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 Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD... Yes, There is a Video Card Under all that Metal! By, Marco Chiappetta November 15, 2001 Here we are again, in the same predicament we have found ourselves in many times before.  With the release of a "new" NVIDIA GPU, inevitably comes an onslaught of cards all based on a standard reference design.  The up side to this "situation" is that all of the cards based on the reference design have gone through a rigorous testing regimen to insure compatibility, stability and performance.  The down side is that it becomes increasingly... Read more...
The Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 GTS The next generation GeForce makes its HotHardware debut 5/5/00 By Dave "Davo" Altavilla   Options, that's what typifies the Graphics Card Market at this point in time.  I don't think I have ever seen a time when there were so many 3D Accelerators to choose from.  There are so many different OEM manufacturers with lots of compelling technology to lure you into that next upgrade purchase.  NVidia  has certainly been contributing their fair share of product to the equation with their tireless six month new product introduction cycle. ... Read more...
  The Skywell Magic TNT TNT Power at bargain basement prices!   When nVidia's first generation TNT Video Chipset came into the market place, the industry was amazed at the raw performance of a product that actually had the ability to rival 3dfx's Voodoo 2 chipset. Time marched on at the fast and steady pace that drives the PC industry and newer technologies are now coming to fruition that will surpass the original TNT chipset. Ultra TNT2, Voodoo 3 and S3's Savage4 products will be on the shelf by mid April. As a result, the legacy technology of yesterday (which was not so long ago) now... Read more...
4/25/00   Matrox G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Graphics Chipset vendors are coming out of the woodwork this week, as the WinHEC conference shifts into high gear.  Not a player to sit on the sidelines, Matrox has taken the wraps off their much rumored G450 chip, an enhanced die shrink version of the G400 with new features, a higher clock speed and faster DDR memory interface.  The G400 is currently built on a .25 micron process and the new G450 will be set forth in leading edge .18 micron technology, marking the... Read more...
614//00   Matrox's G450 - Smaller, Faster and Highly Integrated By Dave "Davo" Altavilla      Montreal, Canada, June 14, 2000-Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the Matrox Millennium G450 Series, based on the Matrox G450 chip which integrates DualHead, DVI, and TV output. This new series of graphics cards consists of the Millennium G450, a powerful dual-VGA, 2D, 3D, DualHead, and DVD graphics card, and the Millennium G450 DVI, which adds DVI support.  As the company that pioneered DualHead technology, Matrox is now taking its award-winning dual-display feature... Read more...
Matrox In The New Millennium       Over the past few months Matrox has introduced new products which have been scoring very well as top performers in 2D, 3D and Multimedia. Based on their new G400 chipset, these products were a bit of a pleasant surprise, in terms of their raw power and image quality, to the hard-core gaming community. We decided to have a quick chat with Kamran Ahmed - Product Marketing Manager at Matrox, about their robust technology and what the future holds.       Dave: We'd like to understand the product life, that Matrox views is left in the... Read more...
The ATI Rage Fury MAXX ATI's New Twin Engine Hot Rod In the world of 3D Graphics Accelerators, there are a number of ways to approach the issue of increasing fill rate, image quality and overall performance.  One of these ways would be to redesign your graphics chip with faster internal pipelines, larger caches, more hardware supported features, etc.   On the other hand, you could just populate your current graphics card with two processing engines based on your original design.  This is an over simplification of the latter approach as there are many issues with respect to getting... Read more...
The Absolute MORPHEUS GeForce3 Great minds in 3D Graphics come together and make it happen By Dave Altavilla 7/9/01 In late 1999, a then fledgling company by the name of Absolute Multimedia, made its mark on the 3D Graphics scene with a brand of nVidia TNT2-M64 and GeForce based products.  The Absolute Multimedia product offering gained a fair amount of acceptance in the market place.  In addition, high praise from various media channels, were given with respect to the product's quality and innovation.  Although standard reference designs were used from a circuit layout standpoint,... Read more...
MSI's GeForce 3 Powered Starforce 822 ViVo Not Just a GF3...It May Be "The" GeForce 3! By, Marco Chiappetta November 8, 2001 NVIDIA's new Titanium line of cards and ATi's new Radeons have been commanding most of the spotlight these days.  With the release of these "next generation" products, attention shifted focus, and prices on the preceding generation of products dropped considerably, placing some very powerful cards within reach of mainstream buyers. This is the case with the "vanilla" GeForce 3 powered, MSI Starforce 822 we'll be looking at today.  A... Read more...
The Guillemot Maxi Sound Muse Keep that coin in your pocket! By, Jeff Bouton - November 13, 2000 The Maxi Sound Muse is a low budget card designed for ??today?s price conscious multimedia user.?  Naturally, we all want the latest and greatest in sound cards, but not everyone has the budget for the top of the line cards that are on the market today.  The people at Guillemot have come up with what promises to be a low-cost sound card that offers a practical balance between features and price.  With support for Microsoft DirectSound 3D acceleration on 4-speaker systems, and the popular... Read more...
  January 12   A3D - The Old And The NEW - Vortex 2 vrs. Vortex 1   Diamonds Little Monster Sound MX300 For this little spotlight I would like to take a close look at how technology advances, specifically in the field of 3D sound. For me, and historically for a lot of folks, sound cards are sometimes an afterthought. As long as the sound produced is in stereo and is free of noise and hiss, I was satisfied with my good old Sound Blaster 16 ISA card. Then, just like the evolution from 2D SVGA graphics to 3D Enhanced, trilinear filtered yadda, yadda, yadda... came the birth of 3D Positional... Read more...
    Today Brian Burke of 3dfx gave Hot Hardware an exclusive inside scoop on new drivers that will soon be released for the Voodoo3! We've got the goods here first! Take it away Brian! The week of July 19th, 3dfx will be releasing a new set of drivers for the Voodoo3. Besides the usual bug fixes, we have added some user control image quality techniques to the 3dfx Tweak page in Windows properties. The increase in our already industry leading image quality is dramatic. Attached, you will find some screen shots from the new driver using the new Alpha-blending option along with an explanation... Read more...
3dfx Selling Core Graphics Assets To nVidia Corp. One step closer to complete domination, nVidia moves to assimilate the competition   NVIDIA To acquire 3dfx core graphics assets SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 15, 2000 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain graphics related assets of 3dfx Interactive (Nasdaq: TDFX), a pioneer and a recognized leader in graphics technology. These graphics related assets include, but are not limited to, patents, pending patent applications, trademarks, brand names, and chip inventory related... Read more...
The GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software Enter the Detonator XPs and Titanium By - Marco Chiappetta Edited By:  Dave Altavilla October 1, 2001     NVIDIA is at it again. Just when we were all getting used to the idea of a new chipset standard from the 3D graphics giant, we're thrown the proverbial curve ball.  The timing couldn't be any better.  ATi, NVIDIA's main competitor, is about to ship their next generation product and what better way to steal ATi's thunder, than to release a new product of their own?  Better yet, how about... Read more...
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