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40th Anniversary Of Moore´s Law

Gigabyte Unveils GA-8I955X Royal In Its i-DNA Series

MSI P4N Diamond on NF4 SLI IE: automatic mode switching

40th Anniversary Of Moore´s Law

In 1965, while working on an article for the Electronics magazine, Gordon Moore, the future founder of Intel Corp., formulated the idea of microprocessing industry development. According to it, transistor cost price reduces each year, while transistor amount per crystal doubles. In 1975 he changed the wording, so these changed take two years instead of one.

April 19 is the 40th anniversary of the Moore´s Law, a prediction, emripic rule, theoretical extrapolation or whatever else that still reflects the development of computer industry.

For more information you can visit the dedicated page.

Gigabyte Unveils GA-8I955X Royal In Its i-DNA Series

Continuing the series of announcements for new dual-core products GIGABYTE unveiled the new GA-8I955X Royal motherboard, its first on Intel 955X Express chipset and at the same time its top-end product optimized for Intel 8xx CPUs and supporting DDR2 up to 888MHz.

The novelty features CPU Intelligent Accelerator 955 (CIA 2) and Memory Intelligent Booster 2 (MIB 2) and is bundled with Universal Plus Dual Power System (U-Plus D.P.S.).

As for interfaces, GA-8I955X Royal has 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire (IEEE1394b) and USB 2.0. The package also includes Bluetooth GN-BTD02 USB dongle.

GA-8I955X Royal:

  • Supports Intel Pentium D/Extreme Edition (LGA 775) processors
  • Intel 955X Express/ICH7R chipset
  • 1 x PCI-Express x16
  • 2 x PCI-Express x1, 3 x PCI
  • 4 sockets for DDR2-888 with ECC, up to 8GB
  • Universal-Plus Dual Power System (U-Plus DPS)
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4 x Serial ATA II (ICH7R Southbridge)
  • 2 x Serial ATA II (Silicon Image SiL3132)
  • 3 x Parallel ATA (ICH7R + GigaRAID)
  • 3 x IEEE1394b (Texas Instruments)
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • Intel High Definition Audio codec
  • DualBIOS

Source: Gigabyte

MSI P4N Diamond on NF4 SLI IE: automatic mode switching

Six weeks after IDF Spring 2005, at which the P4N Diamond motherboard was showcased, MSI officially launched sales of this novelty.

The board supports Intel Pentium 4 XE, Pentium 4 6xx and 5xx processors. It´s interesting that the press release claims possible overclocking of DDR2 modules up to 933MHz. For this purpose you can also use proprietary MSI D.O.T. Express monitoring feature.

The P4N Diamond has Digital SLI Switch capable of automatic recognition of two graphics cards for which SLI mode is possible as 2 x PCI-Express x8.

The BIOS of P4N Diamond is optimized for 3-2-2-8 (1T) timings (supported by Corsair modules, for example. Next, the SiliconImage SATA2 RAID controller utilizes PCI Express instead of PCI.

MSI P4N Diamond is bundled with P4N Diamond Dual SATA Bracket offering 2 x SATA ports for for internal and external devices and NVRAID 2.0 utility.

The motherboard features Creative 7.1 Channel High-Definition Audio (24-bit Sound Blaster Live!) with Dolby Digital EX certificate. There´s also a socket for MSI Dual-Net 802.11b/g module that allows to use P4N Diamond based machine as a wireless access point.

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