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Introduction and Features
If you are in the market for a solid 300W PSU for a Micro ATX Media Center or Home Theater PC, the Seasonic SS-300TFX deserves a very close look! This is a very different form factor than standard power supplies so stop in and see if it might work for your next HTPC build!
Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications
Liquid cooling for CPUs, graphics cards, and even hard drives used to be reserved for hardcore PC enthusiasts who also happened to be the first to paint PC cases and install plexiglass windows and case handles. In 2010, regular Joes like you and me can now have premium, self-contained water coolers for around the cost of a high-end, air-cooled heatsink courtesy of companies like Coolit Systems. Coolit Systems is the original innovator behind this self-contained water cooling systems, and this year at CES 2010 Coolit unveiled an economical water cooler called the ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling System.
Design and Specifications
The ASUS ARES is one of those things of legend; a card that is worth its weight in gold and actually costs just about as much. If you thought the days of the $1000+ graphics card were over, then you were wrong and ASUS would like you see one of the limited edition ARES cards that matches a pair of true HD 5870s with 4GB of memory to create the fastest single graphics card we have ever tested.
Part 1 of 3 - Intel, Sandforce
** Updated 07 Jul 2010 ** Tired of bouncing back and forth between review sites, manufacturer sites, and retailers in search of your next SSD? Allyn has compiled a huge list of all current and popular SSD's, grouped by controller type, manufacturer, and model.
Introduction and Features
This platform supports all of today’s latest HD formats as well like 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, which makes it a great upgrade for home theater PC builders. MSI built the H55M-ED55 around this chipset, but added more overclocking capabilities through their OCGenie technology that allows one-click overclocking through a nifty button located right on the motherboard. This board also supports overclocked DDR3-2133 memory, two PCIe 2.0 graphics cards, and 8.1 high definition audio.
Home Theater Notebooks
We often talk about home theater PCs and the benefits that they can offer to users that want to connect a computer to a TV and integrate into their living room. They aren't always easy though and can come with some specific and unique complaints and issues. What if the answer has been sitting in your briefcase or book bag all along?
About... Damn... Time
AMD has had a stranglehold on the DX11 market, but with Fermi NVIDIA has seemingly loosened the grip. Today's Dirt takes a look at what prices have done for the past 9 months, and what kind of chain reaction we expect to see this month.
2D Performance - Batman and Dirt 2
Yesterday we looked at how the GeForce GTX 480s stood up to multi-monitor gaming with NVIDIA Surround and 3D Vision Surround. Today we do the same but with GTX 470s in the mix offering a lower priced option for consumers looking to move into the wild world of triple-monitors!
NVIDIA Surround is finally here
NVIDIA finally has their answer to AMD's Eyefinity technology and it is called NVIDIA Surround. Not only does this bring three monitor gaming to the NVIDIA platform but it also integrates support for 3D Vision so now we can get triple 3D panel action going! It truly is a one-of-a-kind gaming experience but can it best AMD in the 2D realm as well?
Introduction and Specifications
Mini ITX motherboards are growing in popularity because of their low power consumption, good performance, and support for high definition video and audio. They are also a good solution for users on a budget because most (if not all) are being outfitted with integrated video and CPUs like the ASRock A330ION we are evaluating today. The A330ION brings together NVidia's MCP7A-ION platform and Intel's dual core Atom 330 processor to create a small form factor HTPC solution that's capable of lower-end gaming and Blu-ray 1080p playback right out of the box.
Introduction, Packaging and Specifications
We have been promised PCI Express-based solid state drives almost since SSDs were first introduced and while we have had a few pass through our hands, not many have TRULY been prepared for the consumer. OCZ has been a force of change for enthusiasts in this market and they continue to be just that by releasing the new Revo PCIe SSD!
A Summer Cruise Through Shaded and Tessellated Waters
The summer is about to heat up again in the graphics world, and we are taking the first step in letting you know where it is all heading. NVIDIA and AMD are both preparing major products, and we take a look behind the curtain as to why the GF100 is such a hot and hungry beast, and why the GF104 could be this generation's G92. Plus a quick look at what kind of changes to expect from AMD's Southern Islands.
AMD gets more aggressive in the server market
AMD is announcing a pair of new product lines today to address a couple of server markets. The new Opteron 4100-series of processors takes the Lisbon core and lowers price to the point of absurdity. Can a $99 server processor coupled with power-per-core efficiency spell success for AMD in the cloud computing infrastructure? Can can the new FireStream parts put a dent in NVIDIA's Tesla lineup?
The new Xbox 360 "Slim" Gets Unwrapped
We picked up one of the new Xbox 360 S / Slim consoles and decided to rip it apart to see what was inside. How does the technological shift in the new system change the properties of the console and how does it affect power consumption, noise and heat? Step in to read, and watch, our results!
GF100 / Fermi SLI Configuration Considerations
After way too long of a delay we finally have complete testing and benchmarking comparing a single GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 to the same cards in a dual-GPU SLI configuration. What happens if you take the highest performing GPU available and double up its performance?
Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!
Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.
Introduction and Specifications
Gigabyte has been all over the new SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 technologies with their latest line of X58A-based motherboards and we finally got the opportunity to test drive an X58A-UD3R. This motherboard has been winning hardware review awards left and right from across the tech review empire so it will be interesting to evaluate it against a few X58 offerings.
The Puget Systems Experience
Puget Systems is a custom system builder based in the Washington area that promises a combination of the top PC components available with customer service oriented around keeping the user involved through parts selection, ordering, construction, testing and beyond delivery. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you can get a 4.0 GHz 6-core processor and water cooled GTX 480s.
Intro, Specs, and Packaging
The MSI Wind U230 with AMD components has potential to be an Intel Atom / NVIDIA ION killer. The performance and price is right, so why wouldn't you get one? We dig a bit deeper. What is notable from these specifications is the Athlon 64 X2 L335 CPU which is dual-core and (more or less) comparable to the Intel Atom 330. There is also HDMI out which is something that will come in handy for connecting an external display.
Introduction and Features
Universal air-cooled heatsinks supporting 220w TDP have taken center stage in 2010 thanks to new six-core CPU platforms from AMD and Intel. The combination of aluminum fin arrays, heatpipes, and copper bases make for outstanding cooling solutions for today's hottest and fastest processors. Thermaltake stepped up to the plate and developed a dual-fan universal heatsink called the Frio to give power users a proven design that chills out different types of processors and looks good doing it.