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AMD SB8xx Southbridge Enhancements

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NVIDIA Might Lose $150-200 Million Because Of Bad Notebook Chips

Arctic Cooling Offers Cooling For Radeon HD 4870 and 4850

OCZ Expands Its DDR3 XMP Lineup

12,000 Notebooks Are Lost In American Airports Weekly

AMD Starts Selling Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, Energy-Efficient Phenom X4 9350e/9150e

AMD SB8xx Southbridge Enhancements

Following the news about AMD Chipset Roadmap 2009, Chile Hardware posted some details about the SB8xx Southbridge.

The image is pretty self-explanatory.

Click image for a better view.

Source: CHW

Daily Mailbox

  • NZXT Tempest @ Overclockers Online
  • HEXUS.channel :: HEXUS.sharewatch special: NVIDIA stock drops by 30% soon after opening
  • In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
  • CPU Cooler Roundup on C2D 20 Coolers Compared @ DragonSteelMods
  • BIOS: BenQ G2400W LCD Monitor
  • ASUS P750 review @ gadget zone
  • Dynapower USA TP-LINK (TL-WR543G) 54Mbps and (TL-WR642G)108Mbps Routers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition Video Card @ BmR
  • Sigma SP-700 700W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
  • Scythe Orochi CPU Cooler Review @ HardwareLogic
  • XtremeMac Tango X2 @ Techgage
  • G.Skill PI 2x2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Kit Review @ Hardware Canucks
  • Razer vs. SteelSeries Headset Comparison @ TweakTown
  • Asus Eee PC 901 Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
  • Interview with 'Alone in the Dark' Composer Olivier Deriviere @ OCModShop
  • Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier @ TechwareLabs
  • Gigabyte GV-RX387512H Radeon HD 3870 review @ TWEAK.DK
  • PowerColor AMD TV Wonder 600 PCIe x1 @ techPowerUp
  • Easy Touch ET-656 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Review on Technic3D
  • Gateway P-6831FX Gaming Notebook @ HotHardware
  • Lubix UBHS-NC1 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review @ ASE Labs
  • Alone In The Dark (Xbox 360) Review @ GamingHeaven
  • ECS P45T-A Black Edition @ t-break
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
  • SOYO 24' Pearl Series LCD Monitor @ Bjorn3D
  • Dell Vostro Laptop review posted at SpicyGadget
  • Futurelooks - Samsung SC-HMX20C High Definition Digital Camcorder Review
  • I4U: iMetal iP-HS2 Isolation Headset for iPhone Review
  • OtterBox iPhone Armor Case with Waterproof Headphones Review @ OCIA.net
  • Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Hardware Canucks
  • Toshiba Satellite U300 @ InsideHW
  • Thermaltake XaserVI Mx Case Review @ Rbmods
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard Reviewed @ TheTechLounge
  • Hard Tecs 4U: GMC Noblesse AVC-K1
  • GeForce PhysX article: Videos @ TweakPC
  • Legion Hardware - (ATI Radeon HD 4850 vs. Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+)

NVIDIA Might Lose $150-200 Million Because Of Bad Notebook Chips

NVIDIA admitted there were issues with certain earlier GPU and MCP products, large quantities of which were used in notebooks.

While no exact reason of defects was stated, the company attributed them to chip package materials and to temperature modes of some notebooks. In other words, low-quality plastic and unsatisfactory cooling did their job.

To sort this out, NVIDIA released a special fan driver for notebook manufacturers that was called to reduce temperature.

Still, the losses related to repair, return, replacement, etc. are estimated at $150-200 million. It's interesting that the company hasn't specified, which products exactly have issues.

As a result, the company was forced to correct its Q2 revenue forecast to a lower number.

Aside from losses caused by low-quality products, NVIDIA's Q2 revenue was negatively affected by price pressure of its key rival and new product delays. In other words, AMD's plans to increase its share of the discrete graphics market by 10% within a year are more than reasonable.

Source: NVIDIA

Arctic Cooling Offers Cooling For Radeon HD 4870 and 4850

Arctic Cooling officially announced its Accelero TWIN TURBO GPU cooler that was first introduced at Computex 2008.

The solution is compatible with a number of graphics cards, including NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT and ATI Radeon HD4870/4850. It features four heatpipes, 30-fin heatsink and dia; 80mm fans with variable rotation speed. With the rated airflow of about 1.5 m3/min, the novelty is capable of dissipating up to 120W of power.

Besides GPU, Accelero TWIN TURBO cools memory and power circuitry. The company claims that Accelero TWIN TURBO is able to reduce temperature of NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT by another 34 degress Celsius comparing to a standard cooling solution. This gives significantly more overclocking freedom.

Backed up by the 6-year warranty, the cooler will go on sale this month with the MSRP of 35 USD.

Source: Arctic Cooling

OCZ Expands Its DDR3 XMP Lineup

OCZ Technology Group announced the expansion of its Intel Extreme Memory modules lineup optimized and predefined for the Intel X38 and X48 chipsets. The new modules are rated at DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 and feature the all-new Intel branded black XTC heatspreader.

