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  At the end of 2006, AMD announced the availability of processors built using the company's 65nm manufacturing process, which is first being implemented with the Athlon 64 X2 product line. The move to 65nm brings a number of advantages for both AMD and consumers. From AMD's standpoint, the more advanced manufacturing process allows for more processors to be produced per wafer, therefore improving manufacturing efficiency and in turn profit margins. Ultimately, the aim is to let this savings trickle down into retail channels, lowering AMD's costs and potentially the cost of the X2 lines across the board. The move to 65nm also lays the foundation for future, native-quad... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech-Report have followed up their initial coverage of AMD's new 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors with a deeper look into their performance. It turns out, the 65nm processors have higher latency access to their L2 cache, which hinders performance in some situations. "After we published our first look at AMD's 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors yesterday, some readers raised questions about funky performance numbers you'd seen from these 65nm CPUs at other sites. We focused on power consumption and overclocking in our initial look at the processors, assuming those would be the most interesting aspects of the die-shrunk parts, which... Read more...
Since this information is technically not under NDA embargo, we thought we'd share with you that AMD is soon releasing volume to the channel of their new 65nm process-based Athlon 64 X2 dual core chips for socket AM2.  The features and performance of these new cores will remain unchanged versus current 90nm models but the tighter manufacturing geometries and die size reduction will result in much lower power and cost structures.  At the very least, these new processors will allow for a few nice upgrade options for those of you that have invested in socket AM2.  Here's what AMD had to say about the test kits we received recently... "The move to 300mm wafers... Read more...
Hello All! We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of EVGA's e-GeForce 7950 GX2 card. Here's a snip from the piece: "As you would expect form a card with a pair of G71 GPUs and 1GB of frame buffer memory running in tandem, the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 performed much like a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards running in SLI mode. The EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 was clearly much faster than any of the other single-GPU based cards we tested, and it traded the top spot in most tests with the 7900 GT SLI setup."... Read more...
When we first took a look at the Gigabyte GA-SN-SLI Quad Royal motherboard a few months back, we gave it solid praise, yet lamented on what we thought was an exciting opportunity. The board was capable of supporting up to four individual PCI-e based graphic cards, but the Quad Royal was only able to support two GeForce cards running in an SLI configuration. Around the same time we posted that review, however, NVIDIA was promoting Quad SLI in pre-configured systems through a handful of resellers - typically for a premium. NVIDIA remained mum on the prospect of a DYI Quad SLI setup for a time, while in the labs they better prepared the hardware and drivers. From this testing was born the GeForce... Read more...
Corsair Sets a New Standard in Performance Memory, Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kits Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) - Corsair(R), a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 memory, the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATORTM. Designed for the new NVIDIA(R) nForceTM 680i SLITM media and communications (MCP)-based motherboards, the new DOMINATOR extends Corsair's leadership in ultra high performance memory.  READ MORE...... Read more...
Hello All.  We're just popping in let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE, GeForce 7950 GX2 card.  Here's a snip from the piece... "Usually, good price / performance ratios are reserved for more affordable mid-range cards. Flagship cards rarely offer a lot of value, however.  That's just not the case with the 7950 GX2, though. It offers performance that somewhat justifies its $550+ price tag. The GX2 performs roughly on par with a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards, and its price is in-line with the cost of two GTs.  And MSI's version of this card proved to be an excellent representative... Read more...
NVIDIA created a ton of buzz in the gaming community when it first introduced SLI. That buzz quickly gave way to a huge success, and the buzz and success really haven't diminished since. In fact, the birth of Quad SLI has only reinvigorated the buzz.  Quad SLI is currently possible thanks to NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 video card. A 7950 GX2 is a single card that features two G71 GPUs. This means that you can run pseudo-SLI in a single PCI Express x16 (or x8) slot and essentially enjoy the benefits of SLI on some non-SLI capable motherboard (as long as the motherboard's BIOS has been updated to provide support for the 7950 GX2). We finally have another retail 7950 GX2... Read more...
Hello everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair's brand-new Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit. Here's a snip from the article... "We have to give credit where credit is due, and praise Corsair for delivering and innovative, high-performance product in the Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit. The R&D put in to develop DHX and the tweaked PCB seems to have paid off, as the Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit is the fastest currently available. At... Read more...
Over the years, Corsair has earned a solid reputation in the PC enthusiast community for consistently offering some of the best system memory kits in their respective classes. Corsair has a myriad of memory kits available in many different capacities and speeds, and virtually all of them rate well versus their competition. Some of Corsair's most sought after modules are the "low-latency" kits in the company's XMS product line. Low-latency memory typically offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies, but its not easy to produce high-speed memory kits that also have low-latencies, especially when it's DDR2 DRAM. Corsair was first... Read more...
Hello everyone. We've just taken a look at a pair of energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 processors, more specifically the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. These two processors have max TDPs of 65w and 35w, respectively, and as such they sip power and radiate much less heat than their "full-powered" counterparts. Here's a snip from the article... "Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures. Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods of inactivity or light... Read more...
Energy efficiency and power consumption are major concerns for modern computing architectures, whether you're an Enthusiast, an IT Manager in a Data Center, or simply an ecologically minded individual.  Let's face it, the modern high end computer is like a small space heater for all intents and purposes, and where there's heat, there's power consumption -- typically a lot of power consumption. Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures.  Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods... Read more...
OCZ Technology Launches the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Series Sunnyvale, CA - June 29, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Edition, a special extremist series of modules specifically geared towards the high-end overclocking community. Carrying on the OCZ Voltage eXtreme (VX) legacy, the PC2-8000 Ti Alpha is the first high-voltage DDR2 product that offers enthusiasts the performance edge they crave. With the arrival of AM2 CPU technology and the impending release of Intel Conroe, the high-speed Ti Alpha VX2 is an unparalleled memory solution for the latest DDR2 platforms.... Read more...
Hello All!  We've taken Asus' GeForce 7950 GX2 for a spin around the benchmark park here at HH and even dropped it into a Quad SLI setup for a thorough beating in that mode as well.  Here's a sneak peek! "One area to consider seriously though is warranty and Asus is strong in that regard, offering a full 3 years to the end user.  We'd encourage anyone looking at one of these new, slightly toasty-to-the-touch cards, to make sure you are fully aware of the available warranty for the card.  Better safe than sorry.   Pricing aside, the Asus EN7950GX2 is a fine example of a GeForce 7950 GX2 card.  It's built with standard Asus quality under the hood, comes with a great game bundle and... Read more...
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