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Daily News Round #2 for August 4, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 4, 2004
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Aug 4, 2004 12:38 pm

- ASUS P5GD2 i915P & P5AD2 i925X Premium

The folks from Hexus have been dishing out the reviews quite frequently of late, their latest being a dual review on ASUS's P5GD2 i915P and P5AD2 i925X Premium motherboards for the LGA775 Intel platform. Packed with features'a'plenty along with a solid reputation, you couldn't go wrong in picking up one of these for your next upgrade.


Intel recently forged ahead with its plans modernise almost every facet of motherboard architecture. The traditional model's attributes were beginning to show their age. The PCI bus, for example, capable of a theoretical 133MB/s transfer speeds seemed just too slow, especially in the face of the increase in off-chipset SATA, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire usage. That's precisely why chipset makers tried to graft as many high-speed features as possible on new south bridges. Potential problems didn't stop there, either. Both AMD and Intel had moved on to using DDR400 memory for their latest respective processors. The next official speed bump would likely require DDR500 RAM at a minimum. Such a speed begins to eat at DDR-I's headroom ceiling; you don't find too many modules that can run at, say, DDR600 with ease. Then there's problems of addressing the ever-escalating power requirements and improving integrated graphics performance. In short, Intel saw an immediate need for a major overhaul.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- ThermalTake Gamma Pad @ Hybrid Mods
- Sony VGN-U50 @ i4u
- HIS X800 Pro @ The TechZone
- Native Command Queuing [NCQ] Technology Explained @ CoolTechZone
- Plextor PX-AV100U Digital Video Converter @ Plextor
- Press release - New Products! @ PolarFLO


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