Corsair 1000D Mega-Build Update 4: Machining the Rear Panel
With the interior gutted, it's time to start making the custom panels, starting with the back!
With the interior gutted, it's time to start making the custom panels, starting with the back!
We tested Intel's latest Clarkdale CPU and found some interesting results about its memory performance. Does Core i3 and Core i5 have a problem? Have we really moved on from Core 2's front side bus model? We look at the tweaks and tradeoffs the design makes.
It's teeny, it's tiny, it's DFI's MI P55-T36 mini-ITX motherboard! Performance P55 meets small form factor, and we compare the MI P55-T36 to its full size ATX brothers to see if keeps up with the big boys.
With anticipation mounting higher than Everest, MSI and Lucid have big, bold performance statements to fill. With the ability to run a mix of different graphics cards together in multi-GPU setups, and promising performance better than what Nvidia and ATI offer - we put these claims to the test.
Intel's latest 32nm processors, codenamed Clarkdale, are the first to integrate a GPU. We take the new budget-sensitive Core i3-530 and Core i5-661 for a spin to see how they compare to previous CPUs - will a Core 2 Quad Q6600 still cut it, and has AMD got anything to fight back with? Read on to find out...
We check out an ECS micro-ATX AMD motherboard to see if this "Black Series" budget board buys you a decent backbone to a new PC. Featuring AMD's excellent 785G chipset, the A785GM-M has integrated graphics with HDMI output, but it's lacking some key BIOS features.
Asus challenged us to test the fact that its P6TD Deluxe can overclock a Core i7-920 D0 to 4GHz - and run it overclocked, all day, everyday. We put its claims to the test, and show you BIOS settings so you can get the same results at home.
The Maximus III is a Lynnfield Republic of Gamers board with a serious legacy to live up to - Asus's Maximus II was a 10/10 product, and powered by Intel's P45 chipset, it was the ideal board for overclocking a Core 2 CPU. We see if this pimped out sequel lives up to its predecessor.
Thermaltake has expanded its range of gaming cases with the Element V: a towering steel chassis with support for E-ATX hardware and then some. With adjustable fan speeds and multi-colour LED lighting too, does the Element V have what it takes to be your next upgrade?
GSC Game World has released a DirectX 11 benchmark tool for Call of Pripyat.
Don't want a black P55 board? Gigabyte has the answer with its desirable blue design! As a direct, but cheaper competitor to Asus' P7P55 Deluxe, we found out if Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD5 board has everything and still offers value for money.
Gigabyte squeezes in the goods into this micro-ATX P55 motherboard. It's not all that cheap but it still squeezes in CrossFire and SLI support, as well as plenty of features. We check if it trade blows with the big boys to decide whether it's worth pairing with the popular Core i5-750.
The original Bloomfield Core i7s were a huge leap forward, providing masses of performance, both out of the box and when overclocked. Ten months on, Intel has finally released the range of CPUs to fill the gap between Core 2 and Core i7 with the new Lynnfield-core CPUs.
MSI has applied its lightning technology to the GTX275. We've put it through its paces to see if it can add more pizazz to the equation than the MSI NGTX260 we looked at in July.
AMD has launched its fastest desktop CPU ever, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. With an improved manufacturing process making it more tolerant of high voltages, is this the most overclockable Phenom ever?
In conjunction with AMD's new 785G chipset, the elaborately named Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H is setup for AM3 and DDR3 support, as well as the latest integrated graphics with nifty home theatre features to boot. Is it worth the upgrade from 780G and how does it compare to a discrete HD 4350?
Sporting a Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X² full cover waterblock, MSI's GTX 285 HydroGen looks stunning. However we're more interested in whether it can keep Nvidia's fastest single core GPU cool.
The NH-C12P is a lower profile version of the fantastic NH-U12P from the Austrian company that oozes quality and great performance in its products. We've put it through its paces on LGA775 and Socket AM2+ to see if it can keep up with the strong competition it faces.
Intel launches the fastest processor ever in the shape of the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. With the new D0 stepping, it's a great overclocker, but there's a price to match that makes the CPU of limited appeal. Still, expect this CPU to be breaking all the benchmark records for the next six months.
With DDR3 prices dropping faster than the FTSE, AMD's AM3 motherboards, like the Asus M4A79-T Deluxe, are becoming really quite attractive. Built on familiar M3A79-T technology - one of our favourite AM2+ boards - does the latest generation offer an equally great buy?
