Chips and Motherboards - CeBIT 2008 Summary
Regrettably, CeBIT's exhibition this year surprised the few launches and innovations it presented. Apart from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA chose not to introduce any new technology at the event, although in the coming weeks quiet releases from the two manufacturers are expected - both in the chipset arena and in the graphics card arena. Despite this trend, the following chip sets for Intel systems (48i, P / G45, P / G43, P / G790, 750i, etc.), including the NVIDIA chip set launched last December (780i), have been displayed in the stands of most tablet manufacturers. A similar situation has been seen with NVIDIA chip sets for AMD processor-based systems, especially the Phenom. These systems included panels that use 780a, 750a, 730a, and 720a.
The only major launch of the show this year belonged to AMD, which launched the new mainstream chipset 780G / V, Which we reviewed extensively last week.
If so, the various pavilions provided us with a first look at the new plates, and in this article we decided to concentrate on you the most interesting products that will accompany us in the coming year. For the sake of convenience, we decided to arrange the article according to the various chip sets for the various platforms, and we will start with systems based on Intel processors.
Chip Sets - X48, P / G45, P / G43
There is not much information yet about these chipsets, but it is already known that the highlight will be the support for 1600MHz Quad Pumped FSB processors. Recent data show that the chipset will undergo a 65-nanometer manufacturing process and its internal timings will be significantly tightened. These facts are expected to yield far more impressive overclocking capabilities than the current 3 Series chiptips. In addition, Intel will improve its Clear Video technology and include the built-in graphics chip called the X4500 in G-Series tablets. The new graphics chip will include support for the DX10 and will even provide HDMI / DVI ports, a refreshing move on the part of the company.
Intel is also pushing forward its XMP technology, which is virtually identical to NVIDIA's familiar EPP technology, which performs automatic memory overclocking by including extended SPD profiles.
This year, we saw for the first time many motherboards based on Intel's next chipsets. ABIT Company Has introduced its most powerful board, the IX48-MAX which, surprisingly, includes active cooling of the northern bridge and does not use a quiet Heat Pipes solution. The mainstream, IP45 PRO, IP45 GT and IP45 also showed presence at the exhibition, requiring only simple passive cooling without heat-pipes, except for the Pro version that includes an upgraded cooling system. We were a little disappointed to see such low cooling in the current luxury days of the Overclocking and cooling systems, but apparently ABIT believes there is no need more for Chepest produced in the 65 nanometer lithography, according to company representatives.
The IP45 GT3 panel has two PCI-E x16 slots, but it will only support DDR3 memory, a solution that will not be suitable for many users today.
On the other hand, the surprise of the exhibition belonged to ASRock, which she presented A respectable arsenal of motherboards Middle-high market. It is evident that the manufacturer has changed its position on 2008, and it will be interesting to see where it will move from now on. The company has introduced a high-end X48 board for the high-end model X48TurboTwins-WiFi, but for some reason chose not to include a strong cooling system, compared to other chip-based motherboards that we will show below.
It is interesting to see that the board in question supports up to four slots for DDR3 1600MHz memory and even two more slots for DDR2 memories at a frequency not exceeding 1066MHz. The board also supports two full x16 slots for the CrossFire array.
The X48TurboTwins should include ASRock special overclocking technologies, suggesting the manufacturer's intentions to allow maximum flexibility for the expert user. The board also has a built-in WiFi controller, which is a welcome addition in our opinion.
Among the most interesting tablets we have seen this year are the Quantum Force boards In the new Foxconn brand, Which will likely become the main rival of ASUS 'ROG boards for the gamers market. These are spectacularly designed motherboards with strong cooling systems that include a water cooling block on certain models (eg the X48 model called BlackOps) and an extreme cooling pipe designed for the northern bridge. This is the first motherboard in the industry built for heavy overclockers using exotic cooling systems. This is evidenced by the fact that the construction of the board helped Shamino, a world-renowned champion, who even visited the exhibition and tried to break new records by using a series of ultra- 300 liters of liquid nitrogen had run out two days before the end of the exhibition, which required the team to look for alternative sources.
From inside information, we discovered that so far only 40 panels of this model have been produced, but it is already in the mass production stages. The BIOS of the board in question (and this may also be true of the rest of the Quantom boards) displays next to the processor frequency feedback in the style of "Very Good" or "Keep Going On". From Foxconn's overclocking group (which includes Shamino) we found that if someone manages to reach 6GHz with the processor, he will get a reading in the BIOS that says - "Shamino? Is that you".
One last impressive feature that the board includes is three separate slots for PCIE x16 cards (no information on the number of electronic paths), which will allow a Triple CrossFire array, or even a square array with two 3870 × 2 cards.