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 VIA P4PB Ultra Motherboard Review Intent on Total System Performance for the P4 By Robert Maloney March 19th, 2003 Our first impression of the VIA P4PB Ultra, when the box showed up on the testing bench, was that it screamed (literally) that it was here to play.  From the no-nonsense black box with a guy yelling (at what we have yet to find out) to the impressive bundle within, it was clear that VIA was out to stake their own claim on the Pentium 4 Enthusiast Motherboard playing field.  Legally, it has been a mostly uphill battle for VIA, who claims that the rights to the P4's system bus architecture, were acquired when they bought out S3 Graphics.  Intel, which designs... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400 Compelling performance without the price tag By -Dave Altavilla April 9, 2002   If variety is the "spice of life", then it is safe to say that NVIDIA is cooking up some "Three Alarm Chili" these  days and it's guaaaaraaaanteed (insert thick Cajun Bayou accent here), to make you thirsty for a cool drink of 3D polygon pushing refreshment.  There are so many flavors of GeForce4 product in the retail channel, the unsuspecting consumer could get down right befuddled at the myriad of choices and performance levels, offered by the various incarnations of NVIDIA's GeForce4.  Mind you, we're not complaining about this situation... Read more...
The Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 The NV25 hits retail shelves! By - Marco Chiappetta March 20, 2002 In February 2002, NVIDIA announced their latest flagship GPU, the GeForce 4 Ti 4600.  This new GPU would not only raise the bar in terms of performance, but would also sport a slew of new features.  NVIDIA revamped their Anti-Aliasing engine, and gave it a new name, "Accuview".  They also incorporated the ability to power dual displays simultaneously.  They called this new feature "nView".  The Lightspeed Memory Architecture and nFiniteFX engine introduced with the GeForce 3, had also been reworked for increased efficiency and higher performance, courtesy... Read more...
VIA's P4XB P4X266A Motherboard Yes, VIA is Selling Motherboards Now! By, Marco Chiappetta February 14, 2002 A few short months ago, if you were planning to build a high-end Pentium 4 system, an i850 based motherboard and expensive RDRAM was in your future.  VIA Technologies changed that though when they released their P4X266 chipset.  With the introduction of the P4X266 came the ability to use DDR SDRAM with the Pentium 4, which at the time was significantly cheaper than RDRAM yet offered similar performance.  Even though having a low-cost chipset on the market would help sales of the Pentium 4, Intel was none too happy about the P4X266.  Intel claimed VIA did not hold the... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP Update!  New Drivers, Benchmarks and Full Review Rating! By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 5/12/00 Welcome back folks!  This is an update to our initial Voodoo5 PREview article on 4/24/00.  We aren't going to spend a lot of time with flowery verbage here.  You came here for one thing.  You want to see how the Voodoo5-5500, in its full retail final release state, will perform.  That's why you are here and that's what you'll get!  For reference, if you would like to skim back through our initial hands-on PREview of the Voodoo5-5500 with Pre-Release drivers, please look here. Enough with the talk, let's rock!  Bring on the benchmarks!... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500 AGP An "In House" PREview and Test Of Alpha 2 Product By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 4/24/00   This product review needs no introduction.  We have been waiting a long time for the next coming of Voodoo Graphics.  In what seems like a deluge of market hype over next generation 3D Graphics chipsets from various vendors, 3dfx unleashes one of their most lethal weapons in the battle for 3D dominance.  Currently in an "Alpha 2" stage, we received, what 3dfx would classify as their mid range product, the Voodoo5-5500 AGP.  We at HotHardware want to emphasize again that the board we will show you in the following pages, is indeed... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 Incarnate Up close and personal with 3dfx's next generation product By Dave "Davo" Altavilla and Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 4/4/00   We packed our gear...  Digicam, Notebooks, Laptop, Breath Spray, Cheeze Wiz, Rolaids... all the stuff that a good journalist should come prepared with to any important Tech Conference.  We were headed to the Big Apple, New York City.  This was a "Power Meeting" and we were ready.  We met down town at the Intercontinental.  The guys from 3dfx travel in style.  Marco kept trying to tip the Doorman but the Cheeze Wiz wasn't going over too well.  Room 623, we knocked on the door. ... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Titanium Series Line-up Taking Graphics to the Next Level By - Jeff Bouton November 1, 2001 Just in time to compete with the long awaited new Radeon's from ATI, nVidia has release their latest version of the popular GeForce GPU's named "Titanium."  By now, it is fairly obvious that when it comes to competition, nVidia doesn't like to be in second place, and with their latest offering being released in such a timely fashion, their position should be safe.  By fine tuning the existing manufacturing processes of both GeForce2 and GeForce3 GPU's, nVidia has been able to remain extremely aggressive in the graphics processor market. One of the first manufacturers... Read more...
Dueling DVD  New Video2000 Results From The Majors In Graphics The Online Hardware Review Media community has a solid focus on 3D Graphics performance and technology as a whole.  This goes without saying.  Too often the Digital Video Subsystem of a particular graphics card goes untested and evaluated.  Perhaps this is because there are still relatively few benchmark suites or utilities available to the masses. MadOnion... By the way, what the heck is the deal with the name of this company?  " I am a VERY angry Onion and therefore I am going to benchmark my booty off!"  I mean really, someone in marketing was sniffing the super glue a little too much on... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo 5 Run Down A discussion with Alf Covey of 3dfx  A transcript of the HotHardware Forum Section By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 4/19/00   We are now officially in count down mode with the imminent release and launch of the 3dfx Voodoo 5, in a matter of weeks.  Over the past three weeks, the HotHardware forum has been buzzing with talk about this next generation of product from the company that many call  " The God Fathers of 3D".  3dfx has always maintained an accessible presence in the End User / Online community and it was no surprise when Alf Covey of 3dfx stopped by the HotHardware Conference Room with intentions to answers questions directly... Read more...
The Visiontek GeForce3 Powered by NVIDIA and made in the USA By Dave Altavilla 5/24/2001   "Board Stuffing", that's what the industry affectionately calls what the folks at Visiontek do as their core business unit.  Otherwise known as "Contract Manufacturing", in a nut shell, Visiontek will take a customer's "Bill of Materials" also known as a BOM (lots of new lingo here eh?), procure the raw parts (chips and circuit boards) and then assemble the product.  At that point they may even box it up and ship it to their customer's end customer.  This way, companies like Elsa or Hercules for example, can concentrate on designing and marketing next generation... Read more...
The VisionTek XTasy Everything 5564 Personal Cinema A Cheap Date With Multi-Media By - Dave Altavilla November 19, 2001 Convergence, that's what the multi-media scene is all about.  In addition to conjuring up printed documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphs, the  modern personal computer, for the average household, has become more of an entertainment medium than anything else.  3D Gaming, music and video are all data types that today's computers must process and handle in real-time. As a result, virtually all of the available graphics chipset technologies on the market, have the ability to process and reproduce digital video in hardware,  as well as 3D graphical scenes. ... Read more...
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