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     Zoom: Xeon X3450, the ''Core i7-850''
      Posted on 25/09/2009 at 16:15 by Marc
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    In addition to the Core i7 and i5, Intel have launched some socket LGA1156 format Xeons, which have the advantage of being compatible with desktop motherboards. While the X3470 and X3460 give nothing extra on their Core i7 equivalents, this isn’t the case with the X3450. It has the spec of the Core i5-750 but with the addition of HyperThreading. This makes it a sort of Core i7-850!

    Here is the recap of performances obtained in our test protocol:

    On average the gain is 8.5% on the Core i5-750, with the highest gains of 25% in Cinema4D and MinGW. In terms of energy consumption, we are in the same area as the i7-860, with 1.2W and 3.6W respectively in idle and in load. We managed to overclock to 3.9 GHz at 1.35V.

    The official listings are $241, as against $284 for the Core i7-860 and $196 for the Core i7-750, and the Xeon X3450 is therefore nicely placed in between. Even cheaper ($215) and still with HyperThreading, the Xeon X3440 should also be worth a look, especially for those looking to overclock rather than use it’s less developed Turbo mode.

     DDR3 Black Edition memory kits by OCZ
      Posted on 25/09/2009 at 12:51 by Marc - source: OCZ
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    OCZ have announced the availability of two Black Edition memory kits. What we have is DDR3-PC3-12800 at 1600 MHz specially designed to go with AMD Phenom II processors. Both kits use 1.65V and the difference between the two is with their timings: 7-7-7-24 for the OCZ PC3-12800 Black Edition Ready CL7 Dual Channel and 8-8-8-24 for the OCZ PC3-12800 Black Edition Ready CL8 Dual Channel. These bars are AMD OverDrive compatible. Each bar is equipped with a “Heatspreader” for cooling, the 4 GB CL8 kit already on sale for around 100 euros and the CL7 around 110 euros.

     GPU-Z v0.3.5 available
      Posted on 25/09/2009 at 12:40 by Marc - source: TPU
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    TechPowerUp have put version 0.3.5 of the GPU-Z graphics card utility online. What's new is compatability with the most recent Forceware 190.62 and 191.00 as well as the Catalyst 9.9s. There is of course official support of the Radeon HD 59XXs as well as for monitoring of voltages. Less public at the moment given the delays from Intel on the graphics chipsets, Havendale detection is also built into this version.

    Downloads available here.

     LucidLogix launches the HYDRA 200
      Posted on 25/09/2009 at 10:58 by Marc
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    LucidLogix have just announced its HYDRA 200 solution. This PCI-Express switch is available in 3 versions:

    - LT22012: x16 lanes in, 2x16 lanes out
    - LT22114: x8 lanes in, 2x18 lanes out
    - LT24102: x16 lanes in, 2x16 or 4x8 or 1x16+2x8 lanes out

    At first, only the LT24102 version will be available as of October and will be integrated into the MSI Big Bang motherboard that is based on the P55 Express. Engraved at 65 nm, this chip has a TDP of 6W and is likely to cost around $70.

    The importance of the Hydra 200 goes beyond a simple PCI-Express switch such as the nForce 200 because of the Hydra Engine technology that cumulates GPU performance, whatever the model or make. At IDF LucidLogix had a machine on show that coupled a Radeon HD 4890 with a GeForce GTX260!

    In order to do this, the Hydra Engine includes software that intercepts Direct3D commands and balances AFR or SFR load between the GPUs and then puts it all back together in the video memory of the primary GPU. The Hydra Engine is supposed to offer a generic solution for profiles as well as software.

    Compatible with Vista and Seven, only Seven allows the coupling of GPUs made by different manufacturers, the Hydra Engine supporting DirectX 9 and DirectX 10.1, with Direct3D 11 support coming later. Not so for OpenGL apparently.

    Of course there are still many questions to be answered but we won’t be able to do this until we can carry out a test of real performance across a good number of games. We would also need to see what extra processor load is caused by the Hydra Engine.

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