It´s time to officially introduce the new GPU generation from NVIDIA and shed the light on its architecture and features.
So, the GeForce 6800 GPU family, codenamed NV40, today officially entered the distribution stage. Initially it will include two chips, GeForce 6800 Ultra and GeForce 6800, with the same architecture.
The key difference between new GPUs is that GeForce 6800 Ultra has 16 pipelines, while GeForce 6800 features only 12. Besides, most cards on GeForce 6800 Ultra are to have 256MB DDR3, while GeForce 6800 cards are expected to have 128MB DDR. Though, as we know, vendors might make any GPU-memory combination anyway.
These are the key innovations introduced in NVIDIA´s novelties:
We have almost received a GeForce 6800 sample, so it´s still early to speak of GPU power consumption. Though a giant core with 222 million transistors imply some high appetite for power. At least NVIDIA recommends testers to use 480W and over power supplies. By the way, GeForce 6800 Ultra reference cards will occupy two standard slots. However, it´s not obligatory for all vendors, so we might see single-slot models as well.
Well, having seen the GPU, we now have to wait a bit for its test results. Please be patient, we are going to publish the respective article in the nearest future.
Ending this news I´ll mention NVIDIA partners that will support the new release by solutions on it. They are Albatron, AOpen, ASUSTeK Computer, Chaintech, Gainward, Leadtek Research, MSI, Palit Microsystems, PNY Technologies, Prolink Computer, Shuttle and XFX Technologies.
While our review is pending, you can take a look at the preview of new nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra posted by our colleagues at Trustedreviews.
We are currently testing Apollo KT880-based ASUS A7V880 dual-channel motherboard designed for AMD Athlon XP processors.
The novelty features int. DDR400 memory controller (VIA DualStream64). Other KT880 features are compared to those of KT600 in the table below:
NEC Electronics started sampling two new MPEG2 coder capable of video capture. Besides the MPEG2 coder, the new highly-integrated chips, µPD61153 and µPD61154, feature 3D Y/C divider, PCI interface with 4-channel DMA µPD61154 support, and support Dolby Digital.
Both chips are encased into 272-pin PBGA package (21x21mm). The volume production is scheduled to August 2004. By April 2005 the company is going to ship up to 300,000 coders monthly.
In June Japanese Matsushita plans to launch shipments of this compulsory attribute of modern parties turntables in its digital incarnation, Technics SL-DZ1200.
By appearance the novelty is identical to popular "analog" Technics SL-1200, released since 1972 and sold in over 3 million quantity. Now its design was used in this "DJ" hardware. The device works with CD Audio sources on CDs as well as MP3/MPEG-2-AAC on SD cards.
The "Catch & Play" feature allows playing and mixing several sources alongside changing their parameters on-the-fly. E.g. playback tempo can vary within ±8%, ±16%, ±33% ranges for CDs, within ±8% or ±16% ranges for SD media and within ±50% range at smooth adjust. The novelty doesn´t introduce anything new for DJs actually, and is more interesting from the angle of design.
So started the wave of new graphics card releases on GeForce 6800 GPUs. Leadtek Research unveiled its WinFast A400 Ultra TDH MyVIVO on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra.
WinFast A400 Ultra TDH MyVIVO AGP 8X has 256MB of 256-bit GDDR3, supports CineFX 3.0, Intellisample 3.0, Forceware USE, Digital Vibrance ControlTM 3.0, UltraShadow II, VIVO. The card features proprietary Air Surround Fan cooling with up to 30dBA noise.
WinFast A400 Ultra TDH MyVIVO is bundled with WinFast PVR, WinFastDVD, ColoReal Embedded, ColoReal Visual, ColoReal Bright, CYCORE CULT 3D; Ulead VideosStudio 7 SE DVD, DVD MovieFactory 2 SE, Cool 3D 3.0 SE, WinFox II.
Californian OCZ Technology introduced tis new CL2.5 PC-4400 Limited Edition Gold EL DDR Unbuffered modules also available in 512MB (PN-OCZ550512ELDCGE-K) and 1GB (PN-OCZ5501024ELDCGE-K) kits for dual-channel kits.
PC-4400 Gold base on specially selected DDR550 modules and feature the following:
Intel announced its financial results for the Q1 that ended on March 30. According to them, Intel earned $8.1 billion that is 7% less than it did in the previous quarter and 20% more than a year ago. The net profit made $1.7 billion that is 20% less than that of the previous quarter and 89% more than that of Q1 2003. According to provisional calculations, benefit per stock is $0.26. The results include $162 millions spent for legal costs related to patent trials.
According to Intel´s forecasts, this quarter the company should earn about $7.6-8.2 billion, while independent experts foresee $7.9-8.4 billion range.
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