Before AMD had time to officially announce its new graphics card series, Asetek had already introduced its liquid cooling solution for ATI Radeon HD 4870, primarily aimed at system builders.
As you know, a standard cooler for ATI Radeon HD 4870 is rather large and such cards occupy two enclosure slots. In its turn, the water block reduces card's total dimensions allowing to install more ATI Radeon HD 4870 cards in neighbouring slots.
Besides, being more effective than a standard cooler, Asetek's solution provides more overclocking freedom. According to Asetek, its water block allows to reduce GPU temperature by 26 degrees.
While the water block is naturally silent, the system heat exchanger fan typically runs at 30 dB(A).
Just to remind you, the company has recently announced an LCLC solution for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 200 series.
Confirming the previous information, the source states that Intel will soon be taking some quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and 6800 processors out of the market. Orders will be accepted until July.
Besides, production of quad-core Q9550 and Q9650 will be cancelled in Q1'2009. As for quad-core Yorkfield processors, Intel will keep them until, at least, the end of 2009.
Besides, Intel changed plans regarding dual-core Atom 330 processors. Previously, the company planned to launch their mass production in July. But, according to the source, the deficit of single-core Atom 230 CPUs forced the company to postpone it to September.
A-DATA Technology introduced the Turbo Series CF 350X memory card designed for professional photographers. It features 8GB/16GB capacity, 52MB/s read and 47MB/s write speed, and is based on SLC chips.
Turbo Series CF 350X supports dual-channel data transfer in UDMA 0-5 modes, IDE PIO mode 6, and MDMA 0-4 modes. In Ultra DMA mode 5 with IDE interface, the write speed can reach 47MB/s.
Source: A-DATA Technology
When NVIDIA launches a new GPU, BFG usually releases three consecutively overclocked products: OC, OC2 and OCX. Thus, it's logical that NVIDIA's current leader has not become an exception. In addition to the OC modification, BFG announced two more solutions this week.
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2:
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX:
BFG GeForce GTX 280 GTX OC2 and OCX are already available in USA and Europe.
Japanese Sanwa Direct introduced a new device, appearance of which resembles a popular Nokia cellphone. The gadget is intended to be an organic addition to a keyboard.
TRACKBAR Emotion is a small plastic panel sized 280x105x32 mm and weighing 300g, with a USB interface. It has 4 buttons and a wheel and works like a usual mouse. The
difference is that it's located at your fingertips, so you don't have to stretch your hand to reach a mouse.
The novelty works with Windows XP/2000/Me/98SE/98 and Mac OS X (10.2) and costs 140 USD.
Source: Sanwa Direct
AMD officially announced the world's first graphics card with 1 teraFLOPS performance - ATI Radeon HD 4850. And the world's first graphics card with GDDR5 memory - ATI Radeon HD 4870. Both naturally support DirectX 10.1. As series' key features, the company states the aim on high-definition video and high energy efficiency.
ATI Radeon HD 4870 is already available with the MSRP of 299 USD. The company estimates its performance as 1.2 teraFLOPS. It features 750 MHz GPU, PCI Express 2.0 interface, 512MB GDDR5. The novelty occupies two slots in a PC enclosure and consumes 160W.
The junior ATI Radeon HD 4850 with performance of 1 teraFLOPS has MSRP of 199 USD. It features the same GPU working at 625 MHz, 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 interface. This card occupies a single enclosure slot and consumes 110W.
Graphics card based on ATI Radeon HD 4800 series have already been announced by AMD's numerous partners, including VisionTek, ASUS, PowerColor, MSI, GIGABYTE, GECUBE, Force3D, SAPPHIRE Technology, Diamond Multimedia, Club 3D, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), and Palit Multimedia. Also, new graphics cards will naturally be used in custom PCs from Alienware, CyberPower, Extreme PC Corporation, Falcon-Northwest, iBUYPOWER, Maingear, Systemax, Ultra Gaming, etc.
According to the source, late in Q4'2008, Intel plans to release three quad-core Bloomfield processors based on the Nehalem architecture and intended for the Socket LGA1366.
