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Gigabyte 3D1: is it a SLI alternative?

Logitech to introduce 1600 dpi mouse in January?

NETGEAR WG111U: the new double-108 Mbps USB 2.0 WLAN adapter

Gigabyte 3D1: is it a SLI alternative?

Gigabyte Technology unveiled its new 3D1 graphics card, which many call an answer to SLI architecture.

3D1 is designed for PCI Express bus and bases on two 500 MHz NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT GPUs. It also has 256 MB GDDR3 (1.6 ns, 600 MHz; 625 MHz max. potential clock rate), 256-bit bus (seems to be one of the first cards on NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT with such bus width).

As usually, 3D1 has D-Sub, HDTV and DVI connectors.

Naturally no marketing department can live without own test results. The novelty was tested on the following configuration: AMD Athlon 64 3000+, GA-K8NXP-SLI, 512 MB DDR400, 7200 rpm SATA HDD, Windows XP, 3DMark 2003 3.4, nVidia 70.80 drivers, ATI 8.082 drives. The results are provided below.

It seems the graphics card will be bundled with GA-K8NXP-SLI motherboard. This is not clear, because the latter is positioned for SLI solutions, and the novelty seems like a counterpart to them. Anyway, this doesn´t spoil the general idea, so it´s OK.

Logitech to introduce 1600 dpi mouse in January?

It seems that very early next year Logitech is going to surprise hardcore gamers with a next-generation mouse with improved optical unit. At least the Web continuously brings new photos of an unknown prototype.

"MX PROTOTYPE" resembles MX510 (MX500/MX700 upper body part is on the left on the photo above). The new mouse looks shiny, but somewhat trodden, as if it has accompanied its owner in a real battle. The veteran mouse style.

The LED sensor, according to the booklet, has resolution of 1600 dpi. And those little white stickers are meant for advanced gamers who need lesser friction between the mouse and the pad.

Anyway, the magical number "1600" seems more like an answer to Razer Diamondback then an answer to gaming needs.

However, it´s not just the resolution that is called to shock potential buyer on the spot. The real innovation is a possibility to adjust sensor sensivity on the fly by purely hardware means, which are buttons near the wheel allowing you to select between 400, 800 and 1600 dpi.

There´s contradictory information about the model name. Perhaps, it will be MX518 (MX6xx seems to be reserved for wired MX1000 with laser sensor) or "G series" (Gamer series?).

There´s a chance the new mouse will be announced in January, but most impatient can try to purchase this device online at eBay.

NETGEAR WG111U: the new double-108 Mbps USB 2.0 WLAN adapter

On the threshold of holidays NETGEAR unveiled a whole series of novelties, including this Double-108 Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (WG111U) for both notebooks and desktops. This device continues the series of 802.11b/g + 802.11a solutions supporting 108 Mbps wireless bandwidth and joins existing WGU624 and PC Card WG511U products.

Brief specs:

  • Works with 802.11b/g device
  • Supports 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bandwidth available: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54, 108 Mbps (detected automatically)
  • 40/64-bit and 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK encryption
  • Supported frequency ranges:
    • 2.412 ~ 2.462 GHz (USA)
    • 2.412 ~ 2.484 GHz (Japan)
    • 2.412 ~ 2.472 GHz (Europe)
    • 2.457 ~ 2.462 GHz (Spain)
    • 2.457 ~ 2.472 GHz (France)
  • 94.5 x 30.2 x 15.2 mm size
  • 32 g weight

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