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Gigabyte EP45-DS4 - Intel P45

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Gigabyte a lansat placa de baza EP45-DS4 pentru procesoare Intel LGA775.
Aceasta placa de baza este compatibila cu toate procesoarele actuale Intel pe socket LGA775 si ofera suport pentru un FSB maxim de 1600MHz. EP45-DS4 este bazata pe combinatia de chipset-uri Intel P45 + ICH10R si este compatibila cu memoriile DDR2-1200MHz (pana la maxim 16GB de memorie).

Pentru partea de grafica, placa este echipata cu doua sloturi PCIe care suporta o conexiune PCIe 16x sau doua PCIe 8x pentru configuratii CrossFire. De asemenea, este prezent si un al treilea slot PCIe (pentru placi video), dar acesta functioneaza doar in mod 4x.

Placa incorporeaza 6 porturi SATA II si 1 port IDE care pot functiona in RAID 0,1,5,10. Alte porturi prezente sunt: 12x USB, Gb LAN, 1394 (FireWire), HD audio si Dual bios plus.

EP45-DS4 este dotata cu tehnologia proprietara Gigabyte, Dynamic Energy Saver, care ajuta la economisirea energiei electrice. Placa utilizeaza numai condensatori solizi, iar racirea este asigurata de heatpipe-uri din cupru. Pentru cei pasionati de overclocking, EP45-DS4 dispune de utilitarul Easy Tune 6 ce permite modificarea frecventelor de lucru direct din Windows.

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ASRock X48TurboTwins-WIFI

ASRock lanseaza prima lor placa de baza construita in jurul chipset-ului Intel X48: X48TurboTwins-WIFI.
Este o surpriza aceasta lansare, in special pentru ca chipset-ul Intel X48 este unul high-end. Noua placa ASRock are drept southbridge chip-ul Intel ICH9R si suporta atat memorii DDR2 cat si DDR3.

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DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS

DFI va lansa la Computex 2008 placa de baza LP DK 790GX-M2RS bazata pe chipset-ul AMD 790GX + SB750.
Noua placa de baza suporta CrossFire X si Hybrid CrossFire multumita chipset-ului integrat HD 3300.


Chipset AMD 790GX+SB750
CPU

􀁺 Socket-940 AM2+65nm CPU for AMD Phenom, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon
X2 processors
􀁺 4 Phase Vcore + 1 phase NB digital PWM
FSB
􀁺 Hyper Transport 3.0 and 1.0
Memory
􀁺 128-bit Dual-channel memory architecture
􀁺 4 240-pin DIMM sockets max 8GB
􀁺 Supports unbuffered, single/double-side DDRII 667/800 DIMMs
􀁺 Phenom supports 1066
Expansion Slots 􀁺 1 X16 or 2 X8 PCIE gen2 slots by IC switch and Hybrid Crossfire
􀁺 2 x1 PCIE slots
􀁺 2 PCI slots
Storage 􀁺 1 Floppy port
􀁺 1 parallel IDE ports with up to 133Mbps UltraDMA
􀁺 6 serial SATAII ports with up to 3Gbs
􀁺 AMD SB750 supports 6 SATAII ports with RAID 0/1/0+1
USB 􀁺 12 USB2.0 ports
Audio 􀁺 Realtek ALC885 for 8CH HD audio CODEC
LAN 􀁺 1 GbE LAN by Marvell 8053
Legacy IO



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Biostar TPOWER IP45 - Intel P45

Tensiunea creste, Computex 2008 este foarte aproape si multe stiri apar pe internet.
Biostar va lansa placa de baza TPOWER IP45 construita in jurul chipset-ului Intel P45.

Biostar va integra in aceasta placa de baza o serie de tehnologii noi (cel putin din punctul lor de vedere): BIO-TEX (incluzand Hybrid Space-Pipe, Cooler Harbor, 1Click Tweak, BIO-Flasher, BIO-ReLife; Clean-Tone Audio Design, X.D.C) precum si noua versiune a utilitarului T-Power (including OC-Tweaker, BIO-Watch, eHOT-LINE and BIOSTAR-FLASH).



