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 Saturday, 12-July-2008  10:00:05 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Bit-tech compare no less than 11 cards over 450 tests, including the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, GTX 260, 9800 GX2, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, 8800 GT and AMD Radeon HD 4870, 4850, 3870 X2 and 3870; to find out what 2008's definitive graphics upgrade should be!

Legit Reviews compare energy saving motherboard technologies from Gigabyte and Asus. If there is not a major difference in the performance of the boards, then something else has to set it apart. These days users will look at price, bundle (including games), overclocking (for the enthusiast) and now, power consumption.

AnandTech has published a Mobile Buyer's Guide, ranging from entry-level notebooks all the way to high-end solutions. Considering most applications outside of gaming and high-end computing rarely come close to taxing even a two or three year old PC. With the laptop boom come many choices, and hopefully this guide has provided a bit more insight into what options might make sense.

Tom's Hardware analyse the Intel P45 chipset, while also pitting it against Intel’s own X48, X38 and P35 chipset based motherboards. The P45 is a transitional product that makes limited sense, It is not worth purchasing a P45 platform system, unless you insist on PCI Express 2.0 and want to avoid forking out the money for an X48 motherboard or a platform based on Nvidia’s nForce 790i Ultra SLI.

Tom's Hardware has also released Part 4 of their CPU Cooler Charts 2008, focused on low-cost CPU coolers. In no other class of components are the differences between individual products as pronounced as they are with CPU coolers. After all, the prospective buyer can't tell what kind of cooling performance to expect just from looking at a cooler, let alone its retail box.

Albatron Technology recently unveiled three new PCI graphics cards at Computex 2008. You read it right - PCI and not PCI Express! The PCI8600GT-256X, the PCI8500GT-256X and the PCI8400GS-256 are all VGAs that retrofit Nvidia’s recent GeForce 8 Series graphics onto older PCI technology; a great option for some HTPC's.
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Display maker AOC has recently shown off a new 22" LCD Display that has a media player built into the monitor itself, without the need to use a PC when displaying photos, video’s and even music with its built-in stereo speakers. The 2230Fm supports MPEG-1, 2, and 4 video formats. The supported audio format are too numerous to list, but they include MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLA, and M4A. Supported photo formats include JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, and GIF images with resolutions up to 8000x8000 pixels.

Now, just to round-up some gaming related news: No PS3 Price Cut Planned for This Year, Says Sony on PhysOrg. Mega Man 9 Coming To 360 & PS3, Mega Man 1 & 2 for Wii on IGN. No Far Cry 2 Demo Planned on EuroGamer. Atari Announces 360-Exclusive 'Race Pro' on VG247. Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising Trailer on ShackNews. Cliff Bleszinski Interview: Gears Of War 2 on CVG. Too Human Hands-On Preview on AusGamers.



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