August 2007

The HyperTransport Bus Used By AMD Processors -

"Processors based on AMD64 architecture – such as Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Opteron, Sempron and Phenom – have two external busses. One is used on the communication between the CPU and the memory, and it is simply called “memory bus”, and the other is used on the communication between the CPU and all other PC components thru the motherboard chipset and is called HyperTransport – being an I/O (Input/Output) bus. In this tutorial we will be explaining how the HyperTransport bus works and clarifying common mistakes people assume about this bus."

Comex 2007 Singapore -

"So here we are live from Comex 2007 in Singapore, a somewhat different show to what we normally cover.

Comex is open to the general public and everything is on sale, something we�re not at all used to. It�s been a very busy and very crowded day and we still didn�t manage to see everything that was on display and we�re going back for a second round tomorrow, but let�s move on to some of the cool things we found at the show."

Corsair Flash Padlock USB Flash Drive -

"Corsair has done an excellent job with a design that is secure without the need for platform dependent software or complex and expensive biometric devices. While the Padlock is not the most fashionable design, this is clearly a product of function over form. Data transfer rates are ample enough for most users and the only real drawback is that the max capacity available is 2GB, which I expect Corsair to expand before long..."

Leadtek WinFast PX8500 GT THD Extreme -

"A Geforce 8500 GT equipped with 256Mb DDR3 memory chips, a copper heatsink with heat pipe and factory overclocked, can this Leadtek
differentiate itself from the reference 8500 GT design? Let's find out."

NZXT Lexa Blackline Performance -

I have yet to figure out exactly what grabbed my attention with the NZXT Lexa Blackline Performance Midtower ATX Case, but the sleek design of a black case with red accents really appealed to me, and I had to check it out. From my previous experience with a case from NZXT I was pretty sure that I would not be disappointed, and the Lexa Blackline lived up to my expectations. In fact, while I normally prefer full tower cases, I have now decided to use this as my primary case.

Foxconn G33M motherboard -

"Intel�s platform design has usually been behind that of the retail market, Intel�s onboard graphics are quite basic and can�t really handle much in the way of 3D applications; not to mention they�re also a a memory hog, stealing as much bandwidth as possible.

ASUS P5K3 Premium / WiFi AP -

"Intel's newest P35 Express chipset brought along support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules. As DDR3 modules are still not widely interesting because of their high price, ASUS decided to celebrate its 18th birthday in a specific manner by introducing P5K3 Premium/WiFi AP motherboard which has 2 GB of DDR3 memory - integrated! "

Noctua NF-S12 Lüfterserie -

Das Interesse an möglichst leisen und laufruhigen Lüftern ist ungebrochen,
weshalb immer wieder neue Lüfterserien mit bisher unerreichter Laufruhe
und Förderleistung beworben werden. In unserem Kurztest wollen wir uns
dabei die bereits seit einigen Monaten auf dem Markt erhältlichen Noctua
NF-S12 genauer ansehen. Das besondere Flügelwerk soll erfreulicherweise
insbesondere auch bei sehr geringen Drehzahlen mehr Luft fördern, als alle
anderen erhältlichen Lüfter. Wir sind gespannt, ob Noctua hier nicht zu
viel versprochen hat.

Magicool DIY Flüssigkeitskühlung -

"Auch wenn der Sommer dieses Jahr noch auf sich warten lässt, zwingen immer größere Verlustleistungen im Rechner, sich Gedanken über Alternativen zur herkömmlichen Luftkühlung zu machen. Die Firma Magicool hat mit dem DIY Flüssigkeitskühlungsset eine kompakte Wasserkühlung im Angebot, die neben einer einfachen Montage mit leisem Betrieb und guter Kühlleistung überzeugen will. Wie es um die Alltagsqualitäten der preiswerten Prozessorkühlung steht, zeigt das folgende Review."

Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard -

"Reclusa feels like a 'just another keyboard'. It has a good 'feel' for long typing
sessions. It's silent and it has enough shortcut keys which are quite nicely located
around the keyboard. It doesn't have any big flaws either but all the small mistakes put
together make the whole product look bad."