While no official names are disclosed, only the codenames ("XE", "P1" and "MS3", respectively), the clock rates are already known to be 3.2 GHz, 2.93 GHz and 2.66 GHz. All three will have 130W TDP, 8MB L3 cache and SMT support.
Along with new CPUs, Intel plans to release corresponding core logic: X58 and ICH10. According to some estimates, the new platform is to outperform the current generation by 15-30%. Another important difference is that the new platform will feature QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) instead of a usual FSB.
Other features will include four PCI Express 8x slots and support for AMD Quad CrossFireX. Whether Intel also obtains a license for NVIDIA SLI is yet unknown.
There is already a lot of 8.9-inch subnotebooks today, but Kohjinsha SX that has recently gone on sale in Japan seems to be the most feature-rich.
This Tablet PC feature 1280x768 touchscreen, 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor, up to 1GB RAM, up to 60GB HDD. The compact enclosure even packs a multi-format DVD recorder.
Other features include Wi-Fi; two webcams; D-Sub; ExpressCard/34, MicroSD, SD/MMC and Memory Stick slots; and a couple of USB 2.0 ports.
Kohjinsha SX works under Vista Home Premium OS. The standard battery is claimed to provide 4.2 hours of operation. Notebook dimensions are 225 x 185 x 22~33 mm, weight - 1.2 kg.
In Japan the price for the novelty starts from 1000 USD.
Yanko Design published photos of the B-membrane concept PC by the Korean designer Won-Seok Lee.
Inside this original enclosure is a built-in projector that replaces a usual monitor. In standby, B-membrane can project various images onto ceiling to put user into a good mood.
The touch-keyboard appears on the base of B-membrane only when it's necessary. And the optical drive is in one of the sides.
The design is more than original, but whether any manufacturer adopts it in the near future is a big issue.
Source: Yanko Design
The features of PR211 include the AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor, AI array microphone, 2.0 mega pixels webcam, and a fingerprint sensor. Measuring 303 x 231.5 x 16-29.5 mm at the weight of 1.8kg (w/battery), PR211 is a rather lightweight solution.
Additionally, the PR211 is equipped with a 3-in-1 card reader, Multi-DVD burner, 802.11 b/g interface and Bluetooth.
MSI PR211 Specifications:
The second notebook, the PX210, uses the same CPU and features ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 256MB graphics card. It is also equipped with AI array microphone, 2.0 mega pixels webcam, fingerprint sensor, 3-in-1 card reader, Multi-DVD burner, 802.11 b/g interface and Bluetooth.
The PX210 has the same dimensions and weight as the PR211.
Logitech unveiled its first Mac-compatible webcam with autofocus technology and Carl Zeiss optics: the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac.
The new webcam uses a voice coil motor for its autofocus system, instead of a stepper motor. Minimal focusing distance is 10 cm from the camera lens. The autofocus system compensates for changes in image-edge sharpness and refocuses images in less than 3 seconds. And through its collaboration with Carl Zeiss, Logitech ensures that the lens meets the world-renowned Zeiss standards for design and manufacturing.
The webcam features 2-megapixel sensor and Logitech's RightLight 2 Technology, which enables the webcam to adjust intelligently in dim or harshly backlighted situations.
The new Logitech webcam is also plug and play, so no software is required. When using the webcam to capture video to store on disk or send to friends, the QuickCam Vision Pro records video clips at 960x720 resolution.
Complementing the Mac style, new webcam presents a black-and-silver profile with a prominent built-in silver microphone.
The Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam for Mac is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in July. The suggested retail price in the U.S. is $129.99.
Corsair announced the launch of their new Mac Memory kits made especially for the newest Mac Pro desktop systems. The new Corsair Mac Memory kits are fully-buffered 800MHz solutions, available immediately in 4GB (2 x 2GB modules) DIMM kits.
All Corsair Mac memory modules are qualified at Apple Test Labs in California and are 100% compatibility-guaranteed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
The new Corsair 4GB Mac Memory kit is immediately available priced at $250.
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