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Gigabyte gives life to a daughter: GigaCube. Awaiting new graphics solutions

Pentium 4: next price cut in May

NVIDIA GeForce FX Family Preview at Bjorn3D

VIA to announce three new Mini-ITX solutions along with new VIA Mark project

Photo of the day: GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and 5200 Ultra reference graphics cards in our lab

Albatron Geforce 4 MX480 8X AGP Videocard Review at Tweaknews.net

Leadtek to release WinFast A300 TD MyViVO with original cooling system

HWZ review: MSI G4Ti4800SE-VTD8X 128MB video card

Sony announces new Clie PEG-SJ22



Gigabyte gives life to a daughter: GigaCube. Awaiting new graphics solutions

Gigabyte decided to form a new subdivision — (JingXing) to produce mainstream products. In the nearest future Jing Xing is expected to announce a middle-end graphics card line under the GigaCube brand.

GigaCube is to host ATI-based cards: from R350 to RV280 as well as low-ends. The new logo resembles Gigabytes stressing the parental relations.

However, JingXing will act independently of Gigabyte that will focus on high-end solutions.

Besides, the new domain has already brought a number of ATI-based novelties:

RADEON 9800PRO:

  • GC-R9800-PRO-C3 — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9800-PRO-D3 — 256Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV

RADEON 9600:

  • GC-R9600-B3 — 64Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9600-C3 — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9600-PRO-C3 — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9600-VIVO — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/VIVO

RADEON 9200 (ATX Profile):

  • GC-R9200-B3 — 64Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9200-C3 — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9200-VIVO — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/VIVO

RADEON 9200 PRO:

  • GC-R9200-PRO-B3 — 64Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV
  • GC-R9200-PRO-C3 — 128Mb DDR, CRT/DVI/TV

RADEON 9800PRO-based solutions are promised later in March, and all other in April. The comprehensive list of already announced solutions includes RADEON 9500/9700, RADEON 9100 and RADEON 7000.



Pentium 4: next price cut in May

According to Taiwanese industrial sources, about May, 11, after Pentium4 with 800MHz FSB are released, Intel plans to cut prices for previous models. Despite sales were high in January and February, distributors believe May price cut will be well-timed to prolong market activity for some time.

Intel´s desktop P4 prices, $
Clock speed, GHz
February, 23
May, 11
Cut**, %
400/533MHz FSB
400/533MHz FSB
800MHz FSB*
3.2
-
-
637
-
3.0/3.06
589
401
417
(31.9)
2.8
375
262
278
(30.1)
2.6/2.66
241
193
218
(19.9)
2.53/2.5
193
193
-
0
2.4
163
163
178
0
2.26/2.2
163
-
-
-
2.0
163
-
-
-

Comments:
* Hyper-Threading Technology
**4 00/533MHz FSB

Source: The DigiTimes

NVIDIA GeForce FX Family Preview at Bjorn3D

"Bjorn3D has just posted a preview of NVIDIA´s FX family of GPUs, including the newly announced FX 5200, 5200 Ultra and 5600 Ultra. NVIDIA´s roadmap for it´s GeForce FX family of GPUs will fill every market segment with DirectX 9 hardware. This preview looks at NVIDIA´s line-up, roadmap, and a quick preview of NV31 and NV34."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

VIA to announce three new Mini-ITX solutions along with new VIA Mark project

According to the fresh roadmap of VIA Technologies, in the nearest future its to present new original EPIA Mini-ITX solutions. At least, three new boards will be showcased at CeBIT 2003.

EPIA-M2 — Mini-ITX, C3/Eden, 133MHz FSB, CLE266 (int. graphics, up to 64Mb allocated memory) + VT8235, DIMM socket (up to 1Gb DDR266), PCI slot, 2 ATA133, 6 USB2.0, 2 IEEE1394, TV-out, 6-ch. sound, 10/100 LAN, I/O Bracket, LVDS, Card bus/CF. As you can see EPIA-M2 differs from EPIA-M by Card bus/CF interface and integrated LVDS allowing to locate almost entire system in an LCD display.

