Comdex 2002 Brief: New CPU's, New Chipsets
Even with a smaller exhibitor turnout then last year, Comdex 2002 has revealed quite
a few little gems of technology - if you know where to look.
obvious element on display are the numerous AMD K8 Hammer motherboards. Based on chipsets from
VIA, AMD and SIS the K8 motherboards will probably not enter retail channels
until March or April of 2003. This is around the when the AMD Athlon 64
(Hammer) is expected to hit store shelves.
The fact that
there are a vast number of K8 boards ready right now is a testament to
the fact that AMD wants to ensure there are a wide variety
of solutions ready when the 64-bit processor is officially released. Conversely, this may also be a sign
AMD has a few bugs to work out of their reference chipset before
allowing it into the hands of mainstream users.
Processors are the force which drive our computers, but it
is the Videocard which drives our games. PCstats attended the official release
of the new Nvidia GeForceFX (NV30)
core early Monday morning in a packed suite at the Bellagio Hotel in
Las Vegas. It was quite an event to behold, with tones of
game demo's that exhibit the amazing visual performance of this latest core.
are focusing on what they
call Cinematic Computing, and to achieve this goal the GeForceFX will be clocked
at a 500MHz core, and 1GHz memory.
Initially, the 0.13
micron copper process GPU will be coupled with 2.2ns DDRII memory. This will
eventually scale to 1.8ns memory, and a core speed of around 1.2GHz from what we
could tell. An actual NV30 was on display using Abit's OTES cooling system which
will be remarketed as "FXFlow" - a silent thermal system. Only one manufacturer
had a mock-up box on display, and that was Prolink.
Intel made a strong showing
with E7205 Granite Bay chipset based motherboards, which bring dual channel
DDR266 memory support to the table. The E7205 chipset effectively increases the
performance of the system to that of PC800 RDRAM - or even to that of PC1066
RDRAM as claimed by at least one mainboard manufacturer who have also thrown
in a six-phase redundant powersupply.
had their Granite Bay motherboards on display, it was
the VL31 "Springdale" based motherboard which caught our interest. At leat one other manufacturer also
had a "Springdale" chipset based motherboard floating around in a similar microATX
configuration. The "Springdale" chipset features native support for AGP8X and dual
channel DDR333 memory.
Intel already have plans for
another chipset codenamed "Canterwood" to enter the mainboard marketplace,
but we'll have to wait a little bit longer before the details start to
SiS already have their SIS755 chipset out for the AMD
Athlon 64 processor, and while that is impressive in its own right, the new release for this
week was the Xabre600 videocard which is reportedly faster than an ATI Radeon 9000. The
card is intended for the mainstream markets where price and performance are equally
The new SiS Xabre 600 features a 300MHz
core and 300MHz memory clock speed and is fully AGP8X complaint. According to
SiS, the Xabre 600 has been used as an AGP8X reference platform by both AMD and
Intel. PCstats will have a full in-depth review on the Xabre 600 for you to read
With so much more
to mention and tones of photos to go through, consider this just a brief
rundown on some of the technologies PCstats have witnessed at Comdex Fall 2002. With rumors of
a Chapter 11 filling in the works, this may be the last Comdex in Las Vegas run
by Key3Media, but we'll have to wait and see for the official word on
Stay tuned for more
in depth coverage of Comdex Fall on PCstats.com, there is much, much more to