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NVIDIA to Support SLI in the Intel X58 Express Chipset

Lian Li Launches Silent Force PSU Series

ZOTAC Introduces NITRO, an Overclocker's Gadget

Unconfirmed Specifications of Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Thermaltake Releases V9 Middle Tower Chassis

Sony Raises the Curtain on New Walkman Players

BenQ Reveals New Ultra-Quiet MP513 DLP Projectors for Home Entertainment, School, SOHO

ASUS Introduces R50 UMPC, Bamboo-clad Notebook



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  • Behind the Scenes of the 'Far Cry' Move Set @ OCModShop
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  • NVISION 08 Video Highlights @ HotHardware
  • ATP ToughDrive 4GB Camo USB Flash Review @ ASE Labs

NVIDIA to Support SLI in the Intel X58 Express Chipset

In July, NVIDIA reported that Intel's X58 Express high-end chipset, supporting Nehalem processors (Core i7 Bloomfield), will feature a special nForce 200 bridge chip required for using SLI configurations based on NVIDIA graphics cards.





Still, the cost of nForce 200, both separately (30 USD) and together with Intel X58 Express, would be too high. Also, motherboard makers would have to spend on additional re-design of products based on this core logic. Not speaking of end users that would have to pay even more in the end.





So, finally NVIDIA decided to certify Intel X58 Express as a solution with the native NVIDIA SLI support, not needing a special nForce 200 chip. This was stated at NVISION08 by Tom Peterson, NVIDIA Technical Marketing Director.

Still, according to Peterson, nForce 200 will be used with chipsets to create faster SLI systems (see the second slide), and certification will be conducted on individual terms with each motherboard manufacturer. This means it won't be possible just to purchase a consignment of X58 Express from Intel to automatically be granted the permission to use chipset's SLI technology.

Sources: PC Watch, DigiTimes, HKEPC


Lian Li Launches Silent Force PSU Series

Lian Li launched new Silent Force PSUs that meet the 80 Plus standard (>80% efficiency) as well as the Intel ATX 12V V2.3 and EPS 12V standards. The series includes 650W, 750W and 850W models with active PFC.



New power supplies utilize 135mm 2500rpm fans and feature heatsinks designed for maximum heat dissipation. Also, thanks to Japanese capacitors, the MTBF has been increased to 100,000 hours.



Modular cable management allows to use fewer enclosure cables -- only those you need -- and place them to keep airflow unaffected. Besides, the PCI-E connector is EM-shielded with a ferrite ring to provide cleaner output. Finally, cables have special sleeves to improve enclosure airflow.

The universal input supports voltages from 100 V to 240 V.







Source: Lian Li


ZOTAC Introduces NITRO, an Overclocker's Gadget

At NVISION'08, ZOTAC introduced its first overclocker's USB controller, NITRO, naturally designed for convenient overclocking of ZOTAC cards based on NVIDIA GPUs in Windows XP/Vista.



Unlike "one-touch" devices, this one is a "three-touch" solution, as you can see. It allows changing CPU/memory/shader unit clock rates.

ZOTAC NITRO is capable of adjusting parameters in-game, so you won't have to quit, if anything. The device also monitors GPU temperature, fan speed, and clock rates.

Source: ZOTAC International


Unconfirmed Specifications of Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Most likely, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the successor to the legendary 5D model, will be introduced before this year ends. It might happen at Photokina scheduled to September 23-28.

So, the source posted these unconfirmed specs:

  • Resolution: 21.1 Mp;
  • Processor: DIGIC IV;
  • ISO 100-6400 + L (50) and H (12800);
  • 5 fps bursts;
  • 3.2-inch LCD;
  • 19 AF points;
  • Miscellaneous: HDMI, LiveView, moistproof body, 100% viewfinder.

It's also claimed that, following the new Nikon D90, Canon's novelty will feature a movie mode. Also, Canon EOS 5D Mark II will support EF lenses only.

Source: Canon Rumors


Thermaltake Releases V9 Middle Tower Chassis

Today Thermaltake released the new V9 chassis featuring a large 23cm top fan alongside other coolers.

According to the company, V9 was created for LAN parties. The airflow within the novelty has been independently designed to focus on four different heating sources in the chassis: CPU, graphics card, HDD and PSU. The 23cm top fan is supported by a rear fan, side fan and another optional fan installation on the motherboard tray. The second fan installed on the side panel is then positioned to increase the air intake for graphics card heating areas.



Other features include a dust filter supplied with the metal meshed front panel, the top tray for your installation tools or small hi-tech gadgets and basic tool free mechanisms.

