Daily News for Dec 18

ASUS Silent Knight II CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
Today we will be looking at the ASUS Silent Knight II, a revised version of the original Silent Knight. The cooler features an all copper design for the main components yet weighs only 610 grams. ASUS claims the Silent Knight II performs very well and is designed to dissipate heat loads that are associated with today’s high performance quad-core processors. Today we will be testing the cooler in our Thermal Environment Control Chamber to see how it performs against other coolers in the same price range.

Kingwin Z1-35EU-BK USB 2.0 and eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Big Bruin
The enclosure of interest for this review is from Kingwin, a manufacturer of computer components that has been in business since 1992. The first look at their Z1-35EU-BK USB 2.0 and eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure confirms that it definitely earns some style points. Analyzing the speed and reliability will take a bit more effort, but hopefully the sporty appearance is an indication of performance.

Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows @ PCSTATS
PCSTATS will also cover the basics of overclocking the processor, memory and video card, so as not to miss out on this important area of extra performance potential. Please pay special attention to our 'Tweak Insurance' tips at the beginning of this guide to help you prepare your system against any potential mishaps.

Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Tech ARP
They first popped up late 2005 with their X-Mystique 7.1 sound card. They knew well enough they couldn't beat Creative at its own game when it came to gaming. So, just like Audiotrak and Onkyo, they concentrated on audiophiles and audio enthusiasts, delivering sound cards with board layouts that focus on analog quality, swappable operational amplifiers, better DACs and a slew of other features.

ASUS GeForce EN8800GT TOP 512MB Review @ Tweaktown
The latest addition to the TOP line-up is the 8800GT and it’s an interesting one because the 8800GT packs some serious punch as it is; it will be interesting to see how the card fairs against the stock model ASUS 8800GTS. What we have stuck the 8800GT TOP from ASUS against today is a stock clocked 8800GT, an overclocked 8800GT which comes with the more common 650MHz/1900MHz DDR setup and the stock clocked 8800GTS 512MB based on the G92 core.

Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Canucks
This power supply completely bucks the assumption that the most stable power supplies are reserved to those few who have over $200 to spend on a single upgrade. Not only does the TX750 offer performance which is head and shoulders above some highly-regarded 850W units but it is priced at a mind-boggling $150CAD.

Nvidia's nForce 780i SLI chipset @ Tech Report
If you want to combine one of Intel's swanky new 45nm processors with an SLI multi-GPU graphics configuration, there's a problem. You see, while nForce 600-series chipsets are compatible with Intel's latest Penryn-based CPUs, current motherboard implementations are not. The incompatibility runs deeper than what can be addressed with a simple BIOS update, as well—a board-level circuit change is required. Motherboard makers could respin their nForce 600-series designs with the necessary changes, but the nForce 600 series is more than a year old now, so it's due for a refresh anyway. That refresh comes in the form of the nForce 700 series, led by the flagship nForce 780i SLI. In many ways, the nForce 700 series is identical to the 600 series that preceded it. However, Nvidia has added a few new wrinkles to the equation, including support for second-generation PCI Express, three-way SLI configurations, and its proposed Enthusiast System Architecture. There's a new reference motherboard design for the nForce 780i SLI, too—one that will work with Intel's upcoming 45nm processors.

Phenom 9500, 9700 and 9900 Tested in the Phenom Shootout @ RW Labs
AMD's first quad-core is now available for mass consumption and faster Phenom 9900 parts will be available starting early in 08. Today we look at three speed grades of Phenom, 9500, 9700 and 9900 and compare them to an Intel QX6700.

ASUS Radeon EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
The 3850 seems to be a bit of a silent card in the sense that we haven’t heard too much about it since its release; everyone is so wrapped up in the 8800GT that people are beginning to forget what exactly AMD have on offer. This is great news for NVIDIA but not so great for AMD. What we’ll have a look at today is the 3850 TOP against a stock clocked 3870 also from ASUS. We’ll also throw in a stock clocked 8800GT which comes in at a slightly higher price point.

A-DATA Nobility & Classic PD17, PD18 & PD19 USB Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps
There are many storage devices for PC nowadays. The most popular would still have to be the USB flash drive. A-DATA, a well known company in system memory is introducing several mini USB flash drives making them even easier to carry.

