GeForce 9800 GX2 Overclocked and Tested @ Tweaktown
When a new high-end graphics card comes out you like to think that a CPU with four cores clocked at 3GHz is going to do the job pretty well. Though, like most high-end cards, when we start to increase the CPU clock further, we can begin to see some really good gains in performance. So we’ve done exactly that today, we’ve moved our trusty Intel quad-core Q6600 processor up to 3.75GHz but at the same time we thought that we may as well see what we can do with the clocks on the GeForce 9800 GX2. The increases clock speeds will be what most consumers can achieve without spending a truck load of cash on extreme cooling. CPU is cooled using Corsair water cooling and the GX2 uses its stock standard air cooling.
Foxconn GeForce 8800GT OC Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
It recently saw a price drop to continue competing with the HD 3870 and manufacturers are still making loads of them as they continue to represent great value for money. Foxconn tend to produce a nice little reference card with an overclock and at a decent price. With the 8800GT Standard OC in hand from Foxconn, we thought it was time to see how it faired against the overclocked 9600GT from Galaxy and the ASUS HD 3870 which carries with it stock clocks.
Intel's X48 Express Chipset @ Tech Report
Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is due out this quarter, bringing with it not only four Penryn cores clocked at 3.2GHz, but also a front-side bus running at 1600MHz. That faster FSB presents a bit of a problem, though, because Intel's current P35 and X38 Express chipsets only support front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz. So the QX9770 needs a new chipset, or at least a new north bridge, which is where the X48 Express comes in. Based on Intel's existing X38 Express, the X48 brings with it official support for 1600MHz front-side bus speeds. With this faster bus, the X48 looks poised to supplant its predecessor atop Intel's chipset lineup, which means a new wave of motherboards is coming from all the usual suspects. Gigabyte's X48T-DQ6 is the first X48 offering to hit our labs, and in addition to packing Intel's latest chipset, it comes with an innovative Dynamic Energy Saver mechanism designed to lower power consumption. Join us as we put this power saving scheme to the test and run the X48 Express through it paces against the rest of Intel's chipset lineup.
Auras CTC-868 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
What makes the Auras CTC-868 heatsink stand out is that it's split into thirds, with the two outer sections holding the integrated fans. A slip connection at the base of the CTC-868 allows each outer third of the heatsink to pivot on the connecting heatpipe 20 degrees, in the process noise is slightly reduced and the exhaust airflow can be directed down towards the motherboard.
Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews recently reviewed the ZOTAC 8800GT ZT-88TES2P-FSP, NVIDIA's very impressive answer to the HD3800 series. Though the NVIDIA beat ATI/AMD to market, the 8800GT release is a direct result of ATI/AMD's HD 3800 series. Today we'll be looking at one card responsible for the exceptional mid-range offering we are enjoying, the Diamond VIPER 3870PE4512 - ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 PCIE 2.0 512MB GDDR4 Video Card; ATI/AMD's mid-range card that curiously happens to be their top performing single GPU card.
Zalman ZM-RS6F USB 5.1 Surround Headphones/Headset Review @ Tweaknews
Despite a couple minor shortcomings, the ZM-RS6F remains a decent contender for those in the market for a set of surround sound headphones. The USB connector and sound card allow for a convenient setup especially for laptop gaming. The surround sound quality is good and after gaming with these, it will be difficult to go back to a pair of standard headphones.
MSI GeForce N9600GT OC Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
The latest company to come to the 9600GT parade is MSI, and like most other cards we’ve looked at they’ve decided to move away from the stock cooler and use their own design. They also figure if they’re going to do that, they may as well bump up the speed of the card and see what it’s capable of. I feel like we’ve looked at so many 9600GT cards in such a short period of time that there isn’t all that much to say here. The 9600GT has quickly become a popular little offering thanks to its performance not being like that of normal x600GT offerings from NVIDIA in the past.
AeroCool EasyWatch System Controller Review @ ClubOC
AeroCool has made quite a name for them selves with system controllers like the GateWatch and the FP-01, but sometimes you don't need all the extra bells ad whistles a full size controller has to offer. With the EasyWatch, AeroCool provides the core functions you really need in a slim 2.5 inch package.
