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    Samsung SM951 AHCI SSD Performing Poorly At Sub-4k File Sizes

    Hmmm, comparing my newly installed SM951 to scores that are posted on various review sites, and it's performing extremely well in the larger file read/writes, nearly identical to others results, but is getting killed in 4k tests...particularly high que depth 4k tests. It's about -45% lower...
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    95mm Max Cooler Height - Best Option?

    Just ordered that new Jonsbo 21.5L RM1 case that somehow can handle an ATX board (we'll see), and need to chase down the best CPU air cooler for it now. Maximum height is 95mm, and it's going on a 5820K. With the cooling constraints of that small a case combined with air only I doubt I'll be...
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    8800GTX desktop "fuzziness" issue: Fixed

    I noticed a slight drop off in precision and quality on the desktop, largely in text clarity, when I moved from an X800XT-PE to an 8800GTX this week. I initially chalked it up to nvidia's external TDMS chip possibly being weak, and noticing small things more on my 37" Westinghouse LCD at...
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    XFX 8800GTX: 12,305 3DMark06, 650/1035 on air, $535...lol

    Wow, I actually feel a little guilty for all of the people who paid $600+ for their GTX... :D That Dell deal last week, you know the one where every hater said they'd take ages to ship the card, rah rah rah, they'll cancel your order, etc, paid off nicely. Ordered it on Monday, got here...
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    AS5 still the best thermal compound?

    Just checking, it's been a while since I swapped out stock grease for AS, wondering if anything better has surfaced. :)
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    Any 8800GTX/GTS owners see a benefit from swapping the stock thermal compound?

    Anyone rip off the stock cooling and replace the standard paste with artic silver and see a benefit at all on their 8800? Mine gets here tomorrow and I'm wondering if it's worth doing.
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    Which game demos allow benchmarks? (Prey, Fear, Quake4, etc)

    Just upgraded to an 8800GTX and want to do some benchmarking on it but I've been working so hard lately that I haven't had a chance to buy any recent benchmarkable games. Besides 3DMark06 and Aquamark, what game demos available for download are capable of being benchmarked? I'd like to steer...
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    Best deal on an 8800GTX, what site/store is everyone watching?

    Need to keep my budget in check and am targeting a dirty $599 PNY 8800GTX some time this month...so far the cheapest I can find one is around $620 shipped... Any other stores/sites/deals that prospective 8800 buyers are keeping a close eye on day to day besides the usual suspects (Froogle...
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    8800GTX SLI: 4 PCI-e power connectors required?

    Just bought a an OCZ 700w GameXstreme ps two months ago with my Conroe rig upgrade and it's only got 2 x PCI-e power connectors. The 8800GTX needs four when running in SLI...grrr...any way around this with splitters or some other hackneyed fix? :D And save the "OMG U DUN WANT TO RUN DAt, IT...
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    Cheapest card for the 3007 that can do 2560x1600 on the desktop?

    I'm about to pull the trigger on a 3007, moving up from a Sammy 240T, and I want to know what the cheapest dual link DVI card is on the market that can do 2560x1600 on the desktop. Going to use it as a filler until DX10 cards come out in the fall. Cheapest I've found is that Saphire X1600 PRO...
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    Best water cooling setup from an OEM system builder?

    I'm looking to buy a water-cooled rig as my next gaming PC, and wondering which system integrator you guys feel offers the best cooling system as an option. Meaning out of Voodoo, Velocity Micro, OverdrivePC, and the others, which one do you feel uses the best parts for their rigs in terms of...
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    Any system builders who offer phase-cooled rigs?

    I don't want to mess with the install of a phase unit, god knows it would probably be wetter than the Amazon after I was done lol, but I'm curious if anyone knows a system integrator like Falcon or Voodoo, etc, who offers pre-installed phase units like a Vapochill as a possible option, the same...
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    Any system builders who offer phase-cooled rigs?

    I don't want to mess with the install of a phase unit, god knows it would probably be wetter than the Amazon after I was done lol, but I'm curious if anyone knows a system integrator like Falcon or Voodoo, etc, who offers pre-installed phase units like a Vapochill as a possible option, the same...
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    Quad-SLi 7900 GTX 512 benchmarks

    Provided by nVidia themselves, fyi. As with the Conroe benchmarks provided by Intel versus a future AMD processor at IDF, these are best used as a rough guide at the moment until a third-party can validate them independently. Benchmarks run on an FX-57 system with 1GB of ram and Windows XP...
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    Conroe launch speeds, prices, details.

    Lot of questions about Conroe's pricing, availability, platform, etc, here are most of the details compiled from multiple IDF reports that have appeared the over the past 48 hours, as well as a few public roadmaps Intel has released previously put into a single post for easy digestion. Six...
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    IDF: Woodcrest beats down Opteron like a mangy flea-ridden dog, benchmarks to follow

    Will be interesting to see some server-level benchmark results on the new architecture: Intel Woodcrest server leads AMD Opteron 64 server in performance test Wolfgang Gruener - THG 7 Mar 2006 21:21 San Francisco (CA) - In the first head-to-head match-up for performance supremacy...
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    "Oh I've always liked Intel, AMD was just a hobby..."

    Hilarious when a hot young babe throws you some serious attention just how tired and old the wife looks isn't it? Conroe is a 21-year old version of Jenna after today, and the FX just became Courtney Love... :D Every AMD forum on the net has hundreds of apologetic AMDers jumping on that...
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    Conroe XE versus Kentsfield...Four cores worth waiting to upgrade for?

    Pat Gelsinger demonstrated the Kentsfield quad-core desktop CPU today at IDF, which is a Q1/2007 product most likely (call it six months later than the Conroe's arrival to market). Kentsfield is essentially two Conroe dual-core CPUs at 65nm linked together, the desktop version of the...
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    Xeon platform: Dual graphic card support later this year?

    I'm looking to do my next round of upgrading when Vista ships late this year and I'm curious about those recent rumors that Intel is moving their first quad-core Xeon (Clovertown) launch date up from Q1/2007 to Q4/2006. I use my main PC for business purposes as a workstation, but it also gets...
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