DisplayPort is the interface of the future for both monitors and video cards. More and more company's are releasing displays with the DisplayPort interface, and Dell are the latest to do so with their second DisplayPort Monitor, the Ultrasharp 2408WFP. If that name sounds familiar to you, it's because it was announced four months ago and has just started shipping this week.
Taking into account that the 9800 GX2's drivers aren't fully polished, and that the HD 3870 X2 is only slightly edging the 9800 GX2 (as learned earlier today), AMD has started work on a faster HD 3870 X2 in order to maintain its position on top. Revision A12 will include an updated PLX chip (the bridge between the two cores) that will add support for PCIe 2.0, and perform faster than today's retail versions. AMD are also trying to shorten the board's length.
MSI has developed a cooler that makes use of the Stirling Engine Theory, thus using no electricity, instead utilizing heat. The Stirling Engine works by trapping heat in a closed circle, and constantly heating and cooling it, which makes the air expand and contract. This then makes a piston move up and down, which powers the cooler?s fan. In this case, the air is heated from contact with the northbridge, and then cools by contact with the heatsink.
With Catalyst 8.3 arriving this month, CrossFireX performance scaling is expected to take a leap forward. We now have some proof of this thanks to HotHardware. In 3DMark 06 at 1920x1200, a single HD 3870 scored 9,252. One HD 3870 X2 made up their dual-GPU setup, which scored 14,426. Three-way CrossFire was tested using one HD 3870, and one HD 3870 X2, and it scored 15,526. Finally, two HD 3870 X2's gave their quad-GPU system a score of 15,854.
The folks over at VR-Zone have published some preliminary 3DMark 06 scores of Nvidia's upcoming 9800 GX2 and GTX, and for kicks, the already released HD 3870 X2. Using a Q6700 at 2.66GHz with Forceware 173.67 and Catalyst 8.451, the 9800 GX2 scored 14,225 points. The 9800 GTX scored 13,167, which is significantly lower than the board's previous score of 14,014. Meanwhile, the HD 3870 X2 scored 14,301, meaning it maintains the performance king crown.