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Photo of the day: Sapphire RADEON 9600 PRO Ultimate Edition with fanless cooling system

Sony VAIO PCV-RS220 review @ Designtechnica

MSI introduced its new KM4M-L ATX board on VIA KM400

Albatron Gigi FX5600P Turbo @ TechConnect

ATI IXP Southbridge family now supports USB2.0

PNY Verto FX 5200 Review —> K-Hardware

VIA officially announces VT8237 Southbridge

Lian Li PC-37A: a new aluminium tower with 5 x 5.25" bays

HWZ review: IBM ThinkPad T40 (Centrino)

SiS officially announces its new SiS661FX chipset

Photo of the day: Sapphire RADEON 9600 PRO Ultimate Edition with fanless cooling system

Introducing you the photos of Sapphire´s RADEON 9600 PRO Ultimate Edition that we are testing right now. Similar to other Ultimate Edition products, it has a passive fanless cooling system.

The card bases on ATI Radeon 9600 Pro GPU, has 128Mb DDR and features 400/300 (600) MHz GPU/memory clock speeds.

Sony VAIO PCV-RS220 review @ Designtechnica

"When there are so many desktop options in the $999 market, it is hard to recommend the Sony VAIO PCV-RS220 system as the one to go with. With no video expansion possibilities and very little in the way of expansion ports and bays, the PCV-RS220 should be priced lower than what it currently is. Once you add a monitor to the system, the overall price will raise significantly. A quick search on the internet or your local electronics store will reveal better alternatives from the likes of DELL and Gateway, complete with monitor and more expansion for the same price. There is no doubt that the PCV-RS220 system will be a hot seller with Sonys nameplate on the front of the system, and if you absolutely must have a Sony, pay a little more and get a RZ series system."

Read more at Designtechnica.

MSI introduced its new KM4M-L ATX board on VIA KM400

MSI announced its new KM4M-L (MS-6734) MicroATX board featuring the following:

  • VIA KM400 + VT8235 chipset
  • 200/266/333MHz FSB support
  • DDR200/266/333, up to 2Gb of PC1600/PC2100/PC2700 DDR SDRAM
  • AGP 8X slot
  • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots
  • Integrated S3 Graphics UniChrome 2D/3D core with motion compensation
  • Supports Socket A AMD Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron up to Athlon XP 3000+
  • Integrated Direct Sound AC97, 6-ch. RealTek ALC655 codec
  • Fast Ethernet LAN: VIA VT6103 Fast Ethernet PHY &10/100 Base-T Lan
  • 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

Albatron Gigi FX5600P Turbo @ TechConnect

"Overclocking was again a nice surprise from Albatron. We were able to raise the core and memory clocks up to 350MHz, respectively 730MHz. We might have had better results with the core clock, but our sample featured the old chip packaging. By overclocking the card, a performance gain up to 12% was achieved or even 20% in UT2003 benchmark."

Read more at TechConnect.

ATI IXP Southbridge family now supports USB2.0

ATI Technologies announced that its IXP family of Southbridges for RADEON 9100 IGP now include USB2.0 PHY from Soft Mixed Signal Corporation.

Until this moment ATI has been bundling its Northbridges with VIA 686B or ALi M1525+. And only the chosen have seen ATI´s Southbridges (just joking :).

Well, actually IXP 150, IXP 200 and IXP 250 solutions will arrive to the market already this summer in boards from ASUS, Compal, C.P. Technology, FIC, Gigabyte, Lite-On, MSI, PC Partner, Quanta, Shuttle and Sapphire. Besides up to 6 x USB2.0 ports, ATI IXP will support 10/100 Ethernet (3COM), 5.1-ch. audio. Below is the photo of IXP 150:

PNY Verto FX 5200 Review —> K-Hardware

"PNY Technologies is a close partner of NVIDIA. The current line of PNY is based on the GeForce FX-Chips. For the Low Cost market the manufacturer has boards with GeForce FX 5200 (Ultra) in program. We analyzed the Verto FX 5200 as AGP model."