TPower I45 Specifications
PCB / Dimension Black / 305*244mm
Version V5.x
Chipset P45 +ICH10R
Power supply 4 Phase with ESP (Energy Saving Processor)
Socket 775 / FSB 1600MHz
Support CPU "Celeron 4xx
Celeron Dual Core
Pentium Dual Core
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Quad
Core 2 Extreme"
Memory "Dual Chiannel DDR2-1066
DIMM x4, Max 8GB"
Graphics N/A
Slot "PCI-E2.0 x16 slot x2(CrossFireX x8)
PCI-Ex1 slot x2
PCI slot x2"
Storage "IDE x1 (by Marvell 88ES6121)
SATA 3.0Gb x6, support RAID0,1, 5, 0+1
eSATA 3.0Gb x2, support RAID0,1, 5, 0+1(By Marvell 88ES6121) "
USB 2.0 Front:6 Rear:6
Codec 7.1channel HD Audio(by Realtek ALC888S)
LAN 10/100/1000 (by Realtek RTL8111C )
BIOS SPI 8Mb
Printer Port Header onboard
COM1 Header onboard
SPDIF out x2, in x1
Solid capacitor 100%
Thermal solution BIOSTAR Space-pipe with cooler harbor
Other features Rapid Switch Gen2, Digital Debug LED


High light feature BIOSTAR Space-Pipe (Heatpipe thermal module)
Extreme Overclocking ability (over 600MHz)
ESP (Energy Saving Processor)
Cooler Harbor
7 x 24 hrs Lab OC burning test
100% Solid Cap
eSATA
BIO-TEX
TPOWER2 Utillity
Ati CrossFireX support


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EVGA e-GeForce 9800 GX2 Hydro Copper 18 1024MB

De la inceputul acestei luni, EVGA a inceput vanzarea primului sau cooler pentru racirea cu apa pentru GeForce 9800 GX2: Hydro Copper 18.


Acest cooler bazat pe apa este realizat 100% din cupru si asigura compatibilitatea perfecta pentru tehnologia SLI. De astazi, EVGA ofera acest kit pentru water-cooling impreuna cu o placa video 9800 GX2 (part number: 01G-P3-N899-AR).

Desi este echipata cu un sistem de racire de top, aceasta placa video vine cu frecvente stock: 600MHz pentru ambele chip-uri grafice, 1512MHz pentru cele 256 de procesoare de stream-uri si 2000MHz pentru cei 1024MB de memorie GDDR3.

Pachetul este compatibil cu sistemele de racire pe baza de lichid de 1/2" si 3/8".

e-GeForce 9800 GX2 Hydro Copper 18 1024MB este disponibil in cantitati limitate si asta la un pret premium de 699.99$.

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Leadtek WinFast PX9600 GSO Extreme

Leadtek a lansat noua placa video PX9600 GSO Extreme.
Aceasta placa video este dotata cu chipsetul Nvidia 9600 GSO (care nu este altceva decat vechiul Nvidia G80 - 8800 GS), are 384MB GDDR3 (192-bit) si 96 de procesoare de stream-uri. Sistemul de racire proprietar Leadtek - S-FANPIPE - asigura temperaturi scazute chiar si in cazul overclocking-ului.

Vitezele de functionare sunt de 600MHz pentru nucleul grafic si 1800MHz pentru memorii (jalnic!).

Comunicat de presa Leadtek PX9600 GSO Extreme

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Arctic Cooling - Arctic Breeze

Arctic Cooling a lansat ventilatorul Arctic Breeze, care va aduce unora racoarea dorita in zilele toride de vara.

Arctic Breeze este un ventilator de birou ce se alimenteaza pe portul USB (cu ajutorul unui cablu cu o lungime de 1.5m) al calculatorului. Este echipat cu un ventilator silentios de 92mm si dispune de un comutator de viteza 1200rpm/2000rpm/OFF.

AC Breeze va fi disponibil in iunie 2008, cu o garantie de 2 ani si un pret de 15.95$, echivalentul a 9.95 euro.

Mai multe detalii despre Arctic Cooling Breeze

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Plextor PX-B910SA 4x Blu-ray SATA writer

Plextor a lansat astazi un nou Blu-ray DVD-RW 4x writer pe interfata SATA - PX-B910SA.



Urmas al writer-ului de succes PX-B920SA, PX-B910SA a renuntat la suportul pentru HD-DVD fiind doar o unitate Blu-ray. Pretul acestui writer va fi in jur de 430$ in Japonia.


Write:
BD-R SL, DL:4x
BD-RE Sl, DL: 2x
DVD+R/-R: 16x
DVD+R/-R DL: 8x
DVD-RW: 6x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-RAM :5x
CD-R: 40x
CD-RW:24x

Read:
BD-R SL, DL:4x
BD-RE Sl, DL: 2x
BD-ROM: 4x
DVD+R/-R: 16x
DVD+R/-R DL: 8x
DVD-RW: 8x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-RAM :5x
CD-R: 40x
CD-RW:32x
CD-ROM: 40x
DVD-ROM SL: 16x
DVD-ROM DL: 12x

Data buffer: 8MB

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Preturi Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 si 280

Preturile pentru noile placi grafice Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 si 280 vor fi destul de piperate pentru cumparatorii europeni.

Astfel, un Geforce GTX 260 va avea un pret intre 400 si 450 euro, iar fratele sau mai puternic - Geforce GTX 280 - va avea un pret intre 550 si 600 euro.

