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Cooler Master Unveils Aquagate Max Liquid Cooling System

Toshiba Launches Notebooks On Quad Core SpursEngine HD Processor

Bloomfield Revision B0 Compared To Core 2 Extreme QX9650

Sony Adds New Flash Unit To Alpha DSLR

Photos Of Full-Frame DSLR Sony A900

Inno3D First To Introduce Its GeForce 9800 GTX+

Brando Offers USB Tube Clock

Attention Collectors: Panasonic's Limited Edition Olympic Flash Media

Cooler Master Unveils Aquagate Max Liquid Cooling System

Cooler Master Japan unveiled its new Aquagate Max liquid cooling system. It's intended for various processors - from mainstream to Extreme and is ESA-certified.

The novelty features a polished spider-like copper water block with universal latches for different processors. It's comprised by a stylish pump unit, green coolant (ethylene glycol) and a massive heatsink with two fans.

In Japan Aquagate Max is priced at 300 USD.


  • Supports Intel Socket LGA 775, AMD Socket (754 / 939 / 940 / AM2 / F)
  • Dissipates up to 600W
  • Water block: 50 x 50 x 42.5 mm; copper
  • Heatsink: 300 x 142 x 71 mm; aluminium
  • Fans: 120 x 120 x 25 mm; Green LED Fan at 850-2400 rpm, 71.81 ft3/min airflow; 40,000 hours MTBF
  • Pump: 47 x 62 x 60 mm; 450 lph
  • Coolant: 260 ml; 50,000 hours MTBF
  • Noise: 22 dBA fan; 23 dBA pump
  • Weight: 1,7 kg

Source: Cooler Master

Toshiba Launches Notebooks On Quad Core SpursEngine HD Processor

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will enhance its Japanese line-up of Qosmio AV notebooks with the launch of new models, the Qosmio G50 series (G50/98G, G50/97G) and Qosmio F50 series (F50/88G), that integrate the Toshiba Quad Core HD Processor SpursEngine SE1000 streaming media processor. Both new series will be brought to market in Japan in late July. In parallel, Toshiba also announced the launch of the new dynabook Qosmio FX, which integrates the latest high performance graphics processor.

Derived from the high performance multi-core technology of the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.), and combined with Toshiba's image processing technology, the SpursEngine integrates 4 synergistic processing elements (S.P.E.s) and functions as a dedicated co-processor that supports the handling of high definition video streams, image recognition and image processing.

This new processor is designed to remove the burden of processing high-definition video data streams from CPU, and it significantly improves processing power and speeds up the handling of multiple, resource-intensive video processing tasks such as conversion of standard definition video content to high definition quality.

First among SpursEngine capabilities is support for Toshiba's "High-resolution function" that upscales standard definition video sources to high definition.

The "Face navigation function" recognizes and memorizes faces as they appear on screen, and displays them in an index that can be used to playback video segments featuring a specific person. "Scene Thumb" takes thumbnail snapshots of a user-recorded video, lines them up one after another, and any one can be individually viewed by running the cursor over it. "Scene Thumb" provides users with a unique approach to finding just the moment they want to view. Another feature of thumbnail search is the ability to search by highlight level and section bar, allowing viewers to home on in, for example, heavy applause during a concert video.

The Qosmio G50 series also adds "Gesture Control" for gesture-based interfacing: simple hand movements captured by the PC's integrated CCD camera, can be used to control video playback and pause, for example, without a mouse or remote controller.

In addition to upscaling, the new Qosmios are claimed to be able to cut recording time by half, and to boost recording density by a factor of approximately eight - recording up to 8 hours of video on the storage capacity usually required for one hour. This is done by real-time compression of high definition digital terrestrial broadcasts into the H.264 format during recording. Users can select from five recording modes: TS mode (MPEG-2, HD quality, 17 Mbps), XP mode (H.264, HD quality, 10 Mbps), SP mode (H.264, HD quality, 8 Mbps), LP mode (H.264, HD quality, 5.5 Mbps) and LLP mode (H.264, SD quality, 2 Mbps).

