Computex 2005 Day 2 - ULi's new Athlon 64 Chipset, G70, CrossFire & moreby Anand Lal Shimpi on June 1, 2005 1:57 AM EST
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The show goes on...
In this article we've got more pictures of NVIDIA's G70, pictures of all of the CrossFire motherboards from manufacturers at the show, a look at cooling at Computex, benchmarks of ULi's new Socket-939 chipset and much more.
A view of Taipei by the Taiwan World Trade Center and Taipei 101
If you haven't already, be sure to check out coverage from earlier in the week:
Computex 2005 Early Bird Coverage: NVIDIA's G70, Athlon 64 BTX and more
ATI's Multi-GPU Solution: CrossFire
Computex 2005 Day 1 - ATI R520 Sighting, NVIDIA's new Chipset
More from Gigabyte
Gigabyte's i-RAM card generated quite a bit of interest in our Early Bird Computex Coverage, so we decided to bring you all some more pictures and information about the solution.
As we alluded to in our initial article, the i-RAM card features 4 DIMM slots and supports DDR200 DIMMs. You can use faster memory but it will only run at DDR200.
Below you can see the i-RAM card populated and in action:
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Icehawk - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkAnyone have links for more on the i-Ram? ETA on the device?
I have some older DDR sticks just sitting around that are essentially worthless, seems like the i-RAM would make me a nice swap disk. Too bad it doesn't offer a port on the back for an optional wall wart though.
Also, on the AGP & PCIe boards - can you run both at the same time? Not SLI, I mean multi-monitor stuff.
EODetroit - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link#38/#41... I can't wait for those iRAM things to come out.
My plan: Stripe or JBOD two of those suckers with 4GB each in them together, then load my World of Warcraft files on it, then instantaneously load new zones and massive PvP battles while everyone else is lagging out!
mlittl3 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkOops, a little mistake in my post, #38. Actually a big mistake.
Please ignore all the memory bandwidth numbers. I'm getting my bits mixed up with my bytes.
DDR200 -> 1600 Mbytes/s not 1600 Mbits/s
DDR333 -> 2700 Mbytes/s not 2700 Mbits/s
The SATA numbers and everything else is correct, however. I think.
Now I'm frustrated with myself. :)
gibhunter - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkYou people need to get hold of yourselves and calm down about ULI. They used to make the worst pos chipsets as ALI and that's why they went under. Now rebranded as ULI you think they will be any better? Let me save you the trouble. Their chipsets are still piece of shit. I have a socket 939 motherboard that's just sitting there cause it wouldn't run at high performance settings. In fact, it corrupted my winXP install halfway through intslling drivers on it. Fresh install of windows gave me all kinds of problems thanks to a driver cd that installed winME USB drivers. So much for trying to save some time. Trust me, they went under for a reason. Stay away and stay happy. I now have two other socket 939 systems on VIA and Nvidia chipsets and sailing has been nothing but smooth. Can't say that for POS ULI which even if it runs stable can't match the other two in performance.
erinlegault - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkI want one of those nForce 4 Pro dual socket Tyan motherboard's with dual core Opteron 2xx's.
That should last a while through our current multitasking paradigm.
mlittl3 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link#13 and anyone else, please, please read this.
The Gigabyte iRAM is ONLY powered by the PCI slot. No, I repeat, NO data is moved through the PCI slot. When the PC is off, the RAM is powered by the rechargable battery.
The reason for only supporting DDR200 is because data transfers through the SATA port (the iRAM is seen as a SATA hard drive by the PC) on the PCB. So the bandwidth of SATA is 150 Mbytes/s (1200 Mbits/s) and the bandwidth of DDR200 is 200 Mbytes/s (1600 Mbits/s). Any faster memory will work (DDR333, DDR400, etc.) but will be clocked at DDR200 on the iRAM because the bottleneck is the SATA transfer bandwidth.
If they move the card to SATA II, 300 Mbytes/s (2400 Mbits/s) then they will support DDR333 which has a bandwidth of 337 Mbytes/s (2700 Mbits/s).
The iRAM will have latencies of tens of nanoseconds instead of 10 milliseconds. This is three orders of magnitude (1000 times) faster.
I know no one is going to read this and I'm going to get more frustrated.
monsoon - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linklooking forward to real world tests of the GIGABYTE i-RAM and the ZALMAN "hamster" cooler !;)
Aquila76 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkLOL. I can't help thinking the Zalman CPU cooler should have a hamster running in it!
ViperV990 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkFirst I was wondering why there was a VGA-out on the A8N-SLI Premium, then I realized the rear I/O panel shown is not the one from the A8N. In fact, it doesn't match anything on the page.
ryanv12 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - linkMy girlfriend is going abroad in China this summer. I think I should have her pick me up one of these ULI boards with AGP and PCI-E if they aren't going to be releasing them in the states ;)