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News of the day (March 21, 2006)


 GeForce 7600 GS tomorrow?
  Posted on 1142962846 by Marc

According to The Inquirer, NVIDIA will release tomorrow the GeForce 7600 GS. This card will compete with the X1600XT, replace the 6600 GT and cost around 150€. The 7600 GS would be clocked at 400 MHz as compared to 560 MHz for the same G73 in the 7600GT. About memory, the frequency will probably be lower than the 700 MHz of the GT.



 5000+ : AMD's official information
  Posted on 1142962334 by Marc

The last version of AMD's « Athlon 64 Processor Power and Thermal Data Sheet » includes an unannounced Athlon 64 X2 processor: the 5000+. The exact OPN is ADA5000DAA5BV. Clocked at 2.6 GHz like the FX-60, it will only feature 512 KB of cache L2 per core as compared to 1MB for the FX. Thermal dissipation specifications are identical to the 4600+ (same cache but at 2.4 GHz): .3-1.35V and a TDP of 110W. We don't know yet when the processor will be released but our money is close to the day of the Pentium D 960 release.



 DDR2-1000 : Super Talent too
  Posted on 1142959780 by Marc

After OCZ and Corsair, Super Talent released DDR2 memory certified at 500 MHz. It is called DDR2-1000 or PC2-8000 depending if it is the chip or memory module that is named. Latencies announced for this 2x1GB set, which name is T1000UX2G5, are of 5-5-5-15.

Super Talent isn't the first one to release DDR2 modules at this frequency. Corsair did it last May with latencies of 5-4-4-9 at 2.2V. In 2005, Crucial released too last August the Ballistix PC2-8000 in 512 MB and 1 GB versions certified with timings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.2V. However, the number of chips that support this configuration is very low and Corsair had to stop this series. The Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 are no longer in stocks too.

The DDR2-1000 race started end of February when OCZ announced the PC2-8000 Gold XTC in 512 MB and 1 GB modules certified with timings of 5-6-6-15 at 2.1V. Corsair had to answer to this release and launched the 6th of March 512MB PC2-8500 (or 533 MHz) modules with timings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.2V. They are available in single (CM2X512-8000UL) or twin sets (TWIN2X1024-8500). OCZ's answer was the announcement the same day of the PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC and Platinum XTC Extreme Edition in 512 MB and 1 GB versions. They respectively work with timings of 5-5-5-15 and 4-5-4-15 at 2.1V.

The war is apparently going on for high frequency DDR2 modules despite minimum performance gains with current DDR2 platforms (Pentium 4/D). Prices are also, according to our sources, almost 50% higher than DDR2-800 modules. Athlon 64 Socket AM2 or Intel's future platforms that will natively support DDR2-800 and will more easily and efficiently utilize DDR2-1000 in Overclocking will probably make them more interesting. However, according to the latencies and prices nothing is less sure.



 4 new Dell monitors
  Posted on 1142957511 by Vincent

Dell pursues the renewal of their product ranges. After the 17, 19 and 30" (3007WFP, read the review), it is now the turn of the 20 and 24" to change to 07 series. A little bit later there will be a monitor with a new diagonal.

To begin with, there won't be only one 20" monitor but two.

Dell 2007FT: 20 inches, 4/3, IPS or PVA says Dell in the technical specifications. Will they change from one technology to another according to the stocks? They probably will.

The response time will be of 16ms max, viewing angles of 178°, 300 cd/m² brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio, 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution. It will be out end of April.

Dell 2007WFP: 20 inches wide in 1680 x 1050 pixels. Except for this point, characteristics will be identical to the 2007FP, up until the possibility to change of technology of panels. It will be out the 3rd of May.

Dell 2407WFP: 24 inches, PVA 6 ms G2G panel, or 16 ms ISO. Contrast ratio: 1000:1, 500 cd/m² brightness. Its characteristics are identical to the Acer AL2416W monitor previously tested. The only difference is that the Acer only had one analog input. The 2407WFP will also include one DVI that will be HDCP certified! The resolution will be of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It will also be out next May 3.

In October, there will be a… 27 inches. The panel inside should be the LTM270M1, made by Samsung. Technology: PVA. Response time: 8 ms (G2G). Contrast ratio: 1000:1. Number of pixels: 1,920 x 1,200



 Intel's price cuts in a month
  Posted on 1142955789 by Marc

We remind you that Intel will drastically cut Pentium D processors prices next April 23. The 950 price, clocked at 3.4 GHz, will be cut in half from $637 to $316.


Price reductions of other products of the line will also be consequent. The Pentium D 920 clocked at 2.8 GHz will progressively disappear because it will be at the same price as the 930 at 3 GHz. These price cuts will, amongst other things, prepare the release at the end of the month of the 960 clocked at 3.6 GHz.

There will also be other price cuts this summer. The Pentium D 960, 950 and 940 prices will be reduced to the previous price of the 950, 940 and 930. We have to hope that these successive price reductions will motivate AMD to cut prices even if it dominates Intel on the high end dual core market.



 1 GB of video memory for ATI
  Posted on 1142928414 by Marc

ATI just released two new FireGL cards, the V7350 and V7000. Based on R520 (or in other words a X1800) these cards are clocked at 600 MHz core and 650 MHz for GDDR3 memory as compared to 500/500 for a X1800 XL and 625/750 for a X1800 XT. They include two DVI Dual Link outputs that can each reach up to 3840 x 2400 pixels and an analog YPrPb output. The FrameLock/GenLock functions that allow displays synchronisation via an external signal or between multiple displays will be available via a daughterboard that will be available during the second half.


What are the differences between the two cards? Video memory: it is of 512 MB for the V7000 and ... 1 GB for the V7350! It is the first graphic card that includes such a video memory for a single GPU. Of course this amount of memory will only be useful in very specific cases. The V7350 and V7300 will respectively be priced at $1999 and $1599.

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