Pe piata americana, preturile vor fi mai scazute.

Just like any other American company, Nvidia plans to continue ripping the Europeans off and we believe that Europeans actually have gotten used to it. While Geforce GTX 260, the slower of two GT200-based cards will end up selling for about $450 in the U.S. we heard that in European countries that are loyal to Euro should end up paying between 400 and 450 Euros.

Today, 400 Euro converts to $620 while €450 converts to $697.5, which is a huge difference from the suggested U.S. prices.

Geforce GTX 260 will be slower clocked with both memory and the GPU, but it should still end up as the runner-up to the fastest thing around.

Geforce GTX 280 will end up with similar price difference and we expect a price of around $600 in the U.S. and about €550 to €600 in Europe.


Sursa: Fudzilla

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Lansare Intel Nehalem si Intel X58

Nehalem CPU
Noua platforma compusa din procesor Bloomsfield si chipset Tylersberg (cunoscut si sub numele X58) va fi lansata la Taipei in cadrul expozitiei Computex 2008.
MSI Intel X58

Placa de baza (in fotografii este o placa prototip de la MSI) dispune de un socket LGA cu 1366 de pini si suporta memorii DDR3.


Citeste mai mult despre lansarea Intel Nehalem si Intel X58

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Scythe Ita Kaze hard-disk cooler

Scythe, fabricantul si distribuitorul japonez de solutii de racire, a lansat astazi noul cooler pentru hard-disk Ita Kaze.
Ita Kaze (SCIT-1000) are dimensiunile 126 x 101,6 x 13,5mm si este echipat cu un ventilator silentios (14,5dBA) de 100mm cu un debit de aer de 15.23CFM (25,875 m3/h). Coolerul cantareste 105g si este livrat cu un adaptor de la 4 la 3 pini.

Ita Kaze va fi disponibil la un pret de aproximativ 11$ sau 6,95 euro.

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DFI LP DK P45-T2RS

DFI se pregateste sa lanseze noua serie de placi de baza bazate pe chipsetul Intel P45. DFI LP DK P45-T2RS

Mai multe detalii despre DFI LP DK P45-T2RS


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Foxconn Dreadnought - seria Quantum Force

Friday, 30 May 2008

Foxconn a lansat o noua placa de baza destinata segmentului high-end: Dreadnought.

Foxconn Dreadnought face parte din seria de placi Quantum Force si este bazata pe chipset-ul Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI MCP. Dreadnought suporta cele mai noi procesoare Intel Core 2 Extreme si Core 2 Duo/Quad cu un FSB pana la 1600MHz.


“The Quantum Force range of motherboards is now expanding as we bring a wider range of solutions to the market for enthusiasts. Dreadnought allows enthusiasts to couple powerful Intel processors with NVIDIA SLI-enabled graphics cards” commented Greta Kuo, Quantum Force Product Manager.

Dreadnought detine suport pentru memorii DDR3 2000MHz, PWM digital cu 8 faze si 3 sloturi PCI-E 2.0 x16 ce permit configuratii video 3-way SLI. Sistemul de racire 4-in-1 Quantum Cooler este construit integral din cupru si heat-pipe-uri din cupru ce unesc zonele Northbridge-Southbridge-VRM si care poate fi usor adaptat pentru racire pe aer pasiva sau activa, racire cu apa ... sau chiar pentru racirea extrema cu LN2 (azot lichid) sau cu gheata.

Placa de baza va fi disponibila spre vanzare in aceasta luna, la un pret de aproximativ 399$.

Pentru mai multe detalii, vizitati Quantum-Force.net.

Comunicat de presa Foxconn Dreadnought

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Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB

Corsair va lansa la Computex 2008 noul kit de memorii dual-channel DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB.
Noul kit de memorii de la Corsair promite performante spectaculoase, in ciuda faptului ca nu sunt precizati parametrii de functionare. Pana la Computex 2008, nu putem decat sa ne bucuram de concurenta de pe piata care va aduce o noua scadere de preturi.


Comunicat de presa Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB

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DELL "Mini Inspiron"

DELL a prezentat primul sau laptop de dimensiuni reduse (small form factor).
Astfel, DELL si-a anuntat intentia de a intra pe piata sub-notebook dominata de ASUS Eee PC si MSI Windbook. Mai multe informatii despre laptop-ul celor de la DELL vor veni pe parcursul acestui an.

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VIA Nano

VIA a lansat noua serie de procesoare Nano.


Noile procesoare sunt bazate pe arhitectura VIA C7 si aduc in plus un consum energetic si mai redus dar si mai multe performante in segmentul multimedia. Noile procesoare Nano suporta instructiuni pe 64 de biti, au un FSB de 800MHz, sunt echipate cu cele mai noi instructiuni SSE si au 2x 64KB L1 cache si 1MB L2 cache.

