Word has hit our vigilant ears that Intel is preparing a new lower clocked quad-core Yorkfield CPU. Being a 2.33Ghz part with the standard 1333 MHz FSB, it's quite clear where the Q9100 slots into the table on the right. What does make this chip a tasty option is the rumoured 12MB of L2 cache, which is twice the amount of the slightly more expensive Q9300, though on par with the Q9450, Q9550 and QX9650. As for pricing, something around the $224 mark is to be expected.
With the 9800 GX2 only just out the door, the folks over at VR-Zone (via NordicHW) have published a voltage modification guide for those of you who have already received your 9800 GX2's, and demand more juice for your overclocks. All that is required is a soldering iron (some soldering skills will also come in handy), and a few 100 Ohm resistors. Then just follow the simple steps published, and you're pretty much laughing. As always, do this at your own risk.
If you're after a good read, Intel has just released loads of information regarding their forthcoming Nehalem, Dunnington and Larrabee processors. Keeping things brief, Dunnington is a six-core (socket 604) part that sports 16MB of L3 cache, and 1.9 billion transistors. As you're aware, Nehalem is the successor to the Core microarchitecture, which introduces the QuickPath interconnect (FSB's successor) and has an in-built three-channel DDR3 memory controller.
As detailed on Monday, Vista's first service pack is now available for download on the Windows Update site. Both 32-bit (434MB) and 64-bit (726MB) flavors are available, and Microsoft notes that the Automatic Updates version - which will be detected on April 18th - will cut the download size to roughly 65MB. Among DirectX 10.1, Service Pack 1 apparently boasts greater reliability in applications including Media Player, and various performance improvements across the OS.
The HD 3870 X2's days of solitude have finally come to an end, as Nvidia has finally rolled out their 9800 GX2. As you're no doubt aware, the 9800 GX2 follows in the footsteps of the 7950 GX2 (well the design does anyway, hopefully not the performance), utilizing two PCB's - although this time it sandwiches a single cooler in the middle. The board's performance has taken a huge jump since the premature days, outperforming the HD 3870 X2 by around 25-40 FPS in the best cases.