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Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition

Category: Affiliate News
Posted: 06:13AM

Our roundup of reviews from our affiliates begins with a look at the Silent Zilent MSI 8800 GT from Fudzilla.  This card has a slight overclock from the factory along with  a Zalman VGA cooler running a silent 75mm fan that managed to drop temperatures 17 degrees C below the reference design.  DDR2 memory is still very much in the mainstream due to price/performance advantages over costlier DDR3 memory.  Today RBMods has a look at the Asus P5K Pro Motherboard based on the Intel P35 chipset.  We move on to a Intel X38 based board in Madshrimps review of the DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R S775 Motherboard where we get a chance to examine the differences between the P35 and X38 chipsets.  So, what happens if you don't want to make the commitment to DDR3 memory because of the cost, yet don't want to be stuck with 'old' DDR2 memory down the road?  Take a look at the MSI P35 Platinum Combo from Neoseeker for a board that can support either format.  With Intel having made its extreme Skulltrail platform official along with releasing pricing details, most of us can only dream of building such a rig.  Based on current prices, two QX9775 processors and a D5400XS motherboard would set you back close to $4,000US (no, that's not a typo).  What if there was a cheaper way to build a similar system?  Head on over to Techgage for their Building an Affordable "Skulltrail" System.  PC perspective has a look at Alienware m9750 Notebook which boasts SLI graphics, RAID 0 SATA and a dual-core processor.  Networked attached storage is a perfect way to add the ability to share files among networked computers.  Today  ThinkComputers evaluates the Buffalo LinkStation EZ 500GB Network-Attached Storage Device.  As drives increase in size along with our storage requirements, the need to manage that capacity and back up your critical files grows as well.  The Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2008 Suite is one tool that answers the call and Bjorn3D checks it out.  FrostyTech has the Zalman ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller for those looking to keep fan noise to a minimum.  We've all heard the news this week of Toshiba's decision to exit the high-definition format market.  Today we get an inside look at the announcement from TweakTown in their Live @ Toshiba HD-DVD Press Conference in Sydney.  We end our tour of the web today with Confirmed Schedule Of Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Releases from Tech ARP.

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