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AMD officially announces Athlon 64 X2

Computex 2005: Zalman, ADDA, Cooler-Master

Computex 2005: Asus

Computex 2005: Gigabyte

Computex 2005, Day 1: NVIDIA

GeIL introduces fast DDR400 modules

Computex 2005: ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid, a motherboard for Intel and AMD

Computex 2005: Kingmax showcases Mars DDR2-800 and Venus DDR2-667 modules

AMD officially announces Athlon 64 X2

Like promised a week ago, AMD introduced the new Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor designed (well, in the future, I guess) for the masses. The novelties will work with existing Socket 939/940 motherboards just after a BIOS upgrade. The support has already been declared by ABIT, Albatron, AOpen, Arima, Asrock, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Biostar Group, Chaintech, DFI, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Epox, FIC, Foxconn, GIGABYTE, IWILL, MSI, Quanta, Sapphire, Shuttle, Soltek, Supermicro Computer and Tyan Computer Corporation.

Two cores inside such a CPU are connected through the Direct Connect architecture. According to the official information, the performance gain provided by AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPUs, which by the way have ratings of 4800+, 4600+, 4400+ and 4200+, is 34% in multimedia applications and 22% in other applications comparing to usual single-core Athlon 64 processors.

In over 1,000-unit quantities Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 4600+, 4400+, 4200+ cost $1001, $803, $581, $537, respectively.

Computex 2005: Zalman, ADDA, Cooler-Master

Let´s continue our virtual tour around Computex 2005. Now we offer you a lot of various cooling solutions. Like this one from Zalman, for example:

CNPS9500LED is interesting because it can cool down even the hottest processors from Intel and AMD (Socket 478, 775, 754, 939, 940) at just 1500rpm. A logical drawback is its size, which you can see, and the weight of 1 kg.

And some more products from Zalman:

A variant of cooling a dual graphics card machine

And this is a rather unusual product from ADDA that showcases a... waterproof cooler! For underwater users, I guess :)

Now to the booth of Cooler-Master:

This dual-GeForce monster from ASUS is already popular. A nice opportunity to demonstrate a water cooling solution.

Computex 2005: Asus

The next one is ASUS diversifying its business, offering such solutions as this wireless transmitter of video signal between a PC and a TV.

And these are new TV tuners, both analog and digital. The upper is a combo, the lower is a purely analog. Both have FM tuners.

And a digital USB2.0 one for notebooks.

A GPS receiver, also a new product entry for the company.

Ð505 smartphone with Bluetooth, hands-free and WiFi support over SDIO.

A dual GF6800 graphics card.

Ready for volume shipments.

Finally, an nForce SLI motherboard with passive heatpiped cooling.

Computex 2005: Gigabyte

This time it´s about Gigabyte that is the 3rd world motherboard vendor.

So, what´s that how do you think? An HDD cache. memory modules installed on a special SATA board that is, in turn, installed into a PCI slot (only to power, I guess). Of course, such a 4GB drive works much faster than any usual HDD therefore this solution is meant for video editing and other drive performance critical tasks.

In case of a soft reset or any other power failure when a motherboard is still "online", the HDD cache continues to work. When there´s no power at all, the solution uses a battery enough for about 10 hours, so you can still save your data. This DDR SDRAM based product costs $60 (without memory modules, of course).

And these are two security solutions. The first is a dongle for remote power off (protected sleep mode) with application hotkeys. The second is a fingerprint sensor and external/internal (3.5") USB, FireWire, Front Audio port replicator.

GV-3D1-68GT meet the monster on dual GF6800. 512MB GDDR3 RAM with dual 256-bit memory interface. Now this is a large one!

Computex 2005, Day 1: NVIDIA

Today Computex 2005 started in Taipei and so we begin posting our exclusive news on this event thanks to our Andrey Vorobiev, who is there sending us more and more information.

Let´s start with NVIDIA that showcases sample boards for AMD CPUs with integrated graphics supporting Shaders 3.0. Andrey believes the new chipset will perform on the level of GeForce 6600.

Besides, in June NVIDIA is going to release the G70, a new generation of GPUs promised to work 35-50% faster than existing non-SLI desktop solutions.

GeIL introduces fast DDR400 modules

At Computex 2005 GeIL introduces new DDR400 Ultra-X memory modules that offer high-performance thanks to very low latency of 1,5-2-2-2. CL 1.5 is still a really rear thing in the market.

Besides, the modules utilize EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) that enables to work within 2.6-3.6V voltage range used by overclockers.

The complete model name of such a new module is: UltraX-XL Edition PC3200 400MHz FSB CAS 1.5-2-2-2 @ 2.6V — 3.6V.

Source: GeIL

Computex 2005: ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid, a motherboard for Intel and AMD

At Computex 2005 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) showcases PF88 Extreme Hybrid motherboard supporting LGA775 processors, 1066MHz FSB, PCI-E, Dual Core, EM64T, eSATA, NCQ, SATAII and Port Multiplier as well as ECS I.O.C. for simultaneous GPU and CPU overclocking.

The proprietary EliteBus technology enables to switch between Intel and AMD platforms using a SIMA card that bears CPU socket, Northbridge, memory and CPU power sockets.

ECS is ready to ship three various SIMA cards for PF88 Extreme Hybrid motherboard:

  • A9S — based on SiS 756 Northbridge, it supports Socket 939 of AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 CPUs and 2000 MT/s FSB
  • À4S — also on SiS 756 Northbridge, supports Socket 754 of AMD Athlon 64/Athlon Sempron CPUs and 1600 MT/s FSB
  • I9S — based on SiS 649 Northbridge, it supports Socket 479 of Intel Pentium M and 533MHz FSB

It seems that such cards are becoming fashionable these days.

Computex 2005: Kingmax showcases Mars DDR2-800 and Venus DDR2-667 modules

At Computex 2005 in Taipei Kingmax showcases its new desktop Mars DDR2-800 and mobile Venus DDR2-667 memory modules.

The novelties meet the EU RoHS requirements.

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