I'm sure all of our readers have seen all seen the online reviews of Intel's new Core 2 Duo E8400 and E8500 dual-core processors. They're big news. These new processors codenamed Wolfdale benefit from a die shrink from 65nm to 45nm, and improved architecture which results in better clock for clock performance compared to the Conroes. As well, L2 cache has been increased from 4MB to 6MB, and the bus speed bumped from 1066MHz to 1333MHz (quad-pumped). Initial reports from around the web place the E8000 series Wolfdales as great overclockers. Looking at many review websites and user experiences from forums, the E8400’s and E8500’s are hitting upwards of 4GHz with air cooling without much voltage increase. Adding this performance with a retail value of around $200US, the E8400 is a great value.
The current problem with the E8000 series is availability. There aren’t many stores, if any, which have the E8400 or E8500 in stock. These processors are high in demand, and so far supply from Intel hasn’t been able to keep up.
AMD 780G Chipset - Gigabyte MA-78GM-S2H Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
The AMD 780G chipset is the first new chipset that was designed by AMD after the AMD/ATI merger and it performs like a winner. Usually when a company designs a chipset with integrated graphics they just take half of a desktop GPU and stick it inside the chipset, but the 780G is the first chipset generation to have the whole graphics engine inside. The Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard is a great example of what the 780G chipset can do when properly used. The board didn't leave us with any bad to say as it was found to be stable with a BIOS that could easily worked with.
Honeywell SecuraDrive 80GB USB 1.8-Inch Pocket Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
The Honeywell SecuraDrive portable USB hard drive is perfect for storing MP3 music files, videos files and photos, or for protecting sensitive and private data while on the go. Featuring Password Protection Technology, the SecuraDrive allows the user to allocate part or all of the hard drive's capacity to be public or private, with the private areas only accessible with the proper password, regardless if the SecuraDrive is lost or stolen. Benchmark Reviews tests the 80GB SecuraDrive FM-HWS80U2 for modern-day performance and reliability.
Razer Mako THX 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Futurelooks
Razer is a company that prides itself in designing products for gamers, by gamers. We’ve already seen what Razer is capable of when it comes to crazy computer mice and “gaming surfaces”, but what about something a little more substantial? Well, the speakers that are built into my Dell laptop are pretty anemic at best, so I approached the newly launched Razer Mako THX speakers with completely open arms. And the 2.1 system absolutely blew me away. Yes, they are that good.
Nexus Hush Kit Review @ Techwarelabs
Do you have a need to silence your PC but you wish to retain the cooling power of those loud fans? Nexus has created a kit called the "Hush Kit" which is specifically engineered to give you good cooling while lowering the noise output to virtual silence. We test out this kit and let your know if its worth it or not.
Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
The latest HD 3870 X2 to make its way into the labs comes in the form of a stock clocked Sapphire. We actually haven’t checked out the X2 on our new test bed in any real detail, so we’ll have to see how it goes here today. If you’re looking for a HD 3870 X2 that doesn’t do anything but produce some good numbers, this could be the card for you. Fortunately, there is only one way to find out so let’s get stuck into the card and see what we have on our hands today before we get into the benchmarks.
A-Data Vitesta DDR3-1600X CL7 PC3-12800 RAM @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has amassed the largest collection of DDR3 memory modules anywhere, and we are now ready to showcase the thirteenth product of our High-Speed DDR3 Review Series. In this article, we test the performance from A-Data's Vitesta X series DDR3, and discover if this overclocker-specific system memory is built for the task. Rated for 1600MHz, Benchmark Reviews successfully pushes the AD31600X002GU well beyond its PC3-12800 rating without disturbing the low 7-7-7-20 clock latency.
AMD Radeon HD3870 512MB roundup, Club3D and HIS compared @ Madshrimps
The HD3800 series have been available for nearly three months now, but it's only until NVIDIA recently decided to launch their 9600GT that we decided to have another look at ATI's current mainstream video card. Our article includes two samples, one standard clocked HD3870 branded Club3D, and one supercharged video card labeled HIS. Head on to found out how we rated the HD3870 three months after release.
