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News of the day (January 7, 2010)


 Dell launches a 27'' 2560*1440 screen
  Posted on 1262861964 by Benoit

Up till now, to increase surface area (for a reasonable sum), the best solution was to set up two 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 screens.With a Radeon 5xxx, setting up a 3 or 6 screen solution is envisageable, but for a much higher cost (card + screens). Not to mention 30" screens that are on sale at a frightening price.

Apple has recently come in with its 27" iMac, with a very comfortable 2560x1440 resolution on an IPS panel. Dell have now responded with the announcement of its UltraSharp U2711.


This is a 27" IPS screen at 2560x1440. The panel may well be similar to the iMac panel. Response times have been given at 6ms (which is pretty good for an IPS) and the contrast ratio 1000:1. Connectivity is thorough with an HDMI 1.3 (obligatory given the resolution), a DisplayPort port, 2 DVI-D ports, a VGA, a composite and component, 4 USBs and a card reader.

A pretty high-end screen then, that should delight those who require high resolutions but don’t want to go for a 30-inch. That said, the UltraSharp U2711 does come in at $1049.



 30 GB SSD from Kingston
  Posted on 1262860127 by Benoit

SSD’s are certainly making waves at the moment! We mentioned the availability of the 40 GB Intel X25-V recently, which is the same as its clone, the 40 GB Kingston V-Series.

In contrast to the Intel, the Kingston is rather difficult to find, even though it does represent an interesting and economical upgrade possibility. Maybe this recent announcement from Kingston is related: a new low cost 30 GB SSD.

Still a 2.5" disk with 34nm Flash NAND, the theoretical read speeds are 180 MB/s and writes 50 MB/s. This makes us think that there’s also an Intel controller in this model. Like the 40 GB V-Series, it gives much lower performance than the best in the sector but amply sufficient to give a responsive system disk thanks to the almost zero access times common to SSDs. The 30 GB size clearly marks it out for such usage.

A promo offer (USA only) is likely to accompany the launch of the product that will be available at $79.99. We can only regret that it isn’t on offer at this price in Europe. It is likely to be on sale at $110 later, which after conversion to euros, would put it a little under the 40 GB X25-V.



 AMD launches its Mobility Radeon HD 5000s
  Posted on 1262853706 by Marc

AMD is making the most of CES to launch a new range of mobile GPU, the Mobility Radeon HD 5000s. No less than 3 40nm DirectX 11 GPUs are being launched, with 1.04 billion, 626 million and 242 million transistors respectively. These GPUs will be used within 4 distinct ranges:

- Mobility Radeon HD 5800 (800 stream processors)
- Mobility Radeon HD 5700 (400)
- Mobility Radeon HD 5600 (400)
- Mobility Radeon HD 5400 (80)


The most attentive among you will have noted that the largest of the GPUs has the same number of transistors and processing units as Juniper that is in the desktop Radeon HD 5700, but which here is called Mobility Radeon HD 5800...

The GPU that equips the Mobility Radeon HD 5700/5600 is likely to be similar to the next desktop GPU for the Radeon HD 5600. Damien will give more detail on this launch tomorrow from Las Vegas!



 CES 2010
  Posted on 1262835639 by Damien


In the little world of electronics, the year begins with CES in Las Vegus, one of the biggest shows in the world for the sector and one that we have decided to cover in 2010 by focussing on PC Hardware.

One of the main themes of this CES will no doubt be 3D or more precisely stereoscopic vision, that is set to take off in 2010. The success of Avatar shows that the technology is finally up to the mark and TV manufacturers are looking to make the most of it and introduce it into our living rooms in spite of the inconvenience of having to wear appropriate glasses.

There are probably many of you waiting for more information on Fermi, the forthcoming NVIDIA GPU, at this CES. We can already tell you that outside of any leaks on certain details, we won’t be seeing much of it here. There isn’t however very long to wait… at least for the technical details. During the show, NVIDIA is going to concentrate on its mobile products and 3D Vision with support for Bluray 3D and display on 3 screens. We saw NVIDIA setting up this system this afternoon, the official opening being tomorrow.

AMD are also going to be concentrating on mobile products and stereoscopy, with the arrival of the rest of the desktop product range, the Radeon HD 5600, 5500 and 5400 being planned for a little later with a first product to be launched on January 14th.



 Kingston announces a 24GB kit
  Posted on 1262849622 by Benoit

After the bi-LGA1366 motherboard, Kingston are going for another outsize product, the 24 GB HyperX, launched today at CES. It is no less no more than a 24 GB DDR3 1600MHz kit! Made up of six bars of 4 GB, it has been designed with X58 cards in mind. Owners of i5s have not been forgotten though, with an announement of a 16 GB kit of 4 bars at the same time. Both are certified at 1600MHz (CL9-9-9-27) for 1.65v and known as the KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX and KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX respectively. As usual for HyperX kits, these bars have a lifetime guarantee.

Of course you need a 64 bit version system for such a quantity of memory. Only pros will really be likely to be able to make use of such a quantity of memory, but as they are not ECC Registered they have actually been designed for general consumer machines…

A final detail: you’ll need to shell out €1067.58 and €711.60 +VAT to acquire these modules.

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