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.

MSI's VT2D8X GeForce4 Ti4600 More Bandwidth, More Cooling, More Goodies! By - Jeff Bouton February 16, 2003 As we enter the latest phase in the nVidia vs. ATi battle, the focus again is on who's video card is going to be the all out fastest.  It's natural that we get caught up in the hype of who has the faster card, but the bottom line... Read more...
The MSI GNB Max-FISR Motherboard Intel's Granite Bay With Dual Channel DDR and AGP8X By, Dave Altavilla December 8, 2002 It seems as though the entire PC world has been waiting for a Dual Channel DDR chipset to come to the Pentium 4.  Although RAMBUS and RDRAM technology certainly had its merits, as the highest available bandwidth memory... Read more...
  The MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR Motherboard Review VIA's KT400 Chipset Matched With MSI's Best By, Jeff Bouton October 27, 2002 Most of us remember the transition from VIA's KT266A to the KT333 chipset.  We had been patiently waiting for a worthy successor to the popular KT266A, anxious to see the next level in chipset performance. ... Read more...
The MSI 648 Max Motherboard Review Great Performance at a Great Price... By, Robert Maloney October 23, 2002 Increased competition often leads to technological advancement at a faster rate than normal, because one company constantly tries to out-do another.  This result of this competition usually leads to the end-user being rewarded... Read more...
  The MSI 845G Max-L Motherboard Review Integrated Graphics and Bluetooth Technology By -Chris Angelini June 28th, 2002 The i845 chipset gained quick popularity due to its DDR memory support, providing an alternative to the once-expensive RDRAM standard.  In fact, many proponents of the chipset went so far as to call the i845 ?the... Read more...
The Matrox Parhelia 128MB AGP Hands on testing of Matrox's High End Gaming Card By -Dave Altavilla June 25, 2002   When Matrox took the wraps off their next generation GPU, last month, HotHardware brought you a full showcase of the chip's features, new capabilities and estimated performance level.  Clearly Matrox is targeting the... Read more...
The MSI K7D Master Dual Socket A Motherboard Athlon Power X 2! By Marco Chiappetta May 21, 2002 There is no denying that AMD has done very well with their Athlon line of processors.  A few years ago, back in the K6 days, AMD CPUs were found only in low-end desktop systems.  The terms "high-performance" and "K6"... Read more...
The Matrox Parhelia 512 Matrox Re-Enters The 3D Graphics Ring - Big, Bad and Pretty By -Dave Altavilla May 14, 2002   We know you've been waiting for this, haven't you?  Of course you have.  Since the launch of the Matrox G450, we don't know of any hard core PC Hardware Enthusiast that hasn't been waiting for Matrox to step... Read more...
  The MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review KT333 Muscle and All the Trimmings! By, Jeff Bouton March 24, 2002 This evening we will be taking a look at the new KT3 Ultra ARU motherboard from MSI.  This is the first of what will surely become a long line of motherboards to incorporate the new VIA® KT333 chipset.  The new chipset... Read more...
The MSI K7T266 Pro DDR Socket A Monster Misguided? or Misunderstood?... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta June 14, 2001 With the influx of DDR memory into the market place, came a craving for a high performing chipset to exploit the increased bandwidth offered by this new memory type. AMD was first to introduce a DDR chipset for... Read more...
 Micro-Star International's MS-6163 Pro   These days there are a new breed of motherboards being brought to market by a few key manufacturers that are designed with the hardcore "overclocker' in mind. Micro-Star International sent us their crowned jewel in this exciting new arena, the MS-6163 Rev. 2.0, otherwise know as the... Read more...
     Driving The Athlon MIcro-Star's MS-6167 AMD Based Motherboard       Finally, the playing field is begining to level out somewhat in the Processor/Motherboard arena. The consumer is no longer limited to one processor and chipset family that will provide top end performance. For many years competitors to Intel... Read more...
Micro Star International's  MS-6309 VIA Apollo Pro133A - Coppermine Ready Socket 370 Infused April 10, 2000 By Dave Altavilla   The past few months have been very interesting for the PC Motherboard market.  As we all know, Intel skipped a beat with respect to release of its own PC133 compatible chipset with the i820.  In... Read more...
Microstar International's MS-6337 - i815E Pro Our second pass at the i815E and it gets better every time. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/27/00   You probably have noticed...  Intel's latest motherboard chipset the i815E, has taken hold with virtually all of the major motherboard manufacturers as a major component in their mainstream... Read more...
MSI  850Pro MSI's P4 Board Driven By the i850 By Dave Altavilla 2/12/01   MSI -  Micro-Star International, has long been known for top quality motherboards designed with the Performance or Power User in mind.  In addition, they are typically one of the first few vendors out of the gate with a new technology or motherboard... Read more...
  MSI's 694T Pro Motherboard Let's Shed Some Light on the Subject By, Jeff Bouton September 6th, 2001     When one thinks of quality motherboards, several manufacturers come to mind, one of which has to be MSI.  For over 15 years, MSI has been producing some of the finest computer products on the market and today we've... Read more...
  The Massworks ID-75 USB Touchscreen Limitless Possibilities? By, Marco Chiappetta September 5, 2001   Recently I was presented with an opportunity to test a truly unique product from a little known company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico...Massworks.  Massworks has developed a compact USB Touchscreen controller for Windows... Read more...
  Matrox has been in the Graphics Card business since the invention of electricity. OK, so maybe that's a little overstated but when it comes to PC Graphics, Matrox is the "Grand Daddy". They have always been known for high end accelerators built with the Computer Professional in mind. CAD and other Desktop Graphics Applications... Read more...
The Matrox Millennium G450 - 32MB Dual Head New Levels Of Integration for the Multimedia Fanatic and Corporate User By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/5/00 As technology moves on, new markets are exploding for Personal Computing.  The Business and Corporate Sector was the dawn of the information and computing age and it is still a very... Read more...
4/25/00   Matrox G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Graphics Chipset vendors are coming out of the woodwork this week, as the WinHEC conference shifts into high gear.  Not a player to sit on the sidelines, Matrox has taken the wraps off their much rumored G450 chip,... Read more...
614//00   Matrox's G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Montreal, Canada, June 14, 2000-Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the Matrox Millennium G450 Series, based on the Matrox G450 chip which integrates DualHead, DVI, and TV output. This new series of graphics cards consists... Read more...
Matrox In The New Millennium       Over the past few months Matrox has introduced new products which have been scoring very well as top performers in 2D, 3D and Multimedia. Based on their new G400 chipset, these products were a bit of a pleasant surprise, in terms of their raw power and image quality, to the hard-core gaming... Read more...
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