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.

NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200 Shoot-Out 64MB or 128MB?  We Report, You Decide... By - Marco Chiappetta August 15, 2002 With all of the hype surrounding the Radeon 9700 Pro, NV30 and Parhelia recently, you'd think those were the only video cards people were buying, but you'd be wrong.  The fact of the matter is, these high-end products are consumed by only 3-5% of the total market.  The vast majority of consumers purchase video cards that have sub-$200 price tags, and there are a ton of viable products available that fall well within this price range.  How do you know which card is the right one for you though?  With multiple flavors of GeForce 3, GeForce 4 and Radeon based... Read more...
NV3X Architecture Overview A Look At What Is To Come... By -Chris Angelini July 25th, 2002   ATI didn?t fail to impress us with the R300 launch. Clearly, the RADEON 9700 will be the next leading performance graphics solution for the high end, at least for a while.  However, NVIDIA is not sitting idle, watching ATI capture market share.  The release of DirectX 9 is approaching and the finishing touches are being applied to NV30, NVIDIA?s successor to the GeForce4.  If you think of R300 as Germany?s Bismarck battleship, NV3X can be likened to Britain?s HMS Hood, sent to intercept and destroy the powerful adversary.  Of course, NVIDIA hopes the outcome of the confrontation... Read more...
NVIDIA Announces The nForce 2 Dual-DDR and a GF4MX Core By, Marco Chiappetta July 16, 2002         Today, NVIDIA officially unveiled the nForce 2 core logic chipset.  This second generation of the nForce brings with it a host of new features that should make it a favorite amongst enthusiasts and OEMs.  The nForce 2 incorporates GeForce 4 MX level graphics, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 and dual Ethernet controllers.  The most important addition though is support for DDR400 memory through the use of an updated memory controller that NVIDIA states will give the nForce 2 a performance advantage over competing chipsets. If you want more information, we've got the... Read more...
nVIDIA's "Cg" Language An Interview With David Kirk, Chief Scientist - NVIDIA Corp What's on the horizon for next generation graphics By Dave Altavilla 6/14/02   The 3D Graphics arena is getting a little bit more interesting these days.  The competition is heating back up in a big way, with a host of players looking to challenge the omnipotent 3D Graphics Giant, NVIDIA.  With 6 month design cycles for next generation products, NVIDIA looked as though it was hell-bent on world domination.  Some competitors were either exiting the high end consumer space or going belly-up altogether.  Certainly for a while there, NVIDIA was almost showing "Microsoft-like" ... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 440 Round-up Abit, Chaintech, eVGA, Gainward, Leadtek,  Visiontek and X-Micro Do Battle! By - Marco Chiappetta April 25, 2002 In early February '02 NVIDIA introduced their latest product line up at a large press even in San Francisco.  Not content with releasing a single GPU this time around, NVIDIA decided to unveil two entire families of chipsets, the GeForce 4 Titaniums (Ti) and the GeForce 4 MXs.  The GeForce 4 Titaniums, coming in Ti 4200, Ti 400 and Ti 4600 flavors, are their current flagship products, boasting Dual Vertex Shaders and a host of other performance enhancing features.  The GeForce 4 MX series is their new mainstream oriented product... Read more...
nVIDIA's New GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX The NV25 and NV17 Debut By Dave Altavilla 2/6/02   A mere 4 months ago, we turned HotHardware readers on to NVIDIA's "fall refresh" product, the GeForce3 Titanium.  A new set of drivers, higher clocks speeds and all new branding of the GeForce3 product, was unleashed upon the casual and hardcore gaming markets, as well as the professional/desktop graphics space.  NVIDIA, known for blisteringly short product development cycles, rang the bell for round two of the GeForce3 punishment being dealt to their closes competitor, ATi.  However this time, ATi was ready and answered the bell with their Radeon 8500 product line that finally... Read more...
NVIDIA's nForce Reference System NVIDIA's Vision for a New PC Platform By, Marco Chiappetta January 16, 2002 When rumors began circulating regarding NVIDIA's entrance into the motherboard chipset market, both enthusiasts and OEMs eagerly anticipated details on the 3D Graphics Giant's new offering.  Then in June 2001, the "official" information hit and the excitement really began.  NVIDIA claimed their Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) would be up to 10X faster than any other integrated PC graphics accelerator.  They incorporated AMD's HyperTransport technology, to provide approximately 6X the amount of bandwidth, between the Northbridge and Southbridge, than any other... Read more...
The nVIDIA GeForce2 GTS Ultra and Detonator 3 Drivers nVIDIA's Technology War Machine Rolls On By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 8/14/00   You've got to hand it to nVIDIA.  They crank out new technology from a hardware and software standpoint, at a pace that has the rest of the competitive field cringing.  If nVIDIA was like a weapon, in this War of 3D Graphics, they would be an Abrams Tank with a Gatlin Gun strapped on top, clearing a path of destruction as they relentlessly rolled onward.  Perhaps that is a little over the top but it seems as if there is no end to their arsenal of next generation 3D Graphics product.  At the very least they seem to execute new... Read more...
The nVidia GeForce 2 MX-400 What's old is what's new... By, Jeff Bouton April 23, 2001 Ever since they first introduced the GeForce line of GPU's, nVidia has made it clear that they live by their motto, "We Want to Push Every Pixel on the Planet".  With ever improving models being produced at a feverish pace, they have made it clear to their competition that they are the dominating force to be reckoned with.  By setting deadlines for newer products and executing with precision, the competition began to lose ground. This year alone we've seen the demise of such veterans as 3DFX and S3, leaving nVidia, ATi and Matrox as the only major players still standing. Todate, with the... Read more...
The NVidia GeForce 2 MX Top End Performance At Bargain Basement Prices - And It Over-clocks too! By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 7/7/00   There is something strange about 3D Graphics Cards that brings out the "crazies" in people.  What amuses me the most is when people get into very emotional and heated discussions in our HotHardware Conference Room Forum.  It is as if people hold their video cards so close to their hearts, the damn things are like spouses or children to them.  While we personally don't understand this phenomenon here at HotHardware, one thing is for sure people get down right belligerent and opinionated about their 3D Graphics cards.  With... Read more...
    Today Brian Burke of 3dfx gave Hot Hardware an exclusive inside scoop on new drivers that will soon be released for the Voodoo3! We've got the goods here first! Take it away Brian! The week of July 19th, 3dfx will be releasing a new set of drivers for the Voodoo3. Besides the usual bug fixes, we have added some user control image quality techniques to the 3dfx Tweak page in Windows properties. The increase in our already industry leading image quality is dramatic. Attached, you will find some screen shots from the new driver using the new Alpha-blending option along with an explanation of how it works. You can also see the new properties page at www.voodooextreme.com. "Alpha-Blending"... Read more...
3dfx Selling Core Graphics Assets To nVidia Corp. One step closer to complete domination, nVidia moves to assimilate the competition   NVIDIA To acquire 3dfx core graphics assets SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 15, 2000 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain graphics related assets of 3dfx Interactive (Nasdaq: TDFX), a pioneer and a recognized leader in graphics technology. These graphics related assets include, but are not limited to, patents, pending patent applications, trademarks, brand names, and chip inventory related to the graphics business of 3dfx. In addition, 3dfx and NVIDIA have agreed to stay the patent infringement... Read more...
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