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 Shuttle AK35GT2/R Motherboard Review Improving on a Proven Design By, Jeff Bouton May 16, 2002 We see a lot of hardware come through the Hot Hardware labs.  Every once in a while a piece comes along that stands out from the rest, making a lasting impression.  A few recent items that come to mind is the Hercules Game Theater... Read more...
Soyo's P4I Fire Dragon & P4S Dragon Ultra SiS 645 and i845D Compete - Soyo Style By, Dave Altavilla February 18, 2002   The motherboard engineers at Soyo, until recently, had been a little quiet in terms of releasing new, innovative products to the market for the Pentium 4 platform.  It almost seemed as if Soyo was sitting out... Read more...
  The Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review Raising the Bar on Quality and Performance By, Jeff Bouton February 12, 2002  Over the last several months, you have seen us report on a growing number of motherboards based on the KT266A chipset from VIA.  Review after review we?ve gone over the virtues of this very popular chipset,... Read more...
  Shuttle's SDVD-101 10X DVD-ROM Drive Is it time to dump your CD-ROM Drive? By - Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 8 / 24 / 2000 Shuttle, along with many other companies generally recognized as motherboard manufacturers, actually has a very diverse product line. They offer everything from CD-ROM drives to Video cards and a wide variety... Read more...
  Shuttle's SD-561 56X CD-ROM Drive A Frugal and Nimble Solution 3/14/00 - By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta I?ve been around PC hardware for quite a while and have used just about every ?speed? CD-ROM since my trusty ol? Creative Labs 1X. Having used all these different drives I?ve learned a couple things:  1.) The speed on the box... Read more...
  Shuttle's AV40 VIA P4X266 DDR P4 Motherboard RAMBUS, watch your back, DDR comes to the P4 By, Dave Altavilla October 15, 2001 Here's a vocabulary word for you, "litigious".  Good one isn't it?  Before you get nervous that this is some sort of creative writing lesson, let me explain, as this word is very fitting for... Read more...
Shuttle's AK31 Ver.3.1-vs- Epox's 8KHA+ Dueling KT266A Motherboard Action! By, Jeff Bouton November 26, 2001 If you are an avid PC enthusiast or even a knowledgeable investor, then you probably know that Intel has some serious competition these days.  With the latest reports of Athlon XP's "flying off the shelves" and VIA continuing... Read more...
Soyo's K7-DRAGON -vs- Gigabyte's 7DXR The KT266 and AMD760 Square Off! By, Marco Chiappetta October 25, 2001 Athlon motherboards have come a long way since AMD's flagship CPU was first introduced.  Initially, some OEMs would not even produce boards for the Athlon because they feared it would damage their relationships with Intel. ... Read more...
  Shuttle's HOT-649A Heavy Duty Hardware - Dual CPU and SCSI 2 Injected!   When the good folks at Shuttle contacted me about reviewing a couple of their motherboards, I was all too happy to oblige. Shuttle is well known as a "Cadillac" motherboard company with top shelf quality. What arrived on my doorstep a few days later... Read more...
  Shuttle Spacewalker HOT-681Z Intel ZX Based Socket 370 Motherboard   Socket 370, Intel's answer to the low end system market. After the staggering success of the Slot 1 Celeron, Intel had a problem. Though its marketing machine was busy pushing to the main stream end users that the Celeron was a much lower end cpu and not as capable... Read more...
  Shuttle's HOT-683 A Socket 370 - Intel LX Chipset Based Board for the budget minded!   Socket 370 boards are an interesting proposition. They have the potential to provide Pentium II level performance with cost efficiencies that are unmatched. They also are extremely conservative in realestate consumption. Shuttle's first effort... Read more...
   The Hot-687 Shuttle's Lean Mean BX Mobo Ok, with 3 Shuttle reviews on the books here at HotHardware, two of the socket 370 variety, the latest 370 board weighs in at a svelte (I actually looked the word up) Micro ATX weight. Our test unit lacked the hardware monitoring chip (available as an option) that lets you keep tabs on cpu/system... Read more...
Shuttle's AV30 VIA Apollo Pro 266 DDR Motherboard With a Dash of Crucial PC1600 DDR RAM... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 2/8/2001   The motherboard market is about to go through yet another large transition...maybe. In the year 2000 we saw the once omni-present, dominant Intel take a few too many punches on the chin, and they... Read more...
The Shuttle Spacewalker AE23 i815EP Motherboard A Diamond in the Rough... By Jeff Bouton May 9, 2001   Since 1990, the Taiwan based Shuttle Computer Group Inc. has been producing high quality computer components. Providing a wide variety of products ranging from Video cards, motherboards, memory modules, and accessories has allowed Shuttle... Read more...
Shuttle AV14 Socket 370 Motherboard It's does everything right...but nothing great. By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 10 / 12 / 2000    My first assignment when I initially joined the Hot Hardware team was to review a VIA Apollo Pro 133 based board, the AV61 from Shuttle Inc. I was very excited to get my hands on this product, because... Read more...
  Shuttle's AE25R Motherboard Twice The Fun By, Jeff Bouton September 25th, 2001   It seems like it was just yesterday when I was running a state of the art 486 processor at 33MHz. and a whopping 16MB of RAM.  A hot new game called Doom had everyone talking and I had just installed a brand new 2X CD-ROM drive in my rig. ... Read more...
The past couple of days I?ve had a chance to get familiar with Shuttle?s new AV61 motherboard based on the VIA 133 chipset.  I hit a few speed bumps along the way, but ended up pleased.  This board has a strong list of features, at a fantastic price point, so if your itching to replace your BX mobo, and the i820/RAMBUS combo is too... Read more...
The Shuttle AK11 KT133A Based Motherboard Too bad this isn't a DDR board! By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta July 19, 2001 The VIA KT133A has long been the darling of the Athlon overclocking community. With excellent performance, compatibility and stability, at a great price point, is there any question why?  With the recent reduction... Read more...
Sono International's 1008S Newcomers to the PC Motherboard arena? Not really!   When Sono contacted me about reviewing their new Slot 1 Motherboard, I have to admit I was a little in the dark. At first I thought... Sono? Who? Then I received the eval unit. I was pleasantly surprised. This board seemed to be designed well. I also liked... Read more...
Soyo's SY-TISU Motherboard All Overclockers Welcome By, Jeff Bouton August 20, 2001 With the July release of Intel's new Tualatin processor, we are seeing an ever increasing number motherboard manufacturers incorporating support for the new processor into their designs.  And why not?  The PIII Tualatin CPU, based on a 0.13-micron... Read more...
Soyo's K7ADA ALi DDR Socket A Mobo... With some Crucial PC2100 RAM and a WBK38 thrown in! By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta April 18, 2001    It seems that regardless of which PC component we speak of today the subject of bandwidth, and more specifically memory bandwidth, seems to take center stage. Recent discussions in the... Read more...
 SOYO ANNOUNCES 10 NEW MOTHERBOARDS FOR CAMINO, ATHLON, PENTIUM II/III and SOCKET 370 CPUs New Designs Support Leading Edge 750/800MHz CPUs/Chipset Technology, Consumer-based PCs with Integrated Multimedia, and "Designer" Internet Appliances FREMONT, CA  (January 3, 2000) - Soyo, Inc. rings in the new year with 10 new motherboards... Read more...
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