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Packard Bell Introduces Eco-Friendly External Hard Drives

Radeon HD 4870 X2 Naked

Users Complain About MacBook Pro Graphics

Diamond To Release The Most Overclocked ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition?

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP! Edition Pretends To Be the Fastest GTX 260

Chaintech Releases EPP and EPP 2.0 APOGEE GT Memory Modules

Packard Bell Introduces Eco-Friendly External Hard Drives

Packard Bell today announced the expansion of its personal storage line-up with two new eco-friendly external hard drives: the 2TB Packard Bell Jumbo desktop drive and the DivX-certified Packard Bell Studio multimedia drive.

The eco-friendly Packard Bell Jumbo external hard drive is a desktop drive that features dual 7,200-rpm SATA drives and an extra-fast USB 2.0 interface beneath its "obsidian" exterior.

Packard Bell Jumbo

With its distinctive angular shape and glossy ebony finish, the eco-friendly Packard Bell Studio multimedia drive is a partner for your TV set. Featuring up to 1TB of 7,200-rpm SATA storage, it offers DivX certification and HD component video output (1080i). It plays all versions of DivX video files including DivX 6 and is capable of Dolby Digital decoding.

It comes with a remote control and has a USB port for sharing or playing files stored on other USB mass storage devices.

Packard Bell Studio

Both new Packard Bell external storage solutions feature PowerSave technology, which reduces power consumption by 70% through powering down, after a given period of time, when the drive is inactive and automatically turning off and on when the personal computer is turned off and on. PowerSave also extends the drive's effective life expectancy by reducing disk drive usage. Finally, the drives are designed for fan-less silent operation, which also reduces power consumption.

Both drives come with the Packard Bell Software Suite for automatic, scheduled continuous backup. The software automatically updates itself over the Internet.

The Packard Bell Jumbo will be available in European retail outlets from August, with 1TB up to 2TB capacities. The Packard Bell Studio will be available from September with 320GB to 1TB capacities.

Source: Packard Bell

Radeon HD 4870 X2 Naked

Thanks to Chiphell, we can take a look at AMD's dual-GPU solution based on the RV770.

Well, according to these images, the most noticeable difference is black PCB instead of red. :) Between two 55nm GPUs there is still a PCI Express 2.0 bridge. The card utilizes 16 GDDR5 memory chips produced by Qimonda with total capacity of 1GB.

The final clock rates of Radeon HD 4870 X2 haven't been disclosed yet. At the moment, they might be not set at all. We should wait until August, when drivers are "honed and polished", the yield is clear, and GDDR5 volume shipments are established (or not). Besides, by that time, NVIDIA might cut prices for its GeForce GTX 280. Then AMD will decide on clock rates. Anyway, so far the prospects of Radeon HD 4870 X2 are quite all right.

Source: Chiphell

Users Complain About MacBook Pro Graphics

According to user reports posted on Apple's support forums, MacBook Pro notebooks have a graphics subsystem issue. When rebooting or waking up from standby, MacBook ceases any visual output, independently on the display used (its own or external). Some users state this happens due to incorrect graphics card recognition - instead of the standard discrete NVIDIA 8600M GT, notebook is trying to use the integrated Intel GMA X3100.

According to users that have already stumbled upon this issue, the soluion offered by AppleCare - notebook replacement - doesn't help much, because it happens again after a while.

Preliminary research indicates this is happening with MacBook Pro notebooks sold in mid-2007.

Source: MacNN

Diamond To Release The Most Overclocked ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition?

According to the source, Diamond Multimedia might be releasing ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition that might become the most factory-overclocked Radeon HD 4870 product.

It's rather hard to believe that they can overclock a Radeon HD 4870 GPU to 950 MHz vs. the standard 750 MHz. Even considering that a liquid cooling solution will be used. Still, the company is claimed to make it possible with a new customized firmware. Speaking of 512MB GDDR5, seemingly, it can be overclocked from the standard 3,600 MHz to 4,800 MHz.

If this confirms (because this press release hasn't yet been posted officially at company's website), Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition might become the fastest single-GPU card available in the market. However, it will be sold only as a part of the Premier Boutique System by Smooth Creations.

Source: TweakTown

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP! Edition Pretends To Be the Fastest GTX 260

As a rule, significantly overclocked graphics cards are released in a month or two after initial product releases. During this period manufacturers achieve satisfactory yield and create or adapt improved cooling systems.

From this point of view, ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP! Edition is an exception, being released just in a week after the reference GeForce GTX 260. It offers 13% GPU and 5% memory overclocking with a standard cooler, which is nice. Currently, the novelty competes with XFX GeForce GTX 260 XXX for the title of the most powerful GeForce GTX 260.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 AMP! Edition specifications:

  • GeForce GTX 260 GPU, 650 MHz vs. the standard 576 MHz
  • 192 stream processors, 1,400 MHz vs the standard 1,242 MHz
  • 896MB GDDR3, 2,100 MHz vs. the standard 1,998 MHz
  • Dual-Link DVI

The graphics card is bundled with the Race Driver: GRID game by Codemasters.

Source: ZOTAC

Chaintech Releases EPP and EPP 2.0 APOGEE GT Memory Modules

Walton Chaintech today announced a series of APOGEE GT modules supporting EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) and EPP 2.0.

The series includes the following products:

  • DDR2-1066 (EPP) - 5-5-5-15 timings at 1.9V
  • DDR2-1150 (EPP) - 5-5-5-15 timings at 2.1V.
  • DDR3-1600 (EPP 2.0) - 8-7-7-18 timings at 1.8V
  • DDR3-1800 (EPP 2.0) - 8-8-8-24 timings at 1.9V
  • DDR3-2000 (EPP 2.0) - 9-9-9-27 timings at 2.1V.

Source: Walton Chaintech

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