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#1376| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Pricing for Athlon 64 leaks
When AMD introduces its 3200+ (2GHz) Athlon 64 on the 23rd September, it will charge around $399 for the single channel DDR 754 pin model. In October, it will introduce a 3400+ version of the chip. And its Athlon 64 FX, which is a 940 pin dual channel DDR chip, is expected to cost over $650, but will not use AMD's "PR" rating.
#1375| source: Sony by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Sony DRU-510A DSS v1.0 utility
Sony have released a new utility that allows you to optimize the read/write speed of your DRU-510A and DRX-510UL DVD/CD rewritable drives only
#1374| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Image Quality: ATI vs. NVIDIA
NVIDIA and ATI's latest graphics cards are more than capable performers, but how do they compare in the visual quality arena? See who comes out on top in this article.
#1373| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Motorola unveils eight handsets
According to sources, the V690 is made by Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS). It features a 128W160 color panel, a hidden antenna, a digital camera with built-in flash-light and support for video streaming. It will be targeted at the Asia-Pacific region initially. Other handsets launched by Motorola include the A835, its second WCDMA 3G handset. It features multi-call function, A-GPS, MMS support, built-in Bluetooth, MPEG-4 support and MP3 functionality. According to the vendor, its maximum download speed is 384 Kbps, with a maximum upload speed at 64 Kbps.
#1372| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Fuji unveils 0.8in hard disk
Japan's Fuji Electric this month revealed the latest development in the ongoing shrinkage of hard disks: the 2cm (0.8in) platter. The current standard in micro disks is the 2.5cm (1in) platter. Drives based on the platter are already in development, Fuji said, though commercial products are still some way off. Fuji expects them to be used in handheld devices like cellphones and PDAs, which have traditionally been drive-less products. Each platter is fractionally larger than 2cm and just 0.4mm thick. The magnetic medium Fuji is using provides a data density of 80Gb per square inch, allowing the disk to offer an unformatted capacity of 6GB
#1371| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Antec Notebook Cooler
Your notebook getting to hot to handle?
Try Antec's new usb powered notebook cooling plate. Only 25 ounces and super slim; its designed to draw heat away from your laptop.
Goes for around 40 bucks at most online retailers.
#1370| source: by maximum3d on Fri Aug 22 2003 
Samsung Nexio S160
Samsung's Nexio S160 is the japanese beefed up version of the american PDA. This widescreen layout PDA boasts a 5" Wide 800 X 480 WVGA(64K Colors) screen; 400 mhz cpu, 128MB DRAM / 64 Flash ROM; built in flip around keyboard/cover; also features integrated Wi-fi 802.11b

Even though this isn't sold in the USA, Dynamism converts keypad and firmware/software configurations of many japanese only products to english and sells/supports them to the USA.

Starting at $1249.00, this is one PDA sure to turn some heads while you browse web and watch widescreen streaming video.
#1369| source: by crossbow on Fri Aug 15 2003 
Baby Got Diagonal
GamePC takes a look at the utterly massive Samsung 213T 21 inch LCD.

Man that things nice. 1600x1200 native resolution. (500:1 contrast, 250:1 brightness).

#1368| source: Greg Hess by crossbow on Mon Jul 28 2003 
Siggraph 2003
Hey guys...At siggy right now so dropping some quick bits.

There's alot of show specials right now which may/may not effect pricing on hardware outside of siggraph. If your thinking about buying a video card, check the manufacturers site for siggraph deals!

Will have photos as well, new opteron systems, FX cards, alienware boxes in action, quad dual athlons in a cube...and maybe even a G5. Who knows!

#1367| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jul 05 2003 
AMD to launch Opteron 246 on 4 August
AMD will also reveal the Athlon 64 logo on 28 July, according to the email, which contained a press release schedule. As for the Opteron 246, it is expected to operate at 2GHz - the current top-of-the-line model, the 244, is clocked at 1.8GHz.

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