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ATI plans to introduce a RD580 chipset and R580 GPU together by the end of January. R580 will have 16 pipelines and 48 pixel shaders and RD580 is a “two by sixteen” PCIe lane motherboard. ATI is working on world wide availability at launch time. NVIDIA will do the same and should have its G71 chips up and running and its preparing for early February launch and availability.

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According to the analyst firm Pacific Crest Securities in a report fromEETimes,the R520 is a 24-stage pipeline chip that operates at 700-MHz. ATI is alsoreadying entry-level and mid-range chips, dubbed the RV515 and RV530,respectively. These chips, which are being made on a foundry basis by TSMC, areslated for introduction in September or October.TheInquireris more towards a 16 pipes R520 at the present moment. We have asked some ATI’sAIB partners and they aren’t 100% sure themselves but they are suggesting a 24pipes R520 would be more likely.


INQ revealed that R520 core clock will be much higher than 600MHz+ and ofcourse dual slot cooling solution is needed. Some of the cards have left ATI’sheadquarters but R520 clock speeds are not settled as it’s a matter of yields.ATI will be getting in for a hard launch sometime in September time, so it hasto have the real hardware as soon as it launches. ATI might do XT PE this timeagain.

Ed : We saw the R520 card back in Computex along with R530 and RV515.The R520 card looks pretty much like a X850XT PE which is a dual slot solutionbut has a mosfet sink like the NVIDIA’s and the PWM area is improved. The copperheatsink on the GPU is bigger if i can still remember correctly and there is aHDTV connector on the card too. As for R530 and RV515, they look pretty muchlike the current X700 and X300 cards.


While we await Yorkfield Processors, the latest incarnation of the Kentsfieldprocessor still holds plenty to look forward to! EVGA Rev A2 vintage 680i SLIMotherboard, together with Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850. This combo runs muchbetter than my good old QX6700… the amazing thing about this CPU is it’s lowrequirement of voltage.

Just 1.55v, without any Droop mods on the board, this processor runs through 3DMark CPU Test with the 4 cores at 4792MHz, and with just plain old Cascadecooling!

With 1.65v, I played for some screenshots, with 4 cores enabled of course!

5133MHz with just 1.65v! For best clocks of course, LN2 has to be employed,but looking at this, probably 3D Mark stable at 5GHz with LN2 cooling is quite easy.So much better than my QX6700!


Right here at VR-Zone.com, we’ve gotten our dirty hands on the Intel D975XBX2 (Bad Axe 2) BADASS MOBO and Core 2 Extreme QX6700 on initial tests

With just a mere Intel original cooler we were able to bring clockspeeds from the default 2.66GHz to over 3.7GHz!

That’s over 1GHz increase for FOUR MICROPROCESSOR units, 8MB total cache, with some lameass aircooling! Can’t wait to see what this baby can do under cascades in a “stickier” environment!

Discuss Over In Our Forums!


There has been some "concern" from Gigabytes competitors that the company wasnt going to offer any Z68 motherboards with display connectivity, in fact, some of its competitors have been so "concerned" that theyve sent out material stating this to media in certain parts of the world. Well, it turns out that it couldnt be further from the truth and yesterday you saw the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 and today we have a few hands on pictures of the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 for your ogling pleasure.

In fact, we were told by Gigabyte that theyre confident to grab something close to 80 percent of the Z68 motherboard market at launch, with or without having display connectivity on its boards. Thats a pretty bold figure, although considering that Gigabyte has already unveiled it will have no less than 11 different boards to choose from once the Z68 chipset launches. On the other hand, Gigabyte isnt exactly going to be the only company launching boards this week, so itll be interesting to hear if the company manages to reach its goal in the end or not.

But enough talk about market share, lets take a look at the board. The Z68X-UD3H is Gigabytes only full ATX board with display connectivity at launch as far as were aware, with the more affordable Z68A-D3H set to follow somewhat later down the line. Its a fairly feature rich board and we cant see too many users complaining about whats on offer. The slot layout is pretty standard with two x16 PCI Express slots that operate in dual x8 mode when both are in use, three x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots.

There are headers for two USB 3.0 ports (via an Etron controller), eight USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a serial port. Gigabyte has added a pair of extra SATA 6Gbps ports to the board, although you only get seven ports in total, as one of the Intel SATA 3Gbps ports have been used as an eSATA port. The VRM design is of a 6+1 type and were not sold on the heatsink which is held in place by two push-pins, but thats really a minor issue.

Around the back we have four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, the aforementioned eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a full set of display connectors which includes D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

On the downside this isnt going to be a super cheap board as weve found it listed online already for US$179 (S$221). The Z68A-D3H is a fair bit cheaper at around US$138 (S$170); although we still dont know what features Gigabyte has dropped apart from using a standard PCB (read less copper per layer). On a side note we also spotted pricing for the Z68MA-D2H, Gigabytes budget mATX Z68 board which was listed for US$131 (S$162).


OCosmos is not one of the most well-known manufacturers of hand held devices, but the company is trying its luck with what is a rather unique offering with its OCS 1 which is a 5-inch Windows 7 tablet PC, although wed say it reminds us more of an MID than a tablet, but with the current tablet fad, why use a defunct term to describe your device? The OCS 1 isnt set to launch for a couple of months as yet, but that didnt stop the company from previewing a couple of mockups of future devices at its booth as well.

Windows 7 gives away the fact that were looking at an x86 powered device here and OCosmos has gone for a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail based CPU and its paired with one to two GB of DDR2 and a 32 or 64GB SSD drive. The 5-inch screen features capacitive multi-touch and has a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, a micro SD card slot, supposedly HDMI output (judging by the labels on the prototypes), USB 2.0 connectivity and optional 3G/UMTS. The OCS 1 sports a rear 3.1Megapixel camera as well as a front facing 1.3Megapixel camera and it does of course have integrated speakers and a microphone and headphone jack.

However, what sets the OCS 1 apart from the competition is OCosmos unique OMOS key interface which are the eight-way cursor buttons located on each side of the screen. These can be set up to work as either a mouse replacement or even a keyboard replacement by mapping keys to each of the directional movements of the cursor keys. Were not sure how well this will actually work in praxis, but its an interesting approach at solving the keyboard problem. OCosmos is still waiting for the final graphics drives to become available but the company claims that youll be able to play a wide selection of games on the OCS 1. On top of that, OCosmos has developed its own UI on top of Windows 7 which makes the OCS 1 easier to use which quick access to most programs through an icon driven launcher.

Also on display was the OCS 9 tablet which features the same hardware as the OCS 1, but has a larger 9-inch screen with 1024×768 resolution. OCosmos is working on a couple of accessories for the OCS 9, of which one is a carry case with a built in battery pack and the other being a small wireless touch screen keyboard that also doubles up as a track pad and game controller.

Also on display was a mockup of the next generation OCS 1 which features a detachable tablet part leaving the cursor controls attached to a rear plate allowing for a somewhat more pocket friendly device when on the road. As much as we like the concept behind OCosmos products, we cant say were sold on the overall platform, but OCosmos recon that people want a truly portable Windows device. They wouldnt go into details about the battery life, but the standard battery pack is a 4,000mAh unit which isnt terrible as long as the CPU is frugal enough. The final question is how much the OCS 1 will cost when it arrives in a couple of months time, but we have a feeling it wont be entirely cheap.