Thermaltake Muse X-Duo RAID Review @ ClubOC
One reason I love being a ClubOC reviewer is the opportunity to try new and interesting gadgets. A few weeks ago, Thermaltake sent me an HTPC case so that I got to dive into the world of PC-based Media Centers; today I get to jump into the world of Network Attached Storage with the new Muse X-Duo RAID enclosure. If you are unfamiliar with the Network Attached Storage, a NAS box is essentially a group of external hard drives that plug directly into the network, offering a resource for data sharing and backups for the entire network, while remaining completely independent of every PC on the network. As is plain to see, this offers some serious advantages for both the data-packrat home user and the small office.
Auras TwinW (SMF-660) CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
With success in the OEM/ODM market Auras is now ready to move into the public spotlight with their name featured right on retail packages. Auras’ headquarters is situated in Taipei, and with three factories in China it is clear that the company is off to a great start. Today we will be looking at the Auras TwinW, also known as the SMF660. This copper base, aluminum fin cooler places a single fan in the middle of two moderately sized cooling fin areas that utilize the push/pull effect of the fan. Let’s dive in and see what the TwinW is all about.
Kingston DataTraveler 400 USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
How many times have you misplaced your thumb drive and all you could think about was what information was saved on it. Was it personal? Was it sensitive to your job? Well Kingston has sent us one of their Data Traveler series thumb drives that is designed to help protect that data and not cost a bundle in the process. Today we look at the Data Traveler 400, read on to see if its a good fit for you.
Scythe Orochi SCORC-1000 Low Noise Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Scythe Orochi is the largest heatsink ever to pass through the Frostytech Labs. It's big: 155mm tall, 120mm wide and a staggering 194mm long. The Orochi contains 10 heatpipes, weighs over a kilo and from afar it looks like an industrial cooling unit. This Intel and AMD heatsink is so large, it should almost require slowly blinking red aircraft anti-collision lights... okay, that's an exaggeration. Scythe made the Orochi heatsink large for a reason, so that it can be paired with a slowly rotating ultra quiet fan to gently move air through the massive heatsinks' fins, or even used passively.
Intel SkullTrail Super High End PC Platform Review @ Madshrimps
Does this mean that the SkullTrail is not overclockable? No, not at all. In the enthusiasts’ scene we've found many examples of people who are able to overclock their setup to settings far beyond factory settings. I have no idea whether they were using the alpha evaluation version of the BIOS as well and due to the limited time with the setup, I was not able to contact the people who have overclocked their sample.
OCZ Silencer 610 EPS 12V 610Watt Power Supply @ 3DXtreme
Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the latest Power Supply released from our friends at OCZ. Bringing to the table the legendary performance and reliability of PC Power and Cooling OCZ has a line of Power Supplies capable of providing the highest performance on the market. The Silencer 610 watt PSU brings a high quality PC Power and Cooling Power Supply to the masses. Featuring a single 49amp 12v rail and 610 continuous watts at 40 c the Silencer means business.
ECS GeForce 9600GT Accelero 512MB @ Tweaktown
As the 9600GT cards continue to roll on in, we see lots of variants trying to stand out from the pack. The latest card to rock up in the labs is an offering from ECS that carries with it an Accelero S2 made by Artic Cooling. We’ve compared the ECS 9600GT against the Galaxy 9600GT which is slightly lower on the core and a fair bit lower on the shader clock. The Galaxy memory clock does come in a little higher though.
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4 Socket 775 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
The latter of the aforementioned boards was one of first to hit the market at the launch of the P35 chipset. The GA-P35, in which ever format you got it, overclocked like a monster with a tweak here and a tweak there. But now that the world is on the energy saving kick Gigabyte has released an updated version of the P35 range called the GA-EP35 range. According to Gigabyte this new line of boards has a power saving rate of 70% which should make your parents, partner or roomy happy when it comes time to fork over the money to pay the utility bill. The Dynamic Energy Save or DES for short will automatically adjust CPU phase power during idle and load activity. Which means when at idle the power will drop down to dual phase and when a load is poured on up to four or higher dependent on the load.
Coolink Chip Chilla Chipset Heatsink Review @ Techwarelabs
Cooling your chipset can be very important. Think of the chipset as the nerve center of your motherboard. It communicates with the CPU commands from many components and if running hot can lead to reduced performance or end up in a damaged system. Read our review to find out why the Chip Chilla has both a good and bad design.
