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Is Windows 8 worth it?

Windows 8 is great!

Back to Windows 7!

What is windows 8?

Posted by Christo [PCD]
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Friday 17 February 2006
Intel Desktop CPU Roadmap 2006
Christo [PCD] , Friday 17 February 2006 - 00:00:00 //

Dual-core processors and Conroe will take up the performance and mainstream desktop market for 2006

With increasing production investments on a global scale, Intel promised that 2006 would be the year of many changes. From what has happened so far, we can say that Intel is sticking well to its plans. Starting off with announcements that Intel will open new manufacturing facilities in Israel, India and Vietnam, the focus on driving strong production of 65nm products is well under way. According to Intel, dual-core will be its focus for all of this year, releasing products for both desktops and mobile platforms.

Intel's Conroe processor is receiving the most amount of press, is on high expectations with mainstream consumers and enthusiasts alike. Packing two cores, a next-generation architecture, and large amounts of cache, the Conroe family also comes in at significantly less than a Pentium EE. Conroe itself will be using LGA775 and so will the rest of Intel's desktop processors for the remainder of 2006. Expect the official Conroe platform announcement to come at IDF 2006 on March 7, 2006.

Most of Intel's single-core processors have already been announced and released, except for two Pentium parts running at 3.33GHz and 3.GHz, which are both slated for a release on May 28 of this year. Both processors will be sporting larger 512KB L2 caches and cost $117 and $103 respectively.

PPXE 965
3.73GHz / 1066MHz 2x2MB Q2'06 $999 (04/30)
PPXE 955
3.46GHz / 1066MHz 2z2MB Now $999 (now)
PPXE 840
3.20GHz / 1066MHz 2x1MB Now $999 (now)
Conroe E6700
2.67GHz / 1066MHz 4MB Q3'06 $530 (???)
Conroe E6600
2.40GHz / 1066MHz 4MB Q3'06 $316 (???)
Conroe E6400
2.13GHz / 1066MHz 2MB Q3'06 $241 (???)
Conroe E6300
1.86GHz / 1066MHz 2MB Q3'06 $209 (???)
Pentium D
3.6GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Q2'06 $530 (04/30)
Pentium D 950
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $637 (now)
Pentium D 940
3.2GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $423 (now)
Pentium D
3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now
$316 (now)
Pentium D 920 (no VT)

3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $178 (???)
Pentium D 920
2.8MHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Q3'06 $241 (now)

Conroe comes in later in the second half of this year, becoming the flagship family for Intel performance desktop processors. Official names for the new processors have not yet been revealed but technical details are there. Extreme Editions for Conroe are also planned but so far, no details have been released except for the fact that they will be based on LGA775. 2x2MB of L2 cache will be the base minimum for Pentium D 900 class processors and up except for Pentium Extreme Edition based on the Smithfield core, which has a 2x1MB L2 cache.

Intel is moving steadily through 2006, with a strong focus on dual-core processors. Now through to the end of 2006, we will see Conroe taking up roughly 20% of Intel's shipments by then end of the year while the Pentium D processor will remain the largest bulk of Intel's desktop shipments. By Q4 2006, the classic Pentium 4 will drop to roughly 30% of Intel's total desktop processor shipments.



[Submitted by Kcarrim]

MD to launch 5000+ and FX 62 at Computex
Christo [PCD] , Friday 17 February 2006 - 09:01:35 //

OLD TAIPEI will be a grand place to launch a few of the new AMD marchitectures. We will see the Live® (Liver) platform launch, the socket AM2 launch. Last but certanly not least will be the dual core Athlon 5000+ and the dual core for gamers Athlon FX 62 launch. AMD will announce these marchitectures on the 6th of June at Computex 2006.

It seems that both 5000+ and FX62 come as socket AM 2 only things. We suspect that we are talking about a speed update of both cores and we expect that the 5000+ could end up at 2.6GHz while the FX 62 will rock at 2.8 GHz.

Both CPUs will have dual core under the hood. We cannot confirm the frequencies at this time but there is a possibility that AMD won't change the clocks, and that it will count DDR 2 as the speed update. We are not sure yet, but this has happened before.
This will come as a disappointment to some, for according to the current plans the FX60 will remain the fastest FX for socket 939. Athlon 4800+ will be the fastest 939 dual core CPU around. You should be able to grab those AM2 CPUs just after Computex.

[Submitted by tanka]

GeForce 7900 GT Card Info
Christo [PCD] , Friday 17 February 2006 - 09:01:26 //

We have seen the GeForce 7900 GT card already and we can say that the PCB layout is different from the current 7800GT card. The PWM area is slightly different too. The GeForce 7900 GT card comes with 256MB of K4J55323QG-BC14 GDDR3 memories from Samsung which has an effective data rate of 700MHz so a good guess will be 1.2GHz memory clock for the 7900 GT. We will eagerly wait for the launch in March during CeBIT.

Source: VR-Zone

[Submitted by tanka]

Samsung Developed 512Mb GDDR4
Christo [PCD] , Friday 17 February 2006 - 09:01:07 //

amsung has developed the world’s fastest graphics memory - a GDDR4 graphics DRAM chip with much faster processing than an earlier Version that Samsung led the industry in prototyping only four months ago. Designed with 80-nanometer process technology, the device has a 12.8GB/sec processing speed, 30 percent faster than the previous prototype, which allows it to transfer the equivalent of up to six DVD-quality movies every second. The 512Mb GDDR4 graphics DRAM comes with 32 input/output pins, each of which transfers data at 3.2Gb/sec.

In October, Samsung completed samples of a 256Mb GDDR4 that processed video (and accompanying audio) at 10 gigabytes per second. The computer industry is expected to greatly accelerate its switchover from 32-bit to 64-bit computing in the second half of 2006, which will trigger a surge in demand for GDDR4 chips.
[Submitted by tanka]

Thursday 16 February 2006
Microsoft Releases Windows Defender Beta 2
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 16 February 2006 - 17:18:00 //

Microsoft spruces up its antispyware software

Microsoft is moving along rather smoothly with the development of its consumer antispyware software. Windows Defender was previously known as Microsoft AntiSpyware which itself was a rebranded version of software from GIANT Software -- a company which Microsoft acquired in December of 2004. Here are the features/enhancements new to Beta 2:

* Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.
* Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.
* Improved control over programs on your computer using enhanced Software Explorer.
* Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.
* Protection technologies for all users, whether or not they have administrator rights on the computer.
* Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.
* Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
* Automatic cleaning according to your settings during regularly scheduled scans.

You must be running a genuine copy of Windows in order to download the free software. There are versions available for Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64.

Windows Defender receives a redesigned user interface
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

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