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.

Soyo's SY-7VMA - PM133 Socket 370 Motherboard The i815 should be nervous... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 12/7/00 Competition.  It seams like that is one of the first words to come to mind when discussing the current PC hardware scene.  When you think of video, the competition between 3dfx and nVidia always comes up. Think... Read more...
The All New Abit TH7II-Raid & Skt. 478 P4 CPU! i850 Socket 478 Motherboard and a glimpse of Intel's new CPU By, Dave Altavilla August 6, 2001   This is just a bit of "show and tell", so to speak, on an all new motherboard from Abit and the new Socket 478 Pentium 4 CPU!  The TH7II-RAID is Abit's follow on product to... Read more...
Transcend's  AVE3 Socket 370 Motherboard A newcomer makes a splash By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta June 7, 2000    There are a lot of heavy hitters in the motherboard market right now.  Companies like Asus, Soyo, Tyan and Abit, among others, are always thought of first when it?s upgrade time.  Times change though, and... Read more...
Transcends TS-ASL3 - i815E Motherboard Straight Shooting Socket 370 Performance By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 12/5/00 It seems like the folks at Transcend only came into the PC Motherboard scene within the last year or so.  However, they have been in business making Memory Modules and Motherboards since 1988.  Perhaps the reason... Read more...
    Tyan's S1854 - Trinity 400 VIA Apollo Pro133A with AGP4X       This is our first review ever of a product from Tyan here at Hot Hardware. There is no specific reason for that other than we just haven't hooked up with them before. Tyan is a US based Motherboard Manufacturer known for producing very high quality... Read more...
Abit's VP6 VIA Apollo Pro 133A Dual-CPU Motherboard Worth the trouble? By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta February 22, 2001 Being afflicted with an addiction to PC hardware, I'm always on the lookout for my next major computer upgrade. Recently, Intel's Pentium 4 arrived on the scene but for me personally, that meant converting over to... Read more...
Preparing For a Dual-Processor PC Know what you're getting into... By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 1 / 11 / 2001    Hello Folks.  Today we?re doing something a little different here on H.H.  We normally focus on straightforward hardware reviews but while working on my most recent project?a review of the Abit VP6?I hit a little... Read more...
  The Leadtek WinFast 5300MA All-in-one features at a stripped down price!   Leadtek has been known for many years as a manufacturer of High End Graphics Cards. They have until now, stayed within the Video/Grpahics space. Like all healthy well established companies, occasionally it is time to diversify. Enter the Leadtek WinFast... Read more...
Atek Super Mini Optical Mouse Good Things Come in Small Packages... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta March 27, 2001 I know what you're all thinking, "This is HotHardware.Com! Why are you posting a portable mouse review?!?"...Well, I'll tell you, let me set the stage...A few weeks ago, while lounging on my couch, browsing with my... Read more...
  The CDI InWin Alaska 3 "Cool Case" Practical? Maybe Not...Worth it? You bet! By, Marco Chiappetta September 20, 2001   It's upgrade time.  Picture yourself browsing all of the best on-line retailers looking for great deals on all of those high-end parts you've been dying for.  Only the best of the best will... Read more...
  The Massworks ID-75 USB Touchscreen Limitless Possibilities? By, Marco Chiappetta September 5, 2001   Recently I was presented with an opportunity to test a truly unique product from a little known company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico...Massworks.  Massworks has developed a compact USB Touchscreen controller for Windows... Read more...
The Linksys PS2KVMSK - KVM Switch Control 2 PCs With One Keyboard and One Mouse By Jeff Bouton - October 23, 2000   Normally, you find us reviewing the latest and greatest motherboards, video cards and hard drives.  However, today we?ll look at a product that has made quite an impression on this tester,  the Linksys PS2KVMSK  ... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 1.8GHz. Processor Yielding additional gains in performance By, Dave Altavilla July 2, 2001 You may have heard this before but as the old saying goes, "image is everything".  When it comes to microprocessors, MHz./GHz. speeds are typically what draw a consumer to a product.  At this stage of the... Read more...
PC Expo 2001 New York Coverage! Big Technology In The Big Apple By, Dave Altavilla June 29, 2001   We here at HotHardware certainly don't get a chance to go to enough of the industry's major trade shows.  That's why when one is actually held in our back yard, like this year's PC Expo, we show up there with bells on.  Well, OK... Read more...
The Romtec Trios RX-910T6 IDE Hard Drive Selector Something a Little Different By Jeff Bouton 7/05/2001 Working as a hardware reviewer can be both a rewarding and exciting experience.  Where else can a person get regular exposure to the latest innovations in the technology world?  From new motherboards boasting the latest chipsets... Read more...
  OK folks! Listen up! We've got some great new breaking news for you here! Today we had a little chat with Brian Burke PR-SupaFly-Man of 3dfx! Check it...   Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with the us. We'll let you get back to more critical tasks ASAP. We Voodoo 3 Freaks wouldn't want to take you off the... Read more...
The VSA-100 - Voodoo4 & 5 Dispelling The Myth A discussion with 3dfx Interactive       Thanks for stopping by folks. Tonight, we decided to have a little chat with our friends at 3dfx Interactive, Brian Burke P.R. Manager and Peter Wicher, Director of Product Marketing. It seems there has been some fairly serious debate... Read more...
  Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999 So how is that for fan fare?! The good folks at 3dfx invited us to their Super-Top-Secret Technology Summit on Tuesday, July 27th. Several Webmasters and Technical Writers from various web sites were invited down to this exclusive little party inside the... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999       Roadmaps and Miles Stones - The history and future of 3dfx Once upon a time, this little spin off / start-up out of Silicon Graphics, invented a great new 3D only graphics chip called Voodoo. -Yesterday Without getting into too much fairy tale... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Hooray For Hollywood! No this isn't a Broadway show, this is the real deal. Or perhaps, depending on your perspective, the digitally animated artificial deal! :-) Regardless, 3dfx will bring to your PC these new features which will take your experience... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Soft Shadows and Reflections Let's face it, the shadows that are drawn in today's games via today's hardware, are a little lame. Nowhere in nature does any object cast a shadow that is perfectly symmetrical, sharp or even squared off and boxy. Today's... Read more...
The Abit Siluro MX Budget Video cards come of age... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta November 28, 2000 During the last few years, the growth of the add-in video card market has been phenomenal.  The chipsets powering these boards have been flying off production lines at a dizzying pace.  One company, nVidia, has consistently... Read more...
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