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Saturday, 15 December 2007 12:17
Hardware Wibble Intel delivers self-spanking

By Paul Taylor: Friday, 14 December 2007, 5:49 PM
The Inquirer

A BRAND spanking new Wolfdale CPU is on test at ChileHardware (here en Inglés). The E8400 is there and, compared to the previous generation E6850 it delivers quite a decent sibling beating and, as we’ve pointed out before, that’s before SSE4 benchmarks are out the door. Expect the chip to get a more comfortable lead as soon as these instructions are supported in applications. Oh, did we mention they took the beastie all the way up to 4.64GHz OC-ing the FSB?
How about a couple of Terabytes of external SATA RAID storage? Take a look at the Thermaltake Muse R-Duo at Anandtech. It’s a SATA enclosure (which can do USB 2.0), and operates as a SATA RAID 0/1 or JBOD device, or simply as two separate attached drives (they call it linear mode). It’s an interesting solution to storage, but Thermaltake needs to work out some kinks in the controller, ie: why does RAID 0 performance suck so much?

You know what we haven’t heard lately? Sound cards. Yes, that dying breed of aftermarket song’n’tune thingies you used to stick in your PC. Benchmark Reviews got their ears on a HT Omega Claro Plus+. It’s a C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8788 processor-based card, and the chaps at BR think it’s the best audio fidelity they’ve heard in ages. 9 out of 10 points, but no system usage benchmarks when operating audio API’s are to be seen...

When is an 8800GTS not an 8800GTS? When it’s an 8800GTS. Confused? Well, you should be. That’s the premise Extremetech takes in their review of graphzilla’s new G92-based ASUS 8800GTS TOP. Their relative performance chart helps put things into perspective by the end of the article and the pricing difference is now more clear – with the ASUS card listing $100 above its smaller brother the GT. Add to that there’s no Tri-SLI and the higher power requirements and the lemon starts shaping up... More  Comments in the Forums

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