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Archive for January 19th, 2021

Nehalem’s die size to be larger than AMD’s Shanghai

Intel's next-generation native quad and eight core architecture, Nehalem, is apparently going to boast a die size "20 to 30 percent" larger than AMD's 45nm Barcelona refresh, Shanghai. This isn't as good as it may sound, as larger die's generally accommodate not only higher costs and higher power consumption, but also (in some cases) limited overclocking potential. The extra size may be the result of the integrated memory controller, and on-board cache.

Razer preparing a CeBIT surprise

From the limited info provided to us, we are lead to believe that Razer are going to showcase a new rodent at CeBIT. Razer’s advertising campaign is dubbed “Speed of (The) Light” with the sub-heading “The Race Is On”. There is a promotional website now online, though there’s nothing being revealed there either. Let’s just hope this isn’t a repeat of AMD’s “Dark Side” promotion last year that resulted in the launch of the unimpressive “Black Edition” chips.

CrossFireX setup breaks 31,000 in 3DMark 06

Team Italy recently scored 30,662 points in 3DMark 06 with dual HD 2900 XT's, though their efforts haven't lasted long, as the 31,000 barrier has now been broken by "No_name". This was achieved with dual HD 3870 X2's (the CrossFireX drivers must be getting somewhere) clocked at 1054MHz/1150MHz, along with a QX9650 at 5640 MHz mounted on an Asus P5E3 WS. His final score was 31,782 points in 3DMark 06, while he also gave 03 a shot, and scored 131,826. points.

AMD to further cut prices of HD 3850 and 3650

Following the launch of the 9600 GT, prices of AMD's HD 3870 and 3850 dropped to as little as $185 and $150 respectively. Word has now surfaced that AMD will be cutting the prices of the HD 3850 and HD 3650 by as much as 20% in early March. In theory, this means that the HD 3850 will be available for roughly $130, and the the HD 3650 will retail further under the $100 mark. Price cuts for the HD 3870 are also planned, though they'll be less substantial.

GeForce 9800 GX2 delayed to March 18th

The 9800 GX2's date with reality was recently believed to be sometime in late March - the same time the 9800 GTX is expected to arrive. An updated roadmap then restored things back to the originally believed March 11th. Today, according to VR-Zone, Nvidia has informed its partners that the 9800 GX2 has been delayed to March 18th. No reason behind the setback is specified, though Nvidia's partners reportedly believe that it's a driver-related issue.

Microsoft rolls out update to detect cracked Vista installations

Microsoft promised us, and they've finally delivered an update named KB940510 for practically all Windows Vista versions. It will seek out those installs which use two of the most common cracks around. Both the grace time exploit and the OEM BIOS crack are expected to be detected from the 3MB application once installed. It will prompt the user if any problems come up, and obviously, it will not stop there, as it will ask for a valid activation code.

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