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AMD is unleashing its first 45 nm processor, and while it is a large step in the right direction, AMD still has a tough mountain to climb to compete with Intel and their Core 2 Quad and i7 processors. While the Phenom II is not a world beater, it certainly puts AMD in a much more competitive position.
NVIDIA has been working on stereoscopic 3D gaming for several years but now is the official release of retail product that you can buy NOW! Come in and see how we reate the new technology offering from NVIDIA and see how it could change the way you game forever.
GTX 295 Retail Release
Now that the GeForce GTX 295 is officially being launched, we can tell you all about the features and performance we didn't get to disclose during our preview posted a few weeks ago. This time we have added power consumption, Crysis and of course, Quad SLI testing!!
Another win for NVIDIA with Apple
The MacWorld Expo starts this week and once again rumors are swirling about potential new products being announced at the show. We have some exclusive information on the new iMacs and Mac Mini that will be announced as well as the potential for a new 28" iMac model and a new Mac Pro machine.
Core 2 still lives!!
Even with the release of the Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset, the Intel Core 2 processor continues to be a great bargain processor option while offering great performance. The P45 chipset is the most mainstream solution for motherboards and we have a trio of offerings from MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS today that we'll run you through to see which might make a great upgrade option for you.
An Athlon 64 X2 By Any Other Name...
This week AMD released the long awaited Kuma, and while performance is surprisingly competitive with what Intel has in the market, the real story is how this strange little processor came to market.
A change of holiday plans
NVIDIA gave us a little time with the new GeForce GTX 295 graphics card - the first dual-GPU solution from the company since the 9800 GX2 featuring a pair of 55nm GT200-based cores on a pair of PCBs on a single card. Can this new GPU get NVIDIA the performance crown again and will it cost you the remainder of your 401k to buy?
Minor or major update
NVIDIA knew that the Elemental Technologies Badaboom application was a bit lacking in terms of features in the original release and ATI's Avivo Video Converter likely pushed the software to its newest version a bit faster. See what changes v1.1 offers!
The NVIDIA Quadro CX Card
The NVIDIA Quadro CX is dubbed "the accelerator for Adobe CS4 Suite" and it is in fact just that. With the release of the CS4 series of software Adobe began offering GPU-enabled computing models in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects and NVIDIA's partner Elemental has a GPU-based encoder for Premiere Pro as well. All are examined and tested inside!
Introduction and Features
Not only is the V8 visually a very impressive cooler, it delivers good performance and quiet operation with support for both Intel and AMD processors. Check out the review for all the details.
GPU Transcoding in your future
Now that both NVIDIA and AMD each have its own GPU-based transcoding application, I thought it was time to get a head-to-head comparison going and see which of the two software applications is really the best for consumer usage. While NVIDIA's offering will run you $30 for the full version, the ATI software is completely free. Is that all that matters though?
Introduction and Features
OCZ’s new ModXStream PSU delivers up to 600W of well regulated power with very good efficiency and minimal noise and comes with a nice combination of fixed and modular cables.
We needed this years ago
KVMs aren't usually a topic of conversation in these parts, but when a product makes me nearly weep with joy, I can't help but share it with the world. The new dual-link capable Belkin SOHO KVM is the answer to many user's PC habits!
A happy holiday to YOU!
December is here and with comes an absolute onslaught of quality PC games to take up every last bit of your vacation time. Call of Duty: World at War, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2 and Left 4 Dead are all great games but which of these are really going to push your gaming PC to limits? If you need to upgrade, is NVIDIA's or AMD's architecture more apt to perform well with them today?
No New Wires Networking
Powerline networking promised to bring you the speed and reliability of a hard wired network without having to run new wires throughout your entire home or business. Is this struggling technology finally worth a look for your needs?
Finally the X2 card we were promised
We were promised the Radeon HD 4850 X2 card months ago but only now are we getting our hands on retail samples. Can this latest dual-GPU graphics solution from AMD hope to change the landscape against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280?
A custom cooled 9800 GT
The 9800 GT is based on the aged-yet-powerful G92 GPU from NVIDIA that has seen life on the shelf for well over a year now. The new ASUS EN9800 GT Matrix card gives the 9800 GT a face lift with custom cooling and over-spec clock rates.
Features and Specifications
The Sentry LX allows controlling and monitoring the speed of five fans along with displaying five temperature zones. It's pure eye-candy that is sure to draw attention to your PC!
Introduction and Specifications
ASUS follows up its P6T Deluxe motherboard with the amazing Rampage II Extreme. If you want to see what the epitome of enthusiast platforms looks like then you need to see this offering that includes X-Fi audio, dual BIOS chips and an on-board location for multimeter-based voltage monitoring. Really.
NVIDIA isn't the only game in town
NVIDIA and the CUDA programming model have been getting all the attention for GPGPU computing recently but AMD wants to fight back with news of its update to the ATI Stream programming model that will include a completely free transcoding application in December.