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Greetings from rainy Taipei! Even though Computex is more than 24 hours from its official start, the convention center is packed with thousands of people getting booths ready for the show. We took a walk through the convention center today to see if we could find anything that would pique our interest.     One of the first things you notice when you get near the convention center is that computer companies are advertising in every place imaginable, including this blow up AMD sign on top of a shopping mall.    Currently, the show floor is filled with... Read more...
Though leaks of the product have been circulating around the web for months now, today AMD is officially announcing their Phenom brand of processors based on their next generation K10 CPU core architecture, code named Barcelona.  The chip is built on AMD's 65nm process and is comprised of up to 4 32/64-bit capable CPU engines on a single die.  In addition, each core will have one of four Hypertransport links supporting it with AMD's Direct Connect Architecture that has higher throughput over traditional Front Side Bus architectures. AMD K10 Barcelona Die Map In... Read more...
NVIDIA's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang has been in federal bankruptcy court for the last few days defending his company's move to buy one-time rival 3dfx. During his testimony, Jen-Hsun has made some interesting statements regarding his motivation for the acquisition, including his thoughts on 3dfx's engineers. "He said he'd been very interested in snaffling up the engineering expertise. "That was my primary interest all along," he confessed. To this end he said he decided to ensure 3Dfx paid off its creditors so that those involved in the graphics chip maker could, "wind down their company in a graceful way." He hoped such goodwill... Read more...
For anyone out there still running a 3dfx board and looking for a modern driver, it seems that good fortune is smiling down upon you today. "First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and 64-bit Windows have just came out." No Vista drivers...yet.... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article featuring XFX's brand-new, relatively affordable GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition and their flagship GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition graphics cards. Here's a snip from the piece: "XFX's GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition sports higher GPU and memory frequencies, which will give it a marked advantage over "stock" models. In addition, we're also going to be showcasing XFX's flagship GeForce 8 series card here today, the GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition. Like the 320MB model, the GTX XXX is clocked much higher than stock. In fact, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition is the highest clocked... Read more...
Here we are, barely 12 weeks out from the initial introduction of the GeForce 8 series, and NVIDIA is ready with yet another new product based on the GPU formerly code named G80. The new GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB we'll be showcasing here today is essentially the same card as the original 8800 GTS, except that the 320MB model simply has half of the amount of frame buffer memory. According to NVIDIA's reference specifications the original 640MB 8800 GTS and the new 320MB model share the same GPU and memory clocks, memory interface, stream processor configuration, PCB, etc. The actual GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB card we'll be testing here today, however, comes by way of XFX and it is not clocked... Read more...
The crew at Xbit labs have posted an interesting review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G motherboard. What makes this article a bit more intriguing that some other mobo reviews, is that the ICF3200-T2R/G is based on ATI's (now AMD's) RD600 chipset. "The mainboard we are going to talk about today is the most unusual platform for the Intel Core 2 processors. It is not only based on the rare AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset, but also offers the enthusiasts an unprecedented set of overclocking-friendly options." Unfortunately performance wasn't quite up to par with competing solutions... Read more...
The Inquired has a story posted today that talks about an upcoming chipset from AMD / ATI, codenamed RD690, that is supposedly Quad FX ready - it just wasn't ready in time for launch. You had to know this was in the works. "AMD has an in house chipset that can support its "4x4" microprocessor. We suspected this for a long time but now we have it confirmed. AMD wanted to have its own chipset for its own 4x4 off road vehicle platformance but it could not make it on time. Nvidia was the easier and better choice as it had a solid as a rock chipset."... Read more...
AMD QUAD FX PLATFORM WITH DUAL SOCKET DIRECT CONNECT ARCHITECTURE REDEFINES HIGH-END COMPUTING FOR MEGATASKING ENTHUSIASTS - Enthusiast Platform Powered by AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-70 series Processors Ushers in Era of Multicore-Enabled Megatasking - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 - Charting another industry first for computing enthusiasts, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect (DSDC) Architecture, the first dual-socket, multi-core desktop PC platform designed to take advantage of the latest enhancements in Windows Vista Ultimate. As the supreme AMD platform for megatasking enthusiasts, the AMD Quad FX Platform is designed to redefine performance... Read more...
As we mentioned earlier, AMD has just launched their new enthusiast QuadFX platform. Armed with two physical CPU sockets which are populated by the latest dual-core processors from AMD, the "Quadfather" platform is AMD's latest attempt to recapture the performance crown from Intel's new Core 2 Duo architecture. Although impressive and certainly looking the part, Hot Hardware's review of the platform revealed AMD still has a bit of work to do to fully catch up with Intel. Once you've had a chance to read Marco's input on the platform, be sure to check out some of the other reviews which have surfaced around the web. Hot Hardware PC Perspective... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Today's the day AMD officially unveils their QuadFX platform, formerly codenamed "4x4". We took a look at a fully loaded QuadFX-based system powered by all three new FX-70 dual-processor kits, the 3.0GHz FX-74, 2.8GHz FX-72, and the 2.6GHz FX-70, and compare performance to competitive Intel dual and quad-core platforms throughout. Here's a snip: "AMD aims to re-capture the hearts of hardcore enthusiasts with the official launch of their QuadFX platform. News about QuadFX has been trickling out for months under the "4x4" banner. But today we can show you all exactly what QuadFX is all about. At its most basic... Read more...
