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ABIT to completely move to new OTES design. Company´s graphics card summary

We are moving our testbeds to ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB

ASUS PC-DL Deluxe for dual Intel Xeon 3.06GHz+ "suddenly" unveiled

Iomega introduces new Digital Capture Technology (DCT) storage media

Palm Tungsten T2 officially announced. m130 and m515 prices cut

Radeon 9200SE (RV280SE): first photos and test results

NVIDIA unleashes new professional Quadro FX 3000 and 3000G solutions

ABIT to completely move to new OTES design. Company´s graphics card summary

According to the latest information, ABIT decided to completely move to new OTES cooling system design throughout the entire graphics card series. However, non-OTES models will be manufactured as well.

In the near future we should see new ABIT Siluro FX5200 OTES, ABIT Siluro FX5600 OTES and ABIT Siluro FX5600 Ultra OTES announced.

While waiting for new press releases, you can take a look at ABIT graphics cards currently present in the market:

Current ABIT Siluro graphics cards
   GPU clock, MHzMemory clock, MHzRAMDAC, MHzPALNTSC 
FX5900 OTESGF FX5900 128 Mb 350 400 + + +
FX5600 Ultra OTESGF FX5600 Ultra128 Mb 128-bit DDRI, 2ns350 400 + + +
FX5600 OTES 256 Mb GF FX5600 Ultra256 Mb (128-bit) DDRII 2ns350 400 + + +
FX5600 DT / 128 Mb GF FX5600-8X128 Mb DDR325 400 + + +
FX5600 DT / 256 Mb GF FX5600-8X256 Mb 128-bit DDRII, 2ns 325 400 + + +
FX5200 OTES / 128 Mb GF FX5200-8X128 Mb DDR, 4ns 249 350 + + +
FX5200 DT / 128 Mb GF FX5200-8X128 Mb DDR250 350 + + +
GF4TI4200-8X DOTH / 128 Mb GF4TI4200-8X128 Mb DDR250500350 + + +
GF4TI4200-8X OTES / 128 Mb GF4TI4200-8X128 Mb DDR250500350 + + +
GF4TI4200-8X / 128 Mb GF4TI4200-8X128 Mb DDR250500350 + + +
GF4TI4200-8X / 64 Mb GF4TI4200-8X64 Mb DDR250500350 + + +
GF4MX440-8X / 64 Mb GF4MX440-8X64 Mb DDR270400350 + + +

We are moving our testbeds to ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB

Its not a secret that all these years we used NVIDIA graphics cards in our testbeds, as we have been trying to use the most advanced and fast samples to remove any bottlenecks and let all components perform best.

Today the graphics subsystem requirements are even more rigid, as, noise, heat emission and size are also important besides performance. Considering all this, we for the first time decided to move our testbeds to graphics cards on ATI GPUs (currently Manli ATI Radeon 9800PRO 256 Mb).

So, pay attention to these changes while reading our reviews.

ASUS PC-DL Deluxe for dual Intel Xeon 3.06GHz+ "suddenly" unveiled

Reviewers from French X86-Secret stumbled upon the provisional announcement of ASUS Canterwood ES-based PC-DL Deluxe workstation motherboard designed for two Xeon processors. And it seems ASUS is right naming this product the most powerful in its class for today.

Brief board specs:

  • Supports 2 x Intel Xeon 3.06GHz+ CPUs
  • Intel 82875P (CanterWood) MCH (Northbridge)
  • Intel 82801ER ICH5R (Southbridge)
  • 4 DIMM sockets for up to 4Gb of PC2700 ECC DDR
  • Intel 82547EI CSA Gigabit Ethernet
  • RAID 0 via Serial-ATA (Southbridge)
  • RAID 0, 1, 0+1 for SATA drives (Promise PDC20378)
  • 6 x USB2.0 ports, 2 x IEEE1394 ports
  • Integrated 6-ch. AD1985 codec
  • 4x/8x AGP
  • 5 x 32-bit/33MHz PCI slots

Iomega introduces new Digital Capture Technology (DCT) storage media

Iomega introduced new Digital Capture Technology (DCT) representing a 1.5Gb storage platform. The company plans to offer it to OEM manufacturers, including Fujifilm, Citizen Watch and Texas Instruments. The novelty is designed for portable video players, PCs and PDAs. Sized as 50¢ coin, it weighs about 9g.

Pilot DCT drives and cartridges are currently being tested by customers.

Such devices are currently expected in the market in Q2 2004. According to company engineers, Iomega DCT utilizes high-density magnetic recording technology enabling 6Gbit/in.² in the future. Iomega is also developing a small-sized hard drive codenamed "RRD".

