Hardware Roundup: Wednesday Edition
As most of you know, CeBit 2008 is currently underway (see OCC's coverage of the show) and that means lots of new product announcements from various manufacturers. With yesterday's announcement of the 780G chipset from AMD comes several initial looks at what that holds for those looking for an integrated graphics solution or perhaps for anyone wanting to implement an ATI Hybrid Graphics setup. PC Perspective has the AMD 780G Chipset Preview - Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H, HotHardware weighs in with AMD 780G Chipset and Athlon X2 4850e Preview and Legit Reviews offers the AMD 780G Chipset Motherboard Preview. Keeping things cool is a tough job and enthusiasts are faced with the decision of water vs. air. Today we have an entry in each category starting with the AlphaCool NexXxos XP2 Bold Waterblock from PC Apex. TweakTown evaluates the Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler - does lower cost mean lower performance? DDR3 memory has yet to totally replace DDR2 modules with price being one of the biggest drawbacks. However, you can't argue with the higher speeds some of these kits offer and the Patriot Memory PC3-15000 2GB Dual Channel Kit from Viper Lair is one of those products. Virtual-Hideout tests the OnAir USB HDTV-GT Receiver & DVR for PC (reviewed by OCC HERE). Intel has been touting its low-power Silverthorne processor and this week they officially launched the lineup under the Atom brand name. The Intel Atom & Centrino Atom Technology Report from Tech ARP gives us a further look into what's in store. We have two 9600GT videocards in today's roundup. The first comes from PCSTATS as they review the Foxconn 9600GT-512NOC Geforce 9600GT Videocard. Bjorn3D tests the XFX 9600GT 512MB. Companies protect their corporate networks with a variety of hardward appliances that filter out viruses, spam and other nasties. Home users are left with a variety of software solutions that can be resource hogs and often require multiple different products for full protection. The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico Security Mini-Computer is a palm-sized hardware alternative for Windows machines and ThinkComputers gives us a rundown on this little device. Ending up today's round are two gaming peripherals. PC Apex has the Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse and TweakTown has the Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard.