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D.Vine PC cases for your Home Theater complex

TwinMOS TwiSTER Pro DDR400: another intermediate step on the way to DDR2

LaCie unveils Ethernet Disk network storage system

Delkin BurnAway: now with DVD recording

NVIDIA GeForce 6200TC officially announced

D.Vine PC cases for your Home Theater complex

Japanese retail is soon to offer the elegant D.Vine PC case series promoted by AHANIX as a part of the Home Theater PC (HTPC) initiative.

The horizontal PC case orientation is not usually popular in the mainstream, but in this case, so to say, the design is to imitate a Hi-Fi component.

Cases are made of aluminium and steel. At that the front panel is 8 mm thick. The standard configuration includes 2 x 60 mm fans (16 dB) and 300-350 W PSU. The case colors include silvery and black.

Another stylish piece of design is the LED display. The VFD module not only outputs various system information (CPU load, memory used, etc.), but also shows multimedia track playing, email notifications and receives signals from the remote control. The drivers work with Winamp and Motherboard Monitor 5 for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/XP Media Center Edition.

The company also offers similar VFD modules for 5.25" bays (already seen in Japan for ¥13,000 or $125).

Model D.Vine 4 MCE D.Vine 5 MCE D.Vine 6 SQ MCE
Case type Desktop
Colors Silvery / Black
Size 437 x 178 x 405 mm 435 x 145 x 458 mm 435 x 151 x 459 mm
Material Aluminium (8-1.5 mm) / steel Aluminium (8-1.5 mm) Aluminium (8-1.5 mm)
Weight 5.5 kg
Supported form-factors ATX / Mini ATX Micro ATX
PSU ATX 350 W HTPC 300 W ATX 350 W
Fans 2 x 60 mm / 29 CFM / 16 dB
External bays 2 x 5.25" 1 x 5.25" 2 x 5.25"
Internal bays 2 x HDD 1 x HDD 2 x HDD
Slots 7 4
VFD module 2 x 16-symbol Samsung LED over Parallel Port
Availability 01/xx/2005 12/17/2004
Approx. price $327 $355 $308

Source: PC Watch

TwinMOS TwiSTER Pro DDR400: another intermediate step on the way to DDR2

TwinMOS decided not to rush in the transition from DDR to DDR2 SDRAM and expanded the series of good old DDR400 SDRAM with TwiSTER Pro DDR400 positioned for overclockers.

TwinMOS novelties offer 256 and 512 MB capacities. They are based on Samsung chips and support CL2-2-2-5 timings at VDIMM 2.60.2 V. If you remember, PC3200 HyperX Kingston modules for the similar market niche support only CL2-2-2-6, but these were announced as far back as in March 2003.

TwiSTER Pro DDR400 dual-bank modules support simultaneous or independent access and 133/166/200 MHz clock rates. Novelties are offered in 512 MB (2 x 256 MB) and 1,024 MB (2 x 512 MB) kits. Judging by the fact that TwiSTER Pro solutions entered Top 3 of brands at NOVA 2004 Channel Award, the Taiwanese company will be offering them for a long time.

Besides, as you remember, the company has plans to expand the TwiSTER series with newer-generation modules: DDR2 SDRAM TwiSTER solutions were said to pass certification for 533 MHz clock rate at 1.8-2.5 V voltages.

LaCie unveils Ethernet Disk network storage system

LaCie, known by its external storage devices, unveiled a new networked storage system for small and medium companies Ethernet Disk.

LaCie Ethernet Disk offers up to 800 GB capacity and supports up to 25 simultaneous connections. Controlled through Windows XP Embedded, it supports all its data protection technologies. LaCie Ethernet Disk can be mounted into standard 19" server racks. Several Ethernet Disk devices can also be connected via USB or FireWire.

The MSRP is about $2,060.

Delkin BurnAway: now with DVD recording

To strengthen the success of its BurnAway multimedia solutions Delkin added the DVD recording feature to their newer modifications.

DVD BurnAway support DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW recording, DVD/MP3/CD playback, digital image browsing. Besides, the novelties feature CompactFlash (I&II), Microdrive, SD, MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, XD Picture Card (via adapter) reader and USB 2.0 interface.

DVD BurnAway is bundled with remote control and Nero OEM Suite 2, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 software. MSRP in North America is $400.

NVIDIA GeForce 6200TC officially announced

NVIDIA officially announced its new GeForce 6200 GPU supporting TurboCache technology. TurboCache is in many aspects similar to ATI Hyper Memory allocating system memory for graphics needs. The novelty is positioned for the market of inexpensive graphics cards.

GeForce 6200:

  • Hardware support of Microsoft DirectX 9.0, Shader Model 3.0
  • NVIDIA PureVideo
  • NVIDIA ForceWare, UDA (Unified Driver Architecture)
  • 128-bit bus
  • 1.2 billion texels/s fillrate
  • 225 vertexes/s
  • 400 MHz RAMDAC

The GPU clock rate is rumoured to be 350 MHz. It´s also possible that GeForce 6200TC cards will have 32/64 MB memory with 700 or 550 MHz clock rate.

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