The Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard falls under the “oldie but goodie” category, but with the added plus of a new reduced price. This is easily the smartest option for those that are seeking simple SLI support on the Core 2 platform, without all the extravagant options – just the meat and potatoes. For the most part, the nForce 650i chipset offers the same core features and benefits the nForce 680i has, but does so at a much lower price point. So lets go over the Asus P5N-E SLI layout and features, and see why I think it’s a great bargain.
To some people’s surprise, four cores are not the only game in town when it comes to overclocking. The Pentium Dual Core E2180 presents a challenge to the more cerebral overclocker. The numerous tweaks and adjustments on a sub-$100 CPU are seen as chess moves. It’s not how expensive it is, it’s the flexibility and performance potential. That is what you get with the Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180. While some pat themselves on the back for their ultra-sheik CPU flavor-of-the-month purchase, you smile away as your overclocked dual core wonder performs at the same level, for a quarter of the cost.
EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition Graphics Card is a great choice for gamers on a budget’ />In lieu of today’s “Do It Yourself” overclocking, “factory overclocked” has a nice ring to it, especially for some who like to have others do the hard work and allow you to focus on the fun stuff – games! With the introduction of the EVGA GeForce 9600 GT SSC Edition, an added plus has been thrown to the fray – high performance at a mid-range price; translation – a whole lot of bang for the buck.
The new CPUs manufactured with 45nm process boast a lot of advantages. They run fast, run cool and squeeze less power off of today’s struggling power supplies. Yet, aside from the thermal benefits and great power efficiency, the best benefit is the relief to our wallets – price drops are our friend. The perfect example of this would be Intel’s new kid on the block, Core 2 Duo E8400. But lets go back to what caught my eye to begin with and the possibilities it presents in terms of overclocking – the new 45nm architecture. Let’s examine the specs and see why this new CPU should impress us.
The mid-range video card market has finally taken a front-seat after a year of low & high-end card releases. The amazing pace of fast GPU development has finally caught up with market demand for superior gameplay, making high performance affordable to a large demographic.
Well, with the recent arrival of the new XFX Geforce 9600 GT XXX edition card, you and the masses no longer have to wait. We’ll take a look at design and process improvements to 9th generation of NVIDIA’s GeForce, and dream of the heaps of graphics fun we will have.
So last year, we witnessed what many described as a “Dramatic Leap Forward”, concerning affordable high-end graphics. This was brought about with the introduction of the GeForce 8800 GT cards – mean graphics at a lean price. Of course this led to a shortage of these cards, leaving an angry mob stuck with their rainy day money. It was no different for the PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe 2.0 card went on sale. And why not? It gives up only a slight performance advantage to super high-end 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra cards, but what you get for the price is nothing short of a killer product. Fortunately, stocks are backed up, including here at Tiger, so the have-nots are no longer out of the loop.
A slew of the latest and greatest motherboards are entering the market, all vying for your hard earned (Christmas gift cards) money. The newest, cutting edge motherboards are X38 chipset based, and Asus would like you to get familiar with their flagship model, the Maximus Extreme. It offers a high-performing cooling solution, features-galore, overclockable, highly tweakable, and performance second to none – the Asus Maximus Extreme has all of those bases covered. So let your inner Ridley Scott out, and put together the next people’s champion of the Hippodrome, the Maximus Extreme is your chariot to gaming glory.
Catering to users who pursue extreme performance at a low price, Asus presents to us the the M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi Motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard supports the AMD Phenom quad-core AM2+ CPU with the latest AMD 790FX chipset. It features the latest HyperTransport(tm) 3.0 (HT3) system bus with up to 5200 MT/s speed, quad PCIe 2.0 x 16 slots, and the ASUS patent pending memory heat pipe design – ASUS Cool Mempipe. Plus, the board includes an 802.11g (54 Mbps) WiFi access point, allowing you to share your Internet connection wirelessly without a wireless broadband router. All of these advantages add up to one impressive motherboard, so yes – pray to get your hands on one.
“Leave No Gamer Behind” seems to be the new mantra from ATI. They’re on a mission to make gaming more accessible to the masses. What they have in mind is affordable video cards with solid gaming performance and great HD playback. The result is the introduction of the new Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series; cards for the more budget-minded consumer. Do the ATI video card elves ever sleep?
Another year – another specification – another marketing term to look forward to. Nicknamed “SuperSpeed USB”, discussions of USB 3.0 came up again when “suspicious” connectors were spotted on a new Asus notebook, at CES 2008. Though not demonstrated in operation, its an indication that manufacturers seem to be planning ahead and building USB 3.0 infrastructure into their products, much sooner than anyone expected. The full USB 3.0 specification is expected to be complete by the end of June 2008. This is great news for all of us who are full participants of the Digital/HD Era.