Due to mixed emotions in regards to Windows Vista and the mass amount of discussions on the internet about bugs and problems with the operating system, people have been forced to stick with Windows XP and it’s mass array of service packs.
I personally haven’t experienced many problems with Windows Vista and have been running it since it’s launch. For the past year, the massively anticipated Windows 7 has been the talk of the town in the tech world. Beta releases have been offered to developers and a very limited, very lucky few to test out. The comments as of late have been nothing short of fantastic. This is what Vista should have been and Why was Microsoft in such a rush to release Vista are some of the views expressed by avid consumers.
Here is your chance to test out Windows 7 for yourself.
Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed Crosshair series of motherboards, Asus has unveiled the successor of the Republic of Gamers series. Like the previous generations of RoG boards, the Crosshair III is expected to be bundled with a SupremeFX audio card, external LCD status display, and the ever useful onboard power/reset/CMOS clear buttons.
In the past, Asus has typically reserved it’s high-end Crosshair platform for NForce chipsets. This time around they are bringing forth the AMD 790FX chipset coupled with a SB750 southbridge. The Crosshair III is an AM3 based board which of course will support fast DDR3 memory. This new offering also comes with an 8+2 phase power supply design, a pair of PCIe X16 slots with an additional three PCIe X1 interfaces, and a mature PCI slot to support any of your older devices. Five SATA 3.0 Gbps ports will provide for all your storage needs with an additional external eSATA rounding out your hard drive choices.
As with most unofficial product launches, there are few details regarding price or launch date. However, many sites expect the Crosshair III Formula to be fully unveiled at ComputeX 2009 in June. Anticipate the price to be above the $200 mark when this finally becomes available.
MSI has launched yet another Intel X58 based motherboard, the X58 Pro-E. From what we can see from the pictures, it seems that the Pro-E only comes with one major difference, being a different audio chip. Other minor tweaks are the colour scheme and a different heatsink system. The rest of the specs look to be the same. The colour scheme sports an appealing black and blue based on a cheap looking brown PCB. The different audio chip is made from Realtek with the newer ALC889 chip (compared to the older ALC888). Both chips have 8 channels but for some reason, the new chip means a new motherboard had to be made. Specs of the motherboard are still the same with three PCI-Express slots, a single gigabit LAN port, seven SATA ports and one eSATA port. Firewire, a dozen USB ports, on board power, reset and clear CMOS buttons and six memory slots with support for up to 24GB of DDR3-1333/1066 triple channel memory are also still included.
The new heatsink design gives a more Mucho’ look including the northbridge and southbridge heatsinks which have a different design.
The Pro-E motherboard shouldn’t cost more than the Pro version, meaning it should retail around £160 Ouch!