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How Low Can You Go?
This past week AMD released six new Athlon II processors featuring dual, triple, and quad cores. I was able to get a hold of the Athlon II X2 260 and Athlon II X4 640 and put them through their paces. I was also able to fully review the MSI 890GXM-G65 with these processors, and have come to the happy conclusion that it makes for a very good match.
The cake is a lie
Steam for the Mac is now available in a public beta but should users that already have a Windows Boot Camp partition on their Apple systems be concerned about making the move to the native Mac client? How is image quality and performance affected in the one "standard" title available today, Portal?
Introduction and Specifications
ASRock has added four H55 solutions to their line of Intel motherboards. We received the H55DE3, which is a budget board that includes some higher-end features like quad CrossfireX support, full 1080p Blu-ray playback, and multiple video output options built right into the board. The H55 chipset itself delivers new capabilities for digital home, small office, and home office consumers, and this is the centerpiece for ASRock to build the H55DE3 around.
Falling and Rising...
AMD today has shifted "Vision" into high gear by announcing 130+ laptop design wins using two new platforms based on 45 nm processors and the 880G graphics chipset. AMD has also made huge strides as a company to get into a position to be profitable and have meaningful and competitive products in the face of a strong Intel.
The best of both worlds
When comparing the world of SSDs to spindle-based storage it is easy to just dismiss the SSDs due to price and capacity or to dismiss standard drives based on performance. What if you are looking for a really high end solution for something like...a video editing machine? Do arrays of either technology make a difference worth noting? Stop in to see our quick experimenting.
Introduction and Packaging
In an attempt to bring down the cost/GB of their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 products, OCZ has been futzing with the SandForce controller's firmware for the past few weeks. They managed to unlock an additional 20% capacity, but how will this impact performance? They just passed us a prototype sample, so lets find out!
Introduction and Specifications
ASRock shipped us one of their P55 Extreme motherboards to review, which was created for the LGA 1156 crowd and comes bundled with decent features like quad CrossfireX and SLI support, an add-on card for SATA 6GB/s devices, and custom overclocking options that will make newcomers to overclocking foam at the mouth.
And why Apple owes everything to developers
Apple is getting a lot of attention from the new iPad, but is Apple really the company the deserves the credit for the revolutionary applications that finally making tablets interesting? Or is Apple just a beneficiary of third-party applications and crazed fans that soak up Apple hardware by the millions?
Hardware reviewers and overclockers typically have one common trait they share – they like to test new components every day and push them to their limits. Instead of using the retail box the motherboard came in to create a “test bench” of sorts, Dimastech has provided users an alternative called the Bench/Test Table Easy version 2.5. This steel, open-air beast supports a variety of motherboard types and CPU cooling solutions. This looks to be the most sturdy test bench we've seen yet!
Introduction, Specs, and Packgaing
What happens when you take a high-end car brand and put it onto a netbook? Is it a cross-branding disaster or is there substance? Acer's Ferrari One 200 surprises from start to finish. Stop in to our review to see how this netbook earned our Editor's Choice Award!
Introduction and Hardware Overview
The world of mobile phones is constantly evolving. With the average contract commitment being 2 years, most smart phones are considered to be obsolete by the end of their initial contract. Today we look at another phone to further the continual upgrade cycle, the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon Wireless.
One Big Thumb Drive
Super Talent is the first vendor to send us a USB 3.0-ready thumb drive. Not only does it offer speeds as high as 230 MB/s in our testing but it also includes support for hardware AES encryption. Are you prepared for a thumb drive that is faster than your hard drive and maybe even faster than your SATA SSD?
Introduction and Packaging
Since the Vertex LE hit the streets a couple of months back, we've been waiting for a larger market push of the excellent SandForce controller. Today we review three new models that have just arrived on the market, comparing offerings from both Corsair and OCZ.
Thuban - no you don't have a speech impediment
While the Phenom II architecture might not be the foil against the Nehalem family of chips from Intel, it does not mean that AMD has been standing still and waiting for Bulldozer to deliver them from financial doom. Instead, AMD has actively improved these chips, and their latest member of the Phenom II family brings 6 cores to the fight. The Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition is an unlocked new design based on the Thuban core, and it aims to bring fast and affordable 6 core performance to the marketplace.
NVIDIA is opening up 3D
NVIDIA is updating its Verde driver, the mobile version of its graphics driver that was introduced a year or previously to help consumers that were frequently stuck with much older OEM-based drivers. With this update comes better performance but also support for a larger array of 3D technologies that move beyond NVIDIA's own 3D Vision
The rest of the Evergreen FirePro lineup
Earlier in the month we saw the release of the FirePro V8800 card as it dominated the top-level professional graphics lineup. Can the new V5800 and V3800, with price of $470 and $110 respectively, do the same for the rest of the professional space? Or will NVIDIA's aging Quadro line be able to hold off AMD until Fermi can come to the rescue?
Introduction to AV Receivers
In Part 2 of our Building a Home Theater series we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to assemble your own high-power receiver), and look at some of the various source components that feed signals into the AVR.Welcome to Part 2 in our series: Building a Home Theater! In this segment we will introduce you to the all-important AV Receiver (including how to build your own high-end/high-power receiver from off the shelf components), and look at some of the various source components (DVD players, etc) that feed signals into the AVR.
Today we take a look at the Asus Designo Series MS238H LCD Display. Have the innovative design choices Asus has made with this monitor paid off? Read our review inside to find out.
The Asus G51J 3D has the traits of a great mobile gaming system - 120Hz display, latest NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, and a nice design. However, to gain 3D Vision, the user may be forced to make some sacrifices. Read our review to see what these trade-offs are and if we think they are worth it.
A recent article on the topic of SSD performance of various controllers in AHCI vs. IDE mode caught the attention of our storage editor. This editorial serves as a rebuttal to those findings and should help clarify any lingering questions users might have about whether or not they should be running their system in AHCI or IDE mode.