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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.
It Slices, It Dices...
PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.
Thuban and Turbo Core
This past week AMD gave users a glimpse into one of the more interesting features of their upcoming 6 core desktop processor. While the chip has not been released yet, AMD wanted to create some excitement around this upcoming part by talking about its "Turbo Core" technology and what it means to users.
The Masters in 3D
We have been trying out new 3D coverage of the 2010 Masters golf tournament here in the office and wanted to share with our readers quick thoughts and how they can go about watching the sample 3D content if they already have a 3D Vision-ready configuration. You will need a really fast internet connection to get the 10 Mbit stream working but when it does, it impresses.
The Obsidian Series gets a little cheaper
The Corsair 800D was easily one of our favorite cases of 2009 and the new 700D that is going to be available later in April is nearly identical but with a $50 lower price. It does drop the hot-swap bays and the side window though. If you were interested in the 800D but thought it was just a bit out of range then give our video review of this new case a look!
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.