AMD has recently anounced the launch of the new FX series of processors (codenamed Bulldozer). Featuring an increase in cache size, up to 8 cores per CPU, and a new 32nm manufacturing process, Bulldozer should be both faster and cooler than its predecessor; AMD Phenom II.
In this article we will be reviewing the Intel RS25DB080 8-port RAID controller which features two 800MHz processor cores with 1GB cache memory. Our testing however shows that this card suffers in terms of performance when compared to the Intel RS25DB040 and RS25DB080.
With the relatively high system requirements of EA’s latest title in the Battlefield series, many consumers will be looking to replace their current system in order to run Battlefield 3 at its maximum settings. In this article we will examine gaming performance of Battlefield 3 on three systems from Puget System’s Deluge line of gaming computers.
The C204-based Intel S1200BLT motherboard is a server-class motherboard designed for use in small to medium size business applications. It’s large number of PCI-E slots makes it very flexible and the remote management options make system maintenance easier than ever. Overall, the Intel S1200BTL is a very solid choice for a wide range of server-class systems.
With Puget System’s recent launch of the Summit series of servers, we have begun to discover a whole new series of computer accessories. One of the more exciting is hardware-level remote management chips like the Intel AXXRMM4LITE that are available for use on a select number of server-class motherboards. These chips allow for remote management of the server (including KVM functionality over LAN) without the need to be at the physical computer for anything short of hardware replacement. In this article we will be reviewing this module for use in server-type systems.
Fan grills are a component in a computer that is often underestimated in terms of their contribution to both system noise and airflow. Most often, grills are chosen based on aesthetics with only a small thought towards performance. In this article, we will be examining nine different grills to determine the effects of grill design on both noise and airflow.
The Solo II is Antec’s latest addition to their Sonata family of chassis and is designed primarily for quiet operation of low to mid range systems. This chassis includes many features for quiet computing, a high-quality stock fan and USB 3.0 connectivity to keep it in line with the latest technology. However, is this chassis solid enough to justify it’s high MSRP value of $129?
Adequate cooling is always a concern when using high-end hardware. In this article we will examine the cooling advantages a side fan can give to an otherwise normal system.
The PC-K9B is a mid tower chassis from Lancool’s “First Knight” series. It is available in black, silver and a black version with a painted black interior. For this qualification, we will be reviewing the basic black version.
The GX-7 is Gelid’s latest addition to their heatsink line and is in their Gamer line of coolers. In this article we will be reviewing the performance and noise levels in comparison to to the Gelid Rev. 2 Tranquillo.