We will from now update our X-bit Watch on a weekly basis, covering the most interesting and exciting reviews, articles and news-stories from all around the World Wide Web.
Probably the hottest thing of this weekend is the coverage of NVIDIA’s failures with the NV30 project by the legendary Uttar from NotForIdiots.com. Besides NV30 issues, he tells us about NVIDIA’s biggest problem up to date – bad communication within the company. Unlike most editorials, this one not only has some assumptions coming from a third parties, but quotes NVIDIA employees and contains some numbers, such as the yield of NV30 chips, the number of its tapeouts and some other pieces of data. Be sure to read the Uttar’s Last Editorial.
The experts from over AnandTech were lucky enough to lay their hands on ABIT’s KV8-MAX3 mainboard and publish the world’s first review of this masterpiece. Even though the mainboard is the most feature-rich platform for AMD’s Socket 754 Athlon 64 microprocessors, they have to report about its mediocre overclockability because of some VIA’s K8T800 limitations. Read the whole story over here.
Rage3D.com reports about some bugs in the CATALYST 3.9 drivers resulting in issues with some OpenGL games on the latest ALL-IN-WONDER graphics cards. Besides, they inform the world about ATI’s auction madness where you can get a graphics card from ATI for a very low price. Check it out here.
Do you know what AMD and The Grinch That Stole Christmas have in common? Looks like OverClockers.com boys know for sure – AMD now supplies some of its Barton processors with locked multiplier, virtually taking away overclockability from overclockers. In case you are going to acquire a new CPU from AMD for your new rig and plan to “transform” the Athlon XP “Barton” 2500+ into Athlon XP “Barton” 3200+, be sure to read more facts concerning “AMD That Locked Multipliers” over here.
Tom’s Hardware this week prepared the first ever XGI Volari V8 Duo hardware coverage. Since they only had pre-production device and quite buggy drivers, the “new kid from the block” shown some impressive performance in certain applications, but totally mediocre speed in others. Hardly any objective conclusion can be made from such strange behavior of the graphics cards, but those, who are interested in cutting-edge 3D graphics and technologies will probably find some interesting stuff over here.
Following X-bit labs' latest poll, BusinessWeek Online brings you an editorial detailing the necessity of 64-bit microprocessors in desktop and mobile applications in short-term. There are not a lot of examples, but the opinion of Mr. Stephen H. Wildstrom is the same as that of the majority of our readers.
Remember the ongoing debacle about the best 2D graphics quality produced by graphics cards and chips from companies like Matrox, ATI Technologies of NVIDIA? FiringSquad – a well known web-site for hardcore gamers – recently tested NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 and FIC RADEON 9800 PRO to determine the best one for 2D. They have found out that ATI is producing a sharper picture, but NVIDIA is producing more accurate color. Fore more information – read the article.