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Today Intel is officially releasing the Lynnfield processor that many of us have been waiting for since the release of Nehalem last year. This time around we find better frequency scaling, lower prices and performance that will simply blow you away for the money and power it will cost you to run it. Intel's dominance simply can't be debated anymore.
Western Digital brings 7200RPM to two of their product lines in the form of 2TB models. These drives come backed with some exciting new technology that promises to increase performance beyond that of a simple spindle speed increase. In this review we will explore these new features and see their impact on real world performance.
P55s are getting cheaper already
MSI is next on the list of companies that have sent us P55 motherboards in preparation for the upcoming Lynnfield processor launch. The P55-GD65 isn't the highest end offering from the company but it packs a lot of punch for a sub-$160 motherboard due out in just a matter of days!
Introduction and Features
Kingwin now offers six new power supply units in their Mach 1 series, ranging in output capacities from 600W all the way up 1,220W. The ABT-1000MA1S PSU we have up for review comes with a full compliment of modular cables, a 140mm fan, and is certified for high efficiency (80 Plus Bronze) and is nVIDIA SLI Ready. The Kingwin 1,000W modular power supply offers plenty of power with lots of bling at an affordable price, which all adds up to good value.
Introduction and Specifications
Scores of ATX and micro ATX motherboards sporting the 785G chipset have drenched the market, and most are available for under $100. One company who jumped on the 785G bandwagon was ECS, who sent us one of their first A785GM-M Black Series motherboards to review. This particular board has many features that used to be reserved for higher-end ATX boards like support for AMD 140w processors, AMD Hybrid Crossfire technology, and DirectX 10.1 capabilities.
Introduction and Features
The EVO 1,250W PSU delivers a lot of power with good regulation, good efficiency, and plenty of cables/connectors. This monster is about as big as you will be able to operate from a standard 120 VAC, 15A residential circuit in NA.
The P7P55D Premium
We have yet another P55 motherboard preview to share with you today as we continue to prepare for the mounting barrage of Intel Lynnfield processor reviews and associated P55 offerings. This ASUS P7P55D Premium looks to be the only (or one of just a couple) boards to actually keep the Marvell 9123 SATA 6G chip. The power phase technology on the Premium is also pretty unique - be sure to stop in and see what is coming next month!
Introduction and Features
While we've seen more than our fair share of heatsinks based strictly off copper or aluminum fin arrays and heatpipes, we haven't seen that many with dual-fan heat exhaust systems. ASUS just happened to make one called the Triton 81, which is on our review bench today. This heatsink has a four-way airflow design and dual fans that ASUS claims will make it very useful for overclocking. We'll pit the Triton 81 against some of our favorite high-end heatsinks to determine how well this 695g beast can handle the heat of our Intel Q8400 LGA 775 processor.
Today we test new offerings from OCZ, PhotoFast, Corsair and Crucial, pitting them against the Intel X25-M G2. We will explore the performance differences seen when using modern controllers from Indilinx and Samsung, including units with smaller storage capacities. Think of it as an SSD Celebrity Deathmatch - but with more smoke.
Introduction and Features
The massive influx of mid-range GPUs has made for a feeding frenzy by consumers looking for budget graphics solutions. Mid-range offerings from NVIDIA and ATI have completely saturated the market with sub-$100 graphics cards that can almost play Crysis Warhead at decent resolutions. Some video cards priced just over the $100 mark can easily play Crysis and other GPU-intensive games like Far Cry 2 and World in Conflict at higher resolutions too.
Day 2/3 summaries, Fatal1ty presentation, Exhibit hall events, AMD overclocking
The final day of Quakecon was a sight to behold as gamers played throughout the night and got their fill of headshots, monster frags, tons of swag, and some even made a few new friends along the way. The first event on the main stage was our PC Perspective Hardware Workshop where Ryan and most of our staff held a overclocking exhibition with AMD, DirectX 11 preview, Quakecon 2009 case mod contest finalists, and NVIDIA's 3D Vision demonstration.
See you at QuakeCon 2009!
At this summer's Quakecon 2009 LAN party and enthusiast gaming expo, we are hosting our first PC Perspective Hardware Workshop! At the event we will have live demos of brand new gaming hardware, an overclocking demonstration, case mod contest finale and of course, we will be giving away lots and lots of prizes ($20,000 worth!!!). Come in and see when it is, where it is and how you can be involved!
Introduction, Registration, BYOC waiting line, Shelby GT500 unveiling
More than 2,600 gamers (and counting) rushed the doors of the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas today to kick off North America's largest computing gaming event dubbed Quakecon 2009. More than 3,000 gamers are expected to fill the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) section to capacity by the end of the three-day event. Check out all the action from Day 1 of Quakecon 2009.
200 MHz Here, 200 MHz There, Pretty Soon We are Talking Real Performance!
AMD has released another high end processor into the fray, and Intel had better watch out. Sorta. While aimed at the Q9550 and Q9650 parts, the X4 965 is priced at a competitive $245, thereby pushing all of the previous Phenom IIs before it into much more affordable territories. Not all is perfect with this chip, but does its imperfections cause it to fall when facing the competition? Read on...
Allyn has spent the last few days thrashing a pre-production firmware for the OCZ Vertex. This is OCZ's first crack at rolling their own firmware, and they aim to address some of the issues Indilinx has not been able to correct on their own. Can OCZ pull it off? Come on in and find out!
Introduction, GPGPU history, ATI Stream and CUDA overviews
Since our initial review of five of NVidia's CUDA-enabled applications back in June, we've been chomping at the bit to get our first real look at ATI's entry into the GPU computing ring called ATI Stream. Both of these platforms use parallel computing architectures to utilize their GPU's stream processors, in tandem with the CPU, to significantly increase any system's video transcoding speeds. Today, we are going to discuss both of these technologies as well as benchmark a couple video transcoding applications from Cyberlink that actually support both CUDA and ATI Stream.
Seashells by the seashore in Cheboygen
The ASUS 1005HA Seashell netbook is not only one of the better looking designs for the ultra-portable PC market but also offers some unique features that other vendors are not. Though still based on the Intel Atom processor and platform, the addition of 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 make this a worthy addition to the Eee lineup.
AMD's latest broadside in the integrated graphics war may not be over the top, but it certainly adds a lot of zing to a relatively boring market. You still can't play Crysis with it, but users will be pleasantly surprised by the total package offered by the 785G.
Does not lay comfortably on its side...
This particular case is nearly unique when it comes to the HTPC market. While most others are designed to blend into a typical component stack in the home theater, this case stands by itself in terms of style and capabilities. Will it fit in with the HTPC crowd? A very good question.
Good Things, Small Packages, Cliche Cliche
FedEX has been busy as of late delivering to my house, and today I received a gem from them. This micro-ATX motherboard based on the unreleased AMD 785G chipset is a shockingly complete motherboard with many high end components. Stuff usually relegated to full size ATX boards. Will this be the latest power-user micro-ATX board, and furthermore be the board of choice for HTPC users? More testing is needed to confirm that, but the first look is certainly impressive.