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Top 100 Products of 2007

Top 100 Products of 2007


Nos. 21 - 30

The Silverstone Sugo SG03 is a small form factor (SFF) aluminum chassis that manages to pack in dual graphics cards and numerous air vents to cool the interior. This is aided by an innovative internal design with an emphasis on cooling. Finally, its high build quality and minimalist exterior should make it worthy of the living room.

High-end DirectX 10 graphics has never been more affordable with the introduction of NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, based on a revised 65nm core that approaches the performance of the GeForce 8800 GTX but at half of its price. Its popularity in the retail market shows that consumers have embraced this new product enthusiastically.

With the first 55nm GPU in the world, ATI's new Radeon HD 3800 series plays on its strength in having slightly lower temperatures and power consumption when compared to its NVIDIA rival. Its performance is none too shabby either, especially once you factor in the competitive prices.

Merging the convincing performance of its XPS line with a refreshingly hip design, the Dell XPS M1330 is an eye catching and stylish ultra portable of excellent build quality that can be configured with a dizzying array of hardware options, so that you can customize it to your ideal notebook.

The Sony VAIO TZ series is both a celebration and a timely reminder of the company's design philosophy. The high-end model includes cutting edge hardware options like a solid-state hard drive but it's the vibrant display, lightweight carbon fiber chassis and its extremely sleek profile that wins our vote.

Endorsed by gaming celebrity Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, XFX's GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is an example of how extreme one could overclock this GPU. The end result is a card that soars above its usual performance level and approaches that of the more expensive GeForce 8800 GTX.

One of the first overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS cards to feature higher than usual stream processor clocks, MSI matches its peerless performance with a hugely attractive price tag and a solid game bundle including the highly acclaimed Company of Heroes.

PSUs are focusing on power efficiency nowadays and not just the raw output and Antec's new TruePower Quattro series embodies this trend. Available in 850W and 1000W, these PSUs are 80Plus certified for its 85% or greater power efficiency, up to four PCIe connectors for multiple graphics cards and comes with sleeved, modular cables to reduce clutter. The racing stripe adds a touch of style for those who like to show off their rigs.

Thermaltake's new Toughpower is an absolute beast of raw power, topping out at 1500W. Most users would never use even half of the maximum output on the SLI certified PSU. It's not just about big numbers though, as it manages a 87% power efficiency rating thanks to having Active Power Factor Correction and like most high-end PSUs now, have modular cables and a relatively silent 140mm fan.

Cooled by Gigabyte's Silent Pipe 3, this Gigabyte graphics card is one of the rare, passively cooled GeForce 8600 GTS that you can find. It's also overclocked out of the box and packs a killer RTS game in the form of Supreme Commander. While the newer GeForce 8800 GT has undoubtedly overshadowed the mainstream 8600 GTS, this card has other merits to offer than just benchmark scores.