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DisplaySearch´s provisional report on LCD shipments

MSI FX5600-VTR128 Review @ Bjorn3D.com

Gigabyte GO-M6000A: a "car audio" CD-ROM for your PC

HWZ review: NV35 — NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Revealed

Samsung PC3500+/PC3700+: only for overclockers

Photo of the day: ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB DDR-II in our lab

Melco announces its new CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM drive, CRWD-F52FB

Samsung releases SyncMaster192T LCD monitor

Melco announces 512Mb microDIMM PC2100 DDR SDRAM modules

Ricoh introduces new Caplio Pro G3 digital camera

Sony releases new Cyber-shot cams: U60 and U30

Provisional info on 5-megapixel Coolpix 5400

Fujifilm offers 512Mb xD Picture Card as well

EPoX EP-8RDA3+: a new Socket A motherboard on nForce2 Ultra 400

Legend-QDI announces Npact 5200FX series on GeForce FX 5200 GPUs

MSI K8D Master Socket 940 motherboard in our lab

Fujitsu MHT20xxAH: a new series of mobile 2.5" high-end hard drives



DisplaySearch´s provisional report on LCD shipments

According to The Digitimes, referring to DisplaySearch´s provisional report on monthly shipments from South Korean and Taiwanese makers, the shipments from South Korea grew by 15% vs. the previous month. Shipments from Japan grew by 12%.

The report is summarized in the table below:

LCD shipments growth in Q1 (quarterly basis)

Company

Growth, %

Acer

39

AOC

-35

BenQ

21

CMV

0

Dell

18

Eizo Nanao

-7

Fujitsu ( FSC)

4

HP

39

IBM

-9

IO Data

8

Legend

-27

NEC PC

14

Philips

-2

Proview

59

Sampo

-16

Samsung

0

Sony (monitor division)

-3

Total

10

OEM LCD shipments growth in Q1 (quarterly basis)

Company

Growth, %

Amtran

6

AOC

10

BenQ

23

Compal

-29

Coretronic

-29

Delta

-56

NexGen

79

Philips

15

Proview

-9

Quanta

-54

Sampo

-8

Samsung

1

Total

-2


In Q2 LCD shipments are expected to grow even higher, with panel shipments still lower than planned. This should explain the price growth.

MSI FX5600-VTR128 Review @ Bjorn3D.com

"The MSI FX5600-VTR128 is a quiet card, of reasonable size, which does NOT need extra power or an adjacent PCI slot and it comes with an excellent bundle of goodies."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Gigabyte GO-M6000A: a "car audio" CD-ROM for your PC

Gigabyte Technology is to release its new CD-ROM combo drive, GO-M6000A. Besides the "car audio" design, it features stereo FM tuner and enables CD/MP3 playback without OS bootup.


There are still few details about GO-M6000A, but, as you can see, the model can become a drive of choice for any PC modder. Its also known that GO-M6000A will be supplied with a remote control.

HWZ review: NV35 — NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Revealed

"NVIDIA´s NV35 (GeForce FX 5900 Ultra) project is undoubtedly more successful than the NV30 (GeForce FX5800 Ultra). Initially, the FX 5800 Ultra seemed impressive with its high-flying specifications, but it was soon criticized in many aspects ranging from heat-output, noise, performance, price and availability. It was not as viable as the RADEON 9700 counterpart when these issues were taken into consideration."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Samsung PC3500+/PC3700+: only for overclockers

XtremeDDR offered overclockers new memory modules on Samsung CCC4(DDR400-True/PC3500+) and CCCC(PC3700+) chips suitable for mobos on Intel 875P, 865PE, 845PE, KT400, SiS 648DX,VIA P4X400, NVIDIA nForce2 chipsets. Before you buy, check the list of 100% compatible solutions.

