500 Watt+ Round-up, Albatron Mobo and Others
Good Afternoon everyone, sorry about that later start today, yours truly got tied up in a meeting. Nonetheless, the inbox is getting full and time is running short so let's get down to business...
"To keep up with ever-advancing CPU's, video cards, and other components, Power Supplies have to get more powerful and advanced all the time. Occasionally, we like to collect some power supply units from various manufacturers, and contrast them in the latest test configurations."
"Albatron is a name you are probably becoming more familiar with these days. They make some of the best products available in the computer market. Their product line extends from Wifi Audio to SFF barebones and also Plasma screens. See how their motherboard ranks with the others we have tested."
"The first thing one notices about the GV-NX66T128P is the heatpipe Gigabyte have attached to their design. The card seems to be the exact same setup as their GV-NX66T128D 6600 video card but rather than featuring a heatsink and fan cooling solution, the 128P uses a heatpipe instead, which adds to the width and height of the card overall but barely. Attached to both sides is a large gold heatsink covering the blue PCB and a broze leaf-shaped cover on the front with the Gigabyte logo on it. But how does it cool? That depends, on a system good cooling there shouldn't be any problems but if you're already running a little hot you may want to watch out as the card heatsinks will heat up. The benefit though is that the cooling is of course completely silent with no fans on the unit, a definite plus for some although the most fans used today on cards don't have too much of a problem with noise but for those who want it deadly silent, it is a great way to go."
"Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at Shuttle's latest XPC to hit the market, the SN25P. The SN25P is the first Athlon64 based XPC system to boast PCI Express graphics support thanks to nVidia's nForce4 chipset. The system also boasts such new features as quad port SATA RAID, an 8-in-1 memory card reader, VIA Envy24 audio, and nVidia's integrated Gigabit Ethernet engine with hardware firewall."
"Seagate has just launched their brand new Barracuda 7200.8 hard disk drive for the consumer desktop market which promises to offer blazing fast performance. In this review of the new drive we compare the new 7200.8 against the older generation Barracuda 7200.7 as well as the Western Digital Raptor. In the wild you wouldn't expect a Raptor to be scared of a Barracuda but the food chain just might have made a bit of a change in favour of the big mean tropical fish."