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.

  As we've said in the past, Corsair's XMS (Xtreme Memory Speed) memory modules have been longtime favorites amongst the computer enthusiast community. Corsair has memory kits available in many different capacities and speeds, and virtually all of them are regarded as some of the best modules available in their respective classes. Some... Read more...
As usual, the Las Vegas convention center, and a handful of the nearby ritzy hotels and restaurants, were overflowing with gear being showcased at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES.  There are a couple of other major electronics and technology-related trade shows that take place all around the world, like CeBIT... Read more...
Memory has come a long way in the past few years. What was once a nondescript PC component, consisting of nothing more than a few black chips on a green PCB, has since evolved into a brightly colored, and lighted, crucial system component with a multitude of different heat spreader types and speed grades. Just take a look at this pair of Corsair... Read more...
  Even though DDR2 memory may be the current talk of the town, thanks to Intel's platform upgrade, there are plenty of P4, Athlon, and Athlon 64 owners that still use standard DDR based systems.  Reason being, it's almost always cheaper to stay slightly behind the curve when purchasing hardware.  It's... Read more...
This years 2005 CES show, was certainly a whirlwind adventure for us as we literally ran from meeting to meeting in the two short days we were able to attend the event.  For us this year, the show was about meeting up with all the good people at all of the various OEMs we work with and hearing about their roadmap product efforts, as much... Read more...
Corsair's XMS (Xtreme Memory Speed) memory modules have long been a favorite amongst the enthusiast community. Corsair has memory kits available in many different sizes and speeds, and all of them are regarded as some of the best modules available in their respective categories.  Unfortunately, with the demise of Winbond's BH5/BH6 chips,... Read more...
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U Redefining the meaning of mainstream By Robert Maloney March 15th,  2004 When we last checked in with NVIDIA before the holidays with our look at the 5900XT, we were surprised at its performance / price ratio.  Releasing the 5900XT no less than two months after the similarly priced 5700 Ultra... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7NJS Zenith & Leadtek K7NCR18D-Pro Motherboards Nvidia's Nforce2 Chipset pushes out Dual Channel DDR By, Tom Laverriere December 16, 2002 When we think of motherboard chipsets, NVIDIA isn't always the first that comes to mind.  In fact, NVIDIA earns its stripes from their line of graphics chipsets and for good... Read more...
  The Chaintech 7VJL Motherboard Review KT333 and Gold, Lots of Gold By -Chris Angelini August 2nd, 2002 Someone over at Chaintech must have the Midas Touch.  Or, maybe they have been watching too many Dr. Dre music videos.  Regardless, everything we've seen from Chaintech lately has been heavily accented by gold.  Companies... Read more...
  The CrazyPC Biohazard Case MOD Review Getting Crazy with Lian-Li By, Jeff Bouton July 23, 2002 As with any hobby, there are your avid enthusiasts and there are those who like to take the things to the next level.  We all see this in some shape or form on a daily basis.  Every neighborhood has an old man that is always in his... Read more...
The Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600 Flashy Packaging with Substance! By - Robert Maloney May 2, 2002 There is an old saying that goes something like, "bigger is better".  This definitely seems to apply when talking about video cards. The GeForce 4 is the fourth generation in NVIDIA's GeForce line, and each new installment... Read more...
Clash of the KT266A Titans! Motherboards from Abit, Asus, Soyo and MSI Do Battle! By, Marco Chiappetta December 13, 2001 Lately, not a day goes by without a reader inquiring about what motherboard we'd buy if we planned on building an Athlon system.  This is a seemingly straightforward question, but the Athlon motherboard market has seen... Read more...
  The CDI InWin Alaska 3 "Cool Case" Practical? Maybe Not...Worth it? You bet! By, Marco Chiappetta September 20, 2001   It's upgrade time.  Picture yourself browsing all of the best on-line retailers looking for great deals on all of those high-end parts you've been dying for.  Only the best of the best will... Read more...
  The CDI Alaska Cool-Case Divine Intervention or Invention ?   There are three main problems that you'll need to solve with respect to your next computer case selection, accessibility, looks, and cooling/ventilation.  The folks at Computers Divine told us they have the solution.  They claim the "Alaska Cool-Case"... Read more...
 Hey folks! I have completed a VERY efficient cooling rig for my P!!!-450 ! This chip was sponsored by Dallas Memory You guys are the best! If you want a good deal on the fastest gear, go see these boys!   OK, so we all know that the stock Pentium !!! Heatsink and Fan that comes with the Retail CPU is absolutely inadequate for the... Read more...
  Cooling The Cache ! Decapsulating the P2 and delivering a cool breeze over your cache!   I got a little bored Saturday night and decided to "pull a Kyle" on my Pentium 2-333. This was a serious leap of faith in that this processor already does 500+ Mhz. very stable on most BX motherboards. I really didn't have a lot of... Read more...
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