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Last week we gave you a run down on the features and performance of Asus' new CrossFire Xpress 3200 board, today we'll give you a close-up sneak peek on Abit's offering, the AT8 32X. Abit AT8 32 X CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard This mobo from Abit looks to be a bit more cost targeted than Asus' board which has dual Gig-E ports.  However, we're sure Abit will bring their usual flare to the CrossFire Xpress 3200 platform and we're also sure it will overclock like a screamin' wild banshee.  Yes, we said wild banshee... Warn the neighbors and put the dog in the basement.  ... Read more...
DigiTimes is claiming that their sources are indicating a pending delay for Intel's next generation Santa Rosa notebook platform. With initial indications showing a small delay into Q1 2006, it is somewhat surprising to hear that the shipping date is now rumored to fall somewhere in Q2 2006. Although no official word regarding the delay has come thus far, Intel has emphasized that the platform will ship in the first half of the year. The delay will affect Taiwan notebook makers' shipment plans for next year, which had already taken into consideration the new platform's launch, according to the sources.... Read more...
DigiTimes is reporting that motherboard vendors are voicing some concerns regarding ATI's latest Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset and the availability of the matching ULI southbridge. Now that ULI is owned and operated by rival NVIDIA, vendors are worried that allocation of the ULI southbridge could become a serious issue. Fortunately for ATI, the company will be releasing a new southbridge dubbed SB600 next quarter which should offer a huge improvement over their previous southbridge offferings. However, it sounds as though motherboard vendors are still very much concerned in the interim.Motherboard makers, on the other hand, commented that although the RD580 can be partnered with ATI's own SB450... Read more...
ATI Delivers the Fastest Gaming Platform with the CrossFire'TM' Xpress 3200 Chipset MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2006-- World's fastest gaming performance, unprecedented overclocking capabilities and maximum stability combine to unleash new age of enthusiast motherboards ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), has changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire(TM) Xpress 3200 chipset-delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available... Read more...
ATI has been coming on very strong these past few months, bolstering their GPU line-up with a slew of new products, ranging from the entry level Radeon X1300 all the way on up to the flagship Radeon X1900 XTX. The company's well documented execution problems from 2005 are behind them, and they seem to be firing on all cylinders as we near the end of the first quarter of 2006. Their "standard" graphics cards are in good supply, CrossFire enabled motherboards are readily available and coming down in price, and their various CrossFire Master cards are in-stock at quite a few retailers. The company's GPU and chipset divisions have really turned things around, and aren't scrambling to catch... Read more...
Do you actually "work" on your computer?  Into that big-iron workstation thing and have most of your projects handled on a Sun box?  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as they say, so see what Phoronix has to say about running NVIDIA SLI under Sun's Solaris 10 OS... "Towards the end of December, we had written two articles to examine the frame-rate performance of both ATI and NVIDIA drivers as they had progressed throughout the year under Linux. Although there were minimal average frame-rate differences between each of the drivers, in most instances, each company had appended critical features throughout the year... Read more...
Beyond3D has posted confirmation that ATI's next generation GPU will be based off of technology currently found in the Xbox 360's XENOS GPU. Without question, this seems to guarantee a unified shader architecture which will arrive just in time to match with DirectX10's support for such an architecture. With the efforts already made to go down this design route with the Xenos GPU, it seems logical that the company would apply what they've learned to their line of discrete PC graphics cards.At a recent analyst session ATI's Senior VP of PC Business, Rick Bergman, has confirmed that their next generation of PC graphics products will feature much of the technology developed for "Xenos", ATI's XBOX... Read more...
Though it's capable of CrossFire support, the ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 won't be breaking any speed records. Even so, with a price tag of around $80, this motherboard looks to be a great mainstream solution. "ASRock brings another cost/performance motherboard into the market with CrossFire capabilities. The 775XFire-eSATA2 is not the fastest motherboard, nor is it expected to be. However, as far as mainstream goes, a new chipset and CrossFire on the cheap is the right combination."... Read more...