64-bit Superscalar Speculative Out-Of-Order MicroArchitecture: Supports a full 64-bit instruction set and provides for macro-fusion and micro-fusion functionality, and sophisticated branch prediction for greater processor efficiency and performance.

High-Performance Computation and Media Processing: The high-speed, low power VIA V4 Front Side Bus starting at 800MHz, plus a high floating point unit, support for new SSE instructions, and two 64KB L1 caches and 1MB exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity gives a big boost to multimedia performance.

Advanced Power and Thermal Management: Aggressive management of active power includes support for the new "C6" power state, Adaptive PowerSaver Technology, new circuit techniques and mechanisms for managing the die temperature, reducing power draw and improving thermal management.

Scalable Upgrade to VIA C7 Processor: Pin-to-pin compatibility with current VIA C7 processors enables a smooth transition for OEMs and mainboard vendors, enabling them to offer a wider range of products for different markets with a single board or system design.

Greener Technology: In addition to full compliance with RoHS and WEEE regulations, product manufacturing will be halogen-free and lead-free at launch, helping to promote a cleaner environment and more sustainable computing.

Enhanced VIA PadLock Security Engine: Industry-leading on-die hardware cryptographic acceleration and security features, including dual quantum random number generators, an AES Encryption Engine, NX-bit, and SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashing.


Noile procesoare VIA Nano vor fi disponibile pe piata in al treilea trimestru al anului 2008.

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ASUS HD EAH3870 [review]

ASUS HD EAH3870 si Leadtek PX9600 GT sunt doua placi apropiate ca si pret, dar care difera in privinta chipset-urilor folosite: ATI vs. Nvidia.

ASUS HD EAH3870
Intrucat diferenta de pret intre cele doua solutii se incadreaza in limita a 20$, ramane de vazut care dintre ele reprezinta o investitie mai buna pentru gameri.

Specificatii ASUS HD EAH3870


Chipset
Memorie
Viteza chipset
Viteza memorie
Racire
Conectica




Bundle
ATI® Radeon® HD 3870
512MB GDDR4
775MHz
2250MHz
activa
PCI-Express 2.0
HDTV-out
DVI * 2
D-Sub
HDMI compatibil HDCP
Company of Heroes – Opposing Fronts


La vitezele implicite, in testele efectuate ASUS HD EAH3870 s-a situat in urma lui 9600 GT (cu 10-20%). Odata overclock-ata (845MHz nucleu si 2294MHz memorie), EAH3870
a preluat conducerea obtinand scoruri cu 5-10% mai mari decat 9600 GT de la Leadtek. In timpul overclocking-ului, temperaturile placii ASUS nu au depasit 62 grade in full load, ceea ce este impresionant.

Concluzia care poate fi trasa in urma acestui test este ca ASUS HD EAH3870 se dovedeste a fi o alegere mult mai buna decat Leadtek PX9600 GT, chiar si in conditiile in care nu se foloseste overclocking-ul.

Cititi intreg review-ul placii video ASUS HD EAH3870

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ASUS EN9600GT Matrix

Thursday, 29 May 2008

ASUS va lansa mai multe produse noi la Computex 2008, dar unul dintre aceste produse merita o atentie deosebita. Numita ASUS EN9600GT Matrix, aceasta placa video va fi un 9600 GT tunat si echipat cu un cooler hibrid foarte special.
Cooler-ul dual-slot al acestei placi video este compus dintr-un radiator masiv din aluminiu cu heatpipe-uri si dintr-un ventilator care va incepe sa functioneze doar cand sunt rulate aplicatii 3D sau cand temperatura placii va creste considerabil.

Placa vine cu un PCB de culoare neagra, cate un port DVI si HDMI si o iesire audio optica. Vitezele de functionare nu sunt inca cunoscute, dar ASUS EN9600GT Matrix este foarte probabil sa fie overclock-ata avand in vedere dimensiunile mari ale coolerului si sticker-ul "Republic of Gamers" (ROG) aplicat pe ventilator. Mai multe detalii despre aceasta placa video vor fi disponibile in cadrul expozitiei Computex 2008.

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Super Talent lanseaza DDR3 SO-DIMM

Super Talent Technology a anuntat disponibilitatea imediata a noilor memorii DDR3 SO-DIMM.
Super Talent 1GB DDR3 SO-DIMM
Noile module 1GB DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM au o rata de transfer de 10,664 MB/sec, ceea ce inseamna cu 66% mai mult decat memoriile SO-DIMM DDR2-800, astfel ca aceste noi memorii sunt cele mai rapide din sectorul destinat laptop-urilor. In plus, memoriile DDR3 necesita doar 1.5V (comparativ cu 1.8V pentru DDR2) ceea ce inseamna o economie de energie de 20% si in acelasi timp mai putina caldura degajata.