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case Review @ OzHardware
The Three Hundred follows in a similar vain to its big brother, but rather a bit more understated than the flamboyant and edgy Nine Hundred. The Three Hundred keeps the same matt-black finish all round, as well as the black mesh drive covers on the front of the case – top to bottom. There are 9 drive covers/spots in total, however 6 of them are one solid piece of see-through mesh to allow air flow, with only two actual drive covers up the top of the case, and a spot for a third already missing out of the box – a subtle reminder that this is a case built on a budget.
SimpleTech 160GB SimpleDrive Portable 2.5 Inch Hard Drive Review @ Techwarelabs
Jason Dumbaugh takes the SimpleTech 160Gb portable drive for a test spin and shows you if this drive is worth your hard earned cash. With the growing usefulness of these small, large drives there is no reason not to own one. SimpleTech has a good selection of drives at varying sizes to meet your needs. How do these drives perform?
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
The Logitech G15 ticks many boxes on the gaming keyboard requirements list, along with a few that are not even on it. You have the soothing orange backlight of the keys, and not distractingly illuminating the whole key either, just the letter in the center of the matt-black mini-monolith. This also makes it much easier to read the key in the dim darkness of your den. A nicely positioned LCD unit, while not completely necessary for gaming, does have some advantages. It is capable of displaying stats, windows info and media related activities. Four soft buttons underneath allow you to select an LCD option defined by a program.
Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
After taking a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 and Sphere CPU coolers, I am back to finish up the trifecta by putting the Hyper TX2 through our TECC system. The two previous coolers both suffered from Cooler Master’s aging mounting system that requires you to remove the motherboard for all installations. On the TX2, a cooler costing half that of the previous two tested, surprisingly you do not have to remove the motherboard and mounting goes much easier.
Crucial is the only memory upgrade supplier that is owned by a major DRAM manufacturer, Micron Techonology. The Crucial name is synonymous with consumers for memory upgrades and accessories such as flash cards and drives. Branching out from its bread and butter of standard memory products, Crucial developed a branding called Ballistix. It is with its Ballistix brand that Crucial reaches out to overclocking and performance crowd. At circuitREMIX, we've already tested DDR2 from Crucial's Ballistix line of memory products and we came away impressed. Now we will be taking our first look at our first Ballistix DDR3 product.
Crucial's Ballistix line of DDR2 and DDR3 memory all bear the same resemblance. They share the same aluminum heatspreaders, with the standard Ballistix burnt orange and the Tracers black. The Ballistix, Crucial and Micron logos are silkscreened on the heatspreaders. There is no clear indication as to the specifications of the memory other than looking up the model number off the stickers on the memory.
ATP Electronics ProMax II CompactFlash Card and Reader Review @ Bigbruin
If you happen to have a device that needs a CompactFlash card, there is no reason not to look at the ATP Electronics ProMax II line. Transferring large amounts of data is best done at high speed, and a UDMA capable card provides the best transfer rates you are going to get at this time . If you do get a ProMax II CompactFlash card, be sure to pick up the ATP Electronics ProMax UDMA card reader.
Radeon HD 3870 X2 in CrossfireX Tested @ Tweaktown
The driver is out that does it all. Crossfire X; we’ve wanted it, we’ve asked for it, we’ve (finally) got it. Crossfire X is the next generation of Crossfire technology for Radeon based graphics cards. With a pair of HD 3870 X2 cards in hand it’s time to check out what Crossfire X is capable of. For comparisons sake we’ve also included a single HD 3870 and a single HD 3870 X2.
OCZ Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler Tested @ Tweaktown
Today is finally the day when we can tell you more about the OCZ Technology Cryo-Z. The information that we have gathered is not from a press release nor an assumption based on seeing the unit at a technology show. This is in fact real hands on with the unit, sitting at the Secret Bunker of Technology. Not listed in OCZ’s official documentation is the fact that the Cryo-Z was designed in part by chilli1, a HVAC/R engineer who has become known in the computer enthusiast industry for making one-off and small scale production phase change components.
