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The SGI 1600SW Flat Panel LCD Finally, a Multi-Media and Gaming ready LCD By Dave Altavilla 8/3/01 Flat Panel technology is still far from perfect, at least in this Tech Journalist's eyes.  Then again, so is CRT technology.  I guess we're a bit spoiled here at HotHardware.  However, let's face it, the display you look at on your home or work PC, is easily the most important piece of equipment in your setup.  If your monitor doesn't cut it, chances are you won't be happy using the machine that is driving it.  Now, with this in mind, I think it is safe to say that modern... Read more...
The Siluro GF256 GTS 64MB DDR More highly "over-clockable" hardware from Abit By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 8/9/00   The GeForce 2 market is what one would call "saturated".  There are more flavors and brands of nVidia product available than you can shake a stick at.  A new entry into this over indulged area would definitely have to stand out in order to get noticed.  Well, for us the card that is standing out fairly prominently, is the Abit Siluro GF256 GTS 64MB DDR.  So you are thinking, "what is so special about a 64MB GeForce2"? ... Read more...
  Taming The Beast     A Look At The Hercules Terminator Beast Super Charged!               Hercules Computer Technology Inc. is one of the oldest manufacturers of video cards in the US. They have long been regarded as a quality manufacturer of mainstream computer graphics accelerators. Hercules has been a little dormant in the past year or so. However Hercules has recently returned to the game with a multitude... Read more...
    The 3dfx/STB Voodoo3 3000               Hey... Do you see that? What synergy we have here! These colors look great on us! Hot Hardware and Voodoo3. Black and Orange, an unlikely combination but oh sooo pretty! :-) We were one of the lucky few sites that got first dibs on a the first retail run of Voodoo3 3000 boards. I would like to thank Brian Burke at STB/3dfx and Megan Prest for keeping us on "the short list". You are the best!           First let's give you some background on our approach to this review. We... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo3-3000 PCI  Leading Edge Technology For The Trailing Edge User   As we all know with any business, you go where the market is.  The old adage, "if you build it, they will come" works only in the movies.  Not long ago the PC platform standardized on the next generation PC Graphics Bus Interface, known as AGP.  The promise of increased bandwidth and performance was ushered in along with yet another variation in motherboard expansion slots.  As a result, many users who had just purchased a pre-built PC with on board graphics, may have been left... 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... 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... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 PCI 3D Graphics for a legacy system adds leading edge performance By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 8/4/00 These days technology moves so fast that there is almost as much of an available market opportunity supporting older platforms, as there is producing for the "bleeding edge" market segment.  PCI is an interface that has been in the PC architecture for years, as well as in the embedded space.  You can also bet your last buck that it will remain in the PC for many more years to come.  It is only fairly recently that AGP became the mainstream bus... 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... Read more...
  Sharp's Internet Viewcam - Size Matters...   Whoever came up with the saying, "size doesn't matter" was living in a dream world. This is a family show here at Hot Hardware, so we won't get into the specifics of the saying's origin. :-) However, as with most things in life, size DOES matter especially when it comes to file sizes that are being displayed or transferred over the internet. Although, many people around the world are fortunate enough to have high bandwidth internet services like Cable Modems and DSL, the vast majority, at least for the time being, are limited to... 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... 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!" ... Read more...
The Cadillac of Voodoo3! The 3dfx Voodoo3-3500TV In every market, whether you are selling Cars, Tupper-Ware, or 3D Video Cards, there is always a place for the high end. These types of products have all the bells and whistles and are tweaked, buffed and tuned for ultimate performance. This review is about the "Cadillac" of Voodoo3 Cards. This is no luxury sedan though. This is more like an "STS" Model, trimmed up with all the toys and a power plant under the hood that will bring out the Teenager in you.       (Click for a higher res. view)      ... 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... Read more...
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