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 Gigabyte GV-GF3000 64MB GeForce 3 Prepare Yourself... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta May 15, 2001 With the impending release of any new product, there is an inevitable barrage of spin and marketing hype surrounding it. When nVidia officially unveiled the GeForce 3, the "spin-miesters" really went to work, as almost every "high-tech" publication began touting the new chip's capabilities and features. There was something different about the GeForce 3's launch though. Usually, for every person praising a new product you'll find another condemning it. Ill fated 3dfx's launch of the Voodoo 5 comes to mind, for every person praising the quality of the Voodoo5's FSAA,... Read more...
The Gainward GeForce3 Power Pack !!! Golden Sample Tastefully Selected GeForce3 Goodness By Dave Altavilla 9/10/01 GeForce3 cards are in total abundance these days.  As an OEM, to compete in this space and get more than your fair share of the market, one must differentiate.  With the plethora of "reference design" cards on the retail shelves, it is extremely easy for your product to get lost in the crowd, unless you have brand name recognition. By now you are probably thinking, "what's with the face on the left of this page?".  Take a good look at that face and remember it.  That face is the company logo for a Taiwanese based OEM by the name of Gainward. ... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA660Plus - TNT2-A What a difference a "rev." makes! Most companies dealing with circuit board design and manufacturing go through a refinement process of their product which makes improvements to the original release product with each iteration. Gigabyte had a little help from NVidia, the manufacturers of the TNT2 chip, on this revision. The GA660Plus is the identical board design and layout of the original GA660, with one exception. This board is populated with the all new NVidia TNT2-A, a .22 Micron version of the TNT2, which was originally fab'ed using .25 Micron technology. We all know what that means... Smaller Die Size = Lower Power Consumption+Less Heat+ Higher... Read more...
The Guillemot Maxi Sound Muse Keep that coin in your pocket! By, Jeff Bouton - November 13, 2000 The Maxi Sound Muse is a low budget card designed for ??today?s price conscious multimedia user.?  Naturally, we all want the latest and greatest in sound cards, but not everyone has the budget for the top of the line cards that are on the market today.  The people at Guillemot have come up with what promises to be a low-cost sound card that offers a practical balance between features and price.  With support for Microsoft DirectSound 3D acceleration on 4-speaker systems, and the popular EAX 1.0 and A3D 1.0 APIs, this card promises to satisfy both the music lover and gamer alike. ... Read more...
The GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software Enter the Detonator XPs and Titanium By - Marco Chiappetta Edited By:  Dave Altavilla October 1, 2001     NVIDIA is at it again. Just when we were all getting used to the idea of a new chipset standard from the 3D graphics giant, we're thrown the proverbial curve ball.  The timing couldn't be any better.  ATi, NVIDIA's main competitor, is about to ship their next generation product and what better way to steal ATi's thunder, than to release a new product of their own?  Better yet, how about a whole new line of products? Just about this time in 2000, NVIDIA not only unveiled the GeForce 2 Ultra... Read more...
The GeForce2 GTS Has Arrived! And A Look At Leadtek's Winfast GeForce2 GTS 4/26/00 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   This week has been relentless.  It is as if the WinHEC conference is the designated battle ground for the PC Graphics Industry and the war has been waged with a vengeance.  Now if only we media types can keep up with the onslaught of announcements without burning out, life will be pretty good.  Tonight the NDA for NVidia's next generation processor has been lifted.  The following information will be presented as a two part piece.  A look at the GeForce2 GTS GPU itself and also a card soon to be available from Leadtek, the Winfast GeForce2 GTS. ... Read more...
    January 11     Getting 515 From Your Little Machine     First, allow me to give you some backgrond on my motives with respect to overclocking. I am a speed freak. I intend to push my hardware as far as it will go without damage to the components. Some people are value freaks. They want the most horsepower for their buck and are concerned about cost. While cost is an issue sometimes for me, I opted for the PII-333 for my overclocked gaming rig. The option is a little more risky due to the fact that the PII-333 is multiplier locked at 5X. So, if your CPU won't do 500MHz then you're stuck at 415 (5X83) or less... Now, this took some serious hunting around to find... Read more...
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