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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!
MSI Makes Video Cards?
Now that AMD has stopped producing the HD 4870 and HD 4890 chips, the HD 5770 is quickly taking over the $149 to $199 marketplace. MSI decided to shake things up a bit in a market overflowing with reference designs from multiple manufacturers. The R5770 is a fully custom part with some unique features that set it above the rest. Stable 1 GHz+ operation is not a fantasy with this card...
Westmere brings Nehalem cores to lower prices
The Intel Clarkdale processors were released in January to finally replace the aging Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors from the socket 775 generation. We already tested the Core i5-661 but the Core i3-530 offers much of the same performance with a 70% lower price tag. And the overclocking potential our sample demonstrated impresses as well!!
Introduction and Specifications
Yes, you heard us right, we put "Western Digital" and "SSD" in the same sentence! For a first-in-industry move, a Hard Disk manufacturer has taken the Solid State plunge. We'll put this new unit to the test and see how it stacks up against the fierce competition in this arena.
SATA 6G and USB 3.0 Support... Sorta
AMD's history of chipset releases have been bittersweet. Featuring cutting edge graphics and excellent performance, AMD's chipsets have often been held back by their mediocre southbridge and I/O performance. AMD is hoping to change that by introducing the new 890GX, which features a redesigned northbridge as well as a new southbridge featuring the first native SATA 6G support.
ION 2 = ION + Optimus
NVIDIA's ION technology was originally aimed at changing how consumer were able to utilize netbook and nettop computers and this second revision is no different. This "re-imagining" of the ION brand takes a discrete GPU, adds in support for Optimus technology, and basically calls it a day. But do you need to make sure your next netbook computer has ION inside?