Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 13/07/08 Page: 1
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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:
A few moons ago, I wrote an article entitled “Where have all the Blu-rays gone? – But why the future is still bright!”. Essentially, the gist of the article was that even though at the time there was a distinct lack of new release Blu-ray titles, and the highlight of the upcoming release schedule was “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, it gave promise that the future was full of hope - bright, starry eyed hope. I am sorry to say that at the time I couldn’t exactly say why or how I knew this, nor could I be specific about many of the highly desired titles. You see, I’ve been writing for many years now, and have acquired many contacts from all facets of the DVD industry, from production to manufacturers, product reps and marketing. From time to time they chime in with bits and pieces of information which create a general ‘off the record’ picture of the industry. Whilst I would love to share the news, and revel in the popularity of making TweakTown hitting Google news for a few days, I doubt many of my contacts would ever speak to me again, so I hope you understand. - TweakTown Last October we had looked at the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe motherboard that was designed around the Intel X38 Chipset and it had arrived with its share of ASUS innovations such as ASUS AI Lifestyle, Crystal Sound,
and EZ DIY. In addition, this was the first motherboard on the market to feature DeviceVM's SplashTop, or Express Gate as it's called on the ASUS motherboards. Today at Phoronix we are looking at the updated version of the P5E3 Deluxe, which is now called the P5E3 Premium. The ASUS P5E3 Premium is similar to the earlier Deluxe model but is now engineered around Intel's newer X48 Chipset. - Phoronix
Cooler Master's new Ultimate Circuit Protection power supply is among the first to receive the prestigious 80plus Silver certificate for an efficiency of above 85%. With 900W of output power this PSU can easily handle every rig that you put it into. During our testing we saw very stable voltages, especially 3.3V and 5V delivered great results.
With so many options on the market right now, what makes the GTX 280 a good choice for anyone? The fact that it is the highest-performing card out there sure helps, but it's still not for everyone. To join this club, you better hope you have one massive resolution to push.
Today’s adventure takes us back once again to NVIDIA, which seems to be getting a lot of press lately. The introduction of the GTX200 Series GPU has brought NVIDIA new fame with impressive scores. And with the option of SLI, NVIDIA has another ace up its sleeve; the only chipsets to support it. Today we have the 790i SLI trio in the form of the ZOTAC 790i SLI, MSI P7N2 Diamond and of course the XFX 790i. Both ZOTAC and XFX are reference clones, where MSI has made some changes with pleasing results. - TweakTown
A-DATA is pushing the performance envelope with their Turbo series of CF cards. The series goes up to 16 GB and aims to give you the best possible performance - if you are willing to pay for it. - techPowerUp
We are testing the largest USB drive in such a compact form today. Packing 32Gb this OCZ Rally2 promises high performance and high capacity. It comes in classy black with fancy activity LED and carrying strap.
The X-Supra is a new mainstream case from Apevia, which features all the usual extras like a handful of colorful fronts, screw-less design and fan controller. On top of that you can go for a huge 250 mm side fan or a windowed variant with a smaller 120 mm fan. The special edition features a solid side panel.
For your working or recreational desktop environment, there's no definitive answer: it's all about how you use your system. More memory doesn't affect boot times in the right way, however having more things pre-cached should lead to a faster Windows experience once you sit down to work or play. However task switching out of games, load times of save games, and even in-game itself - 4GB or more of memory makes the experience faster and smoother. We've got upcoming triple-A titles like FarCry 2, Stalker: Clear Sky or Crysis: Warhead, which will be at least no less intensive than what is currently available, so it's absolutely worth doubling up over 2GB if you're a keen member of the PC gaming master race. For a few less intensive titles like Call of Duty 4, it doesn't make a blind bit of difference between 2GB and 4GB of memory. Consider what you play before you dive into your next purchase. - bit-tech
The OrigenAE T12 is a 12" touch screen that will set you back 800$. It is capable of processing up to 1080p resolution - perfect for that home theater. Thanks to the umbilical cord, you not only have a mouse at your fingertips, but also an IR receiver and USB 2.0 hub. Best of all the OrigenAE T12 does not even require an external power source, everything is integrated in the single cable.
The nVidia GTX 280 is easily the fastest gaming GPU at the moment and we thought we\'d find out how well it does in a dual card setup. From past experiences, we\'ve seen that SLI or Crossfire add quite a bit of overhead (SLI especially) and doubling the GPUs certainly doesn\'t result in doubling the performance- far from it actually. We already had nVidia\'s reference card and thus, when we received the ASUS GeForce GTX 280, we wanted to see how fast can it get with an SLI setup. - t-break
Alex Mei has recently been promoted to Executive Vice President of OCZ Technology. In our interview he shares interesting details about how he got into the Industry, also he talks about OCZ's past and planned future. For example DIY notebooks and the Neural Impulse Actuator. - techPowerUp
With so much X48 selection on the market, choosing the right board can be tough. To help make the choice easier, we are taking a look at three such boards all at once, ASUS' DDR2 Rampage Formula and also the DDR3 ECS X48T-A and Intel's DX48BT2.
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