The long awaited, and long delayed AMD+ ready NVIDIA nForce 780a SLi chipset will make a debut this quarter, and Asus prepared for the event by basing some of its latest products on it. Still catering for the high-end, the Crosshair II offers features such as AM2+/AM2 compatibility, DDR2-1066 memory support, HyperTransport 3.0 and much much more.
A world first from ASUS, a Radeon HD 3650 graphics card with 1GB of video memory. These video cards are the latest generation of ATi Graphics cards; and it has an unmatched amount of memory onboard designed to provide sharp and powerful DirectX 10.1 gaming and the best multimedia playback at ultra high resolutions with maximum quality settings. Not only does this card natively support HDMI, it is also equipped with a fan-less cooling system, producing absolutely no noise what so ever, therefore allowing home theatre lovers to enjoy enhanced and convenient home multimedia to the fullest.
Microsoft may have already confirmed the Windows XP extension rumour, though they've denied speculation that a Blu-ray drive is being developed for the Xbox 360. The rumour originated from DigiTimes, where Lite-On was said to be developing the drives for Microsoft. The Redmond giant's response reads ?No. Lite-On is not manufacturing Blu-ray drives for Xbox 360". Considering that Microsoft once said they were "considering" Blu-ray, and that they've on no account actually said it will never hit the 360, we're not convinced.
Earlier in the week, we were told to expect an announcement from Microsoft regarding the extension of Windows XP's availability. The source indicated that low-cost notebooks like the Eee PC were the sole reason for lengthening the operating system's life. Microsoft has now lived up to these rumours, and officially announced that XP Home Edition will stay on the market "one year after general availability of the next version of Windows", or at least until June 30th 2010. If Windows 7 is delayed though, XP could remain available past 2011.
When we first heard about the HD 3850 X2, we learned that AMD wasn't providing a reference design, and partners were left to do all the research and development by themselves. Since then, we've seen various pictures of Asus's HD 3850 X2, and learned the specifications. While we're waiting for other partners to unveil their flavors, some naked pictures have surfaced of the HD 3850 X2 from Asus. The shots show that all 16 memory chips are on the same side of the PCB, pushing the two cores closer together.
When Nvidia launched the 8800 GS back in late January, it was seen as a temporary solution to fight AMD's HD 3850, and once the GeForce 9600 GT arrived, it rapidly become an obsolete product. Expreview (via TechReport) now believe that Nvidia will rename the board GeForce 9600 GSO. There are two obvious reasons for this: a name change will boost poor sales due to a lack of advertising, and the board's price and performance slot it nicely into the 9-series. The GSO suffix will signify a slower board than a GT.