Aceste memorii cu 204 pini, cod de serie W1333SA1GS, sunt disponibile la pretul de 99$ (in SUA).

Mai multe detalii aici.

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Zalman CNPS9300 AT

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Zalman a lansat noul cooler CPU CNPS9300 AT.
CNPS9300 AT pare a fi un frate mai mic al cooler-elor CNPS9500/9700. Acesta este compus din lamele si heatpipe-uri din cupru si o baza din cupru si aluminiu, avand dimensiunile totale: 61.35x108x132.5mm.

Ventilatorul de 92mm, controlat prin PWM, oscileaza intre 1500rpm si 2400rpm (in functie de temperatura procesorului), iar nivelul sonor se incadreaza in intervalul 20dBA-30dBA. Coolerul CNPS9300 AT este compatibil atat cu procesoare Intel pe socket LGA 775, cat si cu procesoare AMD pe socket 754, 939, 940, AM2 si AM2+.

Pretul pentru Europa este de aproximativ 42 euro.

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LaCie 4x Blu-ray writer extern

LaCie a lansat o unitate optica externa ce poate inscriptiona discuri Blu-Ray la viteza de 4x.
Aceasta unitate dispune de o carcasa de aluminiu si permite scrierea, rescrierea si citirea discurilor Blu-ray de 25GB respectiv 50GB BD-R (recordable) si BD-RE (rewritable), precum si a mediilor DVD±RW DL si CD±RW.

Unitatea este echipata cu un buffer de 8MB si dispune pe partea de conexiune de doua porturi FireWire 400 si de un port USB 2.0, iar in pachet este livrata si versiunea completa a softului de ardere Roxio.

“In early 2007, LaCie was the first vendor to ship worldwide an external solution for professional Hi-Def video recording for both Mac and Windows. Since that time, Blu-ray technology has proven to be the dominant source for video recording and playback,” said Patrick Salin
Pretul pentru aceasta unitate este de 649.99$, iar garantia este de 2 ani.

Pentru mai multe detalii vizitati aceasta pagina.

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ASUS Ebox

Dupa succesul inregistrat de notebook-ul EeePC, ASUS va lansa o versiune pentru desktop bazata pe acesta, si anume Ebox.

Designul noului Ebox seamana extrem de mult cu cel al consolei Nintendo Wii, dar pe dinauntru va fi un computer. Ebox va fi echipat cu 2GB RAM, hard-disk cu o capacitate pana in 160GB dar si cu o unitate optica cu incarcare de tip slot (fara tava). Mai multe detalii despre Ebox vor fi disponibile in momentul lansarii oficiale, adica pe data de 3 iunie la expozitia Computex 2008.

Pretul unui asemenea desktop va fi undeva in zona 200-300$.

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VIA OpenBook

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

VIA a lansat astazi designul oficial pentru noua serie de laptop-uri ultraportabile OpenBook care va concura cu ASUS Eee si MSI Wind (cunoscut si sub numele MSI U100).

Noul design aduce o serie de inovatii, incluzand urmatoarea generatie VIA Ultra Mobile Platform, bazata pe procesoare VIA C7-M ULV si pe noul chipset cu grafica integrata VIA VX800. Acest notebook include un display de 8.9 inch si ofera o autonomie ridicata ... si toate astea la o greutate de 1Kg.



The VIA OpenBook features a flexible internal interface for high-speed broadband wireless connectivity that provides customers with the ability to select from a choice of WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DO/W-CDMA modules appropriate to their market. In addition, under a unique collaborative approach, the CAD files of the external panels of the reference design are offered for download under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license to give customers such as OEMs, system integrators, and broadband service providers greater freedom in tailoring the look and feel of their device to meet the diverse needs of their target markets.

"The VIA OpenBook builds on the great success of the VIA NanoBook reference design launched last year, which has been widely adopted by numerous customers around the world," commented Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Our unique open approach to case design customization and wireless connectivity flexibility, coupled with the higher levels of performance, further extends VIA's leadership in the global mini-note market."

"VIA is a forward thinking company that has realized that sharing enables a healthy ecosystem which helps them provide an innovative product which supports their core business," commented Jon Phillips, Business and Community Manager for Creative Commons. "Making the actual raw CAD files available under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license is a brilliant first step that clearly and legally allows others to emergently build upon VIA's open innovation."

The VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design
Powered by the VIA C7-M ULV processor and the VIA VX800 digital media IGP chipset, the VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design is a small, 1kg, 8.9" mini-notebook form factor design that supports screen resolutions of up to 1024x600 and high performance VIA Chrome9 DirectX 9.0 3D graphics. Advanced video acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9, VC1 and DiVX video formats, a VMR capable HD video processor and 8-channel HD audio make it a highly media rich mini-notebook platform.

The VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design offers unrivaled broadband connectivity options though two internal modules, with the first one featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional AGPS connections and the second one offering a choice of WiMAX, HSDPA, or EV-DO/W-CDMA options. In addition, the VIA OpenBook also comes with three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, and audio-in/audio-out jacks as well as a 4-in-1 card reader (SD/SDIO/MMC/MS) and a 2 mega-pixel dual-headed web camera.

The VIA OpenBook supports a wide range of operating system environments, including Microsoft Windows Vista Basic, Microsoft Windows XP, and various Linux distributions. The device features up to 2GB DDR2 DRAM and can be equipped with a choice of hard disk drive and solid state storage options.

Featuring a 4-cell 2600mA lithium-ion battery, the VIA OpenBook delivers up to three hours of battery life and measures just 240mm(W)x175mm (D) x36.2mm (H).

For more information, file downloads, video and images of the VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design please visit the VIA OpenBook website here: viaopenbook.com

Enabling Global Broadband Wireless Coverage
The VIA OpenBook reference design has a unique internal interface for the addition of a choice of extended connectivity modules, enabling customers to offer HSDPA, EV-DO/W-CDMA, and WiMAX connectivity options to the their device that are appropriate for their target markets, and to forge deeper relationships with local carriers and service providers, creating new business models for the mini-note segment.

Making Customization More Accessible
The CAD files for the external panels of the VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design are being released under the Creative Commons Share Alike Attribution license, giving customers the flexibility to bring their own innovative style and brand value propositions to the mini-note market segment. Through this flexible approach, customers can reduce product development costs and speed time-to-market. The CAD files can be downloaded from the viaopenbook.com website.

About the VIA Ultra Mobile Platform
The VIA Ultra Mobile Platform is centered around the VIA C7-M ULV processor, an ultra power efficient mobile processor available in speeds of 1.0-1.6GHz with a maximum power draw (TDP max) of only 3.5 watts, and idle power as low as 0.1 watt, helping to ensure longer battery life. The number one choice for ultra mobile devices with over 30 global design wins, the most on the market today, the VIA C7-M ULV processor's low profile nanoBGA2 package measures just 21mm x 21mm, enabling device designs with drastically reduced weight, size, and thickness.

The latest generation of VIA Ultra Mobile Platform pairs the VIA C7-M ULV processor with the VIA VX800 digital media IGP chipset, which integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges into a single chip package measuring just 33mm x 33mm, for a silicon real estate saving of more than 42% over traditional twin-chip core logic implementations. The VIA Chrome9 HC integrated graphics processor with DirectX 9.0 3D graphics provides support for brilliant 3D graphics, while the VIA Chromotion CE video display engine offers a stunning video experience through hardware decoding acceleration of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9 and VC1 video formats.

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Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Twin Tower

Fabricantul elvetian, Arctic Cooling, a lansat coolerul Freezer XTREME.

Acest cooler se adreseaza segmentului high-end si entuziastilor. Cu dimensiunile sale generoase, promite sa disipeze eficient 160W. Coolerul este format din 102 lamele de aluminiu, 8 heat-pipe-uri din cupru si un ventilator de 120mm, iar designul sau este inspirat dupa celebrul cooler Tuniq. In pachet este livrata si pasta termoconductoare de mare performanta: MX-2.

Cu o greutate de 608 grame, Freezer Xtreme este compatibil atat cu placile de baza destinate procesoarelor Intel pe socket LGA775 cat si celor AMD (AM2+, AM2, 939). Garantia oferita de producator pentru acest cooler este de 6 ani.

Freezer Xtreme va fi disponibil spre vanzare in iulie 2008 la un pret de 39.95$ (echivalent cu 25.95 euro)

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Specificatii Nvidia GTX 280 si GTX 260

Monday, 26 May 2008

Au fost lansate specificatiile pentru noile placi Nvidia bazate pe chipset-ul GT200:


  • GeForce GTX 280 va functiona la vitezele 602MHz/1296MHz/1107MHz core/shader/memorie, vor avea 240 stream processors si memorii GDDR3 512-bit

  • GeForce GTX 260 va functiona la vitezele 576MHz/999MHz/896MHz reference clock speeds, vor avea 192 steam processors si 4memorii GDDR3 448-bit



Preturile pentru aceste placi grafice vor fi de 449$ pentru GTX 260 si mai mult de 600$ pentru GeForce 280 GTX ... asta in SUA.

