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    ASUS’s new LGA775 motherboards on Grantsdale/Alderwood, SiS656, PT890/PT892 chipsets

    French x86-Secret, referring to a certain presentation, informed on ASUS's motherboard roadmap that includes solutions on Intel's Grantsdale (i915) and Alderwood (i925) as well as on SiS's SiS656 and VIA's PT890/PT892.

    As you can see, LGA775 motherboards will have the new model names starting with P5. The next letter seems to mark the chipset family — "G" for i915 (Grantsdale) and "A" for i925 (Alderwood). The next number will stand for the memory type supported — D1" for DDR-I and "D2" for DDR-II.

    ASUS P5AD2 — i925X+ICH6R, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDR-II
    ASUS P5GD2 — i915P+ICH6R, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDR-II
    ASUS P5GD1 — i915P+ICH6R, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDR-I
    ASUS P4GD1 — i915P+ICH6R, µPGA478, PCI-E, Dual DDR-I
    ASUS P5GD2-VM — i915G+ICH6R, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDR-II


    It's interesting that Grantsdale-based models include Socket 478 solutions as well. Anyway, the most optimistic availability date is early May 2004.

    There won't be as many solutions on chipsets from SiS and VIA, but both Taiwanese manufacturers can be proud for providing the dual-channel support simultaneously with Intel (unlike the previous announcements).

    ASUS P5SDC — SiS656 + SiS965, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDRI/DDRII
    ASUS P5VD1 — VIA PT890 + VT8237, LGA775, PCI-E, Dual DDRI/DDRII
    ASUS P5VD2 — VIA PT892 + VT8237, LGA775, PCI-E, AGP 8x, Dual DDR-II


    Frankly speaking, I heard about VIA PT892 for the first time. Still judging by P5VD2 features, it's likely to be a variant of PT890 supporting AGP 8x instead of PCI Express 16x.

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    Buffalo sets DDR-II SDRAM module prices
    $915 for 512MB of DDR-II memory?


    Famous memory module manufacturer Buffalo based in Nagoya, Japan, recently officially released its lineup of DDR-II SDRAM modules. Unlike other companies, who plan to start supplying DDR-II components starting from March or April, Buffalo is reported to begin sales of next-generation memory on the 24th of February, but at an astonishingly high price!

    Buffalo currently offers unbuffered DDR-II SDRAM DIMMs for high-performance desktops, registered DDR-II SDRAM DIMMs for high-end servers and workstations, DDR-II SO-DIMM modules for laptops. As expected, the firm has its DDR-II products in two speeds – 400MHz and 533MHz.

    DDR-II (or DDR2) 240-pin memory modules from Buffalo utilize FBGA memory chips from Elpida, but are demonstrated with no heat-spreader installed for some unknown reason, as even with 1.8V memory voltage, 30% lower compared to conventional DDR SDRAM memory, DDR-II should still dissipate quite a lot of heat, especially at 533MHz.

    A report over Akiba PC Hotline claims that Buffalo will start selling its DDR-II PC2-3200 modules (DDR2, 400MHz) on Monday, the 23rd of February, 2004. The initial price for 256MB module will be $455, 512MB modules will cost around $915. Even taking into account the fact that the modules are something exclusive and prices in Tokyo are higher than in the rest of the world, the quoted prices for the first batch of DDR-II are just too high for desktops and workstations.

    Mainboards with DDR-II support are currently not available and are expected to emerge in March or April. All DDR-II memory systems this year will be dual-channel and will require at least two models to be installed for optimal performance. With a pair of 512MB memory modules at 400MHz with CL 3-3-3 latencies quoted at about $1800, it is not likely that DDR-II will be mainstream this year, as a couple of 512MB quality DDR modules cost about $160 nowadays.

