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Top 100 Products of 2005

Top 100 Products of 2005

Nos. 81 - 90

Designed for the articulate user, Sony's HS-Series of LCD monitors are an upper-class privilege with a sculptured single-piece design that oozes style and elegance. However, looks aren't their only forte as they carry a high entertainment value. It even comes in a Prestige sub-line that delivers superior image capabilities.

While the Sony are bred for clinical perfection, LG's own Flatron Artistic series are stylistic compliments to any PC or living room environment. Winner of the IF Material Design Award 2005, the entire Artistic range does not only deliver high style and function, but image quality not to be overlooked.

In the constant struggle to deliver the 'blackest black', Samsung's SyncMaster 740T can be called the little 17-inch black hole. The monitor is capable of a staggering 1500:1 contrast ratio with full 8-bit per pixel color space, a feat that many high-end monitors cannot yet hope to achieve.

NEC's SpectraView Reference 21 monitor has to be the most powerful high-end LCD monitors released in 2005. Using a 21.3-inch widescreen panel with LED backlight technology and hardware color calibration system. This monitor is designed to have the most accurate color workflow consistency for professionals that will not settle for compromise.

Not known for subtlety, ASUS grabs 'feature-packed' by its laurels and gives it a new meaning. Optimized to deliver exceptional performance as well as a deluge of features, the P5LD2 Deluxe WiFi-TV is the most extreme Intel 945P Express motherboard you can get your hands on with no exception.

Before NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 drove prices of the nForce4 SLI down, the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme has long been delivering premium performance at budget friendly prices. As one of the best motherboards in ECS' 2005 line-up, the KN1 SLI Extreme delivers on all fronts - price, performance and features alike.

The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal is one of the first to market motherboards featuring Intel's high-end Glenwood chipset. It's also the first motherboard to carry the Designed for Dolby Master Studio certification and still remains a highlight today with top notch performance and a gamut of features worthy of any enthusiast.

Launched just in time to make it into our list, the GA-G1975X is a bold statement to the gamer community. Using Intel's new 975X Express chipset, Gigabyte decked the board out for extreme performance with crazy cooling and comes factory overclocked. ATI CrossFire support is just icing on the cake.

From the self-proclaimed masters of gaming comes an nForce4 SLI motherboard that is designed to be the ultimate gaming platform. While ABIT has a whole range of Fatal1ty endorsed motherboards, the A8N SLi takes the cake for performance with the Guru Panel delivering easy access to advanced enthusiast functions.

Without any doubt, the LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D was one of the most interesting motherboards to hit the market in 2005. One of the few boards at the time to deliver dual PCIe graphics and extra voltage, this was the enthusiasts favorite board capable of modding to support SLI.