Sapphire has not only added an excellent Vapor-X cooler to this Radeon HD 4870, but it has upped the memory from 1GB to 2GB. Does the extra RAM make a difference, and how effective is that cooler? Read on to find out.
Seagate has released its latest 7200.12 hard disks and we're taking a look at the ever popular 1TB capacity. Packing just two 500GB platters it promises to deliver both high performance and cool operation. Can it topple the Samsung Spinpoint F1? Read on to find out!
If you thought Core i7 was fast, prepare to be shocked all over again - you can run two Nehalem EP Xeon W5580s together in one motherboard. We take a look at Intel's latest workstation/server CPU which is up to 93 per cent faster than previous Core 2 architecture Xeons.
Another Core i7 motherboard creeps in the price bracket of affordability along with the MSI X58 Pro at £160. Not only is the Gigabyte UD3R a damned sight better looking, this time the overclocking and cooling performance is one thing that has not been trimmed off to keep the costs down.
Ostentatious good looks and over engineered to the limit - the Foxconn Blood Rage is another Quantum Force extreme overclocking board that has lots of new and lovely bits, but also a price tag to match. Is "the best Foxconn board we've ever seen" really all there is to say?
Ever wondered what 24 CPU usage graphics would look like in Task Manager? AMD shows off its first six-core Opterons
AMD CPUs finally get support for DDR3, but does it make a difference? We put the latest Phenom II X4 810 and 805, as well as the X3 720 and 710 through their paces on DDR2 and DDR3 platforms to see how they stack up against the competition.
We take another look at affordable graphics, this time with XFX's GeForce 9800 GT 512MB XXX edition. Fitted with a custom cooler and packing increased clocks on the core, shader and memory, we find out how it compares with the competiton.
Is the credit crunch getting you down and there's no hope of you ever stretching out for that GeForce GTX 295? We take a look at the HIS HD 4670 IceQ to find out if this overclocked, custom cooled version of ATI's budget card can offer decent performance without denting your wallet. Stay frosty people!
Got a pair of SATA hard drives spare and want to backup your critical software? Icy Box's IB-NAS4220-B network storage just might be the solution you're looking for.
HIS is back with its take on the excellent Radeon HD 4870 1GB graphics card. We take a closer look at what spice HIS has added to its HD 4870 1GB IceQ4+ Turbo and find out if there's room for some innovation in the high-end GPU market. Read on to find out how it gets on...
Shuttle, the industry's renowned small form factor barebones specialist, has taken Intel's latest dual-core Atom CPU and used the mini-ITX form factor to create what seems like a match made in heaven. We put this teeny beast through the paces to see if it makes the perfect mini-PC.
If you like a bit of bling in your case and don't care for extreme wattages, Hipers Type R II with its shiny blue casing, LEDs and metallic fan could be right up your street. We test this feature filled mainstream performer to see if it's cheap for a reason, or just fantastic value for money.
We here at bit-tech have a saying - "you can never have too much storage," In which case the Seagate 1.5TB hard drive seems ideal, packing more gigabytes into a shiny 3.5" drive than ever before. We find out how this jumbo drive stacks up against the competition.
We've seen how AMD's new Kuma CPUs perform at stock speeds, but what's the best CPU to buy for us overclockers: Intel's ever popular E5200 or AMD's new inexpensive monster? We evaluate overclocking performance to see which platform affords the best value.
The last few weeks have been full of blood, sweat and BIOS revisions in the bit-tech benchmarking sweatshop. We've been feverishly putting our new Core i7-based graphics card test systems together and now we're here to report how the graphics landscape is reforming itself.
SSDs might be able to deliver blistering read speeds, but they tend to fall down when it comes to write. Not so the Intel X25-E, which claims both blistering fast read and write speeds thanks to the use of SLC NAND flash memory. We find out if Intel's Extreme series SSD can make the grade and justify its monster price tag.
MSI's Eclipse X58 motherboard for Intel's Core i7 processors sports a great new look and some fresh unique features from its DrMOS and GreenPower technologies. Does it stand tall, overshadowing the competition or fade out as quickly as it appeared? Let's find out.
Antec's Signature is its definitive power supply, built on a idea of quality it's not cheap but it sports an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, a semi-modular design and "hand certification." Are these the ingredients required to earn the bit-tech stamp of approval?