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Photo of the day: ASRock K8 Combo-Z and K8 Upgrade-760GX in our lab

ATI introduces new mobile chipset for AMD-based notebooks

ATI unveils Mobility Fire GL V5000, HP offers a notebook on it



Photo of the day: ASRock K8 Combo-Z and K8 Upgrade-760GX in our lab

We are now testing two motherboards from ASRock: K8 Combo-Z and K8 Upgrade-760GX. Each is unique in its own way: the former has two CPU sockets, while the latter has expansion slot for Socket 939 adapter.

So, K8 Combo-Z, based on ALi M1689, has 754 and 939 sockets thus supporting AMD Athlon 64 and 32-bit Sempron processors. It´s interesting how memory subsystem is designed: Socket 939 CPUs are offered 3 sockets for DDR400/333/266 SDRAM DIMM, up to 2GB, and Socket 754 processors have can use 2 sockets for DDR400/333/266 SDRAM DIMM, up to 2GB as well. The board features 2 x IDE channels (ATA133/UDMA6) for up to 4 devices, 2 x SATA, 8ch audio codec, 3 x PCI (2.2), 1 x AGP, up to 8 x USB ports. On the back panel there are PS/2 keyboard and mouse connectors, 1 x COM, 1 LPT, 4 x USB 2.0, LAN (10/100Mbps), audio interfaces.

K8 Upgrade-760GX µATX board has Socket 754 for AMD Athlon 64 and 32-bit Sempron processors. It bases on SiS760GX + SiS964 chipset, has two sockets for DDR400/333/266 SDRAM, up to 2GB as well as 2 x IDE channels (ATA133/UDMA6) for up to 4 devices, 2 x SATA, 6ch AC´97 codec, Mirage2 integrated graphics, 2 x PCI (2.1), 1 x AGP slots, up to 8 x USB ports. On the back panel: PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 1 x VGA, 1 x LPT, 6 x USB 2.0, LAN (10/100Mbps), audio connectors. Pity, but the package we obtained didn´t contain the Socket 939 adapter board.


ATI introduces new mobile chipset for AMD-based notebooks

Yesterday the Canadian company introduced the industry-first mobile PCI-E chipset for AMD-based notebooks. It supports both Athlon64, and Sempron, as well as the recently announced Turion64. The novelty is named RADEON XPRESS 200 M.

The graphics bases on RADEON X300 core. The company also underlines the POWERPLAY 5.0 technology, the advanced and redesigned to support all energy-saving features of AMD processors and the graphics core. The DLCS (Dynamic Lane Count Switching) saves up to 30% of energy by adjusting CPU performance and consumption on the fly.

Besides AMD processors and PCI-E bus, the new chipset supports all the modern I/O devices. Lots of vendors are going to offer systems on this novelty, while Sharp is already selling Mebius PCXG-50 H and 70 H systems.

Source: ATI

ATI unveils Mobility Fire GL V5000, HP offers a notebook on it

Besides the FireGL V5000, ATI also unveiled its mobile modification with "Mobility" prefix, being all the same in everything else. The mobile version just supports advanced energy consumption. In brief, the specs are: PCI-E, 8 pixel and 6 geometry pipelines, 128MB GDDR3.

And HP, in its turn, offered a mobile workstation on this new GPU HP Compaq nw8240. The solution is called to fully satisfy mobile professionals working in 3D modelling and GIS environments. Other features include:

  • 27mm height, 2.5kg weight
  • 15.4" UXGA monitor (1920x1200)
  • Optical drive, 60GB 7200 RPM HDD, up to 2GB memory, Gigabit LAN

(No offence, but these features make me want to call this workstation a "pokemon" pocket monster :)

Source: ATI

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