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 beige box; you had one, I had one, just about everyone and their mother had one. It wasn't that long ago either, that we all had our generic cases on display for no one to notice. Of course, this was back in the day when megahertz ruled, megabytes were plentiful, and a 56K modem was a bragging right. Fast forward a bit, and now we're running... Read more...
It seems that today's mid and high-end video cards are coming with increasingly more creative cooling solutions.  Lately, large, quiet fans are becoming more popular as seen with Abit's OTES, HIS's IceQ II and Sapphire's Lethal Cooling.  All of these options aim to keep a video card cool under load while minimizing fan noise, and... Read more...
The GV-R96X128D 9600XT from Gigabyte High-End Quality at a Mid-Range Price By, Jeff Bouton March 2, 2004 When it comes to deciding on the perfect video card for your needs, manufacturers don't make it easy for the average buyer. While naming conventions are aimed at classifying the product so the consumer can decipher what they are getting,... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-8S648FX Motherboard Bridging the gap with the SiS 648FX "Burned" in by Robert Maloney August 13th, 2003           A lot of hype and controversy has surrounded Intel's latest chipsets, the i865 Springdale and the i875 Canterwood, and they are proving to be very capable solutions... Read more...
The Gigabyte GV-R98P128D Powered by the ATi Radeon 9800 Pro By - Marco Chiappetta July 17, 2003 At the moment, gamers looking for a "Top-of-the-Line" graphics card, basically have two GPUs to choose from, either an ATi Radeon 9800 Pro or an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900.  Video cards based on these two GPUs are so evenly matched, they... Read more...
  Gigabyte's 7VAXP-A Ultra KT400A Motherboard Competition For The nForce 2 By, Tom Laverriere May 27, 2003 If anyone has ever been part of a team, not just in sports but in any part of life, there is one valuable lesson to learn and that is competition within the team makes the team better.  There are many reasons for this. ... Read more...
The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra  A Preview And Performance Analysis With NVIDIA's New Killer By - Dave Altavilla May 12, 2003 Here we are again, with another installment of my pixel is faster than yours.  Why is it that Graphics Cards create so much buzz in the PC Enthusiast market?  Perhaps it's because Processors, Motherboards,... Read more...
GeForce FX 5200 Ultra Performance Analysis Detailed Benchmarks With NVIDIA's Value Gaming Card By - Marco Chiappetta and Dave Altavilla March 12, 2003 Last week's Game Developers Conference was pumped up with lots of hype and excitement, regarding not only the software behind next generation game engines, but also the hardware that will power... Read more...
Gainward's AGP8X NVIDIA Powered "Golden Samples" Giving Things a Boost with AGP 8X By - Jeff Bouton December 03, 2002 When it comes to maintaining longevity in the video card market, nVidia seems to have the process down to a science.  Since the release of the GeForce4 series of GPUs last year, the product line has enjoyed a... Read more...
The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample! An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle... By - Marco Chiappetta June 20, 2002 Over the last year or so, Gainward has done an excellent job differentiating their NVIDIA based video boards from their competition's.  Gainward's designers and marketing team seem... Read more...
Getting PC1066 Level Performance From PC800 RDRAM & PC800 Motherboards A modification project on the Abit TH7II-RAID By, Dave Altavilla April 5, 2002   It's been a long time coming but finally, the Pentium 4 platform has gone mainstream enough that motherboard manufacturers, like Abit, are building... Read more...
 Overclocking The GeForce4 Ti 4600 When fast isn't fast enough... By Dave Altavilla 3/3/02 What self respecting PC Enthusiast wouldn't take a brand new graphics card technology and push it to its limits?  Well, perhaps there are a few conservative types out there that would rather take the "in warranty" and stable path... Read more...
The Gainward Titanium Series Line-up Pure Performance By - Marco Chiappetta January 3, 2002 We have stated on numerous occasions that with the video card market in it's current state, differentiating one product from another has become increasingly more difficult for both manufacturers and consumers.  Now that the ATi Radeon 7500 and... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA-6CX and GA-MG400 i820 Motherboard and G400 Based Graphics Card - A package Deal The long awaited Intel i820 chipset has finally been released to the market.  What is somewhat surprising is the amount of time it is taking motherboard manufacturers to get boards designed and released based on this new chipset.  We all... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA-6CXC Motherboard The i820 With  SDRAM  Support By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta - 5/9/00 Usually when Intel releases a new motherboard chipset, there is a big rush to upgrade.  Power users, OEMs and do-it-yourselfers gobble up motherboards based on the new chipset to take advantage of new features, increase... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-8TX - i850 Pentium 4 Motherboard No frills performance By Dave Altavilla 1/10/2001   The beautiful thing about a new processor platform is that with it is born a whole new architecture and motherboard platform to go with it.  Pentium 4 motherboards are flowing fairly freely now from various vendors and the second P4... Read more...
    Gigabyte's GA-BX2000 Dual BIOS Slot 1 Pentium II/III Motherboard   Gigabyte has long been a manufacturer of top shelf PC motherboards and have a huge network in the various reseller channels. Many small clone shops use Gigabyte's boards because of their aggressive pricing and high quality. Gigabyte has always done things... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-6OXM7E i815 Socket 370 Motherboard It sure looks nice...but how does it perform? By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 11 / 2 / 2000    The hardware community had been eagerly anticipating a worthy successor to the mighty 440BX chipset. When Intel released their 133MHz FSB capable "Coppermine" Pentium IIIs it was time to also... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-7VX KX-133 Based Motherboard Does the tradition live on? By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta September 22, 2000    In the "Athlon Community", there was much anticipation for a chipset that would really let the performance of AMD's new flagship processor stand out.   The original Iron-Gate chipset was marred... Read more...
Guillemot's Maxi Sound Fortissimo A lot of bang for your buck By  Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta March 19, 2000 The Maxi Sound Fortissimo is a product for value minded people looking for high dollar quality.  We know there are many people out there that would look into a Live! Platinum or an Aureal SQ2500 but don?t have $100-$200 to drop... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-GF2560 SDR GeForce Get overclocked and ready to rock!   So, you are thinking, "great another GeForce SDR Graphics Card review".  On the surface, your aversion to mundane and "been there, done that" type of products and their respective reviews, could be well founded.  HOWEVER, not this time... Read more...
  A Tale of Two TNT2s The Gigabyte GA660 Turbo Vrs. The MSI 3DAGPhantom We brought in the wreckin' crew for this event. Like a Demolition Team with a bad attitude, we decided to mix up a couple of explosive substances and see what kind of reaction we would get. This is a "Bake Off" of sorts between a pair of TNT2 cards from... Read more...
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