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Archive for February 28th, 2021

Epox announce socket-AM2 based SLI & CrossFire boards

Dailytech have some details on some Epox AM2 based motherboards even though AMD is still yet to announce socket AM2 to the public. Epox have officially announced both nForce5 (MNf55P) and RD580 (MD580 XR-J) boards based around Socket-AM2. Both boards should appear around late April or may. Interestingly, there have been reports that socket AM2 with its DDR2 interface offers no performance benefits over DDR1 based s939. Check Anand’s blog published 6th March for details. Could it be down to an old revision of?CPU or should we brace ourselves for underwhelming performance from AM2? Here’s another article from the Inq publshed 3rd March claiming that AM2 offers a 10% clock for clock?performance increase. Who do we believe? I for one will not pass judgement until more evidence surfaces.

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal @ HotHardware

Snip: HotHardware?have just posted a new article at where?they evaluate the feature-packed Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard.? If you haven?t seen it before, the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal sports four PEG slots.? Unfortunately, no ?official? quad-SLI support just yet? Full review @ HotHardware

SilverStone Temjin TJ-06 ATX Chassis @ Virtual-Hideout

Snip: Another solid product from SilverStone, from the sleek lines to the stylish front bezel. The Temjin 6 is a winner. This chassis will handle any motherboard you throw at it. The tool less rails are easy to use, as well as are the PCI slot clips, allowing larger cards to slide in and out effortlessly. Full review @ Virtual-Hideout

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC @ 3dGameMan

Snip: DDR2 Memory is becoming extremely popular and lately you’ll find more of it on the market then ever before. One improvement over the previous DDR2 memory is the tighter memory timings and higher speeds, although I would like to see even tighter memory timings. This feature is something that the average user doesn’t even consider. Most people will look for memory that is reliable, stable, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Thankfully, this product has all that as well?? Full review @ 3dGameMan

XFX 7600 GT XXX Edition @ Legit Reviews

Snip: Even though the 7600 GT XXX Edition is overclocked directly from XFX, we decided to do just a little overclocking of our own to see how much headroom was left in our 7600GT. For the sake of simplicity we allowed the driver to do the overclocking for us by using the "detect optimal frequencies" feature in CoolBits. A moment later the screen had refreshed and we were greeted with a modest overclock of 609 MHz core and 1690 MHz memory, a gain of 19MHz and 90MHz respectively. Full review @ Legit Reviews

Razer Barracuda announced: from gaming mice to audio cards?

We’ve all heard of Razer right? They make the best gaming mice available, but they’re expanding into the creative world of audio with the release of the Barracuda IAS (integrated audio system) announced today at CeBIT. Designed and engineered from the ground up by the Razer engineering team, the Razer Barracuda AC-1 and HP-1 are integrated as a single, pure gaming audio system ? the Razer Barracuda IAS is the world?s first integrated audio system built specifically for gaming. There are two parts to IAS. You’ve got the AC-1 Gaming Audio Card featuring a 7.1 channel output, 24 bit?DAC,?with a rather high 117dB SNR, and the HP-1 Gaming Headphones?which have 8 (what the?) discrete speaker drivers in the headphones which have been tuned for optimal positional audio. HP-1 also has a high quality noise cancelling mic, as you’d expect. Razer seem to be serious about this system and are looking to take on Creative head on. We’ll have to wait and see if they have the goods! No pricing as of yet.

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