AMD has commenced shipping their first triple-core production Phenoms (which are B2 revision), and quad-core samples (which are B3 revision) to PC manufacturers. Dell and HP have already announced systems including the triple-core 8400 (2.1GHz) and 8600 (2.3GHz) (reviewed here), while AnandTech has tested a bug-free B3 revision quad-core chip against an infected 9600 (2.3GHz), and a 9600 with the BIOS fix enabled (which from past experiences limits performance).
In response to AMD's upcoming RV770 graphics core, Nvidia is reportedly going to shrink their 65nm G92 core to 55nm in order to hold as much market as possible until the GT200 arrives. VR-Zone note that we'll see the first 55nm G92 chips in notebooks, and perhaps desktops soon after. AMD's RV770 will also first appear in notebooks, as samples have already been shipped. Even with higher clocks the G92 can't compete with the RV770, so Nvidia really need to speed up the GT200 launch to properly compete.
According to DigiTimes, AMD has notified its partners that the first RV770 products will show up in quarter two. This information mirrors previous speculation that pointed to a June launch. If all goes to plan, RV770 powered products should be on display at Computex Taipei. AMD noted that they expect their discrete graphics card market share to rise from the current 35% to 50% as a result of the RV770. The latest rumors suggest that the RV770 is 40% faster than the RV670 (and has 800 stream processors).
The same site that published the first 9800 GX2 review - PCOnline - has also been busy with a 9800 GTX, which is scheduled to arrive on March 25th. Unfortunately, no AMD cards were included in the results, though at this early stage we aren't too concerned about this. The site's testing has confirmed that the 9800 GTX can only just outperform the 8800 GTS 512MB (we're talking roughly under 5 FPS difference) - leaving us to conclude that this isn't a crucial upgrade to an 8800-series owner...
With launch taking place in three days time, the folks over at PCOnline have gotten a little over-anxious and jumped the gun on their 9800 GX2 review. Unlike most premature reviews, they've included a near-dozen benchmarks, and the 9800 GX2 outperforms the HD 3870 X2 in every one. In fact, it reigns over the HD 3870 X2 by 20 FPS in Company Of Heroes, 17 FPS in Call Of Duty 4, 26 FPS in Half Life 2: Episode 2, and 17 FPS in Crysis.