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     Gigabyte and ASUS give up their alliance
      Posted on 23/03/2007 at 00:58 by Nicolas - source: HKEPC
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    The strategic alliance of Gigabyte and ASUS named Gigabyte United is now suspended. According to Gigabyte, the reasons would be the confusion of client and manufacturers and modification with internal and external consequences.

    The two companies agreed that Asus won't have to pay penalties despite the initial expected investment of 3.92 billion Taiwanese dollars (approximately €89.1 millions). Also, if Asus cut a pretty good deal, Gigabyte will have to review sales forecast for Gigabyte United. Nevertheless, despite this sudden change, we noted that the latter will probably continue to exist. Several activities of the mother company have already been transferred (cooling, mobile phones and laptops) and others might follow.

     DDR2 4GB set: 1066MHz
      Posted on 23/03/2007 at 00:32 by Nicolas
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    If the performance race of memory manufacturers, featuring Corsair, OCZ, Geil and Buffalo, is now a bit pointless because of the small performance improvements brought by each "new fastest memory", the evolutions recorded by 2GB memory modules, which will be the next reference, deserves a closer look.

    Mushkin announced two new memory modules of 2GB. The XP2-6400 is clocked at 800MHz with timings of 4-3-3-10 and a voltage oscillating between 2.2Volts and 2.25Volts. More performing, the XP2-8500 is clocked at 1066MHz with timings of 5-4-4-12 at 2.3Volts. These memories appeared to be the fastest of their categories since the OCZ, which have a similar density, are restricted to 800MHz with timings of 5-5-5-15.

    The XP2-6400 and XP2-8500 are available at $244 and $280. If they are, however, available in sets of 4 GB, this price won't be really interesting because it is simply multiplied by two…

     Alchemy 1.3: issues corrected and extended support
      Posted on 23/03/2007 at 00:01 by Nicolas
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    ALchemyCreative has recently published the version 1.3 of the "wrapper" ALchemy extending the support of EAX with Windows Vista to Baldur's Gate 2, Battlefield Vietnam, C&C Generals, Chronicles of Riddick, Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, GTA 3, GTA Vice City, Hitman 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2, MDK2, Oblivion, Serious Sam 2 and Serious Sam First Encounter

    In addition, Creative gave to understand that the modifications brought to this new version would also be extended to other games than the one listed above. For those who would be tempted,, it is important to know that a couple of files will have to be copied manually and that this process is for advanced user only.

    The manufacturer has also corrected several issues of the dsound.dll file to avoid failures with Oblivion and buffer issues with Far Cry or MDK2 amongst others. We remind you that the ALchemy aren't exactly drivers and need to be installed in parallel.

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