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ASUS has long been on the forefront of stable high performance motherboards. ASUS then stepped it up a notch and released their “Republic of Gamers” series. The branding is supposed to offer up extreme levels of performance and system control. Does the ASUS X48 Rampage Formula fall in line with these ideals, or does it fall short of its lofty goals? Read on to find out…
690G Til Now
The AMD 790GX chipset is aimed at creating a new enthusiast level of product that should be far more accessible to regular people, both in terms of price and the ability to wring every spare MHz of performance out of the latest generation of AMD processors. While it succeeds in some areas, it is weighed down by some extraneous baggage that may not make it as appealing as AMD hoped to its targeted market.
Features and Specifications
The CNPS9300 AT is a scaled down version of Zalman’s popular CNPS9700 and takes up less space for greater compatibility without sacrificing too much performance. Come see how it stacks up to some recent competitors.
Introducing the KFA2 Line
A new comer to the US graphics card market, Galaxy brings their KFA2 brand of products to our test bench with the promise of great performance and even better prices. How does this "new" GeForce 9800 GT product compare to some other similarly priced products? Is it worth a look for your next system build?
Retail VelociRaptor Returns
Western Digital sent us a pair of retail-ready VelociRaptor hard drives that compare to our initial pre-release drive we tested a couple of months back. Of course, we couldn't get away without seeing how these drives performed in a RAID-0 array.
Introducing a new card with a familiar name
NVIDIA is updating the GTX 260 to be more competitive with the recently Radeon HD 4800 releases from AMD. Can this upgraded GTX 260 model put NVIDIA back into the clear lead for performance gaming? We take a look at an overclocked BFG model to find out!
Introduction and Specifications
Dell's XPS line of notebooks and PCs has been a fair success in the eyes of gamers as the brand continues to exist even in conjunction with the Alienware brand that Dell purchased a couple years back. We take their flagship M1730 notebook for a spin that features SLI graphics!
Introduction and Features
Are you looking for a totally silent power supply that can still support a high-end graphic adapter? How about dual PCI-E connectors, 450W DC output, and zero noise? Check it out!
Intel Makes the SSD Play
We knew that Intel was going to blast in the storage market with their own solid state drive brand and today the products are actually released. Come see how Intel will be changing the game when it comes the fastest storage solutions around.
Introduction and Features
The NZXT Tempest features impressive styling and supports up to 8 internal HDDs. And with six pre-installed 120/140mm case fans, it delivers excellent airflow for outstanding case cooling with minimal noise.
Saving the Biggest News for Last
NVIDIA decided to wait until the 11th hour to drop a bombshell on the media with information on the first non-NVIDIA chipset to natively support SLI multi-GPU technology. Come in and see all the details of 'how' and 'why' as well as what it means to the rest of the NVIDIA world.
NVIDIA's CEO Takes the Stage
After seeing the first two days of NVISION08 we summarize our thoughts about the keynotes and sessions so far. Come read NVIDIA's view of how the GPU will look in 2013 and see a real-time ray tracer running via CUDA on the GT200.
Live from NVISION08 Day 3!
Day 3 of NVISION basically starts and ends with Jen-Hsun Huang's closing keynote that will apparently feature the famous MythBuster's pair and "truly amazing machine." If this is just 3-Way SLI I am going to be really let down...
Day 1 from NVISION08 Live!
Starting tomorrow morning, join us for live coverage and updates from the floor at NVISION08 - NVIDIA's first convention for gamers, developers and the media to showcase the company's upcoming products. We'll also stop by various product demos and booths for video and even TWiT's Ultimate Gaming Machine!
Nehalem Design Goals
Intel shared more on the upcoming Intel Nehalem architecture last week at IDF and we have detailed all the nuts and bolts for you here in an easy to digest manner. Come in and see why Nehalem, with its on-die memory controller, integrated power control logic and new Turbo Mode will make whatever you have now obsolete.
GIGABYTE produces several models with the P45 chipset. For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R (DDR2) version. This is one of GIGABYTE’s mainstream P45 variants. The board is stuffed full of hardware and software features, including their DES (dynamic energy saver) with 6-gears. There's the standard “Ultra Durable 2” moniker, which according to GIGABYTE stands for excellent stability and longevity. Does this board stack up in the current mainstream market? Read on to find out.
Day 2 and Day 3
For the Intel Developer Forum we’ll be covering the primary keynotes where we expect details of Intel’s Nehalem architecture and products to be announced and more information on Larrabee and the GPU coming soon from the blue giant. We’ll also be live blogging any non-NDA technical sessions we have throughout the week; these are traditionally much in-depth and as such the notes will likely be used for a full write up at a later time.
SLI and CrossFire could be done
Before IDF kicks off tomorrow, I got a sneak peek at some incredibly interesting new technology called HYDRA. This start-up company promises to scale GPUs at nearly linear rates and is completely chipset and GPU technology independent. Is it worthy of the hype?
Today we will be looking at ECS’s P45 powerhouse, the ECS Black Series P45T-A. The board arrives in a fantasy themed box, and features a nice slick black PCB. The “Black Series” is the ECS moniker that is supposed to stand for ECS’s new focus on an enthusiast product line. ECS has long been a OEM powerhouse, but they have often failed to crack the DIY enthusiast level market. Does this board succeed? Read on to find out.
AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 Technology
NVIDIA is in trouble; and on many fronts. Their chipset division has had some extreme highs and lows recently and AMD's graphics cards have quickly caught up with NVIDIA past performance advantages. The new HD 4870 X2 we previewed before is back and giving NVIDIA fits...