Just these minutes AMD announced its new processors. How many times we guessed about AMD Athlon 64 capabilities and performance! Finally, we can speak of the actual results.
So, AMD officially introduced AMD Athlon 64 3200+ and AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 desktop processors and AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ and 3200+ for DTR (Desktop Replacement) notebooks. (Mobile models do not have crystal covers).
Athlon 64 will be used with Socket 754 motherboards. It has an integrated single-channel DDR400 memory controller. The actual clock speed is 2.0GHz, L1 cache is 128Kb, L2 1Mb.
Athlon 64 FX has real clock speed of 2.2GHz. It will be used with Socket 940 boards. It supports registered DDR400 and has 128Kb L1 cache and 1Mb L2 cache.
All chips are made using 0.13µm process at Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany. In over 1,000-unit quantities Athlon 64 3200+ will cost $417, while Athlon 64 FX-51 $733. AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ and 3200+ will cost $278 and $417, respectively.
It´s interesting that AMD Athlon 64 3200+ and AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 have 85W and 89W energy consumption, respectively. Mobile processors have about the same values and this explains why they are positioned for DTR systems. Another interesting thing is that Cool´n´Quiet technology can be used with any AMD64 processors, if supported by motherboard.
But enough official words, let´s get closer to real results. So, read and enjoy:
The new boards are called WinFast K8N/Pro and WinFast K8NW/Pro. Both are based on NVIDIA nForce3 and mainly differ by circuitry for various processors: WinFast K8N/Pro is designed for Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64, WinFast K8NW/Pro for Socket 940 Athlon 64 FX or Opteron. Therefore WinFast K8N/Pro is positioned as a multimedia platform, while WinFast K8NW/Pro as a workstation platform.
Key features are close: DDR400 support, IEEE1394, dual-channel Ultra ATA133 IDE and SATA RAID 0/1, 0+1, Dual 10/100Mbps and Gigabit LAN, USB2.0. At the same time the differences are: WinFast K8N/Pro has 5 x PCI slots, 1 x AGP8X slot and 3 x DIMM sockets (up to 2Gb), while WinFast K8NW/Pro has 6 x PCI slots, 1 x AGP Pro 8X, 4 x DIMM sockets for up to 8Gb memory.
ATI has finally developed its Pentium 4 chipset, and now in our lab we have Sapphire´s AXION 9100 IGP on RADEON 9100 IGP core logic.
MSI unveiled new GeForce FX 5900 SP graphics card. It´s interesting that MSI uses 2.8ns DDR instead of the top-end 2.2ns to reduce the price of GeForce FX 5900 SP. Other features include MSI TWIN FLOW cooling that provides noise level of 26dB.
We are currently testing Asustek´s i848P-based P4P800S-E motherboard bundled with a WLAN 802.11b card. Take a look at the photos:
Troubled news come from our videolab. Currently there are multiple Radeon 9800SE models in the market that differ just fundamentally! So you can easily be fooled by unfair traders offering you a bad product. But let´s put things in order.
Below is a photo of Sapphire´s Atlantis RADEON 9800SE 128MB.
The clock speeds are 325/540 MHz and everything seems to be good, but! This card has a 128-bit bus! If you remember, we´ve posted a photo of PowerColor´s 9800SE before. The trick is the PowerColor´s model bases on 9700 Pro PCB with 256-bit bus. But Sapphire´s 9800SE features 128-bit bus only. What you should pay attention to first: Sapphire´s 128-bit 9800SE have black PCB, while PowerColor´s 256-bit 9800SE have red PCB.
Now the most interesting: currently 128-bit RADEON 9800SE 128MB are shipped in large quantities, with major OEM shipments via non-official channels, so many distributors "occasionally forget" to mark them SE. It´s clear that the price and performance difference between 9800SE and non-SE (currently priced about $240) is very considerable.
So, be warned: if you see a non-Pro, know it´s one of the four models:
Besides, you can also stumble upon Sapphire´s 9800 Pro Lite. This one isn´t tricky at all the same 9800 Pro with nominal clock speeds, performance, but on another PCB. But it´s price is sometimes $70 less!
My my, the undermentioned Italian Hardware Upgrade introduced photos from Computex 2003 showing Sapphire ´s dual-GPU prototype. Indeed, looking at this monster I´m urging to cry "MAXX strikes back!" :)
The "Radeon 9800PRO MAXX" has two R350 GPUs, but still doesn´t work. They say Sapphire stumbled upon the heat rejection from two 0.15µm R350 GPUs. Perhaps, things get better when similar 0.13µm chips arrive. Also note two diagnostics LEDs to the right.
Source: Hardware Upgrade
According to provisional information, these will be announced next month, so there´s no sense in telling fortunes, but just looking at the photos.
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