News of the day (November 6, 2007)

 X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-E at the end of the month
  Posted on 1194386127 by Nicolas

With a slight delay Creative has finally launched its Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-Express. This card comes when the first graphic cards supporting PCI-E 2.0 are starting to arrive and with ASUSTeK offering its Xonar D2X, also in PCI-E format for several weeks now. Attentive observers may have noticed that the below card is identical to the one presented at the CES, some 10 months ago.

Very close to the X-Fi Xtreme Audio, it nevertheless includes an optical input and output; however its signal/noise ratio is slightly reduced to 104 dBA versus the previous 108. Finally, it will appear on store shelves starting at the end of next month and will cost an additional 20 Singapore dollars more (about 10€) than the former model. This should bring its final price to around 65-70€ TTC.

 nForce 780i: not before the end of December
  Posted on 1194380198 by Nicolas

Expected out on November 12th in combination with 3-way SLI, the nForce 780i SLI, which is only an nForce 680i SLI with an additional PCI-Express 2.0 bridge, won’t arrive before December. This also means a delay for the release of Nvidia’s new very high end solution. While the precise reasons for this remain unknown, it may have something to do with the fact that nForce 680i SLI based motherboards aren’t entirely compatible with the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (Penryn). We would find it hard to imagine that Nvidia would launch a new product with such problems.

 Samsung: 2 SSD SATA-II
  Posted on 1194308942 by Nicolas

Samsung has unveiled two new SSDs with a capacity of 64 GB in 1.8" and 2.5" formats. While the capacity remains unchanged compared to what already exists for the South Korean manufacturer, the interface has evolved because instead of Ultra ATA/66 there is now SATA 3.0 Gbits/s.

Such a change was necessary given the announced reading/writing speeds of 100 and 80 MB/s versus the 64 and 45 MB /s of their predecessor. We will just have to wait for the price which should be higher.

 Phenom 9000 prices
  Posted on 1194305677 by Nicolas

ISORM, a store located in Florida, and ISA Hardware, a key distributor for AMD in eastern Europe, have confirmed the upcoming release of the Phenom 9500 (2.2 GHz), 9600 (2.3 GHz) and 9700 (2.4 GHz) most likely before the end of the year. Curiously, the TDP of the first two is a little higher than planned at 95 Watts (instead of 89) if this information from this AMD wholesaler is correct. In terms of price, we will have to plan on shelling out roughly 233€ for the 9500, 266€ for the 9600 and 275€ for the 9700 if we convert these figures into Euros and add taxes. Clearly, the 9500 and 9600 will be rivaling another quad core, Intel’s Q6600 set at 2.4 GHz and priced at around 250€. It appears this battle won’t necessarily be the easiest for AMD...

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