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Aeolus FX 5700 Ultra: the first card from AOpen based on NVIDIA GeForce FX5700 Ultra GPU

ABIT µGuru: a motherboard processor, details on the new technology

SiS introduces USB2.0 controller for flash drives

Memorex ships modding accessories

XGI Volari graphics supporting PCI-Express to arrive early 2004?

Addonics AEMFR824: a universal USB 2.0 drive for CD/DVD and flash media

BENQ unveils new optical drives – get more speeed

Aeolus FX 5700 Ultra: the first card from AOpen based on NVIDIA GeForce FX5700 Ultra GPU

Just after the official annoucement of NVIDIA GeForce FX5700 Ultra, you can take a look at AOpen´s newest Aeolus FX5700 Ultra solution on this GPU.

The new card has 128Mb of 128-bit DDR2 operating at 900MHz. The card supports the all nVIEW features; has D-Sub, DVI, VIVO and also has a bundled DVI-CRT adapter.

Source: Darkcrow

ABIT µGuru: a motherboard processor, details on the new technology

ABIT Computer has recently introduced the completely hardware system monitoring and management solution – µGuru. Let´s find out its benefits and distinguish it from other solutions, as we now have all the materials necessary.

The idea of µGuru is to install an additional processor onto a motherboard, say, ABIT AI7 (on the photo). To users µGuru offers an additional program combining tools and recommendations for boosting and optimizing system performance. Actually, being an integral part of the motherboard, µGuru provides information about its state for optimization purposes. Besides, µGuru combines the ABIT Engineered (ABIT EQ, ABIT FanEQ, ABIT OC Guru, ABIT FlashMenu, ABIT AudioEQ, and ABIT BlackBox) technologies in a single interface. And as managing features are implemented along with the separate processor, the CPU is offloaded to some extent.

Now some words about µGuru technologies.

OC Guru: A Windows utility for adjusting operating voltages and CPU clock. Can store 3 BIOS profiles for specific applications like gaming, work, and music.

ABIT EQ: A Windows utility for managing the current system state via adjusting fan speeds, (including Northbridge and OTES), temperature modes as well as operating clocks and voltages. Guarantees fatal overheating protection.

FanEQ: controls cooling fan speeds depending on the temperature mode.

Black Box: logs system information for sending it to technical support via Internet in case of failures.

FlashMenu: automatic BIOS update tool.

AudioEQ: adjusts sound settings for different applications like gaming, DVD, and even karaoke.

SiS introduces USB2.0 controller for flash drives

SiS introduced a new USB2.0 controller for flash drives, SiS150. It differs from similar solutions by higher throughput (18Mbps read and 13Mbps write), as well as smaller size. The controller is 0.18nm CMOS.

SiS150 allows to work with 4Gb capacities, supports USB2.0/1.1 specs. The controller includes 8-bit 30MHz processor, RAM and ROM. As for other features, they include 1-bit ECC circuitry, write protect, disk partitioning, password protection, ZIP/USB emulation, etc.

Memorex ships modding accessories

Memorex joined the ranks of mod makers. The newly created Memorex Modz division hadn´t reached PC cases yet, but started from small: glowing accessories. According to the press release, it´s only a beginning, and with time Memorex Modz will be developing serious PC performance boosters.

Initially Memorex Modz introduced 24 new modding products, including Modz Dual Cold Cathode Light Kit (Blue, $27.99), Modz Single Cold Cathode Light Kit (Blue, $18.99), Modz 3 to 4 Pin Wire Adapter ($2.99), Modz 80 mm Black Silent Ball-Bearing Fan ($13.99) and Modz 80 mm Glowing LED Ball-Bearing Fan ($10.99), along with Modz Cables ($7.99 to $16.99).

XGI Volari graphics supporting PCI-Express to arrive early 2004?

We´ve repeatedly posted that XGI, together with partners, plans to launch shipments of its Volari solutions in late November – early December. However, there was AGP bus mentioned in all related messages.

Today the Web brought rumours that XGI prepares to launch PCI-Express 16x models early in 2004. This is actually comparable with release dates of NVIDIA and ATI solutions.

Well, these are interesting and bold messages, considering there were no AGP-based Volari products in test labs yet. I hope we´ll get to know more than XGI´s sample specs closer to the year-end.

Source: Clubic

Addonics AEMFR824: a universal USB 2.0 drive for CD/DVD and flash media

Addonics Technologies announced its new multimedia USB2.0 MFR (Multi Function Recorder), Addonics AEMFR824, supporting both flash, and CD/DVD media and capable of MP3 playback.

Addonics AEMFR824 brief specs:

  • Supported read: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, Audio CD, VCD, DVD, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CF-I/II, MS, MS Pro, SD, SM, MD, MMC
  • Supported write: CD-R, CD-RW, CF-I/II, MS, MS Pro, SD, SM, MD, MMC
  • Throughput: up to 480Mbps (USB2.0) or up to 12Mbps (USB1.1)
  • Max. speeds: 8X DVD, 24/10/24 CD-RW; and depending on flash memory type
  • Average read seek: 85ms CD, 110ms DVD
  • Energy consumption: up to 7.5W
  • Power: batteries or outlet adapter
  • Bundled software: Power DVD, Nero Express
  • Size: 170x138x35mm w/o batteries and 208x138x35mm w/batteries
  • Weight: 550g w/o batteries, 670 g w/batteries

Therefore buyers of Addonics AEMFR824 get an external DVD/CD-RW drive, MP3 player and 8-in-1 cards reader, all supporting USB2.0. The MSRP of this novelty is $249.

BENQ unveils new optical drives – get more speeed

BENQ unveiled a new external USB2.0 CD-R/RW (CRW5224WU) and ATAPI DVD-ROM/CD-R/RW (CB482B) drives.

CD-R read/write speed is 52x, CD-RW rewrite is 24x. The external drive has 2Mb buffer, powers from 100-240V outlet via an adapter. Its power saving technology enables the drive to go standby along with the PC. Sized 154x204x49mm, it weighs about 1.2kg. The drive works under Windows 98 SE/2000/Me/XP.

CB482B supports 48x CD-R/RW read/write, 24x CD-RW rewrite, 16x DVD-ROM read. The model supports DDDS anti-vibration technology. Sized 146x193x42mm, it weighs about 1kg. The drive also supports Windows 98 SE/2000/Me/XP. Bundles of both include Nero Express, WinDVD.

Source: ASCII24

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