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.

NVIDIA Detonator 40 Evaluation New Features And Enhanced Performance By -Chris Angelini August 30, 2002 We haven?t heard much from NVIDIA lately, though rumors about NV30 seem to dominate hardware discussion boards. Similarly, even the excitement surrounding nForce2 has subsided in light of newfound graphics competition from ATI.  After patiently watching ATI tantalize the mainstream, enthusiast, and mobile markets, NVIDIA has put the finishing touches on a new driver package that bolsters performance and enhances the functionality of its entire graphics family.  Will it be enough to divert attention from the RADEON 9700 Pro?  Not this time ? ATI has established a sizeable performance... Read more...
The DFI NB76-EA i845G Motherboard A Powerful Package Without a Premium Price... By, Robert Maloney July 1, 2002 Intel and AMD have been dueling it out for several iterations of CPU cores and the benefactor has always been the end user. The result is a new CPU seemingly hitting the shelves just as the old ones are being installed. When it comes to motherboard chipsets, however, Intel is considerably slower with their releases. While VIA, and to a lesser degree SiS, push out chipsets with cutting-edge technology at a feverish pace, Intel seems to be more relaxed in their approach, producing motherboards and chipsets that are more geared for stability and compatibility. This translates to solid... Read more...
  The DFI AD73 RAID Motherboard Review Plain on the Outside, Powerful on the Inside By, Jeff Bouton April 18, 2002 When it comes to chipsets, VIA's KT266A has matured into what has undoubtedly become one of the most popular chipsets on the market today.  But this maturity didn't come without a few bumps along the way.  When we first saw glimpses of the original KT266, there was a lot of talk of major improvements in performance, but we soon found out that it wasn't the case.  As more people started using motherboards with the new chipset, VIA was plagued by increasing reports of poor memory performance.  As more an more people experienced this problem, the picture became... Read more...
The DFI AK76 AMD 760 Mainboard Via and AMD...What a Combination! By Jeff Bouton 7/18/01   One of the more beneficial new technologies to appear in the last year is Double-Data Rate RAM.  The benefits of this technology has become widely known and as a result, widely adopted my most major motherboard and videocard manufacturers.  When it was initially introduced, price differences between standard SDRAM and DDR were fairly large.  However with recent price drops in the market, DDR has become a far more economical and widely adopted solution.  Allowing for superior performance with current technologies and memory prices now equivalent to SDRAM, DDR has solidified its place... Read more...
The DFI AD70-SR Motherboard Review More KT266A Lovin' In The House! By, Jeff Bouton December 6, 2001   DFI has been long known for producing quality motherboards with great stability, but they usually lacked any innovative features.  With their latest release, the AD70-SR, DFI hopes to break with tradition.  Incorporating the high performing Via KT266A chipset, on-board RAID and overclocking feautres, the AD70-SR brings a decent amount of muscle to the table.  There is no doubt that the KT266A chipset has been getting a lot of praise these days with its top of the line performance, making it a virtual no-brainer when it comes to deciding which chipset should be in the center... Read more...
The Maxtor DiamondMax 4320 - 17.2G EIDE/UDMA Hard Drive     A JUMBO Drive For The Hungriest Of Users               Are you feeling a little thin on space these days with the ol' workhorse 2 Gig drive you are running? Time to put that poor thing out to pasture... Have we got some room for you! I'm talking "fit a small tribe of Gypsies" size room here! 17.2 Gig ! Holy Mackerel! Do you remember being excited about your new shiny Mode 3 drive, a whole 540 Meg? Guess what? Drive Technology just leap frogged you and it doesn't show any signs of ending anytime soon. The DiamondMax 4320 - 17.2G may not be the largest drive on the planet but it is... Read more...
DFI's PC64 - Motherboard More i820 and RAMBUS action on the test-bench Intel's new i820 chipset is slowly being accepted and brought to market by various motherboard manufacturers.  It is obvious that this has been a pains taking process for the Motherboard Vendors in the market, as release dates for many of the major players have slipped due to compatibility and stability issues.  DFI is one of the few motherboard vendors to release a full i820/RAMBUS implementation.  This is our first look ever at a DFI product, here at Hot Hardware.  What did we think?  That's why you are here, we suppose.  Please, read on.   DFI PC64 Specifications / Features Standard i820... Read more...
DFI's CS60-EC i815EP Motherboard A little less is more... By Jeff Bouton March 22, 2001 With the technology markets taking a beating in recent months, it will become more evident who the major players are in the technology world and who isn?t.  Competition will become as fierce as ever, pushing companies to increase quality and reliability, while reducing costs.  One of the companies that is doing just that is Taiwan based DFI.  When thinking of leading manufacturers of quality motherboards incorporating chipsets from Intel, AMD and Via, usually names like Asus and Abit come to mind.  However, DFI has been producing quality computer components for over 18 years and have won... Read more...
Preparing For a Dual-Processor PC Know what you're getting into... By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 1 / 11 / 2001    Hello Folks.  Today we?re doing something a little different here on H.H.  We normally focus on straightforward hardware reviews but while working on my most recent project?a review of the Abit VP6?I hit a little speed bump.  As most of you probably know by now, the VP6 is Abit?s newest Dual-Processor motherboard.  Last week I sat down to install our review board and about an hour into checking it out my system went dead.  I had killed my power supply!  What a bummer!  It was a decent 300-Watt unit that came with my case.  It had been... Read more...
  January 12   A3D - The Old And The NEW - Vortex 2 vrs. Vortex 1   Diamonds Little Monster Sound MX300 For this little spotlight I would like to take a close look at how technology advances, specifically in the field of 3D sound. For me, and historically for a lot of folks, sound cards are sometimes an afterthought. As long as the sound produced is in stereo and is free of noise and hiss, I was satisfied with my good old Sound Blaster 16 ISA card. Then, just like the evolution from 2D SVGA graphics to 3D Enhanced, trilinear filtered yadda, yadda, yadda... came the birth of 3D Positional Audio. The visual gaming experience just got more lifelike, so let's make it sound like the... Read more...
  Dual Pentium II Setup @ 515 MHz.!   So you're thinking to yourself, "self" you say... "why would Davo bother with a Dual Pentium II rig"? Well, besides feeding my ego saying it can be done, SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) is the wave of the future! Sun, Alpha, SGI and many other high end platforms have been doing this for years with multithreaded operating systems. With the advent of Windows 2000 (word is it will be released this year) the "WIntel" platform will be moving this way as well! Already we have heard of Quake 3 Arena and Falcon 4 support for SMP. So I ask you, why play the MHz. game when you can just add another processor and increase your processing power exponentially?... Read more...
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