Dual-core Opteron, Gigabyte Radeon X800 (GV-RX80256D) and More.

AMD's dual-core Opteron processors reviewed at TR:

"We've had a pair of dual-core Opteron processors on the test bench for some time now, and we're pleased to report some rather impressive results. AMD's dual-core design is something more than just a pair of CPUs glued together on a single piece of silicon, and this design choice yields a performance dividend. Keep reading to see how the new Opteron 275 stacks up against its Opteron predecessors and against Intel's latest "Nocona" Xeons. We also have a head-to-head battle of single-socket, dual-core workstation processors: the Opteron 175 versus the Pentium Extreme Edition 840."

Gigabyte Radeon X800 (GV-RX80256D) @ Bjorn3D:

"Gigabyte seems to be making a push to be a favorite video card vendor among people who want a silent PC, like those with a home theater PC or those who have spent a lot of extra money on other quiet components. Both are very good reasons to get a video card that is as silent as possible. Noise from a cooler always comes from the fan, so the best way to make a cooler quiet is by making it fanless. Gigabyte has done this with their Silent-Pipe technology. Essentially, it is a heat pipe design that pulls heat away from the graphics chip and transfers it to the back of the board. This makes it a completely silent video card."

Get our take on the GV-RX80256D here.

DDR-2 Memory Investigation Guide – Making sense of memory settings @ Tweaktown:

"In our latest guide we investigate DDR-2 memory on the Intel Pentium 4 platform and the differences between high bandwidth and timings to figure out which offers the best system performance. What is better - higher clock speed or super tight timings? We discuss the reasons why one is better than the other and prove our claims through a range of different system configuration benchmarks."