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Geforce 615, Nforce 430 tested

Hardware Roundup And other hardware niblets
Thu Sep 29 2005, 09:19
AMD ZONE has published what it claims are exclusives - Call of Duty 2 benchmarks, here, and a test of Nvidia's Geforce 615/Nforce 430, available from its main page.

Biostar is the perfect illustration of how SLI has become affordable and popular even amongst Tier-2 manufacturers. Bjorn3D reviews the NF4SIE-A7 which is a Nforce4 SLI Intel edition motherboard. While Intel and Gaming do not normally go hand in hand, Biostar is an interesting example of what awaits ATI. Dolby Digital decoder, SATA2 and RAID support, two Firewire, GbE LAN, 10 USB2.0 ports but no many overclocking options. Cheap SLI Intel board, who would have guessed.

Some more Intel based SLI motherboard review, this time from Abit in the form of the lNI8-SLI, which did get itself an Editor's choice. Good layout, same set of features as above, with the notable absence of Firewire ports but with the inclusion of Abit's OTES silent cooling technology as well as the Audiomax daughterboard.

Another watercooling kit, this time from Vantec Stingray is reviewed at Presented as a Universal CPU water block, it includes four blocks actually, one VGA, one for the north and one for the south bridge. Mixed feelings though from the reviewer as his review was plagued by some nagging problems.

Two members of DFI best selling motherboard family are tested at Legit reviews. THe NF4 SLI and Ultra Infinity are the heirs to a line of motherboards which have probably garnered more best buys awards than any other Socket 939 AMD motherboards. They are not as colourful as the Lanparty edition but they basically come with the same stuff. Great Overclocker, superb tech support and exceptional performance.

The Infinity SLI motherboard is also reviewed at Neoseeker. Featuring the same level of performance and tweakability at a much lower cost, the Infinity series concentrates on the essential - which is a good thing in itself if you do not want to encumber yourself with cables and things you wont use. An indication of what's awaiting you. The reviewer got a massive 45% overclock using a Winchester 3000+ core.

HKEPC has an exclusive preview of the ATI RV515 or the Radeon X1300LE, which is on its way to replace the X300 at the entry level. Guess that ATI really want to push forward as 3DMark 05 figures put it above the Geforce 6600, Nvidia's current mid range champ. µ


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