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The Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR Double Your Data Rate - Double Your Fun Semiconductor Technology is fascinating.  An engineer will come up with a new technology that allows for a significant increase in performance over existing technology, as with the NVidia GeForce.  As the new platform matures, the speed and throughput of given device is realized and the limitations are exposed.  At that point, another brilliant engineer sets out to improve again on the initial design in an effort to alleviate the bottlenecks and achieve yet an even higher level of performance.  As we... Read more...
The GeForce2 GTS Has Arrived! And A Look At Leadtek's Winfast GeForce2 GTS 4/26/00 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   This week has been relentless.  It is as if the WinHEC conference is the designated battle ground for the PC Graphics Industry and the war has been waged with a vengeance.  Now if only we media types can keep up with the onslaught of announcements without burning out, life will be pretty good.  Tonight the NDA for NVidia's next generation processor has been lifted.  The following information will be presented as a two part piece.  A look at the GeForce2... Read more...
 WinTV USB  USB TV Tuner Statistics have shown that the average American watches at least 10-20 hours of TV a week (give or take a few hours). However, ever since the introduction of computers, the average computer users probably watches less TV and surfs the net more. That's where the USB WinTV comes in to play. Starring at the computer screen all day and night can be boring and static, so let me introduce you to a device that will turn you back into a spud and into a chair potato. Hauppauge the company is well known for their TV cards. Their use of the BT48 chipset has pretty much made... 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... Read more...
 This just in from Hot Hardware fan and Super Cooling Freak-Man Steve Croft! I recently got the P3 500 and set about a maximum tweak... Brief highlights of how follow :-) 1.) Mobo BX6 r2 Bios (Ver KU) settings.... FSB set to 129 x 5 (1/4 pci) Core Volts set at 2.3V 2.) PC125 SDRAM (128MB) PC100 falls over badly... 3.) InWin Q500 full tower case with additional fan cooling (120mm input, 80mm blowing into psu, 80mm output above psu, 60mm blowing onto cpu fans). 4.) Tennmax P3 TF Cooler. Modified for greater efficiency 5.) Rear P3 case removed, Plastic pillars used to replace missing case for... Read more...
  The CDI Alaska Cool-Case Divine Intervention or Invention ?   There are three main problems that you'll need to solve with respect to your next computer case selection, accessibility, looks, and cooling/ventilation.  The folks at Computers Divine told us they have the solution.  They claim the "Alaska Cool-Case" is an answer to your prayers sent from the heavens above. Wow, what an intro.  We thought this sounded a little "over the top" too.  So we decided to get in a little piece of heaven to see what it looked and performed like.  This... Read more...
 Hey folks! I have completed a VERY efficient cooling rig for my P!!!-450 ! This chip was sponsored by Dallas Memory You guys are the best! If you want a good deal on the fastest gear, go see these boys!   OK, so we all know that the stock Pentium !!! Heatsink and Fan that comes with the Retail CPU is absolutely inadequate for the job (my humble opinion of course). So, I set out to improve upon the situation. I wanted cool the CPU better with a bigger sink and fan combo and also help the cache chips make contact with the sink in the process! Let's dismantle (my favorite part) shall we?... Read more...
  Dual Pentium II Setup @ 515 MHz.!   So you're thinking to yourself, "self" you say... "why would Davo bother with a Dual Pentium II rig"? Well, besides feeding my ego saying it can be done, SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) is the wave of the future! Sun, Alpha, SGI and many other high end platforms have been doing this for years with multithreaded operating systems. With the advent of Windows 2000 (word is it will be released this year) the "WIntel" platform will be moving this way as well! Already we have heard of Quake 3 Arena and Falcon 4 support for SMP. So I ask you, why play the... Read more...
    The gating item. Something that renders everything else dependent upon its outcome or performance. The type of SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) you have installed in your PC weighs heavily on the overall stability of your system and the various other components that rely on it. These include just about every other device in today's X86 based computer. For this article we are focusing on SDRAM since it is the mainstream base memory component used in today's PC. Older technologies such as EDO DRAM and Fast Page Mode still exist in some computers but all new systems are... Read more...
The Enermax EG451P-VE ATX 2.03 Power Supply Big Clean Power For Your High End System By Dave Altavilla - November 30, 2000     Let's do a little "case study" here.  All puns intended literally, let's take a look at all the different components inside your computer case.  OK, so we have the Processor, Motherboard, Graphics Card, SDRAM Modules, Hard Drive, CD/DVD-ROM Drives and CD Burner, Sound Card, Modem, Network Card and what the heck, let's throw in two case fans for intake and exhaust and a CPU Cooling Fan.  Each and every one of these devices draws power. ... Read more...
The FRONTX Multimedia Ports It makes life easier... By, Jeff Bouton May 1, 2001   Every once in a while a product arrives at the Hot Hardware labs that really gets our attention.  It doesn't necessarily need to be the fastest, largest, or most powerful item, but rather innovative in its design.  Needless to say, the FrontX Multimedia Ports from FrontX is just the kind of product that fits this criterion.   When the folks at FrontX contacted us about reviewing the FrontX Multimedia Ports, I thought the timing couldn't have been better.  For the last few months I've been... Read more...
How much ya bench?  - The P!!! 500E Coppermine @ 750MHz.  We recently got in a new sweet little Pentium!!!  500E Coppermine from our good buds at OutsideLoop Computers.  By the way, in case you haven't heard, they rock! We have heard many VERY encouraging stories on the net these days about the ability of the 500E and 550E to overclock EXTREMELY well.  We decided it would be great to see what kind of performance gains could be had with the 500E on an i820 motherboard with RAMBUS and the works.  Here's how things went... OutsideLoop also set us up with a sweet new Slotket... Read more...
Hot Hardware's How Much Ya Bench? - Version 2.0 Pentium !!! Coppermine 800 On The i820 Platform  April 17, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Over the past few months Intel has been releasing a myriad of processors covering all ends of the performance spectrum.  Never before has the end user had so many options to choose from with respect to what host processor will be driving their systems.  Whether you opt for Celeron, Pentium!!!, or Xeon, you will also have a host of flavors to choose from within that processor subset.  The widest selection ever of Packages, Cache and Clock Speeds... Read more...
    January 11     Getting 515 From Your Little Machine     First, allow me to give you some backgrond on my motives with respect to overclocking. I am a speed freak. I intend to push my hardware as far as it will go without damage to the components. Some people are value freaks. They want the most horsepower for their buck and are concerned about cost. While cost is an issue sometimes for me, I opted for the PII-333 for my overclocked gaming rig. The option is a little more risky due to the fact that the PII-333 is multiplier locked at 5X. So, if your CPU won't do... Read more...
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