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Compatibility Of Existing Motherboards With Conroe

Seagate Announces New Cheetah 15K.5 Hard Drives

NVIDIA Delivers Notebook Gaming GPUs

LaCie Unveils LCD Monitor Frame For Improved Visual Comfort

Dell Introduces XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook

Compatibility Of Existing Motherboards With Conroe

Conroe, Intel's new desktop processor, is to be announced in several months and its advantage over existing models makes no doubts. Perhaps, some of you already began thinking about upgrading your systems. However, it was unclear which motherboards could actually support Conroe.

Those few unofficial Conroe benchmarks covered either early revisions of Broadwater (Intel P965) based motherboards, or hardware-patched boards on Intel 975X. The latter theoretically could support Conroe, but the layout of early revisions made it impossible to install new processors. In particular, in [H]ard|OCP forums they mentioned that Conroe requires at least revision 303 of Intel D975XBXLKR motherboard.

Speaking of Intel 955X, they weren't to support Conroe, but there were rumours of newer BIOS versions that could make this possible.

At the moment we managed to obtain information from the technical department of ASUSTeK, according to which this issue can't be solved by software means due to power wiring. This is related to at least P5WD2 Premium, P5WD2-E Premium and P5WDG2-WS, but will possibly affect motherboards of other vendors as well.

Therefore, in case of Intel 955X based solutions, upgrade to Conroe will require a newer motherboard as well. Such products have already been announced, e.g. ASUS P5B Deluxe at CEBiT 2006. And the price of Broadwater-based solutions promises to be more affordable then that of Intel 975X boards.

Source: iXBT

Seagate Announces New Cheetah 15K.5 Hard Drives

Seagate Technology announced its Cheetah 15K.5 hard drive, the latest generation of its flagship enterprise product line, available with up to 300GB capacity. The Cheetah 15K.5 is also Seagate's first enterprise hard drive with perpendicular recording.

The Cheetah 15K.5 is available in a choice of 3 Gb/sec Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), Ultra320 SCSI, and 4 Gb/sec Fibre Channel interfaces with capacities of 73, 147, and 300 gigabytes. It delivers an MTBF reliability rating of 1.4 million hours at full duty cycle.

Seagate is now shipping the Cheetah 15K.5 to OEM Customers. The novelty will be launched to the Distribution Channel later this quarter.

Source: Seagate Technology

NVIDIA Delivers Notebook Gaming GPUs

NVIDIA unveiled the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 Series of graphics processing units, which enable gamers to experience extreme high-definition (XHD) games on notebook PCs. The two new GPUs are:

  • GeForce Go 7900 GTX GPU – the new NVIDIA flagship mobile GPU
  • GeForce Go 7900 GS GPU – enables gaming performance in slimmer performance notebooks

The NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 Series of GPUs feature support for these technologies:

  • Support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and HDR lighting
  • H.264 hardware accelerated support through NVIDIA PureVideo technology
  • NVIDIA PowerMizer technology
  • 3D architecture built for Microsoft Windows Vista

NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 Series GPUs are now available for order from industry leading notebooks partners such as Dell (see our today news) and Toshiba (announced Satellite P105-S921 late in March). Other partners that plan to ship soon include ABS, CyberPower, Falcon Northwest, Gateway, Hypersonic, iBuyPower, Velocity Micro, Vicious PC, and Voodoo PC in North America, as well as AJP, Evesham, Gericom, Multirama, Plaisio, and XS2 in Europe.

Source: NVIDIA

LaCie Unveils LCD Monitor Frame For Improved Visual Comfort

LaCie unveiled LaFrame for 100 Series Monitors. Mounted directly behind the monitor, LaFrame removes visual distractions out of the user’s field of vision. LaFrame will ship with all LaCie 119 and 120 Monitors.

The LaCie 100 Series range includes the 19-inch LaCie 119 Monitor and the 20-inch LaCie 120 Monitor. Both utilize Premium MVA LCD technology, which offers the combination of very high contrast ratios (up to 1000:1) and wide viewing angles of 170 degrees. Thanks to their flexible stand, these ergonomic monitors can be height-adjusted, tilted and swiveled to adapt to any work environment. They can also be used in conjunction with a desk clamp and extendable arm, allowing the display to be moved in every direction without taking up desk space. Compatible with both PC and Mac workstations, they offer both analog (VGA) and digital (DVI) video interfaces.

LaCie 119 ($469) and LaCie 120 ($719) are available immediately for pre-order via LaCie websites or by calling direct, and available via LaCie's specialized dealer network later this month.

Source: LaCie

Dell Introduces XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook

Dell introduced fastest consumer notebook, the XPS M1710. For serious gamers it offers an Intel Core Duo processor up to T2600, NVIDIA 512MB GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics, up to 4GB of DDR2-667 memory and a SATA hard drive up to 120GB.

With this novelty Dell offers design choices of Special Edition Formula Red or Metallic Black displays so gamers can play in "high style". To further customize the look, each XPS M1710 notebook features an illuminated XPS touchpad and adjustable 16-color perimeter lighting.

Starting at 8.75 pounds, the XPS M1710, with its magnesium-alloy reinforced RoadReady chassis, is "rugged enough to withstand punishment" yet light enough to carry.

The 17" TrueLife UXGA display of XPS M1710 has brightness increased by 30 percent. The Dell notebook also comes with MediaDirect buttons and a 5-in-1 media card reader. Standard Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and an optional TV tuner enable viewing or recording TV programs.

The XPS M1710 Metallic Black model is available immediately worldwide starting at $2,600 with an Intel Duo Core T2400 processor, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics, 1GB DDR2 memory, nine-cell battery, 60GB hard drive, and one-year limited warranty. The Special Edition Formula Red model is available in the United States and Canada only priced at $3,400 with an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics and 80GB hard drive.

Source: Dell

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