Not much has been going right for AMD in recent weeks, but I’m happy to say one of the most popular benchmarks used in testing processors wasn’t ready for Phenom when the media hacked apart the poor processor apart on launch day. It seems SiSoftware Sandra XII was not correctly optimized for the Phenom processors! The latest update of Sisoftware Sandra has the right optimization set and ready to go. See what the difference makes for the memory bandwidth score!
This week NVIDIA introduced the company’s next-generation NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI media and communications processor (MCP), designed specifically for 1333FSB Intel QX9650 (Yorkfield) processors. The new nForce 780i SLI MCP brings support for 45nm quad-core processors, PCI Express Gen 2.0. 1200MHz DDR2 memory and more. Read on to see how the board performs with the latest in hardware technology!
The Ultra m998 is an all aluminum midtower with a classic styling on the outside, but is packed with new technology on the inside. The Ultra m998 offers 11 drive bays, along with front eSATA, Firewire, and USB audio ports all in a 1.5mm thick aluminum case. Is the m998 as tough as the military truck its named for? Read on to find out how the Ultra m998 does in our testing.
Ever wish you could get a guaranteed level of success from your memory modules? Do you have a desire to get into overclocking, but just lack the confidence to get started? Never fear, Intel is here! Intel has been pushing a new feature that allows DDR manufacturers to save preprogrammed overclocked settings into the SPD. When the modules are used with a certified motherboard, you know right away that you can squeeze every ounce of performance out of your gear!
AMD is announcing their upcoming Hybrid CrossFire technology today in New York during their financial analyst day, which is aimed at improving gaming graphics at lower price points. What makes this announcement even more exciting is the fact that they are showing off upcoming test system with the 780G chipset and Radeon HD 3450 video cards! Check it out!
NVIDIA is launching another video card based off the ever popular G92 GPU this morning! The GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB is the latest video card in the NVIDIA line-up and is available in the $299-$349 price range. The new GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card has 128 stream processors, support for PCI Express 2.0, dual-link HDCP support, and the second-generation PureVideo HD engine!
The Cooler Master GeminII has been around for some time, but just recently they have been available free after rebate. We ordered one of these coolers in from Newegg just to see how a free cooler does compared to the reference cooler that comes with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. With the ability to run two 120mm fans at the same time this is by far one of the largest heat sinks we have ever taken a look at. Read on and see how our free Cooler Master GemniII performs!
There is no doubt about it, the GeForce 8800 GT is the fastest selling card that NVIDIA has ever produced. The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card series fills the $199-$259 price points, but what about those that want to spend less and still have all the same features? NVIDIA didn’t forget about you guys and has just recently released the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB video card that is aimed at the $179-$199 price points. Will cutting the memory in half ruin performance or create a budget killer?
Last month, Legit Reviews benchmarked a pair of Radeon HD 3850’s on the day they were launched, but didn’t have a pair of Radeon HD 3870’s to include in the article. We have now received a pair of ATI Radeon 3870 graphics cards to test and compare to all the other cards we have on the test bench. Read on to see how the ATI Radeon HD 3870 does as a single card and in CrossFire on recent game titles like Bioshock, Crysis and Call of Duty 4!
Is your hard drive getting a little toasty? Don’t want to add another fan to your system because it’s loud or will not fit? The Ultra Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler with Heatpipes is said to dissipate heat efficiently and quietly. With passive thermal heat dissipation using fan-less operation, high-performance sintered powder heatpipes and top heatsink fins this cooler should help. Read on if to see if it is right for your build and if it even works.
A first in customizable PC peripherals, the Saitek Photo Mouse functions as a compact, mobile picture frame. Print out your favorite photograph, cut it to the right size using the template provided, position it under the Photo mouse’s transparent cover and secure it by closing the cover. Is the Saitek Photo Mouse a perfect stocking stuffer for someone in your life?
Legit Reviews has published several articles covering the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT video card series, but today we bring you our first article on a production card from the folks over at XFX. The XFX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card has improved cooling and higher core clock frequencies than the reference design, so things should get interesting. Read on to see how the changes impact the card.
With the holidays coming up you’re going to be looking for those little things for stocking stuffers. The DataTraveler Mini Fun Flash drive series from Kingston are fun looking and small enough to fit in nearly any stocking. The DataTraveler Mini Fun lets you carry all of your data with you, wherever you go and is available in capacities up to 4GB. Read on to see if the Mini Fun is right for you or is a possible gift idea.
When LR first looked at various DDR3 memory modules back in July they were running 1333MHz and had timings that ranged from 7-7-7-20 to 9-9-9-24, which didn’t sound too impressive to enthusiasts. We were recently testing some new memory kits from Corsair Memory and was able to reach 4-4-4-12 timings at 1333MHz and even higher! The days of saying DDR3 can’t do tight timings are long gone.
OCZ recently unveiled the Vendetta CPU cooler as their leading-edge yet affordable cooling solution. Using a distinctive, highly efficient heat pipe and fin design developed by Xigmatek, combined with a low-noise fan, the Vendetta is built to tackle heat on today’s enthusiast system builds. The Vendetta’s three copper heat pipes actually make direct contact with the processor! Read on to see how the OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler does!