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eGames & Entertainment Expo 2007 – day 2 walkabout

With a total of 15,647 visitors last year, and an estimated 20,000+ this year, the eGames & Entertainment Expo is back in Melbourne Australia from the 16th - 18th November. The eGames expo provides a platform for manufacturers, game developers and publishers, to launch, showcase and market products in the digital entertainment industry. I attended day 2 of eGames 07, and here's what went on...

Tri-SLI only offers a 26% improvment over SLI at high-res

Although Nvidia is still supposedly "working hard" to enhance the drivers, the benchmarks we've already seen regarding three-way SLI show it to be a disappointment, and VR-Zone's tests are no exception. Using three 8800 Ultra's on a nForce 790i SLI reference board, VR-Zone witnessed a 26% improvement in 3DMark06 at 1920x1440 with 16x AA Quality and 16x AF. However, when using no AA/AF, there is only a 5.6% performance boost over two-way setups.

Intel X48 is still nothing special: compared to X38

AnandTech has directly compared an ASUS P5E3 Deluxe (X38) with a P5E3 Premium (X48) - clearly illustrating the performance similarities between the two chipsets. Using a Core 2 Quad QX9650, and 1GB of Corsair CM3X1024-1800C7D 5-5-5-15 (DDR3-1333) memory, the difference in the SuperPI 8MB test was only 8ms. This continues in BattleField 2 with the X48 leading by 0.31 FPS. The only thing that separates the two chips, aside from FSB's, is the overclockability...

Nvidia bumps G98 launch to December this year

According to DigiTimes, citing sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers, Nvidia will launch the first G98-based products in December this year. Previously slated for January '08, the site suggests that "buoyant sales of G80 and growing attention for the G92" are the reason for the earlier launch. Also noted was that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will manufacture the chip.

EVGA accidentally reveal Nvidia’s next graphics cards – *or not*

The folks over at Real World Labs seem to have been in the right place at the right time. According to their screenshots, EVGA's MOD RIG listed some new boards from Nvidia. The first of which is the 8850 GTX2, which sounds like a dual-GPU board powered by two G92 cores. Next is the 8900 GTX Black Pearl, which could perhaps be a G92 powered 8800 GTX refresh. Last but not least is the 9800 GTX with 1.5GB of memory, which could perhaps adopt a D9P chip.

Intel Wolfdale E8500 tested at 4.7GHz on air

A member of the TweakTown forums who goes by the name “Windwithme” has posted some benchmarks of a Wolfdale-based Core 2 E8500. At stock speeds, the CPU completed the 32MB SuperPI test in 15min 12.828 seconds – while the time improves by around three minutes when clocked at 4.4GHz, scoring 12min 17.86 seconds. Upping the clocks to a max 4702 MHz, the CPU scored 9.860s in the 1MB test. The setup used an Asus P5K3-Deluxe motherboard.

Geforce 8800 GTS 512MB (G92) pictured

As the excitement regarding the 8800 GT settles down, we turn our attention back to the 128 shader G92-powered 8800 GTS, that to this day is still scheduled to arrive on December 3rd. Chinese site it168.com (via TechConnect) has published a few pictures of the board. The four pictures shown reveal a 9-inch long, dual-slot board with a somewhat "chunky" heatsink. The board features a core clock of 650 MHz, shaders at 1625 MHz and GDDR3 memory operating at 1940 MHz.

AMD release Radeon HD 3800-series – first reviews out

The first component making up AMD's Spider platform has been released. Contrary to the previews we saw earlier in the week, the HD 3870 can't outperform the HD 2900 XT - however with miniscule performance differences - the 3870 wins when it comes down to price-for-performance. AMD note that the boards cost US $179 and $219, respectively. Some of the reviews published include TechReport, VR-Zone and Beyond3D.

Radeon HD 3870 X2 pictured in Crossfire and more

LegitReviews has had the chance to play with a system equipped with two HD 3870 X2 boards - while Fudzilla have followed closely behind and posted some pics of a similar setup. Legit claim that, while playing Unreal Tournament 3, "stability and performance were impressive". The system Fudzilla played with had a "rather interesting 777 MHz clock and two power connectors, a 3x2 pin and one 4x2 pin." The site also has some pictures of the board by itself...

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