OCZ announced that they will be entering the SSD Market, with a 32GB and a 64GB Solid State Disk Drive. Read speed is expected to be 58MB/s and Write speed is expected to be 35MB/s. Not exactly fast, but OCZ said they plan on releasing faster SSD as time goes on.
Team Group now have the fastest desktop memory available, clocked at an incredible 2.13GHz. The cas latency is 10 and uses 2.1 to 2.2v of electricity.
The folks over at Expreview have published the first review of the HD 2600 XT's successor, alias the Radeon HD 3670. Due to the sluggish performance witnessed, the success of the 55nm board over the HD 2600-series will purely come down to the support for DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, DisplayPort, and of course, the price. Using an E6850 coupled to a Foxconn Mars motherboard, the board fails to significantly outperform the HD 2600 XT in all the benchmarks published...
With the recent abandoning of HD DVD by Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, Universal and Paramount remain the only companies left still using the HD DVD format. When asked if Microsoft would support a Blu-ray DVD accessory in the event that HD-DVD failed, Albert Penello, group marketing manager for Xbox, replied "It should be consumer choice; and if that's the way they vote, that's something we'll have to consider"...
Sparkle has announced no less than eight versions of the GeForce 8500 GT and 8600 GT equipped with 1GB of memory. They note that users will experience a "great gaming benefit from high speed and high capacity 1GB video memory" when playing DX10 games. The only significant difference between the eight boards - apart from the fact that some are 8600's and some 8500's - appears to be the cooling used. Cooling aside though, the boards all feature stock clocks.
AMD has recently announced a new program that, in the company's own words, delivers "the ultimate visual experience". Dubbed Live! Explorer, the program allows users to "easily browse their music, photos and videos in a 3D moving carousel format, or surf the Internet, while simultaneously watching live television or video files stored on their PC." AMD also announced that PC's equipped with the Live! software will be branded as Live! Ultra, and will start to appear in the first half of 2008.
Despite already being on display at CES in a SilverStone SFF case and in a rig running Call Of Duty 4 behind closed doors, AMD's lack of information has once again pushed users around the net to publish their own benchmarks, specifications and pictures. In this case, the aforementioned info refers to the R680 - better known as the HD 3870 X2. In 3DMark 06, the HD 3870 X2 scored 9573 points at a resolution of 2560x1600. The board was clocked at 770MHz/1125MHz.