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Zalman VF700: active cooling for your graphics card

ND-3520A: a new generation of DVD recorders from NEC

RightMark Memory Analyzer updated to version 3.43

Dimension XPS Gen4: extreme gaming from Dell

Photo of the day: Inno3D GeForce 6600GT in our lab

Zalman VF700: active cooling for your graphics card

Korean Zalman, known by its original cooling systems, introduced another novelty designed as Flower Heatsink (FHS) and intended for graphics cards.

Photos of VF700 have been surfing the web for a long time already, but nothing has been known about the specs. Fortunately, this weekend our colleagues from China at overclocker.com.cn obtained the first information about cooler features:

As usually, the series includes two models, one all-copper and copper-aluminium differing by heat radiation performance, weight and price. VF700-Cu weighs 270 g, while VF700-ALCu weighs 180 g. Both have identically constructed heatsinks 30 mm high.

As you know, there´s about 20 mm space between neighbouring slots, so the one located next to graphics card slot becomes obstructed. If you wish to install one cooler onto every card in a SLI couple, you should have a motherboard with 60 mm space between PCI-E x16 slots (about 2 slots in-between). Considering the height of primary GPU and the height of elements on the secondary card, a cooler with such design will be too close to conductors of the secondary card raising the risk of short circuit. Besides, considering the cooler pumps air to cool heatsink fins, the standard 40 mm won´t allow satisfactory heat dissipation from the hot primary GPU.

Therefore the company frankly warns about incompatibility with Matrox graphics cards and NVIDIA´s PCX series.

The fan itself has diameter of 70 mm, features 2 ball bearings and lots of thin fins. Being shifted slightly aside the primarily heated surface, it eliminates a "blind spot" above GPU crystal. In the Silent Mode (~1350 rpm) the fan provides 18.5 dB noise, making a good compromise between efficiency and noise.

The bundle includes mini-heatsinks for memory chips and ZM-MC1 rpm controller.

The price is promised within $33-41 range that is rather traditional for the Korean company.

ND-3520A: a new generation of DVD recorders from NEC

With a press release NEC officially announced the second generation of its DVD recorders: ND-3520A. The drive supports 6x DVD-RW and 8x DVD+RW speeds and 4x dual-layer recording. Supported technologies include Active OPC (Active Optimized Power Control) and high resolution writing strategy.

The drive is expected for sale next month bundled with Ahead Nero Express 6.6, NeroVision Express 3, Nero Recode 2, Nero Showtime 2, Nero BackItUp, Nero PhotoSnap, Nero PhotoSnap, Nero MediaHome, Nero Cover Designer, Nero InfoTool, Nero CD-DVD Speed. ND-3520A specs:

  • Write:
    • DVD-R: 16x (22 MB/s)
    • DVD-R DL, DVD+R9: 4x (5.5 MB/s)
    • DVD-RW: 6x
    • DVD+R: 16x
    • DVD+RW: 8x (11 MB/s)
    • CD-R: 48x (7.2 MB/s)
    • CD-RW: 24x (3.6 MB/s)
  • Read:
    • DVD: 16x CAV (22 MB/s)
    • CD: 48x CAV (7.2 MB/s)

RightMark Memory Analyzer updated to version 3.43

The RightMark Memory Analyzer utility was updated to version 3.43.


  • Improved ResultsBrowser (CSV export)
  • Improved DMI for systems with DMI outside BIOS
  • Determination of min/max multipliers of Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 processors
  • Added support for Celeron D

The new version is traditionally available in the official Download section.

Dimension XPS Gen4: extreme gaming from Dell

According to the Japanese sources, Dell launched sales of its new Dimension XPS Gen4 systems with motherboards on 925XE Express chipsets. Dimension XPS Gen4 supports up to 4 GB RAM, 1.2 TB HDD storage, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Pentium 4 550-570 processors (3.4 to 3.8 GHz) and also feature RADEON X800 XT or GeForce 6800 cards with 256 MB RAM.

The basic configuration includes: Pentium 4 550 (3.4 GHz), 512 MB RAM, 160 GB HDD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW, GeForce 6800 graphics. Together with pre-installed Windows XP Home Edition Dimension XPS Gen4 costs ¥223,650 ($2150). With Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD space, DVD±R/RW and RADEON X800 XT the system costs ¥443,100 (over $4200).

Other features of Dimension XPS Gen4 include Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x IEEE1394 port, Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 1 x PCI Express x1 slot and 4 x PCI slots. Sized 222x488x491 mm, the novelty weigh about 19 kg.

Source: PC Watch

Photo of the day: Inno3D GeForce 6600GT in our lab

We are now testing InnoVision GeForce 6600GT graphics card on NV43 GPU:

It has 128 MB of 1.6ns (!!!) GDDR3 memory. Overclockers are just bound to be happy.

Clock rates are standard: 500/500 (1000) MHz. The card has 8 pixel pipelines, 3 vertex pipelines.

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