Palm Tungsten T2 officially announced. m130 and m515 prices cut

Today Palm unveiled its new Palm Tungsten T2 PDA. Similar to Tungsten T, new model features Bluetooth module and digital voice recorder capability, but it also has some new multimedia features as well.

Tungsten T2 brief specs:

  • CPU: 144MHz Texas Instruments OMAP1510
  • Memory: 32Mb SDRAM (29.5Mb free)
  • Display: 320x320x65 semi-transparent LCD similar to one used in Palm Zire 71 and Palm Tungsten C
  • Bluetooth module, e-mail client, SMS web browser
  • OS: Palm OS v5.2.1
  • Software: DataViz Documents To Go Professional Edition, VersaMail 2.5, Palm Web Browser Pro, Palm Address Book, GRAFFITI 2, RealNetworks RealOne Mobile Player, Kinoma Player and Producer, Palm Photos
  • Power: integrated 900mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • Expected price: $399

Along with this announcement, Palm cut prices for Palm m130 and Palm m515 models, so Palm m130 now costs $179 ($20 cut), Palm m515 — $249 ($50 cut).

Radeon 9200SE (RV280SE): first photos and test results

The summer is hot and the graphics card market suffers depression. Makers do not release new GPUs, testers are mostly offered original coolers and packages. But! As soon as makers squeezed maximum from top-end chips and saw that their sales were still a small share of total, they started releasing "super-light" models. If the "LE" suffix was popular for such products last year, today its "SE". As you might know already, late in July ATI plans to release a pared-down Radeon 9200 with the "SE" suffix Radeon 9200SE. These products can already be found in some markets, and our colleagues from Korean DarkCrow even had time to conduct a provisional testing.

So, what is the difference between Radeon 9200 SE and usual 9200 and 9200Pro? As would be expected, the memory suffered first, having been pared down to 64-bit vs. 128-bit in 9200/9200 Pro. The sample tested featured 128Mb of Infineon´s 6ns DDR TSOP-II memory clocked at 164.25 MHz 2 (i.e. 329MHz), 200.25MHz Radeon 9200SE (RV280SE) GPU, 400MHz RAMDAC, D-Sub, S-Video/RCA Composite interfaces. The card was made on a low-profile 4-layer green PCB. The testbed featured 3.06GHz Intel Pentium4 with HT and 533MHz FSB, 512Mb of Samsung´s PC2100, ASUS P4GBX (BIOS-1005) on E7205, Windows XP, Catalyst 3.6/DirectX 9.0a. Radeon 9200SE model was compared to a reference Radeon 9200 (249.75/401MHz DDR GPU/memory clock speeds).

Seeing test results above, you can practice interpreting "SE" as you think it should be. Maybe "Sabotage Edition", "Sales Edition", etc. Such low performance can be excused only by even lower price. And just imagine how unfair system builders might use the confusing similarity of model names.

Source: DarkCrow

NVIDIA unleashes new professional Quadro FX 3000 and 3000G solutions

NVIDIA unleashed new fifth-generation professional workstation GPUs: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 and Quadro FX 3000G. New features include:

  • Up to 27.2Gb/s memory bandwidth; twice exceeding the previous NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 series
  • Up to 256Mb RAM
  • POWERwall technology
  • Genlock/frame lock support
  • Cg and Microsoft HLSL optimizations
  • OpenGL 1.5 and DirectX 9.0 support
  • Windows XP (WHQL), Windows 2000 (WHQL), Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 95, Linux support
  • Dual DVI for two independent 1600x1200 displays or one 3840x2400; 400MHz DAC for two analog 2048x1536@85Hz displays
  • OpenGL Stereo support at up to 3840x2400
  • Professional CAD certificates for Ansys, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Bentley Microstation, Co|Create SolidDesigner, Dassault CATIA, ESRI ArcInfo, Helix, ICEMsurf, MSC Nastran/Patran, Plant Designer/Imagineer, PTC Pro/ENGINEER, PTC 3Dpaint, SDRC I-DEAS Master Series, SolidWorks, UGS Solid Edge, Unigraphics, etc.
  • Professional DCC certificates for Alias|Wavefront a, Alias|Wavefront StudioTools, Discreet 3ds max, Newtek Lightwave 3D, Side Effects Houdini, SOFTIMAGE|3D, SOFTIMAGE|XSI, etc.

More details are provided in this document (615 Kb PDF).

Below is what NVIDIA´s professional GPU series looks like today:

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