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NVIDIA May Roll Out GeForce GTX 560, a Cheaper Version of GeForce GTX 560 Ti

First Information on NVIDIA GeForce GT 530

Motherboard Prices To Increase Again In May

I-O Data Rolls Out Three USB 3.0 Drives

Samsung Electronics Mass-Produces Transparent LCD Panels

MSI Resumes Shipments of Sandy Bridge Gaming Notebooks and Extends Warranty



NVIDIA May Roll Out GeForce GTX 560, a Cheaper Version of GeForce GTX 560 Ti

According to the source, NVIDIA is probably going to roll out the new GeForce GTX 560 graphics card in the near future. Judging by its name, the card will fit between GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti which sell for $249 and $149, respectively.



The outward appearance may be very similar to that of GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

So far there hasn't been any data on specifications, but the source shared its opinion on what they may be. So, GeForce GTX 560, like GeForce GTX 460, may have 336 CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, 256-bit bus and 1GB of GDDR5 memory. GPU/shaders/memory clock rates will most likely fit between those of GeForce GTX 460 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti.

The novelty may already be released in mid-April or early May. As you may also remember, on April 5, AMD is going to roll out the new Radeon HD 6790 that will compete with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

Source: Heise


First Information on NVIDIA GeForce GT 530

There have been no official data on NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 so far. However, AFOX has already added such a product to its online catalog AF530-1024/2048D3H1. Company's impatience gives us an idea of what this entry-level novelty will be.



So, NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 will have GPU clocked at 750 MHz and 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 memory working at 1333 MHz. The card will also have a 128-bit bus and a 400-MHz RAMDAC.



The single-slot bracket features D-Sub, HDMI and DVI-I connectors. The maximum resolutions are 2048x1536 (analog) and 2560x1600 (digital).

The card has a typical cooler with radial fins and a fan in the middle, covering the GPU.



There's no information on pricing or release date yet.

Source: AFOX


Motherboard Prices To Increase Again In May

The deficit of parts caused by earthquakes in Japan will be the reason for the second increase in prices states the source, referring to industry representatives. The first signs will become noticeable in the second half of April, and the increase will become obvious in May. Prices for certain materials used in production have already risen.

Prices are estimated to increase by 3-8%. Further correction will be made monthly based on cost of parts.

As you may know, motherboard prices increased early this year due to labor shortage and rise in production material costs. Motherboard manufacturers, including ASUS and Gigabyte Technology, increased prices by 5-10%. However, that was compensated by the reduction of prices for other PC parts, so buyers of ready machines hardly noticed any difference.

Source: DigiTimes


I-O Data Rolls Out Three USB 3.0 Drives

I-O Data updated its lineup of storage drives with three novelties: one desktop, one portable and one flash.

The desktop HDCA-UT comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities, is sized 185 x 39 x 120 mm and weighs a bit over 1 kg.



The portable HDPC-AU utilizes 2.5-inch hard drives and comes in 320GB, 500GB, 640GB and 750GB capacities as well as black, white, brown, blue and red colors. Sized 112 x 75 x 14 mm, it weighs 350 g.



The flash drive TB-XT comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities as well as silver, black and blue colors. It's sized 69.6 x 18 x 8.6 mm and weighs 19 g.



I-O Data HDCA-UT and HDPC-AU can already be ordered in Japan. HDCA-UT 2TB costs $240, HDPC-AU 750GB sells for $175. The price of the flash drive is yet to be announced.

Source: I-O Data


Samsung Electronics Mass-Produces Transparent LCD Panels

Samsung Electronics announced today that it began mass production of 22-inch transparent LCD panels in March this year. Panels come in two types, black-and-white and color, and have a contrast ratio of 500:1 at 1680x1050 (WSXGA+) resolution.



Compared with conventional LCD panels that use backlight units and have 5% transparency, Samsung's transparent LCD panels boast the transparency rate of over 20% (black-and-white) and over 15% (color). Such high transparency rates lets users look right through the panel like through glass, and consume 90% less electricity compared with conventional LCD panels using backlight units. This is because transparent LCD panels utilize ambient light, e.g. sunlight, which consequently reduces the dependency on electricity for generating power.

Samsung's transparent LCD panels also incorporate HDMI and USB interfaces.

Transparent display panels have a lot of possibilities as advertising tools which can be applied to show windows and outdoor billboards or used at showcases. Corporations and schools can also adopt the panel as interactive communication devices which display data more effectively.

Source: Samsung Electronics


MSI Resumes Shipments of Sandy Bridge Gaming Notebooks and Extends Warranty

MSI Computer announced that it had resumed shipments of the GT680R notebook, a 15.6-inch full HD desktop replacement powered by the 2nd generation Intel Core i7 2630QM processor. MSI's GE620 notebook, a slightly lighter sibling to the GT model designed for the casual gamer, will also be shipping soon with the same processor.



MSI is also introducing its MSI Quality Assurance Program for all MSI Sandy Bridge notebooks purchased in the U.S. In response to the recent recall of the Intel 6 Series chipset, the program addresses any outstanding customer concerns around product quality with an additional one-year extended warranty for all MSI Sandy Bridge notebooks.

All MSI notebooks sold in 2011 in the U.S. that use the updated Intel 6 Series chipset will be eligible for the one-year extended warranty, including the GT680R and GE620, as well as other new models, including the FX420, FX720/FR720 and CR640/CX640. Customers must register their MSI laptop within 30 days of purchase to qualify for the one-year extended warranty. Online registration can be completed at: http://www.msimobile.com/productreg/productlogin.aspx.

Specs for the GT680R gaming notebook remain the same as when initially released in January 2011. The updated GT680R has an MSRP of $1649 and the GE620 starts at MSRP $1249.99.

Source: MSI USA


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