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.

Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO A "Friendly" GeForceFX 5800 Ultra... By - Marco Chiappetta April 25, 2003 NVIDIA's latest flagship GPU the NV30, now known as the GeForce FX 5800, has been a long time coming.  Products based on the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra are just now starting to arrive in very limited quantities.  The first batch of products to ship to pre-order customers were all basically the same.  They were all based on the same reference board design, and they all shipped with the now infamous "FX-Flow" cooler.  Gainward was one of the first companies to show off an FX 5800 Ultra with a custom cooling solution, but their card still looked very similar... Read more...
The Logitech Z-680 5.1 Channel THX-Certified Speaker System A Killer Home-Theater Sound System for Your PC... By - Marco Chiappetta February 5, 2003 PC enthusiasts are constantly upgrading their systems in an almost never-ending endeavor to improve their multimedia and gaming experiences.  All too often we find ourselves replacing our once top-of-the-line video cards and adding RAM or a faster processor, only to be unimpressed with the overall impact made by these upgrades.  That's not to say having a fast system isn't paramount to an enjoyable gaming experience though.  If your games, or movies for that matter, are chugging along at sub-par frame rates they're not going to be... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD The GeForce4 Ti Card With A Massive Heat Sink By -Dave Altavilla March 26 2002 We've been working with Leadtek hardware, here at HotHardware, since our beginning way back in late 1998.  At that point in time, Leadtek was known for designing and building top end graphics cards with various chipsets, including workstation "professional" level graphics.  Since that time, Leadtek has diversified its portfolio of product, with TV Tuners, Motherboards, EIDE/SCSI Controllers and even video conferencing technologies folding into the mix. However, what has always been a focus for Leadtek is producing consumer level graphics cards based on the latest... Read more...
The Logitech Z-560 THX Certified 4.1 Speaker System High Performance and Fidelity At A Low Price By - Dave Altavilla December 9, 2001   It's that time of year.  In the PC Hardware and Peripherals industry, you almost can't keep up with the onslaught of new products hitting the market for the holiday season.  Likewise, the HotHardware Test and Tech Writer Team, almost can't keep up with the volume of new gadgets showing up in the lab for test and showcase.  The key word here is "almost", because we always seem to find a way to squeeze in an article on a new product or technology that really stands out and  gets our attention. Perhaps, that is a bit over the top... Read more...
  The Leadtek WinFast 5300MA All-in-one features at a stripped down price!   Leadtek has been known for many years as a manufacturer of High End Graphics Cards. They have until now, stayed within the Video/Grpahics space. Like all healthy well established companies, occasionally it is time to diversify. Enter the Leadtek WinFast 5300MA Motherboard. Leatek, at this juncture, has teo motherboards available. The other board is a dual Slot 1. We reviewed this Super 7 Socket based, multimedia enhanced, all in one system board and were very impressed with the feature set. For starters this board comes with on board AGP Graphics and also on board 3D Sound! Here are the particulars...  ... Read more...
The Linksys PS2KVMSK - KVM Switch Control 2 PCs With One Keyboard and One Mouse By Jeff Bouton - October 23, 2000   Normally, you find us reviewing the latest and greatest motherboards, video cards and hard drives.  However, today we?ll look at a product that has made quite an impression on this tester,  the Linksys PS2KVMSK   2-Port Compact KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) Switch.         The PS2KVMSK is one handy device that?s a breeze to set up and has made life in the testing world a little easier.  The PS2KVMSK is a simple 2-Port Compact KVM Switch (PS/2) that doesn?t require any additional power adapter or software to run.   You... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 MX DH Pro An MX With all the Goodies... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta December 21, 2000 As a hardware review site, we come across many products competing for the same space in a particular market. No where is this more evident than the video card market. nVidia has been, and now that there is one less competitor, surely will remain the most dominant supplier of video chipsets to OEMs. Many companies that sell products using chipsets from nVidia, simply take nVidia's reference design and churn out cards that are essentially exact replicas. This practice makes is much harder to choose one product over another as they are all basically the same. Users are forced... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 MX Worth every cent...and then some... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 10/10/00 nVidia has been on a roll as of late.  They are seemingly starting to dominate the performance gamer market with their powerful GeForce 2 GTS.  As if that wasn?t good enough, they will soon be releasing an ?Ultra? model that will further establish their position.  Being a dominant force in a single market segment isn?t enough for nVidia though.  Their design win with the Microsoft X-Box should establish nVidia as a major player in the console market.  They have an integrated chipset on the way which will surely be popular in the sub $1000 PC market and... Read more...
