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.

  Without question, it is typically far more interesting to read about the latest flagship $600 graphics card than it is to hear about a budget card's performance. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us doesn't have the luxury of being able to afford those high-end cards and must instead focus our attention on some more realistic alternatives. In the past, having a mainstream-level card would mean lackluster performance at best in most games with little advantages over even the despised integrated graphics solutions. With the launch of the GeForce 6200 back in December 2004, NVIDIA brought key new features such as Shader Model 3.0 and TurboCache to the entry-level gamer. By moving towards... Read more...
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", at least that's what Jack Torrance (Nicholson) in "The Shining" told us. What he was trying to say is that we all need a break from the usual grind every now and then.  Even here at HotHardware, where we're usually knee-deep in testing motherboards, video cards, and the like, once in a while something comes along that really grabs our attention, even if it is a little bit off of the usual radar.  We were actually a bit excited when we were asked to review the X-Arcade Joystick and we thought that you, our faithful readers, would be interested as well. What we've got for our show-and-tell here today is the X-Arcade Dual... Read more...
The X-Micro Hulk V GeForce 2 MX New kid on the block... By, Jeff Bouton December 14, 2000 I'm sure most of you are looking at this article and wondering, "Who is X-Micro"?  Wasn't the Hulk a bad television show from the seventies?  Well X-Micro is a relatively new company to enter the video card market.  Formed in 1999, X-Micro has made it's presence known by offering several video cards and trying to compete with such heavy hitters as Abit, ATI and Elsa.  Since they are focusing on the video market, who better to ally themselves with than nVidia?  nVidia has solidified their position as a leader in the design and production of high performance GPU's, and as... Read more...
The X-Micro Impact 4 Ultra Haven't I seen you somewhere before? By, Jeff Bouton January 25, 2001 Today we?ll be taking a look at yet another product from Taiwan based X-Micro.  Not long ago I had the pleasure of taking the Hulk V GeForce2 MX card for a ride around the block and as you may have already heard, I liked it!  In fact, I liked it so much that it has remained the video card of choice in my second system.  This time around, X-Micro has brought to the table their latest offering, the X-Micro Impact 4 Ultra.  Fresh out of the box, it?s obvious that X-Micro has taken the standard approach to video card marketing and brought it to a higher level.  They haven?t spent... Read more...
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