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ECS announces K7S7AG and P4S8AG mobos with integrated Xabre 200 GPU

Intel announced Xeon DP; E7501, E7205, E7505 chipset and other hi-end novelties

NVIDIA announces GeForce FX



ECS announces K7S7AG and P4S8AG mobos with integrated Xabre 200 GPU

Today Elitegroup (ECS) announced two new mobos — Game Union 648 (P4S8AG) and Game Union 746 (K7S7AG) for Intel Pentium 4 and AMD K7, respectively, with built-in AGP 8 Xabre 200 GPU and 64MB of DDR SDRAM.

Game Union 648 (P4S8AG) specs:

  • Socket 478 P4 (Prescott/ Northwood/Willamete) supports
  • SiS648 + SiS963 chipset
  • 533/400MHz FSB
  • Xabre 200 GPU, 64BM DDR
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Optional 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, 2 IEEE1394 ports
  • 6-channel AC97, S/PDIF-in/out
  • 3 PCI slots, CNR slot
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33

Game Union 746 (K7S7AG) specs:

  • AMD K7 support
  • SiS746 + SiS963 support
  • 266/200MHz FSB
  • Xabre 200 GPU, 64MB DDR
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Optional 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, 2 IEEE1394 ports
  • 6-channel AC97, S/PDIF-in/out
  • 3 PCI slots, CNR slot
  • 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33

Intel announced Xeon DP; E7501, E7205, E7505 chipset and other hi-end novelties

Today Intel announced a number of new products for the high-end server market, including four new Intel Xeons; E7501, E7205, E7505 chipsets and five new server platforms.


New Intel Xeon with 2.8, 2.6, 2.4, 2.0 GHz clock and 533MHz FSB are made using 0.13-micron process, feature 512KB L2 cache and are designed for high-performance dual-CPU workstations and servers.


Intel E7501 is designed for dual-processor servers on 533MHz FSB Xeons supporting Hyper-Threading. It includes Intel E7501 Memory Controller Hub (MCH, 1005-pin FC-BGA), Intel 82801CA (ICH, 421-pin BGA), 64-bit PCI/PCI-X Intel 82870P2 controller (567-pin FC-BGA).


Intel E7505 (former Placer) is intended for dual-processor workstations on Intel Xeon and features Intel E7505 (MCH, 1005-pin FC-BGA), 64-bit PCI/PCI-X Intel 82870P2 controller (567-pin FC-BGA), Intel 82801DB I/O controller (421-pin BGA).


Intel E7205 (Granite Bay) is meant for entry-level single- and dual-processor Intel Pentium 4 workstations. It has Intel E7205 (MCH, 1005-pin FC-BGA), Intel 82801DB I/O controller (421-pin BGA).

Both workstation products support USB 2.0 and AGP 8x; all chipsets support dual-channel DDR, and Intel E7501 and E7505 also support 64-bit PCI/PCI-X.

Besides, the company has also announced 5 new server platforms on new processors and chipsets, supporting innovations like Intel PRO/1000 MT Server Network Connections, AGP 8x, Serial ATA, Ultra320 SCSI, Intel Server Management 5.5 software. Server platforms will be shipped within two weeks, though some of them in Q1 2003. Shipments of new 2.8, 2.6, 2.4, 2.0 GHz Intel Xeons with 533MHz FSB have already started. In over 1,000-unit quantities chips cost $455, $337, $234, and $198, respectively. Intel E7501, Intel E7505, and Intel E7205 shipments have already started. Wholesale prices make $92, $100, and $57, respectively.

NVIDIA announces GeForce FX

Yesterday NVIDIA announced the release of new generation GPUs, formerly codenamed NV30 and officially named NVIDIA GeForce FX.

Naturally, this release is a major step for the graphics industry:

  • GPU core about 125 million transistors
  • Process — 0.13-micron
  • 3 geometry processors — more than enough for DX9 VS 2.0
  • 8 pixel processors — more than enough for DX9 PS 2.0
  • 128-bit DDR II interface
  • 4-channel switching memory controller



  • Local memory bandwidth saving technology, including the complete color and depth buffer compression (world-first 4:1 compression)
  • Programmable array of 16 texture filter blocks, up to 8 selected and filtered per tick
  • AGP 3.0 (8)
  • Tile optimization: caching, compression, HSR
  • High integer (10/16-bit per component) and floating point (16/32-bit per component) precision of texture and frame buffer
  • 32-bit floating point operations, new adaptive anisotropic filtering to reduce FPS falloffs
  • Up to 128x anisotropy
  • New modes — MSAA 8 and hybrid MS/SSAA 6x
  • Frame buffer compression
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
  • External TV-Out interface
  • Dual TDMS for external DVI
  • Meeting AGP 3.0, GeForce FX enables to make cards without external power

All willing to get acquainted with the new architecture and features of GeForce FX should read our new (very good) review NVIDIA GeForce FX or "Cinema show started". And finally the photo of reference GeForce FX.

Note 128MB of 128-bit DDR II (8 Samsung chips, 1 GHz DDR), external power connector. DVI, TV-Out, and VGA output. The official GPU clock is 500MHz, but it should raise in the future, I guess. Though read about it in the review.

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