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ASUS Announces AMD AM2+ Compatible Motherboards

LaCie Unveils Biggest Quadra 4TB 4-Disk RAID

Transcend Releases 2GB DDR2-800 ECC Unbuffered, DDR2-667 VLP ECC Registered Memory

Transcend Releases 16GB 133X CompactFlash Card

Microdia Announces 16GB SDHC Cards

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ASUS Announces AMD AM2+ Compatible Motherboards

ASUSTeK Computer announced a list of its motherboards supporting AMD AM2+ CPUs. The M2A-VM motherboard series is the first to be available with more AM2+ CPU compatible motherboards to come from ASUS in the near future.

The motherboards listed below are the candidate motherboards compatible with AM2+ CPU. According to the press release, users can get them to work with the AMD's next-generation CPUs by updating the BIOS at ASUS support site.

Besides, ASUS' "candidate" motherboards can be identified by the "Support AM2+ CPU" logo or sticker on the box.

AM2+ compatible motherboards:

  • M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition
  • M2N-E SLI
  • M2N32-SLI Deluxe/WiFi AP
  • M2N-E
  • M2N32 WS Professional
  • M2N-VM DVI
  • M2N-SLI Deluxe
  • M2R32-MVP

Source: ASUSTeK Computer

LaCie Unveils Biggest Quadra 4TB 4-Disk RAID

LaCie today unveiled its Biggest Quadra, a quadruple interface, 4-disk RAID solution for workstations. It delivers data storage protection, 4TB capacity and compatibility through its FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces.

The Biggest Quadra supports RAID levels 0, 0+1 and 5, as well as RAID 5+hot spare so that users can choose which configuration is best-suited to them based on security, speed, capacity or a combination of the three.

The Biggest Quadra reacts to drive, fan or power failure, and will even shut down if temperatures rise above 55 degrees Celsius (131 degrees Fahrenheit). Should a drive fail, insertion of a new drive automatically rebuilds data without any downtime.

The novelty ships with EMC Retrospect Express for Mac and PC. Since the Biggest Quadra is plug and play and driver-free, setup is quick and easy.

The LaCie Biggest Quadra will be available in September for 2TB and October for the 3TB and 4TB versions. Suggested retail price will be $1099 for 2TB, $1599 for 3TB and $2199 for 4TB. Drives ship with all cables necessary for immediate use. LaCie separately offers eSATA and FireWire 800 PCI cards.

Source: LaCie

Transcend Releases 2GB DDR2-800 ECC Unbuffered, DDR2-667 VLP ECC Registered Memory

Transcend Information announced the arrival of its 2GB DDR2-800 ECC Unbuffered memory modules built with ECC (Error Correcting Code), which monitors the data that gets transferred in and out of memory and corrects any errors found. This decreases the risk of system operation errors, while at the same time increasing system reliability.

Transcend's 2GB DDR2-800 ECC Unbuffered modules use eight-layer PCBs and meet JEDEC (the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards. Each DIMM is made of eighteen 128Mx8 DDR2 FBGA chips. The modules are backed by the lifetime warranty.

Another novelty is professional-grade 2GB DDR2-667 VLP (Very Low Profile) ECC Registered memory modules. At less than 3/4 of an inch high, these modules are 40% lower than standard memory, making them appropriate for use in 1U (or thinner) blade servers and embedded systems with space restrictions. Thanks to its low profile design, the VLP DIMM can be installed in vertical memory slots rather than the traditional 45-degree angle server memory slots.

Transcend's 2GB DDR2-667 VLP Registered DIMMs also use eight-layer PCBs with a height of 0.72 inch which still meets JEDEC (the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards, and can be used in low-profile and normal-height systems. The 2GB VLP DIMMs are made of eighteen 256Mx4 DDR2 FBGA chips.

As opposed to traditional server memory with standard ECC, Transcend's 2GB DDR2-667 VLP Registered modules incorporate IBM's advanced new Chipkill technology. With Chipkill, DIMMs are able to check and correct multi-bit errors from a single memory chip, whereas standard ECC is only able to correct one-bit errors.

These VLP modules are also backed by the lifetime warranty.

