Graphics Cards, PC Monitors And Computer Audio Reviews And News

The sights and sounds of the modern computing experience are driven by key user interface technologies like graphics cards, display monitors and various audio solutions. Here you'll find reviews and news on the latest in cutting-technologies for GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), LED and LCD computer display monitors, sound cards, PC and wireless speaker systems and more.

The 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP Update!  New Drivers, Benchmarks and Full Review Rating! By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 5/12/00 Welcome back folks!  This is an update to our initial Voodoo5 PREview article on 4/24/00.  We aren't going to spend a lot of time with flowery verbage here.  You came here for one thing.  You want to see how the Voodoo5-5500, in its full retail final release state, will perform.  That's why you are here and that's what you'll get!  For reference, if you would like to skim back through our initial hands-on PREview of the Voodoo5-5500 with... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP An "In House" PREview and Test Of Alpha 2 Product By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 4/24/00   This product review needs no introduction.  We have been waiting a long time for the next coming of Voodoo Graphics.  In what seems like a deluge of market hype over next generation 3D Graphics chipsets from various vendors, 3dfx unleashes one of their most lethal weapons in the battle for 3D dominance.  Currently in an "Alpha 2" stage, we received, what 3dfx would classify as their mid range product, the Voodoo5-5500 AGP.  We at... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 PCI 3D Graphics for a legacy system adds leading edge performance By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 8/4/00 These days technology moves so fast that there is almost as much of an available market opportunity supporting older platforms, as there is producing for the "bleeding edge" market segment.  PCI is an interface that has been in the PC architecture for years, as well as in the embedded space.  You can also bet your last buck that it will remain in the PC for many more years to come.  It is only fairly recently that AGP became the mainstream bus... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 Incarnate Up close and personal with 3dfx's next generation product By Dave "Davo" Altavilla and Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 4/4/00   We packed our gear...  Digicam, Notebooks, Laptop, Breath Spray, Cheeze Wiz, Rolaids... all the stuff that a good journalist should come prepared with to any important Tech Conference.  We were headed to the Big Apple, New York City.  This was a "Power Meeting" and we were ready.  We met down town at the Intercontinental.  The guys from 3dfx travel in style.  Marco kept trying to tip... Read more...
  Sharp's Internet Viewcam - Size Matters...   Whoever came up with the saying, "size doesn't matter" was living in a dream world. This is a family show here at Hot Hardware, so we won't get into the specifics of the saying's origin. :-) However, as with most things in life, size DOES matter especially when it comes to file sizes that are being displayed or transferred over the internet. Although, many people around the world are fortunate enough to have high bandwidth internet services like Cable Modems and DSL, the vast majority, at least for the time being, are limited to... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Titanium Series Line-up Taking Graphics to the Next Level By - Jeff Bouton November 1, 2001 Just in time to compete with the long awaited new Radeon's from ATI, nVidia has release their latest version of the popular GeForce GPU's named "Titanium."  By now, it is fairly obvious that when it comes to competition, nVidia doesn't like to be in second place, and with their latest offering being released in such a timely fashion, their position should be safe.  By fine tuning the existing manufacturing processes of both GeForce2 and GeForce3 GPU's, nVidia has been... Read more...
Dueling DVD  New Video2000 Results From The Majors In Graphics The Online Hardware Review Media community has a solid focus on 3D Graphics performance and technology as a whole.  This goes without saying.  Too often the Digital Video Subsystem of a particular graphics card goes untested and evaluated.  Perhaps this is because there are still relatively few benchmark suites or utilities available to the masses. MadOnion... By the way, what the heck is the deal with the name of this company?  " I am a VERY angry Onion and therefore I am going to benchmark my booty off!" ... Read more...
The Cadillac of Voodoo3! The 3dfx Voodoo3-3500TV In every market, whether you are selling Cars, Tupper-Ware, or 3D Video Cards, there is always a place for the high end. These types of products have all the bells and whistles and are tweaked, buffed and tuned for ultimate performance. This review is about the "Cadillac" of Voodoo3 Cards. This is no luxury sedan though. This is more like an "STS" Model, trimmed up with all the toys and a power plant under the hood that will bring out the Teenager in you.       (Click for a higher res. view)      ... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 Run Down A discussion with Alf Covey of 3dfx  A transcript of the HotHardware Forum Section By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 4/19/00   We are now officially in count down mode with the imminent release and launch of the 3dfx Voodoo 5, in a matter of weeks.  Over the past three weeks, the HotHardware forum has been buzzing with talk about this next generation of product from the company that many call  " The God Fathers of 3D".  3dfx has always maintained an accessible presence in the End User / Online community and it was no surprise when Alf... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodootv 200 PCI Not just 3D Anymore... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 10/24/00 Since their inception, 3dfx has been known as a leading manufacturer of high end 3D chipsets. From the beginning the Voodoo name was synonymous with gaming and has been a dominant brand at retail. They are arguably responsible for the entire PC 3D revolution  Their newest product to carry the "Voodoo" brand is the Voodootv 200 PCI. I know what you're all thinking, "So what's the big deal?"  Well, this Voodoo product has absolutely nothing to do with 3D or gaming for that... Read more...
The Visiontek GeForce3 Powered by NVIDIA and made in the USA By Dave Altavilla 5/24/2001   "Board Stuffing", that's what the industry affectionately calls what the folks at Visiontek do as their core business unit.  Otherwise known as "Contract Manufacturing", in a nut shell, Visiontek will take a customer's "Bill of Materials" also known as a BOM (lots of new lingo here eh?), procure the raw parts (chips and circuit boards) and then assemble the product.  At that point they may even box it up and ship it to their customer's end customer.  This... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Everything 5564 Personal Cinema A Cheap Date With Multi-Media By - Dave Altavilla November 19, 2001 Convergence, that's what the multi-media scene is all about.  In addition to conjuring up printed documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphs, the  modern personal computer, for the average household, has become more of an entertainment medium than anything else.  3D Gaming, music and video are all data types that today's computers must process and handle in real-time. As a result, virtually all of the available graphics chipset technologies on the market, have the... Read more...
        Needless to say, there sure has been a lot of hype and fan-fare on the net these days with respect to NVidia's next generation technology in 3D Graphics, The GeForce256 chip. High hopes have been built up on new levels of performance with this new technology. In addition new features are being touted as ground breaking enhancements in speed and image quality. We were pleased when Leadtek asked us to be one of the first review sites on the net to put their new GeForce256 based card through its paces. Let's take a look at Leadtek's WinFast GeForce256 and see what all the... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR Double Your Data Rate - Double Your Fun Semiconductor Technology is fascinating.  An engineer will come up with a new technology that allows for a significant increase in performance over existing technology, as with the NVidia GeForce.  As the new platform matures, the speed and throughput of given device is realized and the limitations are exposed.  At that point, another brilliant engineer sets out to improve again on the initial design in an effort to alleviate the bottlenecks and achieve yet an even higher level of performance.  As we... Read more...
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