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Photo of the day: ASUS A7N8X Rev. 2.00 (nForce 2 400 Ultra) + Athlon XP 3200+. Has AXP reached its limit?

Soltek SL-86SPE/SL-86MP: violet boards on Springdale chipset

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 new stepping: now at 400MHz

AMD Athlon XP Barton 3200+ and 3400+ with FSB400 @ Hard Tecs 4U

NEC MobilePro 900: a pocket notebook with 8.1" LCD display

HWZ article: Modding the Barton XP to a Barton MP

AMD officially announces Athlon XP 3200+ with 400MHz FSB

ATI ships RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB with DDR-II memory

NV35 Preview @ Bjorn3D

NVIDIA officially announces GeForce FX 5900 / 5900 Ultra GPUs

Quiet, big, fast drives from Samsung and Hitachi

Transcend releases 7-in-1 USB2.0 reader

17 Different 15-Inch LCD Displays Review

Minolta announces SD-CF Type I adapter

Photo of the day: ASUS A7N8X Rev. 2.00 (nForce 2 400 Ultra) + Athlon XP 3200+. Has AXP reached its limit?

Today´s press release about new Athlon XP 3200+ with 400MHz FSB is followed by photos from our test lab. As you can see the CPU is coupled with already familiar ASUS A7N8X in the new Rev. 2.00 based on NVIDIA nForce 2 400 Ultra.

P.S. As you know from the press release, the clock speed of Athlon XP 3200+ is 2.2GHz. we know that the limit of AMD´s 0.13µm process has been 2.25GHz of Athlon XP 2800+. So, I guess it would be interesting for you to take a look at the graph below, indicating this technological border. Let’s hope that company’s main efforts focused on 64-bit Hammers will benefit the company as expected...

Soltek SL-86SPE/SL-86MP: violet boards on Springdale chipset

Today Soltek Computer announced new nicely looking violet Socket 478 ATX motherboards on i865PE and i865G chipsets: SL-86SPE/-L and SL-86MP/-L, respectively.

SL-86SPE/-L, SL-86MP/-L feature Intel 865PE/GE + ICH5 bridges, support Socket 478 Intel CPUs with 800MHz FSB (up to 1200MHz in overclocking mode), HT, up to 3Gb of dual-channel DDR 400/333/266 SDRAM, AGP 8X, Serial ATA. Besides, they have integrated 6-ch. AC97 codec, 8 USB2.0 ports; SL-86MP/-L also has integrated 2D/3D graphics.

Similar to most Soltek retail products, new SL-86SPE/-L and SL-86MP/-L will be shipped in stylish packages:

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 new stepping: now at 400MHz

Before the end of May NVIDIA plans to launch shipments of the GeForce FX 5600 "B" version. It will mainly differ by considerably higher clock speed of 400MHz vs. previous 350MHz. Memory clock speed is raised to 400MHz as well.

So, today we have two GeForce FX 5600 version in the market: GeForce FX 5600 Ultra (Final) and GeForce FX 5600. Their key specs are listed below:

As you can see, GeForce FX 5600 Ultra (Final) will require considerably less power. As for the GeForce FX 5600 256Mb clock speeds limited to 325/250MHz, this is called by 16Mx16 memory chips used.

AMD Athlon XP Barton 3200+ and 3400+ with FSB400 @ Hard Tecs 4U

"We take a look at the new AMD Athlon XP 3200+ processor based on the Barton core and with FSB400. The benchmark set included Athlon XP 2700+ with FSB333, Athlon XP 3000+ with FSB333, Pentium 4 3.06 GHz with FSB533, Pentium 4 with FSB800 and a *virtual Athlon XP 3400+* with FSB400 and 2.3 GHz core clock"

Read more at Hard Tecs 4U.

NEC MobilePro 900: a pocket notebook with 8.1" LCD display

NEC announced its new pocket notebook – NEC MobilePro 900. Its main feature is the fully-fledged keyboard with usual sensor input. Considering the size, weight and display diagonal, I can say that NEC MobilePro 900 is a kind of an intermediate between a PDA and a notebook.

NEC MobilePro 900 brief specs:

  • 400MHz Intel PXA255 (XScale) processor
  • 32Mb Flash ROM (Strata) + 32Mb (M-Systems); 64Mb SDRAM
  • Int. EPSON 13806 HVGA graphics; ext. 600 x 800 LCD/CRT supported
  • Sensor 8.1" 640x240 STN LCD display w/backlight, 9 brightness levels, 65Ę colors
  • Standard QWERTY waterproof (IEC529 IP02) keyboard, 92% of notebook´s
  • Built-in mic and a mono speaker, headphones-out
  • CF Type I/Type II slots
  • Data/fax (V.90) modem
  • 2 USB1.1 ports, Fast IR (FIR, 4 Mbps), RS-232C connectors
  • Li-Ion battery for up to 8 hours of operation
  • Size: 246x128x30mm
  • Weight: 810g
  • Software: Microsoft Windows for Handheld PC 2000, Pocket Outlook 3.1, Internet Explorer for Handheld PC 4.01, Windows Media Player, MS InkWriter, MS Terminal Server Client, NEC Synchronization Client v.5.1, BSQUARE bUSEFUL Backup Plus, ANSYR PDF Viewer, BSQUARE bFAX, Citrix ICA Client, Phatware Netprofiler
  • Price: $899 (in USA)

HWZ article: Modding the Barton XP to a Barton MP

"Whether it´s a Morgan, Palomino, Thoroughbred or Barton, there´s no reason why you cannot mod them to operate in dual processor mode. However, do note that AMD maintains that this method will not give you the reliability offered by true Athlon MP processors."

Read more at HardwareZone.

