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     CeBIT : Dual Eden server for VIA
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 14:47 by Damien
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    VIA made a demonstration of a server based on an Epia DP-310 platform which integrates 2 CPU Eden-N clocked at 1 GHz. The target is to promote a very compact entry level sever (2 of these platforms can be integrated in a rack 1U) and with a low heat dissipation. This solution could be interesting if the priority isn't performances. VIA indicated to be able to place 168 processors per 42U Server Racks with record power consumption of only 2500W. Now, we will have to wait and see if the server market will trust VIA.

    VIA also made the demonstration of the last Pentium 4 chipsets which supports else one PCI Express 16x slot and one 8x (PT880 Pro), one PCI Express 16x (PT894) or else 2 PCI Express "16x" (PT894 Pro) slots. It is important to remember that with the PT880 Pro, AGP and PCI Express could be used simultaneously like with the PT894 Pro with two PCI Express graphic cards. VIA regrets, however, that NVIDIA stopped the SLI functioning with other chipsets than the nForce 4 SLI and hopes that ATI which will release a similar technology won’t make the same decision.

     CeBIT: S3 releases the GammaChrome
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 08:17 by Damien
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    With a delay of five months (an improvement of 8 months compared to the DeltaChrome), S3 announced the release of the GammaChrome. This GPU includes the same characteristics than the previous version but is PCI Express 16x compatible and has a slightly modified architecture. One of the DeltaChrome main problems was the lack of efficiency. Pixel pipelines rarely works at full potential. Improvements tend to reduce this problem. If they really do, if the drivers are OK and if graphic cards are available this time in shops, it could be an alternative solution to ATI and NVIDIA entry level products.

     CeBIT : Watercooling for Gigabyte
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 03:19 by Marc
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    Like other motherboard makers, Gigabyte events during this CeBIT were all about new NVIDIA and Intel’s solution for Pentium 4. For the nForce 4 Intel Edition, Gigabyte will release the GA-8N-SLI Royal, for the i955X the GA-8I955X Royal and Pro (first one only features the Dual Power System and Dual Lan), and for the i945P the GA-8I945P Pro. New motherboards will be available between now and the end of May.

    GA-8N-SLI RoyalGA-8I955X RoyalGA-8I945P Pro

    We have been surprised by this news, but Gigabyte has decided to launch new products on the water-cooling market with Pentium 4 and Athlon 64 solutions. Additionally to a rather standard waterblock, we have noticed another one with a fan on the top. This configuration left us a bit perplexes, because not really logical for a water-cooling solution.

    Nothing new for graphic cards, except for the current lineup which still includes a lot of fanless solution.

     CeBIT : AMD and the dual core
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 02:59 by Marc
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    Like last year, AMD didn’t have any dedicated stand but several meeting rooms. In these meeting rooms, the main subject of discussion was the Turion 64 announced yesterday. The public presence was via partner stands. For non mobile processor tendency, AMD confirmed the intention to release initially a dual core Opteron processor mid 2005, a market which should be more receptive to this advance than the desktop market initially targeted by Intel.

    So it is only during the second half that dual core AMD processors for Socket 939 will be released. According to AMD, all Socket 939 motherboards will be compatible with dual core processors with a simple bios update. We will have of course to check this information when the processors will be available. The AMD dual core interest is that unlike Intel’s solution both cores will be interconnected internally and won’t unnecessarily overload the fsb and chipset.

    AMD isn’t also planning to stop the evolution of single core processors, but for the moment the manufacturer hasn’t provided any specific information on the release of the future Athlon 64 4200+ and Athlon FX-57. During Q2, the main evolution will be the progressive replacement of Athlon 64 130nm by 90nm, especially those based on the core E which supports the SSE3. We have also noticed hat AMD has updated the official roadmap and replaced the Lancaster code name by the Turion 64 denomination. Except for this modification, nothing has changed compared to the information published last November .

     CeBIT: for all tastes
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 02:45 by Marc
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    You have bought the Gericom cow/leopard LCD monitor and you feel that your computer is a little bit dull? We have a solution for you as some manufacturers are apparently trying to reach the height of bad taste with this tower case/keyboard/louse/speaker combination which will be perfect with your new monitor!

