- Athlon64 3000+: 64-bit at Half the Price
Some of you may have noticed recently of the speculation involving AMD's 64bit 3000+ processor, it turns out you can pick one of these babies up for just a tad over $200US. Anandtech show us how well it performs for the buck.
Imagine the surprise when we stumbled across the 3000+ for sale at several sites this week. The specifications were wrong at most sites, and got changed several times without getting them completely right, but there was no mistake that the Athlon64 3000+ is for sale at just over $200 for the OEM (bare chip) version. This is about half the price of the 3200+, so we couldn't resist getting one in to see what was really being sold and how it performed.
- High-end PC Speaker Kit Roundup
Thinking of finally ditching those tinny feather-weight bits of plastic for a feature-rich surround sound setup? Tom's Hardware have a roundup going with a bunch of 5.1 / 7.1 kits to help you make the decision easier.
The speakers in the systems we review here range from 5.1 to 7.1. Does that mean "more is better" or should you make an informed choice based on your specific uses and needs? As we have already explained in earlier reviews, basic cinema sound starts at 5.1 with an upgrade. Moreover, 6.1 and 7.1 do not necessarily add a lot to a well-designed 5.1 home theater system and, if you are on a limited budget, it's wiser to invest in a well-made powerful 5.1 than in more loudspeakers of lower quality with bland sound.