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Marco Chiappetta

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Marco's interest in computing and technology dates all the way back to his early childhood. Even before being exposed to the Commodore P.E.T. and later the Commodore 64 in the early ‘80s, he was interested in electricity and electronics, and he still has the modded AFX cars and shop-worn soldering irons to prove it. Once he got his hands on his own Commodore 64, however, computing became Marco's passion. Throughout his academic and professional lives, Marco has worked with virtually every major platform from the TRS-80 and Amiga, to today's high end, multi-core servers. Over the years, he has worked in many fields related to technology and computing, including system design, assembly and sales, professional quality assurance testing, and technical writing. In addition to being the Managing Editor here at HotHardware for close to 15 years, Marco is also a freelance writer whose work has been published in a number of PC and technology related print publications and he is a regular fixture on HotHardware’s own Two and a Half Geeks webcast. - Contact: marco(at)hothardware(dot)com

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PCI Express 5 is expected to usher in new found levels of solid state (SSD) storage performance for next-generation computing platforms, and Phison is at the forefront of the SSD controller technology that will enable it. Watch our live discussion with Phison's own Chris Ramseyer for a deeper dive on all of the... Read more...
Although some information regarding the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT leaked late last year, AMD officially took the wraps of the card during its keynote at CES. As its branding suggests, the Radeon RX 6500 XT drops into AMD’s current RDNA 2 GPU line-up, just behind the Radeon RX 6600 we evaluated a few months back. A somewhat scaled down Radeon... Read more...
At a time when it’s exceedingly tough for enthusiasts to acquire many top-flight PC components, dashing hopes for many a fun upgrade or new build, solid state drives remain a shining beacon of hope. The SSD market has seen a consistent influx of new and updated products, addressing virtually every price bracket, with good availability... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks webcast, we have a lively discussion with special guest Frank Azor regarding AMD's CES 2022 announcements. From Ryzen 6000 and 5800X3D to Radeon Super Resolution, Smart Shift Max, Smart Shift Eco, and much more... Show Notes: 06:10 - Introducing Frank Azor 07:23 - Post... Read more...
With 2021 behind us (thankfully!) and CES 2022 just about to kick off, we thought it would be a great time to give away yet another batch of fresh, new tech gear. And so, right on the heals of a couple of our amazing giveaways that recently concluded, we are going to keep the party going and offer up yet more HOT new... Read more...
Every year on this day, kids around the world wait with baited breath for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas to pay them a visit and – assuming they’ve been good all year – bless them with gifts and treats. As kids have gotten more tech savvy and impatient, however, it has also become somewhat of a tradition for them to track... Read more...
This past year was a tough one for PC enthusiasts. It was exceedingly difficult to acquire some of the most sought after components, like the latest and greatest CPUs and GPUs for example, and if you were lucky enough to score one, you often had to pay through the nose for it. Solid state storage, however, continued... Read more...
We recently became aware of Gigabyte's beautiful Aorus Project Stealth PC concept, with connectors and cable routing moved behind the motherboard deck, in what seemed to be a truly innovative gaming desktop design with better air flow and an easier build process. It appears, however, that Maingear patented the design... Read more...
We’re long-time proponents of big, bold and bodacious desktop systems around here. We’ve been evaluating the latest and greatest PC hardware for over two decades after all, and many of us have ben PC enthusiasts even longer than that. As much as we dig fully-loaded, high-end desktops though, there’s just something awesome... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Intel's recent 12th Gen Core processor launch, we partnered up with Falcon Northwest (and its generous colleagues!) to give away an absolute stunner of a gaming PC, as you can clearly see in all of the pics. We know many of you have been itching to get you hands on some 12th Gen Core processor... Read more...
Things are heating up in the PC industry as we head into the holiday season, as evidenced by Intel's recent 12th Gen Core processor launch. 12th Gen Core processors bring the fight to Intel's rivals with a brand-new hybrid architecture that offers top-notch performance -- especially for games -- and the platform as a... Read more...
Your home network is only as good as its weakest link. Let's explore new Wi-Fi 6E technology and what it enables, with some experts from Intel. Joining us this livestream are Eric McLaughlin Vice President, Client Computing Group, General Manager Wireless Solutions Group and Bob Grim, General Manager Of Killer... Read more...
After many months of speculation, an early glimpse into the hybrid Alder Lake architecture in August, and an official line-up and feature reveal last week, Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors are finally ready for prime time. The time for innuendo and speculation is over – for the most part. We’ve had... Read more...
At its inaugural InnovatiON event, which kicked off this morning, Intel revealed a number of additional details regarding its upcoming 12th Gen Core processors, codenamed Alder Lake. We’ve been covering leaks, rumors and whatever else emerged regarding Alder Lake for ages. And after Intel’s recent... Read more...
Much has been made about the performance impact of Windows 11 on AMD Ryzen systems, due to a pair of acknowledged bugs that AMD and Microsoft are scrambling to resolve. Patches are supposed to arrive this month, though no firm release date has been announced. In the meantime, we decided to run some tests to see just... Read more...
AMD is expanding its mainstream RDNA 2 graphics card line-up today with another Navi 23-based offering, the new Radeon RX 6600. As its name implies, the Radeon RX 6600 is a close relative to the Radeon RX 6600 XT, which launched just a few weeks back. This card also targets roughly the same audience, i.e. budget... Read more...
All of the posts, advertisements, and suggestions presented to users on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are not happy little accidents. The Facebook platform uses complex algorithms and AI that analyze usage and engagement patterns, which then infer the type of content that the user is most-likely to... Read more...
It's been a whirlwind week and it's not even over yet! Check out our lively discussion of the many trials and tribulations of Facebook, whistleblowers, Twitch data breaches and other Tech happenings like Far Cry 6's arrival, Intel's latest ad Trolling Apple, an Alienware X15 sneak peek and much more... Show... Read more...
Windows 11 is now available. Assuming your system meets the minimum system requirements – which isn’t a given, even if your rig is happily humming along with Windows 10 -- you’re likely to receive a notification via Windows Update that a free Windows 11 upgrade is ready and available for installation. As was the case with Windows 10, Microsoft Read more...
Earlier this year, we took a look at the MSI Prestige 14 EVO, a high-performance thin and light ultrabook, which was packing Intel’s latest Tiger Lake-based mobile processing platform at the time. In our deep-dive evaluation of the machine, we found it to offer strong CPU and integrated graphics performance... Read more...
Much of the conversation surrounding AMD’s continued assault on Intel has revolved around the desktop and server markets, where the company’s Ryzen and EPYC processors have consistently increased in popularity, gen over gen. AMD has, however, also made significant inroads in the mobile space, with both high-end gaming notebooks... Read more...
During our latest 2.5 Geeks stream, we feature a quick breakdown analysis of Microsoft's newest Surface products, including the Surface Pro 8 2-in-1 convertible, Surface Duo 2 foldable Android device, the Surface Laptop Studio and more. Are they all that and a bag of DRAM? Do they check the right feature boxes? Let's... Read more...
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