Soyo SY-KT880, Gigabyte X800Pro/X800XT and Others
Good evening friends, welcome back :) The day is drawing to an end and you know what that means. Yup, it is time for the daily HH wrap-up of news from around the net. So, go grab a mug and pull up a chair, here is your nightcap...
"The major change from VIA's previous KT600 to the KT880 is the memory architecture. It now supports two dual channels for up to 8GB of memory compared to 4 GB on single channels on the KT600. However, a lot remains the same from the KT600, most notably the lack of an AGP/PCI lock. A lot of people have been asking VIA to implement an AGP lock since but it appears they decided to put that feature into Athlon 64 chipsets and not into their KT880."
"Shane has compared two new Radeon X800 graphics cards from Gigabyte today - the X800PRO and X800XT PE. We compare the cards against each other in our usual array of benchmarks except for the inclusion of Doom 3 at a range of different quality settings. Does Gigabyte have the answer for your X800 VGA needs? Read on and find out!"
"As you can imagine, the choices can be confusing with new technologies, and that is why today we are going to be testing out a pair of Crucial PC4200 DDR-2 DIMM's which have just rolled off the production line. Each module is 256MB in size, and the FBGA DRAM (the small back memory chips) are rated to run with 4-4-4 memory timings, at 200 MHz, while drawing just 1.8V."
"The large heatpipe (aka heat column) stands 100mm tall, and comes in direct contact with the processor core for optimal thermal efficiency. The hollow copper heatpipe or "heat column," works because of a chemically coated interior surface. The heat column as it called by the manufacturer, produces similar results as that of a heatpipe, which is why we will use the terms interchangeably. The heat absorbed by the copper column of the nPowertek NPH-101 is dispersed to approximately 30 copper fins measuring roughly 70x80mm in size."
"Something very disturbing is the fact that the weight of this unit is not listed at all anywhere. I compared the weight in my hand against my previous tested Scythe Kamikaze unit. It seemed slightly heavier, which kind of scared of me as the Scythe was already way over Intel recommended specs. However, it's a new toy, let's play."
"Although Just Link wasn't present, the buffer under run protection worked well. While burning files on to a CD at 52x, I defragged the folder it was copying from, and ran a virus scan on that drive. The burn times increased by about 30 seconds longer than when the PC was left alone. The burn worked just fine, save for the Teac drive being unable to read the disc."
Bed is calling my name, I will see you back here in the AM :) - Cheers