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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.
AMD Q4 2007 Analysis, Page One
We take apart AMD's Q4 financial results and see what the company has in store for 2008. Not only do we look at how AMD almost broke even this quarter but also how their future product plans will affect the company.
One Year Later
Daniel Pohl's latest work takes a look at how ray tracing engines have developed over the past year and discusses how ray tracing can be advantageous when compared to current rasterization techniques. The chances of utilizing both ray tracing and rasterization is also explored.
Introduction and Specifications
NVIDIA is updating their Intel-platform chipset series with the nForce 780i SLI. It offers 3-Way SLI, ESA support, great overclockability but still uses DDR2 memory. This makes for a slightly less exciting platform, but definitely a cheaper one.
Introduction and Features
Asus' Xonar line of audio cards has been available for a while now, but recently has seen some expansion into external and PCI Express formats. Come in and see how the Xonar line compares to the top-dog Creative X-Fi.
NVIDIA at CES 2008, Page One
NVIDIA was at CES in full force: showing off new chipsets for the integrated AMD platform and even some high-end AMD chipsets. The 780a, Hybrid SLI and even a new PureVideo HD feature are all discussed in our coverage.
Introduction to Domination
Corsair shows us another DDR3 Dominator installment: this time using Intel Extreme Memory Profiles to overclock to 1800 MHz on a CAS 7 latency. Sure DDR3 is still expensive, but now it's also fast and easy to overclock!
The Voodoo and HP Merger
The combination of HP and Voodoo PC has its first fruits in the form of the very sexy Blackbird 002 gaming PC. With what might be the best designed case we have seen and some industry-standard hardware that is upgradeable, the Blackbird might be the best boutique PC yet.
The 256MB 8800 GT Shakes the Lineup
The XFX 8800 GT 256MB Alpha Dog Edition is the first we have reviewed of the 256MB 8800 GTs -- and we aren't that impressed. Sorry XFX, it looks like NVIDIA dropped a stinker in the wake of the 8800 GTS 512MB...
Introduction to Phenom Overclocking
We take a couple of AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition processors, fully unlocked out of the box, and try to overclock the hell out of them. We also take the new AMD Overdrive utility for a spin and see how it stands up for modern overclockers.
Features and Specifications
One-part VF1000 VGA cooler and one-part RAM and support chip heatsink equal’s one elegant cooling solution for NVIDIA 8800 Ultra/GTX/GTS owners. If your GPU needs some better cooling or maybe you just want to overclock it, this could be your best option.
Introduction and Specifications
Digital Storm sent us a complete system that features a liquid cooled and overclocked QX6850 Intel processor, two RAID arrays and of course three 8800 Ultras configured for 3-Way SLI. Sure it's expensive, but that doesn't make it any less impressive as a boutique system!