Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition
Our Friday roundup seems to have picked up a bit after yesterday's lull with a good mix of items. Tech ARP starts off with a bit of news telling us Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week, at least for OEMs. PC Perspective has some additional news in their podcast as they look at AMD Q4 results, NVIDIA ESA, VIA Isaiah x86 CPU, AMD 3870 X2 and more. The AMD Spider platform is designed for its line of Phenom processors. Today we get a chance to examine the MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard from HotHardware. For Intel fans we have two more boards from MSI based on the P35 chipset. First in the queue is a TweakTown review of the MSI P35 Diamond Motherboard. This board supports DDR3 memory and offers onboard X-Fi sound. Buying a new board based on the P35 chipset means choosing between DDR2 and DDR3 memory formats. The are trade offs involved with going with either format. Viper Lair reviews the MSI P35 Platinum Combo board that offers you the option of using either memory type. What could be easier? Then there's the choice of which processor to buy. TechSpot has a look at Intel Core 2 Duo 45nm Wolfdale vs. 65nm Conroe to see what the new 45nm technology has to offer. Back over at TweakTown we get a look at the ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler that uses a passive design but also allows you to attach a 120mm fan. Also in the cooling arena, Techgage pits two aftermarket VGA coolers against each other in their GeForce 8800 GTS/GTX Cooler Comparison. Next off you get to compare two other products with the Razer Pro|Click Mac Gaming Mouse at Virtual-Hideout and the Steelseries Ikari Optical Gaming Mouse at Tweaknews. Computer builders are always looking for the perfect place to house their rigs. With so many choices it's always a tough decision and motherboards.org has a look at the Ultra Products M998 Case. Your iPhone deserves a case of its own as well. The Otterbox for iPhone Defender Series at ThinkComputers is a good way to protect your investment. Bjorn3D has a review of the Thermaltake Muse X-Duo Raid external storage unit. Finally PCSTATS has another installment in their ongoing series with the Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in WindowsXP.