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Intel announces 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor

Photo of the day: ASUS V9950 graphics card on GeForce FX 5900

ATI and NVIDIA to offer new GPUs closer to year-end

A candidate for our Hardware Museum: GF MX400 graphics card with WLCSP memory chips

Toshiba e740 Pocket PC Review @ Tweaknews.net

Intel cancels production of 1.90GHz Pentium 4-M, 1.80GHz Celeron, etc.

HWZ review: Lite-On 52x32x52x Internal CD-RW

HP introduces officially four news PDAs: iPAQ h2210, h1940, h5150 and h5550

Hard Tecs 4U news: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz Review

Albatron Gigi GeForce FX 5600 graphics card series being tested in our lab

Zalman ZM-2HC1 HDD cooling system: details

HWZ review: Shuttle XPC SB61G2

Shuttle ships AN35N mobo series on NVIDIA nForce2

3DCenter.org news: aTuner 1.5.25.4465

More details on AMD Athlon 64 with dual-channel memory support



Intel announces 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor

Having cancelled the production of 1.80GHz Celeron, Intel announced its fastest CPU for the moment 3.2GHz Pentium 4 with Hyper-Threading. We are currently preparing a review describing the novelty in detail.


Brief CPU specs:

  • Intel NetBurst architechture
  • 0.13µm process
  • 8Kb L1 cache, 512Kb L2 cache
  • Copper interconnects
  • 55 million transistors
  • 1.525V voltage
  • 80W power
  • S478 microPGA form-factor
  • Expected price of $637

Photo of the day: ASUS V9950 graphics card on GeForce FX 5900

In our lab we are now testing ASUS V9950 graphics card on GeForce FX 5900 with 128Mb Hynix memory and 400/850MHz GPU/memory clocks.







ATI and NVIDIA to offer new GPUs closer to year-end

According to The Digitimes, NVIDIA and ATI Technologies plans to release their novelties closer to the year-end. NVIDIA´s new solutions will be based on NV40 core, and ATI will introduce RV360, R360 and R420 GPUs. NV40 will become the first, made by IBM using 0.13m process.

Based on the previous R350 and RV350, R360 and RV360 will be more powerful with extended functionality. R420 will be an independent solution with a new 0.13m architecture.

GPUs of 2003
NVIDIA
ATI
March
GPU Core Comment GPU Core Comment
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra* NV30 0.13m Radeon
9800 PRO
R350 0.15m, released on March 5
GeForce FX 5800*

NV30 0.13m Radeon
9800
R350 0.15m, released on March 5
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra NV31 0.13m, released on March 6 Radeon
9600 PRO
RV350 0.13m, released on March 5
GeForce FX 5600 NV31 0.13m, released on March 6 Radeon
9600
RV350 0.13m, released on March 5
GeForce FX 5200 Ultra NV34 0.15m, released on March 6 Radeon
9200 PRO
RV280 AGP 8x, released on March 5
GeForce FX 5200

NV34 0.15m, released on March 6 Radeon
9200
RV280 AGP 8x, released on March 5
April
- -
May
GeForce FX 5900 Ultra NV35 0.13m, released on May 12 Radeon
9200SE
RV280 -
GeForce FX 5900 NV35 0.13m, released on May 12
Q3
- NV36 4-pipeline NV35 - R360 0.15m
- NV40 0.13m - RV360 0.13m
Q4
- R420 0.13m

* GeForce FX 5800 (NV30) series announced on November 18, 2002.

A candidate for our Hardware Museum: GF MX400 graphics card with WLCSP memory chips

Introducing the photos of this rarity: GeForce MX400-based graphics card from Tiga Technologies that features WLCSP (Wafer Level Chip Scale Packing) memory chips, printed directly onboard.

In time it will occupy a respective place in our Museum.



Toshiba e740 Pocket PC Review @ Tweaknews.net

"Toshiba has definitely left their mark on the Pocket PC industry with the e740. It´s 400MHz processor smokes most available Pocket PC´s, and its add-on card adds an extra boost to the already large 64MB of SDRAM. The ability to put just about any SD card into the e740 including GPS receivers, along with Compact Flash Type I & II cards, makes this quite an impressive piece of hardware. With it´s lighting fast CPU, it is possible if the user wishes to play any available Windows CE based game like Doom CE & Pocket Quake. One of the nicest features is the built in Ethernet card, because it means that the user can put in an extra expansion card instead of clogging up the SD card slot with a network card."

Read more at Tweaknews.

Intel cancels production of 1.90GHz Pentium 4-M, 1.80GHz Celeron, etc.

Intel cancelled the production of 9 CPUs, including box and OEM 1.80GHz Celeron and a number of mobile chips.

