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GIGABYTE produces several models with the P45 chipset. For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R (DDR2) version. This is one of GIGABYTE’s mainstream P45 variants. The board is stuffed full of hardware and software features, including their DES (dynamic energy saver) with 6-gears. There's the standard “Ultra Durable 2” moniker, which according to GIGABYTE stands for excellent stability and longevity. Does this board stack up in the current mainstream market? Read on to find out.
Day 2 and Day 3
For the Intel Developer Forum we’ll be covering the primary keynotes where we expect details of Intel’s Nehalem architecture and products to be announced and more information on Larrabee and the GPU coming soon from the blue giant. We’ll also be live blogging any non-NDA technical sessions we have throughout the week; these are traditionally much in-depth and as such the notes will likely be used for a full write up at a later time.
SLI and CrossFire could be done
Before IDF kicks off tomorrow, I got a sneak peek at some incredibly interesting new technology called HYDRA. This start-up company promises to scale GPUs at nearly linear rates and is completely chipset and GPU technology independent. Is it worthy of the hype?
Today we will be looking at ECS’s P45 powerhouse, the ECS Black Series P45T-A. The board arrives in a fantasy themed box, and features a nice slick black PCB. The “Black Series” is the ECS moniker that is supposed to stand for ECS’s new focus on an enthusiast product line. ECS has long been a OEM powerhouse, but they have often failed to crack the DIY enthusiast level market. Does this board succeed? Read on to find out.
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Technology
NVIDIA is in trouble; and on many fronts. Their chipset division has had some extreme highs and lows recently and AMD's graphics cards have quickly caught up with NVIDIA past performance advantages. The new HD 4870 X2 we previewed before is back and giving NVIDIA fits...
Introduction and Features
The Toughpower 1,500W PSU features one of the highest output capacities of any PC power supply on the market today. However this is a 230V edition with limited availability in North America.
One, singular sensation...
Corsair has always been one of our favorite brands of memory as they have consistently catered to our enthusiast desires with newer, faster options. This time Corsair is offering up a reasonably-priced 4GB kit of DDR3 memory that still runs at 1600 MHz or beyond. Come see if DDR3 has FINALLY overtaken DDR2 for our recommendations.
GIGABYTE produces several models with the P45 chipset, among these are the GA-EP45T DQ6 (DDR3) and GA-EP45 DQ6 (DDR2). For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the GIGABYTE GA-EP45 DQ6 (DDR2) version. This is one of GIGABYTE’s higher end P45 variants. The board is stuffed full of hardware and software features, including their DES (dynamic energy saver) with 6-gears.
Pentium Strikes Again!
Intel's Larrabee architecture could be the second coming of 3D graphics and high performance computing, but it is still a year away and there are many who are questioning Intel's direction of using simple X86 processors to achieve performance. Today Intel has given us a slightly more in depth look at what they hope to be the future of 3D graphics.
As NVIDIA's World Turns...
It's been a whirl-wind past few weeks for NVIDIA - bad mobility GPUs, the possibility of seeing NVIDIA inside Apple machines and now the death of the NVIDIA chipset products. Quite a bit for a single company to take all at once, but how much truth is there to the idea of the end of the nForce? We take yet ANOTHER look at NVIDIA...
Centrino is out, but who is in?
Rumors, rumors, rumors. We seem to be hearing these about Apple on a daily basis and most recently about a possible move away from Intel's chipset technologies on the MacBook line of products. Though we don't often delve into the world of Apple we spent some time researching where Apple might go for a chipset replacement and the pieces came together rather easily.
VIA Nano and Intel Atom hit the labs
The VIA Nano processor, formerly known as Isaiah, is finally benchmarked and tested against the Intel Atom platform. Which of these two budget processors and systems is going to be the best value? Come in and read our review of the Nano and Atom CPUs to find out!
Sub-$100 gaming gets a refresh
The NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT is a budget card with a sub $100 price tag that offers up impressive features and performance for the price. Does your girlfriend or dad finally get that much-needed gaming upgrade??
Features and Specifications
Back in black – the True Black 120 adds subtle enhancements to Thermalright’s current reigning king of the CPU cooler market; the Ultra 120 eXtreme. The best just got better!
The Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB SSD
Super Talent is offering up a new solid state drive that promises to bring you SSD performance with prices at less than half of previous tested models. Can they possibly live up to that claim or is there something that Super Talent is holding back on?
Introduction and Features
Another excellent power supply from Zalman. The ZM750-HP uses heat pipe technology to help increase reliability and reduce noise while keeping a high 750 watt output could make this a great power supply. Check it out!
Introduction and Features
OCZ’s new high performance EliteXStream PSU delivers 1,000W of clean, well regulated power with good efficiency and minimal noise; another very worthy contender in the high-power PSU market.
Centrino Update for 2008
Intel's new Centrino 2 platform is formally debuted today and it includes quite a few new products and technologies including mobile 1066 MHz FSB processors, a new chipset and integrated graphics core, hybrid graphics support for IGP and discrete GPUs, draft-N wireless support and more!
A little preview action
AMD let us spend some time with an R700 - yes that means the dual-GPU RV770 card is nearly here! This is not the official launch yet, but the card is just around the corner and AMD was excited to show off its performance. It looks like the GTX 280's reign was short and sweet...
A truly impressive case
Want to see what a $1200 case looks like? I'll give you a clue - it has a red, fiery dragon air-brushed on the side with a car-like clear coat finish that should be polished and waxed just like a shiny new Corvette. Prepare to save your pennies though!