Source: Transcend Information

Transcend Releases 16GB 133X CompactFlash Card

Transcend Information rolled out its largest capacity CompactFlash product to date a 16GB (Type I) card with 133X transfer rates. It operates in both dual-channel transfer and the Ultra DMA mode 4 standard. Transcend's 133X CF cards achieve average read/write speeds of up to 45MB/21.5MB per second.

Transcend's 133X CF card is designed for high-end digital cameras. It has passed testing with advanced high-resolution cameras from major camera brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. Transcend's 133X CF cards are also available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities.


  • 133X high-speed with dual-channel flash interface
  • CF Type I
  • Read/write speeds up to 45MB/21.5MB per second.
  • Supports IDE PIO mode 6 and Ultra DMA mode 0-4**
  • Fully complies with the new CF 4.0 standard
  • Hardware ECC (Error Correction Code)
  • ATA interface
  • Low power consumption
  • Multi-platform compatibility
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Lifetime Warranty

Source: Transcend Information

Microdia Announces 16GB SDHC Cards

Microdia announced the global launch of its latest 16GB SDHC card. Offering data transfer rates of up to 24MB/sec for the professional XTRAPRO 160X series, this card becomes one of the fastest and highest capacity SDHC to hit the market.

Microdia's high-speed SDHC cards conform to the SD memory card Ver.2.00 standard introduced by the SD Card Association. In addition to XTRAPRO, the new 16GB SDHC is also available in Microdia's mid-range XTRAPlus 82X and entry-level XTRA 52X card families, offering data transfer rates of up to 12.3 MB/sec and 7.8MB/sec respectively.

All Microdia SDHC cards are bundled with a specially designed SDHC Card Reader for ease of use and the company estimates delivery of within 1 week from receipt of order confirmation. Suggested retail prices as follows:

  • SDHC XTRAPRO - $1,699
  • SDHC XTRAPlus - $999
  • SDHC XTRA - $799

Microdia's high-speed XTRAPRO cards are built with proprietary EPM ("Enhanced Processing Management") technology for improved efficiency and performance, thereby delivering some of the fastest read/write speeds in the industry. XTRAPRO cards are also based on Single-Level Cell (SLC) NAND Flash technology, which stores one bit per cell and uses an optimized controller combined with large block NAND technology to achieve high data transfer rates.

Source: Microdia

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PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB review @ Elite Bastards
Ultra X3 600Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ BmR
ASUS Xonar D2 Sound Card @ Techgage
TiVo HD @ TheTechLounge
Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 @ techPowerUp
LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ (2TB) Review @ Digital Trends
Review and Giveaway: Death Note Limited Figure Collection Cellphone Charm from Strapya World @ DragonSteelMods
Gaming Heaven Review: Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (PSP)
Kingwin Gladiator Hybrid Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
TTIC Micro Flow Intel S775 Water Block Performance Review @ Madshrimps
Thermaltake Tai-Chi M+ @ Bjorn3D
SilverStone FM123 fan review @ DV Hardware
Tripp Lite Smart1000LCD UPS @ techPowerUp
Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 1333MHZ FSB Processor Review @ Tweaknews.net
Futurelooks News Flash - NZXT DUET Classic Series Steel HTPC Midtower Case Review
Logisys Area 51 Black ATX Window Case CS51WBK @ BmR
eXtreme Outer Vision introduces Lifetime subscription!
ASUS Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity Sound Card @ TweakTown
Zegna Sport Bluetooth iJacket @ Digital Trends
Logitech Squeezebox Network Music Player Review @ OzHardware
Lenovo ThinkPad R61 14.1-inch Laptop Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Kingston 2x1GB PC3-8500 DDR3 ValueRam Review @ Virtual-Hideout
HIS HD 2900 XT 1GB GDDR4 in Crossfire @ TweakTown
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) v3.5 Released... @ MVKTech
Plantronics Pulsar 260 Bluetooth Stereo Headset @ BlueTomorrow
Power Supply Review: Ultra X3 1000 Watt ATX Power Supply ULT-HE1000X / ULT40064 @ DragonSteelMods
15.000 Euro contest on Technic3D
D3DGear V.1.98 is available for download @ 3DChip
NZXT Lexa Blackline PC Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
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