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Part one looked at SSDs, flash-based storage, and RAM. In part two, we look at some other options to consider this holiday shopping season.

Video cards:

Radeon HD 5970
Radeon HD 5870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750

ATI has been providing a lot of value over the last year and a half with its video cards. The new Radeon HD 5000 series is very popular due to its support for DirectX 11. The Radeon 5700 series is targeted at the mainstream, while the Radeon 5800 series is for higher end gamers. The recently released Radeon HD 5970 is currently the most powerful graphics card in the world.

While the higher end cards have been hard to get since their launch, DailyTech has been told that production has been ramping up and more GPUs have been shipping from TSMC. That has helped to ease supply issues, but strong consumer demand still means a hefty premium.

Radeon 5770 cards are readily available for around $160, while the 5750 is around $140.

Power Supply:

Saving money through greater efficiency has been a hot topic this year. The new Energy Star 5.0 specification requires 80 PLUS Bronze level certified power supplies. Most computers use less than 400 watts at load, but a basic engineering guide is for power is to have double what you require. Most PSUs are usually at their most efficient around 50% of their maximum rated load.

OCZ OCZ Z-Series 850W Modular - OCZZ850M

Although OCZ has been focusing a lot on SSDs, it has also been investing heavily in power supplies since it bought PC Power & Cooling in 2007. The Z-Series PSUs feature Gold or Silver level 80 PLUS certification.


Watch:

Casio Pathfinder/Pro-Trek Watch

One of my hobbies is mountain climbing, and I've been a fan of Casio's Pathfinder series of watches for several years. Known as the Pro Trek series outside of North America, most of the watches feature a large face and digits for easy readability, as well as a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer.

Some advanced models also feature solar power recharging, a tide graph, water resistance to a depth of 200m (20 Bar), and atomic calibration.


Gaming:

PSP Go
PSP-3000

Sony's new take on the PSP has been controversial, largely because of its high price due to the inclusion of 16GB of NAND flash memory. The removal of UMD is a feature for some, but left UMD owners in the dust without a means of playing games they've already bought. However, the PSP-3000 remains in production, and continues to be sold alongside the PSP Go.

For those who are getting into portable gaming or switching from the inferior graphics of other platforms, the PSP Go does deserve consideration. The convenience of not having to carry around flash disks or UMDs is a big plus, but you'll pay for that convenience.

Electric Vehicle:

The Tesla Roadster has been in the news a lot this year as the company ramped up production and opened stores around the world. As a purely electric vehicle, the Roadster needs less maintenance than cars with an internal combustion engine. The low-cost of electricity also means savings for those tired of the gas pumps.

The Roadster's 0–60 MPH (0–97 KM/h) acceleration time is 3.9 seconds, while the upgraded Sport model accelerates in just 3.7 seconds.

The $109,000 price tag means it is out of reach for most of us, but there has to be something out there to dream of. Tesla has announced a lower cost Model S sedan that will be below $50,000 with tax credits, and the company is planning on a more mainstream EV around the $30,000 mark.




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Uhh...
By spathotan on 12/14/2009 12:42:34 AM , Rating: 3
Was a $100,000 car really just suggested as a Christmas gift?




RE: Uhh...
By Chillin1248 on 12/14/2009 2:35:55 AM , Rating: 3
I wish his Santa would visit me, mine just gives me rebates.

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Chillin


RE: Uhh...
By someguy123 on 12/14/2009 3:16:20 AM , Rating: 1
Seems like more of a "Dailytech" ad page rather than a suggested gift list. I laughed at the suggestion of car and the "inferior graphics" of other handhelds.


RE: Uhh...
By theapparition on 12/14/2009 8:23:51 AM , Rating: 1
What I find most ironic is a Chrismas wish list that includes a 100k+ car and a pathetic digital watch on the same list.
Either go for a cheap techy watch and cheap techy car (like Prius or Volt), or go for expensive like Omega/Rolex and a decent expensive sports car.

Jason,
Your Christmas list is starting to look a lot like an advertisement.


RE: Uhh...
By theapparition on 12/14/2009 8:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
Excuse me, meant to type in Jansen


RE: Uhh...
By Reclaimer77 on 12/14/2009 11:56:31 AM , Rating: 2
Only a hopeless Liberal would actually "dream" of a 100k electric car. Seriously, there are much hotter and much better real cars to be had if we're just "dreaming" here.


RE: Uhh...
By Zoomer on 12/14/2009 3:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
I would prefer maybe a 911. Or one M3, and save the rest for a new M3 maybe a decade later.

Yes, it's not 4 seconds, but ride quality is unknown with the tesla. And since its based off a lotus, well...


RE: Uhh...
By chrnochime on 12/14/2009 4:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with being based off of the Elise? I've driven the Elise before, and even with the sports suspension it wasn't jarring.


RE: Uhh...
By ted61 on 12/14/2009 8:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
I guy down the street from me has a Tesla and that is one sweet car! If you blink, it is gone and you don't hear it go. A Porche sounds like it has tin cans strapped to the muffler.

Santa, bring me a Tesla. The waiting list is so long that I don't think Santa can get one before 2011. I bet being a Tesla salesman is a good job. "Give me a $20,000 down payment and I will call you in two years".


RE: Uhh...
By aqaq55 on 12/15/2009 7:47:35 AM , Rating: 1
http://ta.gg/3yu

fr ee sh i pp ing

(jordan shoes) $32

(air max) $34

+++

wow


RE: Uhh...
By kufeifies on 12/16/2009 7:34:18 AM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


RE: Uhh...
By kufeifies on 12/16/2009 7:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


RE: Uhh...
By kufeifies on 12/16/2009 7:45:13 AM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


RE: Uhh...
By kufeifies on 12/16/2009 9:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
Christmas gifts come in to pick:
=====h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m====
jewerly $20
ugg boots$50
jordan shoes$32
handbag$35
h t t p : / / w w w . b h s h o e . c o m


WTF?
By Crucial on 12/13/2009 11:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
WTF?




RE: WTF?
By AnotherGuy on 12/14/2009 1:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
rofl... yeah this is getting too funny...

Granma send me a gift... just a Tesla cmon


RE: WTF?
By spread on 12/14/2009 1:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
Embarrassing I'm sure. I wouldn't ride in anything worth less than $100,000 and not equipped with a minibar.

How boorish.


RE: WTF?
By inperfectdarkness on 12/14/2009 9:33:53 AM , Rating: 2
because appearently everyone at dailytech uses the same gpu's, portible gaming systems, and smartphones.

seriously? lol.


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