Lenovo has announced its ThinkVision L220x Wide display which is a 22-inch display with 1,920x1,200 resolution and this is as far as we know the first and only 22-inch widescreen display with this resolution. Two inches might not seem like a lot, but it's a matter of getting the right kind of LCD glass and most manufacturers only makes what's economically viable. However, there's always a way if a company is willing to pay enough for a certain panel size.
The ThinkVision L220x features a built in USB hub with four ports and it has a D-sub and DVI with HDCP support for video input. It's also got autorotation, which means that some clever software on your computer will automatically rotate your desktop to fit the screen correctly if you pivot the screen.
According to one of our sources, Asus doesn't have an X48 design, so those hoping that the new Maximus Formula and Extreme boards were going to feature this chipset, you'll be disappointed. The other two X38 boards are the P5E3 Deluxe and the P5E3 WS Pro, the latter of the two being a workstation board.
Asus is expecting to have its X38 boards out in retail within the next couple of week's time, although it might even be sooner. If this is indeed true, then Asus could be the first company to have X38 based boards in retail, but time will tell.
We'll try to dig deeper into the X48 story and maybe things will become clearer during IDF, as Intel might officially explain the X48 situation then. If the information we wrote about earlier is correct, then the X48 might just simply be a faster version of the X38 which will be released later this year.
According to Digitimes, the X38 chipset is still set for a September launch and to our knowledge the launch date is still the 24th. Motherboard partners should have received delivery of chipsets earlier than that, so production of motherboards should already be up and running. However, the manufacturers we've talked to are concerned about the small amounts of samples they've received so far for their R&D departments.
It's apparently quite complicated to build boards based on the X38 chipset, partly due to its hot nature, hence the integrated heat spreader and partly because of some issues that have appeared. One of the problems is that the traces between the chipset and the DDR3 memory slots have to be much shorter than on the P35 chipset and this makes it more difficult to design the boards.
We've also been told that Intel didn't send out any reference samples to its board partners, which makes it harder for them to make their own designs, especially as there seems to be a fair few bugs, sorry, errata's in the X38 chipset, which some manufacturers are having problems with. Hopefully all these issues will be resolved before retail products appear.
Another R.O.G. board from Asus has appeared online and although we didn't think too highly of the Maximus Formula that we found some pictures of here, the Maximus Extreme looks like the real deal. Don't think for a moment that this is the same board, as it's not even using the same PCB. We'd also dare to say that this board is using a chip from IDT to split the PCI Express lanes, since the board has three x16 slots, something that the Formula lacks.
If you look carefully you'll notice that the board has a lot of digital switches between the two blue x16 PCI Express slots and there are a further two above the white x16 slot. It seems to make sense and explains why the ICH cooler is so big. The general layout of connectors looks very similar at first, but Asus has moved around quite a few things. The floppy connector is further in on the board and the Extreme is also about 1.5cm wider than the Formula.
PowerColor is the third manufacturer that we know of that has officially announced a dual Radeoon HD 2600 XT card and PowerColor simply calls theirs the PowerColor HD 2600 X2. Each of the GPU's are clocked at 800MHz, which is nothing out of the ordinary. The card also has 256MB of GDDR3 memory per GPU and this is clocked at 700MHz, the same as for PowerColor's normal Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR3 card.
The picture of the cooler looks almost as if it's computer generated in the picture, but at least PowerColor seems to have designed a fairly small card, just like GeCube and unlike Sapphire. However there's no information whether or not this card needs additional power or not. A single fan should keep the noise down as well and it appears to have a rather chunky heatsink. It's also got four DVI ports and we expect two of them to be able to carry an HDCP encoded HDMI signal via an adaptor.
If you're getting a little sick of hearing music through your notebook's tinny hollow speakers when at home or on the go, Logitech have come up with a great little solution dubbed the "AudioHub".
The AudioHub is made up of two good quality satellite speakers and a subwoofer for improved bass levels, it's designed in such a way that it sits neatly behind your notebook and the satellites can be extended outward to suit the width of your notebook and stop them from being blocked by the back of the LCD display.
Logitech have also considered the fact that available USB ports are generally quite minimal, and have therefore added a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub to it as well. A single USB connection from the laptop powers both the hub and the speakers.
A trio of new mice for notebook users has been added to Microsoft's line-up this week, as well as a couple of new webcams.
Looking quickly over the webcams, there is the LifeCam VX-7000 which is designed for desktop use; this webcam boasts some pretty neat features such as a 2.0 MP sensor and ability to take stills at up to 7.6 MP interpolated. The lense is a 71-degree wide angle type.
nV News have let us know that there is a new build of Fraps out, 2.9.2. This latest version deals with the following :-
- Fixed Direct Stream sound recording with 5.1 speaker configuration
- Fixed World Of Warcraft crash if Alt-Tab pressed while recording
id Software have dished up a demo of the much anticipated team-based multiplayer title "Enemy Territory: Quake Wars", weighing in at 727MB. The demo allows you to play either with bots or other online players in the "Valley" map.
If you own a Radeon HD 2000 series based graphics card you may also like to know that AMD have released a hotfix specifically for this demo which is said to improve performance, though by how much is unknown. The hotfix is available for both Windows XP and Vista.
Nvidia first pioneered Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) with Corsair and one of the upcoming features of the Intel X38 chipset is Extreme Memory which works in a similar way.
OCZ has just announced that they are first out with Intel Extreme memory modules with DDR3 at 1600MHz (PC-12800).