Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage @ TweakTown

“X58 based motherboards are popping up thick and fast. And why not? – Core i7 is Intel’s new cash cow and its performance is beyond anything that Core 2 could ever hope for. Thanks to the on-chip memory controller, Intel has finally abandoned the old FSB interface for this high-end CPU and move to a more data friendly bus between the Northbridge and the CPU. No longer are memory transactions between CPU and DRAM required to go across a limited bus.”

MSI G45M Digital

MSI G45M Digital @ HardwareZone

“Core i7 may be the latest thing in town, but it is not for everyone. The hefty cost of the Core i7 platform is such that only the well-off can afford such an upgrade at times as uncertain as now. Fortunately, Intel’s wide range of chipsets means that there’s something for everyone. And for those seeking to build a budget system or even a modest home theater PC (HTPC), the MSI G45M Digital, featuring Intel’s G45 chipset is not to be overlooked.”

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-APn

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-APn @ TBreak

“Today we have a look at what is dubbed as a power saving motherboard that is also capable of above average performance. The Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP @n (what a long model name) is an Intel P45 chipset based motherboard with DDR3 memory and ATi’s CrossFireX technology support. This variant of the P5Q3 Deluxe motherboard comes bundled with WiFi hardware, hence the extra long model name.”

HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB

HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB @ Bjorn3D

“Late in 2008, AMD released an updated version of the HD4870, with 1 GB instead of 512 MB. Today, we are testing the HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB to see what benefits we get from the increased memory size. Is it worth the extra dollars or will a 512 MB card still be enough?”

Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition

Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate Edition @ OC Club

“The heatsink used on the Ultimate Edition HD 4670 is a passive design. This means that its sole means of discharging the thermal load, is to rely on the temperature differential between the air in the chassis and the heatsink itself. Of course better case airflow will allow the heatsink to be more effective. Sapphire has come up with creative solutions for cooling ATI based video cards over the past year with the Toxic and Atomic series of video cards.”

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20

BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20 @ Guru3D

“BFG is the first to bring a liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 295 to the market. As extravagant liquid cooling a GeForce GTX 295 really is, the end results in cooling performance, gaming performance and the incredible aesthetics a product like this offers is extraordinary. The guys of Danger Den provided a massive copper block to sit in-between the two GPUs and chill them down to very nice temperatures.”

XFX GTX285 Black Edition

XFX GTX285 Black Edition @ OC Club

“The XFX GTX285 Black Edition was the fastest single GPU option in all of the tests, minus Fallout 3, and even put up a good fight with the dual-GPU options. The fan on this card was not loud, with an idle speed of 40% and maximum of 56% under load for measured fan speed. The card never ran over 80 Celsius at load, and idled in the high 30s.”

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600 @ Hexus

“The self-titled ‘memory experts’ launched a Ballistix line of high-performance memory a while back, primed to appeal to the enthusiast who’d usually look toward Corsair and OCZ for cutting-edge RAM. Ballistix was augmented with flashy (literally!) Tracer memory, which added some bling. Now, that Tracer series is available in three colours with LEDs to match.”

OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3-1600

OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3-1600 @ PureOC

“Today we’re looking at a set OCZ Platinum 6GB triple channel DDR3-1600 modules, sticks that appear to offer great aesthetics at a great price. But what about performance? We think Performance is King, so we’ll see if the missing link in the equation here is indeed missing or not with these OCZ Platinum sticks.”

OCZ Tri-Channel 1600 Platinum

OCZ Tri-Channel 1600 Platinum @ Bjorn3D

“With the onslaught of Intel’s newest chipset and CPU’s giving us users more memory bandwidth but also increasing the number of channels to the memory. Its only natural for memory manufacturers to follow suit with this newer standard. OCZ has been quiet on this front for some time, but not any more. We at Bjorn3D are going to be looking at a set of Tri Channel memory from OCZ technologies, the Platinum 1600 7-7-7-24 timings DDR3 Tri Channel memory.”