Otellini said Intel is not planning chips that can handle both 32-bit and 64-bit code. Bilingual chips, such as rival AMD's forthcoming Opteron, could be cheaper and easier for corporations to adopt, analysts have said, because much existing software will work on them.
I was able to finally see that demo running on an Athlon 2100+ with 256Mb of system Ram even though its recommended to have at least 512Mb and of course we used Nvidia George 4 TI 4600. Since we like to try different things we tried the same demo on a Gainward George 4 TI 4200 power pack and we were amazed.
And now we are left with the same very basic problem that I was going to attempt to unravel at the start of this article. With the three processors Ive seen and tested based on the new Thoroughbred core, I have overclocked one by 117 MHz, one by 200 MHz and another by over 300 MHz. What is our statistical norm then? What would consumers see when purchasing their own Thoroughbred processor? In order to know with degree of credibility, we would have to do a lot more testing on hundreds, if not thousands, of processors. That is obviously not something we can just sit down and do here at Amdmb.com. It will take months, probably, for enough product (based on the Thoroughbred core) to get out into the hands of the users so we can begin to see results from that many processors. It looks like we will have to wait until then to get a good consensus on the power of the initial release of the Thoroughbred processor.
Unfortunately, ASUS forecasts a price of more than $300 for the P4T533. Though the board does include a 256MB RIMM 4200 module, the price is still lofty for a motherboard and 256MB of memory. We all know that the price of performance is steep, so expect to pay for the extra memory bandwidth exposed by the latest RAM technology. ASUS has stepped out onto a limb as the first to adopt 32-bit RDRAM and we'd like to see the technology succeed, not only because it is blisteringly fast, but also because the ongoing battle between RDRAM and DDR SDRAM results in lower prices and an increasing number of options for the end user, you. Availability currently suffers, but innovation and performance earn the P4T533 a solid 'nine' on the Hot Hardware scale.
To sum up the case with one word: incredible. The expansion is awesome, the *quiet* cooling works surprisingly well and pretty much every aesthetic feature has been included, from the side window to the blue door to the lighted strips and LEDs. I wonder what Coolermaster is going to come up with to combat this bad boy. $229 may seem a bit steep, but consider: Coolermaster's ATC series costs a tad more but doesn't even come close to offering everything I've seen with the PC-6089A. Some things keep this from being a perfect case but since there can't be a perfect case I'll always find something wrong with it.
AMD has produced a minor speed bump in the MP line again with the 2100+. Unfortunately it is not the Thoroughbred core, and even if it was there are no architecture changes. The price of the Athlon MPs has dropped dramatically over the past few months as is evident with the 2100+ retail price. When AMD shifts to the Thoroughbred core with the MP line, likely at the next bump up to 2200+ they will enjoy the cost savings of the smaller die size, but performance increases won't be realized until Barton based MP CPUs arrive with the much anticipated 512KB L2 cache, double the amount the current Athlon enjoys. Till then not much is expected to change on the MP front.
With the performance of the board above average, this board is not trying to hide behind its color. It is well situated for most systems, especially tweakers. Of course if purple is your favorite color, do not look any further this board will not disappoint you and you will not have to sacrifice color for performance.
If you prefer your sound card to be the latest in highend end equipment, you should check out the review of the Maya 7.1 and 7.1 Gold sound cards over at Hardware Masters. These puppies boast 7.1 channels of sound output. Just what you need.... more wall to wall speakers to shatter windows and bother neighbors right? Then again......... =)
There is a new update posted for SiSoft Sandra. Just use the update wizard in the program to download and install SP1. Or if you prefer you can peruse the SiSoft Sandra page. They have added a few new modules and updated the comparison cpu's, chipsets, etc.[PAGEBREAK]
Sandra 2002 SP1 Released: The new Sandra has been released. It contains a wealth of new features and improvements, most notable being a new benchmark, benchmark result saving, and 6 new modules. Most known issues with the previous version have been resolved in this version. Here's a breakdown:
Full compatibility with Windows XP/.Net.
Native NT/200X/.Net Unicode versions available.
Support for advanced SMP and SMT/HyperThreaded hardware with multiple chipsets.
80 Total; 6 New Modules (Cache/Memory Benchmark, Modules Info (NT/200X/.Net), Installed Programs/Applications, Registered File Types, Event Log).
Dynamic data refresh.
Fixed various issues with detection (chipset, system monitoring chips, etc.) See FAQ for details.
Matrox said they would not be sending us a review unit on the same schedule as other sites and then revealed some interesting reasons. Matrox stated that due to the nature of our testing that they were not comfortable with sending us a Parhelia card. They seemed to think that we would be a bit too rough on the Parhelia and possibly show some issues that the enthusiast might identify as weaknesses. Logic would dictate that this of course means that Matrox thinks that the hardware review sites getting the first round of Parhelias would not expose those weaknesses. I had to take that as a compliment. Still, you might keep this in mind when you see the initial reviews hit and we will of course make sure you are aware of them as we always want to keep our readers up to date with current information. Interesting to see the 'other' sites that get the ca
Still, one part of ALi obviously thinks that there are some profits still to be made in the chipset area, and especially those supporting AMD processors. We guess that's because unlike Chipzilla, AMD does not want the sort of money for their chipset licences that still give headaches to VIA and Nvidia.
