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ASUS Paves the Way
Computex was all a-flutter with stories about tiny notebooks dubbed mini-notes. You may have seen the most popular one before: the ASUS Eee PC. In this article we look at new mini-notes as well as interesting standard notebooks from ASUS and others.
New Nano Performance Information
VIA and NVIDIA announced a commitment to work together on creating a platform that will compete against the Intel Atom processor that combines VIA's Nano CPU and NVIDIA's discrete GPUs. Can this partnership hold of Intel's assault into mini-ITX?
Nehalem Motherboards Appear
Want to see what the future of Intel motherboards looks like? We have gathered some pictures of the first set of Nehalem platform system boards for your perusal. See bow three-channel memory and quad PCIe slots will look in your box next year.
When it rains, it pours
ASUS has made a name for itself with everyday consumers with the Eee PC line of mini-notebooks. Now that competition is circling in from just about everyone else in the industry, ASUS is updating their product line with two new models.
Its not X86, but who cares?
NVIDIA is releasing its new "system on a chip" product which promises to bring industry leading visual performance to handheld and mobile internet devices. Utilizing an Arm 11 processor to power the chip, NVIDIA has added a fully functional graphics part with 3D and video encode/decode functionality. The combination is one that NVIDIA hopes will lead the mobile revolution once 3G hits the streets en masse.
While much has been made of Phenom's lack of performance when compared to the Intel Core 2 based products, I was curious how much faster the Phenom was than the older Athlon X2. It turns out that AMD had been quite busy under the hood, and the results were more impressive than I had originally expected.
Isaiah Turns to Nano
VIA's Isaiah processor architecture has been getting a lot of attention for being a strong competitor to Intel's Atom line of processors for the ULV CPU segment. Today VIA is officially unveiling the new Nano Processor line for mainstream desktops, notebooks and mini-notes (to name a few) and the specifications look impressive.
Specifications and Features
The VIA NanoBook was the precursor to the ASUS Eee PC but never caught on like VIA had hoped. This time they are back with a new platform, the OpenBook, that offers up features like WiMAX, HSDPA and W-CDMA 3G support, a standard 2.5" hard drive in a new sexy package.
Introduction and Specifications
ECS sent over our first AMD 780G motherboard that comes in a full ATX form factor that should appeal to many users at first glance. Can the ECS A780GM-A motherboard really appeal to users that want integrated graphics and those looking for a more enthusiast friendly AMD solution?
A Surprisingly Robust Update
OCZ's second solid state drive to hit the PC Perspective labs takes all the good features of the previous version while fixing those nagging sustained transfer rate issues. Could this be the SSD that makes you drop your hard earned cash?
PC Gaming Needs a Savior
AMD launched the GAME! initiative this week as an attempt to show how AMD-branded hardware can set a standard for the PC gaming platform and bring better PC gaming to the mainstream, non-enthusiast community that might not know about different hardware components. But can an AMD-created standard live up to those goals?
ASUS Brings X2 to the HD 3850
ASUS is the first to produce a dual-GPU card based on the HD 3850 from AMD that finally gives AMD an option in the $300-350 price range. Can it live up to the competition of the 9800 GTX and how does it compare to the HD 3870 X2?
Introduction and Features
Virtually silent! If you are looking for a silent PSU with good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency, and high-end video card support; this PSU deserves a very close look. The Pro82+ features all hard wired cables and is available with four different output capacities ranging from 385W up to 625W.
The NVIDIA 700a Series of Chipsets
The nForce 780a SLI chipset has been on the verge of release many times over the past several months but there was always something pushing it back. Now NVIDIA is finally ready to unveiling their first updated AMD-platform chipset in years and the ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe is the first board on the chopping block.
Introduction and Specifications
The EVGA UV Plus+ allows you to connect up additional monitors to your notebook or desktop PC through a USB connection rather than requiring you to install another graphics card. Can this new device from one of our favorite video card vendors help you out of a virtual desktop space deficiency?
Introduction and Features
The Aquaduct 360 XT delivers excellent performance and incorporates an advanced controller and sophisticated software that allows displaying and tweaking just about every parameter that can be visualized or adjusted in a water cooling system.
Diamond Improves on the HD 3870
The fastest single-GPU card from AMD is still the Radeon HD 3870 and continues to struggle to stand up to the increasing competition from NVIDIA. Diamond is attempting to bump up the GPU's performance by increasing the frame buffer to 1GB - but can it help performance at all?
New in 3DMark Vantage
The new 3DMark Vantage software is finally available after several months of "leaked" screenshots and information flooding the forums. Now that 3DMark has moved to DirectX 10 what can you expect to find in this incredibly popular benchmarking software?
Our first SSD test
Our first review of a solid state disk compares the OCZ 64GB SATA-I model to the new VelociRaptor hard drive as well as other desktop HDDs and even another 2.5" notebook drive from Western Digital. The results are incredibly interesting though not as impressive as originally hoped.
The long-awaited triple-core processors
AMD's triple-core processors are finally available to the public and are based on the B3-stepping that no longer has the dreaded TLB and performance issues. Can these sub-$200 processors convince you that three cores are better than two? When is getting that fourth core more valuable?