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Prolink announces PixelView GeForce FX 5600 / 5200 graphics cards

Sony DRU-510A and DRX-510UL: new Dual RW drives

Logitec LDR-P22U2 and LDR-P22F/M: new external DVD-R/RW drives

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Review @ MonkeyReview

New Pentium 4 and Celeron officially announced

ABIT NF7-S Version 2.0 Athlon motherboard @ Techseekers.net

Intel mobile roadmap specified

HWZ review: Iomega Predator 40x24x40x

Melco releases 3.5" 160 and 250 Gb hard drives

Bjorn3D takes a look at the Radeon 9600 Pro

Introducing Chaintech FX20 graphics card

Prolink announces PixelView GeForce FX 5600 / 5200 graphics cards

Prolink extended its graphics cards line with new PixelView GeForce FX 5600 and GeForce FX 5200 solutions.

MVGA-NVG31AL (GeForce FX 5600) will be produced in 3 variants with 128Mb RAM and analog, TV, DVI connectors; with 256Mb RAM and VIVO, DVI; with 128Mb RAM and VIVO, DVI. 64Mb versions might become available as well. GPU/memory clock rates are 350/700MHz.

MVGA-NVG34A/L/M on GeForce FX 5200 will feature 64, 128 and even 256Mb RAM and TV-outs with DVI and VIVO as an option.

Sony DRU-510A and DRX-510UL: new Dual RW drives

Sony updated its Dual RW series with another two models: internal DRU-510A and external DRX-510UL supporting 4x DVD+RW recording. Supporting most DVD standards, the 510 series can be used to burn DVD-Video, Video CD, audio and backup discs. At that recorded media will be supported by most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.

Similar to the 500 series, DRU-510A and DRX-510UL support DVD+RW/-RW and DVD+R/-R. The latter can be recorded and read at 4X; DVD-RW – recorded at 2X, read at 4X; DVD+RW – recorded and read at 4X. DVD-ROM are read at up to 12X. Finally, CD-RW formula is 24/16/32x. both drives have 8Mb buffer supporting Sony Power-Burn protection. CD-ROM access time is 160ms, DVD-ROM – 200ms.

DRU-510A features ATAPI interface; DRX-510UL — i.LINK (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0.

Both Dual RW drives are supplied with comprehensive software bundle, including VERITAS RecordNowDX, VERITAS Simple Backup, VERITAS DLA, Sonic Solutions MyDVD, Arcsoft ShowBiz, CyberLink PowerDVD, MUSICMATCH Jukebox. The internal DRU-510A Dual RW will arrive to retail early in May for about $350; external DRX-510UL – in June for less than $430.

Logitec LDR-P22U2 and LDR-P22F/M: new external DVD-R/RW drives

Logitec released an external USB2.0/1.1 DVD-R/RW drive — LDR-P22U2 – that supports 2x DVD burning/reburning. CD writing is 16υ, rewriting — 8υ; DVD read — 8υ, CD read — 24υ.

Measured 145x160x24mm, the drive weighs about 400g.

Mac users will be able to buy an IEEE1394 model supporting Mac OS 9.1 — 9.2.2/Mac OS X 10.1.5 — 10.2.5. Its style and specs are identical to the PC model. Both drives will appear for sale in May for $368.

Source: PC Watch

Albatron PX845PEV-800 Review @ MonkeyReview

"I have to commend Albatron for putting out a very nice board. The PX845PEV-800 should please both overclockers and those who simply demand a solid, dependable motherboard. For performance, this board stands up to any of the 845PE boards currently in the market. And best of all it’s priced to sell with a price of $98 ($145 Cdn.) compared to the Asus P4PE board which has a street price of about $120 ($170 Cdn.)"

Read more at MonkeyReview.

