Month: April 2009

ATI Radeon HD 4770: ATI’s First 40nm GPU

Not content with the performance/price edge the Radeon HD 4830 currently enjoys over the GeForce 9800GT, ATI has decided to hammer the $100 graphics market further with the new Radeon HD 4770 released today. Built using a 40nm manufacturing process, ATI positions it as a better performing, more energy efficient replacement for the HD 4830.

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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition for AM3

The Phenom II processor was a step in the right direction for AMD. It generated more performance per clock and allowed for higher frequency chips. Priced aggressively, the Phenom II X4 920 and 940 Black Edition were price-competitive alternatives for Intel’s Core 2 line. AMD had, in essence, caught up. The X4 920 and 940

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Coolermaster’s Fanless TC-100 mini-ITX case

It’s marketed mostly to industrial system integrators, but the TC-100 is a bit of a sleeper case for mini-ITX. Fanless cooling using heatpipes and stereo amp style heatsinks, and a AC/12VDC adapter in a case that DIY enthusiasts would probably enjoy. With an SSD, it can be completely silent.

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Coolermaster Silent Pro M700W power supply

Coolermaster Silent Pro series power supplies are clearly aimed at quiet-loving PC enthusiasts. The 700W model was recently in our torture chamber. Read on to find out how it fared.

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HIS Radeon HD 4890 Turbo Edition

The HD 4890 is ATI’s newest GPU, on step beyond the HD 4870. It is the fastest single GPU graphics card produced by ATI. We’re most interested in seeing if power consumption and noise level has improved over the 4870.

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Silent PC with No Moving Parts

A PC without any moving parts has been the Holy Grail of Silent Computing for years. It’s a quest that has led some individuals to fabricate their own cases, massive heatsinks turned inside out, with the components bolted inside them. The final moving part to go is the spinning hard disk drive. A new PC

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Asus M4A78T-E AM3 motherboard

The Asus M4A78T-E is an AM3 ATX motherboard based on the 790GX/SB750 chipsets. It is another feature-rich board with integrated graphics, CrossFireX, and support for AMD’s newest AM3 processors. We will be using a X3 720 Black Edition processor for testing and we’ll also plop it into a comparable AM2+ board to see if AM3/DDR3

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