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Alienware Area-51 ALX CF desktop now supports multi-GPU set-up using CrossFireX

Alienware’s mean machine just got faster. Today Alienware came out with a new version of Area-51 ALX CF desktop that supports newly launched AMD CrossFireX technology for multi-GPU set-up. Using this powerful technology you can customize ALX with ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 dual graphics card for faster performance. Other specs remains the same.

“Alienware is extreme high-performance PC gaming,” said Marc Diana, Product Marketing Manager for Alienware, “and expectations are never higher than when dealing with the ALX CrossFireX, our most sophisticated desktop system. Adding the awesome power of a quad graphics solution like CrossFireX to the ALX desktop is just one more way Alienware strives to deliver the world’s best PC gaming experience.”

At max you can customize this machine with 4.0GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics, 128GB SSD or 2TB hard drive, additional 2TB storage, 4X dual layer Blu-ray, and Vista Ultimate. The Area-51 ALX CF with these specs is all yours for about $10,000.

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Source : PCLaunches

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Samsung unveils 2.5′ 500GB notebook HDD and Spinpoint MP2 250GB Hard Drive

Samsung Electronics today updated its hard drive offerings with two new drives, the 2.5″ Spinpoint M6 500GB for notebooks and 250GB Spinpoint MP2. Samsung said that it’s M6 is the “world’s first” 500GB laptop drive, but I think that title goes to Hitachi who had released a 2.5″ half-terabyte drive couple of days before Samsung unveiled their own version. And the interesting thing is that ASUS has already announced a Multimedia notebook M-Series with Hitachi’s 500GB 5K500 hard drive.

Samsung’s new Spinpoint M6 consists of three 167GB platters in a 2.5” hard drive frame measuring just 9.5mm in height. It features a 5400rpm spindle speed, a 8MB cache, and 3.0Gbps SATA interface with a Free-Fall-Sensor available as an optional feature.

The Spinpoint MP2 is targeted towards desktops and server segment. Its a 250GB 2.5” hard drive consisting of two 125GB disks, operating at a 7200rpm rotation speed. It also boast Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to offer ultra quiet operation.

The Spinpoint M6 is currently shipping for $299 and the MP2 will be available to key OEM manufacturers from March 2008.

Source : PCLaunches

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Seagate Ships its Cheetah 15K.6 Hard Drives

Seagate Technology announced it will begin shipping its new Cheetah 15K.6 hard drive this month. Designed for the world’s most demanding enterprise storage environments, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive is Seagate’s highest-performance hard drive ever in a 3.5-inch form factor, with a 28% increase in sustained data transfer rates compared to previous generations. With this new performance on tap, the Cheetah 15K.6 drive remarkably consumes significantly less power, using up to 61% less watts/GB at idle. The drive comes in 450GB, 300GB, and 147GB capacities.

Source : PCLaunches

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Sony working on 1 Terabit per square inch hard drive

Already jumping in the air? Sure, if you’re a nerd who likes to watch porn in HD. Reportedly, Sony is working on some cool new hard drive technology which will make those typical 160GB HDD redundant. This new tech packs one terabit data per square inch — that’s five times the density of existing hard disks!

The Inquirer reports, “it’s a basic technique for writing data based on magneto-optical hybrid recording. Data bits are written to disk medium using laser light concentrated on an almost microscopic area of disc. So it makes traditional storage more efficient.”

No word on when we’ll see the prototype.

Source : Inquirer

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AMD showcases 780 Series Motherboard GPU, 45nm quad-core chips and CrossFireX tech

Advanced Micro Devices came at CeBIT scene with couple of interesting products including their first 45nm Quad Core processor, 780 series motherboard GPU and the much awaited CrossFireX multi-GPU technology for advance gaming. The 45nm quad-core chips running multiple operating systems and a range of processing intensive applications also offers greater performance-per-watt capabilities.

