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.

  Shuttle's HOT-683 A Socket 370 - Intel LX Chipset Based Board for the budget minded!   Socket 370 boards are an interesting proposition. They have the potential to provide Pentium II level performance with cost efficiencies that are unmatched. They also are extremely conservative in realestate consumption. Shuttle's first effort... Read more...
   The Hot-687 Shuttle's Lean Mean BX Mobo Ok, with 3 Shuttle reviews on the books here at HotHardware, two of the socket 370 variety, the latest 370 board weighs in at a svelte (I actually looked the word up) Micro ATX weight. Our test unit lacked the hardware monitoring chip (available as an option) that lets you keep tabs on cpu/system... Read more...
  P4 i845 SDRAM Motherboards from Asus and MSI The Asus P4B and MSI 845Pro2-R do battle By, Dave Altavilla September 24th, 2001   The Pentium 4 definitely has had it fair share of struggle and strife.  In part, one of the reasons why Intel took some "heat" about the P4, was their choice of system memory interface. ... Read more...
The Iwill KK266Plus KT133A Motherboard Its Nice, but DDR is here... By, Marco Chiappetta September 27, 2001 Recently, we were presented with the opportunity to review one of Iwill's Socket-A motherboards.  We haven't had much experience with Iwill's products here at HotHardware, so we jumped at the opportunity to get their KK266Plus in... Read more...
Abit's KT7A-RAID Socket A Motherboard Don't miss out... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta March 8, 2001 The competition in the CPU and motherboard chipset markets over the last year or so has been incredible. AMD has evolved into Intel's fiercest competitor and are consistently gaining market share. AMD's Athlon line of CPUs have steadily... Read more...
 Micro-Star International's MS-6163 Pro   These days there are a new breed of motherboards being brought to market by a few key manufacturers that are designed with the hardcore "overclocker' in mind. Micro-Star International sent us their crowned jewel in this exciting new arena, the MS-6163 Rev. 2.0, otherwise know as the... Read more...
     Driving The Athlon MIcro-Star's MS-6167 AMD Based Motherboard       Finally, the playing field is begining to level out somewhat in the Processor/Motherboard arena. The consumer is no longer limited to one processor and chipset family that will provide top end performance. For many years competitors to Intel... Read more...
Micro Star International's  MS-6309 VIA Apollo Pro133A - Coppermine Ready Socket 370 Infused April 10, 2000 By Dave Altavilla   The past few months have been very interesting for the PC Motherboard market.  As we all know, Intel skipped a beat with respect to release of its own PC133 compatible chipset with the i820.  In... Read more...
Microstar International's MS-6337 - i815E Pro Our second pass at the i815E and it gets better every time. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 9/27/00   You probably have noticed...  Intel's latest motherboard chipset the i815E, has taken hold with virtually all of the major motherboard manufacturers as a major component in their mainstream... Read more...
MSI  850Pro MSI's P4 Board Driven By the i850 By Dave Altavilla 2/12/01   MSI -  Micro-Star International, has long been known for top quality motherboards designed with the Performance or Power User in mind.  In addition, they are typically one of the first few vendors out of the gate with a new technology or motherboard... Read more...
  MSI's 694T Pro Motherboard Let's Shed Some Light on the Subject By, Jeff Bouton September 6th, 2001     When one thinks of quality motherboards, several manufacturers come to mind, one of which has to be MSI.  For over 15 years, MSI has been producing some of the finest computer products on the market and today we've... Read more...
Asus P4T Pentium 4 i850 Motherboard Beyond Intel's Reference Design By Dave Altavilla 12/19/00   The maturation process has begun with respect to Pentium 4 Motherboard offerings.  The first wave of product from various major manufacturers is beginning to hit the streets.  The designs are improving and with them the performance... Read more...
Pentium 4 - Adventures In Over-clocking Pushing the limits with the help of Asus' P4T i850 Motherboard By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 12/11/00       Once in a while we get a product into the lab here at HotHardware that is just plain fun to work with.  As a result, we like to take our time with a full review of... Read more...
The Elitegroup P6BXT-A+ It's two boards in one!   The poeple at ECS really decided to do something different this time. They put their Marketing Hats on and decided to bring the Reseller/Custom Configurers and the End User community a board with a great deal of flexibility! They let go of conventional design practices and really thought... Read more...
Abit's SA6R - i815E With Highpoint ATA100 RAID Controller The i815E board with an attitude and a 1GHz. Flip Chip to back it up By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 11/1/00   Motherboards mature, like fine wine as the months go on, after a new chipset is released.  Intel has had the highly anticipated i815E integrated chipset out for... Read more...
Abit's SE6 and BX133-RAID The Intel PC133 BX versus i815 - Where the rubber meets the road. By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 7/30/00   As the saying goes, "old habits die hard".  In this case, power users have turned the Intel BX chipset platform time and time again, for no compromise high end PC performance.  As... Read more...
Shuttle's AV30 VIA Apollo Pro 266 DDR Motherboard With a Dash of Crucial PC1600 DDR RAM... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 2/8/2001   The motherboard market is about to go through yet another large transition...maybe. In the year 2000 we saw the once omni-present, dominant Intel take a few too many punches on the chin, and they... Read more...
The Shuttle Spacewalker AE23 i815EP Motherboard A Diamond in the Rough... By Jeff Bouton May 9, 2001   Since 1990, the Taiwan based Shuttle Computer Group Inc. has been producing high quality computer components. Providing a wide variety of products ranging from Video cards, motherboards, memory modules, and accessories has allowed Shuttle... Read more...
Shuttle AV14 Socket 370 Motherboard It's does everything right...but nothing great. By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 10 / 12 / 2000    My first assignment when I initially joined the Hot Hardware team was to review a VIA Apollo Pro 133 based board, the AV61 from Shuttle Inc. I was very excited to get my hands on this product, because... Read more...
  Shuttle's AE25R Motherboard Twice The Fun By, Jeff Bouton September 25th, 2001   It seems like it was just yesterday when I was running a state of the art 486 processor at 33MHz. and a whopping 16MB of RAM.  A hot new game called Doom had everyone talking and I had just installed a brand new 2X CD-ROM drive in my rig. ... Read more...
The past couple of days I?ve had a chance to get familiar with Shuttle?s new AV61 motherboard based on the VIA 133 chipset.  I hit a few speed bumps along the way, but ended up pleased.  This board has a strong list of features, at a fantastic price point, so if your itching to replace your BX mobo, and the i820/RAMBUS combo is too... Read more...
The Shuttle AK11 KT133A Based Motherboard Too bad this isn't a DDR board! By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta July 19, 2001 The VIA KT133A has long been the darling of the Athlon overclocking community. With excellent performance, compatibility and stability, at a great price point, is there any question why?  With the recent reduction... Read more...
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