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Apacer Aeolus DDR3-1600 si DDR3-1800

Apacer a lansat noua serie Aeolus de memorii DDR3 (1800MHz si 1600MHz) pentru overclocking. Acestea folosesc cel mai avansat proces de productie de la Micron Technology, in configuratie DDR3 / 1Gbit / 128Mx8. Arhitectura dual-channel asigura o latime de banda maxima de 28.8GB (1800MHz) / 25.6GB (1600MHz) cu latente scazute (CL7-7-7-20), conferind memoriilor Apacer Aeolus DDR3 o performanta excelenta in categoria de memorii DDR3 1800MHz / 1600MHz.
Exceptand vitezele mari de functionare si latentele scazute, aceste memorii sunt dotate cu un sistem activ de racire care reduce temperatura din timpul functionarii cu aproximativ 20 de grade C. Aceasta solutie eficienta de racire asigura viteze mai mari in overclocking dar si o stabilitate crescuta a acestor memorii.

Grace Lo, Senior Director of Apacer's DRAM Division, explains that the operating frequency for DDR3 overclocking memory modules has risen to 1600MHz, 1800MHz and even 2000MHz. If memory die is operating for an extended period in a high-frequency, high-voltage environment, the memory chip will inevitably reach a high temperature. This heat must be dissipated as rapidly as possible to ensure that the stability of the memory module is not compromised; extended periods of high-temperature operation could affect the module's lifespan. Most of the overclocking memory products on the market today ignore the importance of the heat spreader to overclocking memory performance; the vast majority of commercial overclocking memory module products continue to use traditional, standard-sized heatsink designs that reduce the temperature by only around 3 to 5 degrees. Heatsinks of this type are simply unable to cope with the high temperatures created by DDR3 overclocking. As a result, many overclocking enthusiasts complain that memory module heatsinks are completely useless.

Apacer's new DDR3-1800MHz/1600MHz memory module provides 2GB of memory capacity in a dual-channel (2x1GB) package, and supports Intel's latest XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles). When used with a motherboard that supports Intel XMP, the chipset will automatically read the memory module's SPD (Serial Presence Detect) and will then automatically perform overclocking, enabling the user to experience all the excitement and power that overclocking has to offer.

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NZXT Tempest Gaming Chassis

Friday, 23 May 2008


NZXT's Tempest gaming chassis, originally launched toward the end of March, has finally managed to find its way to retail shelves and is now shipping. Starting today, Tempest will be available from Newegg.com and other e-tailers starting from $99. NZXT’s latest advancement in gaming chassis includes support for the E-ATX standard (more space inside the case), pre-drilled holes for cable routing, bottom mounted PSU, and lastly support for a dual 120mm radiator at the top of the case (compatible with Swiftech MCR220, Asetek Dual radiator solution, and Thermaltake TMG2).

Tempest boasts breakthrough features in every category, effectively satisfying the high performance demands of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers worldwide said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT. By combining high performance cooling with advanced space and storage capabilities, the Tempest is destined to become the best enthusiast and gaming chassis in its class, a claim that has been confirmed by several award winning reviews in the enthusiast community.

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Logitech V450 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse


The V450 Nano mouse also offers increased productivity thanks to an advanced laser sensor that delivers smoother tracking and better precision on virtually any surface, 12 months of battery life, and Logitech's advanced 2.4 GHz wireless technology. Notebook users will appreciate the comfortable, ergonomic design, which includes soft rubber grips. The V450 Nano mouse (MSRP $49.99 U.S.) is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in late May and in Europe beginning in July.

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ECS X48T-A Black Series

Tuesday, 20 May 2008




Heading to the high-end motherboard offerings more and more, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has launched its latest killer motherboard. The ECS X48T-A Black Series motherboard is based on Intel's X48 Express chipset, and as such it offers full support for Intel 45nm processors, Intel XMP technology, and ATI's CrossFire technology (two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots). The big cooling you see on the picture is ECS' Qooltech Generation 2, a fan-less design with single heatpipe and enough copper to cool efficiently hot parts such as the Intel X48 north bridge, the Intel ICH9R south bridge and the CPU PWM area. The X48T-A motherboard is available now in limited quantity, so you better hurry up. More info is available here.

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Arctic Cooling RC RAM cooler

Friday, 9 May 2008

Arctic Cooling RC RAM cooler

Imediat dupa lansarea cooler-ului pt CPU - Freezer 7 LP -, cei de la Arctic Cooling anunta lansarea primului lor model de radiatoare pentru RAM: Arctic Cooling RC RAM cooler.


Desi nu includ heatpipe-uri, aceste radiatoare de memorii din aluminiu dispun de lamele de dimensiuni mari pentru disiparea pasiva a caldurii. Aceste noi radiatoare pot fi folosite atat pe memorii DDR2 cat si pe DDR3, fie ca e vorba de module single side sau double side.

Arctic RC vin cu o banda termoconductoare preaplicata, fiind de ajuns atasarea pe memorii a unuia sau a doua radiatoare, in functie de nevoi. In pachet sunt livrate patru astfel de radiatoare, ceea ce este suficient pentru doua module de memorie double side.


