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Processors

Sharky Extreme has posted an article that compares Intel’s Celeron D 335 and AMD’s Sempron 3100+ microprocessors. The Sempron 3100+ is based on the Newcastle core with 256KB of L2 cache, features a single-channel DDR integrated memory controller and is clocked at 1.80GHz. The Celeron D includes a 256KB L2 cache, 533MHz processor system bus and is clocked at 2.80GHz. Who is the pest performer among the latest value microprocessors?

Mainboards

HotHardware has reviewed a number of mainboards based on Intel’s 915P core-logic. This mainboard roundup covers three different products from ABIT, ASUS and Foxconn in a price-range starting from $135 and climbing up to $230. The reviewers compared mainboards using overclocking, performance, features and price criteria.

Memory

Bit-tech.net has posted an article that compares Mushkin’s Level II V2 3200 and OCZ Gold Revision 3 memory module kits. Mushkin Level II V2 utilizes Samsung’s latest TCCD memory chips and performs superbly at the working frequencies of 400MHz and 466MHz. As for the OCZ Gold Revision 3 it is been built with the new Hynix D5 DRAMs memory chips with the optimal range of performance starting from 466MHz and beyond.

Optical drives

AnandTech has reviewed Pioneer DVR-108D DVD recorder. This device is capable of recording DVD±R disks at 16x, DVD±RW discs at 4x, DVD+R DL (Dual Layer) at 4x, CD-R discs at 32x, CD-RW discs at 24x and also read DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs at 16x and 40x speeds respectively. The optical disc drive is equipped with technologies aimed to avoid buffer underrun and other errors while writing. This high end optical drive comes at the price of $100 and below.

If you are wondering how you can store up to 8.5GB of data on one DVD, then consider dual-layer DVD recorder. Tom’s Hardware Guide has reviewed a pair of dual-layer DVD writers and compared them to a pair of standard DVD writers. The former pair is represented by LaCie D2 and Philips DVDRW885K, the latter pair is ASUS’s DRW-0804P and LG’s GSA-4082B DVD writers. Read on and decide whether it is necessary for you to move to dual-layer DVD burners.

Modding

3DVelocity.com has reviewed something that even the most hardcore modders were looking for. If you are thinking that there is nothing else left to mod, then look at your Molex connectors. With the help of the Tsonung Lea Enterprises you may lighten them up without the use of a single tool and in the matter of seconds.

Mobile devises

Dev Hardware has reviewed X-micro EVA portable audio player. This jukebox is a very stylish product capable of storing up to 512MB of MP3 or WMA music. If you are looking for an FM tuner, voice recording and music playback capable jukebox this player may be the one for you.

Multimedia

ExtremeTech has reviewed the atest audio card manufactured by Turtle Beach. The Catalina sound card is build around VIA’s Envy24 audio controller. Although not been the true 96KHz/24-bit audio device, this product is a competent sound card for 44.1KHz/16-bit playback with an impressive bundle for a reasonable price.

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