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The Tech Lounge reviews the iPhone

Hardware Roundup Quad-wibble
Tue Jan 23 2007, 09:51
THE TECH LOUNGE has managed to get hold an iPhone to review, but before you start checking police records to see if Steve was mugged it should be noted that this is the controversially named Linksys iPhone CIT300 Dual-Mode Skype Phone, which does pretty well for itself even if it's not revolutionary.

LostCircuits has been taking a long hard look at AMD's Quad FX Platform and it looks like the potential is definitely there but there are some definite hurdles of varying height that need to be overcome before this becomes a foce to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile MVKTech has been eyeing up the competition that is the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU Quad Core and it definitely looks like Intel are impressing the reviewers a lot more with its quad-core offerings.

Bjorn3d has reviewed the FOXCONN 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard which comes with a whole host of features, including Crossfire support, and a good package, but seems to fall over in the simple things with some persistent driver issues and non-native DDR2-800 support.

Legion Hardware brings us its E4300 Overclocking for Beginners which takes one of the processors from its stock 1.8GHz to an astounding 3.47GHz. Sadly the chip seems to be somewhat overpriced with the E6300 being only a few dollars more.

BIOS magazine brings us its take on the Rock Pegasus 665 which may not have the best build quality around performs very well and comes with a good range of features, including a crisp display.

PC Perspective has put up its Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i Intel Motherboard Review. As we have mentioned before the 680i chipset was plagued by problems in the beginning, leaving a bit of a sour taste in mouth of a number of enthusiasts. It does however appear that all the kinks have been ironed out and that this is in fact a great board on which to build a high end Core 2 Duo system.

For the really serious overclockers out there who are worried about frying the northbridge on their motherboard, Madshrimps has its Noctua NC-U6 Northbridge Heatsink Review. Essentially this tall radiator stack does its job well, but you'll want to check out its dimensions and placement on your motherboard to make sure it doesn't interfere with anything else before you go out and buy one.

IT-Review has been at The Winter NAMM Show 2007 and, along with a host of other previews, brings us reviews of two of the favourites from the show, namely the Motif XS7 review and the Korg M3 (p)review. If anyone knows what NAMM actually stands for please feel free to let us know, because we couldn't figure it out… even the websites home page doesn't say.

Virtual-Hideout has put up its Sapphire Ultimate X1650PRO 256MB Graphics Card Review and it scoops the VH Budget Choice Award. The passive cooler holds up well and the card performs adequately in the benchmarks and games, but it's worth bearing in mind that the passive cooling makes it quite bulky so you'll have to be careful if you're restricting it to confined quarters. µ


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