Sigma Shark SP-635w Power Supply Review @ ClubOC
I use to start off every power supply review by saying that the power supply is the most overlooked component of the computer. I really don't think that's the case anymore. Most enthusiasts that build computers are very aware of the importance of a good quality power supply. What I'm seeing now is that people are buying into the marketing that you need a 1000watt or larger power supply to run your computer. Maybe it's not marketing. Maybe you really need a large power supply. Sigma has sent over a 635 watt power supply.
Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard Review @ PCSTATS
With the flurry of Geforce 9600GT's hitting the streets, there really are a lot of different videocards to consider. If you've been pondering an upgrade, don't fret. Foxconn has pre-overclocked this Geforce 9600GT from the stock clock speeds. The nVidia GPU runs an extra 50MHz quicker, the memory is up 100MHz, and the shader clock runs 125MHz faster. There's a lot to like about a mainstream videocard like the Geforce 9600GT, and it'll be interesting to see how much further we can overclock this particular Foxconn card.
AMD 780G Chipset Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
During a recent trip to visit ATI we got a chance to see numerous AMD 780G motherboards and while we are finishing up our 780G review this should hold you over. AMD expects 780G based motherboards to be priced between $80-$120 with some manufacturers boards available this week and others later in the month. With the 780G and SB700 chipsets motherboard manufacturers can come up with some interesting designs and today we will be showing you what ASUS, ECS, Foxconn, Gigabyte, MSI, J&W and Jetway have developed.
Intel Atom & Centrino Atom Technology Report @ TechARP
Although the new Intel Atom processors are not mainstream mobile processors, they will have a significant impact on the development of low-cost Netbooks as well as powerful new MIDs and UMPCs. The Atom processors would not only inject greater performance into those devices, they would also allow them to shave at least 12W of power consumption, improving their battery life.
AMD 780G Chipset and Low Power 4850e Processor Review @ Techwarelabs
AMD has just released the new 780G chipset and the 4850e low power processor. We have each of these in house and ran them through a few rounds of testing for you. The 780G provides users with an all new level of performance and gaming at an unbelievable low cost all while introducing the world to something called "hybrid graphics".
Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
Overall, I have to say that the Razer based Microsoft Reclusa is a solid constructed piece of computer hardware that should be permanently placed on your desktop for many years with little to no problems.
GIGABYTE ODIN Pro GE-MK20A-D1 1200w PSU @ Tweaktown
When you hear the company name of “GIGABYTE”, odds are good that you are not thinking power supplies. These folks have been a premiere manufacturer of motherboards for quite some time. They have also recently begun to delve into the techno segment with a line of laptop systems, video cards, cooling components and even cell phones and other communication devices. But power supplies? We are going to take a look at the feature set of the ODIN Pro 1200 and then put it to the test. We will see if these folks have a winner on their hands or whether they should stick to the other components that they are already good at making.
Samsung YP-S5 Multimedia Player Review @ Hardware Canucks
While the S5 is not targeting the same market as some of the larger-screened devices, it is still the kind of player which wants to offer something for everyone. It is able to play MPEG and WMV video formats and WMA, OGG, ASF music formats in addition to AAC files so all you iTunes lovers will have something to listen to. It also boasts Bluetooth connectivity to headphones or your cell phone, the ability to view JPEG images and even has built in speakers.
33-Way Thermal Interface Material Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has seen a lot of products made for the purpose of delivering better performance. Some of these products exist for overclockers and enthusiasts, and often times help deliver performance out of otherwise tame hardware. Other products sometimes only deliver the empty marketing claim of improvements. Of all the products we have seen and tested, one particular category always stands out as the culprit for over-hyped promises: Thermal Interface Material (TIM). Of all the heatsink compounds and thermal pastes made and marketed, they must all only concentrate themselves to deliver the simple function of mating the CPU to the cooler with the highest thermal conductivity possible. Of course, some work better than others, and this is exactly what Benchmark Reviews intends to discover. Please join us for a comprehensive testing of 33 different TIM products.
Seagate FreeAgent Pro 1TB External Hard Drive Review @ Futurelooks
Seagate has long since established itself as a leader in the hard drive industry and one of their latest external offerings is not only attractive, but it’s also versatile and it comes with loads of storage capacity. The Seagate FreeAgent Pro external hard drive is now available with a whopping one terabyte of space; that’s 1000GB, folks!
Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review @ PCSTATS
Palit have taken a slightly different approach with this GeForce 8800GT-class videocard. Rather than pre-overclock the GPU and memory, it's added an extra 512MB of onboard videocard memory, bumping the total to 1GB GDDR3. The Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB ships with its GPU running at 600 MHz and memory clocked at 900 MHz. The shader runs at the stock 1500MHz speed. For the gamers looking for a little DirectX10 action in Windows Vista, the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB supports SM4.0, 16x antialiasing, 128-bit HDR, nVidia quantum effects physics processing, PureVideo HD, OpenGL 2 and all the other eye candy you'd expect.
Coolermaster Cosmos S ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
It did not take Coolermaster long to update their high end chassis, the Cosmos S is based on the Cosmos, but made from aluminum, more cooling options, comes with a massive 200mm fan and has a very unique I/O panel. We compare this S(port) version to the original to see how it stacks up.
Noctua NH-U12P Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
The cooling performance of the Noctua NH-U12P Heatpipe CPU Cooler is exceptional. With the fan at full speed it produces minimal noise and provides excellent thermal results, and cutting the fan speed down to near silence doesn't impact the cooling at all. Even though the performance was exceptional, achieving it took more effort than I am used to needing in order to install a CPU cooler.
Kingwin RVT-9225, RVT-12025, and RVT-12025D CPU Coolers Review @ Techwarelabs
TechwareLabs tests out three new CPU coolers from Kingwin that use direct thermal transfer to integrated heatpipes. This is supposed to result in a great decrease in your CPU operating temperature. Does it work? Read our review on these three to find out.
GIGABYTE GeForce 8800GT TurboForce Review @ Tweaktown
GIGABYTE graphics cards seem to be few and far between these days because they like to do things a bit differently. We’re all for standing out from the pack, and the latest card from GIGABYTE to jump into that category would be the TurboForce Edition of the 8800GT. The Zalman cooler that they use isn’t anything new, we’ve seen it used on the HD 3870 that GIGABYTE released a few months back. With that said though, it really is a tried and tested cooler that seems to be extremely efficient. The copper in the middle of the cooler helps move the heat and the aluminum fins help the heat dissipate quickly.
Asrock 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ 775 Socket Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
But what if you want a great overclocking experience at a price closer to home? A price that won’t equal that of mid range Mercedes Benz monthly payment. What if you only could scrap up the funds to obtain a Intel Dual Core 2200 or 6420? Chances are you will want a board that is packed with all the features you must have like eSATA, voltage selections, Crossfire support and the rest of the features necessary to overclock the hell out of your CPU. Asrock has told us that their new motherboard will do just that. The 4Core1600P35-WiFi+ BIOS offers many more of the features needed to overclock than any of their past boards. The adjustment of CPU and DIMM voltages is just a start to what most people on a budget want from a motherboard. If overclocking is not your thing Asrock’s latest offering gives you future-proofing as well via DDR2 and DDR3 slots. Is this all the new board has to give?
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
Thermalright added two extra heatpipes to their successfully Ultra-120 CPU heatsink, in order to further improve performance on the high end scale. We compare this CPU cooling beast to the best out there to see what it can offer eXtra.
3-Way NVIDIA SLI Review - GeForce 8800 GTX x 3 @ Legit Reviews
NVIDIA’s 3-way SLI indeed works but at the price of entry, it had better. The problem however is that in this instance it is based on technology that is approaching the end of its life. The 8800 GTX and Ultra have all but been replaced by the 8800 GTS 512MB and the 9000 series cards have already started to launch. The Quad SLI launch of the 9800GX2 is imminent and should undercut the cost of either Triple GTX’s or Ultra’s and perform on par or better. So really the only way this is going to be of benefit to anyone is if you’ve already got a 680i or 780i and a pair of GTX’s or Ultra’s.