Along with the SpursEngine, the new Qosmios also integrate a complete suite of the latest hardware, including a next generation Intel CPU processor and the latest NVIDIA graphic accelerator (see specifications below).

Toshiba has also given the new Qosmio PC a more sophisticated and elegant design, by forming a distinctive pattern on the surface of the case during molding. The high-end Qosmio G50 series complement stylish appearance with an 18.4-inch LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio.

Toshiba also unveiled the dynabook Qosmio FX series (FX/77G) based on the latest NVIDIA GPU and intended for gaming.

Other AV features:

  • Integration of REGZA LINK - By connecting the PC to a Toshiba REGZA TV via an HDMI cable, users can watch HD video content stored in the PC on a large-screen TV. Users can also control the PC with a single REGZA remote control unit.
  • Integration of dual digital terrestrial tuners - Users can record two different digital terrestrial programs, even when they are broadcast at the same time, and record one program while watching another.
  • Support for "Dubbing 10", a new Japanese recording rule - The function allows users to copy digital broadcasts recorded in a HDD up to nine times and move it to different equipment one time.
  • Small antenna for digital terrestrial broadcast - The new Qosmio G50/F50 series include an antenna for digital terrestrial broadcast.


  Qosmio G50/98G Qosmio G50/97G Qosmio F50/88G dynabook Qosmio FX77G
OS Windows Vista Home Premium Edition with SP1
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Memory/Max 2GB (1GB x 2) / 4GB
Display 18.4-inch Full HD Clear Super View LCD; 1,920 x 1,080; 2 lamps, high luminance 15.4-inch WXGA Clear Super View LCD; 1,280 x 800; 2 lamps, high luminance 15.4-inch WXGA Clear Super View LCD; 1,280 x 800
HDD 500GB (2 x 250GB); 5,400rpm SATA 250GB; 5,400rpm SATA 200GB; 5,400rpm SATA
Drive DVD SuperMulti
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Image Processor Toshiba Quad Core HD Processor SpursEngine -
Sound 2.1 harman/kardon speakers
LAN 1000Base-T/100Base-T; IEEE802.11a/b/g/n draft 2.0
TV tuner Dual tuners for Digital Terrestrial Broadcast -
Interfaces Optical audio output, RGB, 4 x USB 2.0 (1 x eSATA), Mic, iLink, LAN, HDMI, Antenna input Optical audio output, RGB, 4 x USB 2.0 (1 x eSATA), Mic, iLink, LAN, HDMI
Battery Life Approx. 4 hrs Approx. 1.8 hrs Approx. 2.4 hrs
Dimensions Approx. 452.3 x 311.0 x 38.2~48.3 mm Approx. 368 x 278 x 38~47 mm
Weight Approx. 4.9kg Approx. 4.8kg Approx. 3.6kg Approx. 3.3kg
Eco RoHS Directive, J-Moss (Green Mark)
Bundle Microsoft Office Personal 2007 SP1 with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007

Source: Toshiba

Bloomfield Revision B0 Compared To Core 2 Extreme QX9650

Intel's new processors based on the Nehalem architecture will be announced in a few months. But the first engineering samples are already available to some users. One of them posted SuperPi, Cinebench and wPrime test results of a desktop Bloomfield Revision B0 CPU in the XtremeSystems forums. He also tried testing them in Sandra and Everest, but these applications refused to run on an unknown CPU.

The results are definitely impressive. In wPrime and Cinebench Bloomfield, operating at 2.93 GHz, performed about 50% better than Core 2 Extreme QX9650 at the same frequency. In Cinebench 10 Nehalem scored 14,184 vs. Yorkfield's 10,500. wPrime 32M and 1024M benchmarks were completed by Bloomfield in 9.218 and 288.937 seconds, respectively. While the Core needed 13 and 440 seconds.

It seems, late in autumn enthusiasts will have to consider another upgrade.

Source: XtremeSystems

Sony Adds New Flash Unit To Alpha DSLR

Continuing the Sony topic started in the previous news, the company is expanding its series of Alpha accessories with new HVL-F58AM flash unit.

