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Archive for February 26th, 2021

Microsoft Windows Vista successor in H2 2009?

The next version of Windows, currently codenamed (Blackcomb Vienna) looks to be scheduled for release in the second half of next year. The operating system originally was going to be released in 2010, but the latest roadmap from Microsoft gives an RTM date of H2 2009. “Milestone 1” has already been shipped to Microsoft Partners. If this is all true, it will end up meaning that Windows Vista is the company’s flagship operating system for 3 years, where as Windows XP was 5 years.

The Enthusiast System Architecture detailed

NVIDIA announced the Enthusiast System Architecture back in November 2007, it promised to consolidate system and hardware monitor by using a single communication protocol. NVIDIA have pledged to make ESA free without licensing fees. The tool governs what you might want to monitor, such as temperatures, fan speeds, voltages are passed over on a standard USB connection to the host. You will need a ESA-compliant hardware with information to report, and you will need the software to gather the data.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 benchmarked

We just recently linked to a review of the dual-core Core 2 Duo E8500, E8400 and E8200. The next chip in line to be reviewed is the cheapest of the quad-core parts, alias the Q9300, which is worth $266 thanks to its smaller 6MB cache. The 2.5GHz chip's performance is always slightly behind, or in one benchmark on par with the 3.0GHz QX6850 - apart from the one occasion in Crysis where a rather rude dual-core E6750 decided to pull ahead by 1 FPS.

AMD’s TLB erratum fixed: 45nm production in H2

During their latest conference call, Hector Ruiz - AMD's chief executive officer - revealed that the TLB (Translation Lookaside Buffer) bug found in AMD's Phenom processors has been fixed. President Dirk Meyer added that B3 silicon is currently being "put through the paces" internally, and that the engineering samples are expected to be shipped to customers in "2 to 3 weeks", with volume production ?later in the quarter?. The bulk of the B3 chips are expected to arrive in Q2.

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