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Daily News Round #1 for June 21, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for June 21, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Jun 21, 2004 9:53 am

- Gigabyte Announces 8-Sigma 915P/925X Series

A press release came in from Gigabyte this morning announcing their new 8 Sigma series of enthusiast motherboards, based on Intel's new 915P and 925X chipsets, tieing in with their latest LGA775 P4 processors. You can find a stack of sites out there covering the new architecture after the NDA was lifted on the weekend, most of which I've rounded up for everyone in a below post. Gigabyte's official press release covering more in-depth info on their new 8 Sigma series can be obtained here folks.


June 21st, 2004 ---Taipei, Taiwan---- GIGABYTE Technology has once again redefined the definition of the enthusiast motherboard with the debut the latest flagship motherboard to the technology scene. Interested in next-generation technologies? Meet the GIGABYTE ultimate 8 (Sigma) motherboard series and take an in-depth look at the advanced offerings of Intel's 925X and 915P chipsets. In this flagship motherboard line, the 8 Series embodies intense performance, and represents a fusion of the best GIGABYTE innovations.


The 8 Series offers a complete range of features dedicated to satisfying all computing needs. Experience next-generation processing with the latest LGA775 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology! With new 90nm technology, the world's most advanced chip-making process, it delivers significant gains in performance through the combination of lower-power transistors, strained silicon, high-speed copper interconnects and a new low-k dielectric material. The 8 Series motherboards support DDR-2 533 / 400 to deliver a maximum memory bandwidth of 8.5GB/s in dual channel DDR mode. Along with enhanced performance is additional system stability with the GIGABYTE Universal Plus Dual Power System (U-Plus D.P.S.). U-Plus D.P.S. is a revolutionary eight-phase power circuit designed to withstand varying electrical current levels, ensuring future processor upgrades.


- ABIT's New AA8 & AG8 925X/915P Series

ABit have also handed out a press release this morning letting us know of their new 915P and 925X chipset based boards, respectively dubbed the AG8 and AA8-DuraMAX. You will find ABit's revolutionary OTES Aeroflow cooling technology resident on the new series of boards amongst all the other features these boards natively have to offer. uGuru's of course a part of the deal as well, along with a big return to ABit's "Overclocking Strips" (not seen since the TH7 quite a while back), also now an implementation on both boards. More details on the many unique features these two ABit variants have to offer within the supporting PR's. The AA8-DuraMax PR can be grabbed here, and 915P AG8 here.


June 21, 2004 - No stranger to innovation, ABIT Computer today releases the AA8-DuraMAX with new OTES AeroFlow™ for the best onboard cooling solution and Overclocking Strips™ for more stable and powerful overclocking . ABIT's µGuru™ has added Autodrive™ to allow ABIT users to have their PC automatically speed up or slow down according to what the user is doing. With ABIT's BulletProof Technology, the AA8-DuraMAX is Torture Test Passed to ensure durability not found on other boards.


Designed for Intel's new 925X chipset , the AA8-DuraMAX comes equipped with next-generation DDR2 for faster memory and PCI Express for vastly increased video memory bandwidth. PCI Express allows for richer colours, hyper-realistic 3D images and higher resolutions. With PCI Express, the AA8-DuraMAX is a powerful platform for your home entertainment system or for professional graphic needs. Games like FarCry and Half-Life2 have never looked better.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Asetek VapoChill LightSpeed @ ExtremeOverclocking
- AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ OCModShop
- Intel's 915G & 925X chipsets @ Tech Report
- Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPRO @ TweakNews
- Laks Music Memory MP3 Wrist Watch @ i4u
- Gigabyte FX 5900XT @ Bit-Tech
- The making of a motherboard: Abit Factory Tour @ The TechZone