Monday, November 12, 2018

Frank Stroupe


ASUS P6T Intel X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard Review

Today I will be looking at the P6T, Asus' basic mainstream X58 motherboard. As with other Asus Intel motherboard series, the P6T falls just under the Deluxe model, and is a full-featured but more affordable board. The P6T supports 3-way SLI and 3-way CrossFireX, triple-channel memory, and all of the other goodies provided by the X58 chipset. Read on to find out about the Asus P6T!


Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Intel X58 Motherboard Review

Everyone knows about Gigabyte, and their fine motherboards, so no introduction is necessary. They are the first company to provide a platform for our spankin' new i7 920, and I suspect that it will be the standard for all others to meet. Today I am looking at the Gigabyte X58-UD4P, Gigabyte's mainstream X58 motherboard. With 2 PCI-E x16 slots and an x8 slot supporting both SLI and CrossFire, support for 24 gigs of memory, and even a newly designed PCB, this board is impressive even at first glance. Will this board compliment the awesome capabilities of the i7? Read on to see!


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Processor Review

Today I will be looking at the Intel Core i7 920, the most affordable of the three Nehalem processors. Yeah, I'm a little late to the punch, but better late than never. I'd like to welcome our newest sponsor, Intel, to's growing family of manufacturers and vendors helping us to bring you as much information as possible before you make that hardware purchase. Read on to see if the excitement surrounding the Core i7 is all hype, or if you should start saving your pennies to join the party!


CoolIT Domino A.L.C. CPU Liquid Cooling System Review

CoolIT Systems has been around for over a decade, and has been designing and building liquid and peltier cooling systems for several years. CoolIT has been concentrating on self-contained in-case system with OEM quality. Today I will be looking at their latest self-contained in-case CPU liquid cooling system, the Domino A.L.C. It is marketed towards the enthusiast that wants to liquid cool only the CPU, and desires a mount-it-and-forget-it self-contained system. Will the Domino A.L.C. impress? Read on to see!


ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard

nVidia, for one, has developed a new chipset for the LGA 775, the nForce 740i SLI. They took the bridges c55 + MCP51, used in the nForce 650i chipset, and built around it a platform for an entry-level SLI motherboard, to complement the nF 750i SLI and nF 790i SLI boards. Our friends at ASRock are the first to build a motherboard from the 740i SLI, the N7AD-SLI. They also have launched their new quick-boot system, ASRock Instant Boot, on this motherboard. Read on as we look at this latest offering for the LGA 775 processor.


Rosewill Wind Ryder Midtower PC Case Review

Today I will be looking at one of Rosewill's latest products, a steel midtower called the Wind Ryder. Until very recently, Rosewill used model numbers instead of names, this is among the few Rosewill cases that are named. The biggest feature of this case is the incredible price, which will go a long way towards keeping a budget rig stay within your set budget. Will this inexpensive case fit the bill, or will it cramp your style? Read further to see!

Graphics CardsReviews

MSI R4830-T2D512 OC Radeon HD 4830 512MB Video Card

Today I will be looking at MSI's version of the Radeon HD 4830, the R4830-T2D512 OC. The HD 4830 is ATI's last new product of 2008, and I suppose the last new card in the Radeon 4000 series. Read on to see what MSI has done with the HD 4830, with a factory overclock and heavy duty power supply with solid state chokes, this card is far from the reference version.


Xilence RAM Cooler HP Duo Dual Heatpipe Passive Memory Cooler Review

Our friends at bgears have given us that option with the Xilence RAM Cooler HP Duo memory cooler. Xilence is a separate company that builds cases, power supplies, CPU coolers, and other cooling products; all with silence in mind, but their products are marketed in the US by bgears. The RAM Cooler HP Duo has a pair of copper heatpipes with lots of pretty copper fins, so besides providing extra cooling for those hot memory chips, you also get an excuse to add more shiny copper to the inside of your rig. Read on as I look at the HP Duo!

FeaturedGraphics CardsReviews

Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB Video Card Review

Our friends at Palit, who usually aren't happy with the reference design of video cards anyway, have come up with a new version of the HD 4870 X2, with two fans blowing on a pair of heatpipe coolers to cool off those cookin' GPUs. Taking up three expansion slots, this may be the largest gaming video card ever built. Billed by Palit as "the first custom designed HD 4870 X2", the card not only sports custom cooling, but also a Palit-designed PCB, and four different output interfaces. In addition, they have overclocked the 2 gigs of GDDR5 memory. Read on as we check out the Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe!

Power SuppliesReviews

Bgears b-Tarantula 650 Watt Power Supply Review

Today I will be looking at an 80Plus 650 watter by bgears, the b-Tarantula. Sporting a 135mm fan, a pair of +12v rails at 20A, and a different style of modular construction called "SmartFlex Cable Management", this power supply has up to 86% efficiency. Will the Tarantula do the trick? Read on to see! bgears has been around since early 2005, originally under the name Bluegears. Due to some confusion with several other technology companies with the name "Bluegear", they decided to change their name to bgears in 2007. Besides power supplies, bgears has a wide variety of products, including sound cards, cases, coolers, peripherals, fans, and fan controllers. They also distribute products of their European partners under the names Revoltec and be-Quiet.


Thermaltake RamOrb Active Memory Cooler Review

Our friends at Thermaltake have taken a truly active approach to memory cooling. (pardon the pun) They have taken their Orb heatpipe cooling idea, placed it on some heat spreaders, and created actual active memory cooling. Read on to check out Tt's RamOrb!


Nvidia Enthusiast System Architecture

For most of us, monitoring and tweaking our systems is one of the most important part of being a PC enthusiast. Whether you are an overclocker, gamer, or just want the most efficient system you can get, you need to see what is going on inside your case. Temps, voltages, clock rates, fan speeds, memory timings, flow rates on water systems, S.M.A.R.T. data from hard drives, all are relevant information that most of us like to know at one time or another, some of us want to know these things at all times.

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