Read more at K-Hardware.

VIA officially announces VT8237 Southbridge

Early in the morning VIA Technologies officially announced its VIA VT8237 Southbridge for Intel, AMD and VIA motherboards. And as its specs have already been known for a long time, such a late official announcement is surprising (it might be dated to volume shipments). Nevertheless, lets revise main features of VT8237 again:

  • VIA Modular Architecture Platform (V-MAP)
  • Supports 2 x Serial ATA ports (SATAlite), Serial RAID, V-RAID (Serial RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1)
  • VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite, integrated 5.1-ch. VIA Vinyl; 6-ch. VIA Six-TRAC; 7.1-ch. VIA Vinyl Gold; 24bit/96kHz; supports VIA Envy24PT + Six-TRAC + additional DAC; supports Sensaura technology
  • Up to 8 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 10/100 Mb/s Fast Ethernet MAC
  • Ultra V-Link bridge interconnect, up to 1,066Gb/s, 8X V-Link
  • Supports VIA Hyperion 4in1

Lian Li PC-37A: a new aluminium tower with 5 x 5.25" bays

Lian Li released its new desktop aluminium tower case, PC-37A, featuring 5 x 5.25" bays.

Tower brief specs:

  • 5 x 5.25" bays
  • 1 x 3.5" bays
  • 2 x 3.5" internal bays
  • Case ball-bearing fan
  • 2 x USB2.0 ports
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 ports
  • Mic jack
  • Speakers jack
  • 210x365x490mm dimensions
  • Supports any ATX mobos
  • Approximate price (in France): 110 euros

Source: PC INpact

HWZ review: IBM ThinkPad T40 (Centrino)

"The IBM ThinkPad T40 comes across as one of those rare notebooks that perfectly epitomized Intel´s vision for their Centrino Mobile Technology — it´s slim, comes with a pretty good battery life, exhibited some really good performance results in our test, and of course its got an Intel 802.11b wireless card to complete that Centrino puzzle."

Read more at HardwareZone.

SiS officially announces its new SiS661FX chipset

SiS (Silicon Integrated Systems) officially announced its new integrated SiS661FX chipset supporting Pentium 4 processors.

The Web has heen rumouring about this solution for some time already, and now SiS661FX specs are confirmed by the manufacturer:

  • Used with SiS964 (or SiS963L) Southbridge
  • Supports Intel Pentium 4 with HyperThreading and up to 800MHz FSB
  • Supports single-channel DDR400/DDR333/DDR266, up to 2 unbuffered DIMM DDR400, up to 3 unbuffered DIMM DDR333/266; supports 1Gb DIMM (on 512Mbit chips)
  • SiS MuTIOL, up to 1Gb/s
  • AGP8X
  • SiS Ultra-AGPII
  • Integrated 256-bit 3D / 128-bit 2D Real256E graphics core supporting DirectX 9; featuring 2 pixel rendering pipelines, 4 texture blocks per clock (2P4T), up to 200MHz ECLK, 32 or 64 Mb memory, dual 12-bit DDR Digital Interface for LCD monitors and TV-out (NTSC/PAL), Dual View for LCD-TV, LCD-CRT or CRT-TV combinations, 333MHz RAMDAC supporting CRT resolutions up to 2048x1536x32@75Hz, LCD resolutions up to 1600x1200x32@60Hz, and TV resolutions up to 1024x768x32@60Hz
  • With SiS964 it supports 2 x Serial ATA 1.0 ports with RAID 0, 1, JBOD; up to 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, MII interface, Fast Ethernet/Home Networking, 6-ch. AC97 codec v2.3, v.90 HSP modem
  • ACPI 1.0b and APM 1.2
  • Pin compatibility with the previous SiS6xx chipsets

SiS661FX volume production is scheduled to August 2003, with volume availability expected in September 2003.

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