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Processors, Mainboards

hardCOREware.net has posted an article containing a comparison of three microprocessors from AMD rated at 2500+ and designed for Socket A. The first one is Athlon XP 2500+ based on Barton core clocked at 1833MHz, with 512KB of L2 cache and 166MHz processor system bus. The second microprocessor compared is Mobile Athlon XP 2500+ based on Barton core clocked at 1866MHz, with 512KB of L2 cache and 133MHz clocked EV-6 bus. The last CPU compared is AMD’s latest Sempron 2500+ microprocessor. The Sempron 2500+ is based on Thoroughbred B core with 256KB of L2 cache, 166MHz PSB and is clocked at 1743MHz.

OCWorkbench.com has reviewed a Socket 754 mainboard made by DFI. The DFI Lanparty UT NF3-250Gb mainboard is based on NVIDIA’s nForce3 250 chipset supporting everything you would expect from a powerful mainboard, including onboard RAID controller, integrated audio, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire and USB 2.0 ports. Read about a mainboard that offers one of the widest ranges of overclocking options.

AnandTech has posted an issue covering database performance on the newest workstation processors. Intel’s Xeon microprocessor based on Nocona core and clocked at 3.60GHz has been put in comparison with AMD’s Opteron 250 microprocessor based on Sledgehammer core and clocked at 2.40GHz. Find out who is the best performer in managing database serving applications.

Graphics cards

GruntvillE.com has reviewed HIS X800XT IceQ II VIVO Special Edition graphics card. This high-end offering from HIS is based on the ATI’s RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition graphics processing unit with a huge firm-made cooling solution allowing a better overclockability and impressive bundle.

German website ComputerBase.de has published an interesting article about NVIDIA’s GeForce 6 Go graphics solution. Read on and find out how well does this NVIDIA’s latest mobile graphics offering performs in Doom III.

Legion Hardware has taken a look at Intel’s latest integrated graphics core. The Graphics Media Accelerator 900 engine features four pixel pipelines and operates with at frequency of 333MHz. The engine also features eight texture-mapping units along with DirectX 9.0 and Shaders 2.0 support. See how well will the Graphics Media Accelerator 900 performs against ATI’s RADEON 9100 PRO IGP integrated graphics solution.

Cases

Tom’s Hardware Guide has posted a roundup of eight miditower cases. The matter at hand is finding a case with practical and useful control display as well as acceptable price.

Pointing devices

HotHardware has taken a look at XGAMER’s X-Arcade Dual Arcade joystick. This device is an instant classic which allows you and your friends to play classical arcade games on your home PC. 

Mobile devices

TrustedReviews has reviewed IBM ThinkPad T42 notebook. The T42 is a Centrino branded notebook with Intel Pentium M processor clocked at 1.70GHz. This 15" notebook has native resolution of 1024x768, other specs are pretty natural – 512MB of memory, 60GB HDD, MOBILITY RADEON 9600 graphics with 64MB of memory, etc.

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