Friday News, September 16th 2011

ASUS has updated their microATX ROG offerings with the latest chipset from Intel, and we take a look. A red and black racer, the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z is ready for high speed gaming without a doubt, and packs in many exclusive features that just might see it hit the finish line first. Ready? Set? GO!

Today we will be testing out the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5. Based on the latest AM3+ architecture and featuring the top-end 990FX chipset and SB950 southbridge combo, this board offers a mid-grade enthusiast platform with an emphasis on robust build quality and rich feature sets. The Gigabyte 990FXA series is also available in UD3 and UD7 models, the main difference among the three being the number of supported graphics cards.

For example, as a silent PC enthusiast, but a PC enthusiast nonetheless, I am always after a computer that is not only matchless in performance, but also unparalleled in silence. And with any performance computer, the video card is an absolutely crucial component. So to put some substance into our review today, is there such thing as a graphics card that has all the processing power, emits minimal amount of noise, and still does not overheat? With Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 570 1280MB SOC here at APH Networks today, let's see if this is the Professor King of video cards!

Case, Cooling and Power

Episode #121 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace. This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech – not only around BCCHardware, but also the world. Check it out over here – as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace. In this episode we will be discussing Steam coming to the Xbox 360, Tablet Time and Nintendo struggles with their hardware relationship – it's not me, it's Wii U. We have those stories and more…



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