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Lost in the Web or Documents from somewhere at ASUS

Photo of the day: Radeon 9000-based videocard from ... ASUS!

Computex 2003: the truth about NVIDIA Crush K8/K8S. 2-way motherboard on nForce3 250

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: computer graphics milestones

Our report from Computex 2003, ASUS Computer booth (continued): a system of LGA755 (Prescott)

Pentax announces Optio33LF



Lost in the Web or Documents from somewhere at ASUS

Just about several minutes ago while surfing the net we came to http://www.asus.com.tw/products/vga/ati.htm (but, in 5 minutes the document magically disappeared). The page contained some data on ATI Radeon based ASUS Radeon series videocards. They are: 9800 XT / TVD (256 MB RAM), 9600 XT / TVD (128 MB RAM), 9600 SE / TD (128 MB RAM), 9200 SE / TD (128 MB RAM), 9200 SE / T (64 MB RAM).



Radeon 9800 XT/TVD:

  • 256 MB DDR SDRAM (BGA-chips)
  • Video-in/DVI/TV-out/ dual VGA
  • Technology GameFace
  • Technology Smart Cooling
  • Technology Smart Doctor II
  • Technology Video Security II
  • Technology Digital VCR II

Bundle includes:

  • Ulead Cool 3D 2.0
  • Photo Express 4.0 SE

Radeon 9600 XT/TVD:

  • 128 MB DDR SDRAM
  • Video-in/DVI/TV-out/ 2 x VGA-out
  • GameFace Technology
  • Smart Cooling Technology
  • Smart Doctor II Technology
  • Video Security II Technology

Radeon 9600 SE/TD:

  • 128 MB DDR SDRAM
  • DVI / TV out /dual VGA
  • GameFace Technology
  • Video Security II Technology

Radeon 9200 SE/T:

  • 64 MB DDR SDRAM
  • TV-out/ VGA
  • GameFace Technology
  • Video Security II Technology

Read it, enjoy it.


Photo of the day: Radeon 9000-based videocard from ... ASUS!

Here we´d like to offer you to enjoy the first photos of Radeon 9000-based videocards from ASUS. Frankly speaking, there are almost no exciting features: usual Radeon 9000, standard 64 MB RAM (5 ns chips from Samsung), traditional GPU/memory clocks: 250/200 (400) MHz... but... it´s ASUS!

As we´ve learnt, these cards (well, not these, but OEM, not boxed cards) have already went to market for $50. As these are OEMs, you can´t find maker´s name on the PCB, but all new ASUS´ ATI chips-based cards will have it! Stay tuned, we´ll be back with hot reviews ;-)




Computex 2003: the truth about NVIDIA Crush K8/K8S. 2-way motherboard on nForce3 250

It´s time to provide the details about all NVIDIA nForce3 chipsets. As today, the last day of Computex 2003 clarified everything about this Athlon 64 series, so we can now omit the Crush K8/Crush K8S codenames for the sake of official names.

So, the NVIDIA nForce3 series currently includes 5 chips one supports Athlon 64 FX-51, all five support Athlon 64, another is designed for mobile systems.


Some chipsets have already appeared in our news. Below is a complete list of nForce3 solutions:

nForce3 250 Gb nForce3 250 nForce3 Pro 150 nForce3 150 nForce3 Go 150
CPU
Athlon 64 Athlon 64 FX Athlon 64
Socket
Socket 754 Socket 940/754 Socket 754
Bus
HyperTransport
Linear performance
1.6Gbps/pin
Bus width
16Gbit 16 bit
Bandwidth
6.4Gb/s
AGP
8X / 4X
HDD
Serial ATA + Ultra ATA Ultra ATA
Serial ATA PHY
2 2 - - -
External PHY (optional)
2 2 - - -
Ultra ATA
33/66/100/133
Ultra ATA
2 channels
RAID
0 1, 0+1
PCI
V2.2, up to 6 slots
USB
USB 2.0, 8 ports
Ethernet
10/100/1000 10/100
AC´97
+
PowerNow!
- - - - +



I guess no other comments are necessary, however I´ll just add that exactly nForce3 250Gb and nForce3 250 were codenamed Crush K8S differing from Crush K8 (nForce3 150) jut by Gigabit Ethernet (250Gb) and up to 4 x Serial ATA ports. nForce3 250 shipments are estimated for launch in November.

