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Transcend unveils external 1.8" 20/40GB USB2.0 hard drives

MSI MS-8961: a new model on ATI RV380?

Intel officially cuts prices to several Pentium M, Celeron M, Xeon MP models

Awaiting Athlon 64 3400+ with 512KB L2 cache

Transcend unveils external 1.8" 20/40GB USB2.0 hard drives

Transcend Information continues to develop the mobile storage market. These days the company unveiled a family of external 1.8" USB2.0 hard drives with 20GB (TS20GHDU1) and 40GB (TS40GHDU1) capacities. The novelties are to go on sale in April.

Sized 95x71.5x15mm (credit-card size), drives weigh 118g (TS20GHDU1) and 130g (TS40GHDU1). Novelties work under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 9.1+, power from USB, and have operating temperature of 5°C to 60°C. The drives are shipped with a 2-year warranty, but no pricing information is available at the moment.

MSI MS-8961: a new model on ATI RV380?

Such an interesting publication and photos appeared on the pages of Chinese GZeasy. Our colleagues from Guangzhou claim that their forum members tested a system on i915G chipset, 2.8GHz Socket LGA775 Pentium 4 and MSI´s RV380-based PCI Express graphics card.

While i915G is no surprise after CeBIT 2004, a report about a "live" MSI card on ATI GPU is really interesting. I can´t say it´s a total surprise, as we heard of MSI plans as far back as early in May, when Taiwanese The Digitimes, referring to The Commercial Times, spread rumours of possible appearance of MSI products on ATI GPUs during CeBIT 2004. Though these messages didn´t come true at the time promised, MS-8961 model name and (and the cooler inscription) still reinforce their value.

The tested ATI RV380 card (i.e. RV360 + PCI Express, 0.13µm) had 128MB DDR, 351/700MHz clock rates.

Intel officially cuts prices to several Pentium M, Celeron M, Xeon MP models

The latest changes in Intel´s price list are dated yesterday. Still you can see the company reduced prices only to 4 mobile and server processors, including 1.0GHz LV Pentium M, 1.3GHz Celeron M, 800MHz ULV Celeron M, and 2GHz Xeon MP (1MB L3).

The changes are below:

Processor Old price New price
1.0GHz LV Pentium M $262 $241
1.3GHz Celeron M $134 $107
800MHz ULV Celeron M $161 $144
2GHz Xeon MP (1MB L3) $1177 $856

Awaiting Athlon 64 3400+ with 512KB L2 cache

It seems AMD decided not to fanfare the new Athlon 64 announcements. About a week ago it updated the price lists with AMD Athlon 64 2800+ (1.8GHz, 512KB L2 cache, CG stepping, $178 in over 1,000-unit quantities), and now, according to various sources, the company prepares to ship Athlon 64 3400+ processors. It´s interesting that unlike models marked ADA3400AEP5AP and ADA3400AEP5AR (2.2GHz and 1MB L2 cache), the novelty is marked ADA3400AEP4AX stating 2.4GHz clock rate (like the recently announced AMD Athlon FX-53 had) and L2 cache halved to 512KB.

Well, the Newcastle expansion was to start anyway. It was just a question of clock rates. According to the information published in AMD Athlon 64 Processor Data Sheet (February 19, 2004), Athlon 64 chips will even have 256KB L2 (by the way, doesn´t AMD want to revive the good old Duron? Duron 64, isn´t it nice? :)

It seems the new Athlon 64 3400+ (ADA3400AEP4AX; 2.4GHz and 512KB L2 cache) will perform similar to the previous 2.2GHz/1MB L2 model. And at the moment we are just expecting at least 6 new Socket 754 Athlon 64 models:

  • Athlon 64 2800+: 1,8GHz, 512KB L2
  • Athlon 64 3000+: 2.0GHz, 512KB L2
  • Athlon 64 3200+: 2.2GHz, 512KB L2
  • Athlon 64 3400+: 2.4GHz, 512KB L2
  • Athlon 64 3200+: 2.0GHz, 1MB L2
  • Athlon 64 2800+: 2.2GHz, 1MB L2

Source: Hardware.fr

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