A Couple of Mobos, an X800 Review, Memory & Much More
Good afternoon folks! I apologize for the later than usual start today. I've been grinding away at a couple of reviews and totally lost track of time! I'll make it up to you though - there's LOTs of good stuff to get posted. And if I'm productive in the next couple of hours, we'll have some new content of our own for you as well...
"Want a FireGL workstation card but can't afford to pay ATI's exhorbitant prices? Well, why don't you grab a Radeon desktop card and mod it into a FireGL card? Yes, you can easily mod a Radeon into the FireGL with just a simple BIOS flash!
Our guide will go through all the possible FireGL mods for the Radeon 8500, 9500, 9600, 9700 and 9800 series of cards and teach you just how to mod your Radeon into a FireGL! Check it out!"
"Today we have taken a look at the Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 workstation and entry level server motherboard which is packed full of onboard features to make both gamers and system admins grin. Cameron checks out the exact specifics of the motherboard and then compares with our usual suite of benchmarks focusing mostly on gaming performance."
"I cannot say anything bad about the board it just seems to be very much the same as too many others I have seen. I know Shuttle will probably not like to hear this, but it is the truth nonetheless. For many people this board will suit your needs in everyway as most do not go over their hardware with a fine tooth comb like my insane geek persona does and if you just want stability and ease of use you will not be disappointed with the AN51R. OEM's would be most pleased by this boards overall performance and stability as well as the price that it can be obtained when purchased in quantity buys. Well the AN51R is a solid as they come as far as stability and performance are concerned and no issues were found in those areas. My whole take on the board is that as good and reliable as it is nothing really stands out and grabs my attention as a really wow feature. Don't get me wrong the on/off buttons on the board and the reset button on the rear panel is cool, just not wow. That does not mean the board is not a solid product, but it does keep me from giving it an Editor's Choice Award."
"AMD is doing a tremendous job making 64-bit processors available for the desktop machine. The usual lot of chipset providers jumped to the table and assembled motherboards to once again rally behind AMD. The VIA K8T800 chipset is among the most widely adopted and deployed chipset brining high performance and nearly limitless expansion to home PC machines. Sharing the spotlight with the nVidia chipset has become a constant ordeal for VIA, which makes even the most minute feature as important as rock solid stability. Albatron has sent us the K8X800 Pro II which is based on the VIA K8T800 chipset. Though the name of the motherboard suggests it, the implemented chipset is the K8T800 "non-pro" which will leave us in Overclocking peril without a PCI/AGP lock in place. Still, the motherboard does sport a long feature list!"
"A couple months ago, I reviewed the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro and was quite impressed by the performance it offered, especially when compared to the former ATI flagship video card -- the 9800 XT. In this review, I take a look at another card from Sapphire. It happens to be another X800 Pro, but this one is much different from the previous card, which was simply a copy of ATI's reference design with a different sticker on the cooler.
The card on the review bench this time is the Sapphire Toxic X800 Pro VIVO, and it is an entirely different kind of beast. Under the hood, it's still a X800 Pro of course, but Sapphire has tweaked more than just a couple things that will undoubtedly make you raise an eye-brow or two. For those of you keeping track at home, the Sapphire Ultimate series is out, and the Toxic series is in."
"Today at GamePC, we've got a small roundup of DDR2 memory modules, all of which have just hit the market within the last month. We've grabbed DDR2-533 memory modules from Samsung, Infineon, and Corsair to see if there is any difference in performance between them. We also ran some tests to determine which is the more important factor in buying DDR2 memory, CAS latency or clock speed."
"Since we first published our article on how to build a DEAD SILENT PC almost two years ago, components have only gotten hotter and hotter (especially on the Intel side). Those seeking silent PC operation for their high end PC's are going to have to take more drastic measures than ever before.
The Zalman Reserator 1 fanless water cooler is one of those products that you would have never imagined to exist until you saw one in person. You're probably heard of it right now, so check out our review of the newest version of the Reserator 1 to find out how it performs!"
All right, I've really got to get back to work! While you're here, make sure to enter our Corsair giveaway! There may be 1GB work of RAM in it for you!