14th November 2007

Hardware Updates

posted in Hardware, Technology |

The Penryn 45nm QX9750 is out and available although for psycho expensive prices for now. I see reports that the 3.2ghz / 1600mhz FSB QX9770 is due next week along with the newer X48 chipset (just weeks after the X38 came out.. how odd).

In any case early benchmarks suggest that the X48 is hardly better than the X38 at least with current CPUs and video cards. Meanwhile the new Radeon 3xxxx series is due tomorrow so it seems like it might be a busy couple of weeks to watch the new announcements and pick our parts for a system.

DDR3 RAM continues to drop its price rapidly- looks like $239 for the 1333mhz 2x1gb kits. Of course I ideally want a 2x2gb which is still running in the $900 ballpark, compared to $225 for fast (1066mhz) DDR2 sticks. All in all it leaves me still tempted to stick with a less expensive P35 and DDR2 for now, any maybe I’ll upgrade the motherboard later (although it seems like it will hardly be worth it).

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