According to DigiTimes, citing sources at motherboard makers, AMD will begin phasing out their Athlon X2 processors by the end of this year. The phase-out will start with the lower-end Athlon 64 X2 4200+ and 4000+ processors. During Q1 '08, AMD will also stop accepting orders for the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ black edition and 89W X2 6000+. At the later end of Q2, the old and tired will be succeeded by the Athlon 6250 and 6050, and X2 4600+ clocked at 2.3GHz.
Hardspell (via Beyond3D) has published some 3DMark05, 3DMark06 and Crysis numbers for the unannounced GeForce 8800 GS. In comparison to the 8800 GT, the G92-powered board contains only 12 ROPs, and its core, shader and memory clock's are respectively 575MHz, 1430MHz and 1700MHz (as opposed to the 8800 GT's 16 ROPs and clocks of 600MHz, 1500MHz and 1800MHz, respectively). Due to the board's 192-bit bus, the memory sizes are 384MB and possibly 768MB.
Contrary to their strategy of opening the series with high-end cards, Nvidia is reportedly going to debut the GeForce 9-series with the mid-range 9600 GT (D9P). As Expreview report, the 65nm chip will operate at 500MHz/1000MHz, include 64 shader processors and house 512MB of memory on a 256bit bus. It's still unsure whether the board will support DX10.1, however the site note that the board will rival the Radeon HD 3850 and the upcoming RV635.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate in to the wild, it is available to download from Microsoft. Having successfully downloaded and installed it on my eMachines computer, I am yet to see any speed improvements. It installed without a hitch and on this computer, is rock stable.
As I'm unable to report news on a daily basis at the present time, here's a gathering of the week's news. Another weekly news roundup will be posted this time next week, although from then on our news coverage will continue as usual. As the week's minor news will still be reported in the Sunday Sampler, the stories below are of the same importance as our usual daily coverage.
This week's happenings include a product's 25th birthday, two major companies combining, and another company heading for financial troubles. However, the biggest news is that Samsung has developed the world's fastest memory, a GDDR5 chip that can transfer data at six gigabits per second. "Samsung expects that GDDR5 memory chips will become the de facto standard in the top performing segment of the market by capturing more than 50% of the high-end PC graphics market by 2010."
Here comes another blow for AMD: the BIOS fix that supposedly repairs Phenom's Translation Lookaside Buffer logic for the L3 cache - which under specific circumstances causes system crashes - limits the processor's performance by an average 13.9% for office applications, or 19.8% when including memory subsystem results. The test subject was a Phenom 9600 on an MSI K9A2 Platinum motherboard, tested with and without the patched BIOS.
According to DigiTimes, citing sources at motherboard makers, Intel will roll-out the first dual-core Celeron chip on January 20. The first chip in the E1000 series, dubbed the E1200, will be clocked at 1.6GHz, include an 800MHz FSB and 512KB L2 cache with a price of US $53. As Fudzilla point-out, the chip is essentially identical to the Pentium E2140, although it includes half the L2 cache. For reference, the E2140 is priced at $64.
Following on from Leadtek's announcement of the 256MB 8800 GT, Asus has launched an 8800 GT equipped with 1GB of GDDR3 memory from Qimonda. Aside from the board's stock clocks (600MHz/900MHz), Asus has outfitted the board with a custom Glaciator Fansink that apparently reduces temps by 7?C over the stock cooler. Asus also noted that the board scores a 10% higher score in 3DMark06 due to the additional memory.
The folks over at HotHardware have found themselves in the presence of an RV635 XT-powered board with two DisplayPort ports. Tested on an unidentified monitor, the site note that daisy-chaining up to four monitors from a single graphics-card, or even from a single-cable will soon become a reality. The RV635 XT is believed to power a HD 3600-series board, and judging by the pictures provided, includes two DisplayPort and one DVI-D sockets.
If you've been examining the recent pictures of this board that have been leaked, you'll know that it only includes one SLI connector. OCW (via The Inquirer) has pointed out that for this exact reason, Tri-SLI will not be supported. This contradicts earlier reports about the three-way SLI properly functioning on the 8800 GT and lower end boards. However, The Inquirer points out that Tri-SLI can be achieved over the PCI-E bus, but that's going to be a "slow and buggy solution"...
Slightly improving on their previous record, which was also broken at DreamHack, Marcus and Robert have secured their place as number one in the hall of fame. By adding an additional 178 points to their previous world record, the figure stands at 29,325 points. The "key" to the record was apparently the Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card's slightly higher core clock of 1200MHz - as opposed to 1175MHz.