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Intel to announce new 2.5/2.6GHz Celerons and update CPU/chipset prices

ASUS DRW-0402P @ Legion Hardware

AMD performs massive price cut

Aero 7 review @ Overclocker Warehouse

Apple announces three new eMac monitors

Zalman CNPS7000Cu vs. Thermalright SLK-900U

KT400A-based Soltek SL-KT400A in our lab

Samsung SyncMaster 241MP TFT LCD Monitor/TV @ MonkeyReview

Gigabyte ships GV-R9200VIVO graphics card on Radeon 9200LE

HWZ review: Western Digital Raptor WD360GD (SATA)

DFI LAN PARTY PRO875 and PS83-BL: new mobos on i875P/i865PE chipsets



Intel to announce new 2.5/2.6GHz Celerons and update CPU/chipset prices

According to The Inquirer, closer to the end of the next month, on June 25, Intel plans to announce new desktop Socket 478 Celerons with 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz clock speeds and $89, $102 wholesale prices. However, before that, on May 25, we should expect a price cut for 2.4, 2.3, 2.2 and 2.1 GHz CPUs down to $85, $79, $74, $74, respectively.

Besides, on May 21 some Intel Springdale chipsets should get cheaper as well. i865G, i865PE and i865P models together with ICH5R (RAID) Southbridge will cost $44, $39 and $36, respectively (w/o RAID (ICH5) these will cost $41, $36, $33).

The next chipset price cut is expected in late June, but the company might leave i875P prices ($53 with RAID and $50 without) as is.

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS DRW-0402P @ Legion Hardware

"ASUS have based their DVD burner on the DVD-RW format meaning there is no Lossless Linking technology supported on their drive. For general use I believe the DVD-RW format is faster and better than the DVD+RW format however, this isnít the case for video use. The ASUS DRW-0402P is a multifunction ATAPI DVD-R/RW Drive supporting 4X DVD-R/ 2X DVD-RW/ 12X DVD-ROM and 16X CD-R/ 8X CD-RW/ 32X CD-ROM."

Read more at Legion Hardware.

AMD performs massive price cut

Having released new server Athlon MP 2800+, AMD cut prices for the majority of its processors with Barton-based models affected most.

 Old PriceNew PriceCut
Athlon XP
3000+$588$32545%
2800+$375$22540%
2700+$267$18033%
2600+$241$15137%
2500+-$124-
2400+$141$10327%
2200+$107$8124%
2100+$92$7914%
2000+$81$6619%
Athlon MP
2800+-$275-
2600+$273$20126%
2400+$200$15324%
2200+$174$13125%
2000+$133$11613%
Desktop Replacement Mobile Athlon XP-M
2600+$246$15637%
2400+$146$10826%
2200+$112$8623%
2000+$87$7118%
1900+$84$6918%
1800+$77$5923%
1700+$62$5511%
Athlon XP-M
2500+$184$13427%
2400+$151$11325%
2200+$117$9122%
2000+$92$7617%
1900+$84$6918%
1800+$77$5923%
1700+$62$5511%
1600+$57$554%
Low Voltage Athlon XP-M
1800+$147$11224%
1700+$123$9721%
1600+$107$8025%
1500+$88$7119%
1400+$71$5720%
Mobile Duron
1.3 GHz$89$890%
1.2 GHz$69$690%
1.1 GHz$59$590%
1.0 GHz$59$590%
Duron
1.3 GHz$44$440%
1.2 GHz$39$390%

Aero 7 review @ Overclocker Warehouse

"The Aero 7 is not Cooler Master´s first crack at a cool n´ quiet CPU cooler. Several other attempts, including the recently reviewed XDream SE cooler, have all fairly successfully achieved their mandate, with usually only a few minor and petty flaws holding them back from excellence. The main area that these coolers lagged in was the actual cooling — sure, they looked cool and ran at barely noticeable volumes, but none of the coolers really cut it to provide the cooling necessary for speed-hungry overclockers."

Read more at Overclocker Warehouse.

Apple announces three new eMac monitors

Apple Computer added new models to its eMac series. These feature 17" CRT monitors, up to 1 GHz PowerPC G4 CPUs, 4x SuperDrive optical drives, ATI Radeon 7500 graphics, up to 80Gb HDDs, 56kbps modems, 10/100 LANs, USB1.1 and FireWire ports, AirPort Extreme wireless interface (IEEE802.11g; up to 54Mbps). Besides, the high-end model supports Mac OS X only (as itís the only supporting SuperDrive and iDVD 3), but the low- and mid-end models work under both Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.2.5).