And a short list is below:

XtremeDDR DDR400/PC3700+
  • ASUS P4C800 Deluxe (875P)
  • Epox 8RDA+
  • Chaintech Zenith 7NJS
  • Soltek SL85MR3-R
XtremeDDR DDR400/PC3500+
  • Albatron KX400+
  • Epox 8K5A2+
  • VIA P4PB (P4X400)
  • Epox 4BEAR (845E)
  • ABIT AT7 MAX 2
  • Albatron 845E Pro II
  • Albatron KX400+ Pro
  • ABIT KD7 ( KT400 )
  • Albatron 845PEV Pro
  • ABIT BE7 ( 845PE )
  • Epox 8K9A ( KT400 )
  • Epox 8K5A3+
  • Epox 8K9A2+ ( KT400 )
  • Epox 8K9A3+ ( KT400 )
  • DFI AD77 INFINITY ( KT400 )
  • Soyo P4X400 Dragon Ultra P.E.
  • ABIT IT7 MAX2 ver. 2
  • Albatron KX400-8X
  • Chaintech Zenith 7NJS
  • Chaintech Zenith 7VJLDX
  • Chaintech Zenith 9EJL1
  • ABIT SR7-8X ( 648DX )
  • ASUS P4PE (845PE )
  • ABIT NF7-S
  • Epox 8RDA+
  • Soltek SL85MR3-R

Photo of the day: ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB DDR-II in our lab

It has been just two weeks since ATI announced retail shipments of its new ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB DDR-II, and we already have it in our lab for testing.

ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB DDR-II key specs are: Radeon 9800 Pro GPU, 256Mb of 256-bit DDR-II, 380/350(700) MHz clock speeds, MSRP — $499. The PCB is similar to a 128Mb model, excluding the eight 16Mb DDR-II memory chips with aluminium heat-sinks on both PCB sides.







Melco announces its new CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM drive, CRWD-F52FB

Melco announced its new internal CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM drive, CRWD-F52FB to become available early in June for $131.

The drive supports 52 CD-R write, 24 CD-RW rewrite, 16 DVD-ROM read, 52 CD-ROM read. It also supports DVD-RAM (UDF Revision 1.50) and DVD-VR (UDF Revision 2.0). Besides, natural buffer protection, CRWD-F52FB features operating noise reduction technology.

The drive has ATAPI interface (PIO Mode4, MultiWord DMA Mode2, UltraDMA Mode2), requires 5/12V DC and consumes 22.1W. Sized 149x42x190mm (for a 5" bay), it weighs about 900g and can be installed both vertically and horizontally.

Source: ASCII24

Samsung releases SyncMaster192T LCD monitor

Samsung released the new 19" SyncMaster192T LCD monitor to be available in June for $773.

Supporting 1280 1024 (SXGA) resolution, it features 0.297mm dot pitch, 250cd/m² brightness, 500:1 contrast, 25ms response time. 170 vertical and horizontal viewing angle, 30-81kHz line scan, 56-75Hz frame scan.

The monitor supports the Magic Bright feature — three brightness levels for text, Internet and games/multimedia.

SyncMaster192T has DVI-D and mini-D-Sub connectors. Maximum energy consumption is 45W (2W in the energy saving mode). Sized 431x220x447mm, it weighs about 5.5kg and can be wall-mounted.

Source: ASCII24

Melco announces 512Mb microDIMM PC2100 DDR SDRAM modules

Melco announced the release of 512Mb 172-pin microDIMM PC2100 DDR SDRAM modules, DM266-512M, to become available for $292.

The novelties are unbuffered, organized as 64M64bit. They feature CL=2.5 (133MHz FSB) or CL=2.0 (100MHz FSB). Dimensions are 160x22x110mm.

Ricoh introduces new Caplio Pro G3 digital camera

Ricoh launched sales of its new Caplio Pro G3 digital camera that costs about $858. It has 1/2.7" 2.24 million (effective) CCD; 3 optical lens (35-105mm, F2.6-4.7).

Focusing distance is 30cm to infinity or 1-16cm (macro). Supported resolutions include 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480; image format JPEG. The camera supports Motion JPEG movies at 320x240, 160x120.

Featuring 8Mb of built-in memory, the model also uses SD/MMC storage. Working under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, it supports USB1.1 for PC connection. Its interesting that a cam features a WLAN/GPS/Bluetooth for adding geographical info about shooting places and wireless connectivity. The 1.8" TFT LCD display is also used as a viewfinder. Sized 124x43x56mm, the camera weighs about 180g.

Sony releases new Cyber-shot cams: U60 and U30

Sony added two new models to its Cyber-shot U digital camera series: DSC-U60 and U30. Both will be available in July for $250 and $200, respectively. The frst is encased into a waterproof body for down to 1.5m underwater shooting.

Cyber-shot U60 is vertically oriented enabling onehand shooting. Of specs we only know about <1s ready time.

