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Product Line Updates: new GPUs and Blu-Ray

Posted on March 16, 2009 by Jon Bach

In addition to a round of pricing updates, we have a handful of product line updates this week.

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1) The XFX 9800GTX+ 512MB has been replaced with the XFX GTS 250 1GB, which is very similar in performance, but is smaller size, needs only one power connector, and has double the memory. Best of all, there is no change in price!

2) We have replaced MS Office Basic 2007 OEM (which includes Word, Outlook, and Excel) with MS Office Home and Student 2007 (which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote . It is the RETAIL version, which means you get a full CD, and you can install it on 3 PCs in your home. It is also $20 cheaper...pretty sweet all around.

3) The CTL 195UW has been replaced with the CTL 196UW, and the 190LX with the 191LX. Both are updates to better contract ratio of 1000:1 (the old models were 800:1).

4) The Antec 4480B has been updated to the Antec 4480B II. It has slightly different molding color, adds additional side vents, and adds front
sound jacks.

5) The Lite-On 4X Blu-ray Player and Burner have been updated to a Pioneer 5X Blu-ray Player and Pioneer 8X Blu-ray Burner. This brings us up to date with the fastest speed brackets available for Blu-ray.

6) The Atech 28-in-1 Card Reader has been updated to the Atech 35-in-1 Card Reader. It is pretty much an incremental update, but if you have specific card types you want to read, you should check it out.

7) The last of our 512MB memory modules have been dropped. I wonder how long it will be before we drop 1GB sticks as well...

8) The PNY Quadro 5800 4GB video card has been added. I wonder what happens if you try to use a 32-bit OS!

9) Our AMD server line has been completely refreshed to the AMD Shanghai CPUs, representing a significant speed improvement, as well as a reduction in power draw and heat. We are running the Tyan n6550EX as our quad socket board, and the Asus KFSN5-D as our dual socket board.

Look for some pretty amazing announcements on our Intel workstation and server line in coming weeks -- we are working on some new post-production workstations that are going to absolutely blow away anything that's out there today -- I'm excited!

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Let me know if you have any questions!