This new flash features a new Quick Shift Bounce system. The flash head can pivot 90 degrees left and right on a horizontal axis in addition to the conventional up and down vertical adjustment. With this system, the camera and flash unit can keep the same orientation regardless of portrait or landscape shooting. This gives a higher degree of flexibility when arranging the direction of light.

For example, you can take full advantage of the flash unit's built-in bounce card even during portrait shots since the flash head can maintain the same orientation as it would in the landscape position.

The HVL-F58AM flash unit features a maximum guide number of 58 at 105mm and ISO 100. It recycles (or recharges) in 5 seconds, approximately 55% faster than the predecessor HVL-F56AM model. It also has a large, easy-to-read LCD screen that is about 13% larger than its predecessor's.

This new flash has wireless auto flash control so you can remove the flash unit from the camera and light subjects from different angles. Photographers can create soft shadows to add depth to their images and avoid the strong shadows and hot spots that can occur with front lighting. The HVL-F58AM flash unit can also control the ratio of lighting from several off-camera flash units.

Up to three groups of flashes can be set up for control of lighting via a wireless connection. Flash output ratios can be adjusted automatically without having to do exposure calculations. Additionally, you can fire a modeling flash to preview flash effects before taking the picture. Even with multiple units, the modeling flash fires according to the flash ratio you have set.

According to the press release, one of the flash's most advanced features is its zoom control that automatically optimizes illumination angles that are suitable for either APS-C size or 35mm full frame sensors. This control reduces light "fall-off" at the periphery of images.

It also has an advanced white balance compensation system that gathers color temperature information, complimenting the white balance information reading of the camera. This achieves more accurate results when the main unit is in auto white balance mode.

Other features include: high-speed synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 of a second, ADI flash metering, manual flash and zoom (6 levels), multiple-flash, and a supplied mini-stand for greater wireless freedom.

The HVL-F58AM flash unit will ship in September for about $500. Pre-orders began online on June 20 at www.sonystyle.com.

Source: Sony

Photos Of Full-Frame DSLR Sony A900

The source published another series of photos of the full-frame Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 camera. According to unconfirmed information, the company will officialy introduce the novely early in autumn.

Just to remind you, the DSLR-A900, that is to lead company's DSLR series, was first showcased in March.

The camera features Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70 mm f/2.8 high-aperture lens. There are no more details at the moment.

Source: NetEase

Inno3D First To Introduce Its GeForce 9800 GTX+

We got to know about NVIDIA releasing GeForce 9800 GTX+ only in the end of the last week. While NVIDIA's website has not yet been updated with the corresponding information, company partners are already introducing their products.

Time time, Inno3D was the first to publish information about GeForce 9800 GTX+ on Friday. The manufacturer claims the novelty outperforms the previous GeForce 9800 GTX by 15%.

The card features 55nm G92 GPU operating at 738 MHz, shader unit operating at 1,836 MHz, and 512MB of 256-bit GDDR3 working at 2,200 MHz. Thus, memory bandwidth reaches 70.4 GB/s and texturing performance is 47.2 billion texels per second.

As a bonus, that makes this interesting product even more attractive, Inno3D is bundling the card with the Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts game.

Source: Inno3D

Brando Offers USB Tube Clock

For 70 USD Brando is offering such an original gadget intended for lovers of retro. It's a USB clock that resembles devices from the 3rd quarter of the last century, when gas discharge indicators were popular.

Sized 10.5 x 28 x 7.5 cm, the clock weighs 550g.

Source: Brando

Attention Collectors: Panasonic's Limited Edition Olympic Flash Media

Only 500 sets of SD/SDHC cards (P/N: RP-SD4TQGJ5P) will be available starting from June 25. However, it might be already late to search for the cards on that day, since pre-orders started on June 18.

The set comprises 5 SD and SDHC cards, capacitites including: 4 GB, 2 GB, 1 GB, 512 MB, 256 MB. Cards and gift boxes bear Olympic symbols.

In Japanese retail such a set costs about 170 USB. I wonder, how much money collectors will be ready to pay.

Source: Panasonic

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