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VIA EPIA M10000 officially announced

Belkin announces 8-in-1 USB2.0 reader

ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO @ TweakNews

The new 8x, 12x and 16x Anti-Aliasing on GeForceFX at 3DCenter.org

Shuttle SN41G2 SFF PC Reviewed at TechSeekers.net

Intel and AMD: new pricing for old processors

HWZ review: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra (Intel 875P)

Introducing Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Ultimate Edition

Tyan, ABIT, AOpen, SurerMicro, EPoX, Legend QDI announce i875P-based motherboards

MSI K7N2G-ILSR at Bjorn3D

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Limited Edition Anniversary Mainboard Review @ TechConnect



VIA EPIA M10000 officially announced

Todays EPIA M10000 mobo from VIA Technologies is not that unfamiliar to our readers, as we have already posted about it late in February. Still this solution is worth another, detailed mention, becoming available for masses.

VIA EPIA M10000 is an integrated solution with a fixed 1GHz VIA C3 (Nehemiah core) with small cooling system.


4-layer Mini-ITX (170x170 mm) board features VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset (VIA UniChrome CLE266 Northbridge with int. MPEG-2 graphics + VT8235 Southbridge), 6-ch.VIA Vinyl Six-TRAC Audio (VIA VT1616), IEEE1394 Firewire (VT6307S) and USB2.0, 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet (VT6103), S-Video, TV-out (VT1622), S/PDIF out, PCI slot. 1Gb DDR266 SDRAM is supported. The noise is leveled at 35-50dBA.

And finally, currently at the company website VIA EPIA M10000 costs $199. I guess the actual price will be lower as in February it was planned to be $179.

Belkin announces 8-in-1 USB2.0 reader

Belkin announced a new 8-in-1 Media Reader/Writer USB2.0.


It features 4 slots supporting most todays miniature media: CompactFlash I/II, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick and MemoryGate Memory Stick. The device can work under Windows 98SE and higher; Mac OS 9.0 — 9.x, OS X 10.1 and higher (only USB 1.1 in Macs). At the company website the reader costs $53,99.

ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO @ TweakNews

"Being ATI´s feature rich flagship videocard, the ALL-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 pro encompasses everything that the gaming enthusiast, multimedia professional and/or everyday computer user desires. It performs great out of the box and practically will handle any game out there with ease. Factor the great gaming in with a multimedia suite second to none, and you have the recipe for the perfect videocard."


Read more at TweakNews.

The new 8x, 12x and 16x Anti-Aliasing on GeForceFX at 3DCenter.org

"In conclusion nVidia now offers seemingly higher anti-aliasing modes than ATi (6x maximum), but they do so with mostly ineffective subpixel grids, especially in the highest settings. This way these modes eat a lot of performance and impress with their names, yet they are not (or at best marginally) better than 4xS, which has been introduced with the GeForce4 Ti and is also available on GeForce3 if you´re using a tweak tool.

8xS anti-aliasing is the only mode that really exceeds the quality achieved with 4xS and it´s the only mode that can compete with ATi´s 6x anti-aliasing. Strangely enough nVidia´s Detonator control panel only exposes this mode for OpenGL, and offers a clearly inferior 8x mode for Direct3D. A tweaking tool like aTuner is absolutely required to get the better one of the two 8x modes for Direct3D, at least at the moment.

With the higher-labelled 12x (Direct3D) and 16x (OpenGL) modes, nVidia seems to have missed the mark: Both offer little if any quality gains beyond 8xS. The 16x setting under OpenGL also performs worse than 8xS. And of course the 12x mode for Direct3D bears the name "16x" in the Detonator panel. This is completely unjustified and needs to be corrected."

Read more at 3DCenter.org.

Shuttle SN41G2 SFF PC Reviewed at TechSeekers.net

"The mix between the nForce2 + MCP-T and the small form factor make for an impressive piece of kit. The Shuttle SN41G2 builds upon all the qualities of the previous generations of SFF, to make an almost perfect PC. Dual Monitor support, Firewire, USB2.0, Dolby Digital support and encoding, TV-Out, and onboard 10/100 LAN is an extraordinary list of features and the performance of the SN41G2 is also inline with any similar specified full blown PC."

Read more at TechSeekers.net.

Intel and AMD: new pricing for old processors

Intel and AMD have officially cut prices for their processors. Intel is to make 3GHz Pentium 4 with 400/533MHz FSB cost $401. After 2.8 and 2.6 GHz processors with 800MHz FSB are available, prices for 533MHz FSB chips are to go down as well.

