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     Asus P35 Express available
      Posted on 04/05/2007 at 22:27 by Nicolas - source: ALTERNATE
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    One German shop already sells the Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard at 244 € VAT included, even if the chipset of this motherboard will only be announced in June at Computex.

    The principal innovation of this product is the DDR3 memory. It can support up to four modules of 2 GB (8 GB in total). The higher official FSB supported will be 1333MHz and the card has, additionally to the three PCI 32bits slots, two PCI-E 1X, two PCI-E 16X including one 4X and is compatible with the Crossfire technology.

    DDR3 memory is supposed to be currently available in Japan and it is already possible, at least theoretically, to build up a Bearlake-DDR3 platform.

     The 21 versions of the desktop K10
      Posted on 04/05/2007 at 21:44 by Nicolas - source: DailyTech
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    Even if AMD hasn't apparently chosen the names of the processors of the "Stars" family which will all be declinations of the core K10 (also known as K8L), the composition of the product lines, frequencies, cache size, number of cores and most of the TDP are already known according to DailyTech. They will support the Socket AM2 and AM2+, except for some of the Phenom FXd designed for dual processors platform which will use the socket 1207+.

    The high end models are all named Phenom and will have 2MB of L3 cache. The most eagerly awaited are probably the Phenom X4s (quad core). Clocked at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz, their TDP is set at 89 Watts and they are scheduled to be released during the third quarter 2007. Three models of standard Phenom X2 (dual core) are scheduled for the next quarter and we noted the presence of a version clocked at 2.8GHz which will probably be faster than the Phenom X4 with poorly or non multithreaded applications. Three Low Power versions will also be released. They will single out thanks to the TDP of 45 watts but also with a frequency equals or below 2.3GHz. They will be out during the first quarter 2008.

    At the same period, there will also be another Athlon 64 X2 clocked at 2.2GHz. This one won't have L3 cache and this explains why AMD kept that name. Finally, the Sempron name will be maintained for entry level products and will be synonymous with single core processors.

    The HyperTransport bus speed will vary depending on the models and will be from 2.8 to 4.2 times faster than the current Athlon 64 X2. However, as the impact of the reduction of the speed on the current generation is inexistent, we believe than the impact on the performances will be close to zero.

    Now, there are two things left to check: the performances provided and of course the prices!

     DDR2-1066 Micron at 1.8V, a new standard ?
      Posted on 04/05/2007 at 20:16 by Marc - source: Micron
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    Micron announced the first DDR2-1066 chips of 128 MB. Using a fabrication process of 78 nm, these chips reach this frequency despite a low voltage of 1.8V (standard for DDR2). Usually this type of memory module needs 2.1 to 2.3V. The counterpart of this prowess is high latencies. We were expecting a CAS Latency of 6, and it is actually of 7! To compare, the PC2-8500 memory modules generally have a CAS Latency of 5.

    Because of this voltage and despite the imminent release of DDR3, Micron is hoping on obtaining the standardization of the DDR2-1066 from the JEDEC and AMD indicates that the DDR2-1066 will be supported by its quad core processors. VIA and SiS also mentioned the possibility to support this memory soon. This is rather surprising considering that the DDR2-800 isn't supported yet by their chips! Strangely absent from the press release, NVIDIA is in fact the only actor to officially support the DDR2-1066 with the nForce 680i SLI chipset to be accurate. Such a frequency can however be reached with other Intel and NVIDIA chips but also with Athlon 64, via overclocking.

    Currently at the sample stage, the mass production of Micron DDR2-1066 128 MB chips will begin in Q3. If we don't really see the point of this memory because of the latency, the standardization of the DDR2-1066 norm could be of great interest for AMD considering that it isn't planning on supporting the expensive DDR3 before 2008 with the Socket AM3. Intel, on the contrary, will support this new standard from this summer with the P35 chipset.

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