And we're told some motherboard manufacturers are considering using ALi chipset for their Hammer motherboards that should be introduced in upcoming months.
Gary Smerdon, vice president of marketing for Marvell’s communications business group, said the price cuts would add fuel to the Gigabit surge now that Intel’s Gigabit card prices have fallen below the US$69 for its 10/100 Mbps Ethernet cards. The downward price trend will extend into next year, with Gigabit card prices possibly dropping to US$20, he predicted. And it is from Intel no less (Intel makes the best network cards IMO).
However, Taiwanese TFT LCD producers are reluctant to openly lower prices for fear that doing so might affect their profit outlook and stock prices. In particular, they want to avoid anything that might negatively affect their second-half raising of funding for construction of fifth-generation (5G) production lines.
I have had these cards for a couple of weeks now and have played hell out of every game and demo that I could get my paws on. Now, the personal sacrifice and the suffering that I put myself through in doing all this gaming with these cards is something else. Can you imagine having to spend several days doing nothing but blowing things up and driving fast cars real fast on virtual racetracks and such? Hey wait a sec, that is exactly how I love to spend my days! The bottom line here is that I suffered nary a problem nor a single graphical glitch in all that game play testing. In a word… Fantastic. I do that anyway .
The upcoming product family, code-named Tiger, will include motherboards, chipsets, enclosures and a complete four-processor Itanium 2 server, according to a company representative. Intel will not sell these products to the general public, but to computer manufacturers, which will then re-brand them as their own or incorporate them into their own products. Of course Intel claims it be because of 'smooth acceptance'.
Europe's second-largest chipmaker said in a statement that the new company--StarCore, based in Austin, Texas, will design DSP (digital signal processor) cores, which are used by chip manufacturers as building blocks of larger chipsets.
A DSP is a specialized chip that performs high-speed mathematical computations for processing and converting voice, data and video signals. DSPs are used not only by communication gear makers in handsets and base stations, for example, but also in consumer goods such as DVDs.
Although the ASUS P4B533-E motherboard is rather pricey, near the $400-420 AUD or $200-220 USD mark, for the performance and endless list of features you're getting, it's actually excellent value all round. The P4B533-E compares closely with the PC800 based IWILL board, and outperforms the SOYO SiS645DX board that is even teamed with DDR333. If you're after a fully integrated performance P4 platform, without the price premium of an expensive i850E solution, then the i845E based ASUS P4B533-E is definitely worth considering. The onboard LAN and IEEE 1394 ports are actually optional extras, so cutting them out of the equation should save a few extra dollars as well. Special thanks go out to Cassa Australia who supplied the board for our testing, and also happen to be one of the major distributors for ASUS down under.
The new PCs start at $299 and include a preinstalled copy of LindowsOS, a version of the open-source operating system that sports a graphical user interface and the ability to run Windows applications, according to its manufacturer. but... Adding a 17-inch monitor, priced at $128, to the 1.3GHz Celeron SYSMAR703 desktop makes for a computer package that costs $527. To beat that price, one would have to purchase Emachines' entry-level T1140 desktop. It includes a 1.1GHz Celeron, 20GB hard drive, 17-inch monitor, CD-ROM and a copy of Windows XP for $519 after rebates.
What you would usually expect is that the GPU would send data into memory while running its calculations. The chip ordiniarily keeps some data in graphics memory, since the memory can remember and keep some interstates of calculations, before returning it to the GPU to get a final result.
But the result of the experiment was quite surprising; at least it surprised us a lot. Our investigator didnt get any data transfer from chip to memory and there where no interstates. The result came straight from the chip.
The only real downside is the price. It is quite an expensive package but you do get a lot for you money here, and buying everything separately would be more money than this whole bundle. I'd of liked to of seen some sort of demo disk, with a few demo's showing off the cards technology as there isn't any games that can really take full advantage of it as yet. The performance and technology begs to be shown off. Nvidia do have some really good looking demos on their website which are very impressive indeed, but not everyone has web access or high-speed internet as most of these demos are pretty big.
For anyone in the market for a solid P4 motherboard with RAID, they should certainly consider the BD7II-RAID, it was nice and stable, everything it sets out to do it does well, it has a reasonable layout, USB2, ATA133, the aforementioned onboard LAN and Audio work well and overall it's a nice little board.
The building blocks are used by numerous Intel customers, from tiny mom-and-pop shops to the largest computer makers, said Phil Brace, marketing director of Intel's Enterprise Platforms and Solutions Division. Often, those customers don't have their own engineering departments and are faced with a "do-it-yourself" scenario.
To cut it short, the IWILL P4R533-N is a very high-quality board with performance to match, but priced accordingly. At around $300-350 or $160-180 USD, the board isn't exactly on the cheap side considering there is no support for the latest technologies like ATA133, USB 2.0, RAID and IEEE1394. For the power user, these features aren't going to make much of a difference anyway, since they are usually combined with feature-rich DDR platforms that tend to sacrifice performance overall. RDRAM is still pricey around the $150-170 mark for a single 128MB stick of PC1066, which will more than likely be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a board such as this, but if absolute performance is a must, then RDRAM has its advantages - as shown here today.