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 Wednesday, 27-June-2007  18:32:00 (GMT +10) - by Rational

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Skootyloops has checked out the Foxconn 8600GT OC graphics card. Obviously the core isn't overclocked, yet the ram has gotten a decent boost, pushing us closer to the DDR2000 of the 8600GTS. I will be comparing the 8600GT against a 7950GT. While this won't be a fair comparison, it will give an idea of how far off the midrange of the GF8 series is to the high end of the GF7 range. I will be underclocking the 7950GT to the original stock clocks of 550/1400, as the XFX model is overclocked.

The NDA on the Apple iPhone has been released making reviewers able to publish their reviews. NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Newsweek have all posted reviews. Some members of the public are already queueing up for the device.

Tweaktown have checked out DDR3 memory performance. DDR-3 makes the decision even harder as it carries an extreme cost at the moment but do those dollars actually translate into extreme gaming performance? Technically speaking, in pure megabytes per second, it is fast, thanks to the attainable speeds 1500MHz double data rate and beyond which can be achieved, without too much effort.

Microsoft have released an update for users of Intel processors. It apparently improves reliability due to a microcode update, thanks James. The Inquirer have posted an article with some more details on it. We learned that the affected CPUs are the Core 2 Duo E4000/E6000, Core 2 Quad Q6600, Core 2 Xtreme QX6800, QX6700 and QX6800. In the mobile world, people with the Core 2 Duo T5000 and T7000 need to visit Microsoft's site, while the server guys will want to use motherboard BIOSes if they do not rely on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

XBitLabs have posted an article about the new 1333mhz FSB Core 2 Duo's. There is very little time left before new dual-core processors designed to support 1333MHz bus – Core 2 Duo E6850, Core 2 Duo E6750 and Core 2 Duo E6550 - come to the market. This is not an official launch from Intel, but rather a sneak peek preview of the parts that will launch later this summer.

Bit-Tech have interviewed Roy Taylor from Nvidia. Roy was quick to point out that “it’s important to note that the massive performance titles you’ve mentioned are results from games that are early looks rather than reflective of the first wave of first generation titles.” Roy continued, telling us that some more betas would be coming out in the next two months, with full game launches starting as early as August. He then revealed that “the experiences with those will be very different for a number of reasons.”

Torrentspy has begun to filter copyrighted content. Torrentspy, already on the ropes in its legal battle against copyright owners, is at least trying to look proactive in the fight against piracy. According to CNet, the company has now rolled out a content filtering tool called FileRights. The tool filters content based on hashes: a far more limited (but easier to implement) technology than the state-of-the-art motion-based systems we've covered before on Ars.

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