The AMD 780 Series is the “industry’s most advanced” motherboard GPU, delivering a rich computing experience for casual gamers and multimedia enthusiasts as the core of quiet and energy-efficient PC designs. It supports multiple formats such as VC-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 and a broad range of video interfaces including DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI. Also, the AMD Surroundview allows consumers to connect multiple monitors.

And finally, the CrossFireX technology for multi-GPU configuration is here! Through three- and four-GPU set-up in CrossFireX, gamers can see multi-GPU performance scaling across a range of today’s most popular DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 games on Windows Vista — up to 3.2 times the performance over a single GPU in some scenarios.

Source : PCLaunches

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Intel’s Silverthorn becomes the Atom, Menlow the Centrino Atom

Another brain-shattering announcement that you’ve all been waiting for is here. Intel has officially dubbed the Silverthorn and Diamondville chips “Atom,” and the Menlow platform has become the “Centrino Atom.” We know, it’s hard to believe the day has come, but it’s finally happened. Obviously, the 45nm Atom chips, and Centrino Atom technology will be targeted for MIDs, UMPCs, and all manner of small, internet-centric devices.

Source : Engadget

ASUS ROG Rampage Formula Gaming Motherboard Released

True gamers swear by ASUS motherboards; and their Republic of Gamers series is a hard core gamers delight. So the news about latest addition in the ROG line up will definitely make gamers happy. The ROG Rampage Formula offers quiet, efficient cooling and an innovative overclocking technology – CPU Level Up, lets users obtain flexible CPU overclocking easily – even without prior overclocking knowledge. Simply pick the processor you need, and the motherboard will do the rest. In just 3 easy steps (entering BIOS -> choosing the CPU Level Up -> Reboot), this handy feature will allow you to achieve higher levels of performance.

The new Pin-Fin thermal design breaks the “Boundary-layer” phenomenon for effective airflows and results in better overall thermal performance when compared with traditional stacked-fin heatpipe solutions. It also features an enlarged “heat-exchange” surface area – allowing the most efficient heat dissipation to occur, and thus achieve the best thermal cooling. What’s more, this new thermal design is able to lower system temperatures at a lower fan speed for reduced noise – providing a quieter environment for operations.

The ROG Rampage is also equipped with a high quality audio card, SupremeFX II, to deliver high definition audio experience to the gamers of ROG.

Source : PCLaunches

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MSI uses heat transfer power concept to keep motherboard cool

Micro Star International has developed an innovative technique to keep your motherboard cool while simultaneously increasing energy efficiency. As per “Air Power Cooler” concept, the heat generated from chipset is converted into kinetic energy (with 70% transfer efficiency) to keep onboard fan going. Thus, resulting in power savings. The concept definitely makes sense. As the motherboard is going to generate heat continuously, its better to convert this heat into equivalent energy to power fan rather than using another source of energy. The company plans to implement this technique on their ECOlution series of environment friendly mainboards to keep your machine cool.

How does it actually work?

The “Air Power Cooler” transfers the chipset heat into air momentum, when the air becomes hot, the air will expand then push the fan to rotate and In doing so cooling the heatsink immediately. After the air moves from the bottom to top of the piston, the air will become heavy to push the up piston down. The better air piston design can transfer over 70% heat power and transfer to air power, that’s great efficiency transfer from Stirling engine theory. In a comparison with solar power the transfer rate is only around 20~30% requiring more surface and as a result cost.

Source : PCLaunches

ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 audio card provides 35 times cleaner audio compared to onboard Motherboard audio!

