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The NVIDIA 700a Series of Chipsets
The nForce 780a SLI chipset has been on the verge of release many times over the past several months but there was always something pushing it back. Now NVIDIA is finally ready to unveiling their first updated AMD-platform chipset in years and the ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe is the first board on the chopping block.
Introduction and Specifications
The EVGA UV Plus+ allows you to connect up additional monitors to your notebook or desktop PC through a USB connection rather than requiring you to install another graphics card. Can this new device from one of our favorite video card vendors help you out of a virtual desktop space deficiency?
Introduction and Features
The Aquaduct 360 XT delivers excellent performance and incorporates an advanced controller and sophisticated software that allows displaying and tweaking just about every parameter that can be visualized or adjusted in a water cooling system.
Diamond Improves on the HD 3870
The fastest single-GPU card from AMD is still the Radeon HD 3870 and continues to struggle to stand up to the increasing competition from NVIDIA. Diamond is attempting to bump up the GPU's performance by increasing the frame buffer to 1GB - but can it help performance at all?
New in 3DMark Vantage
The new 3DMark Vantage software is finally available after several months of "leaked" screenshots and information flooding the forums. Now that 3DMark has moved to DirectX 10 what can you expect to find in this incredibly popular benchmarking software?
Our first SSD test
Our first review of a solid state disk compares the OCZ 64GB SATA-I model to the new VelociRaptor hard drive as well as other desktop HDDs and even another 2.5" notebook drive from Western Digital. The results are incredibly interesting though not as impressive as originally hoped.
The long-awaited triple-core processors
AMD's triple-core processors are finally available to the public and are based on the B3-stepping that no longer has the dreaded TLB and performance issues. Can these sub-$200 processors convince you that three cores are better than two? When is getting that fourth core more valuable?
VT HD 3870 Introduction
Previously we have reviewed the VisionTek Radeon HD 3850 card, but how does its bigger brother compare to the competition from big(ger) green? VisionTek has been making a pretty significant push into the retail market as of late, and the HD 3870 is their mainstream offering in the $169 to $200 price range.
Introduction and Specifications
The incredibly popular Raptor series of drives gets an upgrade today with the introduction of the Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive. There is more to this update than just a capacity bump; performance gets a noticeable boost as well!
The Trouble with NVIDIA and Intel
The past week has been rampant with discussion on the new war that is brewing between NVIDIA and Intel but there was one big player left out of the story: AMD. It would seem that both sides seem to have written this competitor out but we think quite the opposite.
Sapphire takes on the AMD Radeon HD 3650
The AMD Radeon HD 3650 is a mid-range low cost GPU aimed at the under $100 market of graphics cards. Sapphire is one of the AMD's best partners and is known for taking their products and making them better than reference design. But does the HD 3650 have the power to take on NVIDIA's 8600 GTS cards?
The ray tracing debate continues
Crytek's CEO Cevat Yerli sat with us to answer some questions on the topic of ray tracing, its future in gaming and how Intel's push into hardware ray tracing might be affecting the way games are made.
9800 GTX with a Twist
BFG is taking the 9800 GTX a step further by bumping up the core, shader and memory clocks quite a bit in the new OCX model. Come see if these new record G92 speeds are going to be worth your money.
More of the same, but more appealing
The ASUS Eee PC may not be for everyone but with a new Windows XP version that maintains the same $399 price point it might find a way into your home whether you originally were interested or not.
Introduction and Features
BFG’s new ES-800 features variable frequency conversion to maximize efficiency and it can deliver up to 780W on the +12V outputs with zero load on the +3.3V and +5V rails. Sound interesting? Read on!
Intel's IDF show is starting this morning in Shanghai and details of Intel's Atom release are finally creeping in. Though we don't have the full details on the architecture quite yet, we do have some interesting information about it to share.
9800 GTX > 8800 GTS > 8800 GT
NVIDIA is pumping out new products like they are going out of style...so are they? The new 9800 GTX does not bring us anything that we haven't seen before but better performance and lower prices is always a plus. Oh, and 3-Way SLI is always fun to test!
AMD's badly needed upgrade
Since the revelation that AMD's first Phenom processors had an erratum in them the company has worked around the clock to get a fix out in the form of a new B3 stepping of the CPU core. They are here and not only fix the bug but increase clock speeds and performance to boot!
Quad SLI Technology
NVIDIA is taking another swing at Quad SLI this time with the 9800 GX2 graphics card. Can it succeed where the 7950 GX2 failed and can it best the impressive feature set that we saw with the AMD CrossFireX technology?
Features and Specifications
A radical case, designed for elite gaming enthusiasts. The first part of this review will cover the limited edition enclosure and later in Part 2 we will take a detailed look at the optional water-cooling system.