News of the day (September 7, 2006)

 Altec Lansing FX 4021
  Posted on 1157650764 by Marc

Altec Lansing released a new 2.1 speaker system, the FX 4021. Sold for 119€, it features two satellites each delivering total power output of up to 11 RMS and incorporates a tweeter and a driver.

The isobaric subwoofer delivers 24 watts RMS. Isobaric means that the two bass drivers are mounted one behind the other. This would keep the pressure of air in the chamber substantially constant and makes possible to have taut bass despite a limited space.

The kit is sold with an IR remote control and a control pod featuring and auxiliary input and a headphone jack. A 4.1 version, the FX 5051, will also be released at 229 €.

 DDR2 prices on the rise
  Posted on 1157640449 by Marc

Following a 12% raise last month, DDR-400 memory price continues to increase. A 64 MB chip is now 3.9% more expensive than end of August. The most important raise is however once more for DDR2: +7% for DDR2-533 and +7.6% for DDR2-667 compared to the end of August (during this months prices increased by 20.4% and 20.8%).

So, if DDR2-533 is still cheaper than DDR-400, $5.94 for a 64 MB chip instead of $6.13, this is no longer the case of the DDR2-667 that has reached $6.19$.

 Slower sales of ATI's chipset for Intel platform
  Posted on 1157636892 by Marc

Logo sphère ATIIf, end of July, ATI though that sales of the last quarter (ending August 31) would be of $620 to $660 million, the Canadian manufacturer has seriously revised this figure downward and announced sales of $520 million approximately.

The manufacturer indicates that this reduction would be due to slower sales of integrated chipset for Intel platform. If this factor is part of the equation, we believe that the purchase of ATI by AMD might not be the only reason of this reduction. The latter has been announced only end of July and that doesn't explain such a difference.

 Specifications of the GeForce 7900 GTO
  Posted on 1157614102 by Marc

Overclockers UK has published the specifications of the GeForce 7900 GTO, a new limited edition of the 7900 GT. In fact, its GPU frequency is identical to the 7900 GTX and its memory frequency to the 7900 GT. Here are the frequencies of products based on a G71 with 24 ps pipeline / 8 vs pipeline:

- 7900 GT: 450/660
- 7950 GT: 550/700
- 7900 GTO: 650/660
- 7900 GTX: 650/800

It is difficult to know which one of the 7950 GT or the 7900 GTO will be the faster because it will depend on the GPU or memory load. The 7900 GTO might however single out on the price. In shops it is found at 250€ with 512 MB. This is more or less the same as the 7900 GT 256 MB and a lot cheaper than the 7900 GT 512 MB. The price of the 7950 GT is 242 € in the same store for the 256 MB version and 272 € for the 512 MB. It is also interesting to note that the picture of the GTO published by OC.Uk features the discreet cooling system of the 7900 GTX. We will however have to wait for the product release to see if it is really the case.

With NVIDIA's product line being more and more complex (this is also the case of ATI's line), it is increasingly difficult to find the best product around 200-300€…

 Intel Quad Core as early as November?
  Posted on 1157611766 by Marc

Today, we know a little bit more about Intel's quad core initially scheduled early 2007 and then pulled into Q1 2006. According to eWeek, who confirmed some information in our possession, Intel could release the quad core early November.

The Kentsfield (this is the processor code name) will be based on two Core 2 dies included in the same packaging. This processor which belongs to the Extreme Edition line will be priced as usual at $999 and clocked at 2.66 GHz to keep a reasonable thermal envelope.

Now, more than this Extreme(ly) expensive version, this is most of all the democratisation of the Quad Core which is expected, even if it is important to know that softwares are far from really using four cores.

 AMD releases the Athlon 64 X2 5200+
  Posted on 1157611381 by Marc

AMD has modified its processor price list to include a new Athlon 64 X2: the 5200+. Only compatible with socket AM2 platforms like the 5000+, this processor has two cores clocked at 2.6 GHz each featuring 1 MB of cache L2. To cut a long story short, these are more or less the same specifications as the Athlon 64 FX-60 except for the much lower price: $403. This is $102 more than the 5000+ and this is a little bit expensive for a cache two times bigger.

In practice, performances are the same as the FX-60 with DDR2 memory as reported in our Core 2 Duo processors test. Results are close to the Core 2 Duo E6400 which official price is $224…

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