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What's New: the latest products for the week commencing September 5, 2007.

What's New: the latest products for the week commencing September 5, 2007.

Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H

Featuring the latest Nvidia GeForce 8600 graphics chip with 256MB GDDR3 memory and DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0 support, the GV-NX86S256H delivers highly realistic gaming effects and full support for Microsoft Windows Vista Premium. Unlike past GPU generations, the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS has a dedicated on-chip video processor for superb picture quality and ultra smooth video playback. The GV-NX86S256H features Nvidia's latest advanced technologies including GigaThread Technology, which uses multi- threaded architecture to create thousands of independent, simultaneous threads. According to the vendor, this provides extreme processing effi ciency for advanced, next-generation shader programs. The Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H also supports Quantum Effects Technology, enabling a new level of physics effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU as well as support for Nvidia's Lumenex engine, which introduces 16x Anti-aliasing and 128-bit floating point High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) rendering for the most realistic lighting effects.
Distributed by Synnex, Rectron and Altech Computers.
RRP: $255

XFX Fatality Edition 8600GT

This video card is promoted as one of the most 'Silent But Deadly' components on the market. The fan-less card incorporates a large but conveniently placed heat sink to channel heat energy away from the card without taking up too much horizontal room in the case. With ever-increasing noise levels emanating from the average computer modder's case, the card will ensure levels are kept to a minimum while also injecting vital performance increase, XFX claims. The card has a clock rate of 620MHz, memory clock of 1.7GHz and shader clock of 1355MHz. It runs on the GeForce 8600 GT chipset and has 256MB of memory.
Distributed by Multimedia Technology.
RRP: $239

Gigabyte GV-RX26T256H

The Gigabyte GV-RX26T256H uses the latest 65-nanometer (nm) graphics processing technology incorporated in ATI's new Radeon HD 2000 Series architecture. According to Gigabyte, this means the GV-RX26T256H generates less heat than previous generations, while delivering dramatically faster clock and memory speed records to drive tomorrow's demanding applications. In order to maximise graphic rendering performance, the Gigabyte GV-RX26 series utilises advanced visual technology standards, including Shader Model 4.0 and Microsoft DirectX 10, to deliver detailed visual effects such as dynamic lighting and weather, enhancing the game's realism level. Featuring ATI's Avivo HD technology, the Gigabyte GVRX26 series provides high-quality, high-definition video processing with quiet and cool functionality, as well as built-in 5.1 surround audio for vibrant high-fidelity, flawlessly smooth, next-generation video playback that will delight any home theatre enthusiast.
Distributed by Synnex, Rectron and Altech Computers.
RRP: $180

Innovision GeForce 8600GT Wind Cooler Series

The GeForce 8600GT Wind Cooler Series features Nvidia Unified Architecture and aims to deliver double the gaming performance of prior generation GPUs. According to Innovision, Microsoft DirectX 10 Support with Shader 4.0 offers unparalleled levels of graphic realism and film-quality effects, with the combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing delivering unprecedented picture clarity and precise image scaling for movies and video. Innovision and Nvidia have a long record of compatibility, reliability and stability with a wide range of games and applications. Innovision also ensures a best out-of-box experience for users with continuous performance and feature updates over the life of Nvidia Ge-Force GPUs.
Distributed by Altech Computers.
RRP: $275

Asus ATI HD2600 series

Asus has introduced the new EAH2600 graphics card series for entry-level and midrange users. Featuring the latest generation of GPUs from AMD, the ATI HD2600XT and ATI HD2600PRO graphics cards are designed to bring feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and smooth multimedia playback to the user while consuming less power with their new power efficient 65nm processors. Both utilise a new generation of cooling fans to effectively dissipate heat build-up. With 25 per cent more surface area, the heat sinks make for better cooling and can lower temperatures for the 2600PRO by 20 degrees celcius and the 2600XT by 10 degrees celcius in comparison to generic 2600PRO and 2600XT graphic cards. Besides supporting feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming, the Asus 2600 series also comes with the exclusive Asus Gamer OnScreen Display (OSD). This feature delivers real-time overclocking and chat options during gameplay, allowing users real-time performance upgrades when required. Additionally, users can utilise OSD to record live gaming action or broadcast it live over the Internet.
Distributed by Synnex, Cellnet and Avnet.
RRP: $299

Asus EN8600GT OC Gear

Asus' OC Gear is a hardware-based overclocking device for graphics cards which comes bundled with the Asus EN8600GT. Used together, the vendor claims users can expect up to 30 per cent enhanced overclocking performance and gaming experiences. In order to provide gamers with the best experience, the EN8600GT OC Gear edition is equipped with -1 memory modules. The high-speed capability of these super fast modules allows the best overclocking capabilities for memory speeds. OC Gear features an easy-to-read mirror LED display and shows real-time graphics card information including the GPU temperature and the current FPS (Frames Per Second). In addition, the user-friendly knob allows timely adjustments to suit different game requirements by simply pressing it to switch menu options including volume, GPU clock, and fan speed. Gamers can also conveniently overclock, control system settings, and keep an eye on temperatures from the front of the chassis.
Distributed by Synnex and Achieva.
RRP: $279


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