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Hot Hardware's How Much Ya Bench? - Version 2.0 Pentium !!! Coppermine 800 On The i820 Platform  April 17, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Over the past few months Intel has been releasing a myriad of processors covering all ends of the performance spectrum.  Never before has the end user had so many options to choose from with respect to what host processor will be driving their systems.  Whether you opt for Celeron, Pentium!!!, or Xeon, you will also have a host of flavors to choose from within that processor subset.  The widest selection ever of Packages, Cache and Clock Speeds... Read more...
    January 11     Getting 515 From Your Little Machine     First, allow me to give you some backgrond on my motives with respect to overclocking. I am a speed freak. I intend to push my hardware as far as it will go without damage to the components. Some people are value freaks. They want the most horsepower for their buck and are concerned about cost. While cost is an issue sometimes for me, I opted for the PII-333 for my overclocked gaming rig. The option is a little more risky due to the fact that the PII-333 is multiplier locked at 5X. So, if your CPU won't do... Read more...
  MadOnion Boot Camp Or a "San Francisco Boondoggle", which ever you prefer... By Dave Altavilla - October 6, 2000   Hi there folks!  We are just now getting around to posting the incriminating photos...... err I mean coverage of our trip to San Francisco last weekend. We met with the MadOnion folks and learned a little more about their current and next generation products, XLR8R, BAPCo Sysmark2000, WebMark2001, 3DMark 2001 and Video2000. The following shots are an on scene look into the event and what kind of mayhem went down during our visit.  We didn't get as many... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers As the old saying goes, "where there is a will, there is a way".  When AMD's Athlon first hit the market many were disappointed with the lack of user configuration options for the first round of Athlon Motherboards.  Still today, there aren't many boards out there that can do much in the way of overclocking the Athlon.  That didn't stop the good folks at Outside Loop from inventing a truly convenient way to overclock your Athlon processor in just about any motherboard imaginable.  With the twist... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers We'll let the pictures say it all...   We dialed the Athlon straight up to 800MHz. with the Afterburner from Outside Loop.  This particular CPU we had, held stable throughout our tests for hours on end at this frequency.  Will you be able to hit this mark?  I don't know but the Afterburner will let you find out and some sort of overclock achievement is almost guaranteed with Athlons.  There just hasn't been a clean and easy way to achieve it, until now. Update  12/22/99: We used an Athlon 500... Read more...
3/00 The Thermaltake Golden Orb Bright and Shiny Heavy-Metal Cooling High Performance CPU Cooling and Heat Sinks themselves, have literally become an art form over the past few years.  From wild water cooled rigs to simplistic brute force multi high speed fan set-ups, many inventions have been mothered by the overclocking community's relentless need to eliminate heat from their CPUs and cases.   Many innovative designs of heat sinks, some even with exotic metal alloy combinations, have been brought to market.  With each new iteration of CPU technology it seems as if the cooling... Read more...
  Cooling The Cache ! Decapsulating the P2 and delivering a cool breeze over your cache!   I got a little bored Saturday night and decided to "pull a Kyle" on my Pentium 2-333. This was a serious leap of faith in that this processor already does 500+ Mhz. very stable on most BX motherboards. I really didn't have a lot of motive to try to cool my CPU anymore because of this. However, like I said, I was in between hardware reviews and I was bored! Idle hands make the devil's work... At least that's what my Mother always says! :-) One of the most prominent issues with stability... Read more...
The Intel Pentium III 933MHz. Filling the gap between 866MHz. and 1GHz. June 22, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Technology marches on at a relentless, blindingly fast pace.  The high end technology of today will quickly be the main stream "bread and butter" product of tomorrow.  In the Semiconductor space, tomorrow often comes VERY soon.  Semiconductor manufacturing technology seems to advanced in "light year" increments with each new iteration of process enhancement.  I can remember days back less than 10 years ago when 1 micron or .8 micron IC Fab technology... Read more...
  How do you properly cool a Pentium III ? The TennMax P3 TF Cooler These days most custom PC enthusiasts, tend to use some sort of third party Heat Sink and Fan combination for proper cooling of their CPU. Stock Heat Sink / Fans from Intel and other CPU vendors are usually only adequate for operation of the CPU within normal specs. Obviously, this is not something the average "overclocker" will be satisfied with. Until now, there really haven't been many good cooling solutions for the new Pentium III processor. TennMax, a well known cooling solutions provider, has designed a new... Read more...
The Pentium 4 Bench Test  Architecture and Performance Charting Of Intel's New Flagship By Dave Altavilla - November 20, 2000   An eternity has passed it seems, since Intel has released a processor based on an entirely new architecture.  In actuality, it's been 5 years to be exact, since the P6 Micro-Architecture was introduced in 1995.  Against the backdrop of the perpetual design cycles of the Semiconductor Industry, in 5 years a lot can change. However, mainstream processor base cores are not trivial to design.  Also, Intel has a pretty good knack of leaving themselves... Read more...
The Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz. Processor The "Hyper Pipelined" CPU takes it up a notch By Dave Altavilla - April 24 2001    IC Engineering, it's an exacting science.  When a Design Engineer or Engineering Manager sits down to architect his or her next chip, there are a myriad of decisions that must be made that will affect the outcome of their efforts.  Designing a modern day microprocessor is a daunting task.  When you are doing things from the ground up, as did the Intel design team with the Pentium 4,  you need to design not only with more than just current... Read more...
PC133 CAS2 SDRAM Module Competition Corsair Vrs. Mushkin By Dave Altavilla - September 19, 2000   Like building a house on a solid foundation, there is just no substitute for good memory, when it comes to performance computing.  Virtually all of the various components in your PC access main system memory at some point or another.  Whether you are an avid "Over-Clocker" or the conservative type, there is nothing more essential to system stability than a robust Main Memory Subsystem.  Having memory installed that is capable of handling the high end clock rates of today's... Read more...
   Hot Hardware Presents The...   Well this is it, you silly freaks! The main event! Tonight we'll show you the two most smokin' overclock setups in the Hot Hardware Open Pit! Before we announce our winners I would like to comment a little on some of the Hot Hardware clientele. YOU PEOPLE NEED HELP!!!!! :-) You have way too much time on your hands and may very possibly be suffering from some strange neurotic disorder, kind of like chronic masterba... uh... never mind! :-) Seriously my Brothers and Sisters, you rock! I never knew there was such a vast group of creative and twisted... 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...
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