Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 03/08/08

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Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 03/08/08
Every week Overclock3D's news mailbox is spammed full of content from partner sites around the globe. Even with a dedicated team of 50 news posters we just cant keep up! So here's a round-up of the best bits we've received over the past week:
Logitech G51 speakers were the first with prefix “G” (G as a short from gamer). Sound, as one of important component of any game, should be the best as possible, so engineers from Logitech did their best to satisfy expectations of most demanding users with this model. The first thing you’ll spot is definitely futuristic design of G51. Engineers from Logitech were probably led with idea that gamers have affections to that “futuristic” look. - InsideHW
We’ve yet to have a chance going hands-on with Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, so we unfortunately can’t speculate on what is likely to be one of the most important aspects of the game – the controls and balancing. If the PC port ends up suffering from Sloppy Conversion Disorder then it could bring the only game crashing down.bit-tech
Earlier this month Intel had announced the GMA X4500 series, which is their latest and greatest when it comes to integrated graphics processors. These IGPs were greeted by same-day Linux support (it had actually arrived before the chipset was announced), but it's still next to impossible to find motherboards using the G43 and G45 Chipsets that bear this IGP. Fortunately, however, our friends at Super Micro have come through and we have managed to get our hands on the C2SEA. The Super Micro C2SEA is an ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset in conjunction with an ICH10 Southbridge. This motherboard provides Intel GMA X4500HD graphics with VGA and HDMI interfaces. In this article, we are looking at the performance of this new Intel graphics processor under Linux. - Phoronix
NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GT Series is not really new. The performance, specification and GPU are identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT. Only a few minor features like Purevideo HD and Hybrid Power are present. At least Zotac showed a bit of creativity and added a bright orange PCB and higher clocks out of the box. - techPowerUp
VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor. At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah and the president of the design center that was tasked with making the processor was decidedly outspoken, which made for some exciting reporting. When news of the Isaiah core first broke, we hopped on the line with Glenn Henry, VIA's Centaur design center president, and got many questions answered regarding the processor's architecture, features, expected performance, and the company's plans for the CPU. We also covered the official announcement of the VIA Nano processor and detailed the exact models that would be available at launch. One thing we hadn't been able to do, however, was a direct performance comparison of the VIA Nano processor versus Intel's recently released Atom, which is target at the same market segment. Thankfully, we were recently given the opportunity to take a VIA Nano reference platform for a spin to see what it could do and will be presenting our results for you here today. - HotHardware.com
The AirTV-1000U DVB-T TV Tuner is something you would not expect from a company like AirLive. They are known for their excellent networking products, not TV Tuners. The USB based AirTV-1000U features some interesting features, like recording, EPG and time shifting support. - techPowerUp
For a budget motherboard, the M3N78 Pro offers leading-edge features like support for the latest AMD Phenom processors, PCI-Express 2.0, NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI Technology, which is available on Windows Vista only, and dual-channel DDR2 memory. Although this motherboard does not support traditional SLI using multiple discrete graphics cards, it does offer GeForce Boost and HybridPower technologies.NVNews.Net
The CoolIT Systems coolers are certainly a unique way to get into liquid cooling. They come pre-assembled and are maintenance free. We are taking a look at their dual card cooler for two GeForce 8800 GTXs, but CoolIT offers a very similar variant for the GTX 260/280 and for AMD cards as well.techPowerUp
PCGH dealt with the problem of micro stuttering on the Radeon HD 4870 X2. We also tried to illustrate the delicate problem with a video. - PCGH
Today for review I've got a bit of bling for you, we all like gold, no matter guy or girl, gold is something that signifies money, power and status in our society and has for many centuries, so how about a 24k gold plated USB drive? Super Talent has come out with a special version of their very popular Pico-C USB drive, this time they've gold plated it with 24 karat gold to add a bit of class and style to this already excellent and popular product. The Pico-C Gold is so small and looks so good that you could possibly wear it as a charm on a necklace or even a bracelet. Included with the Pico-C Gold is also a strong gold chain that can be used to attach the Pico-C to your keychain, phone or anywhere else you wish to. While the Pico-C does look good, looks aren't everything as we know, so I've put the Pico-C up against a few other popular USB drives on the market today from ATP, OCZ and Super Talents own as well.DragonSteelMods
Unfortunately, the C&C series has long been suffering, with hardcore fans lamenting some of the recent instalments after Westwood’s acquisition by Electronic Arts and others citing the console ports as signs of an impending apocalypse. Can this latest instalment in the Red Alert franchise restore the series to glory even in the eyes of the elitist hardcore? - bit-tech
Let's face it... the headset included with the Xbox 360 leaves a lot to be desired, which is why third-party companies come along and release their own products that aim to blow it away. We are taking a look at one such headset today, in the form of the Turtle Beach X3, and answer the question of whether or not it's worth its ~$90 price tag.Techgage
The G.Skill Pi Series goes a completely different route, than other high-end memory today. Instead of pushing the envelope on voltage, it gives you some crazy performance at default or close to default DDR2 voltage. - techPowerUp
The Lian-Li V1010 is the successor of the very popular V1000. It now incorporates some of the new and unique features, which you will find in the X2000 or X500, at a much lower price point. - techPowerUp
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