Hardware Roundup: Friday EditionCategory: Video Cards, Memory, Power Supplies, Operating Systems, Mobile, Storage / Hard Drives, CPU Cooling
Posted: February 8, 2008 06:18AM
The work week draws to a close and our meanderings managed to turn up several power supply reviews in today's edition. PC Perspective kicks things off with the ABS/Tagan BZ800 800W Power Supply which is a modular unit sporting six +12V rails. Next up is the Antec NeoPower Blue 650W, another modular unit at Overclockers Online. Rounding out the power supply reviews today are two looks at a 750W unit from Ultra. Having two reviews of the same unit is always interesting and these two provide some worthwhile reading. The first look is the Ultra X2 750W Extreme Edition ATX Power Supply courtesy of the folks at Virtual-Hideout. They were careful to point out that their testing found good performance up to the roughly 350W load they were able to put on the unit. However, their review also links to the Ultra X2 Extreme Edition 750w Power Supply at [H]ardocp. I won't spoil your fun but [H] ramped up the load on the PSU and warns us to stay away from this unit and minces no words in saying so. To top it off, the unit claims SLI certification when, in fact, that is not the case. OK, moving on to video cards. Representing the red team we have the Overclocked MSI R3870 X2 at Fudzilla. Weighing in for the green team is the Leadtek 8800 GT 256MB aka G92 at Bjorn3D. Cooling things off in the CPU department we find the Tuniq Tower 120 Ultra Silent CPU Cooler at RBMods and the Asus Triton 75 Heatsink from FrostyTech. Both employ heatpipe technology and are designed for use with 120mm fans. Which one comes out on top? DDR3 memory prices continue to drop, even as speeds increase and Techgage has a look at one of the latest offering with their review of the OCZ 2GB DDR3-1600 Titanium - Intel XMP Edition. ThinkComputers checks out a different approach to equipping your computer with an external drive in their look at the Thermaltake BlacX USB Hard Drive Docking Station. PCSTATS returns with their Beginners Guides: Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery. Finally, Tech ARP has an overview of the Samsung SGH-i450 Music Edition Mobile Phone.