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ASUS W3N: new business notebooks announced

MEGA PLAYER 522: new MP3 player series for MSI

RMClock updated to v1.3

ASUSTeK introduces AP1600R-E2(CS3), 1U dual-Nocona server

ASUS W3N: new business notebooks announced

ASUSTeK announced its new business notebooks, ASUS W3N series. Novelties will feature Intel Pentium M 765 / 755 / 745 / 735 / 725 processors (90nm Dothan, 2 MB L2, 400 MHz FSB, 2.1/2.0/1.8/1.7/1.6 GHz). The notebook power adapter is to provide 65W power (19V, 3.42A), and 4400 mAh battery should be enough for up to 4 hours of operating. The new notebook will naturally support ASUS Power4 Gear+ energy saving technology for adjusting CPU clock depending on applications.

W3N also features Audio DJ for playing music without OS bootup and has all buttons necessary: play/pause, stop, RW, FF.

Other notebook features are:

  • 14" 1280x768 display (W3H00N)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (M11-CSP64; AGP 4x) 64MB DDR
  • Intel855PM + ICH4-M chipset
  • Up to 2GB DDR333 SDRAM, 2 sockets
  • Up to 80GB HDD (4200 or 5400 rpm), Ultra DMA100
  • Hot-swap bay:
    • CD-RW/DVD (8xDVD, 24xR/24xRW/24xCD)
    • DVD-Dual (2xDVD-R/2xDVD-RW/8xDVD 16xCD-R/10xCD-RW/24xCD)
    • DVD-Dual Layer
    • Battery
  • V.92 56K modem, 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
  • 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • SD/MS/MS Pro reader
  • VGA, 3 x USB2.0, Mic-In, SPDIF, S-Video, IrDA, IEEE1394, PCMCIA Type II
  • AC´97 audio, two speakers, mic
  • 330 x 247 x 30-32.7 mm size
  • 2.2 kg weight

MEGA PLAYER 522: new MP3 player series for MSI

MSI officially announced its new MEGA PLAYER 522 MP3 player series that have voice recording and FM tuner features, removable panels, dual headphone jacks. New devices can work for up to 18 hours.

Besides flash memory (256 or 512 MB), MEGA PLAYER 522 players have SD/MMC slots and can be used as USB drives.

RMClock updated to v1.3

RMClock utility that monitors CPU clock and load, FID and VID in real time through module-specific registers (MSR) responsible for energy saving was updated to v1.3


  • Improved user interface
  • Graphical output of CPU clock and load, FID/VID; can be saved into a file
  • CPU load of Intel Pentium II/III, Pentium M and Pentium 4 processors
  • Throttling clock monitoring in any modes
  • SMP/HT multiway support; independent FID/VID adjustments for each processor
  • Support of mobile and server (DBS) Enhanced Intel SpeedStep of Intel Pentium M/Celeron M and Intel Xeon (Nocona) processors
  • Specific energy saving and performance settings for AMD K7, AMD K8, Intel Pentium M/Pentium 4/Xeon processors
  • Minimal FID/VID monitoring
  • Energy saving and performance features recognition
  • Improved CPU load determination using custom time intervals
  • Improved CPU performance management logic with CPU load "noise filtering"
  • Can set process priority to Realtime
  • Fixed CPU load determination bug caused by Hibernate
  • Fixed user settings saving bug caused by logout, reboot or power off

The utility is available in its official section of the Project website.

ASUSTeK introduces AP1600R-E2(CS3), 1U dual-Nocona server

ASUSTeK introduced another server solution — AP1600R-E2(CS3) 1U rackmount system on two Intel Xeon Nocona 800 processors (up to 3.6 GHz, 1 MB L2). The server features NCL-DS1R1 motherboard on Lindenhurst chipset (Intel ICH5R Southbridge) and supports up to 8 x DDR333 SDRAM DIMM registered ECC modules (up to 16 GB). Two Broadcom BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet controllers are also onboard.

The storage system bases on Adaptec AIC-7902 PCI-X Dual U320 SCSI dual-channel controller. As for SATA/PATA, the Southbridge provides up to 2 x SATA drives (RAID 0, 1) and 2 x IDE (UltraATA 33/66/100, PIO Mode 0-4). The graphics is 8MB ATI RageXL.

Options include zero-channel RAID (ZCR; installed into SO-DIMM slot) — RAID 0, 1, 5.

ZCR card

Interfaces are rather standard: 2 x USB 2.0 on the front panel, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 1 x COM, 2 x USB on the back panel, D-Sub, 2 x RJ-45, sockets for FDD/2xHDD.

As for the chassis itself, it offers places for 24X slim CD-ROM or 8X slim DVD-ROM, slim FDD, 3 x HDD with hot swap. The server has 500W PSU and is sized 670x445x43.6 mm.

AP1600R-E2(CS3) utilizes 8 fans: 4 x 4056 for CPUs, 4 x 4028 for expansion cards and PSU.

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