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Corsair announces two memory module kits for AMD Athlon 64 FX systems

ATI Radeon 9800XT and Radeon 9600XT: manufacture process details

OCZ Technology introduces OCZ Annihilator Water Cooling Kit

Palm officially unveils Tungsten T3, Tungsten E and Zire 21 PDAs

Albatron K8X800 Pro ll: a new motherboard on VIA K8T800 chipset

Officially: ATI RADEON 9800 XT and 9600 XT. ASUS ships ATI-based products

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition in our lab!



Corsair announces two memory module kits for AMD Athlon 64 FX systems

Corsair, known as overclocker memory vendor, officially announced two kits of registered PC3200 modules AMD Athlon 64 FX systems:
  • TwinX1024R-3200C2 2 x 512Mb modules, CMX512R-3200C2, CAS2 (2-3-3-7-T1), JEDEC
  • TwinX1024RE-3200LL 2 x 512Mb registered ECC, CMX512RE-3200LL (2-3-2-6-T1)


Similar to other XMS solutions novelties feature black or platinum heatsinks.

ATI Radeon 9800XT and Radeon 9600XT: manufacture process details

An addition to the announcement of ATI Technologies Radeon 9800XT and Radeon 9600XT. We got to know some technical details about the manufacture process interesting enough to be posted in the news.

As you know, both models are made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). From the angle of process advancement 0.13µm 500MHz Radeon 9600XT is better. Now the 0.13µm TSMC process includes new Black Diamond low-k dielectric from Applied Materials Inc. It´s interesting that ATI currently doesn´t provide any information about using it for the next-generation ATI R400 to be released in the Spring 2004. Still they are satisfied with quality it provides.

Unlike Radeon 9600XT, the top-end Radeon 9800XT is made using older 0.15µm TSMC process. The clock speed increase to 412MHz (about 15% over Radeon 9800 Pro) was achieved by metallic layers circuitry optimizations as well as memory controller optimizations, newer PCB and cooling system design.

OCZ Technology introduces OCZ Annihilator Water Cooling Kit

OCZ Technology introduced a new water cooling kit for Intel Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon XP processor — OCZ Annihilator Water Cooling Kit.


The basic bundle of OCZ Annihilator includes a pump, tank, heatsink, 120mm cooler and a copper cooling unit. Besides, the Deluxe version includes copper cooling units for GPUs and Northbridges.

Palm officially unveils Tungsten T3, Tungsten E and Zire 21 PDAs

Today Palm posted two press releases simultaneously announcing 3 PDAs as once. Tungsten business family was extended by Palm Tungsten T3 and Palm Tungsten E, while inexpensive Zire series was updated with Zire 21. Novelties differ from the previous models mainly by higher performance processors and newer software.




Tungsten T3 ($399) bases on 400MHz Intel Xscale, has 64Mb RAM (52Mb free), 320x480 colour semi-transparent LCD, Bluetooth module, and works under Palm OS 5.2.1. Tungsten T3 is bundled with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, DataViz Documents To Go Professional Edition, RealOne Mobile Player, Palm Photos, Kinoma Player, and Voice Memo Recorder.




Tungsten E ($199) bases on 126MHz ARM TI OMAP 311, has 32Mb RAM (28.3Mb free), 320x320 colour semi-transparent LCD, works under Palm OS 5.2.1. It´s bundled with RealNetworks RealOne Mobile Player, Kinoma Player, Producer.



Finally, the lower-end Palm Zire 21 ($99) also bases on 126MHz TI OMAP 311. but has 8Mb RAM (7.2Mb free) and 160x160 b/w LCD. The model also works under Palm OS 5.2.1 that implies Date Book, Address Book, Note Pad, and To Do List.

All three novelties are already shipping.

Albatron K8X800 Pro ll: a new motherboard on VIA K8T800 chipset

These days Albatron Technology introduced a new K8X800 Pro II motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 processors.


K8X800 Pro II bases on VIA K8T800 + VT8237 chipset, differs from similar solutions by 7.1-ch. VIA Envy 24PT audio codec and SPDIF.

Other Albatron K8X800 Pro II features are:

  • Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 support
  • 3 x DDR DRAM sockets for DDR400/333/266
  • 6 x PCI slots
  • 1 x AGP 8X slot
  • 8 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 x IEEE1394 ports
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN (3Com)
  • 2 x Serial ATA ports, Serial ATA RAID 0,1
  • ATX form-factor

Officially: ATI RADEON 9800 XT and 9600 XT. ASUS ships ATI-based products

ATI Technologies has just posted an official message about the release of new RADEON 9800 XT and RADEON 9600 XT. So, the new chips that will become top-end for some time have been officially announced at last.



It´s hard to add anything to the information already posted. But let´s just resume the facts. Essentially both models are actually the version of Radeon 9800 Pro and Radeon 9600 Pro GPUs with higher clock speeds. Radeon 9800 XT (ATI R360) will have 412/730MHz DDR GPU/memory clock speeds (vs. 380/700MHz Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB), Radeon 9600 XT 500/600MHz DDR. Both models will be manufactured at ATI´s production partner, Taiwanese TSMC.

R360 naturally has all features of R350. But besides clock speeds, there´s another important difference from Radeon 9800 Pro: 9800 XT bases on a new PCB and has a larger copper cooler that however doesn´t occupy the neighbouring slot (below is a photo froTech Report).


ATI Radeon 9800 XT with 256Mb of 256-bit memory bundled with a free copy of Half-Life 2 should be shipping in limited amounts already with MSRP of $499. Radeon 9600 XT cards should become available in October priced $200 for a 128Mb model.



ABS, Alienware, CyberPower, Elite PC, Falcon Northwest, IbuyPower, MDG, Velocity Micro, Voodoo PC, and ZT Group already announced shipments of systems on ATI Radeon 9800 XT and Radeon 9600 XT. As for ATI´s partners, new cards will be available from Celestica, Connect3D, CP Technology, GeCube, Giga-Byte, Hercules, Hightech Information System, Sapphire, VisionTek, and Yuan.

It´s interesting that ATI along with the announcement specially posted that ASUSTek Computer selected ATI Radeon GPUs for its new graphics card series. This proves all our previous news as well.

Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition in our lab!

Our test lab has just obtained Intel ´s unique 3.2GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition for testing. The absence of front markings doesn´t give us any reasons to think it´s actually this CPU, but the difference is clearly seen from the pin view (on the 3rd photo — Extreme Edition to the right, usual 3.2GHz Pentium 4 to the left):



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