On Thursday Asus announced its newest entry into the highly competitive and lucrative gaming PC market. The Ares CG6155 sports a uniquely armored appearance and a pretty impressive load out of high end components. While this tribute to the God of War looks impressive, prospective buyers should note that this hungry little demigod will likely want its own circuit breaker. Featuring not one but two beefy kilowatt power supplies this 3-way SLI, Quad core powerhouse should bring Crysis and your local utility to its knees.
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Zalman’s CNPS9700 has been the Godzilla of coolers and a Best of the Best champion for more than a year. But it’s finally facing its Megalon in Thermaltake’s DuOrb cooler. The extra-wide cooler, shaped in a 20-centimeter-wide figure eight, comes with two 8cm blue and red LED fans tucked inside two rings of copper fins.
It’s usually a bad sign when the first feature a manufacturer mentions about their new product is its low price tag. The EOS Wireless Multi-Room Audio System starter system includes the base unit with an iPod dock and speakers, a remote control, and one satellite speaker. The price? Just $250, and you can add up to three more satellites for $130 each. It must sound like crap, right? Well, it’s definitely not high fidelity, but neither is it rubbish.
ASUS announced the availability of their 22-inch VW223 LCD monitor with built-in DisplayLink technology. This monitor was designed with multitasking in mind available monitors letting up to six additional monitors to be networked together using a single PC over the USB 2.0 interface.
The VW223B monitor delivers a native 1680x1050 wide-screen resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 5-millisecond response time help ensure smooth video display on all of the networked displays without lag or ghosting effects.
ASUS will also ship a 20-inch version, the VW202B starting sometime in July.
We thought only Western Digital was dipping drives into the Skittles
rainbow, but SimpleTech’s new line of USB drives are just as colorful
as their Western Digital counterparts. The devices in the Signature
Mini line range in capacity from 120GB to 320GB and come in seven
colors. We tested the 250GB Mini Kiwi, a 5,400rpm, 2.5-inch drive
that’s one of the fastest portable storage devices we’ve reviewed.
Axiom Audio’s Audiobyte speakers have convinced us it’s time to retire the M-Audio Studiophile LX4 system we’ve long used as a reference point for speaker reviews. They also surprised us in a number of ways: They’re made in Canada, not China; the amplifier comes in its own enclosure, as opposed to being hidden in one of the speaker cabinets; and the subwoofer is passive! We think we're in love.
If you’re already gaming with a G92-based 8800 GTS, there’s very little reason to move up to a G92-based 9800 GTX such as PNY’s XLR8. The architecture in both GPUs is nearly the same, with 128 stream processors, a 256-bit interface, and 512MB of GDDR3. Slightly faster clock speeds yield only a modest bump in performance. That’s not to say the 9800 brings nothing to the table, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether its offerings are worth the price.
For all those readers who have added up the price of the parts in an OEM box and screamed into the night air: “Hell, I can build it cheaper than that!” CyberPower has a retort: Beat this one, sucker! While you might think you’re up to the challenge, we suspect the price-to-performance ratio of the CyberPower Gamer Ultimate SLI Quad is impossible to match—unless you’re using boosted parts. In fact, we’re not sure how CyberPower is making a profit off this stacked and packed rig.
Watching the ongoing race between AMD and Nvidia to build the ultimate graphics processor reminds us of the tale of the tortoise and the hare. AMD has played the hare, aggressively bounding ahead of Nvidia in terms of process size, number of stream processors, frame buffer size, memory interface, die size, and even memory type. Yet Nvidia always manages to snag the performance crown. The GeForce 200 series is but the latest example. We lay hands on the smokin’-fast GeForce GTX 280. Could this be the graphics processor to finally tame Crysis? We reveal what makes the card unique and how its architectural advances translate in the benchmarks!
We've taken a look at engineering samples
of Western Digital’s speedy new Velociraptor drive. Now that we have
our hands on a final version of the drive, we’re ready to deliver a
full review of the big beast itself. And not surprisingly, it’s every
bit as fast as we anticipated.
But are you willing to trade the fastest performance ever for limited functionality? Read on to see how the critical flaw of Western Digital's Velociraptor might muck up an enthusiast's shopping list.