Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition
Overclocking on a budget can be a frustrating experience. Fudzilla takes the Celeron E1200 1.6GHz and pushes it to 3.1GHz. Not bad for a processor that can be had for under $60US. Lately it seems as if all the motherboard news has been about Intel-based boards and their X38/X48 chipsets. What little we've seen regarding about motherboards for AMD systems has been about AMD's own 790FX chipset boards as part of their Spider platform. NVIDIA has a new chipset now for Phenom/Athlon 64 processors dubbed MCP78 and officially referred to as the GeForce 8200. Today we get a chance to look at a board based on this platform with the NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Preview - Palit N78S. There are some interesting features here like hybrid SLI that combines the power of a separate graphics card with the onboard GPU. AMD/ATI's CrossFireX technology allows for a lot more flexibility in combining multiple graphics cards, evening allowing you to use different ATI cards in a mix. PC Perspective takes a look at the yet unreleased driver set in their AMD Quad-CrossFire - CrossFireX Performance Preview. Madshrimps investigates the Seagate 750GB Recertified Hard Drive as a way to add a large amount of storage at a reduced cost. ThinkComputers brings us their review of the Sigma Shark 635W Power Supply (check out OCC's own review HERE). Noctua is a name we're seeing more of lately and we head back to Madshrimps for their look at the Noctua NH-U12P CPU Heatsink (also reviewed by OCC HERE). Modding fans will want to check out Animating Multilayered Engravings over at MetkuMods. For a look at one of Corsairs top of the line memory kits, check out Corsair Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN G Kit at HotHardware. Next in line are a pair of reviews for the audiophiles and gamers out there. Overclockers Online has the eDimensional AudioFX Pro 5+1 Headset that offers a comfortable surround sound experience. For a decent set of headphones for under $100 see what motherboards.org has to say about the TRITTON AX51 5.1 Headphones. There's more about Toshiba's recent exit from the high-definition format wars from TweakTown in their Interview with Toshiba GM, Mark Whittard. And we finish up with Tech ARP and its article on Bad Pool Header In Windows XP.