ATI CrossFireX Preview - Triple CrossFire Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
We've been talking about CrossFireX drivers since November 2007 and it's been a long four months of waiting, but it seems like it was worth the wait. The drivers we used for testing are still in development, so once the final CATALYST 8.3 drivers are delivered we will take a closer look at CrossFireX. CrossFireX looks good and the scaling from two cards to three shows performance gains of 5-50% with the average being right around 33%. We can't wait to see what Quad-CrossFire looks like and what CATALYST 8.4 and 8.5 drivers will bring to the table.
Tuniq Miniplant 950W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin
The Tuniq Miniplant 950W power supply winds up being interesting for not being particularly different. The Miniplant name may be misleading since it isn't smaller than normal, but just standard size. With so many high powered power supplies being sold with oversized housings, getting one of these units into your case may be hit or miss. With the Tuniq Miniplant you know that if a standard ATX power supply will fit, that this 950W unit will fit, too.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Processor Review - 45nm Wolfdale @ Legit Reviews
The Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 that we specifically looked at in this article did very well in the benchmarks and consistently beat the AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition quad-core processor. This goes to show how well the Wolfdale core has been developed and also how bad of a position AMD is in when it comes to processors. When it came to overclocking, the 45nm Wolfdale processors do great and hitting 500MHz FSB is easily possible, which means 2GHz DDR3 memory kits can be finally released and companies like Corsair Memory have already launched such products.
Galaxy 9600 GT 512MB OC Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
Galaxy is launching a very different 9600 GT, featuring a custom board design, dual slot cooler, two BIOS and windows flash tool, it is geared toward the enthusiasts out there. This sample comes factory overclocked we compare its performance to a reference 9600 GT video card, as well as a 8800 GT, 8800 GTS and AMD's pride: HD3870. Read on to find out of this product is the best mainstream card out there.
AeroCool DoublePower VGA Cooler Review @ ClubOC
With the increased power of the modern performance video card comes the need for more power and the creation of more heat. While we cant do much to bring down the power needs of these monsters companies like AeroCool are working hard to bring down the heat. Today we will be looking at the AeroCool DoublePower VGA cooler. With not one, but two heatsinks is this cooler worth an upgrade?
VOX V1 750GB eSATA/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive @ Pro-Clockers
When browsing the shelves of your local B&M you will find there are several different sizes and brands to pick from. Some drives are small enough to fit in the front pocket of your shirt and there are other units that can house numerous drives. These types of unit can be a big as shoe box or two. Depending on your needs someone will have you covered. Besides storage size another major factor would be what brand of drive to buy. Seagate and Maxtor seem to be two of the more popular brands. Personal preference usually is the deciding factor in this case.
But for those of you who don’t have a preference that would lead you to one particular brand there is a new company that would like you to take a chance with them. Vox is providing users with a very stylish external drive capable of housing up to 750 gigs of storage. And if size isn’t all you are looking for in a drive the V1 offers a single button backup system to make your life easier. These are just a couple of features that Vox is using to try and win you over. What else does it have to offer? Read the rest of these pages to find out.
Cooler Master Cosmos S Full Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin
Cooler Master really included many new features that I would expect to become a standard with high end computer cases, like the very cool touch sensor that replaced the standard power button. When building a high end computer system many user's focus on the internal components and not on the case, but with the Cosmos S arriving in March, the case should become a high priority.
ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Since the remaining heavyweights are soon to be replaced by the upcoming GeForce 9800 GTX and 9800 GX2 in just another month, there seems to be a gaping hole left in the new lineup. This is where the market will continue to cling onto the tried and true mid-range solution: the GeForce 8800 GT. Not so long ago here at Benchmark Reviews, we offered a very unique comparison of the GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX. In this article, it was shown that a more affordable 8800 GT could easily beat an overclocked 8800 GTS and compare to the far more expensive 8800 GTX. Well now we can do one better because ZOTAC offers an 8800 GT that not only directly competes with the 8800 GTX, but it goes places nobody else in the 8800 series can: HDMI digital audio and video output.
OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB @ Benchmark Reviews
Benchmark Reviews has been hard at work trying to ride the wave of innovation into the next big technology. While Solid State Disks can now finally promise the best of both worlds (speed and capacity), they are still extremely expensive. OCZ is very well known for their drive towards high performance, yet in this article you will see a different side to them with their SSD product line. We have tested and used the new OCZ 64GB SATA Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB, and we're ready with the results.