At long last fellow Guru's, I'm happy to say that we finally have established relations with BFG, and not in "that" way either. Over the years Guru3D.com has tried to include BFG in their product review line-up many times. The issue was that we are a Dutch based office where BFG focuses really hard on the USA market. That and living in a really small country made it hard for us to get the samples overseas. Luckily for us BFG have grown extensively and is currently one of the biggest players in the graphics industry.
So after a year or two trying we pretty much gave up on BFG product reviews, yet since BFG have grown they now have a PR spokesmen in the UK and that made my life a lot easier as a couple of weeks ago the phone rang and BFG actually asked why we were not reviewing their products! How ironic is that? Hey bring 'em on!
BFG: the geeks and hardware freaks among the Guru community will say, hey that's the company that makes really sweet NVIDIA graphics cards and Physics boards. The fraggers and LAN gamers among us would say .. BFG ? Big Frickin Gun ? BFG is arguably the most powerful weapon in the computer game Doom so see the link here ?
Fact is that BFG Technology currently is one of the biggest NVIDIA vendors as they are everywhere on this globe. And with that being said, allow me to introduce the first two BFG products that we'll review today.
If you read my articles on a regular basis then you've learned that in the mid-range section the most magic happens. Odd cooling solutions, faster memory, weird PCB designs, lower costs .This is the range that most people are able to afford and thus purchase a video card from this segment. Manufacturers fight against each other to offer you the best and fastest product for a good price. So this is also the segment where you'll see "special editions" of graphics cards and that's what we'll look at today. BFG manufactures the GeForce 7600 GT and 7900 GT but as trendy as it is ... they brand it as a special "OC" version. These are the pre-clocked (at default higher clocked then the reference cards from NVIDIA) on both the memory and graphics processor. So today we are looking at the BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC and also their GeForce 7900 GT OC. Both cards come with 256 MB memory and both cards produce a stack load of performance for your well spent bucks.
review: Vantec NexStar LX NAS It's not often we publish reviews on storage devices but a while ago Vantec contacted us with the question if we wanted to review their latest NAS device. I had a peek, it looked sexy, ease of use and good connectivity. Suffice to say that today we'll be having a look at the NexStarLS where you can insert a Parallel HD into a little white or black box and then majestically transform it into a Network Storage Device, so that no matter where you are, you can always access your data as it's quite a portable device and so easy to use.
Review: BFG GeForce 7600 GT & 7900 GT OC BFG manufactures the GeForce 7600 GT and 7900 GT but as trendy as it is ... they brand it as a special "OC" version. These are the pre-clocked (at default higher clocked then the reference cards from NVIDIA) on both the memory and graphics processor. So today we are looking at the BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC and also their GeForce 7900 GT OC. Both cards come with 256 MB memory and both cards produce a stack load of performance for your well spent bucks.
Review: Sparkle Calibre P790+ 512 MB SLI Sparkle has their usual line of cards and then their Calibre line of cards as well. Much like other companies the Calibre series is slightly more expensive yet you'll receive some pretty nifty extra candy. In the case of the GeForce 7900 GT they are offering a 790 and 790+ model of this videocard and we'll be looking at that P790+ model.
Review: Core 2 Duo E6600, E6700 & X6800 Today we'll be taking some new Intel processors for a test-drive. Intel is smiling .. really really smiling ! They have achieved something really good for the processor market. The Pentium 4 brand is being ditched and Core 2 Duo has recently been introduced. Specifically the Core 2 Duo processors with the "Conroe" processor core really hit the market aggressively. They are energy friendly and offer a stack load of performance and if that isn't enough .. you can buy them relatively cheaply.