Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition
Leading off our roundup today is continuing coverage of AMD's recently announced 780G chipset with an item from Tech Report titled, appropriately enough, AMD's 780G chipset. Also in the lineup is AMD 780G Chipset / AMD Athlon X2 4850e Platform from motherboards.org. Continuing on with more news regarding AMD, we have a chance to look at three pieces about the HD 3870 X2 videocards. AMD just released ATI Catalyst 8.3 that includes official support for their CrossfireX technology and [H]ardocp presents their ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 CrossFireX Evaluation to see just what kind of gaming experience you can expect from a quad-GPU setup. 3dGameMan has a comparison of the HIS HD 3870 X2 vs. BFG 8800 GTX and specifically looks at each card's performance in the game Crysis. The third article comes from RBMods as they look at the Asus EAH3870X2 Videocard. Next we move on to power supplies. PC Power & Cooling is certainly regarded by most as being at the top of the food chain when it comes to power supplies. [H]ardocp has a critical look at the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860 Power Supply to see if this unit can measure up to the standards one expects from a PSU from this company. There are other players in the market though and many provide quality units as well. 3dGameMan checks out the Tagan BZ 1100watt Power Supply to determine if its feature set and performance are worthy of the price. Quad core processors may get a lot of folks excited, but until software and games are able to fully make use of all four cores, dual-core CPUs still hold a lot of interest for some, especially in terms of higher clock speeds and greater potential overclocking ability. Intel's Wolfdale family of 45nm processors are coming out and Neoseeker presents the Intel E8500 Review & Overclocking Analysis (OCC has a recent review HERE). The Honeywell SecuraDrive 1.8-inch 80GB USB Hard Drive from ThinkComputers is worth a look as it combines both high capacity and portability in a compact form. Green is the new black and TweakTown has the latest news from the MSI ECOlution press event from Taipei. Those interested in upgrading to Microsoft's latest OS, especially with SP1 coming out should take a look at Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista from PCSTATS.