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ABIT mini PC, first specs

TwinMOS officially unveils DDR333/400/433/466/500 SDRAM DIMM Twister line

AMD Opteron 246 officially announced

2D flickering of GeForce FX 5900 a bug or lame PCB design?



ABIT mini PC, first specs

ABIT prepares the release of a new mini PC, which should arrive to retail shops in September.

According our industry sources, the system utilizes Intel 865G + ICH5 (ICH5-R optional) Pentium 4 chipset and supports dual-channel DDR 400. It will feature 2 x 5.25" bays, AGP 8x slot, 3 x PCI slots, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x IEEE1394 ports and a floppy drive. The novelty will also utilize ABIT OTES and ABIT SoftMenu technologies.


The photo from Clubic.com


In the left part of this mini PC there´s an LCD display with blue LEDs for temperature and FSB monitoring. Besides, the display has 11 icons for various system and LED operating modes. Under the display there are 4 buttons for managing system settings, in particular, for adjusting FSB by 1MHz increments using 5 presets. There´s also the IrDA receiver for the remote control enabling audio or DVD playback, volume adjust, etc.

ABIT´s new mini PC will be showcased at the press conference in Barcelona next week. According to provisional information, the system might be redesigned before it sees the light.

TwinMOS officially unveils DDR333/400/433/466/500 SDRAM DIMM Twister line

TwinMOS finally announced its new memory module line, Twister, for PC enthusiasts. In the name "s" stands for "speed" and "ter" for "terrific" :) Modules are made using WLCSP (Wafer-Level Chip-Scale Package) technology.

The line includes 256 and 512Mb 6-layer DDR333/400/433/466/500 modules as well as packs. Twister modules provide 3,312Mb/s throughput.


Twinmos Part No Clock Cas Latency Capacity
M2G4I08A-TwisTER 333 MHz CL 2 256 Mb
M2G4J16A-TwisTER 333 MHz CL 2 512 Mb
M2GDI08A-TwisTER 400 MHz CL 2 256 Mb
M2GDJ16A-TwisTER 400 MHz CL 2 512 Mb
M2G9I08A-TwisTER 400 MHz CL 2.5 256 Mb
M2G9J16A-TwisTER 400 MHz CL 2.5 512 Mb
M2GII08A-TwisTER 433 MHz CL 2 256 Mb
M2GIJ16A-TwisTER 433 MHz CL 2 512 Mb
M2GEI08A-TwisTER 433 MHz CL 2.5 256 Mb
M2GEJ16A-TwisTER 433 MHz CL 2.5 512 Mb
M2GGI08A-TwisTER 466 MHz CL 2.5 256 Mb
M2GGJ16A-TwisTER 466 MHz CL 2.5 512 Mb
M2GHI08A-TwisTER 500 MHz CL 2.5 256 Mb/512 Mb
Dual-module pack 400 MHz CL 2 512 Mb
Dual-module pack 400 MHz CL 2 1 Gb
Dual-module pack 400 MHz CL 2.5 512 Mb
Dual-module pack 400 MHz CL 2.5 1 Gb

AMD Opteron 246 officially announced

Today AMD officially announced new 64-bit AMD Opteron 246 processor for single- and dual-way servers and workstations.



Similar to previous models, AMD Opteron Model 246 is manufactured at Fab30 in Dresden with 0.13µm process. The chip features 128Kb L1 cache, 1Mb L2 cache and 2GHz clock speed.

In over 1,000-unit quantities new AMD Opteron 246 CPUs will cost $794.

2D flickering of GeForce FX 5900 a bug or lame PCB design?

Andrew Vorobyew (anvakams), our video section editor, answering these forum questions related to screen flickering of NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900-based cards, informed that it seemed the reason of 2D flickering during scrolling of large and picture-rich texts was the 2D clock speed not reduced but set to the 3D nominal. The same flickering occurs in a number of menus or intermediate screens between tests (i.e. in 3DMark03).

This problem was examined on 4 different graphics cards with different drivers. FX5800 doesn´t produce such artefacts, but one of the old 5900 Ultra cards on different PCB caused the flickering as well.

Andrew believes the flickering is caused by a hardware GPU bug or PCB circuitry (repeated in the new design) that produces crosstalk and/or raises 2D clock.

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