NVIDIA added to its workstation graphics series the new Quadro FX 500 GPU. Its positioned as the first entry-level workstation solution with fully programmable core.
Like other Quadro FX models, new GPUs feature parallel vertex engines with int. cache, support 128-bit floating point precision and the Unified Driver Architecture (UDA).
According to the press release, NVIDIA Quadro FX 500 is already being produced at full speed, with North American and European partners to be ready to offer such solutions within the nearest future. Considering that high-end Quadro FX 2000 cost about $1500, Quadro FX 1000 about $1000, I assume that Quadro FX 500 might cost about $500.
Below are Quadro FX test results from SPECviewperf 7.1 taken from the NVIDIA website.
Sharp introduced a new Centrino-based notebook, Mebius MURAMASA PC-MV1-5CA ($1719), which sales are scheduled for launch on June 28. The model features 1.3GHz Pentium M CPU, Intel 855GM chipset, 256Mb PC2100 (up to 768Mb), 60Gb HDD, DVD/CD-RW drive, 12.1" LCD supporting 1024x768 resolution.
The model has an interestin DirectHD feature: when PC-MV1-5CA is connected to another PC via USB and its power is off, it can be used a usual external storage.
The list of interfaces includes: USB2.0 (2 ports), IEEE 1394 (1 port), IEEE 802.11b; Ethernet, PC Card Type II slot, 15-pin D-Sub, DirectHD. Sized 282x239x26.4-28.7mm, it weighs about 1.96kg. The battery provides 4.5 hours of operation.
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ThinkVision L170p features DVI-D and 15-pin D-Sub connectors. It features 0.264mm dot pitch, 250cd/m² brightness; 500:1 contrast, 25ms response time, 170° viewing angle. Sized 399x237x357.1-457mm, it weighs about 6.5kg.
L170 has 15-pin D-Sub only and differs from the previous model by 350:1 contrast 120° horizontal and 140° vertical viewing angles. Sized 398x218x411mm, it weighs about 6kg.
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Our Hardware Museum maintained by Andrew Vorobyev was updated with Aristo Power VR1 graphics card.
Aristo Power VR1 is one of the first accelerator, an analog of Matrox M3D, based on the same chipset.
Thanks to Sergey Sitnikov AKA Rivaboy for sending us this.
Albatron Technology introduced the new PX865PE Pro II mobo on Intel 865PE chipset offering wide overclocking capabilities. In particular, the press release claims up to 1.2GHz FSB support for Pentium 4 with standard 800MHz FSB.
PX865PE Pro II brief specs:
Read more at MonkeyReview.
Both chips meet the Common Specification for Mobile RAM (COSMORAM). The company also plans to release up to 128Mbit 100MHz FCRAM solutions.
Read more at Bjorn3D.
865PE Neo2-FIS2R features integrated Intel PRO/1000CT Gigabit LAN, ICH5R + Promise RAID (RAID 0, 1, 0+1). 865PE Neo-L seems to be a lighter budget version with ICH4 supporting USB2.0.
In its turn, 865G Neo2-LS is positioned as a solution for enthusiasts with features similar to 865G Neo2-LS (same ICH5R, Promise RAID (RAID 0, 1, 0+1), Serial ATA and Intel 10/100 LAN).
Both 865PE Neo-FIS2R and 865G Neo2-LS introduce the interesting CoreCell technology with 4 features: Speedster, BuzzFree, PowerPro and LifePro. Speedster is designed for overclocker BIOS management; BuzzFree provides system monitoring (the load, in particular); PowerPro manages power, reducing the consumption to 67%. LifePro extends mobo and CPU life cycle, seeming to be a kind of HDD S.M.A.R.T.
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