Good morning all! Most of us in the States are at the beginning of a 3-day weekend. While I know I look forward to it, I also welcome the extra time to work on a couple of sweet pieces of hardware. Speaking of hardware, AMDZone has the X850XT Platinum on tap, an impressive looking card. Make sure you check out Marco's take on this card too.
"As you can see the card is equipped with a copper heat sink and large red exhaust fan. The fan helps to reduce overall system temperature by drawing internal air over the heat sink and expelling it from the back of the computer. On the back of the card you will notice the metal band in the form of an L shape. This does two very important things, a it helps cool the memory by spreading the heat and b acts as a brace for the heat sink taking stress from the card itself."
"The Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 proved to be a solid and high performing board across all our testing and is a nice entry on Soltek's part for VIA's new PCI Express enabled K8T890. Overall, we were quite pleased with the motherboard and if you're looking for an alternative to NVIDIA for your Athlon PCI Express needs, the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 is certainly worthy of consideration."