 10-inch Intel Atom powered sub-notebooks with 802.11n wireless were actually available from local retailers yesterday with a huge demand but we managed to pick one up today for an early look here at TweakTown. We preferred the Eee PC 1000 (40GB SSD) but from what we were told, the Eee PC 1000H (80GB HDD) has came out first.

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ZOTAC announces GeForce 9800 GTX ZONE Edition

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 13, 2008 7:44 AM CDT

While we got a first look at ZOTAC's GeForce 9800 GTX ZONE Edition at Computex in Taipei last week, it has now been officially released.

All of ZOTAC's ZONE Edition graphics cards will come with factory preinstalled water-cooling and of course a hefty overclock. ZOTAC's ZONE 9800 GTX gets a core clock speed of 700MHz (default is 675MHz), memory gets a speed bump to 2250MHz DDR (default is 2200MHz DDR) and the shader clock goes to 1700MHz (default is 1688MHz).

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GeIL's Post-Computex 2008 PDF Report is here

Cameron Wilmot | | Jun 13, 2008 7:07 AM CDT

Burning in... myth or fact?!

GeIL sent us over their post-Computex 2008 PDF report which gives a rundown of what they showed during the big show in Taipei last week.

The most notable thing mentioned was the memory companies Die-hard Burn-in technology (or DBT for short). GeIL's DBT process will be applied in its memory production with the DBT-1 burn-in chamber as a form of "reliability engineering". The DBT process is said to stress memory modules at an elevated temperature and voltage level to detect the failure components to improve the overall product quality and user satisfaction.

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CoolIT intros extreme cooling for Intel Skulltrail

Cameron Wilmot | | Jun 12, 2008 8:31 AM CDT

TWEAKTOWN EXCLUSIVE CoolIT just gave us the heads up that later today they will be announcing the high-end Boreas MTEC ST cooler and case combo and more affordable PURE ST standalone cooler - you get a first look at it here right now.

Both of these cooling products are designed specifically for the Intel Skulltrail enthusiast gaming platform that was released in February this year. Skulltrail D5400XS motherboards are based on Intel's 5400 "Seaburg" workstation chipset and support two 45nm based Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors operating at 3.2GHz with 1600MHz QDR bus speed. It is also the only Intel chipset based motherboard that officially supports SLI and Quad SLI at that.

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Medusa stars in NVIDIA's upcoming GT200 tech demo

Cameron Wilmot | | Jun 12, 2008 7:48 AM CDT

Always at about this time before the launch of a major new GPU, AMD or NVIDIA will begin distributing a technology demo which is designed to showcase the power of its new graphics chips. it creates some early excitement for their upcoming product.

IT168 in China has got hold of the GT200 tech demo which is called "Medusa".

They ran the demo at 1680 x 1050 with eight times AA enabled and if you look closely at the screenshots, you can see that the frame rate ranges between 7 FPS and 17 FPS. Can you say highly intensive? By the look of the screenshots, we are in for a treat!

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Ready for PCI Express 3.0? - It's coming late 2010

Cameron Wilmot | | Jun 12, 2008 4:36 AM CDT

Mark Hachman over at ExtremeTech managed to attend a press conference this week held by the PCI Special Interest Group chairman Al Yanes.

Are you ready for this? In the presentation plans to support 300-watt graphics cards taking up three slots were discussed. You did read that correctly!

Right now even the highest performing GPU's don't come close to using 300 watts in a single graphics card setup but this could become the norm for high-end graphics cards in a year or two from now. Does that really mean we'll need to use up six slots for a SLI or CrossfireX setup? There will be hardly any room left for anything else to fit in like TV tuners or sound cards.

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