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Hardware Roundup: Monday Edition

Category: Video Cards, Motherboards, CPU's, Software, Digital Photography/Video, CPU Cooling, VGA Cooling
Posted: 06:41AM

Our week gets started with a lot of ground to cover.  Intel-based systems are dominating the roundup today so if that's your platform of choice we have a lot to offer.  LostCircuits leads off with an in-depth look at Intel's SkullTrail Extreme Platform.  By now you are most likely aware that Skulltrail is a dual-processor platform with Crossfire and SLI support.  You may have also noticed it will require a serious wallet to implement.  However, there are alternatives based on other Intel chipsets such as the P35 and X38 as well as the upcoming X48.  Today we have a chance to examine motherboards based on two of those platforms.  ThinkComputers reviews the ASUS Maximus Formula Intel X38 Motherboard.  If you've been wondering about the X48 and what it offers over the previous generation you can check out the MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard at RBMods.  To round out the news, Tech ARP has an article on Intel G45 & G43 Chipset Details.  Not all the news is around Intel's chipsets though.  NVIDIA has a new chipset supporting PCI-E 2.0 and the Intel 45nm CPUs, so if you're currently looking for SLI support you need to check out the EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard at motherboards.org.  A quiet, but effective, way to cool your processor is the goal of the CoolIT PURE Silent Liquid CPU Cooler reviewed at Techgage.  Thermalright is well-known among enthusiasts for it extreme air-cooling products.  When you combine that name with a name like Inferno Fire eXtinguisher you end up with the Thermalright IFX-14 CPU Cooler and this one is truly a monster with room for up to three 140mm fans.   Madshrimps gives us the chance to see what this behemoth can do.  For those looking for a more traditional air cooling solution you can check out the TweakTown review of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler.  Your CPU is not the only item in your machine needing cooling.  Virtual-Hideout takes a look at the Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler to see how well it performs.  Today's roundup also features more opportunities to check out the latest video cards from AMD/ATI as Fudzilla has their article HD3870 and HD3850 mix tested in Crossfire and Bjorn3D evaluates the PowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS.  Just how well do those cards perform?  Every review has some sort of reference to a set of results from one or more benchmarks.  [H]ardocp challenges that approach in its Benchmarking the Benchmarks article.  We've had the opportunity to look at several software packages from Uniblue here at OCC and today Tweak News has another in that lineup with the UniBlue Process Scanner Software.  Last, but not least, there is the OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner at Overclockers Online.

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