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  The AOpen DRW4410 4x DVD+R/RW Drive A drive that won't burn through your budget! By Robert Maloney December 4, 2003 If we were to step back for a second and look at the state of optical storage a couple of years ago, we were just getting used to having CD-Writers come standard in pre-built PCs. They might not have been super-fast, or... Read more...
The AOpen Aeolus FX5600S AOpen Enters the Mainstream with Some Punch By - Tom Laverriere December 3, 2003 NVIDIA and ATi currently offer PC graphics solutions they refer to as "mainstream" products, since that is the kind of card you will find in an average (versus "enthusiast") system, where the bulk of the market volume... Read more...
The Asus Radeon 9x00 XTs A Close-Up Look at Asus' First ATi Powered Video Cards By, Marco Chiappetta November 25, 2003 A few months ago, rumors began to circulate that alleged ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (aka Asus), a long-time provider of NVIDIA based graphics products, was poised to launch a new line of video cards based on ATi's popular Radeon... Read more...
Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro vs. Asus P4P800S-E Budget boards take a bite out of the market by Robert Maloney November 20th, 2003           With the proliferation of 800MHz FSB processors and the wide acceptance of DDR400 memory, it's quite easy to see how Springdale and Canterwood boards have captured... Read more...
  The Plextor PX-708UF DVD±R/RW Drive Plextor Thinks Outside the Box By, Jeff Bouton November 20, 2003 When it comes to CD/DVD recorders, Plextor has been one of the top choices for a number of years.  While they have been paving the way in this fiercely competitive environment, the industry has evolved and technology improved,... Read more...
The Shuttle SB65G2 & SN85G4 XPCs They Just Keep Getting Better... By, Marco Chiappetta November 13, 2003   It has been almost two full years since we first got our hands on one of Shuttle's original small form factor systems, the SV24.  The first few products in their mini-barebones lineup, as it was then known, generated quite... Read more...
  DFI Infinity 865PE Motherboard Review DFI's Latest Intel Offering By: Jeff Bouton November 6th, 2003 Historically, DFI has focused more on developing basic motherboards strong on functionality and stability, leaving the flashy presentations and excessive bundles to motherboard manufacturers that cater to the enthusiast set.  But... Read more...
  Hercules Audio - DJ Console Portable DJ Mix Controller & Multi-Channel Audio Jason R. Gibson October 29th, 2003 It has been a while since we at Hot Hardware have taken a look at a Hercules product. You may remember back in early December of 2002, we looked at the Digifire 7.1 Digital soundcard. Sporting some very impressive specifications... Read more...
NVIDIA'S GeForce FX 5950 Ultra NV38 takes flight propelled with a new driver set By David Altavilla October 23,  2003 Let's see, how should we start this one off?  We think you deserve to be spared the marketing hype, positioning, branding, buzz and sputter on this launch.  "Launch", now there's a marketing word if... Read more...
The Albatron Gigi GeForce FX 5200 Ultra Mainstream With Muscle? By - Tom Laverriere October 28, 2003 When a new OEM emerges in PC Hardware, their products are initially gawked at from afar, as most end users are reluctant to take the plunge into uncharted waters.  As soon as a few end users claim good experiences with new hardware, word... Read more...
  By Jeff Bouton October 26, 2003           So, you've read the reviews and now you're considering upgrading to an Athlon 64.  From what we've seen, that's not a bad choice.  As Marco showed in his introduction to the Athlon 64, AMD's much anticipated processor has shown a lot of... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5700 Ultra NVIDIA's immediate answer to the 9600 XT By Robert Maloney October 23rd,  2003 What a difference a week can make.  Just a week ago yesterday, when the NDA lifted on the ATi Radeon 9600 XT, we had nothing but praise for the great performance that ATi was offering with their new mainstream solution. ... Read more...
The ATi Radeon 9600 XT ATi Gives Their Mainstream Product a 100MHz Boost By Robert Maloney October 15th,  2003 Any way you slice it, it seems that NVIDIA just can't catch a break. Just when they seemed to pull out of their year-long funk following the GFFX 5800 introduction, by releasing the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, they were called to... Read more...
Actiontec's 54Mbps Wireless Access Point Easily Connect to Your Network or Share an Internet Connection By, Marco Chiappetta October 16, 2003 Over the past few years, two things have happened that have significantly increased the demand for products like the Actiontec 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Access Point and PC Card we'll be looking at today. ... Read more...
asetek Vapochill Extreme Edition How can cooling be such a hot topic? Written by: Robert Maloney September 29, 2003 What a better way to end the summer season then to write a review about CPU cooling, in this case about the latest Vapochill unit from asetek, the Vapochill XE.  For the uninitiated, asetek, based out of Denmark, has been... Read more...
  asetek's ChillControl Windows beta An exclusive look at asetek's latest efforts Written by: Robert Maloney October 12, 2003 A first look at asetek's Windows-based ChillControl The best just got better As we alluded to in our review on the Vapochill XE Cooling Unit review, asetek has been working on a Windows-based version of their ChillControl... Read more...
ATi's All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Unveiled (PT2) ATi Releases Their Best All-In-Wonder Yet By: Jeff Bouton October 6th, 2003     Hot on the heels of the latest news regarding the Radeon 9800XT, ATi have delivered on another front, finally releasing the All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro.  Back in early August ATi gave us a taste of what was... Read more...
  Intoducing the SiS655FX Chipset An Overview of Functionality and Performance By: Jeff Bouton October 2, 2003 By now you all know the drill, Intel or AMD release a new chipset for their processor platform and the other third party manufacturers, like VIA, NVIDIA, ALi, and SiS, are soon to follow.  This time around we are talking... Read more...
The ATi Radeon 9800 XT  256MB ATi Turns Up The Heat In High End 3D Graphics By - Dave Altavilla September 30, 2003 When ATi released the Radeon 9800 Pro earlier this year, the Toronto, Ontario Canada design team, had been working with a strong foundation, that was built on their most successful card ever, the Radeon 9700 Pro.  The... Read more...
The Athlon 64 FX-51 Processor AMD Drops the Hammer, On Your Desktop! By, Marco Chiappetta And Dave Altavilla September 23, 2003 AMD'S HECTOR RUIZ WITH AN ATHLON 64 It has been about two years, since AMD first divulged information about their "K8" architecture, also known as the "Hammer", at the Microprocessor Forum in 2001. ... Read more...
  Abit's IC7-MAX3 The Legacy Free, OTES Cooled Canterwood Board By Dave Altavilla September 22, 2003 You definitely have to hand it to the engineers at Abit Computer.  While many motherboard manufacturers are taking steps to differentiate their board from the masses, by bundling in gimmick goodies, like FrontX drive bay boxes and... Read more...
The Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo & The Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES Two GeForce FX 5900s Square-Off... By - Marco Chiappetta August 19, 2003         On May 12, NVIDIA formally introduced the NV35 to the public, dubbed it the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, and enthusiasts began to drool.  The original FX-Flow... Read more...
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