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MSI upgrades the GTX 460
The MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK graphics card is one of the best GF104 cards we have tested with a potent combination of hardware, software, cooler and overclocked settings. Of course with a design like this the stock settings were just the beginning as we pushed the clock speeds over 900 MHz!
2.5 and 3.0 TB is here! Western Digital has pushed internal 3.5" drive capacity to 3 TB, breaking past the 2 TB barrier. Pushing platter density to 750 GB is quite an achievement, but taking a single HDD past 2^32 available sectors introduces some serious compatibility issues at both the OS and driver level.
Entering the Nile
Earlier this year AMD released big news: 135 new design wins with major manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and more. These victories are a badly needed boost for AMD, which has been trailing Intel in the mobile space for years. These many of these new designs are based on a new platform AMD is calling Nile - and the Toshiba T235 is among the first Nile notebooks to hit the market.
Introduction and Specifications
Silverstone has rivaled the likes of Lian Li, Antec, and others in quality, craftsmanship, and overall style for several years now and their newest case to the Sugo family called the SG07 continues to add more options for the mini ITX platform. This case's claim to fame is definitely its ability to hold up to a 12.2" graphics card!
Introduction and Features
ECS continues to bring more aggressively priced motherboards to market in both Intel and AMD flavors. Their newest AM3 lineup includes six motherboards sporting the AMD 890GX chipset. We have the A890GXM-A (v1.0) on our test bench to evaluate some of the performance advantages available with this platform as well as the addition of native SATA 6GB/s support via the SB850.
The GeForce GT 430 GPU
The new GeForce GT 430 GPU is a replacement for the GT 220 that was never quite card that we fell in love with. NVIDIA's Fermi-based GF108 chip is definitely a better performance than anything from the GT200 generation but can it keep up with the AMD Radeon HD 5570 and HD 5550 GPUs and make a case for itself?
Introduction and Spec Sheet
This is a fairly basic laptop, but it also appears well equipped for multimedia duty. The review unit specifications are representative of the most basic Z560, which costs $699. There is a lot of competition in this segment from other solid laptops like the Sony EB series, the Samsung R580, the Toshiba E205 and others. Let’s see how the Z560 stacks up.
ASUS makes it better
ASUS is known for creating some truly unique graphics cards that differ wildly from the reference designs we are used to seeing. The ROG Matrix HD 5870 card with 2GB of memory is just that with overclocking options you need to see. For the more tame of us, there is the V2 HD 5870 that is cheaper and much simpler in feature set.
Introduction and Features
PC enthusiasts and hardware reviewers alike like to make their rigs stand out through custom paint jobs, acrylic windows, custom LED lights, and by installing additional hardware. Vendors want to help those end users with two left thumbs have options for having a case that stands out from the other rectangular enclosures they see at school or at gaming parties. Lian Li has been creating custom PC cases for years now, but this year has been extra special with the introduction of the PC-T1R Spider Mini ITX Test Bench.
The very unique LanBoy
The Antec LanBoy Air case has been in development for a while but is finally going on sale. This is a very unique case that is almost completely perforated mesh and completely customizable with over 34,000 total configuration options according to the marketing materials! Come see the case in action!
A 890FX By Any Other Name...
Asus has quite the history of designing fairly spectacular motherboards with outstanding performance and near limitless overclocking potential. Ok, perhaps their reputation is more down to Earth than that, but it does not mean that Asus does not design a fine motherboard. The AMD 890FX based Crosshair IV goes under the microscope today, and the results are still pretty good.
Introduction and Packaging
Today we take a look at OCZ's newest offering in next generation Solid State Storage technology, coupled with a completely new take on storage interface technology. When USB3.0 and even SATA 6Gb/sec are not fast enough, just invent something new!
Corsair brings the price down
Corsair is known more from their SSDs, coolers and cases than memory these days, and the company's commitment to enthusiast products continues with the Graphite Series 600T. This full-size case is able to offer a ton of features for a price well below Corsair's previous designs.
Introduction and Features
Finally – a Silencer that is relatively quiet! Check out our latest review to see if the new Silencer Mk II lives up to PC Power & Cooling's reputation for legendary quality and rock-solid performance.
Speed Bumps (and more) for Everyone!
AMD again refreshes its lineup with a speed bump, but it also throws a couple new wrinkles. The Phenom II X6 1075T is not a speed bump, nor is it unlocked, but it helps to flesh out the X6 family of parts at $245 US. AMD also introduces a new barnburner with the Phenom II X4 970. The Phenom II X2 560, Athlon II X4 645, Athlon II X3 450, and Athlon II X2 265 round out the collection of parts. Each is unique in their own special way, and we test every one.
Introduction and Features
Modern home networking technology solutions integrate all types of home appliances and security devices that can be monitored from any smartphone or PC connected to the internet around the world. WowWee wanted a piece of the action and introduced the Rovio mobile webcam at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008. Their goal with the Rovio was simple -- create a wireless and portable webcam that could be manipulated and viewed from any PC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The final piece of the FirePro puzzle
The FirePro V9800 4GB graphics card is the new king of hill from AMD for the professional user and with support for 6 displays, it has a lot to offer. The Fermi-based Quadro cards offer strong competition in the performance field but in terms of features the FirePro line is still difficult to beat.
This week our storage guru takes a look at the PhotoFast GBox mini. THis little device converts from USB3.0 to SATA, so you can transfer data from externally attached SSD's and 2.5" HDD's at lightning speed.
AMD has plans for 2011
AMD is always lurking right around the corner during IDF and was eagerly showing off their Zacate / Ontario APUs. The first of the CPU/GPU hybrids from AMD are proving to be incredibly impressive performers especially with the power consumption taken into consideration. We took some time this week to sit down with them present you with the results!
Turbo, only better
At IDF this week, Intel is revealing much more information about the new Sandy Bridge processor architecture and one of many interesting features is a new version of Turbo Boost and how it functions with the platform. After spending some time with a handful of engineers and asking about the next-generation Turbo Boost technology, I think we have a good grasp of what it is, how it works and how it affects many different aspects of the new Intel platform.