Thermalright MST-9775 LE Intel Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Thermalright MST-9775 LE is an Intel Core 2 Duo socket 775 heatsink designed with motherboards whose MOSFET cooling solutions are a little too bulky and too close the processor socket. It circumvents obvious problems of clearance by elevating the bulk of the cooling fins 45mm above the base. With its use, MOSFET heatsinks and other electrical components will have the freedom to breath.

Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Tech Report, a fellow computer news and review website, is doing something special for the holidays. They regularly have an annual Christmas giveaway of great hardware, but what makes it special is that this year they are combining their giveaway with some charitable action.

What we'd like to do is raise enough money to outfit an EEC classroom with computers. To that end, we've teamed up with the folks at Asus, who were more than happy to support the cause and to set aside Eee PC systems for us in the face of very high demand. Asus's Eee PC subnotebook computers have created quite a buzz because they're a very affordable way of achieving on-the-go Internet access and basic computing capabilities. The Eee PC's mobile-class hardware is modest but inexpensive, and Asus has kept the price low and functionality high by using a Linux-based operating system and wrapping it up in a Windows-like interface with a suite of basic productivity and communications apps.

This is an admirable goal, and kudos to the fellows at Tech Report for doing this. Maybe in a few years circuitREMIX will have the resources to do something like this. Anyway, head over to Tech Report and donate to the cause and potentially win a great prize!

Check out the TR Tech Share 2007!

Daily News for Dec 14

Asus Silent Square EVO Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Asus Silent Square EVO heatsink looks like a big square block of cooling... and that description isn't too far off. The heatsink consists of two arrays of nickel plated aluminum fins which are wrapped around a 92 mm PWM fan buried within the body of the heatsink. The fan, a Sunon Maglev with Vapo bearings no less, draws air through intake cooling fins and expels it slightly warmer out through exhaust cooling fins on the opposite side.

Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse Review @ OzHardware
Microsoft has revived their SideWinder gaming brand with the introduction of a new mouse for the avid gaming enthusiast. Featuring a 2000dpi laser tracking sensor and a rather unique design, we take a look to see if it’s any good.

Universal abit IP35 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
Today we are looking at the ABIT IP35 Off Limits board based around the Intel P35 chipset and DDR2 memory. It’s a scaled down version of the IP35 Pro Off Limits board we tested a while ago. ABIT has gone for a blue PCB with blue and black expansion slots, along with blue and black memory slots. The board measures 30x24cm so it’s of the full extended ATX sizing and will require a good case to be installed into.

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 3870 512MB with Ultra Durable 2 Review @ Tweaktown
While the card we have here today seems like nothing more than a HD 3870 with a Zalman cooler on it, we’re told it’s more than meets the eye. GIGABYTE have taken quality components from their motherboards and decided to work them into the HD 3870. When we say components from their motherboards, we don’t mean that the HD 3870 now carries support for a socket 775 processor, rather the “Ultra Durable” technology behind GIGABYTE motherboards which makes them such a stable product.

Spreading it Thin, Thermal Paste Roundup 2007 @ Madshrimps
Arctic Silver dominated the TIM (Thermal Tranfer Material) industry for many years. They may have invested more in R&D then all their competition combined. Many ask is there anything else out there? Today we hope to answer this question.

Scythe Mugen SCINF-1000 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
If you jump ahead to the acoustic measurements or thermal test reports you'll quickly discover that the Scythe Mugen has more cooling power than its predecessor. It also runs about 9dBA louder. As with the Infinity, Frostytech isn't going to delay the verdict for 5 pages - the Scythe Mugen is currently a Top 10 heatsink on both Intel/AMD platforms.

Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Silent Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Igloo 5710 Silent is shipped with a low noise 1600RPM 92mm fan and a pre-applied patch of thermal compound on its base. A nice touch given its suitability for generic office PCs where non-experts may be tasked with the heatsink's installation.

Palit GeForce 8800GT Sonic Graphics Card @ Tweaktown
Palit do a good job of impressing us here; they seem to be consistently one of the cheapest partners on the market but it doesn’t seem to come at the cost of specs or build quality. Going into the arena with our Palit 8800GT Sonic is a stock clocked 8800GT from ASUS and the older HD 2900 XT from MSI which is also stock clocked.

