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PNY introduces cards on NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400, Quadro FX 1300, Quadro FX 330 and Quadro NVS 280 GPUs

Apple showcases 30", 23" and 20" monitors

Acer announces Aspire 2020 notebook on Dothan

NVIDIA unveils Quadro FX and Quadro NVS professional series

E7525 and 3.6 GHz Xeon processors officially announced

MSI NX6800: a novelty on GF6800 GPU

PNY introduces cards on NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400, Quadro FX 1300, Quadro FX 330 and Quadro NVS 280 GPUs

Naturally, PNY Technologies was one of the first to support NVIDIA by introducing products on Quadro FX 3400, Quadro FX 1300, Quadro FX 330, Quadro NVS 280.

Quadro FX 3400/1300/330:

  • OpenGL 1.5/DirectX 9.0
  • Architecture:
    • x16 PCI-Express
    • 128-bit color
    • 128-bit pipeline
    • 32-bit FP frame buffer
    • Up to 16x FSAA
    • NVIEW:
      • 2 x DVI
      • 2 x TMDS
      • 2 x 400 MHz RAMDAC
  FX 330 FX 1300 FX 3400 FX 600 PCI
Bus 64-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 3.2 GB/s 17.6GB/s 28.8 GB/s 7.8 GB/s
Interfaces DVI-I + VGA DVI-I + DVI-I + ST DVI-I + DVI-I + ST DVI-I + DVI-I + ST
Dual-Link DVI - - + -
Triangles/sec, (M) 42 88 117 28
Pixel/sec, Fill rate (B) 1.0 2.8 4.2 1.1
Relative performance in 3D apps
SPEC PROE-02 1.0 2.9 3.0 0.8
SPEC UGS-03 1.0 3.9 5.8 1.0


  • 2 x 350 MHz RAMDAC
  • 32-bit color
  • TMDS
  • Rendering engine optimized for 32, 24, 16, 15 and 8 bpp

Apple showcases 30", 23" and 20" monitors

At WWDC Apple showcased its 30" monitor supporting resolutions up to 2560x1600 along with 23" and 20" models that are to replace existing flat panels. All of the above have 2 x FireWire 400 and 2 x USB 2.0 ports, DVI (instead of ADC). The latter enables to connect monitors to Power Macs, PowerBooks and PC-compatible systems.

30" Apple Cinema HD will go on sale in August, 23" Apple Cinema HD (1920x1200) and 20" Apple Cinema Display (1680x1050) will go on sale in July with prices ranging from $2000 to $1300. 30" modeil will cost $3300.

While there are no special requirements for 23" and 20", 30" model will work on Power Mac G5 systems with NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra cards (Apple is going to supply upgrade packs for existing G5, while new systems will have GF 6800 as an option).

  20" Apple Cinema Display
23" Apple Cinema HD Display
30" Apple Cinema HD Display
  • 1680 x 1050 (optimal)
  • 1280 x 800
  • 1024 x 640
  • 1920 x 1200 (optimal)
  • 1280 x 800
  • 1024 x 640
  • 2560 x 1600 (optimal)
  • 2048 x 1280
  • 1920 x 1200
  • 1280 x 800
  • 1024 x 640
Colors 16.7 million
Viewing angles 170° vertical and horizontal
Brightness 250 nit 270 nit
Contrast 400:1
Response time 16 ms
Dot size 0.258 mm 0.250 mm
Bundled cables DVI, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, power
Interfaces 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire 400, Kensington security
Power 100-240 VAC 50-60Hz
Max. power 65W 90W 150W
Idle power 3W
Size 41x47.1x17.4 cm 45x53.6x18.7 cm 54.3x68.8x21.5 cm
Weight 6.6 kg 7.03 kg 12.47 kg

Acer announces Aspire 2020 notebook on Dothan

Acer extended its European notebook series with Aspire 2020 model.

This 15.4" system bases on Intel Pentium-M (Centrino) on 90nm Dothan core with 2MB L2 cache and 855GME chipset. It has Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG adapter, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 60GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW or DVD±RW drive, 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics (1280x800, 16.7 million colors, 16:10). Interfaces include 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE1394 (Firewire), SD/MMC/MS/SmartMedia reader. Sized 360x273x28/33.49 mm, Aspire 2020 weighs 3 kg. The novelty is shipped with pre-installed Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

NVIDIA unveils Quadro FX and Quadro NVS professional series

NVIDIA announced a new series of professional PCI Express cards: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400, FX 1300, FX 330 for 3D graphics and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 for 2D graphics.

The high-end NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 will be used in workstations built by Dell Computer, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, HP, etc.

The series has software and hardware support of NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface and also support of NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture.

As for cards, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400 features 256MB GDDR3, 256-bit bus, 28.8 GB/s throughput, 2 x DVI. FX 3100 has 128MB DDR SDRAM, 256-bit bus, 17.6 GB/s throughput, 2 x DVI. FX 330 has 64MB DDR SDRAM, 64-bit bus, 3.2 GB/s throughput.

NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 is said to be available for PCI Express, PCI, and AGP buses. NVIDIA Quadro NVS series includes NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 (AGP, PCI, PCI Express), NVIDIA Quadro NVS 50 (AGP) and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 400 (PCI).

Brief NVS features:

  • 2 x 250 MHz RAMDAC
  • 32-bit color
  • 2048x1536 @ 75 Hz
  • TMDS
  • DVC
  • Fullscreen HDTV/DVD support
  • MPEG2 motion compensation

E7525 and 3.6 GHz Xeon processors officially announced

Intel officially released new Xeon processors and also introduced E7525 chipset previously codenamed Tumwater). According to the press release, the new platform performs 30% faster comparing to the previous generations (according to SPECfp_rate_base2000 for a dual Intel Xeon 3.60 GHz system (800 MHz FSB, Intel E7525) and for dual Intel Xeon 3.20 GHz system with 1MB L3 (533 MHz FSB, Intel E7505)).

Xeon-based solutions will be introduced by Asus, Compusys, Dell, IBM, HP, Egenera, Foxconn, FSC, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, HCL, Iwill, Kraftway, Maxdata, MPC, NEC, Optimus and Tyan. At that a number of boards were already announced earlier.

Thus Intel Xeon series now includes 2.80 GHz to 3.60 GHz products. The latter will be massively produced only from Q3 on. In over 1,000-unit quantities a 3.60 GHz processor costs $851; 3.40 GHz — $690; 3.20 GHz — $455; 3 GHz — $316; 2.80 GHz — $209. E7525 in same quantities costs $100.

As for processor technologies, they include Demand Based Switching (DBS) and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep as well as Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T). Hyper-Threading is also supported.

The chipset utilizes load balancing focused on CPU, I/O and memory. DDR2 support reduces energy consumption by 40% comparing to DDR333.

Intel Xeon, according to the press release, will be used in the new dual-way servers based on Intel E7520, Intel E7320 (Lindenhurst and Lindenhurst-VS) and IOP332 (Dobson).

MSI NX6800: a novelty on GF6800 GPU

And yet another graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GPU. This one is introduced by MSI. The product supports Dynamic Overclocking Technology (D.O.T.) that has 6 GPU/memory overclocking presets.

MSI CopperULTRA cooler provides 28dB noise @ 2800rpm (or 40dB @ 4000rpm). The card is bundled with Media Center Deluxe II software for playing DVDs, music, browsing images and remote application access.

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