Our German lab recently bought itself an AMD Athlon 64 2000+ processor, which only consumes 8 W of power. Clearly, this would make for a good face-off against Intel's energy-efficient Atom.
Originally developed for use in nettops, the Atom is now available for desktops. But how economical is the little platform, and is it powerful enough to handle daily work requirements?
Gigabyte is presenting two new motherboards for AMD's Phenom processor. The GA-780SLI-DS5 uses Nvidia's SLI-capable nForce 780a chipset while the GA-MA78GM-S2H is built around AMD's own 780G chipset.
ASUS is introducing its first dual-tuner TV card for an x1 PCI-Express slot. The MYC-PE9300Dual Hybrid is able to show digital and analog TV signals simultaneously.
The 780G's northbridge chip has integrated Radeon HD3200 GPU. No graphics card or powerful CPU needed to build a hi-def HTPC. Crossfire supports added graphics card for very good gaming performance.
How overclockable is the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 and quad channel D5400XS motherboard combination? And what about power consumption?
Intel's Skulltrail platform sports 8 cores running at 4 GHz each and uses a quad-core memory interface. Developed out of fear of AMD's Phenom, Intel's fastest hardware meets underdeveloped software.