News of the day (September 21, 2006)

 GPU market shares
  Posted on 1158856588 by Nicolas

Jon Peddie Research has just published preliminary second-quarter statistics for the circuit and graphics market. Intel is still in the lead with 35% market shares followed by NVIDIA 24% and ATI 23%. NVIDIA has regained market shares from ATI. During the previous quarter, market shares were respectively of 34.1%, 23.3% and 26.1%.

Intel is of course the market leader because of graphic integrated sales. For this only segment the manufacturer has 62% unit's market shares. When we look at the incomes, however, the integrated market only reaches 8% (each unit is valued $15 by JPR).

These income figures, however, have to be taken carefully. Compared to the number of units sold, the average price of a graphic card would be, excluding integrated chipset, of $274 and it seems largely over evaluated to us.

 Cheaper Core 2 Duo processors?
  Posted on 1158854939 by Marc

Even if they aren't prohibitively expensive, some of you already wonder when the first Core 2 Duo price cuts will take place. Unfortunately, because of the lack of competition it won't happen in the months to come. The last price list published and in use until January do not include any price reduction of these CPUs

So, the only possibility to have a cheaper Core 2 Duo will be the release in January of a new model, the E4300. Sold at $163 instead of $183 for the E6300, this new processor will have the following characteristics: 1.8 GHz, FSB800 and 2 MB of cache L2. The most inquisitive of you will have noticed that it uses a X9 multiplying coefficient. It will be an excellent processor for overclocking.

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