We think we’re seeing a pretty solid pattern here. As is true of the Star Trek movies, it’s possible that only the even-numbered Nvidia chipsets are worth a damn. The original nForce was a beta product. The nForce2 was great. The nForce3 sucked eggs. The nForce4 SLI kicked much booty. And then there’s the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition, which was hyped more than a David Blaine stunt, and might be just as anti-climactic. Originally scheduled for availability in August, boards using the laggard chipset didn’t appear until late October—just before boards using the newer nForce 680i were released. What’s the point?
It’s no secret that Nvidia had a heavy hand in designing Foxconn’s excellent AM2 Athlon 64/nForce 590 SLI board, but Foxconn’s Intel-powered 975X7AB-8EKRS2H board suffers for a lack of Nvidia-applied polish.
Hoo-hoo! That’s an exact recreation of the noise we made when opening the box containing Maingear’s F131 desktop rig. But “rig” might be too generic a description for the bright-blue machine; “behemoth” seems more appropriate. For in every direction—processor power, graphics, and even the freakin’ weight of the beast—the F131 seems to dwarf its competition.
Logitech’s new high-end PC racing wheel is about as flexible as it gets: The gear shift, wheel, and pedals are separate parts, allowing you to easily—and securely—mount them as you wish on and under your desk, or perhaps in a custom-built F1 cockpit. Sadly, you can’t swap the G25 out with the wheel in your real car, which is what we wanted to do after a few weeks with this product!
If you're the prototypical geek slob that our research department says you are, then The Clyde is a lot like your desk: It's big, disorganized, and easily laden with so much crap that you won't stand a chance in hell of finding anything that isn't on top.