Designed for fine-tuned audio quality with 116dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio), the new Xonar is also equipped with Dolby Home Theater Technologies and DS3D GX to provide crisp and clear audio quality and rich gaming sound effects. <!– ch_client = “newlaunches”; ch_width = 468; ch_height = 60; ch_color_title = “#0066CC”; ch_color_text = “#000000”; ch_non_contextual = 1; ch_default_category = “20001”; ch_sid = “PCLaunches_468x60_Middle”; var ch_queries = new Array (“ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 audio card provides 35 times cleaner audio compared to onboard Motherboard audio!”); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); if ( ch_selected Asus said, “the Xonar DX is capable of delivering 35 times cleaner audio quality with 116dB SNR in comparison to most motherboard onboard audio with only 85dB SNR. While noise is unavoidable, the Xonar DX dramatically reduces the amount of background noise, and it is this distinction that allows the Xonar DX to produce as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion versus traditional motherboard audio (-75dB). As most onboard audio only provide 80~86 dB SNR audio quality, background noises are easily heard while listening to music or playing games. By adopting the CirrusLogics CS4398 audio DAC (120dB SNR & 117dB THD+N) that is often used in Hi-Fi devices, the Xonar DX provides at least 30% better quality sounds than the average onboard audio.”

Source : PCLaunches

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Toshiba cranks 1.8-inch 120GB HDD with micro SATA connector

The big daddy of hard drive world today released a new 1.8-inch hard drive with 5,400 RPM speed for laptops / ultra mobile PCs. Available in 120GB and 80GB capacities, the drive is designed to the latest SATA 2.6 specification and incorporate the new industry-standard micro-SATA connector. It also provides 489 Mbits/sec data transfer rate, 8MB buffer, and Serial ATA 1.5 Gbps interface. <!– ch_client = “newlaunches”; ch_width = 468; ch_height = 60; ch_color_title = “#0066CC”; ch_color_text = “#000000”; ch_non_contextual = 1; ch_default_category = “20001”; ch_sid = “PCLaunches_468x60_Middle”; var ch_queries = new Array (“Toshiba cranks 1.8-inch 120GB HDD with micro SATA connector”); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); if ( ch_selected

“The portable computing market is looking for an uncompromised computing experience in small and light-weight storage solutions,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division. “With enhanced features for the mobile environment, these new 1.8-inch HDDs enable mobile system manufacturers to reap the benefits of high-capacity magnetic storage, along with better power efficiency and ruggedness.”

Source : PCLaunches

Art Lebedev’s Teleport 2.0 – Storing n Registering Phone Call

The Teleport 2.0 is a device designed for storing phone call records on computer and registering incoming and outgoing calls. It is compatible with any telephone set and can operate via Paliha-Teleport computer program (for Windows).

The Teleport 2.0 costs around $72

The key features include :

  • call record system (incoming and outgoing calls)
  • storage of dialed and incoming calls numbers
  • outgoing calls registration in tone dialing and pulse modes
  • caller ID in Russian and American standards
  • call signal computer backup
  • displaying caller image and name – setting a tune as call signal
  • expanded phone book
  • dialing numbers stored in archive or phone book with automatic redialing
  • contact number interchange with office application
  • sending a list of calls to office application
  • information backup storage 

Source : NewLaunches

ASUS unleashes Intel P35 chipset capabilities to fully support upcoming FSB1600

Asus is one of the few companies who does brilliant R&D work to keep their products on the top. Today the firm announced that it has developed new motherboards which supports FSB1600. With the upcoming release of FSB1600 CPUs, these motherboards will surely be in great demand. Also, the company has unlocked certain chipset capabilities to provide users with the latest BIOS for optimal performance and functionality. To this end, chipsets like the P35 for example – previously labeled as only officially supporting up to FSB1333, have been upgraded to be able support up to FSB1600. 

FSB1600 Performance
FSB1600 can significantly increase 20% of bandwidth between the CPU and Northbridge – providing enhanced speeds of up to 12.8GB/s.