New Pentium 4 and Celeron officially announced

These days Intel officially announced three new CPUs: Pentium 4-M 2.5GHz, mobile Celeron 2.2GHz and 1.26GHz. All of them are made using 0.13-micron process technology and feature different L2 cache size: P4-M – 512Kb, Celeron – 256Kb. P4-M and 2.2GHz Celeron support 400MHz FSB, 1.26GHz Celeron – 133MHz FSB.

In over 1,000-unit quantities 2.5GHz P4-M will cost $562, 2.2GHz and 1.26GHz Celeron — $149 and $107, respectively.

ABIT NF7-S Version 2.0 Athlon motherboard @ Techseekers.net

"Version 2.0, in my case brought much needed stability when overclocking Barton based processors as both V1.0 and V1.2 were unable to get my 2500+ stable at 200MHz FSB. Version 2.0 not only allowed me to run it stable at 200MHz FSB but also allowed me to reach 225MHz FSB while Overclocking the 2500+ itself to 2250MHz. I was impressed to say the least."

Read more at Techseekers.

Intel mobile roadmap specified

We have repeatedly mentioned new Intel mobile processors like Dothan, Merom, Gilo, Alviso-GM, Crestine-GM even along with their release dates. VR Zone posted some additional info specifying the latter.

  Q4 2003 Q1 2004 Q2 2004 H2 2004 2005 2006
Processor Dothan 1.8GHz
(90nm, 2Mb L2 cache)
Dothan 1.9GHz

Prescott-M 3.46GHz
(90nm, 1Mb L2 cache, HT)
Dothan 2.0GHz

Prescott-M 3.46GHz+
(90nm, HT?)

(90nm, 1Mb L2 cache, HT)
Chipsets Montara-GM+ : 855GME
Montara-GT : 852GME
(533MHz FSB, DDR333, Portora, ICH4-M)
(533MHz FSB, DDR333, ICH4-M)
(DDR2, PCI Express 16x, ICH6-M)
Crestine-GM -
Wireless LAN Calexico Dual Band (802.11a/b) Calexico 2
Calexico 3
(PCI Express?)

Source: VR-Zone

HWZ review: Iomega Predator 40x24x40x

"When it comes to burning, current owners of the Predator 40x12x40x will have to ask themselves if they really need that extra seconds gained in the newer 40x24x40x version, or if the new 24x re-write capability is important to them at all. However, upgraders would certainly find the S$289 Predator 40x24x40x a rather expensive upgrade. Still, to upgrade or not, it´s really down to one´s personal preference though."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Melco releases 3.5" 160 and 250 Gb hard drives

Melco released two 3.5" Ultra ATA 5400κηό HD-FB hard drives – 160 and 250 Gb in capacity. They can work under Windows XP (SP1+) / Me / 2000 (SP3+) / 98 / 95 (OSR2) / NT4.0 (SP4+), MacOS.

HD-160FB and HD-250FB each have 2Mb buffer, <13.8ms seek time and consume <17W. Measured 101.6x26.1x147.0mm, they weigh about 600g.

Drives are capable of working within 5-35°C range and 20-80% humidity. Sales are scheduled to late April.

Bjorn3D takes a look at the Radeon 9600 Pro

"Bjorn3D has taken a look at ATI´s mid-end card — the Radeon 9600 Pro. Does it have what is needed to help ATI rule not only the high-end but also the mid-end? Why not read the review and find out? (A hint — it does)."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Introducing Chaintech FX20 graphics card

A rare occasion, when a news photo is made by a newsperson, not a tester. I had time to visit Chaintech’s graphics cards press conference in Moscow to introduce you the photo of NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200-based FX20 graphics card.

The company plans to use GeForce FX 5200 / 5200 Ultra GPUs for FX20 / FX30 cards, respectively. At that FX20 will feature 64 or 128 Mb RAM, FX30 – 128Mb only. GPU/memory Clock rates will be 250/400MHz for FX20 and 325/650MHz for FX30. All cards will feature S-Video. Besides, some FX20 models will also have DVI, and FX30 – VIVO.

These solutions are in volume production now, shipments to start in a week or two. Prices will start from $80.

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