Orders for 0.18µm 1.80GHz desktop Intel Celerons will end in July 2003, with complete shipments stop in May 2004.

As for the cancelled mobile processors, their list includes: 1.90GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M, 1.26GHz and 1.33GHz Mobile Pentium III-M (µFCPGA and µFCBGA), 1.0GHz LV, 933MHz ULV and 900MHz ULV Mobile Pentium III-M.

The reason for all this is standard: transition to newer and faster processors.

HWZ review: Lite-On 52x32x52x Internal CD-RW

"The thing here that bothered us was its erratic CD-ROM reading performance. The various tests scores obtained in Nero CD Speed just didn´t convince us that the Lite-On 52x32x52x drive was capable of matching up to some of the other CD-RW/CD-ROM drives that we have reviewed previously. In addition to that, the Lite-On 52x32x52x´s digital audio extraction performance was really just average and could have been much better."

Read more at HardwareZone.

HP introduces officially four news PDAs: iPAQ h2210, h1940, h5150 and h5550

Today Hewlett-Packard posted a press release introducing a new iPAQ Pocket PC series. The novelties include dual-slot HP iPAQ h2210, thin mainstream HP iPAQ Pocket PC h1940 and top-end HP iPAQ h5150 and h5550.


HP iPAQ h2210 (MSRP $399) working under Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2003 Premium has 400MHz Intel X-Scale PXA255, 64Mb RAM (56Mb free), 3.5" 240x320 backlit 65536-color LCDl; supports Compact Flash Type II, MultimediaCard and Secure Digital (along with SDIO WLAN 802.11b). Sized 115.4x76.4x15.4mm, it weighs 144.2g. The bundle includes 900mAh Li-Ion battery for about 12 hours of operation.


iPAQ Pocket PC h1940 (MSRP $299) based on 266MHz S3C2410; has 64Mb RAM (56Mb free), SDIO slot and integrated Bluetooth.

HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5150 ($549) and h5550 ($649) under Microsoft Windows Pocket PC 2003 Premium are based on the previous h5450; feature 400MHz Intel X-Scale PXA255, 3.8" 16-bit (65536-color) LCD, integrated Bluetooth, CF, SD/MMC, SDIO slots and higher-capacity 1250mAh batteries.


h5550 has 128Mb RAM, 48Mb ROM, 17Mb of iPAQ File Store, integrated biometric sensor, IEEE802.11b wireless interface. Sized 138x84x15.9mm, it weighs 206.8g.


h5150 differs by 64Mb RAM and 4Mb iPAQ File Store. It doesnt have a biosensor and its bundle doesn´t include the supported Wi-Fi card. Sized 133x84x15.9mm, it weighs 186.9g.

Hard Tecs 4U news: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz Review

Hard Tecs 4U reviewed the brand-new Pentium 4 3.2 GHz and benchmarked the new Intel processor against Pentium 4 2.6C, 2.8C, 3.0C and Athlon XP 2600+, 2700+, 2800+, 3000+, 3200+.

Read more at Hard Tecs 4U.

Albatron Gigi GeForce FX 5600 graphics card series being tested in our lab

We are currently testing Albatron graphics cards on GeForce FX 5600/5600 Ultra.

The FX5600U/FX5600 series includes FX5600U, FX5600EQ, FX5600P Turbo and FX5600P, of which we got FX5600U, FX5600P Turbo and FX5600EQ for testing.

FX5600U bases on GeForce FX 5600 Ultra GPU, has 128Mb of 128-bit DDR memory and 350/350MHz GPU/memory clocks. A top model.




FX5600P Turbo on GeForce FX 5600 has 128Mb of 128-bit DDR and 325MHz GPU clock.



The lower-end Gigi GeForce FX 5600EQ on GeForce FX 5600, hasnt impressed our video section editor, Andrew Vorobyev. First, its printed on PCB of 5200 series. Second, it has 256Mb of 5ns memory, which makes GPU/memory clock rates just 325/200(400) MHz instead of the standard 325/275(550) MHz! Well, to be objective, lets wait for the test results. And meanwhile, introducing you the first photos:






Zalman ZM-2HC1 HDD cooling system: details

Some days ago we posted the first photo of ZM-2HC1 (SystemNP Heatpipe HDD), a new HDD cooling system from Korean Zalman. Today we can offer some technical details.


Zalman SystemNP Heatpipe HDD passive cooling reduces the HDD heating as well as noise and vibration. The package includes 4 aluminium plates, 10 coppoer tubes, 4 rubber dampers, ground wire and screws. The system is designed for usual 3.5" desktop hard drives of standard 101.6x146x25.4/20mm size. Brief specs are:

  • 260g weight
  • 146x146x36.5mm size
  • Alumunium, copper tubes, rubber dampers
  • 400cm² cooling surface

Equipped with Zalman ZM-2HC1 cooling, an HDD fits into a usual 5.25" bay or is mounted directly on the case side.