DDR2 Memory Roundup Autumn 2007 @ Madshrimps
As two different platforms do not treat memory in the same way, let's swap motherboards and user a new test system. In this second part of our DDR2 roundup we continue our stress test with a DFI 680i based board. Find out how different nVidia's 680i chipset clocks your ram in the following review, and see if the latest memory kits can threaten our previous champions.

nVidia 680i Based Motherboards and Intel's 45nm Quad-Cores

It looks like motherboards based on nVidia's 680i chipset will NOT be supporting Intel's next generation 45nm quad-core CPU, code-named Yorkfield. It was previously speculated that some motherboards based on the 680i would have general support for Intel's 45nm processors.

nVidia's 3-way SLI and ATI's Hybrid Crossfire Edition!

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Review @ Tech Report
The requirements for a 3-Way SLI setup are fairly straight-forward. You can easily build one of these monster configurations yourself and annoy your friends at National Grid and Keyspan in the process too. All you'll need is an 1100 Watt power supply with at least six 6-pin PCI Express power connectors or four 6-pin and two 8-pin connectors, an nForce 680i or 780i motherboard with three full-length PCIe slots, a fairly roomy case with good airflow, Windows Vista and the right NVIDIA driver to support 3-Way SLI. Incidentally, NVIDIA has noted that AMD-based 3-Way solutions are forthcoming. We'll take a look at what a 3-Way SLI-enabled system from the folks at MainGear Computers looks like next.

NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Technology Review - 8880 Ultra x 3 @ PC Perspective
You can see that this bridge uses six connections to the graphics boards, two to each card. You might then wonder what happens to all the NVIDIA GeForce cards that do NOT have two SLI bridge connections on them. The answer: you don’t get 3-Way SLI. This technology is being limited to users or buyers of 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra graphics boards as they are the only ones that have to dual bridge connections on them. This is more than somewhat disappointing to our readers I would guess simply because most of them don’t have one of those cards. With the success of the 8800 GT and new GTS 512MB cards I would have thought NVIDIA would be support 3-Way and maybe even 4-Way SLI to help get users to buy a second and third $200-$350 graphics board, but that isn’t the case.

Nvidia 3-way SLI on nForce 680i @ Bit-Tech
Over the past couple of days, we were given access to the driver in order to get an idea of how well 3-way SLI is shaping up. Nvidia has been quite open by saying that 3-way SLI will be shown in its best possible light on its next-generation platform, whose launch isn’t too far away, but in the interests of giving its current customers an upgrade path, it has enabled 3-way SLI on all existing nForce 680i SLI motherboards. Considering the fact that Intel’s 45nm processors will not function properly in any of the nForce 680i SLI motherboards available—something that Nvidia says was out of its control—it’s good to see that Nvidia is at least offering upgrades for existing customers where it can.

AMD Hybrid CrossFire Preview: Making Two Slow GPUs, Not So Slow @ Anandtech
Hybrid CrossFire requires two components: a Hybrid CrossFire chipset and supporting graphics card. The chipset part is the forthcoming RS780, a successor to the AMD 690G and an integrated graphics version of the AMD 790 chipset. The RS780 will ship with an integrated RV610 graphics core, the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro. AMD insists that the RS780G's integrated graphics is fundamentally unchanged from the Radeon HD 2400, so we should expect a similar level of performance (AMD estimated 3 - 4x the 3DMark '06 score of the 690G, but gave no information on actual gaming tests).

AMD Introduces Hybrid CrossFire - 780G and Radeon HD 2400 @ Legit Reviews
When it comes to performance the Radeon HD 3450 isn't going to dominate any games, but it does score a respectable ~1650 points in 3DMark 2006 on the test system powered by a 2.2GHz AMD Phenom processor. If you enable Hybrid CrossFire the score in 3DMark 2006 jumps up to ~2660 points, which is a boost of over 60%. We didn't get a chance to see the ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphics card in action, but AMD said it should score over 3000 points when run in Hybrid CrossFire on 3DMark 2006. AMD let us try out Call of Duty 4 at 1024x768 with decent quality settings on the system pictured here and we were seeing 20-50 frames per second Hybrid CrossFire enabled.

Daily News for Dec 12

Yidsun SPK-796 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker Review @ Tweaktown
This is a rather compact, self contained unit which boasts a pair of stereo speakers. It measures 160x50x50mm (WxDxH) and weighs 217g which makes it very portable. It’s rather odd looking for a speaker to be honest, but it’s by no means ugly. On the top are three touch sensitive buttons as well as a multi-coloured LED. Around the back is a power button, a mini USB port and a 3.5mm jack. There’s also a small built-in microphone at the front.

