OCZ Technology Group announced the all-new DDR3 SODIMM modules as its next-generation notebook memory to support the impending Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform.
OCZ PC3-8500 SODIMM modules feature latencies of 8-8-8-27, and PC3-10666 SODIMM modules will feature 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.5 volts. Both speed series will be available in 2GB modules and 4GB (2x2048MB) dual-channel kits.
All modules and kits come backed with OCZ Lifetime Warranty.
OCZ PC3-10666 DDR3 SODIMM specs:
OCZ PC3-8500 DDR3 SODIMM specs:
Source: OCZ Technology Group
Late last week NVIDIA's partners abruptly cut prices for GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280 to make them more attractive comparing to Radeon HD 4850 and 4870.
HEXUS obtained information on how exactly NVIDIA's prices had changed for companies that sell reference novelties under own brands. (It's not a secret that high-end products are now available in the reference design mostly, excluding some liquid-cooled modifications.)
So, BFG, XFX, EVGA, Point of View and other partners obtain NVIDIA's products for the following prices:
Considering the current retail prices, we can't say sellers' margin is too low. On the other hand, partners are obviously far from earning very much. Should we expect more AMD-based announcements from NVIDIA's long-time partners?
GIGABYTE decided not to chase Eee PC 701 trying to release the cheapest compact notebook (netbook). Instead, it focused on adding to the novelty as many features as possible. The new M912V stands out among similar products by being a Tablet PC as well.
M912V utilizes a LED-lit display, 8.9 inches in diagonal at 1280x768 resolution. It also features Intel Atom CPU at 1.6 GHz, 1GB DDR2, 160GB SATA HDD, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, 1.3-Mp webcam. Interfaces include VGA, ExpressCard, 3 x USB, HSDPA.
The notebook works with Microsoft Vista Home. M912V is supposed to be sold for 700 USD, thus occupying a higher price category comparing to ASUS Eee PC 9xx or MSI Wind.
It seems NVIDIA will admit making a mistake and will follow the beaten track of AMD. The latter, as you might remember, not only started using the 55nm process technology long ago, but also released DirectX 10.1 solutions. (By the way, the latest developments of S3 are on the same technological level in terms of supported API).
However, NVIDIA has not only ignored this innovation, but has also been sceptic about GDDR5, widening memory bus instead (512-bit being the latest achievement).
According to TG Daily, all these lags will be eliminated per saltum but only late in Q4'2008 or even early in 2009. At that, TG Daily estimates performance of NVIDIA's new solutions as 1.5-2 times the current.
According to rumors from another source, while preparing a really new product, NVIDIA will release an intermediate to compete with AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2. Most likely, it will be slightly overclocked GeForce GTX 280 with a new 55nm core that can be expected late in August or September.
Well, it seems what happened 6 years ago might be repeating. Back then, ATI surprised many with the very successful R300. It had used the novelty for several years, until its benefits ceased. However, now AMD's advantage is not that solid as with Radeon 9700.
According to the source, in China you can already buy yourself a GeForce 9800 GT made by the local Haier company. As you might know, such cards have been actually expected since mid-spring, but NVIDIA hasn't yet announced them officially.
9800 GT should differ from 8800 GT by a core made according to a finer 55nm process technology. At that GeForce 9800 GT will have GPU/shader/memory clock rates of 600/1,500/1,800 MHz, i.e. the same as its predecessor has.
We believe the novelty should be announced worldwide in the nearest future, supposedly with an MSRP of 120-140 USD.
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