The Leadtek WinFast GeForce3 TD A Reference Design With Attitude... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta June 27, 2001     Now that the GeForce 3 has been widely available for a few weeks, we find ourselves in the same situation we we've been in numerous times before, since the days of the Voodoo2. Manufacturers follow a standard reference design, mass produce it and market it under their recognized brand name. The advantage of this process is knowing you are getting a product based on a proven, tested design. The disadvantage is that differentiating one product from another becomes very difficult. Many times potential customers are forced to make their buying decisions based on... Read more...
The Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD... Yes, There is a Video Card Under all that Metal! By, Marco Chiappetta November 15, 2001 Here we are again, in the same predicament we have found ourselves in many times before.  With the release of a "new" NVIDIA GPU, inevitably comes an onslaught of cards all based on a standard reference design.  The up side to this "situation" is that all of the cards based on the reference design have gone through a rigorous testing regimen to insure compatibility, stability and performance.  The down side is that it becomes increasingly more difficult to distinguish one product from another as more and more brand-name cards hit... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 GTS The next generation GeForce makes its HotHardware debut 5/5/00 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   Options, that's what typifies the Graphics Card Market at this point in time.  I don't think I have ever seen a time when there were so many 3D Accelerators to choose from.  There are so many different OEM manufacturers with lots of compelling technology to lure you into that next upgrade purchase.  NVidia  has certainly been contributing their fair share of product to the equation with their tireless six month new product introduction cycle.  There is a  ton of competing technology in the 3D Graphics space now and you, the blurry... Read more...
The Leadtek WinFast 3D S320 II 4/30/99   Leadtek was absolutely the first OEM to release a Graphics Accelerator based on the NVIDIA TNT2 chip. We received a full Retail Release 32MB SGRAM Supported Card. This is a highly anticipated product as we all know, so I won't bore you with a long monologue. Let's get right to it! As I stated, our card came equipped with 32MB of SGRAM, a type of Synchronous DRAM specifically designed for video & graphics. This memory is designed to handle the high bandwidth requirements of today's PC Graphics Accelerators. The card had TV Out but no Flat Panel Output Capability. Leadtek will have a version that supports both very soon. Also, our card is officially... Read more...
        Needless to say, there sure has been a lot of hype and fan-fare on the net these days with respect to NVidia's next generation technology in 3D Graphics, The GeForce256 chip. High hopes have been built up on new levels of performance with this new technology. In addition new features are being touted as ground breaking enhancements in speed and image quality. We were pleased when Leadtek asked us to be one of the first review sites on the net to put their new GeForce256 based card through its paces. Let's take a look at Leadtek's WinFast GeForce256 and see what all the fuss is about!       Click image for a larger view   Physically, the WinFast... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR Double Your Data Rate - Double Your Fun Semiconductor Technology is fascinating.  An engineer will come up with a new technology that allows for a significant increase in performance over existing technology, as with the NVidia GeForce.  As the new platform matures, the speed and throughput of given device is realized and the limitations are exposed.  At that point, another brilliant engineer sets out to improve again on the initial design in an effort to alleviate the bottlenecks and achieve yet an even higher level of performance.  As we all know, this process happens at an alarming rate in the Computer and Networking Industries as well... Read more...
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