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RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.0 Pre-release is now available

Live from CeBIT 2003: Gigabyte exposition

Elpida releases 32-bit GDDR2 SDRAM chips

Exclusive HWZ review: MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X video card

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Go and GeForce FX 5200 Go: new mobile GPUs announced

AMD announces AMD Opteron Model Number strategy

AMD updates mobile CPU pricing

RADEON 9700 PRO => RADEON 9800? We doubt...

Live from CeBIT 2003: ABITs Intel Canterwood board with... 1000MHz FSB!

Live from CeBIT 2003: Zalman, Soltek, etc...



RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.0 Pre-release is now available

RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.0 Pre-release is avaialble with new features:
  • Test Wizard providing quick access to different test modes
  • Convenient external device tests
  • Increased spectrogram FFT resolution
  • New level adjust procedure and user friendly diagnostics
  • Lots of new test settings
  • New sound measurements manual from Maxim Lyadov

RMAA 5.0 pre-release is available free of charge at the official website: RightMark Audio.

You can also visit the RightMark discussion forum.

Live from CeBIT 2003: Gigabyte exposition

This time a report from Gigabyte at CeBIT 2003. This company is well-known by its motherboards and graphics cards. However, this time it showcased more unusual products to arrive to retail under the G-MAX brand. For example, these miniature TA2 barebones on VIA C3 EBGA 800MHz + CLE266 chipset:


Or this TA4 on P4 and i845G/GV/GL-based mobos:


Besides, the company plans to launch a line of proprietary acoustic systems and LCD monitors like this 17" GD1701MLU sample:


Another novelty, mentioned in our news, MAYA II GV-R9800 of the Radeon 9800 series.


Now something about new motherboards. A lof of novelties feature Intel Canterwood and Springdale chipsets, like this Canterwood-based GA-8KNXP Ultra:


And these are three boards on Springdale G, P and PE:




...

Elpida releases 32-bit GDDR2 SDRAM chips

Elpida Memory released 128Mbit (4M x 32 bit) DDR2 SDRAM chips for desktop and mobile graphics cards. Supporting so-called "GDDR2-M technology", developed by Elpida and ATI Technologies, they feature lower-power On-Die Termination (ODT) and also support Data Inversion Technology reducing pickups along with energy consumption.


New Elpidas 128Mbit DDR2 SDRAM are organized as 1M x 32 bit x 4 banks and are produced in three modifications: DC0122A-35, DC0122A-40 and DC0122A-45 with respective 350, 400 and 450 MHz clock speeds. Made using 0.13µm process technology, chips require low VDDQ = 1.8V, VDD = 2.5V and consume up to 1.7W (350MHz and 400MHz versions.) Other specs include BL (burst length) = 4, fixed CAS latency (CL) = 6. They also have 4096 refresh cycles: 7.8 ms (4096 rows/32 ms).

Chips are packed into standard 144-pin FBGA casings. Samples are already available, volume shipments expected in Q2 2003.

Exclusive HWZ review: MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X video card

"As a graphics card, the FX5800 Ultra-TD8X from MSI could possibly be one of the best around in terms of value for money, chiefly due to its massive software bundle that consists of 17 software/utilities and 10 games. Now that is one bundle that is hard to beat. We are not talking about has-been products, but of relatively present games such as Morrowind. Also included with the graphics card is a DVI-to-VGA converter, S-Video extension cable and an S-Video to Composite converter."

Read more at HardwareZone.

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Go and GeForce FX 5200 Go: new mobile GPUs announced

NVIDIA officially announced two mobile GPUs supporting DirectX 9: GeForce FX 5600 Go and GeForce FX 5200 Go.


GeForce FX Go solutions base on desktop GeForce FX (GeForce FX 5600 Ultra (NV31) and GeForce FX 5200 (NV34)) and have similar features thereafter. Both feature LVDS transmitters for easier LCD connectivity.

 GeForce FX 5600 GoGeForce FX 5200 Go
CoreNV31NV34
Process technology0.13µm0.15µm
Core frequencyUp to 350MHzUp to 300MHz
Core voltage1.25V/1.00V1.45V/1.20V
Energy consumption6W6W
Energy consumption in low-power mode<1W<1W
Energy savingPowerMizer3.0PowerMizer3.0
AGP8X8X
Graphics memoryDDR-I / 128-bitDDR-I / 128-bit
Memory frequencyUp to 700MHzUp to 600MHz




Notebooks on GeForce FX 5600 Go and GeForce FX 5200 Go have already been announced by several manufacturers.

AMD announces AMD Opteron Model Number strategy

AMDMB.com referring to an official source from AMD, posted companys model number strategy for AMD Opteron processors, which are expected on April, 22.

