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     AMD : SSE3, 4200+ and FX-57
      Posted on 04/11/2004 at 16:12 by Marc
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    One month ago, a rumour on Internet about AMD’s processors said that SSE3 management was only restricted to dual core processors only. Following this rumour, we published one news saying that if the current 90 nm core didn’t include SSE3 management it was probably because AMD was working on a new core including them.

    AnandTech has just confirmed this information. If the current Athlon 64 90nm is known as the D revision at AMD, a new core revision: E will include SSE3 management and several other improvements such as an improved prefetching.

    The first Athlon 64 using this new k8 core revision should be released in the beginning of next year. AMD will release mid -2005 an Athlon 64 4200+ probably clocked at 2.6 GHz, and then an FX-57 during the second half 2005 which should be clocked at 2.8 and equipped with 1 Mb of cache (initially this processor was expected during the second quarter). 2005 shouldn’t be really exciting for single core processors at AMD. Dual cores processors should however bring serious improvements compared to the current processors on the market!



     ATI Radeon Xpress 200
      Posted on 04/11/2004 at 15:55 by Marc
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    Logo sphère ATIThe Inquirer has just published some information on the new ATI chipsets for AMD Athlon 64 platform. So far known as RS480 and RX480, these chipsets will be released under the Radeon Xpress 200 name. The RS480 will have a graphic core based on the Radeon X300 using the main computer memory as video memory. It is possible to expect higher performances than the Intel’s i915G in this area.

    These chipsets functionalities additionally to the management of one PCI Express 16X slot will be one PCI Express x1 slot, standard PCI slots, 8 USB slots, AC’97 sound, 4 S-ATA channels and two ATA channels working else in RAID 0 or 1. Apparently the network shouldn’t be directly managed by this chipset. The release of these chipsets will probably take place next week, whereas RS400 and RX400 for Intel P4 should be released later.



     More information on the Audigy 4 Pro
      Posted on 04/11/2004 at 15:50 by Marc - source: PC Watch
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    Every day some information shows up about the future Creative Audigy 4 Pro. It is now Creative via the Japanese office which has published on line one page dedicated to this card. This card has a 113 dbA noise signal report and is introduced as a new qualitative improvement. Functionalities are however quite similar to the Audigy 2 with the EAX 4.0 HD, Dobly Digital EX / DTS and DTS ES decoding, the 7.1, 24 bits / 96 kHz sound and the FireWire inputs/outputs.

    The Audigy 4 Pro should be released end of November, the price $365. This card will be sold with an external rack, an infrared remote control and the following software: Steinberg Cubase LE, Steinberg WaveLab Lite 2.5, Image Line FL Studio 4 creative edition, Thief - Deadly Shadows and Hitman: Contracts.



     ATI R430 and R480 to be released soon?
      Posted on 04/11/2004 at 11:28 by Marc
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    The PCI SIG has updated their PCI Express product validated list, and it includes several new products. So far, only Intel’s chipsets were present, but now the NVIDIA nForce 4 and ATI RS400 and RS480, respectively dedicated to Pentium 4 and Athlon 64, have also been included.

    For graphic processors, this list already included the GeForce 6800 GPU and the GeForce PCX. The GeForce PCX is based on the GeForce FX with the AGP to PCI Express HSI bridge. New NIVIDA products also show up like the 6600, but also the NV41M and the PCI Express MXM graphic module. These two products have been designed or laptops.

    ATI only present with the X600 so far add new products: the X300, X700 and X800 PCI Express. For laptops are included as well the Mobility Radeon X600, M22 and M26. These products have not been announced yet, but the M22 will be the laptop version of the X300 and the M26 the future NV43M competitor.

    Are also included in this list two new products: the R430 and R480. Based on the R423 (X800 PCI Express), they should respectively have a 110 nm and 130 nm fabrication process. These products are apparently ready to be released as they are present in this page. The R430’s target is to reduce high end products prices and the R480 should increase frequencies compared to the R423. It seems that ATI increase easier their frequencies in 130 nm rather than in 110 nm thanks to a better process at TSMC.

    If ATI and NVIDIA validate their components, ATI doesn’t not unlike NVIDIA validate their reference card anymore. So ATI’s reference cards aren’t included in this list. This situation brings us to another question: how is it possible to validate a chip without validating the graphic card including this chip?


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