These modules feature Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP), a proprietary extension of SPD (Serial Presence Detect) settings that act as an integrated "plug and play" overclocking tool. The new Extreme Memory Profile options on the new OCZ DDR3 modules allow the end user to select extreme or ultimate performance through a framework of predefined and validated optimizations of individual settings without the hassle of manually adjusting each parameter, so the timings, voltage, and speed boot automatically for maximum performance.

Configured to Intel's defined specification, the latest XMP-Ready memory will be available as:

  • PC3-10666 / DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7 4GB (2x2GB) Dual-Channel Kit
  • PC3-10666 / DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7 2GB (2x1GB) Dual-Channel Kit
  • PC3-12800 / DDR3-1600 CL7-7-7 4GB (2x2GB) Dual-Channel Kit
  • PC3-12800 / DDR3-1600 CL7-7-7 2GB (2x1GB) Dual-Channel Kit

Each kit is configured to run aggressive latencies and features a second enthusiast profile to enable the modules to run at an even more aggressive balance of speed and timings. Each OCZ XMP memory module is backed by OCZ Lifetime Warranty.

OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Intel Extreme Edition Specifications:

  • 1600MHz DDR3
  • CL 7-7-7-24 (CAS-TRCD-TRP)
  • XMP Profile 1: 1600MHz 7-7-7-24
  • XMP Profile 2: 1800MHz 9-9-9-31
  • Available 2GB and 4GB D/C kits
  • Unbuffered
  • Intel Black XTC Heatspreader
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 1.9 Volts
  • 2.0V EVP
  • 240 Pin DIMM
  • Optimized for the Intel X38/X48 chipset
  • Part Numbers: 2GB (2x1024MB) D/C Kit PN - OCZ3X16002GK, 4GB (2x2048MB) D/C Kit PN - OCZ3X16004GK

OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Intel Extreme Edition Specifications:

  • 1333MHz DDR3
  • CL 7-7-7-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP)
  • XMP Profile 1: 1333MHz 7-7-7-20 1.75V
  • XMP Profile 2: 1600MHz 9-9-9-28 1.8V
  • Available 2GB and 4GB D/C kits
  • Unbuffered
  • Intel Black XTC Heatspreader
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 1.75 Volts
  • 1.9V EVP
  • 240 Pin DIMM
  • Optimized for the Intel X38/X48 chipset
  • Part Numbers: 2GB (2x1024MB) D/C Kit PN - OCZ3X13332GK, 4GB (2x2048MB) D/C Kit PN - OCZ3X13334GK

Source: OCZ Technology Group

12,000 Notebooks Are Lost In American Airports Weekly

According to a survey sponsored by Dell and conducted by Ponemon Institute, 12,000 notebooks are lost each week in 104 airports of the United States. At that, over 10 thousand is lost in 36 major airports. Besides, up to a thousand notebooks is lost weekly in each of the largest airports: in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

It's interesting that 67% of lost notebooks are never claimed back by their owners.

According to the research, places where you are more likely to lose your mobile companion are security checkpoints (40%), departure zones (23%) and toilets (9%).

Over 70% of passengers on business trips are afraid to be late for their flights. At that, 60% of users attribute their concerns to delays at security checkpoints.

Over 53% of respondents confirmed their notebooks stored confidential or sensitive data. At that same time, 65% of them didn't do anything to protect it.

Source: Dell

AMD Starts Selling Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, Energy-Efficient Phenom X4 9350e/9150e

These days AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition and energy-efficient Phenom X4 9350e/9150e processors went on sale in certain regions (Japan, in particular).

Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition is a quad-core 940-pin Socket AM2+ CPU operating at 2.6 GHz. It supports 4GHz HyperTransport bus, 1.05-1.30 V voltages, features 140W TDP (or 125W, according to some sources). The processor comes bundled with OverDrive overclocking utility. Some observers have already tested the novelty at 1.45 V obtaining 3.1 GHz clock rate at the moderate 58 degrees Celsius.

Phenom X4 9350e and Phenom X4 9150e are energy-efficient 65W TDP processors. Phenom X4 9350e operates at 2.0 GHz, features 3.6 GHz HyperTransport bus and supports 1.05-1.125 V voltage. Phenom X4 9150e works at 1.8 GHz, features 3.2 GHz HyperTransport bus and supports 1.05-1.15 V voltage. Both have 4 x 512 KB L2 cache.

In over 1,000-unit quantities Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition costs 235 USD, Phenom X4 9350e costs 195 USD and Phenom X4 9150e costs 175 USD.

It's interesting that the company launches these processors almost simultaneously with the release of AMD Radeon HD 4800 graphics card. According to Hector Ruiz, during this 3rd quarter AMD is going to finally become profitable again in terms of manufacture and sales.

Source: PC Watch, TGDaily

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