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"...