Radeon 9800 to FireGL X2 Hard Mod, Albatron K8X890 Pro II Motherboard, and more!

Hey folks, I'm checking in to let you know what's going on. ATi has sent us an announcement today, they're announcing the "Industry's First DirectX 9 Chipset for AMD Processor-based Notebook PCs" so check it out along with our other items. Enjoy!

ATI Delivers Industry's First DirectX 9 Chipset for AMD Processor-based
Notebook PCs

RADEON(R) XPRESS™ 200M drives a new class of integrated graphics and power management for PCI Express-based AMD mobile platforms.

MARKHAM, ON – February 17, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), the world leader for notebook PC graphics, today announced the introduction of RADEON(R) XPRESS™ 200M – the industry's first integrated PCI Express DirectX 9 chipset for AMD (NYSE: AMD) processor-based notebook PCs. Designed to support a range of form factors, RADEON XPRESS 200M delivers industry-leading RADEON graphics and POWERPLAY 5.0 power management for a best-in-class mobile user experience. Flexible in design, RADEON XPRESS 200M supports all currently available Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processors and Mobile AMD Sempron™ processors. Due to its power management functionality, RADEON XPRESS 200M is ideally suited for thin and
light notebooks powered by forthcoming AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology.

RADEON XPRESS 200M for AMD will be available from such leading OEMs and ODMs as HP, Sharp, Medion, Acer, Targa, Gateway, NEC, Mitac, Arima, MSI, Compal, Quanta and Wistron. For more information: Click Here

Intel 915P Shootout : Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro @ hardwarezone

"The Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo Pro shares many aspects with the previous GA-8GPNXP Duo, except that it doesn't come with extraneous features like the U-Plus D.P.S. module. Expect a robust performing motherboard with strong networking support."

Albatron K8X890 Pro II Motherboard @ PCstats

"Today we're going to look at an Albatron K8X890 Pro II motherboard which uses VIA's new K8T890 chipset, so you know what that means - PCI Express videocards! This Albatron motherboard supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 or FX processors as well as up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC PC3200 DDR memory (in dual channel)."

Plextor PX712A DVD R/RW Review @ GruntvillE.com

"When testing an optical drive there are a few things you need to consider. First and foremost is performance, both speed and accuracy. Next is reliability and media compatibility. As we all know, not all media is created equal. Finally there is the aesthetics of the drive, both visual and audible."

Enermax Black Knight (CS-527) Case @ PimpRig

"An interesting (and patent-pending) feature of this case is the stealth drive-bay covers. Both the 3.5" and the 5.25" bay covers don't come out like your usual blanks, but they slide down, nesting behind one another."

ATI Radeon 9800 To FireGL X2 Hard Mod Guide Posted! @ Adrian's Rojak Pot

"Can't afford an ATI FireGL X2 workstation graphics card? Well, don't let high prices stop you from enjoying the great performance that all FireGL users are experiencing! Earlier, we covered the soft-modding techniques, which unfortunately may not work for everyone. So today, we will take a look at how you can hard-mod your Radeon 9800-series card into a full-fledged FireGL X2 workstation card!"