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.

The ECS P4VXAD -Vs.- The Azza P4X2-AV Battle of the VIA P4X266s! By, Marco Chiappetta November 29, 2001 Intel and VIA are entangled in a nasty legal battle, and because of this, VIA's P4X266 Pentium 4 chipset has been surrounded by much controversy.  Intel is trying to stop the distribution of the P4X266 because they claim VIA is not... Read more...
The ECS D6VAA Dual-CPU VIA Powered Motherboard Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta July 26, 2001 Dual-CPU systems, previously reserved for use as high-end servers, have now become affordable due to the efforts of companies like ECS, Abit, Intel and Via (among others).  With the increased popularity... Read more...
The Epox 8K7A+ AMD 761 / VIA 686B Hybrid Is there a new Sheriff in Town? By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta August 9, 2001 If you are a hardware enthusiast and have been following the battle between AMD and Intel, you are no doubt familiar with the Athlon and DDR (Double Data Rate) memory.  When the Pentium 4 was first introduced,... Read more...
The Elitegroup P6BXT-A+ It's two boards in one!   The poeple at ECS really decided to do something different this time. They put their Marketing Hats on and decided to bring the Reseller/Custom Configurers and the End User community a board with a great deal of flexibility! They let go of conventional design practices and really thought... Read more...
The Elsa Gladiac Ultra It sure is fast...but you'll pay for it!   By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta - November 14, 2000   Anyone who remotely follows the PC hardware scene has no doubt become familiar with nVidia and their very aggressive product cycles.  Ever since the Riva 128 was released, nVidia has consistently and... Read more...
  Elsa Gladiac 920 Video Card More GeForce 3 Action! By, Jeff Bouton October 11, 2001     When it comes to graphics cards, there is no arguing that ELSA is among the industry leaders.  For over 20 years they have been producing top quality graphics cards, as well as other computer peripherals geared toward both the commercial... Read more...
   Elsa's Erazor III & Revelator 3D Eye Glasses ! A Dynamic Duo! (Benchmarks)     Well, needless to say, we did put the Erazor III through its paces. Overall we expected to see a bit of a hit in various framerates due to the Erazor III's lower clock frequencies. What we discovered was a little surprising. Check it out....... Read more...
   Elsa's Erazor III & Revelator 3D Eye Glasses ! A Dynamic Duo! Click for larger image     What's better than a hot new TNT2 based AGP card? How about a TNT2 based AGP video card bundled with 3D Stereo Eye Glasses? We recently received Elsa's new Erazor III TNT2, 32MB AGP card and it came with a nice surprise, The... Read more...
  Elsa's Erazor X - GeForce & Revelator 3D Shutter Glasses Breaking out from the "me too" crowd. Now that NVidia GeForce based cards are beginning to flow more freely, the race is beginning to blur a little with many vendors producing "me too" products based solely on the NVidia reference design. This is a look... Read more...
The Elsa Erazor X2 GeForce DDR Double Data Rate Fun Over the past few months NVidia clearly has taken the lead in the 3D graphics race.  First we saw the release of GeForce based card from various vendors like Creative, Asus, Guillemot, Leadtek and of course Elsa.  The second round of GeForce based cards were designed the way the... Read more...
The Elsa Gladiac Based on the NVidia GeForce2 GTS With 32MB DDR SDRAM By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 6/4/00   Graphics Card reviews are probably the most regularly covered material that we produce here at Hot Hardware.  Perhaps that is because there is an almost dizzying array of manufacturers to choose from.  Regardless,... Read more...
The Elsa Gladiac 64MB DDR GeForce 2 GTS You Do Play Games, Right? By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 9/24/00 To say the video card market is saturated with GeForce 2 powered video cards right now would be an understatement.  With nVidia being the last of the major chip vendors, they are the only real option for companies like Elsa,... Read more...
The Elsa Gloria II Quadro SDR Professional Graphic Solutions for High-End 3D Applications  May 26, 2000 - By John "Tool" Fiegener   Allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Fiegener.  I am the Founder and Owner of tool. Inc.  We are a Product Design Group specializing in mechanical design of products mainly... Read more...
The Enhanced Leadtek Winfast GeForce GTS Chock full of good stuff... By, Jeff Bouton December 28, 2000 It seems like every time you turn around these days, a leading manufacturer releases yet another new video card on the market.  Ever since the release of nVidia?s line of GeForce/GeForce2 GPUs, the introduction of powerful display cards... Read more...
    The gating item. Something that renders everything else dependent upon its outcome or performance. The type of SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) you have installed in your PC weighs heavily on the overall stability of your system and the various other components that rely on it. These include just about every other... Read more...
The Enermax EG451P-VE ATX 2.03 Power Supply Big Clean Power For Your High End System By Dave Altavilla - November 30, 2000     Let's do a little "case study" here.  All puns intended literally, let's take a look at all the different components inside your computer case.  OK, so we have the Processor, Motherboard,... Read more...
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