Nanoxia Dualcontact Hybrid Base CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
From the moment I saw a case badge included in the packaging I knew that Nanoxia meant business. With the Dual Contact Hybrid Base CPU cooler they have proved that although they are newcomers they can produce top quality products.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Benchmark Results Rev. 2.0 @ Tech ARP
From its specifications alone, the new G92-based GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is almost as fast as the GeForce 8800 GTX. It has virtually the same amount of fillrate. It only lost out in memory bandwidth. But it is certainly much faster than older GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB/320MB. Compared to its predecessors, it has a massive 50% boost in fillrate with the same amount of memory bandwidth. Now, let's see how fast it is!

Thermalright SI-128SE Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
Geared towards low noise computers, the Thermalright SI-128SE ships without a fan - but that doesn't mean it's intended to be used in an entirely passive manner. Rather, Thermalright expect you to install your own 120mm fan on the SI-128SE heatsink... call it BYOF. The SI-128SE cooler itself is big, a 120x120mm fin array hovering like SkyCity over a compact base connected via four 8mm diameter heatpipes. The Thermalright SI-128SE's many fins are perforated with lots of little vents, a technique borrowed from Thermalright's HR-series. Accommodating AMD K8 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+ and Intel socket 775 processors.

Ultra Products m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
The Ultra Products m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case offers a number of innovative features that make it extremely appealing. In addition to things you may have seen before, like a removable motherboard tray, a matching paint job inside and out, and the use of casters on the bottom, it has another trick up its sleeve... The Power Bar power distribution system.

FrostyTech's Top 5 Heatsinks At A Glance
Quickly find the Top 5 AMD & Intel heatsinks according to FrostyTech! Find an amazingly cool CPU heatsink, or a super quiet one. The #1 Rank is considered the current Top heatsink for either low noise or low temperatures. A rank of #10 is considered the 10th BEST. Only heatsinks that Frostytech has tested are included in these Top 5 lists. Find the heatsink you like, then click for a detailed review.

Biostar TF7150V-M7 GeForce 7150 Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
Are you as excited about the high definition possibilities of a motherboard bound HDMI jack as we are? Good. Have a look at one of the latest boards from Biostar, the TF7150U-M7. This model is a mainstream oriented part, so it's affordable which is a nice bonus. Built on the nVidia Geforce 7150 and nForce 630i chipsets, the Biostar TF150U-M7 supports Front Side Bus speeds to 1333MHz, DDR2-800 RAM, and comes with the usual course of 8-channel audio, a dozen USB, Gigabit LAN, PCI Express x16.

SuperTalent FSD28GC25M 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ PCSTATS
The benefits of a solid state drive will first hit the notebook markets, where shock and reliability, lower power consumption and an acceptance of higher costs from consumers makes an ideal ground for the introduction of Solid State Drives (SSD). From there, SSDs will eventually drop in price to the point where the desktop computer market embraces them. For the time being though, SSDs are limited to capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and at most 256GB. PCSTATS is pleased to have had the chance to test out Supertalent's latest 2.5" Serial ATA 128GB Solid State Drive - the Supertalent FSD28GC25M. The price for this SATA SSD is around $4,000 USD.

nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB (G92) Review Edition

@ Anandtech
While NVIDIA is in a better position than AMD is these days, NV marketing could stand to learn from AMD's recent changes. The Radeon HD 3800 series carry no tacky suffixes, just four digit model numbers to keep things nice and simple. Not only is the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 absurdly long, it also further complicates the 8800 product line. If you'll remember back to our 8800 GT review, the 8800 GT is faster than the old G80 based 8800 GTS. The new 8800 GTS 512 is faster than the 8800 GT, and thus faster than both the 320MB and 640MB versions of the old GTS.

Zotac and Asus 8800 GTS 512MB (G92) Comparison @ DriverHeaven
When it was first released the GeForce 8800 GTS was a very attractive product. It included all of the features present on the more expensive GTX and was smaller, which meant it could fit in a standard PC case. In the year since the product first appeared two launches have occurred which had an impact on how appealing the GTS was. The first of those launches was the Nvidia 8800 GT. This new card brought functions such as PCI-Express 2.0 and High Definition video acceleration into the mainstream market, two features which were missing in the GTS. The next launch was ATI’s Radeon HD 3870. Although the 3870 was not as fast as the 8800 GTS the lower price point, PCI-Express 2.0 support and HD acceleration made it worthy of consideration for many people.

BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ PC Perspective
If you think that name seems familiar, it should. The original 8800 GTS came in both 640MB and 320MB flavors and was released in December of last year, based on the G80 architecture. THAT 8800 GTS used a 320-bit memory interface, 96 stream processors and only a single PCIe power connector. When the new 8800 GT was released it caused some performance conflicts as it was surpassing the performance of the more expensive GTS GPU in some instances. It was no surprise then that we saw stock of the G80-based cards dwindle over the past 3 months until they are basically at zero. All of course, in anticipation of today.

XFX 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog Edition Review @ Hardware Canucks
While the 8800GT was aimed at offering a massive amount of performance for every one of your hard earned dollars, Nvidia is hoping their new 8800GTS will appeal to consumers looking for something with a little more power at a little higher price. Basically, what Nvidia is looking to do with this card is increase their lead over ATI’s recently released HD3870 which (like the 8800GT) is selling faster than they can be produced. There have been a few changes made to this card to differentiate it from the GT but we will get into that a little later. At this point, it is sufficient to say that Nvidia a firing on all cylinders these days and I have high expectations for this card. Something that also sets Nvidia apart from the competition is the sheer number of their board partners that offer lifetime warranties. Unlike the HD3870 launch where you would have had a snowball’s chance in hell to find an ATI card with a lifetime warranty, there will be quite a few manufacturers offering lifetime warranties on their 8800GTS 512MB cards.

Asus and XFX 8800 GTS 512MB Review @ Hot Hardware
Obviously, even though NVIDIA’s products still clearly outperform ATI’s at the high-end, it’s time for a refresh, if just to keep things exciting for consumers this holiday season. The first glimpse of what NVIDIA had in store came a little over a month ago in the form of the GeForce 8800 GT. The GeForce 8800 GT was based on a brand new GPU, internally codenamed the G92. G80 and G92 are fundamentally very similar, but in our coverage of the GeForce 8800 GT, we speculated that NVIDIA hadn’t unleashed the full potential of the GPU due to the odd number of stream processor partitions enabled in the GT - seven. As it turns out we were correct.

@ Bit-Tech
I could point straight to the fact that G92 is manufactured on a 65nm process at TSMC, whilst G80 was manufactured on a 90nm process, but I’m not going to. Instead, I’ll talk stream processors, texture units, ROPs and memory bandwidth. In order to do this though, I’m going to make things simpler by disregarding the 112 stream processor GeForce 8800 GTS ‘Extreme Edition’ because of its limited quantities and the fact that it’ll only serve to confuse things even more.

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
The original BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB OC video card is pictured above the new XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB XXX Edition graphics card. While the cards are the same length they are obviously very different. The clock frequiences on the reference 512MB cards are 650MHz/1940MHz with a sharder clock of 1625MHz, but XFX overclocked their XXX edition up to 678MHz on the core, 1972MHz on the memory and 1700MHz for the shader clock for even more performance. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition that Legit Reviews is looking at today comes with the part number PV-T88G-YDD4.

@ FPS Labs
For some reason, and counter-intuitively to what you would expect from a business (after all, NVIDIA is a business, right?), the company wants to make damn sure that sales of their flagship 8800Ultra plummet to the point of irrelevance. But for that they needed a new product; perhaps one that would do what the 8800GT did the GTX. After all, NVIDIA can’t very well have AMD’s Radeon HD3870 masquerading as a reasonably-priced high-end graphics card for more than a couple of weeks, can they? By enabling the 12 extra shaders that were disabled on the 8800GT and bumping up clock speeds across the board, NVIDIA has managed to find a spot in their ridiculously robust range of high-performance video cards with the GeForce 8800GTS 512: a glorified 8800GT.

BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB Video Card Review @ HardOCP
The only way to differentiate the new 65nm GTS compared to the older 90nm GTS at retail if not specified is by looking at the model name; if it specifies 512MB of memory it is the new 65nm GTS. The previous 90nm GTS uses 320 MB and 640 MB of memory due to its memory bus configuration. The new 65nm GTS uses a 256-bit memory bus, and is configured with 512MB of memory. So if you see a GTS with 512MB of memory it is the new 65nm GTS, and if you see one with 320MB or 640MB it is the older 90nm GTS.

