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In an announcement from the online PC product superstore "NewEgg" the other day, they inform us that ATI's recently released X850 and X1800XL "Crossfire" video cards are now a reality, on the shelves and ready to snap up.


CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - is pleased to announce the immediate availability of ATI Technologies' X1800XL Radeon and X850 Crossfire video cards. The X850 CrossFire card can be paired with any PCI Express Radeon X850 graphics card for multi-GPU rendering on all applications. The X1800XL Radeon is a high-end member of ATI's X1000 top to bottom family of video cards, all of which feature:


* 90nm process technology
* Shader Model 3.0 support
* Fulltime/fullspeed fp32 processing for floating point pixel formats
* New "Ring Bus" memory architecture with support for GDDR4
* Antialiasing supported on MRT and fp16 output
* High quality angle independent Anisotropic Filtering
* AVIVO and advanced decode/encode support


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- ATI Radeon X1000 series, X1800, X1600 & X1300 graphics cards @ A1-Electronics
- Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 @ TheTechZone
- ZyXEL ZyWALL 5/ZyWALL Turbo Card @ Trusted Reviews
- Icybox IB-360 External Hard drive Enclosure @ Trusted Reviews
- Canon Pixma iP90 Inkjet Printer @ Trusted Reviews
- ASRock 939A8X-M MicroATX board @ OCInside
- XFX Revo64 Sata RAID Controller @ Noticias3D (Translated)
- Digital Age Walk-Free Wireless USB Headphones @ EverythingUSB
- Windows Vista Build 5219 @ CoolTechZone
- Gigabyte 7800GTX video card @ Pro-Clockers


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DFI Launches LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert

Continuing to look after their solid reputation in the enthusiast motherboard catagory, DFI have just announced the release of their new and improved "LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert" motherboard which is a nicely refined version of their previous SLI model(s). Such advances include a smarter physical layout in terms of the spacing between the x16 PCI-e slots (meaning you can slot bigger GFX cards in), a 6 layer PCB for increased stability, superior power circuitry for higher overclocking potential, and several other benefits.


For the official announcement, grab a hold of this doc file. oh, and here's a PDF formatted specs sheet for you to have a squizz at also.


Taipei, Taiwan - September 30, 2005 - DFI, a world leader of motherboards and maker of the award-winning LANParty motherboard series, is proud to announce today the launch of LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert, a suped-up version of the LANParty nForce4 SLI motherboards. The LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert features an improved design where the PCI-e x16 slots are placed wider apart to provide space for larger VGA coolers. This new layout allows for greater performance of the VGA cards. To facilitate the overclocking process, a convenient PCI-e configuration setting is incorporated in the BIOS of the LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert to enable easy switching between SLI and non-SLI mode. Furthermore, the new LANParty UT nForce4 SLI-DR Expert comes with 8-pin power connector (instead of 4) to provide more stable power source.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Corsair XMS TWINX2048-PC4400PRO 2GB Dual Channel Kit @ InsaneTek
- Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI @ InsaneTek
- Game Boy Micro @ Arstechnica
- Creative Labs Zen Vision @ DesignTechnica
- OCZ 2GB Rally Flash Drive @ TechGage
- IOGear 5-Button 1600 DPI USB Laser Mouse @ Futurelooks
- XGBox Vortec 600 Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
- ATI Avivo Video Technology: An Overview @ CoolTechZone
- Swissbit 512MB Minitwist USB Drive *Exclusive* @ ThinkComputers
- Cellboost for PSP @ The TechZone


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NVIDIA Unleashes GeForce Go 7800 GTX

With yet another blow to the competition, NVIDIA have just kicked off their new flagship GPU solution for notebooks in the "GeForce Go 7800 GTX". It's been made apparent that this latest offering from NV is also rather fine-tuned in the power ratings dept. consuming no more than the previous-gen Go 6800 Ultra yet carrying 100 million more transistors.


NVIDIA's press release can be read over here, and for some benchmarks and comparison tests, check out both PC Perspective's and Bit-Tech's reviews here folks.


SANTA CLARA, CA-SEPTEMBER 28, 2005-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today unveiled the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), the flagship of the NVIDIA notebook GPU line-up. This new GPU is immediately available in notebooks from Sager Computer, Inc., Falcon Northwest, Voodoo Computers, Inc., Eurocom Corporation, ABS Computer Technologies, Inc., Hypersonic PC Systems, Evesham Technology, and ProStart Computer, Inc.


"Notebook PCs have entered a new age of performance and features," stated Rob Csongor, general manager of notebook GPUs at NVIDIA. "With twice the performance compared to the previous generation, the GeForce Go 7 GPU delivers the ability to play all of today's and tomorrow's hottest games and the power to process high definition video--all with remarkable power savings."


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Crossfire is finally upon us, but worth the wait?!

