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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

Recent posts

We have reviewed a handful of Solidigm SSDs since the company came into existence a couple of years ago and have come away impressed. The Solidigm P41 Plus is an excellent performing mainstream SSD and the higher-end P44 Pro is one of the most well-rounded, enthusiast-class drives we’ve tested to date. We know... Read more...
Although the game hasn’t been released yet – it’s due to hit Steam tomorrow, April 28 – early reviews of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor seem mostly positive, with a few caveats. Some have complained of slow pacing and random performance issues, affecting multiple platforms. And the game recently made the news due to its... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070: Starting At $599 The new GeForce RTX 4070 leverages the same Ada Lovelace architecture as NVIDIA's higher-end cards, but with a scaled down GPU to target lower price points. Low Power Lowest Priced Ada Yet Good Performance Small Form Factor Cool And Quiet Minimal Overclocking Only DP 1.4... Read more...
PowerColor Hellhound RX 7900 XTX Spectral White: Starting At $1,029 PowerColor has revamped its Hellhound Radeon RX 7900 XTX card with a spectral white finish, to complement the factory overclock and oversized cooler. Strong Performance Good Overclocking Great Looking Card Dual BIOS Switch Dedication Lighting... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D - $449 MSRP The new Ryzen 7 7800X3D is an 8-core / 16-thread processor with 64MB of 3D V-Cache that offers class-leading PC gaming performance at much lower power than the competition.   Stellar Gaming Performance Low Power Consumption "Overclocking" Difficulties Sometimes Trails 7700X Back in late February,... Read more...
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17: As Configured - $3499  The new ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 is an immensly powerful gaming notebook, equally adept at multi-threaded creator workloads as it is for the latest AAA games. Excellent Performance Multi-Thread Leadership Balanced Form Factor Decent Keyboard, Nice Trackpad Battery Life... Read more...
MSI Titan GT77 HX: As Configured - NA, 13980HX+4090 - $5,841 The newest MSI Titan GT77 HX gaming laptop for 2023 is powered by the latest Intel and NVIDIA mobile hardware and puts up exemplary benchmark scores. Extraordinary Performance Fantastic Keyboard Excellent Display Tons Of IO Attractive Chassis Hefty Price... Read more...
Solidigm P44 Pro: Starting At $55, $179 For 2TB Model The Solidigm P44 Pro is an enthusiast-class PCIe Gen 4 solid state drive that offers excellent all-around performance at competitive prices. Strong All-Around Performance Low Latencies Aggressive Pricing Good Endurance Ratings None Since Solidigm was formed... Read more...
In this latest latest livestream, we have a lively discussion regarding AMD's hot new 3D-Vache enabled Ryzen 7000X3D processors, with special guest David McAfee, Corporate VP And General Manager, Client Channel Business at AMD. We'll be covering performance expectations of AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X3D, overclocking... Read more...
At MWC 2023 today, Xiaomi announced that its flagship Xiaomi 13 Pro smartphone would be coming to additional markets to challenge leaders in the space, like Samsung and Apple. The Xiaomi 13 Pro (and Xiaomi 13) had previously been released in China and has specifications and a feature set that stand-out in a number of... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D - $699 MSRP The new Ryzen 9 7950X3D is a 16-core / 32-thread processor that offers the multi-threaded performance benefits of the 7950X, with optimized gaming performance, thanks to an additional 64MB of 3D-Vcache.   Great All-Around Performance AMD's Fastest Gaming CPU Relatively Low Power... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks livestream, we go hands-on with Dell's beastly Precision 7865 workstation powered by a 64-core Threadripper Pro and NVIDIA RTX A6000. We also take a look at Intel's Sapphire Rapids Xeon W offerings, the hot new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Android flagship, tease some upcoming... Read more...
Razer Blade 16: As Configured - $4,299 Razer managed to cram a GeForce RTX 4090 and Core i9-13950HX into the powerful and sleek, sub-20mm new Blade 16 gaming laptop. Attractive Design Stellar Performance Leading-Edge Platform Tech Beautiful, Versatile Display Good Audio Price Premium Some Sharp Edges Finicky Trackpad... Read more...
Samsung T7 Shield External SSD - Starting At $99 (1TB), $409 (4TB) The Samsung T7 Shield is a compact, rugged, and reliable external USB-C SSD, with decent performance and competitive pricing. Small Form Factor Rugged, IP68 Rated Strong Compatibility Reliable And Consistent High Capacity Sequentials Trail... Read more...
In our latest episode of 2.5 Geeks, we cover Intel and AMD's beefiest, baddest processors that were announced this month for desktop PCs and the data center, including Sapphire Rapids, AMD EYPC Genoa, and the Core i9-13900KS. We also discuss the best we saw at CES 2023... Show Notes: 00:00 Countdown Begins 05:00... Read more...
Intel Core i9-13900KS - $699 MSRP (Currently $769) A higher maximum turbo frequency of 6GHz makes Intel's special edition Core i9-13900KS the fastest desktop processor to date, but with some caveats.   Blazing Performance Single-Thread Leader Aggressive Pricing Fast DDR5 Memory Support High Power Consumption Need... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series (65W) - $229 (7600), $329 (7700), $429 (7900) AMD's latest Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors have reduced 65w power envelopes, but performance remains excellent across single and multi-threaded workloads.   Excellent ST Performance Rich Feature Set Big Gains Gen Over... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti: Starting At $799 The new GeForce RTX 4070 Ti features the same Ada Lovelace architecture as NVIDIA's flagship, but with a scaled down GPU to target lower price points as low as $799. Here's how it fairs in the benchmarks versus current competition. Excellent Performance Relatively Cool... Read more...
Phison E26 PCIe 5 NVMe SSD Preview: Coming Soon To An SSD Near You A new controller, fresh firmware, and an updated design paradigm results in one of the fastest SSDs we've ever tested. Ultra High Sequential Transfers Low Latency Tuned For DirectStorage Didn't Always Lead With Random 4K Transfers Needs Faster NAND For Max Performance Both... Read more...
MSI GT77 Titan (2022): Starting At $2,886 The latest MSI GT77 Titan is powered by Intel's powerful 12th Gen Core Alder Lake processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. Awesome Keyboard Excellent Build Quality Gorgeous Display Extreme Performance Tons Of IO Large Form Factor Middling Battery Life Can Get Loud There has... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks livestream, we discuss some recent tech news and our holiday wish lists, dive deep into the latest GPU releases from AMD and NVIDIA – including the Radeon RX 7900 series and GeForce RTX 4080 – and drop some hints about an upcoming giveaway sponsored by Lenovo. Watch the show... Read more...
The holiday season is here, and many of us are waiting with baited breath to see if we got that perfect “must have” gift this year. Although we get to play with lots of the latest and greatest gear around here, all of us at HotHardware still have wish lists with a wide array of goodies we’re hoping... Read more...
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