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Archive for October, 2016

Futuremark 3DMark08 screenshots

“Soon” was the only word used by Nick Evanson, a Futuremark representative, to describe when we can get our hands on the next version of 3DMark. However waiting isn’t so bad after all – thanks to PCPOP.com – as we now have an array of screenshots from 3DMark08 handy. Thankfully, it’s not a DX10 rehash of 3DMark06, but much rather a shiny new build (as ’05 was to ’03). The six shots on offer reveal a modern city, a WWII-like scenario, and an assortment of nature renders…

AMD prepare Athlon X2 demise: K10 refresh Q2 ’08

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.

Nvidia’s 8800 GS benchmarked, pictured

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.

GeForce 9-series to debut with 9600 GT

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.

Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate in the wild!

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.

Weekly hardware news [15-12-07]

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.

Iomega to Acquire ExcelStor

Iomega have announced that they will buy the Hard Disk Manufacturer ExcelStor for $200 million, as Toms Hardware reports. Excelstor is owned and run by Beijing company Great Wall Technology. They make 20 million hard drives per year, and their 2006 revenue was $707.1 million – considerably higher than Iomega’s $229 million which was recorded during the same time frame.

Sunday Sampler [9-12-07]

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."

AMD’s BIOS fix for TLB erratum slows down Phenom, further

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.

Intel Yorkfield delayed until February

The remaining desktop Yorkfield parts have been postponed until late February, according to French enthusiast site, Hardware.fr. Apparently a bug, that in very rare circumstances, causes crashes is present in all Yorkfield parts – including the already launched QX9650. This has never been witnessed in the wild, though Intel has detected the eratta in the lab through a new validation procedure. This gives AMD an extra month to roll out the bug-free B3 revision Phenoms with higher clocks.

Dual-core Celeron arriving January 20

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.

Asus roll-out 8800 GT equipped with 1GB memory

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.

Radeon HD 3600 (RV635 XT) with DisplayPort pictured

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.

GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB doesn’t support Tri-SLI

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"...

Kinc, Crotale push 3DMark 06 record to 29,325 points

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.

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