Specifications:


Model VJ40001N2Z VJ40001W2Z
Case Type Middle Tower
Net Weight 6.26 kg / 13.80 lb 6.29 kg / 13.87 lb
Side Panel w/o Transparent Side Window Transparent Side Window
Dimensions (H*W*D) 462.0 x 208.0 x 485.0 mm
(18.19 x 8.19 x 19.10 inch)
Cooling System Front (intake): Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan or 140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
Rear (exhaust):
120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan (1300rpm, 17dBA)
Top (exhaust): Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm
MB Tray (intake): Optional
70 x 70 x 10 mm fan
Side (intake): Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan x 2 or 140 x 140 x 25 mm fan x 2
Front (intake): Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan or 140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
Rear (exhaust):
120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan (1300rpm, 17dBA)
Top (exhaust): Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm silent fan Built-in
MB Tray (intake): Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm silent fan Built-in
Drive Bays
- Accessible
- Hidden
11
4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
5 x 3.5"
Material SECC
Color Black
Expansion Slots 7
Liquid Cooling Hole 1/2", 3/8", 1/4" water tube
Motherboards 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX), 12" x 9.6" (ATX) Optional
I/O Ports USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (Optional)

Source: Thermaltake


Sony Raises the Curtain on New Walkman Players

Yesterday, Sony unveiled three new Walkman players (series S, E and B) that have something to offer to nearly every customer segment.

The top-end, format-friendly Walkman S-series broadens options for enjoying tunes from multiple sources, including many download stores and personal music collections. The supplied Content Transfer software even simplifies "drag and drop" transfer of non-DRM music, videos, podcasts and playlists from online music services to Walkman players. If you're migrating your personal collection of ripped tracks from another MP3 player, there's no need to re-rip all your tunes from your CDs.



Support for popular audio and video codecs is enhanced because the S-series Walkman devices play Windows Media Video (WMV) files with DRM, allowing you to enjoy rights-protected movies and video clips from other media collections.

Additionally, the S-series Walkman players are the first MP3 players with Sony's SensMe Channels function, which automatically creates channels that can align with a user's preferences. Based on Sony's SensMe Channels function, the S-series players analyze a user's music collection and suggest channels based on each song's speed, mood and rhythm. They create a choice of 11 themed channels from upbeat pop to emotional ballads.

The S-series Walkman players feature integrated active noise cancellation with supplied 13.5mm EX noise canceling headphones and an accessory cable. On airplanes, travellers can connect the S-series player directly to a plane's audio video system with the included accessory cable and enjoy regular in-flight entertainment with the bonus of high-quality noise cancellation.

Just 7.5mm thin, the super-light S-series is the slimmest Walkman player in any of the new series. It has a bright, high-contrast 2-inch QVGA LCD screen that has an ultra-quick response time, with smooth playback at up to 30 frames per second and selectable horizontal/vertical viewing. The interface can be personalized with the user's choice of 10 pre-installed wallpaper images or their favorite digital photo.

The E-series combines video and audio performance to create a device for enjoying favorite photos and video clips. Like the S-series, all E-series models are format friendly, easily playing back ripped tracks from your personal music collection, music store downloads and rights-managed video clips. Non-DRM files can be transferred by "drag and drop" from online music services to Walkman players.

Support for popular audio and video codecs is enhanced because the E-series Walkman players can also support Windows Media Video (WMV) with DRM, allowing rights-protected movies and video clips from other media collections.

The affordable entry-level Walkman B-series player can also connect to your PC's USB port for easy "drag and drop" file transfers. Like all other Walkman models, open support for Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MP3 codecs enables users to buy, copy and manage music to fit their needs.

The stylish design is enhanced by an illuminator that pulses in time with the music when the bass button is pressed. The device has an FM radio and a voice recorder.

The battery life is up to 40 hours of music playback for S-series, up to 45 hours for the E-series and up to 16 hours for the B-series. The battery life is up to 10 hours of video playback for S-series, up to 8 hours for the E-series. The battery life is also up to 30 hours of audio playback for the S-series when the noise-cancellation feature is activated.

The E- and S-series Walkman players support an open platform, providing more choices for downloading and managing music and video collections online. The devices can support security-enhanced Windows Media Audio (WMA), as well as non-secure AAC, linear PCM and MP3 music formats plus JPEG files for photos, in addition to the WMV with DRM, AVC (H.264/AVC) Baseline Profile and MPEG-4 video codecs.

The S-series of Walkman noise canceling video MP3 players come in two different storage capacities in black:

  • The NWZ-S736F has approximately 4GB of internal storage and will cost about $150.
  • The NWZ-S738F has approximately 8GB of internal storage and will cost about $180.