In the continuous battle for supremacy between NVIDIA and ATI, it's quite clear that in recent times ATI have been needing to produce what you'd think be some form of magic if they're to become a real threat for the NV giants once again. When NVIDIA's SLI technology took off, then following that, the release of their much praised GeForce7 series of GPUs, it had left ATI with a LOT of catching up to do for their fair share of market dominance.


It's been nothing but a somewhat painful waiting game for many us over the past several months, as we stood by in anticipation of ATI's answers to SLI (CrossFire), and their latest generation of graphics cards to support the new dual-vga card platform.


Finally all the waiting's coming to an end, and with the curtains lifted hardware sites around the globe will answer all of our questions (and then some) in relation to whether or not the wait has indeed been worth it. After all, this is ATI's only hope at getting right back in contention for a large chunk of the action in the market, or at least for quite a while to come.



Although Crossfire was unveiled/previewed some months back now, today marks the official launch of the new platform, just slightly ahead of ATI's new R520 GPU family which we expect to see launched within the next week or so. For all the coverage on what is hoped to be a powerful and worthy alternative to NV's SLI arrangement, check out articles via the various links below (and dont forget to check back for updated linkies also! ):-


- Tech Report
- Hexus
- PC Perspective
- Beyond3D
- FiringSquad
- TBreak
- Hot Hardware
- Trusted Reviews
- Digit-Life
- HardwareZone
- DriverHeaven
- Anandtech
- Toms Hardware
- ExtremeTech
- XBit Labs


Tech Report:-
Some four months after first announcing its CrossFire technology, ATI is finally ready to bring multi-GPU Radeon rendering to the masses. Enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting CrossFire arrival, in part because the particulars of the Radeon X800 series have forced ATI to take a somewhat novel approach to GPU teaming, employing "master" cards and an external compositing engine to weave the output of two graphics cards together for a single display. We've also been eager to see how CrossFire will stack up against NVIDIA's SLI technology, which the green team has diligently refined for nearly a year.


CrossFire is more than just a GPU teaming technology, though. ATI has also developed CrossFire Edition chipsets and motherboards to go along with its new graphics cards. Join us as we explore the performance, features, and limitations of ATI's CrossFire solution.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Altec Lansing AHS602i Gaming Headset @ Techgage
- SanDisk 1 GB Digital Audio MP3 Player @ Futurelooks
- Grado SR225 Headphones @ Cooltechzone
- Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Water Cooling System (for SLI) @ BigBruin
- Swiftech MCX775-V heatsink @ ClubOC
- Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
- Thermaltake Bigwater SE Water Cooling Kit @ TweakNews
- Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop v3.0 @ ByteSector
- Game Boy Micro @ Designtechnica
- Day of Defeat: Source - exclusive pre-release feature @ bit-tech
- Logitech G7 cordless 2000dpi Laser Mouse @ Trusted Reviews


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ASUS dual GeForce 7800GT board spotted

Discovered by a member of the Elite Bastards forums a short while ago, some eye-candy of an absolute monster graphics card found at ComputerBase. Although the supporting text is in german, the pictures definitely speak for themselves in this case.



- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Fall Extreme Gamer System Shootout Part 4: CyberPower' XLC @ Toms Hardware
- ASUS 7800GTX TOP @ TBreak
- Are Intel's Integrated Graphics Processors Good Enough for Gaming? @ Toms Hardware
- Pioneer DVR-110D: Dual Layer Double Time! @ anandtech
- USB key speeds up Windows Vista @ VNUNet


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ATI Crossfire performance examined

Our mate John Gillooly over at APC Magazine (big Aussie magazine) has posted a quick article looking at dual Radeon X850XT Crossfire performance in 3DMark05, Doom 3 and Half Life 2. They're using an ECS PA1 MVP Extreme motherboard, Pentium 4 3.73GHz Extreme Edition and 1GB of DDR2-667.



First test was 3DMark05. In the standard 1024x768 test the Crossfire configuration came out 40% faster than a single card. However when we increase the load on the graphics subsystem by moving to a 1280x1024 resolution, turning AntiAliasing up to 6x and Anisotropic filtering to 16x we see the Crossfire setup really shine, delivering a score 85% faster than a single card. Moving to the OpenGL based Doom3 we see the Crossfire setup come out 36% faster in testing at 1280x1024 Ultra Quality. In Half-Life 2 we see less of a performance improvement at 1280x1024 with Crossfire coming out 7-10% faster when all details are set to their maximum.


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Swiftech Introduces MCW55 Universal VGA water-block

To accompany their acclaimed "STORM" CPU waterblock, Swiftech have today announced the release of their new MCW55 Universal VGA water-block which offers a significant improvement in performance over the previous MCW50 model, this by use of Delrin Acetal materials (not unlike the STORM CPU waterblock). For more information, have a read through the official press release folks.


