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Product Line Updates: Intel Q9550, Intel P45, nVidia GXT 280/260

Posted on June 20, 2008 by Jon Bach

We have a lot of exciting updates today -- ones we've been looking forward to for some time now!

1) We have added the Intel Q9550 CPU to our line, and it has been added to all certified systems with enough cooling to handle it.

Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5433

2) We have added the XFX GeForce GTX 280 and 260.

GXT 280 Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5439
GXT 260 Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5450

3) The Seagate 250GB has been replaced by Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB, which is a single platter driver, making it quieter, lower power usage, and faster. This is the first step in a plan to completely move to 320GB platter drives for our desktops. The Western Digital 640GB will follow in a few weeks.

Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5443

4) Windows Server 2008 has been added to our line (an overdue update!)

Web Server 2008 Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5471
Server 2008 Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5470

5) The Asus P5K EPU has been replaced by the P5Q-E, which is Intel P45 chipset. The P5Q-E is about $20 more expensive, but pricing should come down shortly as P45 ramps into full production. The P5Q Deluxe will follow soon, in a few weeks. It is nearly identical to the P5Q-E anyhow, except that it has 16 phase power instead of 8 phase power, and it has one more internal USB header. 16 phase power is touted to give better stability and overclocking.

Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5453

6) The CoolIT Freezone Elite cooler has been added to our line. This is the most high end of the coolers we tested, and gave a 17C temperature drop under Freezer 7. However, it is quite loud -- the specific niche of this cooler is for those who want extreme cooling, and don't mind noise. And it isn't terrible, we just set high standards.

Detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5081

7) Our dual Xeon CPU line has been completely updated, and our motherboards have been updated. The two new motherboards are the Supermicro X7DWE (ATX) and the X7DCA-L (mATX). mATX dual Xeons -- odd but interesting!

X7DWE detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5467
X7DCA-L detail: https://www.pugetsystems.com/part_info.php?part=5468

12) We have updated all CPUs to show their wattage ratings in their name and on the configure pages. In addition, all our CPU air cooler have been given notes showing what wattages they are good for quiet usage, and what wattages they can handle with no noise level concerns. Note these were simply estimates. This is all infomation our sales reps were already giving on an individual basis -- we wanted to have our website provide that information, so that more people see it and can make good decisions regarding their cooling.