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.

Atek Super Mini Optical Mouse Good Things Come in Small Packages... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta March 27, 2001 I know what you're all thinking, "This is HotHardware.Com! Why are you posting a portable mouse review?!?"...Well, I'll tell you, let me set the stage...A few weeks ago, while lounging on my couch, browsing with my laptop, I received an e-mail from the good folks at Atek Electronics asking if we were interested in taking a look at their newly released Super Mini Optical Mouse. Coincidentally, just as this e-mail was coming in, I was struggling with the touch-pad on my Compaq laptop. The touch-pad on my particular machine must be absolutely immaculate for it to even be... Read more...
The Abit Siluro MX Budget Video cards come of age... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta November 28, 2000 During the last few years, the growth of the add-in video card market has been phenomenal.  The chipsets powering these boards have been flying off production lines at a dizzying pace.  One company, nVidia, has consistently cranked out chips more powerful than the last.  Traditionally with this increase in power, comes an increase in price.  Not so with the GeForce 2 MX that powers the Abit Siluro MX we?re looking at today.  nVidia found themselves in a dominant position when one of their main competitors missed a product cycle.  They?re high-end chipset... Read more...
Abit's Siluro T400 / 64MB MX400 Gaming on a budget... By, Marco Chiappetta August 30, 2001 There has never been a better time to be a gamer.  The CPU war between AMD and Intel has brought processor prices way down, and a slew of excellent video chipsets are available at virtually any price point.  ATi's Radeon, STM's Kyro II and nVidia's GeForce 2 MX are all widely available at prices well below $100.  Couple a video card based on any one of these chipsets with a 1GHz. processor, and you'll have a very capable gaming rig without having to spend a ton of money. That is exactly what we did here tonight.  We've taken Abit's latest entry into the budget video card market, the... Read more...
The All-In-Wonder 128 Pro 3D, TV and the "Kitchen Sink"  5/31/00 - By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta Convergence...  Anyone that?s been around PC?s has been hearing this word for quite some time.  Since the first CD-Quality audio was available on the PC, industry pundits have been foretelling of the day when your PC will be the centerpiece of the living room, replacing your current televisions, computers and stereos with an all-in-one solution.  They have visions of a "catch all' of home entertainment, where Dad can watch the latest DVD and the kids can get involved in a multiplayer "frag-fest" just before dinner?Well they probably never envisioned a "frag-fest"... Read more...
ATI's Next Generation The Radeon 8500 and Radeon 7500 Review Untapped Power By Dave Altavilla 10/22/01                                         Once again we find ourselves in the fall season with too many new "toys" to possibly even consider for the coming holidays.  However, 3D Graphics Cards seem to heat up this time of year, more so it seems, than any other technology for the Personal Computer.  Furthermore, the frenzy and hype surrounding these products is more intense and vigorous than almost... Read more...
3/7/00   Introducing ATI's Next Generation Technology The ATI Charisma Engine and Pixel Tapestry Architecture Things are beginning to heat up for this years Game Developer's Conference.  With only a day to go before the event, manufacturers are releasing the news on their latest technology in what seems like flood level proportion.  Today, ATI Technologies contacted us with information on what will be their "bomb dropping" arsenal that will most likely cause quite a stir at the show.  Hot Hardware will not be able to attend this event so we had a teleconference  call set up with Niles Burbank, Group Product Manager at ATI, to discuss the buzz, hype and cold... Read more...
A First Look AT The ATI Xpert 2000 Pro ATI?s Entry Level Speedster There are many different kinds of 3D accelerators out there, and not every one of them is meant to be the be-all-end-all of gaming.  The sub-$1000 PC market and budget gamer market are HUGE right now.  Within that market you?re not going to find DDR GeForces all over the place, but people will still want decent 3D performance? Enter the ATI Xpert 2000Pro.    The Xpert 2000 Pro is ATI?s answer to cards such as Diamond/S3?s Stealth III S540 Xtreme and cards based on nVidia?s TNT2 M64 chip.  Although none of these cards can be considered top of the heap when comparing gaming performance numbers, they are... Read more...
4/24/00   ATI's Radeon - The Rage 6 Revealed!   ATI?s Radeon 256 Preview 4/24/2000 By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta and Dave "Davo" Altavilla Spring is upon us and with the new season, usually comes the new product announcements from the major graphics hardware players.  So far, 3dfx and nVidia (sort of) have given us a taste of what?s in store for us in the coming months.   The largest player of all, ATI has been relatively silent. Until Now? We?ve been under NDA for a little while about the Radeon 256, and let me tell you, it?s been tough to keep this one quiet.  ATI has generally been ahead of the curve in terms of feature implementation. They were the... Read more...
The ATI Rage Fury MAXX ATI's New Twin Engine Hot Rod In the world of 3D Graphics Accelerators, there are a number of ways to approach the issue of increasing fill rate, image quality and overall performance.  One of these ways would be to redesign your graphics chip with faster internal pipelines, larger caches, more hardware supported features, etc.   On the other hand, you could just populate your current graphics card with two processing engines based on your original design.  This is an over simplification of the latter approach as there are many issues with respect to getting these two engines to work together in unison.  This technology was first pioneered by 3dfx with... Read more...
The Absolute MORPHEUS GeForce3 Great minds in 3D Graphics come together and make it happen By Dave Altavilla 7/9/01 In late 1999, a then fledgling company by the name of Absolute Multimedia, made its mark on the 3D Graphics scene with a brand of nVidia TNT2-M64 and GeForce based products.  The Absolute Multimedia product offering gained a fair amount of acceptance in the market place.  In addition, high praise from various media channels, were given with respect to the product's quality and innovation.  Although standard reference designs were used from a circuit layout standpoint, the product had innovative cooling solutions and a host of features that allowed them to stand out... Read more...
The ATI Radeon Experience ATI's new 3D Graphics powerhouse may just be the new King of The Hill By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 7/17/00 A few months ago, ATI made a bold announcement that they wanted to dominate the high-end consumer 3D graphics card market.  Although ATI is already the largest graphics board manufacturer in the industry, their products have never had superior performance as far as Gaming and 3D Graphics were concerned.  Their feature sets were very complete, but competing products from NVidia and 3dfx consistently outperformed ATI?s products at the time.  Even though ?on paper? some of ATI?s products seemed powerful enough to compete, in real world testing,... Read more...
The ATI Interview - The Rage Fury MAXX! October 20, 1999 Subject: Hot Hardware Exclusive - Interview with ATI regarding Rage Fury MAXX Hi Folks, Thanks for taking time out of your busy days to chat with us. We'll keep this crisp and let you get back to creating the magic back in the design labs! We have heard some exciting things about your next generation product called the "Rage Fury MAXX", and we would like to ask a few questions about this exciting technology you are bringing to market. Dave- First, can you give us a little background on the target market segment for the new Rage Fury MAXX product? What was the philosophy behind the card when in the conceptual stage? ATI- The Rage... Read more...
The Siluro GF256 GTS 64MB DDR More highly "over-clockable" hardware from Abit By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 8/9/00   The GeForce 2 market is what one would call "saturated".  There are more flavors and brands of nVidia product available than you can shake a stick at.  A new entry into this over indulged area would definitely have to stand out in order to get noticed.  Well, for us the card that is standing out fairly prominently, is the Abit Siluro GF256 GTS 64MB DDR.  So you are thinking, "what is so special about a 64MB GeForce2"?  We'll see if we can show you in the pages to come. Abit's first effort into the graphics market... Read more...
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