Taking quality photos in a low light setting can be difficult, especially if you're trying to take them in the middle of the night. It's possible though, and while you do need a decent camera for nighttime photos, there are a few tricks you can use to snap some quality shots. "Night photographs express a special something that cannot be seen in normal daytime photography. Whether it is a photograph of a moon and starlit sky over a windy deserted beach, the excitement of a downtown cityscape when the lights go on, or just a picture of you and some friends in front of a favorite hangout, nighttime photos, when done right, are sure to attract attention.... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel's next-generation mobile platform (Santa Rosa) will be purposely delayed from its expected arrival at the end of 2006 and is now expected in March of 2007. Although the delay would seem to hint at some hardware issues, the platform supposedly is progressing as planned. The pushback for the timeline is actually an intentional move to allow notebook ODM's the opportunity to have ample time to design their new platforms and give Napa-based notebooks more opportunity in the marketplace.Taiwan makers estimate that global notebook shipments will reach 82-85 million units in 2006, up from an estimate of 65 million units for 2005, the sources said. With the planned launch... Read more...
GamePC has posted a very interesting article which compares the performance of X1900XTX cards in Crossfire against GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB cards in SLI. Beyond stock reference speeds, the editor also overclocks each setup to see which vendor offers the ultimate in stability and performance. Those assuming the test is a landslide victory for ATI's new GPU will be in for a shock to say the least.Which is why, in the end, if given the option, we would still choose two GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB cards in an SLI configuration in comparison to two Radeon X1900 XT 512 Mb cards in a Crossfire configuration. ATI might have some performance benefits here or there, but nVidia's platform as a whole is much more... Read more...
Major OEMs and System Builders Choose ATI's Radeon(R) X1900 Radeon(R) X1900 products available immediately around the world MARKHAM, ON – January 24, 2006 – ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today launched and has made available its newest graphics processors for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts, the Radeon(R) X1900. The Radeon X1900 products are being adopted by major OEMs and system builders to deliver the ultimate in gaming and digital media experiences. Whether they are opting for single-GPU or multi-GPU configurations, OEMs and SIs are integrating ATI's products into the most advanced gaming platforms on the planet. OEM and system builders: Graphics cards powered by: ABS Computer... Read more...
HIS X1900XTX, XT, CrossFire Press Release HIS delivers the fastest consumer 3D graphics processor on the planet - HIS X1900XTX, HIS X1900XT and HIS X1900 CrossFire Edition graphic cards, the world's most advanced 3D technology by ATI. Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1900XTX, HIS X1900XT, HIS X1900 CrossFire Edition graphic cards, by using the fastest consumer 3D graphics processor on the planet. Designed from the ground up to deliver maximum graphical detail at ultra-high frame rates, the HIS X1900's state-of-the-art architecture includes an ultra-threaded engine for unparalleled shader performance. In addition, it is CrossFireT ready,... Read more...
In October of '05 ATI officially unveiled a new family of graphics cards based on the company's R520 GPU core and its derivatives. With the R520 ATI introduced a new "Ultra-Threaded" architecture, along with their new Ring Bus memory controller, and a more powerful video engine dubbed AVIVO, among numerous other things. Unfortunately though, the R520 and its derivatives, which were the first members of what eventually became known as the X1K family of products, were a long time coming. The move to a 90nm manufacturing process in conjunction with a simple circuit bug that was replicated throughout the chip, resulted in ATI missing almost an entire product cycle. For about four months,... Read more...
Legit Reviews has taken a look at how the latest iteration of ATI's Crossfire compares against NVIDIA's SLI technology. Overall, the article gives readers a good illustration of how each technology stacks up against the other. However, seeing X1800XT cards in Crossfire on the ATI front pitted against NVIDIA's GeForce 7800GT's in SLI is anything but a fair comparison. Let's hope the gang at Legit Reviews get their hands on some GeForce 7800 GTX cards (256MB or 512MB) so we can have a fair and accurate depiction of what the overall results would be. A single mid to high-end video card will give you extremely playable performance in all of today's... Read more...
