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Creative releases external Sound Blaster Digital Music

Via P4PB Ultra P4X400 Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews.net

Opteron 240 and Opteron 242 boxes already seen in Japanese retail!

HWZ review: MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R (Intel 875P) motherboard

Logitec releases external and internal DVDR/RW drives

MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X at B3D

NVIDIA NV35 expected in mid-May

HWZ review: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB (7200RPM)

Mobo makers predict better sales in Q2

Creative releases external Sound Blaster Digital Music

Creative released an external USB1.1 soundcard, Sound Blaster Digital Music, for arrive for sale in May for $83.

It features 2 RCA inputs, 1 mic jack, headphones jack, 2 RCA outputs, optical in/out. The card requires 160mA.

The interface supports MP3, WAVE, WMA and MIDI recording and can be also plugged into a Dolby Digital (AC-3) home theater. Headphone or speaker 3D sound is provided by CMSS 3D (Creative Inspire Monitor M85-D, Creative TravelSound, Creative Inspire 5.1 5700 compatible.)

Measured 119x69x26mm, it weighs 116g and works under Windows 98SE/ME/2000Pro(SP3+)/XPSP1.

Source: ASCII24

Via P4PB Ultra P4X400 Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews.net

"The P4PB Ultra motherboard is Via´s flagship (as of this date) motherboard and is manufactured to target the performance enthusiast genre of computer users. Like most motherboard manufacturers, the board is only part of your purchase. As a bonus, the consumer will receive a whole buffet of extras to compliment their new computer and to get it looking and performing at its best."

Read more at Tweaknews.

Opteron 240 and Opteron 242 boxes already seen in Japanese retail!

Today we got to know that Tokyo shops already offer recently announced 64-bit Opteron processors. It was nice this release wasnt paper only, so I guess we should expect worldwide sales closely. Its also interesting that chips arrived for retail in box versions.

In general there are two new CPUs available now: 1.4GHz Opteron 240 and 1.6GHz Opteron 242. We dont know why 1.8GHz Opteron 244 is not for sale yet, whether its low yield or high price...

News from Japan offer photos of Opteron boxes and retail prices. It was interesting to look at the standard coolers for these as well.

So, Opteron 240 costs 38800 in Japan (about $323), Opteron 242 — 95800 ($798). Well, this does correspond to AMDs $283 and $690, I guess (mind the Japanese retail specificity).

Source: Akiba PC

HWZ review: MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R (Intel 875P) motherboard

"For the overclockers, the MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R should open up an entire horizon of possibilities with its wide range of FSB and voltage settings. We think this is a very big achievement and certainly a very bold step for MSI. At the point of writing, we believe the 875P Neo-FIS2R is the only Canterwood board the lets you set the CPU core voltage to as high as 2.3V."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Logitec releases external and internal DVDR/RW drives

Logitec released two new DVDR/RW drives: external IEEE1394 and USB2.0 (LDR-E4242FU2) and internal ATAPI(Ultra ATA/66), LDR-E4242AK. Both support DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM CD-ROM.

DVDR writing — 4x; DVD-RW rewriting — 2x, DVD+RW rewriting 2.4; CD-R, etc writing — 16, CD-RW rewriting — 10.

The external drive will arrive for sale late in April for $320, internal in May for $264.

MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X at B3D

"Remember the good ol´ days when 3D accelerators were new and card makers were trying to convince you to make the leap to 3D? MSI obviously remembers the good ol´ days (and recognizes the need to differentiate its products). Their NVIDIA Ti4800SE offering, the Ti4800SE-VTD8X, is chock full of bundled and built-in goodies."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

NVIDIA NV35 expected in mid-May

According to Taiwanese sources, NVIDIA plans to introduce the new NV35 GPU at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E³), on May 14 16 in LA, CA.

SARS virus have been affecting plans of many companies lately, so, The Digitimes informs the NV35 announcement conference in Taiwan will be cancelled.

The Web has more spec rumours about NV35. According to Taiwanese industrial sources, the new GPU will be an updated version of NV30 with better performance. Moreover, makers inform that NV35 will support more popular and less expensive DDR-I. NV35 GPUs will be made using 0.13µm process technology exclusively by TSMC.

NVIDIA and ATI: new graphics solutions in 2003
GPU Core Comment GPU Core Comment
March GeForce FX
5800 Ultra
NV30 0.13µm Radeon
9800 PRO
R350 0.15µm, from March 5
GeForce FX 5800 Radeon
GeForce FX
5600 Ultra
NV31 0.13µm, from March 6 Radeon
9600 PRO
RV350 0.13µm, from March 5
GeForce FX
GeForce FX
5200 Ultra
NV34 0.15µm, from March 6 Radeon
9200 PRO
RV280 AGP8x, from March 5
GeForce FX
May NV35 Based on NV30

Source: The DigiTimes

HWZ review: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB (7200RPM)

"Although the DiamondMax Plus 9 is Maxtor´s biggest and fastest drive in their performance desktop series, it however left us with a couple of mixed feelings. In the tests, it did managed to perform admirably well in Winbench 99, and from the scores, we were pretty convinced that it would fit into most desktops and even low-end workstations very well. However, its poor seek times did not do it much justice as its performance began to taper off at high workloads."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Mobo makers predict better sales in Q2

Despite the low-sales season has started, mobo makers, including Asustek Computer, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), Acorp Electronics and Jetway Information, predict revenues growth in Q2.

In Q1 Asustek shipped 4.9 million motherboards, about 60% of which for OEM clients. According to the company, in Q2 board shipments growth might make 15-20% (up to 5.88 million units).

Company Sales and revenues growth factors for Q2
  • Increased mobo demand, OEM mainly
  • Sony PlayStation2 (PS2) orders
  • Own brand notebook and Centrino-based OEM shipments
  • Mobos for IBM notebooks (of 2002)
  • Mobile board orders from Chinese system builders
  • Increased orders for PCs and optical drives
  • New graphics cards production, on Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) GPUs mostly
  • NT$940 million sales expected in Q2, 12.3% over Q1
  • LCD monitor and mini-barebone sales

Source: The DigiTimes

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