News of the day (September 14, 2007)

 Logos for the Phenom FX and Phenom
  Posted on 1189801680 by Nicolas

On its website, AMD has finally published the official logos of its Phenom FX and Phenom processors, the desktop versions of its K10 architecture. Note that these are the same ones that have been seen for some time on the internet and despite denials that these were indeed the real logos.

 X48: Will Intel overlock the X38?
  Posted on 1189799810 by Nicolas

In addition to its X38 chipset, which up until now has been presented as its flagship model with two real PCI-E 2.0 16x ports, Intel is currently planning to release the X48 in the beginning of 2008. This will be a more developed version of the X38 with official support of a 1600 MHz FSB and DDR3-1600. Of course, these will still fit on the same motherboard. The source of this information, our colleagues at Digitimes, specify that this will only be definitive after the launch of the X38 in order that Intel can determine the marketís reaction to its new release.

You may recall that at the Computex some motherboard manufacturers already emphasized official DDR3-1600 support with the X38. Letís just hope that the potential X48 will not just be an overclocked X38 via higher voltage, for example.

 Nvidia: Four new Quadros
  Posted on 1189723675 by Nicolas

Nvidia has unveiled four new Quadro professional cards, all equipped with DirectX 10 GPUs.

For those looking for a high performance multi-screen 2D configuration, one or probably several Quadro NVS 290s should do the job. Based on a G86 and equipped with 256 MB of DDR2 interfaced in 64 bits, power consumption doesnít go above 21 Watts. There is passive cooling and a DMS-59 connector which can be relayed to two screens with the cable provided with the card. A PCI-E x1 version will be available which will allow installation of several cards on almost any PCI-Express motherboard. The price should be around $149.

In terms of 3D, the Quadro FX 370 will not be an overachiever because it is also equipped with 256 MB of DDR2 interfaced in 64 bits. However, its sales price is only $129 and it consumes a mere 33 Watts. According to our colleagues at Beyond3D, it is probably fitted with a G84.

Built around this same G84 and still aided by 256 MB of DDR2 but with a 128 bit bus, the Quadro FX 570 should be rather similar to the GeForce 8500 GT in terms of frequencies. Maximum power consumption is now at 38 Watts and there is Dual-Link DVI support. The price remains reasonable for a mid-level Quadro FX at $199.

The Quadro FX 370 and FX 570 are so similar that Nvidia used the same photo for the two cards. We only give you the photo once.

Finally, the Quadro FX 1700 is of course the most powerful of the four. Its price of $699 is justified by the presence of an HD connection and 512 MB, even if they are still linked to a G84 by a 128 bit bus, with power consumption therefore reaching a high of 42 Watts.

One interesting detail, according to the same sources, is that these last three cards will support second generation PCI-Express. The PCI-E controller inside the G84 will be capable of functioning at the speeds of the new norm, however, its specifications will not be entirely supported in hardware. Therefore, certain drivers and bios will be necessary in order for it to actually function in practice. This last point isnít totally without interest, because the supplementary bandwidth offered by PCI-E 2.0 may be of real benefit for certain professional applications.

With the release of these cards in October, Nvidia will have entirely renewed its professional 3D line as the Quadro FX 4600 and FX 5600 were already announced in March.

 Catalyst Linux for the Radeon HD 2000
  Posted on 1189722293 by Nicolas

ATI has finally put its 8.41.7 driver on line which is the Linux version of Catalyst 7.9 for Windows. If as promised Radeon HD 2000s are now supported, its use is not recommended with DirectX 9 GPUs due to a lack of stability. This is quite unfortunate for those waiting for significant performance gains with R500 architecture. The Release Notes, however, specify that a future version will resolve this problem.

 FAB32: The 45nm in volume
  Posted on 1189723564 by Nicolas

According to Intelís blog, the FAB32 located in Arizona will start producing 45nm processors starting October 26th.

While its development facility, the D1D in Oregon, already produces 45nm CPUs, itís a strong bet that they will be used in the future Core 2 Extreme expected out at the end of the year. The FAB32 will thus enable the launch of Penryn processors in large volumes for the beginning of 2008. The Arizona factory will be quickly joined by the FAB11x in New Mexico and the FAB18 in Kiryat Gat, Israel.

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