The second model, Cyber-shot U30, is a miniature device for younger people: it has three body variants (blue, silvery and gray). Both cameras support MPEG movies at 160x112@15fps. More details about these are to follow.

Provisional info on 5-megapixel Coolpix 5400

Nikon released a new 5mp Coolpix 5400 digital camera with 4 optical lens to cost about $859.

Provisionally it features: 28-116mm (in 35-mm equiv.) Zoom-Nikkor ED lens, F2.8-4.6; 5.26/5.1 million CCD (1/1.8"); 270 rotating 1.5" LCD. Supports: 2592x1944, 2592x1728, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480 resolutions; 1/4000-8s exposures; 70s movies at 640x480 or 180s movies at 320x240;

Images are stored as uncompressed TIFF-RGB or JPEG. The camera can shoot 7 frames at 3fps into a 64Mb buffer. The ISO values include auto, 50, 100, 200, 400. USB1.1 is used for PC connections.

The device uses CF Type II (Microdrive) storage; Li-Ion battery for 110min of operation. Sized 108x69x73mm, it weighs 320g (w/o battery and storage).

Source: PC Watch

Fujifilm offers 512Mb xD Picture Card as well

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. following Olympus, offered its own 512Mb xD Picture Card to be available for sale from June 22. The price for this solution is still open. Just to remind: the size of xD-Picture Cards (standard owned by Olympus, Fujitsu, Toshiba) is 20x25x1.7mm.

Well, it seems xD Picture Cards are getting popular, so many will offer them in the near future. SanDisk and Lexar Media have informed about such plans already.

EPoX EP-8RDA3+: a new Socket A motherboard on nForce2 Ultra 400

EPoX Computer released a new motherboard for AMD K7 processors, EP-8RDA3+.


EP-8RDA3+ supports 400MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR400 and AMD Athlon XP 3200+ processors. It bases on nForce2 Ultra 400 + MCP chipset; has AGP 8X slot, 2 Serial ATA RAID ports (Silicon Image Sil3112A), 2 LAN controllers, 3 IEEE1394 ports, CMedia 9739A codec with a software Dolby AC-3 decoder, 6 USB2.0. Similar to any other new solution from EPoX, EP-8RDA3+ supports overclocker Power BIOS as well as the Post-Port (built-in digital self-test LED), Magic Screen (for customizing bootup pictures), Magic Flash (BIOS auto-update) and Magic Health (system monitoring).

Legend-QDI announces Npact 5200FX series on GeForce FX 5200 GPUs

Legend-QDI announced in Europe its new Npact 5200FX graphics card series based on NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 GPUs.



Npact 5200FX includes two models with 128Mb and 64Mb of 5ns DDR memory, 250/200(400) MHz clock speeds, D-Sub, DVI, TV, Video-In connectors. In France the 128Mb Npact 5200FX will cost 110 euro, 64Mb model 95 euro.

Source: PC INpact

MSI K8D Master Socket 940 motherboard in our lab

Introducing you the photos of the new MSI K8D Master Socket 940 mobo in the process of test system building.


Currently we are getting ready to test the recent MSI K8D Master (MS-9131) Socket 940 motherboard for AMD Opteron processors.

Below you can see the board being equipped with processors, coolers, etc.



Fujitsu MHT20xxAH: a new series of mobile 2.5" high-end hard drives

Fujitsu announced a new series of mobile 2.5" high-end hard drives, MHT20xxAH.

It provides 5400rpm rotation that should reduce the average seek time by 22% vs. older 4200rpm Fujitsu MHT20xxAT series, according to the press release. Besides, new models have larger 8Mb buffer vs. previous 2Mb. Currently MHT20xxAH series includes 40/60/80Gb models. The GDT (Glass Direct Texture) technology, already used in the previous Fujitsu HDD lines, provide high data density up to 69Gbit/in..

MHT20xxAT key specs:

  • 40/60/80Gb capacity
  • 5400rpm
  • 12ms average seek
  • 100Mb/s throughput
  • 8Mb buffer
  • 10.7Gbit/cm (69Gbit/in.) max. data density
  • 225G (2ms) operating shock protection; up to 900G (1ms) standby shock protection
  • 5V5% voltage
  • 2.3W read/write, 0.25W standby, 0.85W idle energy consumption
  • 29dB standby noise level
  • 99g weight

First shipments of MHT20xxAH hard drives will start in June. In total the company plans to ship 200,000 units in 2003 and up to 400,000 units in 2004.

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