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  1. 1. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG November 13, 2003
  2. 2. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Agenda – November 13, 2003 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7:00 – 7:05 Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7:05 – 8:15 Featured Topics – Other Components (Modems, NICs, Chassis, Power Supplies, HFAs, Fans, Keyboards, Mice): 2003 Update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8:15 – 8:30 Hardware News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8:30 – 8:55 Random Access (Q&A) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8:55 – 9:00 Recap, Preview, and Close </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome! Please Sign In. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What the SIG is…and is not. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is - a resource for computer users and potential computer users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is NOT – a cheap way to get your computer built or repaired (contact the GSBUG Daytime Hardware SIG) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logs – Random Access/Q&A (First Come…) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Administration (continued): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation materials will be posted at: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gsbug.apcug.org/hwinfosig.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prior presentation materials also posted. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These materials ONLY address mainstream, non-professional “components” used in or with IBM-compatible PCs. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modems: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The word &quot; modem &quot; stands for &quot; mo dulator- dem odulator&quot;. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A modem's purpose is to convert digital information to analog signals (modulation), and to convert analog signals back into useful digital information (demodulation). www.physics.udel.edu/wwwusers/watson/student_projects/scen167/thosguys/modem.html …and in the process communicate with another modem user or service. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internal (PCI card), external (USB) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically 56Kbps (53Kbps downstream), V.90 or V.92 (ITU standard); typically includes faxing capability (14.4K) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modems (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V.92/V.44 adds: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modem on Hold (suspends for voice after Call Waiting notice) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Connect (remembers line conditions and bypasses parts of “line training” for faster connection) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V.PCM (up to 48Kbps upstream vs. up to 31.2Kbps; faster for online gaming, uploading files) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V.44 compression (replaced V.42bis) – throughput up to 300Kbps </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Modem Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best Data (including “SupraMax”) ( www.bestdata.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Labs (Modem Blaster) ( us.creative.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jaton ( www.jaton.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US Robotics ( www.usr.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zoom (including Hayes) ( www.zoom.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Interface “Cards” (NICs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily used to attach systems to a network. Also used to connect a system to a cable modem. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated (onto the motherboard) or by adapter card (PCI) - 10baseT (Ethernet), 100baseT (Fast Ethernet), 10/100baseT, 1000baseT (Gigabit Ethernet), and 10/100/1000baseT. xxxxMbps (claims to 2000Mbps). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless – adapter “card” (PCI card w/ antenna or PCI card with PC Card interface) or USB interface to an IEEE 802.11a/b/g access point (AP) – up to 108Mbps (Turbo). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network Interface “Cards” (NICs) (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current IEEE wireless standards: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>802.11a – up to 54Mbps, 5GHz frequency band, 40 feet </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>802.11b – up to 11Mbps, 2.4GHz frequency band, 100 feet </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>802.11g – up to 54Mbps, 2.4GHz frequency band, 100 feet? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Combo wireless devices – a/b, a/b/g </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intel’s “Communication Streaming Architecture” (CSA) – included in the 865 and 875 NorthBridges ; dedicated communications bus, full duplex, up to 266MB/sec (theoretical). Bus only, still requires the NIC controller. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary NIC Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Motherboard manufacturers (typically using an Intel or Realtek controller, or the chipset manufacturer’s integrated MAC/PHY or MAC + external PHY) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3Com ( www.3com.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D-Link ( www.d-link.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intel ( www.intel.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linksys ( www.linksys.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NETGEAR ( www.netgear.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SMC ( www.smc.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US Robotics ( www. usr .com ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically used to mount: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internally and externally accessible “drives” (floppy, hard drive, opticals, ZIP, others) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The motherboard (w/ CPU and RAM) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Adapter cards” – video, hard drive controller, sound, modem, NIC, specialty (USB, 1394, added serial or parallel, other special purpose) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power supply </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cooling fan(s) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internal cables of various types/uses. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides “interface points” (via the motherboard) for: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Printer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Serial devices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USB devices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possibly also a network and/or IEEE-1394 devices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provides system “status” (via LEDs) – power on, HDD activity, stand-by mode </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General, non-mobile chassis “types”: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Desktop” (classically lays horizontally, monitor on top) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tower – stands vertically; includes: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small form factor (SFF) tower </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MicroATX tower </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-tower </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full tower </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Server tower – wide range </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rack-mount (pizza box shape; typically for servers) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Chassis Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antec ( www.antec-inc.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aopen ( www.aopen.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CasEdge (FOXCONN) ( www.casedge.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chenbro Micom ( www.chenbro.