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The story emerges about HD3450 and gaming
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YOU’LL PROBABLY READ this review of an HD3450 with the samemorbid curiosity one watches a train wreck on Youtube... nonetheless someonewrote it, and sure as heck, we put it up here. Neoseeker picked up this high-endpart (not) and threw some *gasp* DX10 titles at it - WiC, Bioshock, Quake Wars:Enemy Territory, UT3 and X3. A bloody massacre would describe what ensued. Ifyou’re into really hardcore slideshows, you can even watch a vid of UT3 playedon an HD3450. Truth be said, if you get Hybrid CrossFire, maybe - just maybe -you can get that Crysis score over 18fps. Roll over laughinghere.
Small Net Builder has a review of IOGear’s GCN1000 PC Portal – a networkableIP-based KVM device. This is a bit deeper than a software solution giving youaccess to the system on a level that PCAnywhere simply cannot. You can evenwatch the remote PC boot up and access the BIOS with this device. There’s also anice little feature called Virtual Media Connection on the GCN1000. This willlet you transfer files directly from the remote PC to your host PC, creating avirtual USB drive. No idea if this works on Macs, though. Still, it works andmakes life easier for many an admin.Readon.
Xbit Labs has published Part Deux of their 24-incher roundup. In this partthey’ve added reviews of six new displays. Apparently TN matrices are making acomeback in this size department, despite the limited viewing angles and weirdcolour reproduction – it *is* an option is you don’t want to fork out much moneyfor the 24-incher. Oleg has some interesting things to say,here.
Aussies have way too much time on their hands these days. OZ Hardware testeda... (wait for it)... ... USB Missile Launcher. Yes, the Dream Cheeky USBMissile Launcher, an item soon to be banned across the world, just out ofbleedin’ principle. Remember (way back) when Tetris came out and officeproductivity hit a worldwide low? Well, this kit promises to do much of thesame. Enjoy flinging missiles at your co-workers or friends with this littleitemhere.
Computer Shopper has a review of HP’s new Media Vault MV2120. It’s a $299 NASthat works as a file server, backup server and storage server for your homenetwork. It comes with a stock 500GB drive (hot-swappable), and has USB ports toplug in additional drives/USB sticks. There’s also room for a second drive bay(also hot-swappable) which you can use for RAID 1 or JBOD. Some glitches in usermanagement, but not enough to flunk the device altogether. Read CS’s reviewhere.
The Velociraptor is doing the rounds quite fast too. It’s now reachedExtremetech and they are mightily impressed by this 2.5-inch predator. Thisreview did make a difference from the others as Loyd managed to get hold of 2Velociraptors and tested them in single and RAID 0 configuration. Interestingly,the RAID 0 configuration topped out at the same values as a couple of WK6400AAKSalso in RAID 0 – either meaning the platform is limiting the test or it’sreached some technical limit in software. Lots of intriguing technical detailshere.
It’s TechGage’s turn to test the Core 2 Quad Q9450. It isn’t the cheapest orthe most readily available of the Intel Quads, but TG highly recommends it.Performance, power consumption, overclocking are all in line with the remainderof the family – or slightly better, considering you can get a simple 333->400MHz overclock for free, takeing the 2.66GHz straight to 3GHz – identical to aQX9650. $350 will get you one, if you can find it...Carryon.

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