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     Samsung 226BW: the story goes on
      Posted on 14/05/2007 at 11:40 by Vincent
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    It is getting a bit ridiculous. The article published on the different version of the 226BW is a problem for Samsung. Even if the manufacturer hasn't promised the implementation of "S" type panels in the monitor, there are some unhappy clients who wants to return their "A" series. To be more accurate those who have seen in the hidden menu that the panel is manufactured by AU Optronics and not Samsung wants to return their monitor. The reason for this (and it is justified), is that the current "A" series displays less accurate colors than the "S" series.

    Samsung has published a sort of official press release that confirmed the difference in color rendering and indicates that the manufacturer is working on a solution.

    Today, however, news got the conversation moving again:

  • this week-end (May 13, 2007), two readers send us the pictures of their 226BW that do not feature an "S" or "A" panel but a "C". Here is the photo of the hidden menu:


    "C series means CMO! We thought that they were only restricted to the US, Asia and Australia. Now they are released in France too. What kind of image do they display? We don't know. The readers have reported two different and opposite versions. The good news is, however, that none of them wants to return their monitor. This is probably a good sign.

  • Nevertheless, Samsung apparently wants to respond to this panel polemic. They told us that they would and a first (non official) measurement seems to confirm this commitment…but not like we wish they would have to. Some clients complain about the unexpected identity in the hidden menu? Well, this won't be a problem anymore. The identification line has been simply removed!

    > Samsung 226BW A and S series: The verdict



  •  The Spring 2007 IDF in Beijing
      Posted on 14/05/2007 at 11:05 by Marc
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    In early Spring 2007, Intel has summoned the international press to its traditional first IDF of the year. The particularity this year is that it took place in Beijing, China. Here is a report of the upcoming innovations presented by Intel.

    > The Spring 2007 IDF in Beijing



     Phenom: AMD's desktop quad cores AMD?
      Posted on 14/05/2007 at 09:30 by Marc - source: PCLab.pl
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    After using the name Athlon in 1999, Duron in 2000 and Sempron in 2004, AMD will probably choose another denomination for the new desktop processors to be released in September. According to PCLab.pl, the AMD quad core processors would not fall under the Athlon 64 X4 denomination, but will be named Phenom. This new name will clarify the situation since this architecture will also be available for dual core processors. Now, the name Athlon is a strong brand and this modification is a risky bet for AMD. If the product is good, just like Intel with the replacement of the Pentium name by Core, it will be all right.



     ATI to release the Radeon HD 2900 XT
      Posted on 14/05/2007 at 08:57 by Marc
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    AMD launches today a new high end GPU, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. Released 6 month after the GeForce 8800, this chip will compete with the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB. It will be priced $399 with 512 MB of memory.


    We will publish the test of the Radeon HD 2900 XT a little bit later. Last Friday, ATI sent us new drivers that improve performances by up to 2 to 2.5x with Oblivion and Serious Sam 2 in HDR + FSAA 4x with Adaptative anti-aliasing.

    While waiting for this future test, here is our performance index with 9 games:


    Of course this is only an index and performances are subject to great variations from one game to another. It is sometime slower than the 8800 GTS and sometime faster than the 8800 Ultra.


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