Hardware Roundup QDI SynactiX 2E mobo reviewed

815e mobos, dangerous fashions and more cool stuff

OCWorkbench has mixed feelings about the new QDI SynactiX 2E motherboard, reckoning it's pretty stable but doesn't have much to write home about in the performance stakes.

At the same place you can also check out a first look at ABIT's VP6 dual Socket 370 board that was showcased during the LinuxWorld Roadshow at Taipei at the weekend.



Over at

One2Surf

there's another ABIT mobo, this time the highly-rated KT7 RAID, which has just got the nod of approval from none other than AMD itself.




And everyone's favourite overclocking loons,

Sharky Extreme

have everything you need to know about thrashing a Celeron to within an inch of its life. In Alex 'Sharky' Ross' own words: "Vince has once again gone off the deep: overcranking the Celeron until it cries 'mama'"




And a word of warning from

OC Workbench

. It appears the latest must-have accessory for Socket A Athlons is a shiny copper plate that sits between the chip and its heatsink. The idea is that it improves thermal conductivity. Only trouble is, it also appears to short out the CPU, risking blowing it up. Check it out before it's too late, fashion victims.




Click on over to

Aces Hardware

and see what kind of performance a Celeron gives once unleashed from its measly 66MHz Front Side Bus. It's pretty good, by all accounts.




Finally, over at

Anandtech

, there's a useful cut out 'n' keep guide to choosing a set of cool speakers to help your PC annoy the neighbours.



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