According to this information, new workstation and server 64-bit AMD Opteron will have a 3-digit index (model numbers of current AMD Athlon line remain the same.)

The first digit will stand for maximum amount of processors in systems solution is suited for.

  • AMD Opteron processor 100 Series (i.e. Model 1XX) = 1-way server
  • AMD Opteron processor 200 Series (Model 2XX) = 2-way server
  • AMD Opteron processor 800 Series (Model 8XX) = up to 8-way server

The second and third digits will mean processor performance relative to other chips of this family. I.e. Model 244 will provide higher performance than Model 242. This doesnt imply any direct connection between model number and clock rate.

They write AMD approved this strategy having consulted with end users and customers. Model numbers will start from x4x not to confuse users by x10, x20 or x30 numbers which might result in mistaking Model 224 with 2.4GHz chip, etc.

In other words, new model numbering simplifies and confuses at the same time: for example, "AMD Opteron 262" will inform customer on chip class, leaving its actual specs veiled. The company explains this with the fact that actual clock speeds is not the most critical factor for total server performance. However, Im afraid well have to provide the clock speed in the news after the model number similar to Athlon XP/MP. Or we have nothing to rely on.

AMD updates mobile CPU pricing

Having announced new mobile processors, AMD posted an updated price list for over 1,000-unit quantities:

 
Old price
New price
Cut
Desktop Athlon XP-M
2600+
-
$246
-
2400+
-
$146
-
2200+
$117
$112
4%
2000+
$92
$87
5%
Athlon XP-M
2500+
-
$184
-
2400+
-
$151
-
2200+
-
$117
-
2000+
-
$92
-
1900+
$105
$84
20%
1800+
$98
$77
21%
1700+
$81
$62
23%
1600+
$74
$57
23%
1500+
$67
$52
22%
Low Voltage Mobile Athlon XP-M
1800+
-
$147
-
1700+
-
$123
-
1600+
-
$107
-
1500+
-
$88
-
1400+
-
$71
-

RADEON 9700 PRO => RADEON 9800? We doubt...

The Web brought information that RADEON 9800 PRO owes its highest performance to 6.307 drivers optimized for this new solution. Besides, a number of websites posted that forcing Device ID RADEON 9800 in drivers resulted in a considerable performance boost of RADEON 9700 PRO.

We experimented with drivers patching in our videolab (thank to Alexey Nikolaychuk, RivaTuner creator) and proved theres no boost. Moreover, having been detected as RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9700 PRO indicated performance drop.

To check if forcing actually works, we made our RADEON 9700 PRO be detected as RADEON 9500 128MB. And obtained results of RADEON 9500.

So, our German colleagues, who posted this "sensation" first, are either wrong, or have an ace in the hole.

By the way, introducing you our photos of original RADEON 9800 Pro, which we received from ATI.







Live from CeBIT 2003: ABITs Intel Canterwood board with... 1000MHz FSB!

ABIT decided to set its own record at CeBIT 2003 and announced an Intel Canterwood-based system featuring 3.319GHz Pentium 4 overclocked via the bus: 13 multiplier provided 1021MHz FSB (255.34 4)! The memory has also been overclocked to 465MHz. The system:



... its CPU ID:


Note that core temperature reached mere 53C. Isnt this a nice way of attracting attention to proprietary benefits? Cant provide you with boards name for now, Ill try to do it later.

Live from CeBIT 2003: Zalman, Soltek, etc...

Our report from CeBIT 2003 continues. This event brought lots of surprising devices, some of which have seen the light for the first time. For example, SiS746FX-based motherboards combined with Samsungs DDR400 and Xabre 600 graphics (shown below.)



Zalman introduced a number of novelties as well: CNPS-700-Al noiseless cooler for AMD Athlon 64 (near is ZM-NB32 heat-sink for Northbridge). I dont have technical specs, but hope this thing is actually noiseless, so we get a new 64-bit CPU along with low-noise systems based on it. :-)


Intel Pentium 4 systems havent been disregarded as well:


Having touched AMD Athlon 64, lets move to Solteks booth offering SL-K8AV Socket 754 board on VIA K8T400M + VT8235 bundle. In general, there are lots of Socket 754 solutions at CeBIT, according to our Alexander Vorobyev.


Besides, Soltek (along with other mobo makers) presented Intel Springdale-based solutions like SL-85SP-L on Springdale-P.


And below is a picture of Soltek Qbic EQ3000M barebone, announced last month. If oyu remember, it features a proprietary ATX board on NVIDIA nForce2.


To be continued...

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