New eMacs with MSRP of $799:

  • 800MHz PowerPC G4
  • CD-ROM
  • 128Mb RAM
  • 40Gb HDD
  • 32Mb ATI Radeon 7500 graphics

New eMacs with MSRP of $999:

  • 1GHz PowerPC G4
  • 32x Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW
  • 128Mb RAM
  • 60Gb HDD
  • 32Mb ATI Radeon 7500 graphics

New eMacs with MSRP of $1299:

  • 1GHz PowerPC G4 (instead of 800MHz CPU)
  • 4x SuperDrive DVD-R/CD-RW
  • 256Mb RAM
  • 80Gb HDD
  • 32Mb ATI Radeon 7500 (instead of 32Mb NVIDIA GeForce2 MX)


Zalman CNPS7000Cu vs. Thermalright SLK-900U

"Hmmm..."the end of aircooling"... sounds like a bold statement. A lot of tech sites like making bold statements in order to get attention. Perfects scores of "10 out of 10" and "100%" seem to have lost their value. How can a product be perfect? One that is designed by imperfect humans? We´re now approaching heatsinks that weigh the better part of a kilo."

Read more at Gaming In 3D.

KT400A-based Soltek SL-KT400A in our lab

We obtained the first Soltek SL-KT400A ATX motherboard on recently announced KT400A. It bases on KT400A + VT8235 bridges; supports AMD K7 processors with 266/333MHz FSB; features AGP 8x slot, 6 PCI slots, 3 DIMM sockets for up to 3Gb of DDR SDRAM, inc. DDR400, 6 USB ports, 5.1-ch. audio (VIA VT1616). Besides, SL-KT400A-L also features VIA VT6103 LAN.

All of the above confirms that KT400A boards arrived for retail in May as promised. Whether thereís sense of buying these today or waiting for the next KT600 with 400MHz FSB support is up to you. But no one knows when KT600 gets to retail, and SL-KT400A already costs $85 in Moscow, Russia.




Samsung SyncMaster 241MP TFT LCD Monitor/TV @ MonkeyReview

"The Syncmaster 241MP is the newest addition to Samsungs strong and versatile MP series. The target audience for this particular unit would most likely be someone such as myself who spends long days in front of their computers and would either like to also enjoy video/TV at the same time, or for the audience who would also like to use their TV as a monitor, of course Its also ideal for those just looking for a great quality large TFT LCD monitor/TV."

Read more at MonkeyReview.

Gigabyte ships GV-R9200VIVO graphics card on Radeon 9200LE

Gigabyte launched shipments of GV-R9200VIVO graphics cards on ATI Radeon 9200LE.


The model has 128Mb 128-bit 4ns DDR memory (4Mx16), 250/400MHz GPU/memory clock speeds; features analog, DVI connectors and supports VIVO.

HWZ review: Western Digital Raptor WD360GD (SATA)

If you´ve been waiting for that ultimate serial ATA drive, there´s nothing else that comes even closer than what the new Western Digital Raptor drive offers.

Read more at HardwareZone.

DFI LAN PARTY PRO875 and PS83-BL: new mobos on i875P/i865PE chipsets

DFI announced two new motherboards on i875P/i865PE chipsets: DFI LAN PARTY PRO875 and PS83-BL.


DFI LAN PARTY PRO875 (PS88-GA) brief specs:


  • Socket 478 Intel Pentium4 with 800/533/400 MHz FSB supported
  • i875P (82875P) + ICH5R (82801ER) bridges
  • 4 DDR DIMM sockets for up to 4Gb DDR 400/333/266 w/ECC
  • AGP 8x slot
  • 5 PCI slots
  • 2 S-ATA channels, 2 ATA 33/66/100 channels
  • HighPoint 372N RAID (RAID 0, 0+1, 1.5); S-ATA (RAID 0)
  • Intel 82547EI Gigabit LAN CSA
  • 8 USB2.0 ports
  • 6-ch. audio (C-Media CMI9739A), digital SPDIF

Also note the glowing in the dark under UV socket design:


DFI PS83-BL brief specs:


  • Socket 478 Intel Pentium4 with 800/533/400 MHz FSB
  • i865PE (82865PE) + ICH5 (82801EB) bridges
  • 4 DDR DIMM sockets for up to 4Gb DDR 400/333/266
  • AGP 8x slot
  • 5 PCI slots
  • 2 S-ATA channels, 2 ATA 33/66/100 channels
  • Realtek RTL8101L (10/100bps) LAN
  • 6-ch. audio (C-Media CMI9739A), digital SPDIF

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