AMD plans to cut prices for Athlon XP 2000+ to Athlon XP 3000+, as 64-bit Opterons should be announced on April 22. Athlon XP 3000+ price will suffer the biggest, over 30% cut.

Desktop Intel P4 pricing, $
GHzFebruary 23April 14May 11
400/533 MHz
FSB
400/533 MHz
FSB
800 MHz
FSB*
400/533 MHz
FSB
800 MHz
FSB*
3.2 637
3.0/3.06 589 401 417 401 417
2.8 375 375 262 278
2.6/2.66 241 241 193 218
2.53/2.5 193 193 193
2.4 163 163 163 178
2.26/2.2 163 163
2.0 163 163

*with Hyper-Threading

AMD Athlon XP pricing, $
February 10February 24March 12
3000+ 588 588
2800+ 397 375 375
2700+ 349 267 267
2600+ 297 241 241
2400+ 193 141 141
2200+ 157 107 107
2100+ 93 92 92
2000+ 83 81 81
1900+ 76
1800+ 69 67 67
1700+ 54 54 54

Source: The DigiTimes

HWZ review: Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra (Intel 875P)

"Overall, the performance of the GA-8KNXP Ultra is acceptable but it does left us wanting for more. Perhaps the board is just an early sample with a premature BIOS. However, even if Gigabyte could tune the BIOS a little more, we would only expect it to run on-par with the Intel D875PBZ (we might be wrong though). But bear in mind that its performance was not lagging very far behind since it´s at most only about 2% slower."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Introducing Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Ultimate Edition

We obtained the very first photos of Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Ultimate Edition.

Note that it has a simpler noiseless cooler than Sapphire Radeon 9700 Pro Ultimate.




Tyan, ABIT, AOpen, SurerMicro, EPoX, Legend QDI announce i875P-based motherboards

A whole bunch of mobo makers announced their solutions on the fresh i875P (Canterwood). Press releases just keep coming, so I made a kind of digest for you:


Tyan Trinity i875P S5101 (above) and Tomcat i875P S5102: ATX, i875P + ICH5-R, AGP 8X/4X, 2 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (S5102), 2/4 SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R), USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC


ABIT IC7-G: ATX, i875P + ICH5-R, AGP Pro 8X/4X, Intel PRO/1000 CT Gigabit LAN, SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R) + SATA 150 RAID 0/1 (Silicon Image) — 4 serial ATA + 4 parallel ATA (Serillel2), 3 x IEEE1394, 8 x USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC, 4-Phase Power, 6-ch. sound, Optical SPDIF In/Out


AOpen AX4C-G, AX4C-Pro and AX4C Max (above): ATX, i875P + ICH5 (AX4C-G) or ICH5-R, AGP 8X/4X, Hercules PCI slot, 10/100Mbps LAN or Gigabit LAN, 2/4 SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R), IDE RAID (RAID 0, 1, 0+1, Promise PDC20378, AX4C Max), 2 x IEEE1394, 8 x USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC

SurerMicro P4SCA, P4SCE: ATX (1U), i875P + ICH5-R, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 4 x 32bit/33MHz PCI, ATI Rage XL SVGA, 2 SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R), USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC

EPoX EP-4PCA3+: ATX, i875P + ICH5-R, AGP 8X/4X, 5 x PCI, Intel PRO/1000 CT Gigabit LAN, SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R), 8 x USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC, 6-ch. sound, Post-Port, Power BIOS, Magic Screen, Magic Flash

Legend QDI P4I975P: ATX, i875P + ICH5-R, AGP 8X/4X, 5 x PCI, 10/100 Mbit LAN + optional Intel PRO/1000 CT Gigabit LAN, SATA 150 RAID (ICH5-R), 8 x USB2.0, FSB800, Dual DDR400, ECC.

MSI K7N2G-ILSR at Bjorn3D

"MSI offers one of the most feature-rich boards in its price range. This board is directed at nearly every edge of the market. System builders will love it for its price, stability and features."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Limited Edition Anniversary Mainboard Review @ TechConnect

"To celebrate their first year anniversary, Albatron released a Limited Edition Anniversary Mainboard, the PX845PEV-800. The board is dedicated to the hardware enthusiasts, especially overclockers. A well styled mainboard, the PX845PEV-800 appeals to each one which has Albatron on top of their lists and even in their hearts. The true Albatron fans will appreciate it.

The three words that describe the mainboard better are "style", "simplicity" and "overclocking". A very nice and good combination indeed. The true overclockers who are reading this review will understand the qualities of the Albatron PX845PEV-800 mainboard."


Read more at TechConnect.

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