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  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...
  MadOnion Boot Camp Or a "San Francisco Boondoggle", which ever you prefer... By Dave Altavilla - October 6, 2000   Hi there folks!  We are just now getting around to posting the incriminating photos...... err I mean coverage of our trip to San Francisco last weekend. We met with the MadOnion folks and learned a little more about their current and next generation products, XLR8R, BAPCo Sysmark2000, WebMark2001, 3DMark 2001 and Video2000. The following shots are an on scene look into the event and what kind of mayhem went down during our visit.  We didn't get as many... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers As the old saying goes, "where there is a will, there is a way".  When AMD's Athlon first hit the market many were disappointed with the lack of user configuration options for the first round of Athlon Motherboards.  Still today, there aren't many boards out there that can do much in the way of overclocking the Athlon.  That didn't stop the good folks at Outside Loop from inventing a truly convenient way to overclock your Athlon processor in just about any motherboard imaginable.  With the twist... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers We'll let the pictures say it all...   We dialed the Athlon straight up to 800MHz. with the Afterburner from Outside Loop.  This particular CPU we had, held stable throughout our tests for hours on end at this frequency.  Will you be able to hit this mark?  I don't know but the Afterburner will let you find out and some sort of overclock achievement is almost guaranteed with Athlons.  There just hasn't been a clean and easy way to achieve it, until now. Update  12/22/99: We used an Athlon 500... Read more...
3/00 The Thermaltake Golden Orb Bright and Shiny Heavy-Metal Cooling High Performance CPU Cooling and Heat Sinks themselves, have literally become an art form over the past few years.  From wild water cooled rigs to simplistic brute force multi high speed fan set-ups, many inventions have been mothered by the overclocking community's relentless need to eliminate heat from their CPUs and cases.   Many innovative designs of heat sinks, some even with exotic metal alloy combinations, have been brought to market.  With each new iteration of CPU technology it seems as if the cooling... Read more...
  Cooling The Cache ! Decapsulating the P2 and delivering a cool breeze over your cache!   I got a little bored Saturday night and decided to "pull a Kyle" on my Pentium 2-333. This was a serious leap of faith in that this processor already does 500+ Mhz. very stable on most BX motherboards. I really didn't have a lot of motive to try to cool my CPU anymore because of this. However, like I said, I was in between hardware reviews and I was bored! Idle hands make the devil's work... At least that's what my Mother always says! :-) One of the most prominent issues with stability... Read more...
The Intel Pentium III 933MHz. Filling the gap between 866MHz. and 1GHz. June 22, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Technology marches on at a relentless, blindingly fast pace.  The high end technology of today will quickly be the main stream "bread and butter" product of tomorrow.  In the Semiconductor space, tomorrow often comes VERY soon.  Semiconductor manufacturing technology seems to advanced in "light year" increments with each new iteration of process enhancement.  I can remember days back less than 10 years ago when 1 micron or .8 micron IC Fab technology... Read more...
  How do you properly cool a Pentium III ? The TennMax P3 TF Cooler These days most custom PC enthusiasts, tend to use some sort of third party Heat Sink and Fan combination for proper cooling of their CPU. Stock Heat Sink / Fans from Intel and other CPU vendors are usually only adequate for operation of the CPU within normal specs. Obviously, this is not something the average "overclocker" will be satisfied with. Until now, there really haven't been many good cooling solutions for the new Pentium III processor. TennMax, a well known cooling solutions provider, has designed a new... Read more...
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