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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2006Archive Listing


Wednesday May 31, 2006

AOpen miniPC MP915-B

I could imagine a ton of things I could do with something like the AOpen miniPC MP915-B. For those of you that have never tried out a tiny PC like this, they are actually quite useful. I still get use out of my 5 year old Espresso Pocket PC.

The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533 memory.

Dell XPS M2010 Hands On

During our last trip to Dell’s Austin, Texas campus, I had the opportunity to see both new XPS systems, the XPS 700 and XPS M2010, and play around with them a bit. While obviously the XPS 700 will speak to the gamer and hardware enthusiast in many of us, I honestly found the XPS M2010 to interest me more.

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While M2010 is a mobile product, it would fall more towards a “DTR” or desktop replacement function as it is not close to being something you would want to use for business travel. The M2010 does however has a James Bond-esque feel to as it can slickly fold down into its own carrying case complete with leather carrying handle. I saw the M2010 servicing two wide functions outside of “normal” computing most [H]’ers do. First I saw the ability to utilize Windows Media Center in a new environment. That environment being to easily take it with you and having a very suitable screen and audio configuration for all to enjoy. Taking it to grandma’s house and sharing pictures and videos of the kids just got super-easy and they are shown on a monitor big enough for everyone to see. Secondly, using it for personal movie and music entertainment functions would be very easy as well. The sound clarity and quality on the system was beyond anything I have every heard on a mobile device and the screen was just simply beautiful.

The keyboard is wireless and has a break-away magnet setup that is beyond cool. The only thing I saw come up short in my initial impression was a missing integrated wireless mouse, although there is of course a built in touch pad. The very large price point will certainly be a barrier to many, but considering it is a 20” HD monitor, DVD player, and full desktop computer, there is some worth here if you can take advantage of the form factor. The Dell XPS M2010 is something very new when it comes to the convergence of entertainment and computing.

ATi – AMD Merger?

So the internet is on fire after Forbes said an AMD – ATi merger was likely. First of all, this is just analyst speculation. Secondly, when are analyst ever right? Having said that, it is always fun to speculate…and hey, you never know. There is a thread in the forums discussing this story. Thanks to Luc Cesca for the link.

"The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD to significantly increase capacity over the next few-years," wrote analyst Apjit Walia in a note to investors Wednesday. "We believe ATI is a rare-buy in the semiconductor space right now given the near-term tie-up dynamics." "This tie-up might make sense for AMD at this juncture but we don't think Intel should pursue tying-up with graphics companies and should instead look at the communications-space”.

DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CF-DR

For those of you who never look above the news headlines, [H] Enthusiast has posted their evaluation of the DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CF-DR motherboard today. If you are looking for a board to slap your socket 939 processor in, make sure you give this one a look.

The RDX200 CF-DR is one of DFI’s latest boards in their Athlon64 socket 939 line. This board features the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset, supporting all Athlon64 processors, DDR type DRAM modules operating in Dual Channel mode at speeds up to 400MHz officially, and dual ATI PCI Express x16 video cards operating in x8 CrossFire mode.

BFG GeForce 7900 GT OC

The BFG GeForce 7900 GT OC is strapped to the test bench at PCPerspective for a little review action today. As you would expect the BFG card pulls through with flying colors. Those of you worried about buying factory OC’d cards will want to read or recent GeForce 7900 Inferno – Burn Baby Burn editorial to get a better understanding of the situation and put your mind at ease.

The 7900 GT, much like the 6800 GT before it, quickly became the most sought-after part for the budget conscious consumer as it paired top performance with a lower price than the flagship GTX and/or Ultra cards. Does BFG's implementation of the 7900 GT with overclocked specs fit into this position well?

Dell Product Launch Event

For those of you interested, Dell will have VPs Alex Gruzen and Roseno Parra on hand in Los Angeles announcing the new Dell products and doing a little Q&A; with the media covering their upcoming products and expanded XPS line up. The broadcast is at 11am PDT and available in RealPlayer, WMP and a webcast as well.

Join Dell senior vice presidents Alex Gruzen, Product Group, and Ro Parra, Americas, as they announce news and answer questions pertaining to the company's entertainment computer systems aimed at consumers. They will also preview an associated awareness campaign.

PowerColor X1300 PRO

For those of you that are looking for a graphics card but you don’t need anything fancy, Beyond3D has the PowerColor X1300 PRO on the test bench.

As with all large add-in board vendors, PowerColor have retail packages for every possible sector of the market but in this review, we shall be examining two items from their X1300 series range - the bottom end of ATI's first SM3.0 generation of graphics chips.

GeCube Radeon X1900 GT

The folks at Hardware Zone have a review of the GeCube Radeon X1900 GT posted today for your viewing pleasure. From the looks of it, the crew really liked the X1900 GT, hit the link and read all about it.

ATI has fashioned another response to NVIDIA's recent bestsellers. This time, the high-end GeForce 7900 GT is the target and the rookie thrown in boasts a decent lineage with its R580 core. Read on to find out how the new Radeon X1900 GT fares against the competition.

Tuesday May 30, 2006

MSI 7600GT Versus XFX 7600GT

GD Hardware has pit a couple 7600GT video cards against each other in their latest review. Cards from both MSI and XFX go head to head in a little king of the cage, winner takes all review. Personally, I think it’d be hard to go wrong with either of these cards but don’t take my word for it, head over and see what GDH had to say.

The 7600GT GPU provides much of what we love regarding the entire family of GPUs – Shader Model 3.0, massive game support, excellent drivers, great stability, and overclockability all at a price point that most any PC-user can afford.

ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X

ABIT has announced the ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X, nForce 590 SLI socket AM2 motherboard. We have a clip from the press release posted below as well as a copy of the complete spec sheet for your viewing pleasure.

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Universal ABIT is proud to unveil its next generation of Fatal1ty gaming motherboards. Tested and approved by fivefold professional world champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, the Fatal1ty AN9 32X is Built to Kill! Based on the new ultra high-end NVIDIA nForce® 590 SLI chipset, the Fatal1ty AN9 32X is built for nothing but raw speed. Supporting full bandwidth dual X16 SLI graphics, DDR2 800 memory and the latest AMD™ Socket AM2 CPUs, the Fatal1ty AN9 32X is designed for the truly discerning enthusiast who will settle for nothing but the ultimate gaming hardware.

Updated AMD Information

AMD has sent word that they have updated the product and pricing page that was originally posted last week that incorrectly listed the X2 5000+ and FX-62 as socket 939 parts. The mis-prints have since been corrected.

On Thursday and Friday a number of you good folks noticed that there was a mis-print on AMD's website. Specifically, our pricing page incorrectly stated that the X2 5000+ and FX-62 would be available in a 939-pin flavor. That typo has been corrected and the pricing page now should read correctly.

Logitech Interview

Inside Track Magazine has an interview with Logitech’s Ruben Mookerjee posted today that is worth the click over to check out. The interview is specific to the DriveFX steering wheel but there is something for just about everyone in the interview.

Hello once again folks. This week's column is an interview with Logitech's Ruben Mookerjee, Director of Product Marketing for Interactive Entertainment at Logitech. Mr. Mookerjee was nice enough to answer some questions we had about the DriveFX Steering Wheel for the Xbox 360