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NVIDIA Quadro FX 500: new graphics solution for entry-level workstations

Mebius MURAMASA PC-MV1-5CA: a new Centrino-based notebook from Sharp

IBM announces two new 17" TFT LCD monitors, ThinkVision L170p and ThinkVision L170

Aristo Power VR1: new exhibits for our Hardware Museum

Albatron introduces PX865PE Pro II motherboard on i865PE

Criticool PowerPlant review @ MonkeyReview

Fujitsu updates mobile handset memory series

My Friend Goo @ Bjorn3D

MSI 865 Neo: a new 865PE/865G-based motherboard family

NVIDIA Quadro FX 500: new graphics solution for entry-level workstations

NVIDIA added to its workstation graphics series the new Quadro FX 500 GPU. It’s 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.

Mebius MURAMASA PC-MV1-5CA: a new Centrino-based notebook from Sharp

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.

Source: PC Watch

IBM announces two new 17" TFT LCD monitors, ThinkVision L170p and ThinkVision L170

IBM announced two 17" TFT LCD black-body models supporting 1280x1024 (SXGA): ThinkVision L170p and ThinkVision L170 to be offered for about $600 and $497.

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.

Source: PC Watch

Aristo Power VR1: new exhibits for our Hardware Museum

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 introduces PX865PE Pro II motherboard on i865PE

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:

  • ATX form-factor (305x244mm)
  • i865PE + ICH5R chipset
  • Socket 478 Pentium 4 / Celeron with 400/533/800+ MHz FSB supported
  • 4 sockets for up to 4Gb of dual-channel DDR400
  • AGP 4X/ 8X slot
  • 5 PCI slots
  • Intel 1Gbit LAN
  • Serial ATA, RAID 0
  • Promise ATA-133 RAID, RAID 0,1
  • 8-ch. audio codec
  • SPDIF out
  • IEEE1394 ports
  • 8 USB2.0 ports

Criticool PowerPlant review @ MonkeyReview

"For anyone who has set up a liquid cooling kit which utilizes an AC powered pump, you can relate to the pain in the rear that it can be, when forced to cut a hole in your new or used case to allow the power cord (w Ground) a place to escape to, the inside of the case. For those of you wishing an alternative to a hole in their tower, those of us looking for a little more control over our pump, or those of you who just have a hard time remembering to turn on the pump before the system, the Criticool PowerPlant might be what you desire."

Read more at MonkeyReview.

Fujitsu updates mobile handset memory series

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) released two new Mobile FCRAM chips for 3G handsets. 32Mbit MB82DBS02163C and 64Mbit MB82DBS04163B models are the first to support burst read/write. They require 1.65 to 1.95V voltage at 66MHz (RL=5) clock (burst). Initial seek is 70ns, burst seek – 20ns.

Both chips meet the Common Specification for Mobile RAM (COSMORAM). The company also plans to release up to 128Mbit 100MHz FCRAM solutions.

These novelties are made for camera-equipped phones operating with intense multimedia streams.

My Friend Goo @ Bjorn3D

"Arctic SIlver is the gold standard of thermal compounds. We at Bjorn3D just reviewed OCZ´s Ultra 2 silver compound. We´re impressed, but does it set the new standard?"

Read more at Bjorn3D.

MSI 865 Neo: a new 865PE/865G-based motherboard family

MicroStar International (MSI) announced the new motherboard family on Intel 865PE and 865G chipset – 865 Neo – for Pentium 4 processors with 800MHz FSB. Currently it includes 865PE Neo2-FIS2R, 865PE Neo-L, and 865G Neo2-LS models.

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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