Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition
Monday rolls around again and we have quite a few reviews in tour roundup this morning. For the video card section Fudzilla dissects the PowerColor HD 3850 1GB complete with a factory overclock and a ZEROTherm after market cooler. Also from the ATI camp Techgage reviews the ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB. Moving over to the NVIDIA side, there is the Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GT ZL 512Mb Video Card from Madshrimps. This card also features a factory overclock and an after market cooler, but this one is from Zalman. If you're curious to find out how the upcoming 9600 series of cards from NVIDIA will perform you need to check out the NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT 512MB G94 review from TweakTown. We'll have to wait to see about NVIDIA's pricing and ability to deliver sufficient stock levels on this new card. PC Perspective returns with its latest news with the release of Podcast #22 - Skulltrail, NVIDIA buying AGEIA, AMD merger talk and more!. You've been treated to several articles in our roundup regarding Intel's new Skulltrail platform. Some of Intel's partners are also scheduled to release boards based on the the dual socket LGA771 configuration and HotHardware has the Asus Z7S WS Skulltrail Motherboard Exclusive Sneak Peek for your perusal. So where does that leave you if you want a single processor setup based on the LGA775 socket? Check out the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core Processor at Tech ARP. They also updated their Intel Core 2 Performance Comparison Guide to include the QX9650 numbers. For the latest in DDR3 memory, Overclockers Online evaluates the Patriot Viper Extreme 2x1024MB PC3-15000. Acrylic and home theater PCs are both segments of the specialty case market. Combine the two and you get the Sunbeam Acrylic HTPC Case and Overclocker Cafe checks it out. RBMods has a look at the Ultra X2 Extreme Edition 750W Power Supply. HotHardware also treats us to a look at a prebuilt performance system in their Maingear Ephex 3-Way SLI Gaming System review. ThinkComputers offers up a look at a pair of notebooks today with its Lenovo ThinkPad T61p 14.1-inch & 15.4-inch Laptops. With terabyte hard drives seeming to rule the roost in terms of size the sweet spot in terms of cost per gigabyte is in the 500GB-750GB models and ExtremeMHz has the Seagate 750GB SATA II Hard Drive up for review. With drive prices falling and storage requirements increasing perhaps its time to invest in a nice RAID array. The HighPoint RocketRAID 3120 at Bjorn3D is one way to achieve that goal without breaking the bank. PCSTATS has a look at the Samsung Syncmaster 275T 27-inch LCD Display, a sweet-looking display offering good ergonomic features and HDCP support.