EPIA-CL — Mini-ITX, C3/Eden, 133MHz FSB, CLE266 (int. graphics, up to 64Mb allocated memory) + VT8235, DIMM socket (up to 1Gb DDR266), PCI slot, 2 ATA133, 6 USB2.0, 2-ch. sound, 2 10/100 LAN, I/O Bracket, 4 serial ports. EPIA-CL has fewer multimedia features, but features dual LAN and 4 COM ports being a fine choice for an inexpensive POS terminal its designed for.

EPIA-P4 — Mini-ITX, P4, 400/533MHz FSB, HT support (!),P4N266A (int. graphics, up to 32Mb allocated memory) + VT8235, DIMM socket (up to 1Gb DDR266), PCI slot, 2 ATA133, 6 USB2.0, IEEE1394, TV-out, 6-ch. sound, 10/100 LAN, I/O Bracket, LVDS. EPIA-P4 is a complete solution for the newest P4 processors. Besides, the P4N266A Northbridge is marked "N" that stands for low-power mobile design, according to VIA.

Id also like to mention VIAs processor roadmap. Weve already used to discrete C3 and embedded ESPx0000 EBGA lines. But this year VIA launches the absolutely new Mark project. The idea is to create an integrated solutions combining a processor core and a Northbridge. Maybe well see some prototypes next year, but this is only a guess.

As for Marks internals, it will naturally feature Nehemiah core, but the structure will be closer to Matthew than to C3 architecture. These are actually all details about VIAs new project. And one more thing to stress: developing Mark, the company doesnt pursue any speed records. The aim is to make this integrated solution work with passive cooling. Southbridge integration will be the next stage of the Mark project.

Photo of the day: GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and 5200 Ultra reference graphics cards in our lab

Weve just got reference cards on GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and 5200 Ultra GPUs, i.e. NV31 and NV34.

GPU/memory clock rates are 350/700MHz and 325/650MHz, respectively. Test results follow and meanwhile you can take a look at the first photos.









Albatron Geforce 4 MX480 8X AGP Videocard Review at Tweaknews.net

"Seems like all you hear about in the hardware world is the high end cards. But are these cards for the everyday gamer, nope. Do you think that most people have US$200-$400 to spend on one component, nope. People today like to have a blend of value and performance and that is where the Alabatron MX480 delivers."


Read more at Tweaknews

Leadtek to release WinFast A300 TD MyViVO with original cooling system

Leadtek, one of the closest partners of NVIDIA, prepares to release new WinFast A300 TD MyViVO graphics card.



It will be based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra GPU and will feature 128Mb DDR-II, VIVO, analog and DVI connectors. Besides, WinFast A300 TD MyViVO has a very interesting cooling system. "WinFast TwinTurbo-II" covers the entire PCB, featuring a copper heat-sink and two 50mm fans for low-noise dynamic airflow.



HWZ review: MSI G4Ti4800SE-VTD8X 128MB video card

"Performance-wise, the MSI G4Ti4800SE-VTD8X 128MB delivered to our expectations. However, its retail price of S$440 is a tad expensive given that there are still some graphics cards such as Gainward that still offer an equivalently performing GeForce4 Ti 4400 graphics cards at about S$60 less. Both cards support Video-in / Video-out and DVI-out as well, but MSI offers an excellent software selection and accessories."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Sony announces new Clie PEG-SJ22

Yesterday Sony Style Hong Kongs website posted the press release for new Sony Clie PEG-SJ22/H to replace popular SJ30.


PEG-SJ22/H brief specs:

  • OS: Palm OS ver. 4.1
  • CPU: 33MHz Dragonball VZ
  • Memory: 16Mb RAM (15Mb free) / 4Mb ROM
  • Interfaces: USB, IrDA, Memory Stick
  • Display: backlit, 320x320@65
  • Power: 5.2V (adapter) / 3.6V (battery); built-in Li-Ion battery, upto 12 days (if used for about 30min/day)
  • Dimensions: 71.8x104.0x16.8 mm
  • Weight: 139 g (inc. stylus)
  • Price: HK$1780 (about $228)

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