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Years from now, when future geeks muse over the history of PC tech, what will they remember about 2008? That’s the question we sought to answer when we compiled this comprehensive technology retrospective of the last year. Make no mistake, identifying and sorting the year’s most significant tech events was no easy task. We locked ourselves in a room where we mentally relived the last 12 months, pondering hundreds of items of note and debating the importance of each to find its appropriate rank on our list. Behold the result: our countdown of the 250 items representing the most noteworthy events and product releases that shaped the PC computing landscape in 2008.
Under-Utilized
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570K Z77-D3H XFX RX480 RS Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HyperX 3K 120GB 3TB Storage Hyper 212 Plus Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
24" CFG70  SideWinder X6 550 Watt Logitech G602 
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Razer eXactMat X Objective2 +ODAC 
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3570K Z77-D3H XFX RX480 RS Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HyperX 3K 120GB 3TB Storage Hyper 212 Plus Windows 10 
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24" CFG70  SideWinder X6 550 Watt Logitech G602 
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Razer eXactMat X Objective2 +ODAC 
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post #2 of 10
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112. Overclocker Tends to 51 GPUs in his Folding@Home Farm
The well intentioned competition fostered by Stanford’s quest to find cures to common diseases kicked into high gear when the Folding@Home distributed computing project tapped into GPUs to fold proteins. But nobody took bigger advantage of the new capability than Overclock.net forum member nitteo, who promptly built a F@H farm consisting of 16 motherboards and 51 8800-series GPUs. Failed hardware and a hurricane are temporary roadblocks, but at full tilt, it’s estimated nitteo’s farm pulls in between 225K-250K points per day.
hektik skidz
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Xeon L5639  Asus SABERTHOOTH X58 Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Radeon R9 290 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 48GB 6x8 Corsair 1600Mhz Samsung 840 evo 120GB Toshiba 3TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH Windows 7 BenQ G2222HDL KeyCool 87 MX Browns 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM1000W DeepCool Pangu Modded WMO 1.1a Roccat Taito 
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Xonar DS 
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Xeon L5639  Asus SABERTHOOTH X58 Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Sapphire Radeon R9 290 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 48GB 6x8 Corsair 1600Mhz Samsung 840 evo 120GB Toshiba 3TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH Windows 7 BenQ G2222HDL KeyCool 87 MX Browns 
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Corsair RM1000W DeepCool Pangu Modded WMO 1.1a Roccat Taito 
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112. Overclocker Tends to 51 GPUs in his Folding@Home Farm
The well intentioned competition fostered by Stanford’s quest to find cures to common diseases kicked into high gear when the Folding@Home distributed computing project tapped into GPUs to fold proteins. But nobody took bigger advantage of the new capability than Overclock.net forum member nitteo, who promptly built a F@H farm consisting of 16 motherboards and 51 8800-series GPUs. Failed hardware and a hurricane are temporary roadblocks, but at full tilt, it’s estimated nitteo’s farm pulls in between 225K-250K points per day.
That's awesome
In Progress...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 @ 3.6GHz DFI DK P35-T2RS Dark PowerColor 6870 OCZ Reaper 2 x 2 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Too Many Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 2333SW Logitech G15 
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Antec 900 Razer Death Adder Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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Q6600 G0 @ 3.6GHz DFI DK P35-T2RS Dark PowerColor 6870 OCZ Reaper 2 x 2 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Too Many Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 2333SW Logitech G15 
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PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Antec 900 Razer Death Adder Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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post #4 of 10
Great read and go Nitteo!!
Bob's Your Uncle
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4790K MSI Z97 Krait SLI Edition Asus R9 290 DCII 16gb Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
250gb and 120gb Samsung 840 Cryorig H7 Push/Pull Win7  ViewSonic VX2457-MHD + Planar 2210W 
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Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair TX650W Deepcool Dukase Logitech G500 
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Steelseries QCK Mass Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 
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Bob's Your Uncle
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4790K MSI Z97 Krait SLI Edition Asus R9 290 DCII 16gb Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
250gb and 120gb Samsung 840 Cryorig H7 Push/Pull Win7  ViewSonic VX2457-MHD + Planar 2210W 
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Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair TX650W Deepcool Dukase Logitech G500 
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Steelseries QCK Mass Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 
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post #5 of 10
Iono about the core i7 at number 1... did anyone NOT see the performance it offered coming?
Lenovo t500
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P8400 Lenovo 2081CTO ATi 3650 / Intel 4500HD 4048 MB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160 GB 7200 RPM DVD-ROM/CD-RW Windows 7 Professional x86_64 15.4" wxga LED 
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Integrated Integrated Matte Black w/ roll cage Microsoft Basic Optical 
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None 
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Lenovo t500
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P8400 Lenovo 2081CTO ATi 3650 / Intel 4500HD 4048 MB 
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160 GB 7200 RPM DVD-ROM/CD-RW Windows 7 Professional x86_64 15.4" wxga LED 
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Integrated Integrated Matte Black w/ roll cage Microsoft Basic Optical 
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SZayat: I think it's time to edit the thread title.
    
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Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 2.26GHz Intel GM45 Chipset GeForce GT240M GT 1GB 2x2GB DDR3-1066 
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WD 500GB Windows Vista SP1 15.6" LED Backlit Display 6-Cell Li-Ion 
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Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 2.26GHz Intel GM45 Chipset GeForce GT240M GT 1GB 2x2GB DDR3-1066 
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WD 500GB Windows Vista SP1 15.6" LED Backlit Display 6-Cell Li-Ion 
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by dasparx View Post
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112. Overclocker Tends to 51 GPUs in his Folding@Home Farm
The well intentioned competition fostered by Stanford’s quest to find cures to common diseases kicked into high gear when the Folding@Home distributed computing project tapped into GPUs to fold proteins. But nobody took bigger advantage of the new capability than Overclock.net forum member nitteo, who promptly built a F@H farm consisting of 16 motherboards and 51 8800-series GPUs. Failed hardware and a hurricane are temporary roadblocks, but at full tilt, it’s estimated nitteo’s farm pulls in between 225K-250K points per day.
Beat me to it. Congrats on your Internet fame, nitteo!
The Outrider
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 Extreme 990X P6T6 WS REVOLUTION Radeon HD 7970 G. Skill 24GB Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black 1TB SSD BluRay Burner Corsair H100 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate 24" ASUS HDMI Corsair 1200w Gold Cooler Master CSX Green Dragon XXLE (6 of 300 -... 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Tron Razer Goliathus Auzentech X-Fi Home Theater HD Logitech Z-5450 
AudioOther
4.1 Trash Set tuned crispy Blackmagic Intensity Pro 
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The Outrider
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Intel Core i7 Extreme 990X P6T6 WS REVOLUTION Radeon HD 7970 G. Skill 24GB Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black 1TB SSD BluRay Burner Corsair H100 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate 24" ASUS HDMI Corsair 1200w Gold Cooler Master CSX Green Dragon XXLE (6 of 300 -... 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Tron Razer Goliathus Auzentech X-Fi Home Theater HD Logitech Z-5450 
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4.1 Trash Set tuned crispy Blackmagic Intensity Pro 
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202. 5 Billion Songs Served on iTunes, DRM Ruins Meal

Making a pitch for quantity over quality, Apple’s iTunes Store boasts over 5 billion songs sold by June of 2008, most of which came saddled with DRM. Other digital download stores pick up the slack by offering a smorgasbord of DRM-free music, but Apple never appears to be in a rush to follow suit. Such is the luxury the company can afford to make when it claims over 70 percent of online digital music sales.
