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MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum, a novelty on i915P

Sony adds 2GB products to Pocket Bit USB

Epson/Cosina R-D1: not a prototype anymore

Intel updates OEM price list

Photo of the day: IWILL DH800 in our lab



MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum, a novelty on i915P

Micro-Star International (MSI) unveiled the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard on Intel 915P + ICH6R chipset for LGA775 Pentium 4 Prescott processors. Similar to competing solution, the board supports dual-channel DDR2-533 and PCI Express x16.

As chipset features were mentioned here, here we´ll say that theoretically the board can work with DDR2-667 from Samsung, Infineon, Micron, Hynix, Elpida, Kingston, Corsair, GeIL and Transcend. Besides, an additional VIA RAID provides RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD for 4 x IDE drives.


Traditionally the board features CoreCell chips and provides the following features:

  • V Power dynamic CPU core voltage adjustment.
  • SafeBIOS automatic BIOS recovery from the "backup area"; based on CoreCell (MS-8)
  • Meta I/O provides support for various interfaces from S/PDIF, coaxial and optical to IEEE1394, etc.

Besides, the board features Communication slot that supports extended PCI specs and supports PCI network cards. For this slot MSI developed a proprietary Dual-Net card combining 802.11g and Bluetooth interfaces. This slot resulted in DigiCell interface redesign that now provides a quick way to transform a system into an access point or a wireless gateway.

Sony adds 2GB products to Pocket Bit USB

Sony added a new product to its Pocket Bit USB series — 2GB miniature hard disk. The novelty is larger than a usual USB dongle, 73x50x13mm, and has a "hideable" connector.


Because of the very simple backup method (just press AutoSync), it´s not clear to whom the device is positioned. Though sometimes, this might come in handy and you won´t need any special software. The device supports incremental backup up to 10 copies.

All there´s to do is to wait for test results to be assured the novelty is really worth $316 (in Japan). For sale it is to go in July.


Another interesting solution is a usual USB dongle with a fingerprint sensor. The software secures system access when there´s a screensaver active and stores up to 10 fingerprint and password accounts. Sized 20x7x61mm, it weighs about 8.5g. I guess the competing companies will announce similar devices soon as well.

Source: Mycom PCWEB

Epson/Cosina R-D1: not a prototype anymore

Epson/Cosina´s R-D1 "Rangefinder Digital Camera" supporting Leica M & L lenses, that was introduced as a prototype at PMA this year, has finally arrive as a ready product.


  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 23.7x15.6mm (APS-C) CCD, 6.1 effective megapixels
  • 3008x2000, 2240x1488
  • 12-bit CCD-RAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
  • Galileo 1.0x viewfinder with parallax correction
  • Auto and manual WB, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Sunny presets
  • 1-1/2000s exposures
  • ISO 200/400/800/1600
  • 2" LCD, 235,000 pixels
  • SecureDigital media
  • 142x89x40mm
  • 590g without battery

Source: PC Watch

Intel updates OEM price list

Intel updated its OEM price list with the following products: 3.40 GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (LGA775), Pentium 4 560/550/540/530/520, Celeron D 335/330/325/320 (Socket 478). As we have already mentioned in the pre-announcement, Pentium 4 XE 3.40 GHz costs $999, Pentium 4 560/550/540/530/520 — $637/$417/$278/$218/$178 respectively, Celeron D 335/330/325/320 — $117/$89/$79/$69 respectively.

Pentium 4 XE (LGA775): 800MHz FSB, 2MB L3 cache, 0.13µm process. Pentium 4: 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache, 90nm process. Clock rates are: 560 3.60 GHz, 550 3.40 GHz, 540 3.20 GHz, 530 — 3 GHz, 520 2.80 GHz. Celeron D: 533MHz FSB, 256KB L2 cache, 90nm. Clock rates: 335 2.80 GHz, 330 2.66 GHz, 325 2.53 GHz, 320 2.40 GHz.

Mobile Pentium 725 and 715 cost $241/$209 respectively.

Pentium 4 (LGA775) Price, $
Extreme Edition 3.40 GHz 999
560 637
550 417
540 278
530 218
520 178
Celeron D (mPGA478) Price, $
335 117
330 89
325 79
320 69
Pentium M Price, $
725 241
715 209
Centrino Price, $
755/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 699
755/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 696
745/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 485
745/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 482
735/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 366
735/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 353
725/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2100 313
725/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2100 310
725/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 303
725/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 300
715/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2100 281
715/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2100 278
715/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 271
715/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 268
Low-power Centrino Price, $
1.30 GHz/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 346
1.30 GHz/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 343
1.10 GHz/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 324
1.10 GHz/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 321
1 GHz/Intel 855GM/Wireless 2200BG 303
1 GHz/Intel 855PM/Wireless 2200BG 300

Photo of the day: IWILL DH800 in our lab

We are currently testing IWILL DH800 workstation motherboard that supports 2 x Xeons wit up to 533MHz FSB, DDR400 memory and PCI-X


  • 2 x Intel Xeon (533MHz FSB
  • Intel 875P + HR
  • Up to 4GB of dual-channel DDR400, ECC
  • AGP 8X
  • PCI-X 64-bit/66MHz
  • Intel CSA Gigabit LAN
  • TI IEEE-1394
  • 2 x SATA, Adaptec HOST RAID (RAID 1)
  • Int. 5.1-channel audio
  • USB2.0
  • ATX

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