As it has turned out, no Taiwanese makers have obtained Intelís license for 800MHz bus. If, for example, VIA hasn´t strived for this anyway, SiS and Ali might suffer from the additional license expenses. As you know, the market share of Intel P4 chipsets grew to 60-70% in 2002. The share of SiS grew up to 20%. VIA Technologies, that hasnít obtained the license for Pentium 4 from Intel, and Ali, which hasnít shown the particular interest to this market, shared the remaining 10%. So, it seems that SiS will have to pay most to keep its market part. Ali will suffer as well, having recently announced the resumption of interest to the desktop chipset market.
Source: The DigiTimes
The long wait with the constant searching for release links and gathering rumours about DX9 is finished at last. Today Microsoft officially announced the DirectX 9.0 along with the DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK), including the HLSL (High-Level Shader Language).
I guess, thereís no need to describe Microsoft DirectX 9: "a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. DirectX 9.0 includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX 9.0 APIs".
Now you can download or just get more information about DirectX 9.0 here. Though, professionals better go to DirectX @ MSDN to find various variants of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) along with the description of its key parts, including HLSL brief.
Naturally, the DirectX 9.0 support has already been announced by graphics market leaders: ATI Technologies announced the final DirectX 9.0-enabled CATALYST 3.0 drivers; NVIDIA announced the complete DirectX 9.0 support in the new Detonator drivers.
First, about the CPU itself. The first photos were introduced on November 25 (see The photo of AMD Barton).
What the marking means AXDA1833DKT4D. Athlon XP (AXD), A Ė desktop, 1833 MHz (how much is it in QuantiSpeed?), D OPGA, K Ė 1.65V core voltage, “ +90įC temeprature limit, 4 Ė 512Kb L2 cache, D Ė 333MHz FSB. So, itís actually AMD Barton with 512Kb L2 cache and 333MHz FSB. The larger crystal is illustrated on the following photos of Palomino, Thoroughbred B and Barton, and the more detailed Thoroughbred B and Barton:
Where did they get 2500+ from? First, itís how WCPUID 3.10 determined, second, itís how BIOS determined (166 x 11.0):
Barton Cache Info:
Well, all the interesting discussion of Thoroughbred B and Barton, QuantiSpeed, along with conclusions are too much for the news format. Here are just tables for Thoroughbred B and Barton along with the rating forecasts:
About the testing. The testbed:
The test results:
Some brief comparatives (Barton 2500+ vs. Athlon XP 2200+):
Super Pi 1M
3DMark 2002 SE Build 330
Content Creation Winstone 2002 1.0.1
Business Winstone 2001 1.0.3
PCMark 2002 Pro-CPU
All who needs more information can look at the original review here. Thereís actually much to read.
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