Coolaler scores MSI RV670 board pictures

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 26, 2007 6:06 AM CDT

Our friend Coolaler has scored some pictures of an upcoming RV670 based graphics card over at his forum and it looks like MSI is the first ones to drop the ball. Although we doubt it'll be called the MSI RX2600XTX, but we could be wrong. If so, the RV670 will replace the current Radeon HD 2600 XT or at least become the XTX version, which is a highly unusual move.

The card itself is the size of a Radeon HD 2900 XT, but it has a single slot cooler and some funky copper heatsink cooler over the power regulation part at the rear of the card. It doesn't really look like a low noise cooler, but hopefully the card won't get too hot and thus the fan won't need to spin at full speed. This reference card features a 6-pin PCI-Express type power connector, however we wouldn't expect that this is needed on PCI Express 2.0 boards, since the RV670 supports PCI Express 2.0.

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Toshiba Satellite gets the SLI treatment

Lars Göran Nilsson | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 26, 2007 5:44 AM CDT

Toshiba has launched two new models in its Satellite X205 series, the SLi1 and SLi3. The names are a bit odd considering both models feature two graphics cards, namely dual GeForce 8600M GT's. Each GPU seems to have 512MB of graphics memory, plus 255MB of TurboCache, but it's not quite clear from the specifications on the site and it could well be 512MB in total.

The two models differ in terms of hardware spec, with the SLi1 featuring a Core 2 Duo T7250 CPU clocked at 2GHz with 4MB of L2 cache. The SLi3 on the other hand features a Core 2 Duo T7500 which is clocked at 2.2GHz, but has the same 4MB of L2 cache. Both CPU's operate on an 800MHz bus speed and both machines come with 2GB of DDR2-5300 memory.

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Dopod C750 sighted

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 26, 2007 3:55 AM CDT

Information about the upcoming C750 from Dopod, now a part of HTC, has made its way online and it looks like a rather clever slider. Our favorite feature has to be the 2.6-inch 480x640 display, as it's about time Windows Mobile devices get an upgrade from the pesky 240x320 displays that so many of them rely upon. It's just a shame that it's still stuck on 65,000 colours, but we guess you can't have it all at once.

It seems like the C750 has been given another new feature as well, as it has a QWERTY keyboard in the style of the Blackberry Pearl or the Sony Ericsson M600i. We don't know how it works and it's not easy to tell from the pictures either.

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Viewsonic launches seven new displays

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 21, 2007 12:21 AM CDT

ViewSonic has launched seven new LCD displays, three intended for gamers and three value models. The good news is that all six models will feature DVI and D-sub, as we have this pet hate with new LCD displays that lacks DVI input, since with a D-sub input you're first turning the picture to analogue in the graphics card and then the display has to turn it back into digital again before it can be displayed.

Anyhow, onto the products, let's start with the budget models which are the 19-inch VA1926w, 20-inch VA2026w and 22-inch (21.6-inch visible) VA2226w. It's odd for an LCD display to have a smaller viewable size than what it's reported to be, something that was common in the days of CRT's. Finally we have the 19-inch VA926 which is a traditional 4:3 display and ViewSonic is targeting those with "extremely limited desktop space". The VA1926w features 1,440x900 resolution, whereas the VA2026w and the VA2226w both have a 1,680x1,050 panel and finally the VA926 is a traditional 1,280x1,024 display.

All models features 5ms response time, a 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 300 nits brightness. The VA1926w is priced at US$229, with the VA2026w at $249, the VA2226w at $279 and finally the VA926 at $259. Seem to us like the VA926 is a poor choice in terms of value for money. All models are available as of now.

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AMD to launch something on the 25th

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 20, 2007 11:31 PM CDT

Not only is the 25th the launch date for Halo 3 and the day when the Crysis demo will be out, but AMD is also planning on launching a new product on the same day. AMD apparently has a dark side and the big viper sure doesn't look too friendly.

Dare to feel your heart pound, your pulse race, and your breath catch in your throat? To open yourself up for a jolt of sheer adrenaline that just might eat you alive? To bring home a beast that's leaping and snarling on the end of its leash?

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Nvidia Display Port card at IDF

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 20, 2007 11:09 PM CDT

Fudzilla has scored a picture of what possibly could be the G92 from Nvidia. In either which way, this is the first card to be publicly shown that features the new Display Port interface. AMD did show a graphics card at an event earlier this year and it was connected to a Samsung display, but there were no pictures of that card in question.

The alleged G92 card looks pretty basic and Fudzilla presumes that it's made on a 65nm processes due to the lack of a power connector on the card itself. It's very much a single slot card and the heatsink and some other parts have been taped over to try and hide the identity of the card.

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Keyboard which reads handwriting

Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Sep 20, 2007 8:18 PM CDT

A subsidiary website of cnet dubbed 'crave' has posted up some very brief details of a USB keyboard with a difference, it sports a built-in touch screen and stylus on the right-hand side for handwriting recognition.

Unfortunately very little about this unique keyboard has been revealed just yet, particularly in terms of what purpose the handwriting area is primarily designed for. However we do know that the overall dimensions of the keyboard are 16.22-inches x 6.3-inches x 0.51-inches, weighing 28.32 ounces. Pricing is also confirmed to be quite low at around $25 from DealExtreme.

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Protable drive with dock from Imation

Lars Göran Nilsson | | Sep 20, 2007 2:43 AM CDT

Imation has launched a new internal USB 2.0 dock for its Odyssey removable hard disk storage system as well as a new 250GB drive. This might not seem like a big deal, but the Odyssey system is targeting business users that need a solid and reliable removable storage solution. The hard drives can be encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption and Imation supplies EMC's Retrospect software which is known to be one of the best backup solutions on the market.

The hard drives are SATA based and the cartridge they're in is shock-protected and has been designed to withstand a drop from up to one meters height. There's an external USB 2.0 docking station already available and the new internal 3.5-inch USB 2.0 docking station means that you don't need to clutter your desk with an external dock.

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Belkin Network USB Hub launched

Belkin has launched what it simply calls a Network USB Hub which allows you to share and access printers and USB storage devices over your wireless network. Rather ingenious, although being able to share printers on a network is hardly something new and there are already routers that can share USB storage devices. The trick here is that Network USB Hub can connect to any and all routers or even a switch or a hub.

The neat thing here is that the Network USB Hub can share some devices that traditional print servers or network sharing routers weren't too fond of, such as multifunction printers, digital cameras and scanners. It can also be used for backing up data from a USB storage device or even a digital camera to a NAS.

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