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    Instability, The overclockers' nightmare, when reaching toward the upper limit of their systems and has been found again and again to be related with high temperatures on various components in their systems. Since proper computer cooling had always been a major concern for all PC enthusiasts, aside from the CPU, the Northbridge chip has been widely known to operate in high temperatures of 80 Celsius and would become a major overclocking hurdle for thousands of hardcore overclockers when FSB been pushed 25% over stock speed. Lapping the stock heatsink, applying thermal compound then taping a noisy fan on had minimal success reducing the high temperatures of the Northbridge chip.

    Many users have emailed Thermalright, Inc. requesting a trustworthy N/B thermal solution. Thermalright R&D engineers have stepped up to the demand and taken a close look at many of the so-called coolers on the market and set their design goal. Mission was simple, design an active N/B heatsink that can effectively lower N/B IC temp so the system stays stable on high FSB environments.

    Thermalright RD took their SLK as a basic building block then integrated it with new process techniques learned from designing the ALX-800. After months of tests and tuning, our NB-1 is finally ready to meet the public challenge. Wing spreading step fin design displays its Thermalright heritage, while aerodynamic HSF base proves its SLK style and fin cutting techniques show its bloodline with ALX-800. Adaptive mounting clips provide optimal cooling to Intel and Nvidia platforms, simple fan wire clip to minimize turbulence to the fan. While others are using heavy copper, NB-1 takes a step away from the crowd and improves through design. The result? An N/B HSF made from light weight aluminum alloy that is capable of out performing many so-called copper coolers.

    With CPU makers locking down multipliers, dedicated overclockers can only succeed by pushing FSB to the limit for the best OC result. With crossfire from NB-1 and Thermalright CPU coolers, the battle front against additional heat from overclocking is now extended into a new era.

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    Plextor DVD drive hits 12X

    Multiformat DVD drives are again getting faster: Plextor has announced the first two 12X DVD+R drives.

    One is the first DVD drive to use the Serial ATA interface. Plextor expects the conventionally connected PX-712A DVD±R/RW to ship in late April with a list price of $209. The Serial ATA-based PX-712SA DVD±R/RW is scheduled for release in May priced at $229, although it will initially not be available to consumers.

    Speed story

    Unless another company makes a surprise announcement and fast release, the PX-712A will be the first drive to write to DVD+R at the 12X speed. And no, you won't have to wait for 12X media. The drive can manage 12X speeds with 8X media, according to Howard Wing, Plextor's vice president of sales and marketing.

    But be warned: You can't get 12X speeds with all 8X DVD+R media. Only media from three manufacturers--Maxell, Ricoh, and Taiyo Yuden--have so far been approved for the faster rate. Taiyo Yuden discs are sold under a variety of brand names as well as its own, so you may not always know if you're buying them.

    The PX-712A is fast with other media types, but doesn't break any records. It can write to DVD-R at 8X, DVD+RW and-RW at 4X, CD-R at 48X, and CD-RW at 24X. It can read DVD-ROMs at up to 16X and CDs at up to 48X.

    The drive comes with Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 (a World Class 2003 award winner) and includes PhotoSuite 5, which comes bundled with the retail version of the package. Also included is a 30-day trial version of Dantz's Retrospect Backup, a recent PC World Best Buy. Like just about every other internal CD or DVD drive available today, the PX-712A uses the standard Parallel ATA interface.

    What's different

    The interface is what makes the PX-712A different from the PX-712SA, which is the first DVD drive of any type to use the Serial ATA interface. In all other respects (except the $20 price difference), the drives are identical.

    SATA has been gaining ground over the last year as a new standard to connect internal hard drives to the motherboard. Although it's currently not that much faster than the older PATA interface (150 megabytes per second as opposed to PATA's up to 133 MBps), it promises to eventually attain speeds of up to 600 MBps.

    Of course, these speeds are relevant to hard drives, the fastest storage devices. When you're talking about optical drives, those numbers aren't meaningful. The new Plextor drives top out at only about 22 MBps for reads and 16.5 MBps for writes, far below the level of PATA'S current capabilities.

