Based off of the RV670 chipset is the Sapphire Ultimate 3870 video card. This card many not be overclocked like the Toxic we reviewed a few weeks back. This means it won’t perform at the same level of the Toxic did, but the major thing the Ultimate has over the Toxic is silence. Combined with 512MB of GDDR4 and Shader 4.1, silence isn’t the only feature the card has that it can boast about. Just how well does it match up against the Toxic mode? Read on to find out.
Yes you can go out and purchase one of the cards from any of the several manufacturers that endorse the ATI brand. The Toxic HD 3870 is an overclocked version of the ATI 3870 chipset. The Toxic HD 3870 uses a single slot cooler that would be a godsend for those that are tight on space or have motherboards with the PCIe slots too close together. This non-reference cooler helps to cool a RV670 clocked to 825MHz from the default 775MHz. Time to put the Toxic 3870 on the bench and see what poerformance number we can get.
There are some people out there that want a decent performing video card that comes with a price that won’t put a huge dent in their pocket books. My soon to be wife is one of those folks that want to be able to play her games like the Sims and now and then she will venture into something that is a bit more graphic intensive. She also works a lot with video that comes via a multi-million dollar scope at her lab. Now Nvidia and AMD have solutions that could meet her needs. Each one of these companies has cards that can be represented in the decent performance at a great price point category. Coming from Nvidia, you have cards like the 8600 series and if you are an ATI fan then you have cards like the HD3650. Each card performs well for being in the under $100 price range.
Vantec has added another member to the NexStar 360 lineup. The 3i boasts some things that we have not seen from Vantec in their many ages in the industry. In the past year or so we have seen motherboards feature energy efficiency, now we have it in hard drive enclosures. The 3i has an integrated controller that can regulate power to the drive resulting in less power consumption, less noise and longer drive life. Adding the real reason why we buy hard drive enclosures, which is for data storage, the new Vantec housing may be worth taking a look at.
Gigabyte being a leader in motherboards is making it easy on us to have the best when new chipsets are released. They have being right there, first to market, when Intel believed it was time for change. This used to be a position held by Asus. Gigabyte is the first to bring us the new X48 chipset to our rigs. This honor belongs to the X48-DQ6 and X48T-DQ6, DDR2 and DDR3 versions respectively. The DQ6 being the high end model for Gigabyte, it has all the bells and whistles. From complex cooling systems to high-end capacitors you can’t ask for more in a motherboard except for excellent overclocking. Can the X48-DQ6 accomplish what we achieved with EX-38 just a few weeks ago?
If you look around some of your favorite online retailers you will see a listing for the Apevia X-Telstar case. The X-Telstar sports a large see-thru side panel and circular display that gives you all the details on what is going on inside the case. The light aluminum construction is a big bonus as well. Apevia has never been a big fan of the industry standard beige casing. This is Apevia newest case to market, but will it be as popular with us as the newest Q-Pack we reviewed a few weeks ago? Read alone with us and we will tell you.