All the Other Stuff
A few other pieces made their way into the PC that we feel play a little bit of importance so let's have a quick look at what they are before we get onto the all important benchmarks.
- ThermalTake Venus 12 HSF
ThermalTake has been in the cooling game a long time and as the A64 hit the market, ThermalTake were right behind releasing coolers for the latest processor which were handed to us before we even had an Athlon 64 CPU in our hot little hands.
The Venus 12 follows a three fin design that is designed to help push more air at a lower volume. This particular fan comes with a simple FDD-sized rheobus that is designed to give you full control of the HSF. At the lowest speeds the fan pushes 26.5 CFM at a quiet 21 dBA. When moving up to the highest speeds the fan pushes a huge 72.92 CFM at a load 48 dBA.
The cooler is excellent looking and designed with the best possible intentions to help keep your processor as cool as possible. Over the past few weeks the fan hasn't failed us and we can highly recommend this cooler to anyone who is interested in moving into the Athlon 64 platform.
- Maxtor 80GB Serial ATA HDD
Serial ATA has quickly become the "in" thing as far as hard drive technology goes today. While Western Digital have the 10K RPM drive it is severely let down by its small 36GB size. When it comes to building a performance PC we do have to sacrifice something for something else. In this case we have gone to the slightly slower 7,200 RPM but gone up to 80GB of storage.
Serial ATA hard drives bring higher speeds, thinner cables and the ability to install and remove hard drives on the fly. With all the Serial ATA hard drives we've tested over the past 6 months or so, we can safely say Maxtor at the moment have the fastest 7,200 RPM drive on the market and if you have the extra dollars we highly recommend purchasing a second to install in a RAID 0 for ultimate performance.