PC Components, Peripherals And Gadget Reviews And News

Dig into our deep-dive product reviews and news of PC components from processors, to motherboards, graphics cards (GPUs), sound cards, and storage, along with other gadgets and peripherals that complete the computing experience. Whether you're a DIY PC enthusiast builder or just looking to read-up on what should be inside or connected to your next pre-built PC, here's where you'll find all the nuts and bolts sorted on what makes modern computer systems tick, as well some of the best user interface devices to go with them.

This afternoon at Intel Innovation 2022 in San Jose, Intel offered a sneak peek of the capabilities of the on-board accelerators of its forthcoming 4th Generation Xeon Processor family, known as Sapphire Rapids. In fact, we were treated to a hands-on “Intel 4th Gen Xeon Accelerator Experience” today, to watch Sapphire... Read more...
At the Innovation 2022 event currently underway in San Jose, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger revealed a number of details regarding the upcoming 13th Gen Core processor line-up, codenamed Raptor Lake. If you’re a regular HotHardware reader, you’ve likely seen a myriad of Raptor Lake-related rumors and leaks over... Read more...
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $299 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Feature Rich Platform Simple Overclocking Big Gains Gen Over Gen Strong... Read more...
During the NVIDIA GTC 2022 keynote earlier this week, CEO Jensen Huang announced a slew of new products, technologies, and services, targeting everything from enthusiast gaming PCs to autonomous cars, data centers and the metaverse. We covered the announcements as they happened. If you missed all of the excitement as... Read more...
Adata Elite SE880 External SSD - Starting At: $79 The Adata Elite SE880 is a compact, durable, high-performance external solid state drive, ideal for PC users and console gamers looking to expand their storage. High Performance Tiny Form Factor Tough Enclosure Includes USB-A And USB-C Cables Included Cables Are... Read more...
At the launch of its Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, AMD made some bold claims about power efficiency. While the first systems out of the gate, like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, boasted some pretty impressive performance and good battery life, it was the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (above) that really took... Read more...
AMD just concluded its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event, during which CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members of the executive team unveiled the company’s launch plans for the upcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series and its associated platform. We were lucky enough to be on-hand for the announcements and have... Read more...
  Drop+ Lord of the Rings mechanical TKL keyboard  - Starting MSRP: $169 This keyboard may cause LOTR fans to drool, but it costs nearly double the product it is based upon.     LOTR Designs (Dwarvish or Elvish) TKL Form Factor Non-Captive USB-C Cable N-key Rollover Extended Left Shift Key Dye-sub... Read more...
AMD has been tearing it up in the desktop market with its Ryzen 5000 series processors since their release, but news on the Threadripper front has been comparatively quiet. Threadripper and Threadripper Pro 3000 series processors launched all the way back in 2020, and up until a few months ago the company hadn’t been talking much about... Read more...
PC hardware companies work in funny ways sometimes. When AMD had a new driver ready that added extra features with arguably niche appeal, like its AMD Link in-home streaming tech, it was very excited to tell us about it, and have us tell you about it. However, when it released a new driver recently with real... Read more...
Do you ever go wandering through a thrift store or even your grandparents' basement and find some awesome looking classic piece of electronics? Or do you just love that 1930s through 1970s wood-grain look? The only problem is that it's hard to find new parts to restore, or to fix these antiques up. Thanks to the... Read more...
Earlier this year, SK Hynix acquired Intel’s NAND flash business and formed a new entity, dubbed Solidigm. For all intents and purposes – to this point, at least – Solidigm's operation is a well-oiled machine and subsidiary that has taken Intel’s established and respected NAND flash business and ran with it under a... Read more...
The Cooler Master CK721 wireless keyboard is a compact and versatile plank that will fill just about any gamer's needs. The ability to use this small form factor keyboard via USB Type-C (wired), Bluetooth 5.1, or the included 2.4GHz dongle also means users can take it just about anywhere and use it with a wide range of devices. Toss in its... Read more...
Over the last few generations of its mainstream desktop processors, Intel has released “Special Edition” models, which are functionally similar to that generation’s flagship CPU, but with goosed clock speeds to boost performance. The same is true of the Alder Lake-based 12th Gen Core processors. When... Read more...
Adata recently launched its series of XPG Alpha gaming mice, which come in both wired and wireless flavors. The sleek and ergonomic mouse is designed to offer a combination of high-performance and gamer-centric features, with an array of customizable options available via the included XPG Prime software. The XPG Alpha... Read more...
At today's Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed several tidbits of information about its forthcoming technologies and products roadmap, and the company also confirmed a few details that rumor-mongers have been reporting for months now. We're going to go over the company's announcements in the server space in future... Read more...
AMD had a wildly eventful keynote at CES 2022, jam-packed with announcements. During the festivities, CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Frank Azor, Jason Banta, and Laura Smith jointly revealed a wide array of products, including the Radeon RX 6500 XT, Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors, and refreshed Radeon RX 6000S series mobile... Read more...
Gaming headsets, in an effort to stand out from regular headphones, often sport flamboyant designs with harsh angles, polygonal shapes, and RGB LEDs. However, this styling trend can put off some gamers who have more subdued tastes or simply don’t like the stealth-fighter-Christmas-tree look. Fortunately, HyperX... Read more...
While it's early morning (or late night) here in the US, it's mid-afternoon in Taipei, and AMD just finished up its Computex 2022 keynote. Some of the talk in today's event was a recap of the company's recent releases, such as its Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors and the laptops arriving in market powered by them... Read more...
One of the biggest differentiators of the Radeon RX 6000 family, and by extension of the RDNA 2 graphics architecture, is its reliance on a large local cache—known officially as "Infinity Cache"—to provide rapid framebuffer access. This helps to make up for the relatively slower memory used on the cards in comparison to competitor... Read more...
AMD has been working on its 3D chiplet technology for quite some time now, but it was back at Computex last year that the company initially showed off its 3D V-Cache in a consumer processor, targeted squarely at gamers. Though the chip AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su held up on stage was somewhat different than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D we’ll be showing... Read more...
The pixels output by your PC's graphics card are only as good as the monitor that displays them. Attach a shiny new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to a bargain basement, slow 1080p panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz and you'll likely get what you had coming: blurring, color shift, dull images, and an unpleasant experience. We... Read more...
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