Source : ASUS Press Release

ASUS announces dual layer DVD burner that supports 5X DVD-RW DL

Asus has released the ASUS DVD-E818A2/A2T series of optical drives that supports 5X DVD-RW DL and comes with built-in advanced ASUS exclusive technologies that provides quieter, more stable and higher performance multimedia environment. <!– ch_client = “newlaunches”; ch_width = 468; ch_height = 60; ch_color_title = “#0066CC”; ch_color_text = “#000000”; ch_non_contextual = 1; ch_default_category = “20001”; ch_sid = “PCLaunches_468x60_Middle”; var ch_queries = new Array (“ASUS announces dual layer DVD burner that supports 5X DVD-RW DL”); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); if ( ch_selected

New Industry Format 5X DVD-RW (DL) Support
The ASUS DVD-E818A2 and ASUS DVD-E818A2T provide leading-edge multimedia experiences with the ability to read 5X DVD-RW DL – the brand new industry format. With this support, users will be able to view high quality videos directly burnt into DVDs from camcorders and obtain fabulous playback capacities. It also allows users to access all CDs, DVD-ROM/DVD±R/ DVD±RW/DVD-RAM and DVD-Video discs.

Multi-functional and Fast Data Transfers
The ASUS DVD-E818A2/A2T optical drives are designed to provide users with versatile and fast data transfer speeds with DVD-ROM max data transfer rates of 24930 KB/s (18X), and CD-ROM max data transfer rates of 7200 KB/s (48X). Access times are also shortened with fast random access times for DVD access at 105 ms versus typical 95 ms CD access times.

Source : PCLaunches

Evergreen Laser mouse doubles as a gamepad

Sony was the first to introduce the transformer mice ones which doubled up a Skype phone as well. Something on the similar lines is the Evergreen Navigator 365 laser mouse which opens up to a full fledged 6 button game pad. A great accessory for the laptop so you can catch with some retro games on the Nintendo Emulator. The mouse connects via USB and has a 1600 dpi resolution and is Windows compatible only. The Evergreen mouse is a Japan only product selling for 2999 Yen ($ 28). 

Source : NewLaunches

Plextor launches two combo units for HD DVD and Blu-ray

Plextor has announced two new optical devices and the focus is on the two next generation optical formats HD DVD and Blu-ray. Both are combo devices that support not only DVD and CD but also both of the HD formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray. Plextor PX-B300SA is the base model that reads BD-ROM at 6x and HD DVD-ROM at 3x speed. It can also write to DVD and CD media, but if you want to write to the HD formats you have to go for the high-end model.
Although we have hope that the format war is shuddering to a close, it’s probably still wise to hedge your bets just a little — and Plextor’s got you covered with two new SATA Blu-ray / HD DVD combo drives.
The new PX-B920SA writes to BD-R at 4x speeds, DVDs at 16x, and CD-Rs at 40x, and reads HD DVD, while the lower-end PX-B300SA drops the BD-R capabilities and just writes to DVD and CD. Plextor says both drives will be available at the end of the month, but sadly we don’t have any pricing information.

Plextor PX-B300SA First Combo DVD- Rewriter that plays Blu-ray and HD-DVD Movies

Plextor is first in the market to offer a combo DVD- Rewriter that also plays Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies. The Plextor PX-B300SA is a dual-layer internal DVD drive for PCs and uses a SATA connection. It is priced highly competitively and offers an ideal entry into high definition playback for consumers. It combines all the DVD standards into one single drive.

The Plextor PX-B300SA not only plays the latest Blu-ray (6x) and HD-DVD (3x) movies, but is also a highly versatile dual-layer DVD drive that combines multiple formats – DVD R/RW and RAM – into one.

Write speeds: 16x DVD+R/-R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW.

In addition, Plextor has added extra convenience by including LightScribe technology to enable custom text and designs to be printed/burned onto discs.

The Plextor PX-B300SA meets EU RoHS and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives.

The Plextor PX-B300SA will be available from end of February 2008 at Plextor’s network of dealers.

