Hardware Roundup: Friday Edition

Nemo - March 7, 2008 06:14AM in Affiliate News

As another week draws to a close our roundup includes some worthy pieces. We don't have the usual deluge of video cards reviews today, but there is an interesting article from PC Perspective as NVIDIA Comments on Ray Tracing and Rasterization Debate. For our lone videocard review you can check out Radeon HD 3870 X2 in Crossfire X at TweakTown. As we wait for the updated Phenom B3 stepping processors to arrive, Tech Report examines Phenom compatibility, TLB workaround options exposed. While Intel's updated X48 chipset has not been officially released, we've seen several boards based on that platform show up in our roundup (OCC reviewed the Gigabyte X48-DQ6 Gigabyte X48-DQ6 ). Today we get a look at another offering, this time from TechSpot in their Testing Intel's X48 chipset: ASUS P5E3 Premium WiFi review. Next up are two reviews dealing with Patriot memory, both of them DDR2 versions. TweakTown looks at some 1150MHz modules in Patriot Memory PC2-9200 2GB EP DDR2 Kit. Virtual-Hideout has a set from their extreme performance series with the Patriot Viper PC2-6400XLK 2GB Memory Kit. We're all familiar with Seagate at its series of hard drives and many have been impressed with its 1TB drives. Seagate also makes a line of enterprise-class SATA drives dubbed the ES.2. So what sets it apart from the consumer-level models? Higher mean-time-to failure ratings, 24/7 duty cycle ratings and greater rotation vibration tolerance for use in multi-drive arrays are just some of the characteristics. Today HotHardware has a shot at the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 1TB Hard Drive to see hot it stacks up to other drives. Phase change is synonymous with exotic cooling. Maybe not quite up there with LN2, but it's one form of cooling few attempt on their own. Many of those that do end up building their own setups from scratch or from scavenged parts. There are a few commercial units available though, and TweakTown gives us a look at the OCZ Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler. ThinkComputers reviews the Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Gaming Headset. Those looking for more bandwidth out of their wireless LAN setup should check out the TRENDnet TEW-637AP Wireless N Access Point from Techgage. Cooler Master has updated its successful Cosmos case line withan all-aluminum version which you can read about in the Cooler Master Cosmos S from Bjorn3D. Wrapping up, Tech ARP has updated its Mobile GPU Comparison Guide.