Tom heeft z'n Computex99 report online gezet. Tom brengt info over de Intel Camino chipset, de AMD K7, PC133 SDRAM en nog wat stuff over dual Celerons, SiS chipsets en TNT2/ALi problems. De K7 is uiteraard erg interessant. Tom heeft veel goede info:
Once K7 is released you will again have to face the fact that you won't find a whole lot of K7-processors in the retail market, since the majority will ship to OEMs and turn up in your shop inside complete systems. For the few K7-CPUs from retail, you will need a motherboard though, and this is where AMD's second problem kicks in. AMD's new K7-chipset is available in pretty small quantities. This is why AMD chose only a few motherboard makers for the initial K7-platform launch. Asus, Gigabyte, FIC and MSI are the only motherboard makers that are able to supply K7-platforms at K7-launch. All the other board makers will have to wait until a third party chipset maker (e.g. VIA, ALi, SiS) will supply them with a K7-chipset, which is not supposed to be before September 1999. One of the 'left-out' board makers, a very well known one actually, seems to be particularly upset with AMD and told me that " for us K7 is still vaporware ..." [break]Hmm...Abit? Tom is positief over de performance van de K7:[/break] So far, K7 seems to have a slight edge in integer performance, floating point performance seems to be some 20-30 % higher than PIII's though. [break]Oja, wat betreft die dual Celeron systemen: zowel Abit's BP6 als de dual Celeron riser card van QDI komen aan bod:[/break] QDI's solution is called 'TwinMagic' and seems even cooler to me. So far you cannot purchase the dual Socket370 card for Slot1 on its own, you have to get the BX-motherboard with it. This makes sense though, because not every single BX-motherboard supports dual-CPU operations, dual operation requires a special ASIC on the board.
Het klonk zo mooi, maar er blijkt dus een vieze adder onder het gras te zitten. Tom waarschuwt er trouwens voor dat Intel de SMP mogelijkheden (pin AN15) van de Celeron misschien helemaal gaat blokkeren, dan wordt een dual Celeron systeem onmogelijk.