    SATA represents the future of internal storage interfaces. In time, all internal (and even some external) storage devices are expected to use it. SATA has some advantages that will apply to DVD drives in particular. For example, it uses slimmer cables, which improve circulation within the PC and keep the insides cooler. And because SATA provides a point-to-point interface, you connect only one device per cable, which obviates PATA's demand for master/slave/cable select jumper settings and simplifies drive installation. SATA also allows up to 3.3-foot cable lengths as opposed to PATA's 1.5-foot limitation. Plextor's Wing says that, aside from these points, a SATA interface on a DVD drive offers "no practical advantage."

    Plextor isn't expecting you to run out and buy a SATA DVD drive--at least not yet. The company is planning on initially marketing the PX-712SA exclusively to PC manufacturers and system integrators who want phase out the PATA interface. SATA is a new standard, and the market for upgrades isn't there yet. Wing estimates it will be "about three to six months before end users are going to want to purchase a serial ATA drive."

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    Hitachi to unveil 400GB drive

    Hitachi Global Storage Technologies plans to announce this week a massive hard drive designed to store corporate data or record about 400 hours of video for consumers.

    The new drive has a capacity of 400GB, spins at 7,200 revolutions per minute and uses ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) interface technology, according to a source close to Hitachi. The drive can come with either the parallel ATA interface long used in desktop computers or the newer Serial ATA interface. Dubbed the Deskstar 7K400, the drive is being tested by manufacturers and could be in digital video recorder (DVR) products available to consumers later this year, the source said.

    Hitachi's product continues a push by hard-drive makers to play a larger role in the consumer electronics industry, which is using drives for devices, including DVRs and personal music players, like Apple Computer's iPods.

    The company is billing the Deskstar 7K400 as the largest-capacity ATA drive with 3.5-inch platters. Currently, the largest 3.5-inch ATA drive is a 320GB product from Maxtor, according to John Monroe, an analyst at research firm Gartner. That drive, though, spins at 5,400rpm, which translates into slower performance than a 7,200rpm drive, Monroe said. He said 3.5-inch ATA drives running at 7,200rpm top out at 250GB.

    Hitachi hopes that its whopper of a drive gets the attention of manufacturers in both the consumer and corporate markets.

    In the latter, the drive is targeted at disk-based data storage gear called "nearline." That class of equipment has lower performance and is less reliable than systems with drives using the SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) or Fibre Channel interfaces, but it's faster for data recoveries than magnetic tape storage.

    Hitachi recently announced a large-capacity 300GB drive designed for high-end storage devices, as well as a prototype of a small-size 2.5-inch drive for corporate customers.

    The Deskstar 7K400 also aims to find a place in DVRs, which are devices that can record broadcasts as well as temporarily pause live programming. Hitachi already makes a 250GB drive that appears in DVRs. The roomier new drive is designed to store about 400 hours of standard broadcasts, or 45 hours of high-definition television, according to the source close to Hitachi.

    DVRs are growing more powerful and popular. Monroe expects hard drives to play an increasing role in TV watching. "Every TV in the next five years will have a rotating magnetic device in it, on it or near it," he said.

    News.com

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    Epox mainboards

    EP-5EPA+ : Incorporating the new Intel Grantsdale-G chipset with PCI-Express, this motherboard also supports the new LGA775 CPU offering a stupendous blend of awesome performance, advanced features, and value-added extras.
    EP-9NDA+ : Coming with the yet-to-launch AMD new K8 939 CPU, the EP-9NDA+ motherboard (Nforce3 Ultra) offers four dual-channel DDR DIMM slots that can accommodate ultra-fast DDR memory modules and a dual-channel memory architecture that maximizes the amount of data that can be shuttled between the processor and memory, eliminating an all-too-common obstacle to attaining top system speed. Moreover, the board also includes Gigabit Ethernet for extremely fast networking.

    Epox CeBIT press release

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