By now you're all familiar with Intel's Core micro-architecture, as well as the dual and quad-core Core 2 Duo, Extreme, and Quad processors based on it. With the launch of their Core 2 processors, Intel no longer played second fiddle to AMD in terms of overall performance or power efficiency. And for the last few months since their release, Intel has been steadily re-gaining fans in the enthusiast community that were put off by years of relatively hot-running, and under-performing Netburst micro-architecture based processors. Today, AMD aims to re-capture the hearts of those hardcore enthusiasts with the official launch of their QuadFX platform. News about QuadFX has been trickling out... Read more...
The Inquirer has posted some information today regarding AMD's upcoming quad-core "Altair" FX processor.  According to the rumors, the Altair FX will sport a total of 6MB of cache, spread out amongst the four cores, and it will be manufactured on AMD's 65nm process node. "We managed to dig out a few more details about the real Quad core codenamed Altair FX. It will work at 2.7 to 2.9GHz and will end up with 2MB of dedicated L2 cache memory and an additional 2MB of shared L3 cache memory. When we say dedicated, it means that each CPU has 2 MB of L2 memory, total of 4MB of L2 memory plus 2MB of shared L3."... Read more...
It looks like Dell is announcing new updates to the XPS M1710 gaming notebook at Digital Life in NYC. The new XPS M1710 will feature the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics card, Intel's Core 2 Duo T7600G which gives customers the option of overclocking, Media Direct 3.0, LightFX technology, and a new silver keyboard with red backlights. XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook with XPS LightFX Dell enhanced the award-winning XPS M1710 mobile gaming system with innovative high-performance and entertainment technologies. For the first time, Dell is enabling enthusiasts to tune, or overclock, the system's new Intel Core 2 Duo T7600G mobile processor to operate at faster speeds for better performance.... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article at HotHardware.com where we evaluate the features and performance of DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR motherboard. Here's a snip from the piece... "DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple of years for producing feature-rich, enthusiast friendly motherboards. DFI's decked out LANPARTY family of motherboards in particular has become known to many around the world as a family of products that cater to the unique needs of the enthusiast and overclocking communities. Today we present to you DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR. Build around the CrossFire... Read more...
DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple of years for producing feature-rich, enthusiast friendly motherboards.  DFI's decked out LANPARTY family of motherboards in particular has become known to many around the world as a family of products that cater to the unique needs of the enthusiast and overclocking communities. Today we present to you DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR. Build around the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset and with a plethora of BIOS options and integrated peripherals, this board has "enthusiast" written all over it.  We'll take a look at whether or not there are other aspects of this product, however, that really make it... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that AMD is preparing to launch no less than 3 new Athlon 64 FX processors in November to combat the launch of Intel's new QX6700 processor. As part of the company's upcoming "4x4" platform which will consist of two dual-core processors being placed on a motherboard, these new products will be competing with Intel's single quad-core processors. As a result, Intel might be able to offer their processor and platform at a much lower cost than a comparable AMD "4x4" platform as motherboard vendors are being forced to use two of the more complex Socket 1207 connectors along with more involved power logic. Once thing is certain though,... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just finished putting NVIDIA's new $299 GeForce 7950 GT through the wringer, and have a fresh article on-line for your perusal. The card we looked at wasn't a vanilla reference card, however. Instead, XFX sent over a retail-ready GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme, complete with a dead-silent, passive cooler. And to top it off, the card is HDCP-ready and pre-overclocked from the factory as well for a bit of a performance boost. Here's a snip... "The GeForce 7950 GT we'll be evaluating today comes by way of XFX. In typical XFX fashion, the company has mutliple GeForce 7950 GT offerings in their product stack, the $299 PV-T71J-YHF9, which is clocked at NVIDIA's reference... Read more...
Last week NVIDIA officially launched the $199 GeForce 7900 GS, and jointly announced the $299 GeForce 7950 GT.  In our coverage of the GeForce 7900 GS, we were able to reveal the 7950 GT's specifications and features, but were asked to reserve posting any benchmark results until the cards were made available. Well, here we are only one week later and that day has come.  As of September 14, you should be able to purchase GeForce 7950 GT cards from your favorite retailer. The GeForce 7950 GT we'll be evaluating today comes by way of XFX. In typical XFX fashion, the company has mutliple GeForce 7950 GT offerings in their product stack, the $299 PV-T71J-YHF9, which is clocked... Read more...
Over the course of the last few months, the vast majority of news coming through the doors of NVIDIA has been in regards to enthusiast-class products such as the GeForce 7950 GX2 GPU and nForce 570 chipset. However, today the company is launching two new GPUs aimed squarely at the more mainstream price segments of the gaming community. Here, we find the GeForce 7900 GS coming to market with an MSRP of $199 and the GeForce 7950 GT which carries an MSRP of $299. With these two GPUs, NVIDIA is providing the market with a direct response to ATI's recently announced and yet currently unavailable Radeon X1900 XT 256MB as well as the currently available... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  For those of you that like to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted a new article we evaluate the features and performance of XFX's GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO.  Here's a snip from the article... "As of late, due to reported issues with overheating and graphic anomalies with overclocked GeForce cards, many gamers are starting to think twice before purchasing factory overclocked cards. Some hesitation before buying the highest overclocked card makes sense, but XFX along with the other companies affected by this problem are addressing customers' concerns and backing up their products with solid warranty support." You can read... Read more...
As of late, due to reported issues with overheating and graphic anomalies with overclocked GeForce cards, many gamers are starting to think twice before purchasing factory overclocked cards. Some hesitation before buying the highest overclocked card makes sense, but XFX along with the other companies affected by this problem are addressing customers' concerns and backing up their products with solid warranty support. If you've lost some faith in XFX, you might want to consider that NVIDIA appears to be 100% behind the company. The only factory overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2 at launch was from XFX (the XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M XXX).  The two companies have a strong relationship... Read more...
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