AMD officially announces Athlon XP 3200+ with 400MHz FSB

In the dawn of the new GMT day AMD announced its new Athlon XP 3200+ processor.

Similar to previous 3000+/2800+ models, the new chip features Barton core, but already supports 400MHz FSB. The actual clock speed is 2.2GHz (vs. 2.167MHz of 3000+ with 333MHz FSB). Moreover, the chip features 0.13µm process, 128Kb L1 cache and 512Kb L2 cache.

In over 1,000-unit quantities the CPU will cost $464. (Prices for 3000+ and below models were cut on May 6).

AMD already launched shipments of its Athlon XP 3200+ along with North American and European system builders offering their products. We await more info to arrive throughout the day, so stay tuned!

ATI ships RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB with DDR-II memory

ATI Technologies posted the press release regarding shipments of RADEON 9800 PRO cards with 256Mb DDR-II. It is stated that these models will be a "limited edition" evaluated $499.

RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB will feature 380/350MHz (700MHz DDR) clock speeds. The DDR-II memory will feature 256-bit bus. As you can see from the photos of ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB (photos taken from HOT Hardware, merci Christophe!), the design resembles that of 128Mb card excluding eight 16Mb DDR-II chips on the both sides with dedicated heat-sinks all over. The card is slightly longer than the 128Mb version.

NV35 Preview @ Bjorn3D

"It is no secret that the launch of NVIDIA´s FX series of cards didn´t go as smoothly as expected. A paper-launch that promised a lot, followed by silence, more silence and then a high-end product that didn´t manage to touch the main competitor´s ´old´ product — not what computer users expected. Would the FX be the start of NVIDIA´s downfall (like the delays were for Rendition and 3dfx)?

Nah, things are not as grim as some would like to portray. First of all, just because the FX was late, that does not mean NVIDIA didn´t have other products to sell. In fact — regardless of all problems, NVIDIA managed to keep their market share up. I guess all those GF4 Ti´s and GF4MX´s still sold pretty well. Second — the FX line is not just the FX 5800 Ultra. Even though the high-end card has failed to impress, the other FX products (FX5200 and FX5600) do perform well, given their market niche. So what to do about the high-end?"

Read more at Bjorn3D.

NVIDIA officially announces GeForce FX 5900 / 5900 Ultra GPUs

On May 12 NVIDIA officially announced the next generation of its GPUs previously codenamed NV35: GeForce FX 5900 and GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.

These will replace GeForce FX 5800 and GeForce FX 5800 Ultra and will offer the highest-performance NVIDIA’s graphics for desktop systems. With all of the above NVIDIA GPU roadmap is:

As you can see, GF FX 5800 disappear from roadmaps for the sake of NV35, having served as a stage to master new 0.13µm process.

NV35 family will feature 0.13µm process; up to 450MHz clock of 128-bit core; 256-bit memory clocked at up to 425MHz; up to 256Mb DDR/DDR2. Comparing to GF FX 5800, new GPUs have a doubled memory interface raising peak bandwidth from 16Gb/s to 27.2Gb/s. Besides, the new generation GPUs support Intellisample High-Resolution Compression (HCT) along with CineFX 2.0 engine and UltraShadow technology.

NV35-based cards will be separated into three product lines. Though packed with DDR-I only, they will offer considerable clock rates and AGP 8x/4x support.

Top-end GeForce FX 5900 Ultra will feature 256Mb RAM and 450/425MHz clock rates. Along with video connector, it will offer analog, DVI and TV outs. Expected in June, they should cost about $500.

$400 GeForce FX 5900 is also expected in June. It will mainly differ from Ultra by 128Mb memory and 425/425MHz clock speeds.

Finally, "mainstream" GeForce FX 5900 for $300 are to arrive in July. Featuring 128Mb memory and 425/400MHz clock speeds, these will lack video connector.

We’ll be posting the detailed review of NV35 along with benchmarks and actual benefits in the nearest future (not speaking of the newsfeed), so stay tuned!

Quiet, big, fast drives from Samsung and Hitachi

"Quiet high capacity hard drives from Samsung and Hitachi go up against our old low-noise favorite, the Seagate Barracuda IV. How do these speedy big new drives compare for noise against the acoustic reference standard? An extensive noise-focused roundup review of 4 drives."

Read more at SilentPCReview.

Transcend releases 7-in-1 USB2.0 reader

Transcend Information Inc. released a "7-in-1" USB2.0 reader providing 480Mbps (60Mb/s speed) and powering from USB. The reader has three slots and supports CompactFlash (Type I/II), IBM Microdrive, SmartMadia, Secure Digital, MMC, Memory Stick. Optionally it can have 64 or 128Mb of built-in flash memory (TS64MFLRD7 and TS128MFLRD7).

17 Different 15-Inch LCD Displays Review

"The last few months we saw a robust price drop of the LCD-screens and especially the 15-inchers became very payable. Also new pcs are more and more standard deliverd with a beautiful LCD-screen instead of a classic CRT-monitor. The looks, space saving and the high clarity makes LCD-screens very attractive for pc-users. But the offer is large and the differences arent always clear. I searched a few things out for you and tested seventeen 15-inch LCD-screens."

Read more at NewsWare.

Minolta announces SD-CF Type I adapter

Minolta announced SD-CF1 adapter enabling to use SD (Secure Digital) cards in CompactFlash devices.

The most interesting is that now SD cards can be used in notebooks via such an awkward scheme: Minolta SD-CF1 —> PCMCIA Type I CF PC card adapters. According to the company, the adapter provides 30% bandwidth boost than in case of CF.

For example, with 256 or 512Mb SD Card Panasonic up to 3.3Mb/s throughput is available.

Source: Steve´s Digicams

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