And what´s really interesting at the exhibition they also showed... a dual-way nForce3 250 for Opteron 2xx workstations! It has AGP 8X, PCI-X slots and AMD-8131 PCI-X bridge.



Source: PC Watch

New exhibits for our Hardware Museum: computer graphics milestones

With time our Hardware Museum obtains more and more exhibits and some graphics card series are almost complete.

Today we introduce you the photos of the latest models we received.


Silver Star Technology (ASKA) card on Cirrus Logic 5430


Cirrus Logic 5430


ALi ALG2302


Avance Logic ALG2302


ASUS V264GT/Plus on ATI 3D Rage II


ATI 3D Rage II


InnoVision 3DfxRush (Voodoo Rush 6mB)


InnoVision 3Dfx Voodoo Rush 6mB (3D Voodoo Rush + 2D Avance Semiconductor)


Matrox G200 8MB


Tekram M200 Tuner


Our report from Computex 2003, ASUS Computer booth (continued): a system of LGA755 (Prescott)

We continue our report from the ASUS booth at Computex 2003. Today it´s about some system building concepts that should become actual next spring.

This placard notifies booth visitors about things the nearest future should bring:


I can´t say it´s something extraordinary, however in general it´s impressive: 240-pin DIMM DDR-II 400/533/667 for new DDR-I incompatible socket, variaous PCI Express solutions 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 to replace the current PCI and AGP, Serial ATA-II (still compatible with SATA-I), new cooling systems, new "default" audio standard 24-bit/192kHz, etc.

However, this is just a piece of paper, but what do we have now? ASUS showcased a "system of the future", though didn´t provide any comments. Look carefully, there are some interesting things to familiarize yourself with new interfaces, sockets, the way how processor looks. Our Alexander Vorobyev who sent us this report from the event wasn´t completely sure it was a Prescott still it resembled a LGA775 solution, especially on one of the photos below. And I guess you already understood who made a GPU for the graphics card installed :)







In all other respects, these photos illustrate the concept: you can see DDR-II 533, PCI Express, Serial ATA-II, etc. It seems this concept will continue as a concept for not more than a half-year...

Pentax announces Optio33LF

Pentax announced its new 3.2 Mpix camera, Optio33LF, featuring 3x optical zoom. The model will go on sale in late October and for retail for £229.99


Pentax Optio33LF Specifications

  • Sensor 1/2.7 inch interline transfer CCD, 3.34 megapixels (total pixels), 3.2 megapixels effective
  • Image sizes 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
  • Movie clips 320 x 240 pixels approx. 16fps
  • File formats still: JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF, DPOF, movie AVI (Motion JPEG Format)
  • Lens PENTAX power zoom 5.8mm-17.4mm (38mm-114mm 35mm equiv), F2.6-F5.0, 6 elements in 5 groups (1 aspherical element)
  • Digital zoom 1x 2.7x
  • Focus 5-point autofocus, spot autofocus, focusing range :autofocus Normal: 0.4m to infinity, macro: 0.1m to 0.5m, manual focus: 0.1m to infinity
  • Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100/200/400
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec. to 2 sec.
  • Viewfinder optical
  • LCD monitor 1.6 inch, TFD colour swivelling LCD (approx. 72,000 pixels)
  • Interfaces USB, Video out (NTSC/PAL)
  • Storage built-in 12 MB, SD memory card, MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Dimensions 108.5(W) x 64.5(H) x 41.5(D)mm
  • Weight 175 gramm without battery and SD memory card

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