Foxconn has a special P45 Quantum Force coming

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 9, 2008 7:06 PM CST

Expreview has gotten hold of some photos and details of another Quantum Force series motherboard almost ready to be unleashed from Foxconn. As it's based off Intel's P45 chipset for Core 2, it's a bit of a shame Foxconn couldn't get this particular board to market much sooner, what with Nehalem now stealing much of the enthusiast light.

Foxconn has a special P45 Quantum Force coming - Avenger

Dubbed the 'Avenger', this isn't just your run of the mill P45 offering; it's quite a special board and can do something no other P45 chipset board out there is capable of. If you look between the two residing x16 PCI-E slots you will see a lone chip nestled in there. This is in fact a PLX chip; the same chip used on the ATI HD 4870 X2 graphics cards. What it does for this board is provide dual x16 Crossfire across both slots, where standard P45 boards are limited to x8/x8.

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AMD RV870 chooses the single chip path?

Navin Maini | | Nov 7, 2008 1:02 PM CST

AMD's much anticipated follow up to its RV7xx GPU, known as the RV870, will not be a MCM, according to this report from Fudzilla.

AMD RV870 chooses the single chip path?

Whilst there has been a great deal of speculation about whether or not the Sunnyvale, CA based company would make its RV870 GPU, a multi chip module, it is claimed that the company will go down the path of making it a single chip instead.

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Gainward prepares further non-reference HD 4870 X2

Navin Maini | | Nov 7, 2008 12:48 PM CST

We've spoken about Palit and Gainward's, non reference, Revolution 700 HD 4870 X2 offerings already. Yet, as this report from TechConnect Magazine, with images courtesy of Expreview states, there is a third iteration in the offing.

Gainward prepares further non-reference HD 4870 X2

Gainward is readying its Rampage 700 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell Edition and, this is expected to be the flagship of the line-up. Still adopting a tri-slot cooling solution, expect clock speeds of 790 MHz for the dual GPUs and, 950 MHz (3800 MHz QDR) for the memory.

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MSI unleashes Three GPU Notebooks with Hybrid SLI

Sean Kalinich | Laptops | Nov 7, 2008 8:40 AM CST

Toshiba is looking to drop a high performance laptop on the market soon.

To make sure they capture the enthusiast and gamers out there they are going stuff three nVidian GPUs under the hood for the world's first three GPU notebook.

The new Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 will feature two discreet GeForce 9800M GTS GPUs with NVIDIA SLIĀ® technology, and a GeForce 9400M GPU. For maximum power the two 9800M GTS GPUs will run in SLI for great gaming while for maximum power savings they can be powered down and allow the 9400 to take over.

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Sharkoon quietly launches Seraphim full-tower case

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 6, 2008 6:34 PM CST

Sharkoon has just launched a new series of full-tower chassis' dubbed the Seraphim, available in either Value or Economy models.

Sharkoon quietly launches Seraphim full-tower case

The Value is the better equipped of the two, housing a 140mm intake fan at the front and 250mm on the side panel, whilst the Economy leaves a space for the front intake and two 80mm side panel fans, should the owner want to make use of them.

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Samsung release 23-inch 2342BWX with huge res

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 6, 2008 6:30 PM CST

If you're in the market for a new LCD and love your screen real estate, you will likely fall in love with this newly released 23" monitor from Samsung; the SyncMaster 2342BWX. As well as looking the part in typical Samsung style with a thin shiny black bezel, sporting a 5ms response time and 20000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, there's one other main aspect of this monitor that should be the deal clincher for many.

Samsung release 23-inch 2342BWX with huge res

This 16:9 monitor boasts an ultra high QWXGA resolution of 2048 x 1152, enough real estate to allow for two A4-sized sheets side by side along with room for Vista's sidebar. I guess this is why Samsung are marketing it as a monitor mainly suited to office work.

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MSI adopts NVIDIA NF200 for premier X58 SKU

Navin Maini | | Nov 6, 2008 12:56 PM CST

With Intel's Core i7 CPUs having been launched to much fanfare earlier this week, attentions are now being cast towards the launch of the first X58 Tylersburg motherboard solutions.

We've already heard about two of MSI's X58 powered offerings, yet as this report from TechConnect Magazine states, the company is readying a third iteration which promises to be very overclocker friendly.

MSI adopts NVIDIA NF200 for premier X58 SKU

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SanDisk Speeds up its SSDs

Sean Kalinich | Storage | Nov 6, 2008 7:50 AM CST

SSDs seem all the rage today everyone is talking about them. We hear how they are the future, how they are bad, and how ridiculously expensive they are!

After the news that MS is going to put optimizations for SSDs into Seven we find out that SanDisk is going to put in some optimizations right into the drives themselves.

This will show up as Extreme FFS (Flash File Management System) which is a page-based algorithm to speed up random reads and writes (up to 100 time for random writes according to SanDisk)

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Thermaltake intros Bigwater 780 LCS w/ dual rads

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 5, 2008 11:20 PM CST

Thermaltake's Bigwater series of water cooling systems has just seen the addition of a new top dog model known as the Bigwater 780.

Thermaltake intros Bigwater 780 LCS w/ dual rads

Codenamed CL-W0186, this system comes with what looks to be a decent pump in comparison to what we've seen used in prior kits; the P500 ceramic bearing pump with copper internal housing and a max circulation capacity of 500L/hr.

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