Haha smörgåsbord (smorgasbord)
Uhh.. Thing
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TERA
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MEGA
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690K Z97-PRO GAMER GigaByte GTX970 G1 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 Pro Samsung 850 EVO Noctua D15 Windows 10 x64 Enterprise 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE QPAD MK-50 EVGA 750W G2 Frractal Design R5 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 IKEA Galant SupremeFX -> Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver Dali Zensor 1+SUB E-12F 
Other
Logitech G27 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5GHz 1.425v with HT enabled ASUS P8Z77-V Gigabyte GTX670 OC Gigabyte GTX670 OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeanve LP White 16GB Corsair Force GT 120GB WD RED SOHO 3TB WD RED SOHO 3TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD BLACK 4TB Seagate 5900 LP 2TB XSPC Raystorm D5 XSPC RX480 w/ GT AP-13 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 w/ GT AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 DELL U3011 Logitech K800 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX1000W Corsair 900D Logitech G500 SARGAS 460 
AudioAudio
Denon AVR-2313 Dali Zensor 7, 5, Vocal 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i5 3570k 4.2GHz ASUS P8Z77-i DELUXE Corsair Vengeance LP 4GB Samsung 830 256GB 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1 ASUS V248QE Corsair HX650W 
CaseMouse PadAudioAudio
BitFenix Prodigy Funk Surface 1030 Realtek 898 Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver 
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Dali Zensor 1+SUB E-12F 
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Uhh.. Thing
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TERA
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MEGA
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690K Z97-PRO GAMER GigaByte GTX970 G1 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 Pro Samsung 850 EVO Noctua D15 Windows 10 x64 Enterprise 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VG248QE QPAD MK-50 EVGA 750W G2 Frractal Design R5 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 IKEA Galant SupremeFX -> Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver Dali Zensor 1+SUB E-12F 
Other
Logitech G27 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5GHz 1.425v with HT enabled ASUS P8Z77-V Gigabyte GTX670 OC Gigabyte GTX670 OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeanve LP White 16GB Corsair Force GT 120GB WD RED SOHO 3TB WD RED SOHO 3TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD BLACK 4TB Seagate 5900 LP 2TB XSPC Raystorm D5 XSPC RX480 w/ GT AP-13 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 w/ GT AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 DELL U3011 Logitech K800 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX1000W Corsair 900D Logitech G500 SARGAS 460 
AudioAudio
Denon AVR-2313 Dali Zensor 7, 5, Vocal 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i5 3570k 4.2GHz ASUS P8Z77-i DELUXE Corsair Vengeance LP 4GB Samsung 830 256GB 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1 ASUS V248QE Corsair HX650W 
CaseMouse PadAudioAudio
BitFenix Prodigy Funk Surface 1030 Realtek 898 Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver 
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Dali Zensor 1+SUB E-12F 
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Ok what is with this fail being on the list...
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72. Thermaltake Duo Orb

Our favorite CPU air cooler eschew the high-rise trend and still outperforms the competition. Modern performance CPU coolers have been getting wider and taller—6” by 5” cooling arrays are, sadly, not uncommon. The ThermalTake DuOrb spreads its fans and fins horizontally, making for a more restrained-looking rig without compromising performance. However, its horizontal sprawl does potentially block RAM and PCI-E expansion slots, so install those first to prevent conflicts.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 2.26GHz Intel GM45 Chipset GeForce GT240M GT 1GB 2x2GB DDR3-1066 
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WD 500GB Windows Vista SP1 15.6" LED Backlit Display 6-Cell Li-Ion 
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Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 2.26GHz Intel GM45 Chipset GeForce GT240M GT 1GB 2x2GB DDR3-1066 
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WD 500GB Windows Vista SP1 15.6" LED Backlit Display 6-Cell Li-Ion 
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post #10 of 10
LOL 112 Features Nitteo's Folding Farm!
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Gateway FX 6860
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 c0 @ 4.0ghz eVGA x58 SLI 2x EVGA GTX670 SLI OCZ Gold 6gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Patriot Inferno 120gb SSD Seagate Barracuda LP 2tb Corsair H100 Win7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 245BW Corsair AX1200 CM 690 II 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
T5550 8800m GTS 4gb ddr2 667mhz 320gb 5400rpm 
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17 in 1440x900 
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Gateway FX 6860
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Intel i7 920 c0 @ 4.0ghz eVGA x58 SLI 2x EVGA GTX670 SLI OCZ Gold 6gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Patriot Inferno 120gb SSD Seagate Barracuda LP 2tb Corsair H100 Win7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 245BW Corsair AX1200 CM 690 II 
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T5550 8800m GTS 4gb ddr2 667mhz 320gb 5400rpm 
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