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VIA announces new processor naming convention

Nikon D2X and new AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens

New Thermaltake BigWater — another "4-in-1" solution

CPU RightMark project releases A64CLK utility for monitoring AMD64 clock rates in real time

VIA announces new processor naming convention

VIA Technologies announced its new processor naming convention to strengthen its brands and simplify the CPU target market segmentation.

The announcement introduces the VIA C7-Series of processors based on the C5J Esther core that will be available in the first half of 2005. The VIA C7 processor will target low power desktop PCs and Personal Electronics systems such as PVRs and IP set top boxes, while the VIA C7-M processor will target mainstream slim and light notebook and Tablet PCs with power efficiency and advanced PowerSaver 4.0 technology.

VIA will continue to produce the VIA C3 processor as part of its processor platform offerings. The new name for the mobile version of the VIA C3 is now the VIA C3-M processor that is currently shipping in volume.

Nikon D2X and new AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens

Nikon announced its long-anticipated and rumoured D2x digital SLR camera with the new image processing algorithm, two Adobe RGB schemes, faster media performance, 2.5" LCD display and WT-2 (IEE802.11b/g) wireless adapter for remote controlling.

  • 23.7x15.7 mm CMOS sensor, 12.84 Mp (12.4 Mp effective)
  • Full Image: [L] 4,288 x 2,848-pixel / [M] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [S] 2,144 x 1,424-pixel, High Speed Cropped Image: [L] 3,216 x 2,136-pixel / [M] 2,400 x 1,600-pixel / [S] 1,600 x 1,064-pixel
  • ISO 100-800
  • CF Type I/II, Microdrive media
  • NEF (12-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW), Exif 2.21,compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF (uncompressed TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG)
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot metering
  • 5.0 EV exposure compensation in 1/3,1/2 or 1.0 EV increments
  • Auto WB, 5 presets, 6 custom presets, temperature-based (Kelvin degrees, 31 levels)
  • Electromechanical shutter
  • 30-1/8000s exposures

D2X with a WLAN adapter
  • Shooting modes:
    • Single frame (S)
    • Burst (CH) — 5 fps Full Image 8 fps High speed cropped
    • Slow burst (CL) 1-4 fps Full Image, 1-7 fps High speed cropped
  • 2.5" TFT LCD display, 235K pixels, white backlight
  • USB 2.0, AV output, ftp upload (via WT-1/1A (IEEE 802.11b) and WT-2/2A (IEEE 802.11b/g)), CF Type II+ with firmware upgrage support
  • Voice tags
  • i-TTL (first implemented in D2H)
  • Optical VF, 0.86x crop
  • EN-EL4 battery, MH-21 charger, EH-6 adapter as an option
  • 157.5x149.5x85.5 mm size
  • 1070 g weight

New Thermaltake BigWater — another "4-in-1" solution

Thermaltake Technology added another BigWater product to its water cooling series. According to the press release, the novelty is meant to be installed into Shark cases.

The cooler is a 4-in-1 solution that can be used in P4 (incl. LGA775), AMD K7, K8 (incl. Sempron) systems.

Copper water unit:

  • Copper with acrylic coating, blue backlight
  • Universal latches for 4 processor types
  • 60x78x23.5 mm size
  • 453 g weight


  • 12 V voltage
  • 0.4 A current
  • 120 lph performance
  • 20 dBA noise
  • 50K hours lifetime
  • 100x50x86 mm size
  • 230 g weight
  • blue LED lights

Heatsink and fan:

  • Made of aluminium
  • 122x35x166 mm heatsink size
  • 835 g weight
  • 120x120x35 mm fan size
  • 1300~2400 rpm
  • 17~21 dBA noise
  • 12 V voltage
  • 0.14-0.48 A current
  • 38.6-93.7 CFM airflow
  • 1.50-3.80 mm H2O air pressure
  • 30K hours lifetime
  • 90 g fan weight

CPU RightMark project releases A64CLK utility for monitoring AMD64 clock rates in real time

CPU RightMark released the new A64CLK real-time utility meant to monitor CPU clock rate and adjust its multiplier (FID) and voltage (VID) via model specific registers (MSR) that control power saving. The utility works with AMD64 (AMD K8) processors supporting AMD PowerNow! or AMD Cool´n´Quiet technologies (determined on program startup).

The utility is available for downloading at its official page (36 KB).

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