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Fermi on a diet
The new GeForce GTX 465 GPU attempts to bring down the cost of Fermi and the GF100 architecture so gamers on tighter budgets can put that new DX11-goodness from NVIDIA in their systems. Does the new GPU stand up to the competition from AMD though? Stop in to find out!!
A complete lineup
With our review of the V7800 and V4800 FirePro graphics cards from AMD we are basically completing the new Evergreen-based lineup for professional graphics users. The V8800 flagship still dominates but the V7800 is a nice option at about half the price while the V4800 improves performance over the base V3800 for under $200.
Blu-Ray for the Driveless
The Asus SBC-04D1S-U offers Blu-Ray and DVD in a slim external package, and it may be one of the nicest looking ones too! How does the performance of the external drive hold up to other options and can you find a use for this drive on your currently optical-less notebooks?
The Ultimate Colouring Book
The iPad's greatest influence may be on the generation that is just starting to master their ABC's. We take a look at Apple's latest gadget and see how parents can use it for their toddlers. While the present app offering may be lacking, the future may be bright.
Intel K-series Processors
Intel's Extreme Edition processors are great for overclockers because of the unlocked aspect of the multipliers but not so great on their wallets. What if instead of $1000+ you could get a Lynnfield or Clarkdale CPU for much less and still get the benefits an unlocked CPU offers to overclocking? Well good news: Intel's new K-SKU parts are just that!
XPower to the people
MSI continues to brand their Big Bang series of motherboards as THE top solution for enthusiasts, overclockers and gamers. The new XPower motherboard brings that to the X58 chipset and the Intel Bloomfield processors for the first time. Come check out our video preview to see the overview of features and specs before the full review!
We hope you have USB 3.0 'Enyo' PC by now...
OCZ's Enyo external USB 3.0 SSD has been seen in renderings and previews since before CES in January but we now have the final shipping model in-house and have spent the last days testing it and putting it through the paces. It easily becomes the fastest external drive we have ever tested but does it validate the move to USB 3.0?
Bridging the Gap
Intel's Wireless Display promises a single-touch bridge between your notebook and your display. Though there are limitations currently, its almost more exciting to think of where this technology can go in the next 1 to 3 years.
Introduction and Features
Thermaltake continues to evolve their Toughpower line with the XT Series, which adds LED status indicators and a fan delay feature. This new PSU delivers very good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency and finally keeps AC ripple under control.
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.