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Another take on ray tracing
Ray tracing and rasterization: the battle rages on. We have heard from Intel several times on the value that ray tracing offers to the gaming community but until now the other GPU giants have been silent. NVIDIA's Chief Scientist David Kirk sat down with us to answer a few questions.
A whole new AMD chipset
The AMD 780G chipset combines powerful integrated graphics, an improved SB700 south bridge and support for Athlon X2 and Phenom processors to offer by far the best IGP solution we have seen yet. And Hybrid CrossFire might just make 780G worth while for more than you might think.
The Hype - it's been building
The ASUS U2E has been waiting in the wings since Computex of last year to jump onto the ultra-mobile market and strut its stuff. Well, we don't have to wait any longer as PC Perspective gets its hands on a shipping system. Come see why this 11" notebook is going to be a giant in the market.
Introduction and Specifications
The ASUS U6S is an ultra-mobile machine that offers us a slim, low-weight design with an Intel Core 2 processor and Windows Vista Business. But can it also bring a battery life to make it an all-day notebook?
Pulling it out of the box
The Asus U2E ultra-mobile notebook has gotten a lot of attention since it was first shown last year. With an 11" screen, optional solid state drive, integrated optical drive, LED back lit screen and all under 3 lbs!
Introduction and Features
Zalman’s latest high-end power supply uses dual heat pipes to deliver stable power quietly and efficiently with support for NVIDIA’s Quad-SLI or ATI’s CrossFire platforms. Zalman has successfully added another high-quality power supply to their line up.
You need this, even if you don't
Thermaltake has a new SATA hard drive USB dock that has become one of my new favorite toys around the office. Ever want to easily and quickly swap hard drives in and out of your computer? Then you'll definitely want to invest in one of these.
GeForce 9000 series makes its debut
NVIDIA wasn't about to sit back and let the HD 3850 and HD 3870 cards from AMD have all the fun in the $200 graphics card price point. Sure, the 8800 GT was SUPPOSED to be there, but it just didn't pan out. The 9600 GT looks to be a worthy successor though.
An Introduction to CrossFire X technology
AMD has been teasing us with the notion of four GPUs in a system for quite a while, and today we were finally able to get our hands on the driver to enable it. Come in and see how much damage a pair of Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics can do!!
Introduction and Specifications
Alienware has made a name for itself by building high-end gaming PCs for years now. They are not new to the mobile market either and their products are aimed at someone that loves to game, but needs to take that power with them. Enter the m9750 notebook!
Features and Specifications
The Ultra m998 is a slightly oversized mid-tower aluminum enclosure that features a removable mobo tray, two 120mm fans, 11 drive bays, a large side window and Ultra’s Power Bar cable management system. Check it out!
Electric Bill's Mobile Desktop!
How many times have you been somewhere and thought, "Sure would be nice if I had my desktop here".Yeah I know, laptops can do most of the things that desktops can do but the tiny keyboard and touch pad just don't do it for me not to mention that trying to use one for vehicle navigation can get pretty exciting when you hit the brakes or make a quick turn and your $1500 laptop obeys Newton's 1st law of motion.
While we took an initial look at the 3850 some months ago, we had the chance to do a full review on VisionTek's 3850 offering. Does it trump other boards based on the reference design, or does the tremendous value of the HD 3850 overshadow all?
Introduction and Features
The second time around, ABS/Tagan gets it right with their new 800W power supply unit. With screw-secured modular cables, LED lighting and support for the 6+2 pin PCI Express connections this unit could be a great fit!
Physics Still in Turmoil
NVIDIA just announced they are purchasing AGEIA. Has this been the plan for the PhysX provider all along or did the purchase of Havok by Intel push their hand? Come read our analysis of this surprise addition to today's news.
Intel Skulltrail Platform
Intel's Skulltrail platform has been gallivanting around the tech world for quite some time starting in early 2007 but now Intel is ready to unveiling it as the ultimate enthusiast platform. Ready for eight cores and four GPUs or power?
Come on Guys
Intel's Skulltrail hasn't been a secret, nor has its use of an nForce chip on motherboard to permit NVIDIA SLI a fact that has been kept close to the chest. However, we have some new information that is causing a stir for us: will Skulltrail work with 3-Way SLI from NVIDIA?
AMD R680 - Dual GPU graphics card
AMD is aiming for enthusiast-class performance with their new Radeon HD 3870 X2 card and they want the areas that the 8800 Ultra and GTX from NVIDIA have held onto for a long time now. Can this new dual-GPU card really do that without busting outside the power envelope of them as well?
If you thought VIA was dead in the water, you were wrong. As it turns out they have a new CPU in the works that looks rather impressive. No, it's not going to game better than your Core 2 processor, but it might do it more efficiently.
Introduction and Background
The first time we looked at NVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture it was a high-level overview but now that we have spent some time with an ESA-capable system, we have come away from the experience impressed. Skeptical, but impressed.