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Two new LCDs from Sony

Radeon 9700 PRO cards: will retail and OEM clock rates differ?

A line of $200 VIA C3 computers from Microtel PC

Two new LCDs from Sony

Sony presented two new LCD monitors of Premierpro line — 18.1-inch SDM-P82/B and 23-inch wide-format SDM-P232W/B. Both displays will be released in black and silver cases, support Eco Mode and feature analog and digital DVI-D inputs.

18.1-inch P82-B supports resolutions up to 1280x1024, features 0.28 mm pixel size, 300 candles/sq.m max. brightness, 400:1 contrast, 50 ms response time, 170° horizontal and vertical viewing angle, 28-92 kHz line scan, 48-85 Hz frame scan.

23-inch P232W/B supports 1920x1200 resolution and features 16:10 side ratio.

Both displays will appear for sale in September, the provisional price of P82/B is about $1200, of P232W/B — about $3000.

Radeon 9700 PRO cards: will retail and OEM clock rates differ?

Soon ATi Radeon 9700 Pro cards will appear for sale, and many want to know if clock rates of retail and OEM cards differ.

3D Chipset published provisional information that Radeon 9700 PRO OEM cards from at least Guillemot, ATI, Sapphire, Connect3D and Blisware will have 325/620 MHz core/memory clock rates, and Radeon 9700 OEM cards will feature 300/600 MHz clock rates.

A line of $200 VIA C3 computers from Microtel PC

An interesting line of inexpensive PC was released by Microtel PC. Online WalMart.com showcased four new Microtel PC systems: SYSMAR710, SYSMAR715, SYSMAR150 and SYSMAR151, based on 800 MHz VIA C3 with 133 MHz FSB.

PCs feature VIA PLE133 system board with integrated graphics, 128MB SDRAM, 10 GB hard disk. For $199 one can buy a system with pre-installed Lindows (Linux, compatible with some Windows applications). A similar system with Microsoft Windows XP costs $299.84 or $399.72 with a 15-inch monitor. Optionally you can buy a 56 Kbps modem and/or 10/100-Mbps Ethernet.

It´s interesting that the previous lowest price record on Wal-Mart belonged to $299 Microtel PC, based on 850 MHz Duron with Lindows. For the same $299 one can purchase a Microtel PC system, based on 900 MHz Duron without an OS installed.

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