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Power Efficient Gaming with GeForce 9800 GT Eco Cards

Power Efficient Gaming with GeForce 9800 GT Eco Cards

With the increasing emphasis on green computing, graphics card manufacturers have come up with power-efficient variants of the highly popular GeForce 9800 GT. These eco-friendly versions promise lower power consumption at similar performance levels. We take cards from MSI and Zotac for a spin and compare them against a bog standard GeForce 9800 GT to test out their claims.

Lynnfield - Nehalem Finally Goes Mainstream!

Lynnfield - Nehalem Finally Goes Mainstream!

Branded as both Core i5 and Core i7, Intel's new CPUs promise to bring the next-gen Nehalem microarchitecture to the masses. With some caveats and changes of course, which we shall explain in our review. You'll also find that the new Core i5-750, i7-860 and i7-870 Lynnfield processors to have pretty good performance to boot the competition, so don't miss our match-up.

Triple Mainstream AMD 785G Roundup

Triple Mainstream AMD 785G Roundup

The heir to the popular mainstream AMD 780G chipset, the 785G has arrived but it appears to have kept with the status quo. Can these three new motherboards from ASUS, ECS and Gigabyte convince us otherwise? We take these boards for a spin in our lab and paint the results for you.

Netbooks Galore: A Tale of Seven 10-inch Netbooks!

Netbooks Galore: A Tale of Seven 10-inch Netbooks!

It's been a while since we've last covered a netbook in detail. So here we are back with a shootout that should knock your socks off. That's right, it's not just one netbook, but SEVEN of the newest 10-inch netbooks from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung and Toshiba in this roundup. Let's go already!

Gone in a Flash - 5 Solid State Drives Compared

Gone in a Flash - 5 Solid State Drives Compared

Solid state drives have been threatening to storm the mainstream performance segment for a while now. And with new MLC-based drives from OCZ and Patriot that have drastically reduced the entry price, it's time we rounded up some of the top drives from the usual suspects to find out who's the best of them.

The Great DDR3 1600MHz Memory Showdown

The Great DDR3 1600MHz Memory Showdown

AMD's shift to DDR3 memory with the Phenom II, coupled with falling prices for DDR3 memory modules, point to a turning point in the mainstream adoption of the newer memory standard. If you're still hesitant about getting DDR3 for your next rig, we tempt your wallets with this mega memory showdown involving 10 different dual and triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz kits.

A Stepping Ahead - The Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and i7-950

A Stepping Ahead - The Core i7-975 Extreme Edition and i7-950

It has been more than six months since the first Core i7 processors debuted. Today, Intel released new models, but it's not to expand the lineup. Instead, they'll replace a couple of its higher end models with revised editions. We tested these chips featuring a new D0 stepping core that's rumored to improve overclocking.

Clash of the Titans - ATI Radeon HD 4890 CrossFireX vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295

Clash of the Titans - ATI Radeon HD 4890 CrossFireX vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295

Ever wondered if the rumored Radeon HD 4890 X2 will be faster than NVIDIA's equivalent dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295? Well, wonder no more, for we have plucked out the GeForce GTX 295 and two Radeon HD 4890 cards from our labs to find out. Read on to find out who will emerge victorious in this clash of the titans.

Mainstream AM3 - AMD 790GX Motherboard Showdown

Mainstream AM3 - AMD 790GX Motherboard Showdown

AMD has been catching up with some of Intel's more powerful processors with its latest AM3 Phenom II offerings. This is aided in part by the competitively priced mainstream boards of which the 790GX chipset plays a major role. We cover three of the top Socket AM3 790GX boards available now from ASUS, BIOSTAR and MSI.

Getting the Right Touch - A Touch Screen Phone Feature

Getting the Right Touch - A Touch Screen Phone Feature

Now that we have explored the various touch screen mobile operating systems, we take the next step and present you our findings on how some of the top touch screen mobile phones match up in the market. Which touch screen device is the right one for you? The answers are right here in our continuing feature article.

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