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The folks at HardwareZone have taken Intel's current flagship Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, and run it through a battery of benchmarks while overclocked to 3.33GHz using a 1333MHz front side bus frequency, and while overclocked to 3.6GHz.  Big gains across the board, of course.  And a hint at what Intel has in store in the months ahead. "You know its performance and you know its technologies. In this article, we explore the possibilities of a 1333MHz PSB on the Core 2 Extreme X6800 as well as some good old fashioned overclocking - complete with benchmarks of course."... Read more...
QUAD NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY MAKES EXTREME HD GAMING A REALITY FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF CROWD SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 9, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme high-definition gaming (XHD) - with resolutions of up to 2560 x1600 - a possibility for hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts. Enthusiasts can... Read more...
[H]consumer - sister site of [H]ard|OCP, has taken a look at an EN-NE8 Nitro Extreme system from PC Club to see if they've made good on their earlier commitment to improving their technical support. According to the quote below, it doesn't seem like things went very well... "Given the facts that the support you receive may vary greatly and that PC Club continues to have issues in contacting customers, your money might be better spent at another integrator, especially if you're looking for the full OEM customer service experience. If you're merely in the market for a no-frills, hardware-only investment, you won't find many other vendors that can match PC Club's prices."... Read more...
Intel has lifted the NDA on their new Core 2 Duo line of desktop processors, formerly known as "Conroe", and the review madness has begun. You can read our article by clicking here, and then when you're done be sure to check out some of the other articles from around the web... AnandTech (Woodcrest) GD Hardware GotFrag [H]ard|OCP - 1, 2, 3, 4 Hardware Secrets Legion Hardware MadboxPC NeoSeeker Overclockers Australia Phoronix SimHQ The Tech Report Trusted Reviews TweakTown Chinese website, Coolaler, has numbers showing a X6800 overclocked to 5.266Ghz achieving sub-10 seconds on Super Pi 1M!   We'll be posting more Conroe reviews from around the web as they become available... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel's desktop processors have been playing second fiddle to AMD's Athlon 64 in a number of ways. Both single and dual-core variants of the Athlon 64 have been at the top of most benchmark charts essentially since their introduction, and AMD's processors have been more energy efficient as well.  Conversely, since the introduction of the Prescott core, Intel's processors have earned a somewhat notorious reputation for running hot and consuming more than their fare share of power. This scenario has played out since September of 2003, when AMD first released the Athlon 64 FX-51. But it all ends today. A while back Intel announced that they would be abandoning... Read more...
Good Evening All!   Tonight we seriously have a HOT one for ya.  Voodoo PC's new OMEN CrossFire is on the test bench and we're poppin' the hood down on Sunset Strip for all to see.  2.95GHz of Athlon 64 power, coupled with a pair of Radeon X1900 XTs, expertly liquid-cooled throughout.  It's drool time people. ... Read more...
It almost goes without saying that we'd all love to have enough disposable income to be able to afford the best-of-the-best, top-shelf, ultra-high-end, no compromise products, whether it be a 36 foot Chris Craft Corsair with 840hp of Mercruiser under its decks (in the aft section, by the way, the wet bar and mini fridge are in the bow) or perhaps the fastest Gaming Rig money can buy.  Fortunately for many of you, the technically elite members of our audience, an ultra-high-end Gaming Rig can be built with your own hands and a few key off-the-shelf components.  However, semi-custom pre-built systems can offer features and build quality that the average enthusiast... Read more...
About three months ago, we took a look at the Pentium Extreme Edition 955, which was Intel's first Extreme Edition processor built using the company's then brand-new 65nm manufacturing process. Each of the 955XE chip's two cores hummed along at a lofty 3.46GHz, and we found its performance to be quite good when compared to Intel's previous dual-core and single-core offerings. The Pentium Extreme Edition 955 was clearly Intel's fastest desktop dual-core processor in our tests, and due to the inherent benefits of the more advanced manufacturing process, the chip consumed much less power than its predecessor under-load, even though it was clocked almost 10% higher and was equipped with double the... Read more...
Adrian's Rojak Pot has a review of Mushkin's new high speed, low latency DDR2 memory. The Mushkin 2G XP2-5300 Extreme Performance is able to run with timings of 3-3-3-10, using 2.3v(which is covered by warranty), and keeps cool thanks to Mushkin's unique heat spreader design. "Of course, all that overclockability is due to the increased voltage that the Mushkin XP2-5300 modules run at. Unlike regular DDR2 modules, these modules are rated to run at a minimum of 2.1V. If you want to seriously overclock it, you need to further increase the voltage to 2.3V or higher."... Read more...
Air cooling at it's best? That's a pretty bold statement to make, but as ExtremeMHz reports, the AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T might just pull it off. Equipped with 140mm fans, this could be the best choice for you if you don't want to take a chance with water. "When I first heard about this case, I just had to get my hands one as I've been patiently waiting to see which company would jump the gun and release a case with fans larger than 120mm. When it comes to PC cases, all manufacturers have really hit a standstill in terms of providing better air cooling. While 120mm fans paired with a superbly designed case can indeed provide sufficient cooling... Read more...
The Tech Report does their usual thorough job evaluating ECS's KA1 MVP Extreme motherboard. This mobo is based on the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset, and sports supplemental PCI Express based Gigabit Ethernet and SATA RAID controllers. We'll be including this board in an upcoming CrossFire motherboard round-up we've got in the works. "The latest of ECS's Extreme offerings is the KA1 MVP, a Socket 939 motherboard that combines ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipset with PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet and Serial ATA RAID. That looks like a decent spec on paper; however, we enthusiasts are a picky lot, and we demand more... Read more...
If you're in the market for a powerful AGP graphics card, Motherboards.org has something on tap you'll want to check out. They've just posted a review of XFX's GeForce 7800 GS Extreme Edition. It's one of the fastest and most feature rich AGP graphics cards available. "There's still an upgrade market for the AGP user. After all there's literally hundreds of millions of systems based upon the old standard still in use today. The 7800GS AGP Extreme Edition is positioned to take advantage of the fact that the last ATI AGP high-end card, the X850XT PE is still based upon SM 2.0. One thing that the card has going for it is the availability. The 6800... Read more...
Adrian certainly makes a good point with the fact that the majority of people aren't gaming on the fastest hardware, as hardware surveys such as the one at Steampowered.com will show. Today they review the ASUS Extreme N7300GS, which is part of Nvidia's 7x00 family, but is it fast enough to run any of today's games? "While the focus is always on the sexy, high-end cards, the reality is that most cards being sold today are lower-end cards. Today, we will take a look at the latest entry-level card to come out of the ASUS factory - the ASUS Extreme N7300GS. Based on the new NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS GPU, this card will be simple and affordable. But... Read more...
HardOCP has managed to get their hands on the new ASUS Extreme N7800GT single-card SLI behemoth and run it through its paces. I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind the ability to have SLI performance with a single graphcis card in our already cluttered systems. Head on over to the review to see if the switch to a single PCB results in any degredation in performance over traditional 2-card SLI solutions. Just be sure to have reasonable expectations of the card as illustrated in the quote below.  Also, check our preview of the product here, for comparison purposes.Now to be clear here, you still must have an NVIDIA SLI motherboard in order to use this dual GPU card from ASUS. Also, you cannot... Read more...
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