XFX 8800 GTS 512MB XXX Graphics Card Review @ I4U News
The new XFX 8800 GTS 512MB XXX has 128 stream processors and the core clock speed is 678MHz, with a memory clock of 1.972GHz and a shader clock of 1728MHz. The card is 9-inches long and requires one 6-pin power connector. Unlike the recently released 8800 GT, the XFX 8800 GTS 512MB XXX is a dual slot card. Outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI ports and HDTV out. The card uses 512MB of GDDR3 memory.

Daily News for Dec 10

Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent heatsink is identical the Igloo 5610 PWM model in all ways, except that the two coolers use different fans. The Igloo 5610 Silent that Frostytech is testing in this review has a nice and quiet fixed-speed fan, the previous model a louder PWM fan. Both heatsinks are compact LGA775 compatible CPU coolers and suitable for office PCs.

Leadtek WinFast Geforce 8500 & 8600GT with HDMI Video Card Reviews @ Tweaktown
HDMI video cards have been growing and growing in the market place thanks to the pickup of high definition TVs. While a lot of TVs still carry a VGA port which for the most part does an excellent job, the ability to also have the sound go to the TV with just the one cable is bliss to a lot of people. Leadtek is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon, and they haven’t tried to go down the sneak “Decoder Card” route like another company did. They have instead released two models, an 8500GT and 8600GT both sporting a HDMI port straight on the I/O.

Scythe Ninja Mini SCMNJ-1000 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The Scythe Ninja Mini SCMNJ-1000 is a compact lower-noise heatsink ideally suited to compact PC chassis. These diminutive PCs have until now not had much in the way to choose from for reduced noise CPU cooling. The Ninja Mini itself looks like a cube, and comes with a small 80mm fan that operates relatively quietly. Among the flurry of 120mm fan packing low noise heatsinks being released, the Scythe Ninja Mini stands just 110mm tall.

Nexus Caterpillar Silent ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
Nexus is known for their silent 120mm fans, today we have their latest product in for test, an ATX case build for silence, with 2x120mm fans and foam padding it aims to keep the noise down, but can it keep a high end system cool at the same time.

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB (G92) Benchmark Results @ Tech ARP
From its specifications alone, the new G92-based GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is almost as fast as the GeForce 8800 GTX. It has virtually the same amount of fillrate. It only lost out in memory bandwidth. But it is certainly much faster than older GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB/320MB. Compared to its predecessors, it has a massive 50% boost in fillrate with the same amount of memory bandwidth. Now, let's see how fast it is!

Inno3D GeForce 8800GT OC 512MB Review @ Tweaktown
While this time around we’re looking at another 8800GT with a stock cooler, this particular model from Inno3D is an OC model and comes with some decent clocks so it was considered worthwhile. Inno3D have gone for a bit of gold writing on the cooler to mention the model, brand and the fact that it’s overclocked. The card looks great on a whole; there really is only so much you can do with a stock cooler though.

Apack Zerotherm BTF-92 OC Edition Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
The new Zerotherm BTF92 "Overclockers Edition" heatsink is a mirror image of the BTF90 that came before it, save for a different fan and the inclusion of a new fan speed controller gadget the company are bundling in now. The Zerotherm BTF92 OC ed. heatsink is compatible with socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad/Extreme and socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+ AMD Athlon64 processors.

GIGABYTE GP-S7500 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaktown
In the past when thinking of PC audio, GIGABYTE weren't the first name to come to mind. Traditionally specialising in motherboards and graphics cards, it’s going to be interesting to see what they have come up with in terms of high-end PC audio with their latest 2.1 Speaker System I’ll be checking out today. When you consider the materials and associated costs it all looks very promising. Kevlar cones are a first in PC audio, these usually something only seen in home audio with MDF cabinets all round. GIGABYTE has even added some dome tweeters to boot. This was laughable in the past for PC audio, and for so many years I awaited someone to do exactly what GIGABYTE has done here.

Galaxy GeForce 8600 GTS Review @ Tech ARP
This card is really great for those who are looking for an upgrade from an old card, like a GeForce 6600 GT or Radeon X800. It offers a huge leap in performance over those older cards. The inclusion of a Zalman VF900-Cu cooler is a big bonus. Not only does this particular cooler perform really well, it is also very quiet. Kudos to Galaxy!

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