Source : fareastgizmos

Dell XPS 730 H2C details leak

Information about Dell’s XPS 730 H2C has slipped out ahead of its full announcement, says Engadget. Spotting the PC inside Dell, a tipster confirms that the new high-end gaming desktop will have four externally-accessible drive bays as well as slightly reworked interior watercooling. The system will also be based on Intel’s most recent X-series mainboard platform and should support DDR3 memory as well as NVIDIA’s triple SLI technology that permits as many as three distinct video cards to provide an extra boost to 3D games. Dell’s release plans for the new top XPS have not accompanied the new leak, though it may depend heavily on the late-winter release of mainstream 45 nanometer Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme processors as well as expected future NVIDIA boards such as the GeForce 9800 GX2.

Source : Electronista

Thermaltake Armor+ ESA Chassis/ PSU/ Liquid Cooling System

The first time exposure of complete Thermaltake ESA hardware platform has already caught much attention with live demonstration at the CES Las Vegas early January. The Thermaltake Armor+ case had been highly recommended since its launch in 2007 winter, this new ESA version also comes with the leading features of 10 PCI slots, sliding motherboard tray with smart cable management and independent thermal management which were all heatedly discussed among PC enthusiasts. Thermaltake_chassis.jpg Toughpower PSU from Thermaltake on the other hand, was famed of its premium design, high reliability and efficiency with tight regulation; 850 Wattage model of the most demanded model on the present market had been chosen to be the first ESA PSU. Thermaltake_tough_power.jpgThermaltake Bigwater 780e had further advanced the well-liked space saving and instant installation characteristics of previous Bigwater 760i with increased coolant circulation amount and more convenient operation indicator.

Thermaltake_bigwater.jpg For all the Thermaltake fans around the world, these ESA certified hardware will soon be available on the market in the first quarter of 2008 according to regions.

Source : fareastgizmos

BiTMICRO rolls out 1.6TB E-Disk Altima Ultra320 SCSI SSD

At last a solid state disk crossed 1000GB mark. What BiTMICRO has come up with is nothing but pure genius. The firm was able to pack 1.6TB of data into a small SSD (3.5-inch form factor) with sustained data transfer rates of up to 230 MB/sec (peaking at 320 MB/sec in burst mode). The E-Disk Ultra320 SCSI is built for the highly demanding enterprise, military and industrial applications. Its rugged specifications are projected to exceed requirements by far, with operating temperatures between –40 degrees C to 85 degrees C, operating shock of up to 1500 Gs, and patented securErase and PowerGuard technologies.

The disk is expected to hit stores by Q3 2008 in capacities ranging from 16GB to 1.6TB.

Source : PcLaunches

ASUS EN8800GTS TOP Reviewed

Just over a year ago or an eon when we’re talking computer technology, NVIDIA® introduced the beginning of what might well be the longest running series of graphics solutions in history; the 8800. Initially the 8800 GTX reference card took center stage in November of 2006 and totally rocked the gaming world by being the fastest card the world had seen up until this time. In what most would call brilliant business strategy NVIDIA® then began to fill in the void created beneath the 8800 GTX with many different iterations of both lesser and overclocked cards all then based on their 90nm fabrication process also termed the G80.

Almost a year later when rumors were abounding about an even faster series of graphics solutions in the offing, NVIDIA® again came through. This time it wasn’t a new series of cards, but a die shrink of their 90nm wonder to 65nm and a new moniker, the G92. If you are like us at Bjorn3D, you are in awe of the sheer number of different graphics solutions that have been created from one MCP/VPU and its substantive variants. There is most certainly a solution available for any consumer’s needs. The only real problem is trying to keep up with all the model numbers as many of them have been used with both the G80 and G92 versions. Alas, we’re a consumer enthusiast site and we’re not focusing our attention on anything but the fastest and best in show.

With all of this being said, today we have the distinct pleasure of reviewing NVIDIA’s most current work of art, the G92 version of their 8800GTS. Take this already fast graphics card and put it in the hands of ASUS, who is known for taking the best and making it even better and you have the product we will be reviewing, the Asus® GeForce® EN8800GTS TOP.

Read Review : Bjorn3D – ASUS EN8800GTS

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