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The Evergreen Blossoms again
AMD continues to push the pedal to the floor with NVIDIA right in view over the steering wheel with another GPU release this fall. This time Juniper falls into our laps and brings the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 into the fold to compete against the likes of the GeForce GTX 260+ and GTS 250. Can AMD's new offerings push gaming at $170 and $110 to new levels?
Introduction and Features
Good efficiency and virtually silent! If you are looking for a quiet mid-power PSU with good voltage regulation, good efficiency, high-end video card support and fixed cables; the ECO 80+ 620W deserves a close look.
NVIDIA tries to breath life into GT200 again
NVIDIA is out with a set of GPUs for the desktop budget market in the form of the GeForce 210 and GeForce GT 220. Can these options, now running on 40nm process technology and implementing DirectX 10.1 support, compete with the year-old Radeon HD 4670 cards for dominance in the $70 GPU market?
After my review of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 graphics card last month that featured a heavy dose of information and videos about AMD's new Eyefinity technology, the one single request I have received the most is for performance results using these games and a multi-monitor configuration. Well I decided to spend some time this week doing just that, so check out our results!
Introduction and Specifications
Now that the champagne has been uncorked on the the LGA 1156, we can continue to show some love to what originally brought Intel all the acclaim and accolades they received before the new LGA 1156 CPUs arrived -- the LGA 1366 i7 processors and X58 chipset. One of the most popular hardcore overclocking boards available for the LGA 1366 platform is Gigabyte's GA-EX58-Extreme motherboard.
Introduction and Features
Silverstone has really been one of the premier PC enclosure manufacturers for several years now and they always seem to be finding different ways to handle all types of platforms from ATX, micro ATX, and even mini ATX cases. Their newest creation is the RV02, which builds upon the original Raven case, but adds a few new wrinkles to its design and construction. The new Raven 2 is smaller, lighter, and Silverstone claims it outperforms the original Raven.
A week's worth of thoughts on NVIDIA
We spent last week at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference learning about more than just the new GPU architecture NVIDIA was showcasing. In this editorial we take a look at where NVIDIA stands today, what you can expect from them in the near future and how the company plans to hold on to gamers' hearts while striving to build a new market in the GPU computing world.
GT300? Yes please
NVIDIA is revealing details today about its upcoming GPU architecture, codenamed Fermi. This new design offers a lot of great new advancements for GPU computing as well as gaming, though details on performance are still pretty slim. The GPU will implement 512 CUDA cores on a 3.0 billion transistor die. That got your interest up?
Evergreen makes its second appearance
Last week we saw the introduction of AMD's new Evergreen architecture with the release of the Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and we follow that up today with the lower cost variant, the Radeon HD 5850. This card still has 1GB of memory and requires a pair of 6-pin power connectors, but for the money, it looks like the card to beat.
Clarkdale makes its debut
Intel took some time to preview its upcoming Westmere processors, Clarkdale and Arrandale, during this past week at the Intel Developer Forum. The new CPUs will combine a dual-core Nehalem-based design with on-chip integrated graphics to create a high-performance, low power and low cost CPU for the mainstream PC user. Stop in to see if you will be picking one of these up this winter.
Introduction and Features
We've evaluated numerous CPU coolers from a variety of established vendors that include the likes of Zalman, CoolerMaster, and Thermalright. But, today we are treading off the beaten path a bit to review a CPU cooler from a relatively unknown entity called Prolimatech. This Taiwan-based company was founded in 2008 and their one and only CPU cooler that supports Intel's LGA 1366 socket is dubbed the Megahalem.
A new GPU for a new DirectX
AMD is making a splash again with another new GPU that aims to take NVIDIA head on and force a shift in the graphics card market. The Radeon HD 5870, previously known as the Evergreen architecture, offers up twice as many shader processors as the HD 4800-series of cards at higher clock speeds. And the new AMD Eyefinity technology is something you have to see to understand!
Lucid makes quite a showing
Last year we met a darling new company by the name of LucidLogix, or just Lucid, that promised to deliver "near linear scaling" on multi-GPU performance without the requirements of SLI or CrossFire. We have finally seen the technology in action on a production level motherboard coming from MSI and even see an AMD and NVIDIA graphics card share the workload!
Corsair enters yet another market
Corsair is known for high quality and enthusiast friendly memory products and now the company is attempting to bring that mindset to the world of computer cases. The Obsidian 800D is a big case that has plenty of room for water cooling, implements a classy cable management system and even adds a 4 drive hot-swap SATA bay.
A GTX By Any Other Name...
Before AMD unleashes their latest foray into the graphics market, we have the chance to look at the current fastest, single GPU video card around. MSI has differentiated their product with a unique (and surprisingly effecting) cooler which adds to the value of their offering. While we can't prognosticate about how well it will fare against upcoming products, we can see how well it performs against what is available today.
Propus to the Rescue
The latest quad cores are relatively tiny as compared to their older brothers and the competition from Intel. While these are not barn burners when it comes to performance, AMD is hoping that the combination of available performance and budget pricing will prove to be irresistible to users and OEMs alike.
Lynnfield Reaches Retail
Intel's Lynnfield processors have been getting a lot of attention recently but one SKU left out of the parade has been the Core i7-860. Coming in just a bit higher than the Core i5-750, the i7-860 adds support for HyperThreading technology and thus should see noticeable improvements in certain applications. We take the new CPU for a spin in our benchmark suite and judge it on performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar.
Introduction and Features
A lot of PC cases and enclosures made from steel, aluminum, and acrylic pass by my test bench. The modding community has also used other materials like carbon fiber to create custom cases that met their specific needs. But, I can't think of one vendor that creates production cases using wood until nMediaPC gave us a call about their HTPC 8000 case. nMediaPC dubs their HTPC 8000 as the world's first wooden HTPC case, and to my knowledge I think they are right. Let's see if this organic creation can start a new trend in the HTPC case market.
2nd Generation Ultra-Portable
The Tigris and "Codename formerly known as Congo" are two new notebook platforms that aim for the mainstream and ultra-portable marketplaces. While we have seen these products before, the combination of tuning and manufacturing changes allows them to fit into the mobile market. The extra boost could give AMD a nice set of weapons to further improve their marketshare in the mobile space.
ASUS has more than a few P55 offerings...
Even though the P55 motherboards are out and available, I happen to have had this video sitting here for a couple of days and before we can get the full board reviews ready, I decided I would share our video previews of both the P7P55D Premium and Maximus III Formula motherboards. Stop in and see how these high-end offerings from ASUS will impress you and prep you for your new Lynnfield system.