Within three days, we've seen the first photo reel of triple-core goodness, seen overclocker Kinc have a play in 3DMark, and now Bit-Tech have published some more shiny photo's of Asus's HD 3850 Trinity. The site note that the board weighs 1.45Kg, and is longer than an ATX motherboard. They also confirm the board's clocks, and add that each core is on its own MXM module. Unfortunately though, they couldn't get the board to boot, so we'll have to settle for some more photo's, another eight in fact.
Originally set for a May debut, Intel is reportedly delaying the launch of its P45 chipset to June. The reason for the setback is apparently compatibility issues between the P45's PCI Express connections and unnamed graphics cards. Intel has notified its partners that the problem should only postpone the product another "2-4 weeks", though many motherboard makers see this as an opportunity to clear out their P35 inventory. Despite the delay, Intel will still announce the P45 chipset at Computex next month.
The last review of Nvidia's 9800 GTX left us to conclude that it isn't a necessary upgrade to an 8800-series owner, and that three-way SLI was the only selling point. Today, a 9800 GTX has been spotted in a Dubai market, and has naturally been sent to the nearest hardwarde site, T-Break. Our first observation is that performance isn't consistent; sometimes the board is on par with an 8800 Ultra (give or take 2 or 3 percent), and other times (particularly at higher resolutions) the Ultra pulls ahead...
Since being gobbled up by Universal Scientific Industrial, Abit has been a quiet competitor in the motherboard market. According to DigiTimes, the second-tier motherboard maker is "preparing" to enter the graphics card market, selling only Nvidia products. The site note that even if Nvidia's products are seeing strong demand, partners including Evga, Zotac, XFX and Asus will make Abit's fight for market share an uphill battle. Let's just hope this isn't the cause of Abit's second death.