     CeBIT: Shuttle flattens le XPC
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 02:35 by Marc
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    Shuttle never does things by halves and should offer one of the most advanced Windows Media Center 2005 solutions: the XPC MCE 01. Based on a Pentium M processor, an i915PM and a X300, this computer fits in a HiFi tower case type and according to the back of the current pre-version will feature an a lot of different inputs/outputs. It will also include an analogical Tuner and a TNT tuner. The only thing is that we will have to wait for the end of this summer to see this product and that it will costs around 1500€!

     CeBIT : DDR600 and DDR2-733 TwinMOS
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 02:20 by Marc
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    TwinMOS exposed two new high end TwiSTER memory modules. In DDR, TwinMOS now reaches 300 MHz in CAS3 with the TwiSTER Pro PC4800 512 MB, and in DDR2 366 MHz in CAS4 with the Pro PC2-5900. It is important to notice that TwinMOS also offers DDR2 350 MHz memory modules with a similar latency, the PC2-5600.

     CeBIT : HFX mCubed Media PC
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 02:07 by Marc
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    The mCubed company introduced during the CeBIT the HFX Media PC tower case. Intended for the living room, this tower case welcomes ATX motherboards and power supply, but has a specific cooling system. It features two radiators with blades on each side of the tower case. The one on the left is supposed to evacuate the processor heat transmitted by a heatpipe system and the one on the right take care of the optional fanless power supply. The tower case weights 18 Kg and its dimensions are as follows: 430x145x450mm. The tower case price with the power supply will be around 300 €.

     CeBIT : high end client support for OCZ
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 01:54 by Damien
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    OCZ has released during this CeBIT the Titanium Series, memory modules which have the particularity to go along with extra normal client support: a 24 hours exchange in case of failure. The objective for OCZ is to guarantee the minimum interruption to its clients in case of problem even if they have made everything to avoid any failures. A whole range of memory modules will be available quickly. The target is mainly servers, workstations, power users which can’t imagine spending more than 24h without their computers.

    Unfortunately, initially this system will only be available in North America. It will be released in Europe a little bit later depending on the market interest for this type of products. The exchange delay by OCZ Netherlands or OCZ USA will be probably extended to 48h.

     CeBIT : Athlon 64 BTX for MSI
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 01:40 by Marc
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    MSI presented the first BTX motherboard (to our knowledge) for Athlon 64, the K8NM8. Apparently this type of solution is possible despite the more complex design due to the processor position and consequently the memory controller position which isn’t in line with the memory modules. We have noticed that the BTX hasn’t made a lot of good noise during this CeBIT and that the ATX should continue to be successful for quite some time.

    K8NM8P4N Diamond955X Diamond

    Of course, MSI also introduced a nForce 4 Intel Edition motherboard, the P4N Diamond and motherboards based on the next Intel chipsets such as the 955X Diamond. Like many other makers, MSI integrates to the P4N Diamond a solution to activate the two PCI Express x16 slots in SLI without to have to change jumpers’ position or the SO DIMM card direction. The manipulation is made directly in the bios.

    For mini computers, the most recently released of the Mega PC, the 865 Pro features several innovations. First of all, if it is till based on a 865G chipsets but it now welcomes Socket 775 processors and the 802.11g network. More interesting, Instant On functions have now been extended and it is now possible to have access to DVD / VCD / CD / MP3 / FM / TV functions without to have to boot Windows with a dedicated software base on a Linux system.

     CeBIT: XGI focus on entry level products
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 01:16 by Damien
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    XWI, whose current graphic card generation didn’t meet users’ requirements, is preparing its next move, but this time objectives have changed and targets have been reduced to a more realistic level. XGI leaves the high end and partly the middle range segment to focus on entry level products. Competing with ATI and NVIDIA for high end products isn’t possible for XGI and the last attempt with the Volari Duo confirmed this situation.

