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A recent article on the topic of SSD performance of various controllers in AHCI vs. IDE mode caught the attention of our storage editor. This editorial serves as a rebuttal to those findings and should help clarify any lingering questions users might have about whether or not they should be running their system in AHCI or IDE mode.
It Slices, It Dices...
PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.
Thuban and Turbo Core
This past week AMD gave users a glimpse into one of the more interesting features of their upcoming 6 core desktop processor. While the chip has not been released yet, AMD wanted to create some excitement around this upcoming part by talking about its "Turbo Core" technology and what it means to users.
The Masters in 3D
We have been trying out new 3D coverage of the 2010 Masters golf tournament here in the office and wanted to share with our readers quick thoughts and how they can go about watching the sample 3D content if they already have a 3D Vision-ready configuration. You will need a really fast internet connection to get the 10 Mbit stream working but when it does, it impresses.
The Obsidian Series gets a little cheaper
The Corsair 800D was easily one of our favorite cases of 2009 and the new 700D that is going to be available later in April is nearly identical but with a $50 lower price. It does drop the hot-swap bays and the side window though. If you were interested in the 800D but thought it was just a bit out of range then give our video review of this new case a look!
AMD Brings Cypress to the Professional Market
AMD is ready with its next generation of professional graphics solutions starting with the FirePro V8800 based on the Evergreen Cypress GPU found in the Radeon HD 5870. This new FirePro offering includes a 2GB frame buffer, support for four displays and Eyefinity technology as well as offering performance not seen in any similarly priced developer-level GPU!
Today we take a look at the new 600GB VelociRaptor from Western Digital. The new drive looks just like it's older brother, with similar noise levels and power consumption. It may look and sound the same, but this new drive packs some additional punch in both speed and cost/GB. Check out our full review for the scoop.
*Updated* Eyefinity goes curvy!
At a recent AMD professional graphics meeting there were some very interesting applications of Eyefinity technology that I know our readers are going to be interested in seeing. One from Scalable uses four projectors on a curved piece of plexiglass while another from Ostendo uses 2880x900 resolution curved monitors. Enjoy!
Eyefinity 6 Advantages
Since we first saw the multi-monitor goodness that is Eyefinity last September, we have been promised a video card that can power up to six monitors off of a single GPU. Today we are finally getting that card - the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition! Stop and see how the 2GB card performs in testing and what we thought of the gaming experience it offered!
Introduction and Features
The sleek P193 is an updated version of Antec's popular P190 enclosure that features more room inside with improved airflow and a lower selling price. Filters and filter doors are integrated as one unit and the doors themselves have been modified to provide cooler system temperatures. Stop in and read if this should be your next system build shell!
GF100 arrives and brings Fermi in tow
We have been waiting for this day basically since GT200 was revealed: NVIDIA's next-generation GPU architecture. While AMD has been releasing card and card with DX11 support and Eyefinity gaming, NVIDIA has been forced to sit idly by and await its own hardware. The GF100 GPU is finally here as the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards and they are surprisingly potent solutions for gamers!
Introduction, Packaging and Specifications
Today we take a look at the new Plextor SSD line. These drives use a lower-cost Marvell controller in an attempt to bring the price down. Will the performance be good enough to compete with the big boys? Read our full performance review for the scoop.
In Part 1 of our new Building a Home Theater series, we will introduce you to the basics of Home Theater and take a detailed look at some fundamental design goals, room layouts, and component placement options.
SATA 6G and USB 3.0 for all
If you are looking to upgrade your computer with USB 3.0 or SATA 6G support, you can either upgrade your system board or add in a expansion card like one of the two we are looking at today. The U3N2 and the S6M2 use controllers we are well familiar with to get the job done but in smaller and less expensive packages.
Introduction and Features
Very efficient and virtually silent! If you are looking for a very quiet mid-power PSU with excellent efficiency, good voltage regulation, and modular cables; the MODU87+ 600W deserves a close look.
Introducing the Orbit
Altec Lansing aims to change the way you see and hear audio from your portable PC. The Orbit speaker aims to deliver unique design, superior audio, and all in a small portable package. Sounds like a pipe dream? This speaker is a gem, but may not be for everyone.
AMD reaches for gamers
AMD recently spent some time with us telling the story of how its game developer program works; what it does, what it doesn't do and how AMD plans on using its team and technologies to further the PC gaming community. But does the story add up? Can AMD convince gamers that with open physics, open 3D and Eyefinity they are the better player than NVIDIA?
Westmere 6-core designs begin
Tired of those lousy quad-core processors from Intel that can ONLY process a total of 8 threads at the same time? If so, then you need to take a look at the new Core i7-980X processor that combines 6 Westmere 32nm processing cores on a single chip capable of handling 12 threads at a time. Need more power and have some spare cash???
Putting a Little ION in Your Diet
With Asus product design and NVIDIA's ION graphics, the Asus Eee 1201N has all the markings of a winner. But can a netbook with an identity crisis win the hearts and dollars of consumers?
Get a little work done at your station
The ASUS Workstation line of motherboards offers a set of features that very few other motherboards can including up to 7 individual PCI Express x16 slots and even SAS storage support. If you need that kind of connectivity then you will likely be interested in what the P6T7 and P7P55 WS provide!