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compucase ( www.compucase.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enlight ( www.enlightcorp.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In-Win ( www.in-win.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Min Maw (MMI) ( www.minmaw.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Chassis Suppliers (visible brands, continued) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supermicro ( www.supermicro.com ) - primarily for servers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Superpower ( www.superpower.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yeong Yang ( www.yeongyang.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are hundreds of other chassis suppliers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FYI, Intel also “builds” chassis - for OEMs and SIs (system integrators) – typically only for servers ( www.intel.com ). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Supplies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Receives power “from the wall” and distributes it to the motherboard and “drives”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically a PS/2 form factor with an ATX or ATX12V interface to the motherboard. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wattage from approximately 145 – 450+. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Server applications may include redundancy (N+1) and “hot-swap” capability. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically supports a 110/220v power source (via switch). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Supplies (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Power Supply Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antec ( www.antec-inc.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delta ( www.delta.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enermax ( www.enermax.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance ( www.enhanceusa.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PC Power & Cooling ( www.pcpowercooling.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seasonic ( www.seasonic.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sparkle (Fortron/Source) ( www.sparklepower.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topower ( www.topower.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The are hundreds of other brands. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat Sink Fan Assemblies (HFAs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used to remove heat from (cool) your CPU. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The fan typically receives power from the motherboard. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most modern motherboards have a sensor to monitor operation of the fan – alarm if set to do so in the BIOS. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Included with “boxed processors”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The heat sink is typically aluminum – exotics may be copper or include a copper base. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fan may have sleeve or ball bearings – ball is preferred. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ultra-high-performance fans may run at speeds over 5000 rpm and require a direct connection to the PS. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat Sink Fan Assemblies (HFAs) (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary HFA Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aavid ( www.aavid.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alpha ( www.alphanovatech.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cooler Master ( www.coolermaster.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dynatron ( www.dynatron-corp.com ) - AMD PIB program </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Global WIN ( www.globalwin.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanyo Denki ( www.sanyo-denki.com ) - Intel boxed program </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TaiSol ( www.taisol.com ) - incl. heat pipe solutions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thermaltake ( www.thermaltake.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fan noise level can be extreme – 50+ db(A). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fans (Case Fans) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically NOT required. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If added (for extra cooling), the exhaust fan is the priority. An intake fan is optional (may make things worse if the air flow is not properly channeled). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some overclockers use multiple intake and exhaust fans. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size range – 60-120mm exhaust, 80-120mm intake. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fan speeds vary from under 2000 rpm to over 4000 rpm. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Noise levels can be extreme – above 50 db(A) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Air flow can vary from under 20 to over 190 CFM. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fans (Case Fans) (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Case Fan Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delta ( www.delta.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>emb/Papst ( www.ebmpapst.us ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanyo Denki ( www.sanyo-denki.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sunon ( www.sunonusa.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top Motor ( www.dynatron-corp.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YS Tech ( www.yensun.com.tw ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NOTE: Because of the high power requirements of case fans, run them off the power supply, NOT the motherboard. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The primary text data input device for your system. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selection is highly subjective – what feels good, has the right key spacing and size (enter key), and the extra features you want (Internet keys, etc.). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Typically use either a PS/2 or USB interface. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wired and wireless – look for use of a single receiver with wireless combos (mouse and keyboard). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboards (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Keyboard Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BTC ( www.btcusa.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chicony ( www.chicony.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fujitsu ( www.fcai.fujitsu.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Key Tronic ( www.keytronic.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Logitech ( www.logitech.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft ( www.microsoft.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mitsumi ( www.mitsumi.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NMB ( www.nmbtech.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hundreds of other brands. All suppliers have a wide range of models. Try before you buy! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The primary navigation device used within your operating system’s GUI (graphical user interface). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ball, trackball, or optical movement sensing. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wired or wireless – look for use of a single receiver with wireless combos (mouse and keyboard). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Like your keyboard, the selection is very subjective. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speeds and button/wheel functions are adjustable within the OS and through utilities supplied with the product. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Other Components (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mice (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Mouse Suppliers (visible brands) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kensington ( www.kensington.