Good morning folks! We're starting off this morning with the latest major release from AMD. Next, we follow that up with a breakdown of SLI and a review of a couple of 6600GTs in SLI. Rounding out the bunch is a 480w PSU from Hiper. Let's get going!
AMD Ushers In A New Era In 64-Bit Mobile Computing With AMD Turion™ 64 Mobile Technology
— Acer, Fujitsu Siemens and Packard Bell Among Leading Manufacturers Expected to Launch Notebook PCs Worldwide in Coming Months —
SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- March 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD)today introduced AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology, the latest in a succession of computing innovations based on the industry-leading AMD64 architecture. AMD Turion 64 mobile technology is uniquely optimized to bring award-winning AMD64 performance to thinner and lighter notebook PCs with longer battery life, enhanced security, and compatibility with the latest graphics and wireless solutions, both today and tomorrow.
Together with industry-leading partners, AMD enables a best-in-class ecosystem of open industry-standard technologies, helping PC manufacturers to deliver feature-rich systems that satisfy the variety of ways in which people use their notebooks.
"By embracing a broad partner community and industry standards, AMD is both providing choice and stimulating innovation," said Roger Kay, vice president of Client Computing at IDC.
"We have unleashed 64-bit mobile performance, allowing business professionals and on-the-go consumers to explore the freedom of mobile productivity with AMD Turion 64 mobile technology," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. "This is just the first of many innovations that we are planning to pioneer with this new product family made for mobility, choice and best-in-class notebook designs."
"Studying the 8 pages in English, only the last two and a half pages are of any real use, covering connector pinouts, features and warranty information, but include a hopelessly optimistically titled "troubleshooting" section covering four lines. The rest of the English section seems to be a poorly adapted (and sometimes poorly translated) reworking of the ATX PSU specification, for example: "When AC power is on, the power supply shall be in save mode of operation, and 5VSB" should be within its regular window. When a TTL "L" signal is inserted, the power supply will be enabled. When TTL signal "H" is inserted the power supply will be disabled". Quite."
"A simple implementation that just splits the rendering across two processors with one rendering an upper portion of the screen and the other rendering the rest is likely to suffer the worst with uneven workloads, and a straight 50/50 distribution is not likely to be the best solution – indeed the Metabyte solution mentioned earlier hard coded an uneven split between the two graphics boards in the system. NVIDIA's Split Frame Rendering (SFR) mode addresses this issue by altering the number of lines each of the two boards rendering on a per frame basis."
"Today, we check out two of Nvidia's 6600GT PCI-E videocards in SLI from ASUS- a videocard vendor that has been through all of these changes in the videocard industry and remained strong throughout. Coupled with the ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe NF4-SLI motherboard, we find out just what kind of performance and value mid range SLI offers - join us, won't you?"