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Opteron beats Xeon

Daily Weeble Saves a buck or two on the power bill
Fri Mar 20 2009, 23:44

NUMBERS bound to cause a flurry of comments have been published at Xbit Labs.

Apparently testing has revealed Opteron HE's, faced with Intel's low-power Xeons still manage to squeeze some more transactions/hour/watt...

Sapphire's Vapor-X HD 4870 2GB is being put to the test at Driver Heaven.  You can really get some extreme detail with this frame buffer, so this is only for the big boys.

PC Perps tested Gigabyte's GA-EX58-UD5 X58 motherboard. The board didn't outshine the competition, but revealed itself a competent performer.

In Win's Matrix mATX case is being tested at Think Computers. Despite being a very good case, In Win dubbing it a "gaming case" is a bit of a stretch, thinks Bob. The 300w power supply and lack of space is a problem.

One different netbook design is Gigabyte's M912 Convertible Tablet PC. The 8.9-inch transformer suits business users the most and performance isn't too shabby either, it would appear.

The Tech Report is looking over the current CPU bang-for-buck ratio with Cyril banging on about how the AMD Phenom IIs are a great deal.

Alien Babel Tech, is getting to the bottom of GPU bottlenecks, with a second installment to the ongoing series. This time the target is the GTX260+.

Tech Spot has a roundup of HTPC cases. This is a good thing, as these things usually cost a bundle and "experimenting" isn't an option.

Silent PC Review is testing a Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU cooler. It's well designed, but a bit too noisy for SPCR's needs. Bit expensive too.

Tom's Hardware Store is doing a group test of external storage devices. If you're looking for a quick-fix external storage, that's the way to go.

Overclockers Online is testing Zalman's latest CPU Cooler, the CNP S9900 LED. It's a beauty for modders and extremely efficient. On the downside, it's massive and installation is a bit complicated.

Thermal paste is always tricky to test, but OCIA is testing the Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400 variety. It's a costly affair, but the TF400 exceeded expectations.

You can take a look at Fujitsu's XGP in action on this Youtube video. Apparently there's a new driver out there that does a nifty new trick... take a look.

Inside HW has some intersting benchmarks showing dual-channel versus tri-channel performance in the Core i7 platform. Gaming performance is negligible.

Hot Hardware has an Nvidia Quadro CX Pro workstation graphics card chugging alongside an Adobe CS4. You've got benchmarks for everything, including games... µ


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