The E-series of Walkman video MP3 players will be available in the following configurations:

  • The NWZ-E436F comes in black, red, pink, blue, has approximately 4GB of internal storage and costs about $100.
  • The NWZ-E438F comes in black, red, pink, has approximately 8GB of internal storage, and costs about $140.

The B-series of Walkman MP3 players come in two different capacities and four colors:

  • The NWZ-B133F player has approximately 1GB of internal storage; comes in black, red and blue and will cost about $45.
  • The NWZ-B135F player has approximately 2GB of internal storage; comes in black, red and pink and will cost about $60.

Presales have begun for the new Walkman models online and at Sony Style stores. The players will be available in September.

Source: Sony


BenQ Reveals New Ultra-Quiet MP513 DLP Projectors for Home Entertainment, School, SOHO

BenQ announced today the expansion of its Mainstream Series DLP projectors with the addition of the new MP513 (SVGA) model. It is highlighted by all-digital image processing, smart user-friendly features and super-quiet operation for versatile application in school, home and small corporate settings.

With the use of Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) chip technology, the MP513 employs a sealed optical engine that eliminates the need for filters, simplifying maintenance and avoiding problems associated with blocked filters. The MP513 also uses BenQ's 6-segment Golden Ratio color wheel and BrilliantColor, which boosts brightness up to 50% while amplifying mid-tone hues. Users can customize color preference with proprietary 3D Color Management for independent adjustment of hue, saturation and intensity of all six color wheel tones red, green, blue, cyan, white and yellow.



At that, the new projector produces noise of 26/31dB (Eco/Norm modes).

As for features, they include Closed Caption option for those with hearing concerns, learning a new language, or for noisy environments; HDTV compatibility up to 1080i; high 2500:1 contrast ratio; 2500 ANSI lumens brightness.



A suite of features tailored to teachers, administrators and busy professionals include Presentation Timer, Quick Auto Search, 30-second Quick Cooling, Panel Key Lock, Security Password and OnScreen FAQ -- all which allow users to focus on presentation instead of fumbling with setup. Wall Color Correction and 11 preset picture modes ensure optimized color and image quality.

The MP513 will be available worldwide August, through retailers, online dealers and IT resellers.

Source: BenQ


ASUS Introduces R50 UMPC, Bamboo-clad Notebook

Yesterday, ASUS introduced its ASUS R50 UMPC. Weighing a nominal 520g, with a 5.6-inch "Sun Read" LCD screen and at about the size of a passport wallet, the R50 features Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3.5G connectivity, built-in GPS device and a 2-megapixel auto-focusing web camera.



The device also has a built-in "mobile theater", an optional TV tuner, a fingerprint scanner.

The second novelty is the ASUS Bamboo Series notebook, a bamboo-clad product that, according to the press release, is "truly green throughout every phase of its life - from its conception, production and use to its eventual recycling and disposal," whatever that means.

The ultra slim ASUS Bamboo Series notebook is currently available in two versions: a 12.1" model that weighs 1.57kg and an 11.1" model that weighs 1.25kg. Both house Intel Core 2 Duo processors and are fitted with DDR2 RAM.

The notebook supports ASUS Super Hybrid Engine feature that is claimed to extend battery life between 35% and 70% as compared to notebooks with the same specifications but without the technology, and yet enable users to boost their systems' performance by up to 23%. It achieves this by monitoring the power requirements of the notebook's components and automatically adjusting the power levels in real-time to match the current consumption needs. Users can also select from a number of presets manually.



ASUS Bamboo Series notebook specifications:

12.1" 11.1"
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400
Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset
Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5100
Intel Core Duo Processor U7600
Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN or Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection(optional)
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate / Business / Home Premium / Home Basic
DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
12.1" WXGA LED-backlit LCD with Color Shine (Glare-type), Crystal Shine (High brightness) and ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology 11.1" WXGA LED-backlit LCD with Color Shine (Glare-type) and ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS External 256MB VRAM Embedded Intel GMA X3100
2.5" 9.5mm SATA 320/250/160GB 1.8" 9.5mm PATA 80/100/120GB
Hybrid with 256MB flash 32GB SSD
DVD Super Multi Double Layer: Ultra Slim DVD Super Multi Double Layer
8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,xD, Smart Media, mini SD with adapter, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter 8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro, mini SD with adapter, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter
0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
3/6/9 cells: 2400/4800/7800 mAh, 3/6/9 cells: 2400/4800/7800 mAh, 26.6/53/80 Whrs
30 x 22 x 2.53 - 3.16 cm (W x D x H) 27.7 x 19.4 x 2.49 ~ 2.9 cm (W x D x H)
1.57 kg, with 3 cell battery pack 1.25 kg, with 3 cell battery, SSD

Source: ASUS


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