Looking to use that spare CD/DVD Rom drive you have laying, but you have no more room in your computer? It's a common problem, with an easy solution. PimpRig takes a look at the Enermax Laureate USB 2.0 Series 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure, which aims to be a quick problem solver. "The Laureate has to have both the power cord, and the USB plugged in for it to function. The power cord measures close to 10.5', and USB cable is 6.5', which is ample length. The look is very streamlined and clean once all setup. Simply plugging in the USB to my PC and turning on the enclosures power button, WinXP detected the new device and I was ready to move... Read more...
Just when people were getting excited about SLI coming to notebooks, ATI has given mobile users yet another reason to smile. The Inquirer reports that notebook ODM Clevo is working on a Crossfire-enabled notebook to compliment their SLI-enabled notebooks. Regardless of whether you favor ATI or NVIDIA, one thing is absolutely certain. The desktop replacement notebook is on the verge of becoming just that. When the only deciding factor between choosing a LAN system is size and not performance, the choice of a mobile system becomes painfully simple. A VERY famous notebook Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) Clevo works on Crossfire system for notebooks.... Read more...
The gang at HardOCP have taken a look at ATI's current flagship Radeon X1800 XT in a Crossfire dual-GPU configuration. Although NVIDIA's SLI is typically seen as being more refined and polished right now, Brent seems to be impressed with the performance of this setup. For a second opinion, you can reference our own review of this setup and then make a decision for yourself. With the next generation flagship cards right around the corner, you might want to hold onto that cash that's burning a hole in your pocket and make a decision a bit down the road.The bottom line is that the Radeon X1800 XT is still playing catch up on the single card front with a single GeForce 7800 GTX 512. But since the... Read more...
AT CES, PQI and TwinMOS showed off their latest offerings including U3 flash disks.  U3 flash disk technology allows for users to take their personal programs and run them on any PC.  PQI's model comes with McAfee AV preinstalled in sizes of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.  TwinMOS will offer 1 and 2 GB models with no word on preinstalled software.  So you're not going to be able to take all of your applications with you, but a custom browser and e-mail client can be useful for those who travel and don't want to lug a laptop around. The company plans to officially launch the drive in February, with the enterprise market and students... Read more...
Starting in March, Toshiba plans on shipping HD-DVD drives, making them the first commercial introduction of HD-DVD.  Sony plans to introduce rival Blu-Ray drives in the Summer.  Blu-Ray has garnered growing support in recent weeks and months, but this fight is far from over.  Pricing for HD-DVD are not for the squeamish at $799 and $499 for two models while Blu-Ray pricing is still uncertain. "Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Thursday it will start selling high-definition players that support its HD DVD format in the United States in March -- the first commercial launch of the next-generation product in the world."... Read more...
As our good friend Scott over at Tech Report points out in his "TR Awards 2005", both ATi and NVIDIA have been more than capable of earning the infamous "meaty middle digit" award with product launches that equate to nothing more than science projects or noise-makers.  Evidence of this you ask?  Well the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 is scarcer than hen's teeth although NVIDIA launched it in November and the late December release of ATi' Radeon X1800 CrossFire still has yet to produce available stock in the retail channel. Hopefully ATi can react in short order, since clearly these versions of CrossFire products are much more competitive versus the X800 series solutions out... Read more...
For those looking to brush up on our VB and SQL skills, Microsoft is offering free courses.  The first course covers SQL Server 2005 while the other is for Visual Studio 2005.  The course range from a 90 days to a full year at no charge, covering all areas of each package.  If you want to fine tune your skills, this is a good deal!  They have some other great deals as well with major discounts. Whether you are interested in database administration, database development, or business intelligence, you can access the E-Learning topic you want, when you want it, and learn at your own pace. Each lesson includes hands-on virtual... Read more...
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