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Mainboards, Processors

Viperlair.com has reviewed Albatron PX915G Pro mainboard. This is a solid mainboard build around Intel's i915G chipset for LGA775 form-factor microprocessors. The main feature of this product is integrated GMA900 graphics core as well as the support of slightly outdated, but affordable, DDR SDRAM memory.

Hardware Analysis has taken a look at a few upgrades necessary to insure silence while computing on the latest Intel microprocessors. Find out what CPU cooling solution as well as power supply unit you need to install in order to enjoy cool and quite life on Intel Pentium 4 Prescott processor.

Mobile devices

AnandTech has taken a look at HP Pavilon DV1000 notebook. This particular entertainment notebook PC boasts with Intel Pentium M 1.60GHz processor with 512MB of DDR SDRAM and 14.1" WXGA Samsung display with BrightView technology. One of the features of the DV1000 that HP has implemented is QuickPlay, which is essentially a cut down OS that is dedicated for multimedia use.

Displays

TrustedReviews has taken a look at Relisys TL966B monitor. This 19" TFT is build on MVA (Multi-domain Vertical Alignment) TFT liquid crystal panel made by Fujitsu. This process means that the crystals are angled in more than one direction in a single cell, which basically makes the brightness of each cell appear even over wide viewing angles. This product also provides resolution of 1280x1024, dual connectivity, decent built-in speakers and a truly competitive price.

PSUs

The Tech Report has posted a round up of eight power supply units. Check out a full range of PSUs from 300W up to 520W. In addition to a range of wattages, they have taken a look at several power factor correction (PFC) implementations. Power factor (PF) is the ratio of true power to apparent power where true power refers to power that is actually being consumed and apparent power is calculated by multiplying the voltage by the current being drawn. The price of PSUs starts from $40 and climbs up to $155.

Storage

Dev Hardware has posted an article about Maxtor DiamondMax 10 hard disk drive. Read on to find out how does 16MB of cache and the Native Command Queuing feature of the new 7200rpm DiamondMax 10 compare with today's top 10 000rpm the Raptor hard disk drive manufactured by Western Digital with 8MB of cache.

PCStats.com has reviewed Crucial Gizmo 2.0 USB hard drive. This mobile storage device delivers 512MB of flash memory space and measures by 16mm x 67.5mm x 8mm, and has a tiny little green LED to indicate activity.

Optical drives

HardwareZone has reviewed Pioneer DVR-A08XLA DVD optical drive. This device is capable of recording DVD±R discs 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.

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