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.

  Though we're running the risk of sounding a bit platitudinal, this is definitely the IDF moment we're sure many of you have been waiting for.  We've reported to you on Intel's various technology announcements and architectural initiatives over the past few days.  And, from what we could garner from our sessions with Intel at this fall's IDF, the company certainly has a lot of bleeding-edge technology on tap that by all rights should dramatically affect the computing industry landscape for years to come. We've heard from both sides of the fence, nearly all year long, that the age of the multi-core processor is upon us and multi-threaded applications... Read more...
Over the years, Corsair has earned a solid reputation in the PC enthusiast community for consistently offering some of the best system memory kits in their respective classes. Corsair has a myriad of memory kits available in many different capacities and speeds, and virtually all of them rate well versus their competition. Some of Corsair's most sought after modules are the "low-latency" kits in the company's XMS product line. Low-latency memory typically offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies, but its not easy to produce high-speed memory kits that also have low-latencies, especially when it's DDR2 DRAM. Corsair was first... Read more...
Avid readers of HotHardware will certainly recognize the brand Corsair as one of the most respected and reputable companies within the industry. Since 1994, the company has made a name for themselves by offering some of the most stable and overclocker-friendly memory on the market. Backed with exceptional reliability and stellar support, the company has become renowned in the industry as one of the top names in memory. Over the course of the last few years, Corsair has expanded their product line to address additional markets beyond memory modules. Here, the industry has also seen water-cooling units under the COOL brand as well as flash memory drives launched under the Flash Voyager USB brand... Read more...
Corsair Introduces Revolutionary Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) Memory Technology Launches New DHX XMS2 DOMINATOR Product Line In Worlds Fastest DDR2 PC2-8888 CAS-4 Module Pair Fremont, CA (August 28, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today unveiled the latest innovation in high performance module design, Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHXTM) technology.  This performance and reliability enhancing technology will be available in the latest memory product line from Corsair also launched today, the DHX XMS2 DOMINATORTM Series. The advances provided by DHX enable the world's first PC2-8888 C4 (1111MHz at CAS Latency 4) speed rating... Read more...
    Though DDR2 has been out for sometime, and both AMD and Intel have platforms supporting DDR2, there are still a large number of people who still require DDR ram to power their computers. While many users don't care what type of ram is inside their computers, there are many who no only care about the brand of ram they use, they also care about the potential performance of the ram. Standard PC3200 memory is not for everybody, and that's where companies like Corsair come in. Corsair has been a brand of choice for the enthusiast for years now, as they've gained a reputation of not only producing reliable memory, but also producing some of the fastest memory available.... Read more...
Right from its inception, ATI knew they had to build a solid platform if their CrossFire multi-GPU technology was to gain mass acceptance.  NVIDIA already had the very popular nForce 4 SLI chipset in their repertoire, but ATI didn't have a direct competitor that also offered a pair PCI Express Graphics (PEG) slots.  In effort alleviate this situation, and get CrossFire into the hands of enthusiasts as quickly as possible, the Canadian based graphics giant reconfigured the PCI Express lanes on their existing Radeon Xpress 200 chipset to offer x8 electrical connections to a pair of PCI Express x16 slots.  Initially the chipset was still named the Radeon Xpress... Read more...
Using water to cool the components in a PC was once considered and outlandish idea, and maybe even a little crazy. We all know what happens when water gets spilled onto something electronic, so why intentionally pump it into a system? Well, the short answer to that question is that water is far more effective at absorbing and removing heat than air. But the problem with using water is that it must be confined in a closed loop, like it is in most automobiles, and it cannot make direct contact with any exposed circuitry that has an electric current running through it. This wasn't an insurmountable problem by any means, though. Once the idea of using water to cool a desktop PC caught on, hardcore... Read more...
  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 of their more highly regarded modules are the "low-latency" kits in the "Pro" series. Low-latency memory offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies. Chips capable of higher clock speeds, however, offer more bandwidth and better performance for the most part, but memory kits based on these high-speed... 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 and Computex, for example, but now that COMDEX is essentially dead, CES has become "the" show to attend in the United States if you want to catch a glimpse of the hottest electronics and PC gear. CES is always overloaded with the latest in consumer electronics, and a slew of accessories as well. Basically, if it's electronic or electronics related,... 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 and Mushkin memory sticks of what was, at the time, high-end RAM in 2001, and compare them to the Corsair XMS Xpert modules we'll be looking at today, and you'll immediately agree with us. The deep rooted desire to have a high-performing, tricked-out rig that's ingrained into the minds of many enthusiasts has spawned entire industries, and now virtually... 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 probably never been more true these days than ever before.  Although technology can't stand still, current software and user habits simply don't require every user to go out and buy the latest and greatest every few months.  Case in point might be the current crop of i915/i925x motherboards.  Upgrading to one of these motherboards in many cases requires a complete overhaul... 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 as it was about seeing all the great displays of leading edge technology.  Regardless, we do have a bunch of product display shots to share with you in the pages ahead.  - Enjoy Intel Dual Core , 64 and Steven Tyler The Intel booth was the usual massive display of technology both from Intel and various partners.  Intel was showing off a bunch... 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, low-latency memory kits from Corsair (and other manufactures) virtually disappeared.  Low-latency memory offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies.  Chips capable of much higher clock speeds quickly surfaced, but true low-latency memory was very tough to come by - until now.  Today on HotHardware,... 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 raised some eyebrows however, as it seemed to sound an early death knell for the previous released 5700 Ultra cards. Still, some manufacturers are reluctant to completely give up on the 5700 Ultra, adding additional features in an effort to make the card more attractive.  What we've got in store for you today is Chaintech's Apogee AA5700U, a video card... Read more...
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