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  • Qimonda & Sony partner up
  • 2 Radeon HD 2950 Pros November 19
  • FSB1600 on the X38. And the X48?
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     MCP72: HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 in December
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 22:48 by Nicolas - source: Digitimes
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    the MCP72, the next Nvidia chipset for the AMD platform and which supports HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI-Express 2.0, should arrive at the end of November or even beginning of December. Production should start at the beginning of next month.

    Digitimes, which obtained its information from motherboard manufacturers, indicated that two versions are planned. The high end MCP72XE will be composed of two chips which will enable it to provide a total of 35 PCI-E lanes that can be connected to either four ports wired in x8 or two in x16.

    The MCP72P will more be oriented towards the mid-range and will consist of a single chip with 18 PCI-E lanes. Therefore, we can forget about the possibility of two real x16 ports and will have to be content with two x8s.

    According to the latest rumors, all of these AMD nForce 7xx will integrate a graphic core.

     Price reduction for the Athlon 64 X2 on 10/8
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 22:26 by Nicolas - source: AMDZone
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    AMD will proceed with price reductions on October 8th involving the 64 X2 5000+, 5200+, 5600+, 6000+ and 6400+. Intel’s competitor announced this news via an email to its partners.

    It thus hopes to encourage its clients to migrate towards dual core processors. However overall, this will especially mean an increase in profits even if this comes from a decrease in the per unit margin. Given the delicate financial position of this manufacturer, they really have little room for error here. For this reason and the fact that Intel’s prices are more or less stable (and will remain so), we shouldn’t expect huge reductions.

     GeForce 8800 GTS V2: +16 pipelines
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 21:59 by Nicolas
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    According to a document published by VR-Zone, Nvidia could release a revised version of the GeForce 8800 GTS which will include 112 stream processors. Up until now on the G80, there have only been 96 activated out of the 128. Frequencies and other specifications will remain unchanged. While Nvidia would say almost nothing about this evolution, its partners are free to conduct their own marketing activities. The purpose of this new version is to widen the gap in performances with future GeForce 8800 GTs in order to make their respective market positions a little more coherent.

    While at first this change might appear positive, it will allow Nvidia not to have to rapidly lower the price of the GeForce 8800 GTS. Also, it may cause some confusion especially in the beginning transition period, because it may not be easy to know for certain which GeForce 8800 GTS we are buying. In short, marketing could once again make things a little less clear for buyers.

     Qimonda & Sony partner up
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 21:25 by Nicolas - source: Qimonda
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    DollarsQimonda, the DRAM branch of the German Infineon, and the Japanese giant, Sony, have announced that they are forming a joint-venture called Qreatic Design, which will be based in Japan. This project will concentrate on the design of DRAM memory that is high performance, low power, and integrated but may also respond to more specific needs of certain clients. It will be found in general public products and accompany graphic processors. Moreover, this will pave the way for the diversification of Qimonda’s activities in domains outside of the PC.

    However, this is far from being a major project, at least for the time being, because the new entity will include up to 30 specialists being contributed by the two companies and starting at the end of the year.

     2 Radeon HD 2950 Pros November 19
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 20:55 by Nicolas - source: Digitimes
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    The release of the Radeon HD 2950 Pro should occur on November 19th according to information from graphic card manufacturers. AMD recently informed them that samples would be sent at the beginning of this month and they would start the production of 1.5 million GPUs in the first week of November. You may recall that the GeForce 8800GT will also arrive at around this time.

    Produced by TSMC and engraved in 55nm, the RV670 will have (like the R600) 320 scalar processors. Furthermore, there are two versions that are expected. The Gladiator will be equipped with GDDR4 memory while the Revival will have GDDR3. Now we just have to know the prices and performances in order that we can have more of an opinion...

     FSB1600 on the X38. And the X48?
      Posted on 04/10/2007 at 20:15 by Nicolas
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    While Intel has decided to reserve official support of FSB1600 for its upcoming X48, ASUSTeK and Gigabyte have chosen to officially display such support on their X38 cards. This is the same for DDR3-1600 and even DDR3-1800 for ASUS.

    It has to be said that in practice the X38 and even the P35 do not have any problems functioning at these frequencies, which doesn’t make their support too risky for the two manufacturers. In this case, we can only wonder what arguments will be used to sell X48 motherboards.

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