Computex 2008 Wrap-Up

AMD's Secret Weapon

On the AMD front, the company has been really falling behind Intel as of late, but as we saw, AMD has several things coming down the pipe that could put it back into very competitive range with intel. For example, the company is set to start releasing Phenom processors that almost beg to be overclocked. We were able to look at a number of boards at the show this year that support sanctioned overclocking of processors through use of the southbridge.

Southbridge SB700 and SB750 chips will support multiplier unlocking and can even overclocking the CPU on demand, depending on system load and conditions. We were informed that running a 2.8 GHz chip that has the correct pin-outs will enable you to hit even 3 GHz and higher to 3.2 GHz if you’re using a SB750 based motherboard.

Our sources indicated that motherboards with 780G, 790FX and 790GX chipsets will allow users to overclock via the southbridge with a BIOS setting while some boards will even integrate a hardware button for instant performance increases. Don’t mistaken this button for the infamous "turbo button" however. At the time when turbo buttons were popular, it was used actually in reverse, where "turbo" was really normal CPU operating frequency, and turbo-off was underclocking. This was to help applications that would run too fast on newer systems. It’s been a long time since applications ran "too fast" though. These days, we just can’t get enough speed.

  • sidereus
    more babes ?
  • MJBatson
    A review with half of the review just pictures of booth babes is just stupid. This just shows what immature people are being allowed to write articles for Tom's. I thought this was an electronic review site, and not an adult site. Tom's has been slipping for years. This is the highlights they came back with from the show? I think they need to fire the people that where sent, and get mature people who look more at the new electronics and less at the booth babes. If you want to take pictures of the booth babes for your own, keep them to yourself and friends. They do not need to show up in a review.
  • evilshuriken
    You wanna know what I think MJBatson?
    I think you're just butthurt because you haven't gotten your AMD 48xx series benchmark fix.

    However, I think hexus got way better coverage then toms this time around... toms is getting lame lately.
    Still you're overreacting.
  • mothballd2
    First; just because a word passes a spellcheck does not mean its the correct word. Edit your frickin articles! Second, if I want a bunch of softcore picts of Asian chicks, I'll Google it. Stick to technology and leave the softcore bs to car shows and search engines.

    And yes, I realize my grammar probably sucks. But I'm not trying to run a website or write news articles.
  • Preytor
    Tom's has yellow fever?
  • ^ this is crap the nehalem is running past 4 ghz? that doesn't mean sh*t to me... I wish it had a lower clock speed and that performance... I heard it was at 2.66 ghz... but if its past 4 ghz... that seems like crap... even though it is still much faster... it would have had a much larger impact if the ghz was less
  • Lozil
    Ya This time Surely Tom's has missed the Coverage... They were busy clicking Booth Babe Photos Under Proper Lighting than the Actual Hardware around there...

  • nukemaster
    I have to say, for a hardware site the coverage did suck this time around. I fully agree with those above.
  • OK, maybe they exaggerated a bit with the boothbabes in this article, but if you don't like it, you can skip the pages. For the future it will be best if TH will make a special article with the boothbabes and update it as they make more pictures. That way everybody will be happy. I'm sure the boothbabes article will be read as much as the rest.
  • TauAs
    I don't want more ugly babes.