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    The Plextor PlexWriter 48/24/48U External Hi-Speed USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive Speedy Burning On The Go Jay Gibson December 29, 2002 Since their debut in 1990, Plextor has been striving to make a name for themselves as one of the top-producing optical storage device manufactures in the market. Their introductions of generations of award-winning... Read more...
Intel D845PEBT2 i845PE Motherboard Review Intel Appeals to the Enthusiast By: Chris Angelini December 29, 2002 Intel certainly has an established reputation when it comes to motherboards.  In most regards, its reputation is solid but hardware enthusiasts generally don't recognize Intel for supporting those whom derive utility from... Read more...
The Asus P4G8X Deluxe Motherboard Intel E7205 - Granite Bay Infused Horsepower By, Dave Altavilla December 18, 2002 The first Granite Bay (Intel E7205 chipset) motherboard to grace the HotHardware Laboratories not long ago, was MSI's GNB Max.  This board, supports Dual Channel DDR and AGP8X, as well as a host of other features, for the... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7NJS Zenith & Leadtek K7NCR18D-Pro Motherboards Nvidia's Nforce2 Chipset pushes out Dual Channel DDR By, Tom Laverriere December 16, 2002 When we think of motherboard chipsets, NVIDIA isn't always the first that comes to mind.  In fact, NVIDIA earns its stripes from their line of graphics chipsets and for good... Read more...
ASUS P4S8X SiS 648 Motherboard AGP 8X, Serial ATA and More! By: Chris Angelini December 16, 2002 Manufacturing chipsets for AMD's Athlon XP is one thing.  SiS, VIA and NVIDIA all vie for market share by focusing on different areas, be it price, performance or features.  Contending with Intel in the Pentium 4 chipset market is quite... Read more...
  The Asus CRW5224A - 52X CDRW Drive The fastest rated burn speed on the planet.. for now. By Dave Altavilla December 13, 2002 It seems as though CDRW Drive technology is evolving as fast, if not faster, than Hard Disk technology these days.  It's amazing to think that CD Burning speeds are now on par with Read speeds.  However,... Read more...
The I845PE Motherboard Shootout Clash of the Titans! By Robert Maloney December 11,  2002     The vast majority of motherboards for the Pentium 4 generally come in two varieties, those using RDRAM and others using DDR SDRAM clocked at 266MHz.  While the consensus was that RDRAM was the performance leader, pricing and availability... Read more...
The Hercules Digifire 7.1 Sound Card 360o Of Sound Emersion By Jay Gibson December 11, 2002 Since our last look at a Hercules sound card, the Gamesound Fortissimo II, there have been a few advances in the technology that audiophiles will rejoice over.  As Hercules' flagship product, in their audio line-up, the Digifire brand sports the... Read more...
The MSI GNB Max-FISR Motherboard Intel's Granite Bay With Dual Channel DDR and AGP8X By, Dave Altavilla December 8, 2002 It seems as though the entire PC world has been waiting for a Dual Channel DDR chipset to come to the Pentium 4.  Although RAMBUS and RDRAM technology certainly had its merits, as the highest available bandwidth memory... Read more...
The Abit IT7-Max2 i845E Motherboard A New Addition to Abit's "Legacy-Free" Product Line... By, Marco Chiappetta December 5, 2002 About six months ago, Abit Computer Corporation caused quite a stir with the introduction of their MAX line of "Legacy Free" motherboards.  For years, PS/2, serial and parallel ports were... Read more...
Gainward's AGP8X NVIDIA Powered "Golden Samples" Giving Things a Boost with AGP 8X By - Jeff Bouton December 03, 2002 When it comes to maintaining longevity in the video card market, nVidia seems to have the process down to a science.  Since the release of the GeForce4 series of GPUs last year, the product line has enjoyed a... Read more...
  ATI RADEON 9500 Pro Performance Analysis Seriously Powerful Mainstream Graphics By: Dave Altavilla November 27, 2002 As you probably are aware, High End / Enthusiast 3D Graphics cards, make up a relatively small slice of the overall TAM (Total Available Market) in the Graphics Card arena.  What is perhaps the largest portion of... Read more...
  SiS Xabre 600: Impressions The GPU That Scales With Your Processor By: Chris Angelini November 26, 2002 There isn't much room for error in the graphics market - just ask someone who worked at 3dfx.  The current landscape is fairly barren for gaming enthusiasts, save the recent success ATI is enjoying and NVIDIA's GeForce FX announcement,... Read more...
Shuttle's SB51G XPC Mini Barebones The i845GE Based Mini-PC That Feels Full Sized By Dave Altavilla 11/20/2002 Alright, it's quiz time (and you thought you were getting off easy!).  What is perhaps the prominent technological advancement in Personal Computing, beyond high clock speeds with more processing power?  Come on now... use... Read more...
  ATI RADEON 9700 and 9500 Family Preview Meet The Whole Family! By: Chris Angelini October 24th, 2002 ATI has been hammering away at NVIDIA?s firm grasp on the hearts and minds of gamers, multimedia enthusiasts, corporate users and laptop owners.  Up until now, they have done so with individual product announcements, like the RADEON... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 3.06GHz Processor Intel breaks 3GHz barrier and  introduces Hyperthreading to the mainstream By, Dave Altavilla and Chris Angelini November 14, 2002   It was only two short months ago that we gave you our hands on experiences with Intel's last flagship processor for the PC, the 2.8GHz Pentium 4.  As... Read more...
  The Plextor 48x24x48 CD-RW Drive Burning CDs Faster Than Ever Before... By, Marco Chiappetta November 12, 2002 Plextor recently released their newest flagship CD-RW drive, the PlexWriter 48/24/48A.  Obviously, just by looking at the name, it's clear that this drive should offer increased reading and writing speeds over Plextor's... Read more...
nVIDIA's New Quadro 4 XGL Quadro 4 Meets AGP 8X And A Glimpse Of The Future In Workstation Graphics By Dave Altavilla November 12, 2002   Back in September, we gave you an in depth look at NVIDIA's flagship Workstation Graphics card, the Quadro 4 900 XGL.  Last week we were briefed via teleconference, by a couple of members of the... Read more...
  ATI?s MOBILITY? RADEON? 9000 family Now shipping in over 20 powerful new portable PCs World?s most powerful mobile visual processors gain widespread market acceptance and numerous editorial awards in record time MARKHAM, ON ? Just weeks following their launch, ATI?s (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) MOBILITY RADEON 9000 and MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000... Read more...
  The MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR Motherboard Review VIA's KT400 Chipset Matched With MSI's Best By, Jeff Bouton October 27, 2002 Most of us remember the transition from VIA's KT266A to the KT333 chipset.  We had been patiently waiting for a worthy successor to the popular KT266A, anxious to see the next level in chipset performance. ... Read more...
Soyo SY-KT400 Dragon Ultra vs. Shuttle AK37GTR Showdown at the KT400 Corral! By, Robert Maloney November 6th, 2002 As another season comes upon us and another new chipset from VIA technologies is released into the market.  It seems like only yesterday (OK, January) that we were building our latest powerhouses based on the KT266A chipset. ... Read more...
  ATI All In Wonder 9700 Pro Review The Fastest 3D in a Multimedia Package By: Chris Angelini November 4th, 2002 Back in September, ATI gave us a peek at a project on which its multimedia team had been working.  Dubbed the All in Wonder RADEON 9700 Pro, we knew it would be incorporating the R300 Visual Processing Unit (VPU). ... Read more...
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