AMD has recently informed its partners that the launch of the Phenom 9700 and 9900 will finally be in the second quarter of 2008. We don’t know yet if this will also be the case of the triple core Phenom, the Toliman, which could be an interesting alternative to Intel solutions.
The reason? AMD still hasn’t managed to resolve the TLB bug. Moreover, it appears difficult to imagine launching other new processors before this problem is definitively remedied given the reduction in performances (on average 11%) that the bug’s fix causes. This will not be without consequence on the firm’s financial results which is already in the red.
According to our colleagues at PC Watch, the delay of the Yorkfield’s release is due to a compatibility problem with economical motherboards composed of four layer PCBs.
When a quad core processor with an FSB set at 1333 MHz is installed on a motherboard of this type, it causes PSB (Processor System Bus) noise which prevents the processor from functioning normally. In the case of the Xeon, which supports an FSB that can go as high as 1600 MHz, and the Core 2 Extreme QX9650, the problem did not appear because these CPUs fit onto high end motherboards whose PCB is composed of at least 6 layers.
Because it is now too late to ask motherboard manufacturers to review their designs, Intel decided to delay the release of the Core 2 Q9550, Q9450 and Q9300 to February or March, the time needed for a light modification in order that they can function on all motherboards.
ForceWare 169.28 beta for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista et XP have finally appeared on Nvidia’s FTP and nZone.
The company with the green chameleon insists on the fact that they are exclusively intended for those users which have problems with the retail version of Unreal Tournament 3 and while waiting for the next WHQL drivers. So can the PerfKit 5 still be perfected ?
Chaintech should soon launch a 2x 1GB kit of PC3-16000. The APOGEE GT Blazer DDR3-2000 is based on Micron D9G chips and certified for latencies of 9-8-8-24 which is slightly better than A-Data’s DDR3-2000 that is "limited" to 9-9-9-24. The required voltage was not given and there is now an imposing heatsink called the "Cool It Smart".
While it probably won’t be possible to install two kits side by side due to its size and the space between the modules, either way with its only one DIMM per channel Intel’s future X48 will not support DDR3-1600.