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Logitech ( www.logitech.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft ( www.microsoft.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are hundreds of other suppliers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each supplier has a wide range of models. Try before you buy! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Processors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AMD released the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processors – first 32/64-bit processors for desktop computers. Athlon 64 – 754-pin, 1MB L2 cache, integrated single-channel memory controller, 2.0GHz (3200+), $417 (1K). Athlon 64 FX – 940-pin, 1MB L2 cache, integrated dual-channel memory controller (requires registered SDRAM), 2.2GHz (-51), $733 (1K). Both support PC3200 (DDR400) memory and include the SSE2 instruction set. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 28. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Processors (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intel released 2.7 and 2.8GHz Celeron processors - simple line extensions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intel released the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition – 3.2GHz with 2MB L3 cache, $925 (1K), very limited availability. Effectively an up-bin Xeon MP in a 478-pin package. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Core Logic (chipsets) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NVIDIA release the nForce3 MCP for AMD Athlon 64 & 64 FX processors – single-chip solution, integrated SATA controllers (up to 4 drives w/ external PHY for 2 nd 2; RAID capable); integrated GbE MAC; integrated audio. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Core Logic (chipsets) (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SiS released the SiS760 “Northbridge” for AMD Athlon 64, 64 FX, and Opteron processors – integrated Ultra256 AGP 8X graphics solution. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SiS released the SiS655FX Northbridge for Intel Pentium 4 processors – includes support for dual-channel DDR400 (PC3200) SDRAM, 800MHz FSB processors. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SiS formally launches the SiSR659 Northbridge for Intel Pentium 4 processors – supports next-generation, quad-channel, PC1200 RDRAM (up to 9.6GB/sec bandwidth). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Core Logic (chipsets) (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VIA released the PT880 Northbridge for Intel Pentium 4 processors – supports dual-channel DDR400 (PC3200) SDRAM. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VIA released the K8T800 “Northbridge” for AMD Athlon 64, 64 FX, & Opteron processors – discrete AGP 8X graphics solution. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Micron and others are sampling DDR2 SDRAM. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 31. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motherboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ASUSTeK announced new boards based on ATI 9100 IGP, SiSR659, and VIA K8T800 chipsets. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gigabyte announced new boards based on the NVIDIA nForce3, SiS655FX, and VIA K8T800 chipsets. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MSI announced new boards based on the VIA K8T800 chipset. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics Processors & Cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ASUSTeK released ATI-based cards (first of tier one to sell both ATI and NVIDIA solutions) – cards based on RADEON 9800XT, 9600XT, 9600SE, and 9200SE GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ATI release the RADEON 9800 XT and 9600XT GPUs and associated cards – 9800XT w/ 256MB RAM ($499), 9600XT w/ 128MB RAM ($199). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gigabyte released NVIDIA-based cards (second tier one to sell both ATI and NVIDIA solutions) – cards based on GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, 5700 Ultra, and earlier GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 33. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics Processors & Cards (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hercules released cards based on the ATI RADEON 9800XT, 9600XT, and 9600SE GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadtek released cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, 5700 Ultra, and 5700 GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matrox released the Parhelia HR256 for 9MP (mega-pixel) displays (3840x2400), PCI, 256MB RAM ($2495) and the “QID” for four (4) 1600x1200 DVI displays from a single card, AGP 8X, 128MB RAM ($TBD). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MSI released cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 5700 Ultra GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 34. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics Processors & Cards (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NVIDIA released the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 5700 Ultra GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PNY released cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and 5700 Ultra GPUs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>XGI (SiS graphics + Trident graphics) announced 6 mainstream through enthusiast GPU products. No card announcements from partners See www.xgitech.com . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  35. 35. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard Drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 spec released – max internal transfer rate of 757Mb/sec (fastest of the large drives – 250GB). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hitachi Ultrastar 15K73 released (when?) – 15K Ultra320 SCSI/FC; max 73GB; max internal transfer rate of 960Mb/sec (world’s fastest HDD), 5 year warranty. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seagate announced Barracuda 7200.7 drives with 100GB/platter density; up to 200GB with 8MB cache, 3 year warranty. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 36. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard Drives (continued) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Western Digital released 74GB Raptor drive – SATA/150, 10,000 rpm, max internal transfer rate of 816Mb/sec (fastest IDE/SATA), 5 year warranty. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard Drive Controllers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Highpoint released the RocketRAID 1820 SATA RAID controller – 8 ports; RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; PCI-X 64-bit/133MHz interface. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 37. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Drives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ASUSTeK released a 52x32x52 CD-RW (CDW-5232AS), internal, ATAPI. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HP released two 8x4x12 +R/+RW DVD writers - dvd400i internal ATAPI & dvd400e external. The external provides both USB 2.0 & IEEE-1394 interfaces. No product listed on site. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lite-On released an 8x4x12 +R/+RW DVD writer (LDW-811S), internal, ATAPI. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TDK released an 8x4x12 +R/+RW DVD writer (AID+840), internal, ATAPI. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 38. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Hardware News (continued) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound processors & cards – nothing new </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modems & NICs – nothing new </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chassis & power supplies – nothing new </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. GSBUG Hardware Info SIG <ul><li>Recap, Preview, and Close </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Featured Topic for December 11, 2003 – Your New System (2003 Update): Planning Phase (the beginning of a five-meeting planning, sourcing, and hands-on assembly series) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close (please police up the area) </li></ul></ul>
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