Radiatoarele vor fi disponibile la mijlocul lunii mai 2008 pentru un pret de aproximativ 14.95$ (aproximativ 40RON) ... dar asta in SUA!

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GDDR5 bate la usa

Quimonda - cunoscutul producator de chip-uri de memorie - a anuntat inca din luna noiembrie 2007 abilitatea de a produce chip-uri de memorie GDDR5 cu o capacitate de 512Mb.
La sase luni dupa acest anunt, Quimonda are stocuri suficiente de memorii GDDR5 pentru a aproviziona fabricantii de placi grafice. Noile chip-uri de memorie GDDR5 pot lucra la 3.60GHz, 4.0GHz si 4.50GHz. Acestea folosesc un mod de impachetare numit PG-TFBGA-170 si ofera o rata de transfer maxima de 20GB/s, comparativ cu memoriile GDDR4 care ofereau doar 16GB/s.

Este foarte probabil ca placile video AMD-ATI Radeon din seria 4000 sa foloseasca aceste memorii GDDR5.

Alti doi producatori de memorii, Hynix Semiconductor si Samsung Electronics, au anuntat ca vor face disponibile propriile modele de memorii GDDR5 intr-un timp foarte scurt.

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Cooler Master Hyper Z600

Cooler Master Hyper Z600

Cooler Master (cunoscutul producator de sisteme de racire - coolere, carcase, rack-uri externe pentru HDD si ventilatoare) a lansat in data de 8 mai 2008 un nou model de cooler pentru CPU: Hyper Z600.


Hyper Z600 este un gigantic cooler gandit pentru racirea pasiva atat a procesoarelor Intel, cat si pentru cele produse de AMD. Acest cooler poate sa preia si sa disipe 89W de caldura, fara a fi necesara montarea unui ventilator - asta inseamna ca toate procesoarele actuale (exceptand seria Phenom de la AMD si modelele Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme, si Core 2 Quad) pot fi racite eficient de acest cooler pasiv.


Optional se pot monta doua ventilatoare intr-o configuratie push-pull pentru a asigura o racire eficenta a procesorului chiar si in caz de overclocking extrem. Hyper Z600 masoara 127.28 x 127.28 x 160 mm si catareste fix 1045g. Privit de sus, acest cooler are forma literei "X". Structura sa este bazata pe sase heatpipe-uri conectate pe de o parte la baza din cupru cu finisaj de oglinda si pe de cealalta parte la multitudinea de lamele de aluminiu intercalate.


Cooler Master Z600 va fi disponibil in curand la pretul de £34.99 (aproximativ 170 RON) ... dar asta in Marea Britanie :(, la noi o sa depaseasca pretul de 200-250RON!!!

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ASUS Splendid MA3850M 512MB GDDR3

Thursday, 8 May 2008

ASUS a lansat astazi prima placa video modulara din lume: Splendid MA3850M 512MB GDDR3.

Aceasta este construita in jurul unui singur GPU ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850, iar PCB-ul este cu aproximativ 27% mai scurt decat o placa video de dimensiuni medii. Splendid MA3850M suporta tehnologia PowerPlay precum si ASUSTeK Splendid HD care imbunatateste calitatea video fara o incarcare suplimentara a procesorului grafic.



Chip-ul grafic ruleaza la 668MHz, iar cei 512MB de memorie DDR3 (pe 256 de biti) sunt tactati la 1.65GHz. Frecventele acestei placi video fac ca performantele lui ASUS Splendid MA3850M sa fie similare cu cele ale oricarei placi video ATI HD 3850 pentru sisteme desktop.



Producatorul nu a specificat un pret sau disponibilitatea acestui produs, dar puteti gasi mai multe informatii aici.

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AC Freezer 7 LP CPU cooler

Arctic Cooling a lansat un nou cooler CPU dedicat utilizator ilor HTPC-uri cu procesoare Intel.





Pentru marea majoritate a utilizatorilor de HTPC inlocuirea coolerului stock pentru CPU cu unul mai performant era o problema intrucat oferta era foarte saraca. Noul Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP (LP vine de la low profile) vine in ajutorul acestor utilizatori.


Coolerul are o inaltime de 42mm si o greutate de doar 263g - ceea ce inseamna jumatate dintr-un cooler normal. Exceptand dimensiunile reduse si greutatea mica, Freezer 7 LP se dovedeste a fi un cooler extrem de performant. Doua heatpipe-uri din cupru, 40 de lamele din aluminiu si un ventilator de 80mm PWM ajuta la disiparea eficienta a caldurii generate de procesor.


Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP este compatibil cu toate procesoarele pe socket LGA775. Acest cooler are o garantie de la producator de 6 ani si va fi disponibil pe piata in mijlocul lunii mai. Pretul lui Freezer 7 LP va fi de aproximativ 27.95$ in SUA.

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