Components

AMD has gone through significant changes as a company over the last few months. Recently, we’ve seen them enter into a joint venture with Nantong Fujitsu for final assembly and test operations and form the new Radeon Technologies Group, led by longtime graphics guru Raja Koduri. Today, AMD is announcing another big change, and this one affects a piece of software that many of you reading this have running on your systems right now—assuming there’s a Radeon in that rig of yours. AMD is ditching Catalyst Control Center in favor of newly architected solutions dubbed Radeon Settings, which is a critical... Read more...
Although working at a publication like HotHardware often involves tight deadlines and countless hours of benchmarking, product photography, and writing, plenty of fun activities get thrown into the mix as well. Case in point--I came home from the Intel Developers Forum this past week to a pair of boxes that were begging to be torn open in an unboxing video. So, I that’s what I did. And what I found inside the boxes is the kind of stuff tech-enthusiasts drool over. Not only was there some killer hardware to ogle, but it was presented in a very unique way...check this out... If you stay on top of... Read more...
Dell has made a handful of interesting announcements at its Dell World 2014 conference, currently taking place in Austin, Texas. Yesterday, we were able to show you some of the new Venue mainstream and professional tablets and convertible devices the company has coming down the pipeline, and today we’ve got some impression of a couple of other products—Dell’s highly anticipated 5K display and a concept “Smart Desk” product that could change the way creative professionals interact with their PC. First up, here’s a look at Dell’s upcoming UltraSharp 27 5K... Read more...
Google claims Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. When we took a look at the first Jelly Bean-equipped tablet a couple of weeks back, the Nexus 7, we felt Jelly Bean had a lot to offer users, both in terms of performance enhancements as well as new functionality. Here, we'll take a closer look at some of the new and improved features that come with Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean is Inherently Faster - One of the goals Google had while creating Android 4.1 was to improve upon the user experience by making the mobile OS feel fast and smooth. In this regard, Jelly... Read more...
Of all the components in a typical PC, the hard drive is typically viewed as the least sexy and most scorned. When AMD or Intel launch a new CPU, they fill PR statements with promises of incredibly fast databases and improved 3D rendering. If AMD and NVIDIA launch new GPUs, the Intertubes hum with promises of realistic graphics, higher resolutions, and multi-monitor gaming. When the likes of Western Digital or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing por...umm, data. Useful?  Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. To add insult to injury,... Read more...
Every once in a while a product comes along that really gets us worked into a frenzy. Typically, the latest and greatest processors and graphics cards generate a lot of buzz around here, but some other components aren’t always as enticing for one reason or another, like motherboards for example. Don’t get us wrong, we love a great enthusiast-class motherboard with a ton of features as much as the next guy, but the majority of them just don’t have the appeal of new CPU or GPU. There are exceptions, of course. Most recently, a number of Asus’ RoG, Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable,... Read more...
Upgrading your notebook's legacy hard drive to a new, fast SSD is a substantial upgrade that makes good sense for a number of reasons.  First, Solid State Drives offer orders of magnitude higher performance under certain conditions, with blazingly fast random access times.  They also produce much less heat versus a standard 2.5-inch notebook hard drive and are virtually immune to shock and vibration trauma that will send your old spinning hard drive to an early grave.In this HotHardware Video Spotlight, we show you how to upgrade your existing notebook hard drive, to a new, fast SSD as... Read more...
Today’s power supplies are a far cry from those that were available just a few years ago.  With the increasing power demands of the latest GPUs and high-end processors, the need for ample, stable power has increased exponentially.  With more and more attention being paid to efficiency and energy conservation, one has to question though, just how much power do you need?  Not too long ago, a 750w PSU was considered huge and today we are seeing PSUs rated as high as 1600 watts.  Naturally, the demands for such wattage vary depending on personal needs, but in most cases this... Read more...
The Ultra ChillTec Thermo-Electric CPU Cooler is a bit more than an oversized aftermarket cooler.  This unit marries two technologies into a single package, teaming a heat-pipe type cooler with a peltier and an oversized fan to offer extreme cooling potential.  To help facilitate its features properly, Ultra also integrates an external control module that's programmed to control the cooler's functions and report on the current health of the CPU. Based on its relatively unique design and a rather hefty pricepoint, we were eager to delve into the design and performance of the Ultra ChillTec... Read more...
USB flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, right? Well, they are a little more expensive than that, but how cool is it that you can get 1GB of storage capacity that's smaller than a pack of gum for like $20-30?  Pretty soon you'll see these great little gadgets in vending machines for a dollar, especially considering that everybody and their mama sells them. When there are so many different offerings from so many companies for the same basic product, you could just buy the first one you come across. That path will fail to earn you any geek cred, though, so we recommend doing a little research... Read more...
A few members of the crew here at HotHardware have had experience selling or servicing PCs for large retail chains at one time or another, and each one of us can tell a handful of stories about clients that didn't take our advice with regard to power protection and ultimately paid the price. It never ceased to amaze us how someone could drop upwards of three thousand dollars on a high-end PC only to scoff at the $50 surge protector recommendation. "No thanks", they'd say, "The $5 power strip will do." And inevitably some of them would be back in the shop... Read more...
The Unitech Optimus 8500 eXP A RADEON 8500 tweaked out for the masses By -Chris Angelini May 29th, 2002   Like it or not, NVIDIA is currently dominating the high-performance video card market.  With an aggressive release schedule and undeniably impressive array of graphics processors, NVIDIA has maneuvered into a comfortable position of supremacy.  Between the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX families, both the enthusiast and business markets are being bombarded with attractive products.  Furthermore, the GeForce4 Go does a commendable job delivering 3D to mobile customers. ... Read more...
Unlocking & Overclocking The AMD Slot A Thunderbird Straddling the fence between the old and the new July 4, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  In this weeks installment of "my PC is faster than yours", we have a new processor that has emerged in the High End space.  AMD's long awaited Thunderbird (god I love that code name) has arrived and it's sporting 256K of on chip full speed L2 Cache.  Along with this new CPU, we will be using a new motherboard from Gigabyte, the GA-7VX (full review coming soon), designed around VIA's new KX133 chipset affording AGP4X and PC133 memory... Read more...