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Tyan announces Thunder K8S S2880, dual-processor AMD Opteron board

iRiver to ship iMP-550, a new Slim-X player

Desktop Intel Celeron processors price cut

Inno3D Tornado GeforceFX 5200 128MB Review @ Techseekers.net

ASUS P8NBX = NVIDIA nForce3 Pro + AMD Opteron

Via P4PB Ultra P4X400 Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews.net

ATI to announce new Pentium 4 chipsets: RS300 and RS300VE

HWZ article: AMD Opteron Overview

Gigacube announces RADEON 9200

Tyan announces Thunder K8S S2880, dual-processor AMD Opteron board

Today Tyan officially announced Thunder K8S S2880 server motherboard for AMD Opteron processors. It is designed for rackmount and pedestal servers with up to two Opteron CPUs.

Having sockets for up to 12Gb memory, Thunder K8S S2880 supports both Serial ATA, and SCSI drives; features dual-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN, PCI-X 133/100, 8Mb integrated graphics.

Sampling now, Thunder K8 S2880 will be available in volumes in May.

iRiver to ship iMP-550, a new Slim-X player

iRiver, known by its stylish Slim-X CD/MP3 player series, gets ready to ship another novelty, iMP-550.

New iMP-550 is smaller than SlimX 400, weighing 145g and being just 13.7mm thick. Claimed playback time is 55 hours with 2xAA batteries. iMP-550 also has a 15-minute buffer for MP3 mode; analog and optical outputs; and blue-backlit remote control. In France iMP-550 will supposedly cost about 240 euro.

Source: Clubic

Desktop Intel Celeron processors price cut

Intel cut prices for its desktop Celeron processors.

As you can see, high-end chips, 2.3GHz in particular, got cheaper most, while lower-end ones remained at almost the same level. It’s interesting that only 2.4GHz Celeron exceeds $100 range now.

  March 31April 27Cut
2.4 GHz $127 $103 —18.9%
2.3 GHz $117 $89 —23.9%
2.2 GHz $103 $83 —19.4%
2.1 GHz $89 $79 —11.2%
2.0 GHz $83 $69 —16.9%
1.8 GHz $69 $64 —7.2%
1.7 GHz $54 $54 0%
1.4 GHz $54 $54 0%
1.3 GHz $54 $540%

Inno3D Tornado GeforceFX 5200 128MB Review @ Techseekers.net

"In short, although the Geforce FX 5200 is the baby of the family it offers adequate performance for the casual gamer with good overclocking potential yielding a 10%-15% performance increase in most games on a typical P4 2.53Ghz. With an expected retail of around the ˆ120-ˆ140 euro mark, it represents very good value for money."

Read more at Techseekers.

ASUS P8NBX = NVIDIA nForce3 Pro + AMD Opteron

South Korean Darkcrow posted the first photos of the new (and seems the only for now) NVIDIA nForce3 Pro-based Socket 940 board for AMD Opteron processors — ASUS P8NBX.

NVIDIA nForce3 Professional is a chipset for single-CPU workstations on 64-bit AMD Opteron processors supporting both 32-bit, and 64-bit modes. Besides, combines North and South bridges in a single chip, being NVIDIA’s first single-chip motherboard solution. The current nForce 3 Pro 150 supports 10/100 BaseT Ethernet/Fast Ethernet, ACR and CNR, ACPI 2.0, RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3 Ultra ATA-133 channels, 6 USB2.0 ports (OHCI), AGP8x (optimized for NVIDIA Quadro), PCI. nForce 3 Pro 250, expected in Fall, will support 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, 4 Serial ATA ports and 2 ATA-133 channels.

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.

ATI to announce new Pentium 4 chipsets: RS300 and RS300VE

According to Parisian Clubic, referring to own sources, at Computex 2003 in June (if it’s held) ATI plans to announce its new integrated Pentium 4 chipset codenamed RS300.

RS300 is to support existing Pentium 4 and future Prescott, 800MHz FSB, HyperThreading and dual-channel DDR400. RV250 DirectX 8.1 GPU (Radeon 9000) will be supposedly used as integrated graphics.

Besides, a lighter version — RS300VE – supporting usual DDR400 is also expected. According to provisional information, MSI and FIC already show interest in these novelties to come.

Source: Clubic

HWZ article: AMD Opteron Overview

"Looking further down the road, the AMD Opteron may require a different socket layout if it undergoes a drastic memory controller change, such as incorporating a DDR II controller and this is where we think there´s potential inflexibility of this design. However, even Intel´s server class series is dotted with various CPU interface variants, so although this may seem fine, it would be advantageous to AMD if they can keep the same interface for some time to come. This is as far as we can speculate at this point of time, but if all the pieces fall in place perfectly for AMD, the Opteron could be ´the next big thing´ in the modern computing era."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Gigacube announces RADEON 9200

Brainbox informed that Gigabyte GROUP, a daughter company of Gigacube starter, will closely ship graphics cards to the South Korean market.

The company will supposedly be releasing the entire ATI-based series, however, the source informed that Gigacube RADEON 9200 will be the first to be sold.

Gigacube RADEON 9200 128MB on RV280 (9200 AGP8X) has 128Mb 128-bit 5ns memory, 250/200MHz GPU/memory clock speeds. The card also features analog, DVI and TV connectors (PAL/NTSC, S-VHS, Composite). Gigacube RADEON 9700 PRO, RADEON 9800 and 9600 are to follow some later.

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