Wednesday News, December 21st 2011

We are testing the AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer processor against the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T processor. The AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer is clocked at 3600Mhz and the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T is clocked at 3300Mhz. We will be using Benchmarks for testing the AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer and AMD Phenom II X6 1100T which are:- Divx, Povray, Sysmark 2007, Windows Media Encoder, Dragon Age Origins and World of Warcraft. The AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer has a 9% clock speed advantage over the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T and the AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer has 25% more L3 Cache. The AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer also has 8 Cores compared to the 6 found on the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T. It's going to be a good fight between the AMD FX 8150 Bulldozer and AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor Review.

Small form factor systems are nothing new, but with the Mini-ITX form factor they keep on getting smaller. Today we are going to take a look at a motherboard that is perfect for a small form factor or media center application. The board is the Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme and it features support for second generation Intel Core processors, discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics processor, support for DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s support and of course built-in WiFi. Read on as we check out this tiny motherboard!

Today we are looking at a new GTX 560 from Sparkle, which features 2 GB of GDDR5 and is supplied in an overclocked state. At £170 inc vat is this the ideal graphics card upgrade for a new Christmas system build?

Case, Power and Cooling

OCZ always quote their 4KB Random Write Aligned IOPS through use of IOMeter 2008 and with the standard Vertex 3 coming in at 60,000 write, we find the Max IOPS boasting a massive 75,000 IOPs. An impressive figure to say the least, but we all know that sales hype can sometimes be exactly that. It's drives like this that we're really keen to look at as they offer something different to the norm and get our enthusiast blood pumping again, so let's get straight into it by starting off with what comes included, as we all know OCZ always like to bundle a nice package together.

With regards to building a completed system we advise that you take components from similar price points when you pair things together in order to avoid getting performance bottlenecks. We hope our processor, graphics card, motherboard and storage drive recommendations come in useful and give you some helpful food for thought this Christmas shopping period. Finally amidst a hard drive crisis we also take a look through the best hard drives to buy as well as the best solid state drives: can you still pick up a decent amount of storage for a good price?

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