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News of the day (September 27, 2006)


 Buffalo to release DDR2-1200 memory
  Posted on 1159387587 by Nicolas

FirestixBuffalo will join soon the "crazy race" to the MHz opposing Corsair to OCZ. The manufacturer will release a DDR2 module designed to run at 1200MHz (with timings of 5-6-6-18) instead of 1120 MHz (in 5-5-5-15) for OCZ and 1111 MHz (in 5-5-5-15 to) for Corsair.

Apparently very confident about the performances of this memory module, CFD the Japanese memory retailer at the origin of this information even said that this memory could run at 1250 MHz. This opens a new symbolic denomination possibility: PC2-10000. We remind you, however, that the voltages in use aren't specified.

The Firestix PC2-9600 will be available end of October in 2x512 MB and 2x1024 MB kits.



 IDF : Intel to annonces SSE4
  Posted on 1159380729 by Damien

Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Enterprise group, unveiled a new set of instructions during the second keynote: the SSE4. This new instruction set is announced as the most important evolution since the SSE2 and will be introduced with the first 45 nm CPUs of the manufacturer. These processors will be codenamed Penryn, will be introduced in 2007 and based on the Core 2 Duo architecture.


This new instruction set will improve multimedia performances, research and detection algorithms and data protection (CRC etc.). It will also facilitate the vectorization. Vectorizing the code is often something that is very difficult to do for developers and Intel perfectly understood that facilitating this operation would be the best way to increase performances. It is also interesting to note the release of DPPS and DPPD (Dynamic Power-Performance Scaling and double precision) instructions described by Intel as intended to support languages such as HLSL…

Intel published today the list and description of new instructions but full details of their use will only be available once everything will have been tested with the first functional 45 nm chips (this will probably happen soon).



 AGEIA to join 3DMark
  Posted on 1159379675 by Nicolas

Futuremark announced that the designer of PhysX has joined the development program of the famous benchmark like many other actors such as Intel, AMD, NVIDIA or ATI.

Now, the thing is that if Futuremark declared to be enthusiast about welcoming a company that brings a deep knowledge and experience about real time physic acceleration and a great promise to the computer game environment, it won't be easy for the next 3DMark to objectively show the real benefit of future PhysX cards and (we hope) of current ones.

Another question is to know if Futuremark will take in account the physic effects of NVIDIA and ATI's GPU and why not of ATI's DPVM?



 G80 to be released in November?
  Posted on 1159370089 by Nicolas

The Inquirer announced that NVIDIA would sample G80 in November to big customers and likely the press. Even better, chances are that the first cards equipped with the future DirectX 10 GPU of the Californian company be available the same month.

Some of the rumours like the 1500 MHz core frequency seem, however, to be far from reality. Core clock should be of 700MHz and probably lower. In fact, we even think that, as usual, the exact frequencies aren't definitively chosen at this date (sometime the BIOS is even sent to the press after the card).

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