HWZ review: Shuttle XPC SB61G2

"With dual channel DDR400, support for processors designed for 800MHz PSB, a new Intel Extreme Graphics 2 engine and native SATA support; the XPC enjoys much of the new developments offered in current desktop motherboards; thanks to its Shuttle Form Factor i865G mainboard. All of these built in the much welcomed Shuttles signature XPC design, the SB61G2 is almost an enthusiast class system but in a small form factor."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Shuttle ships AN35N mobo series on NVIDIA nForce2

Shuttle launched shipments of its new AN35N mobo series based on NVIDIA nForce2 solutions supporting the latest Athlon XP with 400MHz FSB. Currently the series includes AN35N-400 and AN35N-Ultra boards. The former, AN35N-400, bases on nForce2 400 supporting single-channel 64-bit memory. In its turn, AN35N-Ultra, based on nForce2 Ultra 400 supports dual-channel 128-bit DDR400 memory.


Brief board specs:

  • MCP Southbridge
  • Supports up to 3200+ Socket462 AMD Athlon XP/Duron with 200/266/333/400MHz FSB on Thunderbird, Palomino, T-Bred and Barton
  • FSB selection: 100-250MHz
  • CPU multiplier: 8.0-23.0
  • CPU core voltage: 1.100 1.850V; 1.85-2.000V in the special mode
  • AthlonXP thermal protection
  • 3 DIMM sockets for up to 3Gb PC3200 (DDR400), PC2700 (DDR333), PC2100 (DDR266) or PC1600 (DDR200)
  • AGP 8X/4X slot
  • 5 PCI (v2.2) slots
  • 6-ch. AC97 v2.2 audio codec (Realtek ALC650)
  • 10/100MBit LAN (Realtek 8201BL)
  • 6 USB2.0 ports
  • SPDIF interface
  • 3 IEEE1394 ports


3DCenter.org news: aTuner 1.5.25.4465

3DCenter.org´s nVidia graphic cards tweak tool aTuner has reached a new version, with the following updates:
  • support for latest nVidia drivers up to version 44.65
  • support for GeForceFX 5900 and GeForceFX 5900 Ultra
  • Profile Manager as Game Launcher: the game now runs with proper priority
  • experimental Radeon graphic cards support

Download aTuner on the official english aTuner site.

The support of the Radeon graphic cards is still limited! Please read all the limitations and use this forum thread for feedback and bug reports.

aTuner is a freeware tool for GeForce (and Radeon) graphics cards. Our tool offers more than only the driver´s setting and includes all unofficial Anti-Aliasing modes. aTuner is very easy-to-use and include the following main features:

  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Anisotropic Filtering
  • VSync

In addition, a profile manager and a game launcher are included. For further tweaking, aTuner offers for OpenGL:

  • The S3TC-Fix
  • Performance optimization for anisotropic filtering
  • Pending Frames Limit
  • Software emulation of GeForceFX
  • MIP Map LOD Bias

And for Direct3D:

  • Performance optimization for anisotropic filtering
  • Pending Frames Limit
  • MIP Map LOD Bias
  • LMA2 options: Early Z Culling + Z-Compression

More details on AMD Athlon 64 with dual-channel memory support

Japanese mass media posted some more details about AMD intentions for new 32/64-bit desktop Athlon 64 processors. They says that the first chips, to be announced in September, will have 1Mb L2 cache and single-channel memory controller. According to provisional information, Athlon 64 initial clock speed will be 2GHz (3400+) and 1.8Ghz (3100+). This is naturally about stepping C chips, as stepping B ones could feature clocks up to 1.8GHz only.

By the year-end CPUs will reach 3700+ rating (2.2GHz), achieving 4000+ (2.4GHz) level early next year. All 0.13µm Athlon 64 solutions will initially support single-channel DDR400.

Further plans for early 2004 include the 0.13micro;m Paris-based processors with 256Kb L2 cache. Followed by Victoria-based 90nm Athlon 64 with same L2 cache amount, both will support single-channel DDR only. And only the San Diego-based 90nm Athlon 64 with 1Mb L2 cache will have a dual-channel DDR400 controller. This core is said to be scheduled to Q2 2004.

According to Japanese sources, this latter Athlon 64 will be packed into the same 754-pin casing. Most likely the first San Diego-based 90nm Athlon 64 CPUs will start from 2.4Ghz (4000+). As for the DDR2 support, we still have no information on it. I guess DDR2 will be initially run in server Opterons.


Source: PC Watch

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