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Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2′s gaming rig

Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2′s gaming rig

Gateway's FX6800-01e was the first i7, Nehalem, Quad-Core processor PC we tested, and its performance boost over the previous Core 2 architecture was obvious. That was the company's lowest FX-series rig with Nehalem/Bloomfield; today we have the highest model in the FX-series, the FX-6800-05 desktop, to review. Gateway's ultimate gaming rig sports high end components built upon the Intel's i7-940 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and last but by no means least, an ultra-fast Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. All that will cost you around $3000 retail, so the big question is whether this Gateway is worth the asking price?

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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series: twice the performance of HD 3000

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series: twice the performance of HD 3000

If last week we were hypnotized by slick smartphones and tiny "Digital Lifestyle PCs", then this week let's try to focus at least a little on something that might affect a whole lot more of us.  AMD announced their latest notebook graphics platform, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series, along with the promise that gamers could expect twice the performance of the previous-generation HD 3000 series.  It's also the first to support GDDR5 RAM, as well as having support for Microsoft DirectX 10.1.

 

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Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 gets Zalman GPU cooling in Japan

Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 gets Zalman GPU cooling in Japan

All my video cards have had after market GPU coolers for better air flow with quieter operation, so does my latest Nvidia with Zalman VF900-cu. The Zalman VF900 is a hybrid VGA cooling combines uniquely heatpipes design with a 90mm fan on its pure copper heatsink. Apparently Gigabyte likes the design; they have teamed up with Zalman, packed its latest ATI Radeon HD 4870 GV-R487D5-1GG with VF-900 looks alike GPU cooler.

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ATI Radeon HD 4830 announced by AMD

ATI Radeon HD 4830 announced by AMD

While we got some leaked information on it on Tuesday, the ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card was officially announced yesterday and it provides consumers with a cheaper option that still carries great specs.

Features for the 4830 graphics card include many that are included in the higher-end models. They are simply cut back a bit here. For instance, there are 640 stream processors instead of 800. However, the 256-bit memory bus remains, as does full screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

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ATI Radeon HD 4830 announcement on Thursday October 23rd?

ATI Radeon HD 4830 announcement on Thursday October 23rd?

Today is the day that AMD were rumored to be announcing the ATI Radeon HD 4830, a sub-$150 video card that would directly rival the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT.  However, according to a leaked pre-embargo slide from Engadget Chinese, it looks as though we may have to wait a couple more days: the NDA doesn't lift until October 23rd, suggesting the HD 4830 will be officially announced this Thursday.

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Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition: overclocked bargain

Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition: overclocked bargain

Palit have released a quad-output graphics card based on ATI's Radeon 4870 HD.  The Palit Radeon HD 4870 1GB Sonic Dual Edition consists of an overclocked ATI chipset with a sizable dual-fan cooler and switchable dual-BIOS for 'sonic' and 'turbo' modes.  The output options are twin HDCP-compliant DVI and a DisplayPort socket, with included converters for DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI.

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CoolIT liquid-cooling for HD 4870 X2: overclock GPU to 880MHz

CoolIT liquid-cooling for HD 4870 X2: overclock GPU to 880MHz

They may not be the first liquid cooling system for the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 that we've seen - Asetek's setup yesterday beat them to it - but CoolIT's does have the bonus of being marketed to consumers not just OEMs.  CoolIT worked with AMD to develop a liquid cooling system that would make overclocking the X2 both straightforward and stable; in fact, they can push the GPU up 13.5-percent, and the memory up by almost the same amount.

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