Bij Sharky Extreme hebben ze de ultieme Game PC gebouwd. Zie hier de specs:
- AMD Athlon 650 CPU
- AMD Viper 750 Mainboard
- Hercules Dynamite TNT2 Ultra (at 200/240MHz)
- 256MB EMS HSDRAM (at 100MHz FSB)
- Western Digital Expert 18.1GB UDMA 66 HD
- Sound Blaster Live
- Toshiba 6X DVD-ROM
[break]Dit systeem hebben ze natuurlijk uitgebreid gebenchmarked, de resultaten staan allemaal in het artikel. Op het einde laten ze Intel ook nog even voorbij komen:[/break]
Intel likely has a lot on its mind lately, particularly the upcoming September launch of not only its flagship AGP 4X i820 Camino mainboard core logic set, but also two new .25 micron 133MHz front side bus CPUs that will be offered in i820-based OEM PCs. (Yes, we said .25 micron and it's not a typo, .18micron Coppermine CPUs are still slated for November, which will miss the i820 launch by six weeks at least).
Add to this the fever sweeping the web concerning the Athlon's performance, and you begin to see a need for urgency from the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer. Urgency we saw demonstrated this week by Intel issuing some of the largest CPU price reductions we've seen.
AGP 4X and .18 micron Coppermine CPUs will provide a subtle boost to performance versus today's newest P3 CPUs, although exactly how much of a boost isn't known at this time. It also isn't known exactly where Intel will be MHz-wise by the end of 1999, as most roadmaps we've seen still sway between 667MHz and 733MHz (5.0 x 133 and 5.5 x 133 respectively).
Intel might be sweating out AMD's recent boasts of being able to hit 700MHz with their Athlon CPU by the end of the year, gambling that AMD won't be able to mass produce those chips anytime soon.