Signal Hill, CA - Friday September 2nd, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MCW55 Universal VGA water-block. While similar in size and appearance to the earlier MCW50, the MCW55 features vastly improved performance and is now made out of Delrin Acetal like the STORM CPU waterblock for superior durability. "The STORM+MCW55 combination is a "match made in heaven". We worked really hard to optimize the hydraulics on this waterblock and deliver our enthusiast customers the absolute best cooling solution on the planet" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. The MCW55 is compatible with all ATI Radeon and nVidia High-end GeForce VGA adapters.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Shuttle XPC SN26P (nForce4 SLI) @ Hardware Zone
- Asus S-Presso Deluxe home theater PC @ GotApex
- Terratec Cinergy 1400 DVB-T digital TV tuner @ XtremeComputing
- KOSS KTX Pro 1 Stereo Phones @ CyberWizard
- Abit AW8-MAX Intel Motherboard @ The TechZone
- ECS SDGE Technology @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe WiFi+TV @ Phoronix
- Optorite TED80Y1 USB 2.0 DVD recorder @ CDFreaks
- Five DVD-ROM Drives Roundup @ XBit Labs
- BenQ DW1620 DVDR @ Monster-Hardware


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GIGABYTE Make SLI More Affordable

In a recent official announcement from GIGABYTE, they aim to deliver a bunch of new SLI-ready motherboards with a cost-friendly price tag, in turn making SLI a bit more plausible for budget/mid-range focused system buyers.


Taipei, Taiwan August 12th, 2005 - GIGABYTE Technology®, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced a new range of affordable SLI-ready motherboards aimed at introducing NVIDIA's dual GPU technology to the mainstream PC market.


The new GIGABYTE motherboard SKUs follow shortly after an announcement by NVIDIA that the chipset and graphics giant would focus on driving SLI technology into the general PC market where it can benefit home and corporate users as well as PC gaming enthusiasts. The new SLI-ready motherboards are the GA-K8N-SLI and GA-8N-SLI Pro that feature compatibility with new dual core processors from Intel® or AMD, Serial ATA 3Gb/s, NV RAID, NV firewall and Gigabit LAN connectivity, all for a retail price that is expected to start at less than AU$190.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- AMD socket 754 Athlon 64, Sempron motherboards list @ A1-Electronics
- 6-way Mega DDR2 Round-Up @ VR-Zone
- Talkback: Widscreen TVs Get the Bends @ DesignTechnica
- Wicked Lasers Extreme Series 80 mW Phoenix @ MVKTech
- Yeong Yang Aquarius YY-5604 Middle Tower @ HardwareOC
- Thermaltake Golden Orb II @ OCIA
- Western Digital Essential NetCenter 320GB NAS box @ Trusted Reviews
- Saitek X52 Flight Control System @ Futurelooks
- Razer Diamondback Plasma gaming mouse @ Trusted Reviews


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NVIDIA Introduces Second GeForce7 Member

Today marks another big release for NVIDIA as they officially launch their second GeForce 7 series video card in the "7800 GT". This card is of course a lower spec'd model in comparison to the already released GTX variant, and naturally offered in a lower price bracket. The card differs to the GTX with 20 pixel pipelines and 7 vertex pipelines versus the 24 pixel / 8 vertex pipelines of the GTX. GPU and MEM clocks are also lower at 400MHz and 1000Mhz respectively.


Given the NDA's just expired, theres a mass of links surfacing with stacks of benchies and info on the new GT cards, as per the below links :-


- Guru3D
- TweaksRUS
- Bit-Tech
- Tech Report
- PC Perspective
- Hot hardware
- Hexus
- Hardware Analysis
- Trusted Reviews
- Neoseeker
- Digit-Life
- XBit Labs
- Anandtech
- NVNews
- FiringSquad


Following the release of the Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX GPU sometime last month, NVIDIA had just started rolling out the technologically stunning, GeForce 7 series of GPUs. While the 7800 GTX based graphics card are the fastest anyone can buy with money now, it remains as one of the most expensive one available in the market. This comes naturally, since it gives top of the line performance. Retailing at an average of late SGD$900 to early SGD$1200, these cards might not be attractive even to the rich. While NVIDIA needs to cater to as many market sectors as possible, they saw a need to have a card that will provide next generation performance, yet costs lower then that. A new GPU is now introduced, the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT.


- Chaintech Announces AE78GT on 7800 GT

Another press release rolls in detailing the birth of a 7800 GT based graphics card, this one from NVIDIA partner Chaintech with their "AE78GT" variant.


Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 11th, 2005-Chaintech Computer CO., LTD, the World-leading VGA cards& Motherboard manufacturer, today introduces its AE78GT, one of the industry's first next generation high-definition PC Gaming VGA solutions based on the NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT graphics processor. Chaintech AE78GT featuring a revolutionary design that delivers best-in-class performance on today's hottest games and applications.


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- High-definition Videodiscs: The Route to a Single Standard @ Toms Hardware
- High-Flying ULi M1695 Reference Board (PCie & AGP) @ Toms Hardware
- Brother MFC-620CN - Multi Function Device @ Trusted Reviews
- Blue Tango Classic @ Viperlair
- ASRock K8 Combo-Z AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939 & 754 Mobo @
- Amacrox Power bus Modular 460w PSU @ XtremeComputing


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