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.

  Intel's New 2.4GHz Pentium 4 Northwood 200MHz more, like a walk in the park By, Dave Altavilla April 2, 2002 When Intel released it's 2GHz and 2.2GHz Northwood Pentium 4 Processors, we were here to show you the finer points of increased on chip cache sizes and a few more MHz to play with.  At that point in time, did you ever think that a mere three months later, we would be back to show you Intel's flagship take another 200 steps in the right direction?  Well, to be honest, we've been in possession of the 2.4GHz variety of the Pentium 4 Northwood for about a month now.  So in all truth, Intel was yielding these chips even quicker than at a quarterly cycle rate.  We're... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2.2GHz. and 2.0AGHz. Processors "Northwood" Enters The Arena By, Dave Altavilla January 7, 2002 Intel and AMD's perpetual GHz. race continues in the new year, at a fevered pace that is almost more than the sluggish PC Industry can absorb.  Soon new machines from the major OEMs, will line the shelves of various retailers, hoping to lure potential customers with the promise of earth shattering performance and features that no one should live without.  Frankly, with the myriad of choices, flavors and clock speeds available to the consumer, it's no surprise that the average prospective PC customer now looks at only a few data points on which to base their... Read more...
  Intel's i845 DDR Chipset Debuts MSI's 845 Ultra-ARU & DFI's NB70-SC DDR Solutions Based On Intel's New Value Platform By, Dave Altavilla December 17 2001 The market has been waiting for this one for a long time.  Intel has authorized OEMs to begin shipping Brookdale (i845) based solutions, now with DDR SDRAM support.  Finally, an Intel native alternative to RDRAM, for their flagship Pentium 4 Processor has arrived.  Current success in the OEM sector, for Intel's PC133 incarnation of this platform, has paved the way for a natural migration path.  With PC2100 DDR SDRAM on price parity with PC133 solutions, it is the proverbial "no brainer" for motherboard... Read more...
IBM's DDRS34560D - 4.5 Gig Ultra 2 SCSI LVD Drive   SCSI for the masses!       SCSI, use to conjure up memories of difficult set up and lots of time spent tweaking with settings in the SCSI BIOS trying to get a drive to run at peak performance. Not so with many of today's SCSI Drives. IBM has a full arsenal of high performance SCSI drives all of which are all easily configured and set up due to Ultra 2 LVD SCSI Features. I had this drive in, up and running in about 15 minutes. This drive also has built in SCSI Termination. You have to terminate the end of the cable in the chain that the last SCSI drive is on. We only had one drive in our testbed and this allowed us to avoid... Read more...
The Iwill KK266Plus KT133A Motherboard Its Nice, but DDR is here... By, Marco Chiappetta September 27, 2001 Recently, we were presented with the opportunity to review one of Iwill's Socket-A motherboards.  We haven't had much experience with Iwill's products here at HotHardware, so we jumped at the opportunity to get their KK266Plus in our lab.  There is no denying that Iwill has made quite a splash lately, releasing a string of high performing, well equipped motherboards targeted directly at the enthusiast market. The board we'll be taking a look at today, the KK266Plus is a "revamped" version of their original KK266R, based on the VIA KT133A chipset.  The KT133A has... Read more...
The Intel Pentium III 933MHz. Filling the gap between 866MHz. and 1GHz. June 22, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Technology marches on at a relentless, blindingly fast pace.  The high end technology of today will quickly be the main stream "bread and butter" product of tomorrow.  In the Semiconductor space, tomorrow often comes VERY soon.  Semiconductor manufacturing technology seems to advanced in "light year" increments with each new iteration of process enhancement.  I can remember days back less than 10 years ago when 1 micron or .8 micron IC Fab technology was bleeding edge.  Who would have thought companies like Intel would be manufacturing parts... Read more...
The Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz. Processor The "Hyper Pipelined" CPU takes it up a notch By Dave Altavilla - April 24 2001    IC Engineering, it's an exacting science.  When a Design Engineer or Engineering Manager sits down to architect his or her next chip, there are a myriad of decisions that must be made that will affect the outcome of their efforts.  Designing a modern day microprocessor is a daunting task.  When you are doing things from the ground up, as did the Intel design team with the Pentium 4,  you need to design not only with more than just current application and performance expectations in mind but with insight many years into the future. ... Read more...
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