Pat Gelsinger was on stage and kicked off IDF 2008 by giving the audience an overview of this year’s show. Pat Gelsinger is going to talk about Digital Enterprise and Mobility this afternoon, so he handed things over to former CEO Craig Barrett to get the ball rolling. Read on to see what was talked about at the opening keynote!
The cost of high performance video cards has dropped drastically in the last year. Gone are the days of the GeForce 8800 Ultra reigning supreme and gone are the $600-$1000 cards needed to game at high resolutions. The HD 4870 is AMD’s fastest single-GPU card available on the market and packs quite a punch for a graphics card that can be found for under $250 after rebate. Read on to see how the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 does against a number of other cards in the same price range.
Last month on July 1st, Corsair Memory announced the immediate availability of a new DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2133MHz. The launch of this memory kit made it the world’s fastest DDR3 memory solution in production volume, a title that it still holds over a month later. Read on to see how this kit does on an EVGA nForce 790i SLI Ultra motherboard at 2135MHz.
Today we look at a Kingston HyperX 2GB 1800MHz DDR3 memory that has been certified under the Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Intel XMP) validation program to offer PC builders and gaming enthusiasts automatic setup when using select Intel X38/X48-series chipsets. Read on to see how the kit performs against DDR3 memory kits running at 1333MHz/1600MHz and then when overclocked!
The 9600GT is one of the premier mid-range graphic cards on the market today. The XFX GeForce 9600GT XXX Edition takes this mid-range card and pumps up performance with a factory overclock and non-reference cooler. Read on to see how the XFX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB DDR3 XXX Alpha Dog does against the more expensive GeForce 8800 GT graphics card in a number of games!
The Palit Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card is finally released now that AMD has lifted the embargo on the fastest graphics card in the world. See how this card is redefining the world of computer graphics with its pair of GPUs and 2GB of GDDR5 memory! See how the Radeon HD 4870 X2 performs in CrossFireX versus a number of leading NVIDIA GeForce GTX products.
The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 handsfree Bluetooth speakerphone provides a safer, legal alternative to talking on your cell phone while you drive. Voice prompts provide assistance to help you connect the device with your phone and upload your address book. With up to 15 hours of talk time and a charge time of just 3 hours is this Bluetooth speakerphone right for you? Read on to find out!
AMD has finally released the AMD 790GX chipset for enthusiasts around the world. The AMD 790GX chipset is designed for performance gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike, and promises to deliver outstanding gaming as well as full HD video performance. With the AM2+ processor in mind the AMD 790GX Chipset along with the ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics core provides awesome gaming compatibility and fantastic multimedia capabilities right out of the box at an ultra competative price.
Today we are looking at the CS-Monolize case from Tagan. Everyone may know Tagan for their power supplies, now they expanding to the realm of enthusiast cases, and they went big. The Tagan Monolize features a pair of huge 250mm side blue LED Fan with control on the side door for some serious airflow!
The new NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT is touted as the perfect and best performing mainstream graphics board solution on the market today. The GeForce 9500 GT can be found for just $69.99, needs no external power connector and has a maximum board power rating of just 50 Watts. Very impressive for a board that supports PhysX techology, CUDA applications like [email protected] and can still run intense 3D games!
The Intel Atom and VIA Nano processors have been making a ton of noise in the market place as they are inexpensive, energy efficient and fit into sleek and sexy devices that consumers are looking for today. Armed with the VIA Nano processor and the Intel Atom processor, I can now do a direct performance comparison against two of the most talked about processors for 2008.
The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU cooler features H.D.T (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) which offers better cooling due to the direct contact between the copper heat pipes and processor. The HDT-S1283 includes a 120mm cooling fan, anti-vibration fan screws, spoiler design, and an installation process that anyone can do. The three 8mm U type heat-pipes look like they will take care of business as they are exposed and move the heat away from the CPU.
Designed for enthusiasts with extreme over-clocking and gaming performance in mind, the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS5 is based on the killer combination of the newest Intel X48 chipset plus support for the latest 45nm multi-core processors. The GA-X48-DS5 is CrossFireX enabled with true dual PCI-E 2.0 x16 connectivity for the ultimate in extreme gaming performance and has a BIOS full of overclocking features. Read on to see if this board is right for you.
In recent months EVGA introduced the EVGA UV Plus+ UV-16 USB 2.0 video adapter. This device allows you to take any available USB port on your Desktop or Notebook computer and turn it into an additional video output for use with another display. For under $75 the UV Plus+ UV-16 can handle up to 1600×1200 resolutions and doesn’t need a video card to operate!
We recently compared the power consumption levels of an ASUS P5E3 Premium [email protected] Edition to the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 motherboard. In the article we discovered that the ASUS P5E3 Premium was more efficient, but declared consumers the overall winner as both boards lower power usage. Since the review was posted we have gotten negative feedback about the boards we used for testing and have a new motherboard and new test results!