As the launch of Intel's X48 chipset draws nearer, Asus has announced the addition of two new motherboards, namely the P5E3 Premium and the Rampage Formula. Both boards are DDR3 only, and support 1600MHz FSB's. The P5E3 Premium includes three PCIe x16, one PCIe x1, and two PCI slots, while the Rampage Formula has two, three and two respectively. The Rampage Formula comes with Asus' SupremeFX II sound card, and Voltiminder LED.
Currently, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 ships with 1GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 900MHz. However, according to Fudzilla, partners plan on adding GDDR4 memory to their boards, thus resulting in clocks higher than 1000MHz. Of course, this would also result in a higher selling price, though this is a flagship product, so I guess they can get away with it. Diamond also did a similar thing to the HD 2900 XT; they were the first to release the board with 1GB of memory (which was also GDDR4).
Back in late December, some screenshots appeared that were claimed to be from the next version of 3DMark (which at the time was believed to be dubbed 3DMark 08). A few days later, we learned that they were stolen from 3D artists. Today though, we actually have some official screenshots of "3DMark Vantage" from Futuremark, and they're just as good, if not better than the fakes. The three images released are all from the one benchmark - a trip through space.
Futuremark, a Finnish benchmarking company, has already stolen some traffic from review sites with their new graphics and processor value rankings, which is located on the YouGamers site. Futuremark has now announced plans to start challenging game developers as well. Futuremark says it will develop its latest games on the new Intellectual property, which will provide the highest quality game play. Futuremark promise it will ?deliver stellar performance even on the modest platforms.?
Crysis is the new highly demanding first person shooter from Crytek, which puts all the latest and greatest PCs to shame, if the user dares to turn the settings up. Now, the game may be heading onto consoles. Crytek have plans to show off a console version of Crysis, using the CryEngine 2, at the Game Developers Conference next month.