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Daily News Round #1 for May 5, 2005

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for May 5, 2005
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: May 5, 2005 12:50 pm

- ECS Announce Dual Support Intel/AMD motherboard

Previewed earlier this year at CeBIT, ECS's upcoming PF88 motherboard was very much the centre of attention in the motherboard dept due to its ability to support both Intel or AMD CPUs (with the help of their "SIMA - Simply Smart" convertor card technology). The board is natively a well featured Intel LGA775 arrangement with support for EM64T, but simply adding the convertor card allows one to switch to Athlon64 with ease, rather then heading out and picking up a whole new motherboard. As to just HOW useful this really is to the end user is questionable, but it's a rather nifty little breakthrough all the same.


ECS have followed up their recent preview at CeBIT with a press release further detailing the characteristics of the board which you can get a hold of here folks.


Long known as the 'king of motherboards, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has again enhanced its reputation as a industry-leader by unveiling the hottest product at CeBIT 2005: The PF88 Extreme H with the SIMA ('Simply Smart') converter card that enables use of AMD and Intel technology on the same platform.


Tech savvy end users have long dreamt of employing processors from both AMD and Intel on a single PC. ECS has made this dream come true with the new PF88 Pentium 4 motherboard that can run both chips with a converter card (SIMA) for an AMD K8 processor. This SIMA card enables users to utilize the features of AMD K8 architecture on an Intel LGA775 platform without the expense and hassle usually associated with keeping up to date with technology. The PF88's user friendly and flexible plug and play functionality allows users to convert to the K8 AMD platform without the need to remove their Intel motherboard. It's as easy as plugging in a graphics card!


- ASUS Jump Aboard Intel's Dualcore 955X - P5WD2 Premium


A New motherboard has just been dished out by ASUS today as they unveil their P5WD2 Premium, based on Intel's most recent 955X chipset. Aside from all the enhanced features and support the 955X chipset natively brings, ASUS have decided to spice things up even more as they include a digital TV-tuner and WiFi card to boot.


For a listing of specs and further details, grab the official PR here folks.


Taipei, Taiwan; April 18, 2005 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the P5WD2 Premium motherboard based on the newly released Intel 955X chipset. To provide a computing solution that blends into users' daily life, the all-new motherboard incorporated ASUS Intelligence (AI) features, which delivers enhancements in TV functions, wireless connection, noiseless cooling and automatic performance adjustment. Combined with support for the dual-core CPU platform, the P5WD2 Premium is a complete package made for complex multi-tasking and a comfortable computing experience.


"The P5WD2 Premium with AI Life Features brings lifestyle and personal computing together. It's excellent for entertainment with Digital TV connection and Dolby audio, and increases productivity with the latest processing technology and wireless networking," said Joe Hsieh, Director of ASUS Motherboard Business. "We don't want people to change their way of life for a computer. Instead, let us improve the quality of your life."

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