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Cooler Master CoolDrive Lite

Cooler Master’s take on the aluminum heatsink/fan drive bay is similar to Silverstone’s (this isn’t rocket science, after all), but CM goes one step further by including two thermal pads—one for each side of the drive.

Western Digital Netcenter

If your primary business is selling hard drives, it doesn’t take long to figure out that network attached storage is an easy way to push more product.

ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition

This board earned the distinction of being named “the fastest videocard we’ve ever tested—by a hair” back in February of this year, but that wasn’t enough to earn it a Kick Ass rating.

PNY Verto 7800 GTX

PNY’s GeForce 7800 GTX implementation is a straightforward nVidia reference design: The graphics core is clocked at 430MHz and the 256MB of memory hums along at 600MHz.

Battlefield Blues

By Thomas McDonald
If there’s one thing I love about console gaming, it’s that you know what hardware you’re getting when you buy the thing, and you know it will be good for about four years.

Sapphire 100103-RD Radeon X850 XT

If Sapphire had sent its X850 XT board that’s outfitted with one VGA and one DVI port, it would have fit our under-$300 price point.

XFX GeForce 6800GT

As we were going to press, the street prices for GeForce 6800 and 6800 GT boards were plummeting. XFX just announced a $50 mail-in rebate for this board, taking its street price into the under-$300 range.

Being a performance-oriented bunch of folks, we generally favor performance over price, but given the huge delta in street prices between this board and Sapphire’s slightly faster Radeon X850 XT, and looking at the narrow differences in performance, we have to give the nod to XFX’s GeForce 6800GT.
Besides, we know the XFX board will run in SLI mode today (in fact, it spanked Asus’ highly overclocked Extreme N7800 GTX Top).

Indigo Prophecy

Shot in the face. Drowned in icy water. Bounced off the hood of a car. Charged with murder and thrown in jail for the rest of your sorry life.

Connect3D 3028 Radeon X800XL

We reviewed ATI’s own implementation of the Radeon X800 XL back in July, and we like Connect3D’s board just as much.

Sapphire Radeon X800 GT

The eight pixel-pipeline GPU in Sapphire’s Radeon X800 GT is clocked slightly slower than the GeForce 6600 GT in Leadtek’s card (486- vs.