    Entry level products, even if they are less glorifying in terms of image than high end products, are clearly more accessible and XGI has the intention to release a products which will take some market shares. This product (code name XG47) denomination will be Volari 8300 and will compete directly with the GeForce 6200 TurboCache and other Radeon X300 HyperMemory. The architecture has been changed completely compared to previous XGI products to improve the efficiency. This point will of course have to be verified. The GPU supports the Shader 2.0, features 4 pipelines with two able to process pixel shaders, is able to calculate Z data at double speed and supports the eXtreme Cache which is as you probably have already understood the equivalent to the TurboCache and HyperMemory. XGI has pushed, however, the concept even further. It is possible here not to include any memory chips and only use memory allocated to the eXtreme Cache. 16/32/64 Mo 32 bits and 64/128 Mo 64 bits versions will also be available. They will be clocked ideally at 300/350 MHz. These graphic cards will be available within a couple of months. There is still though a lot of work to do as the demonstration product was only a prototype far from the final version. Driver are also only 2D compatible for the moment.

    Just after this product in the beginning of summer, XGI will release the XG45. This more efficient chip will feature twice as more pixel pipelines and will support shader 3.0 renamed for this occasion TrueShader 3.0. The bus memory will be of 64 or 128 bits and will support from 64 to 256 MB. The most efficient model will be clocked at 450 MHz for the GPU and memory instead of 400 MHz and 275 MHz for the next product. According to XGI, the first graphic card will provide performances between the X700 Pro and the 6600 GT.

    These 2 GPU will also be available in mobile version… to the MXM Type I format for the XG47 (also named XP10 for mobile version) and type III for the XG45. The XG47/XP10 will also be available to a specific format for a major laptop manufacturer.

    XGI mentioned the future roadmap with end 2005 / early 2006 the XG50 which specifications are identical to the XG45 but with a new architecture and the XG60 end of 2006 which will feature the WGF 2.0 ("DX 10") compatibility. XG51 and XG61 versions with half of the pipelines number and the eXtreme Cache compatibility will also be released.

    Let’s hope for XGI that these products will be up to their expectations and released on time...

     CeBIT : DDR2-667 low latency Corsair
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 00:55 by Marc
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    Corsair already announced their last products like the DDR XPERT memory lineup or the water-cooling solution developed with Swiftech COOL by Corsair. So they haven’t introduced new real innovation for the moment, but the manufacturer will release in the weeks to come DDR2 667 (PC2-5400) memory modules with aggressive timings which should please future owners of platform based on nForce 4 Intel Edition or i955X. For the moment, Corsair hasn’t communicated any information on guaranteed timings, but rumors mention 3-2-2 … wait & see!

    For the DDR1 Corsair said that contrary to rumors, the Samsung F-TCCD chip production will continue. To the question of eventual substitute to the Samsung chips, Corsair answered that other choice such as the Winbond UTT provides lower performances for standard voltages and that the capacity to hold on with aggressive timings at 200 MHz is more hazardous and depends on shipments.

     CeBIT : New TNN for Zalman
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 00:29 by Marc
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    Zalman introduced during the CeBIT, a new totally silent tower, the TNN (Totaly No Noise) 300. More compact and design than the previous version, the TNN 300 features a 350 Watts power supply and totally silent CPU, GPU and HDD cooling system using the tower case as a gigantic radiator. Of course this configuration doesn’t include a single fan.

    For the CPU, Zalman shouldn’t be able to dissipate more than 70 Watts. Consequently, this configuration won’t be able to welcome high end Pentium 4.

    The last thing to find out is the release price…

     CeBIT : dual 6600GT for Leadtek
      Posted on 12/03/2005 at 00:10 by Marc - source: Materiel.be
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    In front of the lack of real innovations in the graphic market, Leadtek has released one new product: a graphic card with two GeForce 6600 GT. The Duo PX6600 Extreme is inspired by the Gigabyte 3D1 and will probably feature the same limitations.

    Only a price really inferior to one GeForce 6800 GT or two GeForce 6600 GT would make of this graphic card a really interesting solution. For the moment we don’t have any information on price or release date.

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