Reviews

  Abit's BE6 Motherboard - Slot1 Intel BX w/ ATA66 EIDE Probably the most familiar name to the hard core Overclocker, Abit has been producing motherboards, that break the mold and set new standards, for many years now. I remember the first time I used an Abit board back in the early days of the Pentium. The SoftMenu setup feature made... Read more...
  Shuttle's SDVD-101 10X DVD-ROM Drive Is it time to dump your CD-ROM Drive? By - Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 8 / 24 / 2000 Shuttle, along with many other companies generally recognized as motherboard manufacturers, actually has a very diverse product line. They offer everything from CD-ROM drives to Video cards and a wide variety... Read more...
  Shuttle's SD-561 56X CD-ROM Drive A Frugal and Nimble Solution 3/14/00 - By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta I?ve been around PC hardware for quite a while and have used just about every ?speed? CD-ROM since my trusty ol? Creative Labs 1X. Having used all these different drives I?ve learned a couple things:  1.) The speed on the box... Read more...
IBM's DDRS34560D - 4.5 Gig Ultra 2 SCSI LVD Drive   SCSI for the masses!       SCSI, use to conjure up memories of difficult set up and lots of time spent tweaking with settings in the SCSI BIOS trying to get a drive to run at peak performance. Not so with many of today's SCSI Drives. IBM has a full arsenal of high performance... Read more...
Western Digital's 18Gig Ulta ATA66 Expert WD-AC418000 EIDE Drive technology took another leap forward this year with the advent of the Ultra ATA66 standard. Hot Hardware took a close look at a 5400 RPM ATA66 drive a few months back. This technology was fairly new then and it is still early on for the ATA66 standard. However, with the recent... Read more...
  Quantum's Atlas 10K II Ultra160 SCSI Drive Taking advantage of all that bandwidth 8/27/00 - By  Dave "Davo" Altavilla Interface Speed, Spindle Speed, Access Times and Data Buffers, these are the major components driving the performance levels of any given Hard Drive technology.  Not long ago we brought you a full... Read more...
  Quantum's Fireball Plus AS 40 Mainstream ATA100 performance @ 7200 RPM 3/5/01 - By  Dave Altavilla The first two Quantum drives we reviewed here at Hot Hardware, were very high end products with SCSI interfaces and targeted at the Server/Professional market.  Today we are going to look at one from Quantum's "Desktop"... Read more...
Quantum's Atlas V Ultra160 SCSI Hard Drive SCSI One-Ups EIDE Again! 3/17/00 - By, Dave "Davo" Altavilla We've said this before and we'll say it again, your hard drive is one of the slowest parts of your computer.  Or is it?  Let's take a look at today's computer technology and the speed ratings for various types of components. ... Read more...
The Maxtor DiamondMax 4320 - 17.2G EIDE/UDMA Hard Drive     A JUMBO Drive For The Hungriest Of Users               Are you feeling a little thin on space these days with the ol' workhorse 2 Gig drive you are running? Time to put that poor thing out to pasture... Have we got some room for you! I'm... Read more...
Soyo's K7-DRAGON -vs- Gigabyte's 7DXR The KT266 and AMD760 Square Off! By, Marco Chiappetta October 25, 2001 Athlon motherboards have come a long way since AMD's flagship CPU was first introduced.  Initially, some OEMs would not even produce boards for the Athlon because they feared it would damage their relationships with Intel. ... Read more...
  Shuttle's HOT-649A Heavy Duty Hardware - Dual CPU and SCSI 2 Injected!   When the good folks at Shuttle contacted me about reviewing a couple of their motherboards, I was all too happy to oblige. Shuttle is well known as a "Cadillac" motherboard company with top shelf quality. What arrived on my doorstep a few days later... Read more...
  Shuttle Spacewalker HOT-681Z Intel ZX Based Socket 370 Motherboard   Socket 370, Intel's answer to the low end system market. After the staggering success of the Slot 1 Celeron, Intel had a problem. Though its marketing machine was busy pushing to the main stream end users that the Celeron was a much lower end cpu and not as capable... Read more...
  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...
  Flexus' Freetech Jupiter P6F99 A SIS Chip set Slot 1 Motherboard that sings sweetly!   Not a lot of folks have heard of Flexus Computer Technology nor their Freetech brand name motherboards, but we at Hot Hardware are going to help change that! Incorporated in 1990, Flexus has a mission to design quality motherboards and peripherals... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA-6CX and GA-MG400 i820 Motherboard and G400 Based Graphics Card - A package Deal The long awaited Intel i820 chipset has finally been released to the market.  What is somewhat surprising is the amount of time it is taking motherboard manufacturers to get boards designed and released based on this new chipset.  We all... Read more...
The Gigabyte GA-6CXC Motherboard The i820 With  SDRAM  Support By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta - 5/9/00 Usually when Intel releases a new motherboard chipset, there is a big rush to upgrade.  Power users, OEMs and do-it-yourselfers gobble up motherboards based on the new chipset to take advantage of new features, increase... Read more...
The AMD Duron and Gigabyte's GA-7ZM KT133 Motherboard Compact Economy and Performance By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 7/20/00 It looks as if AMD is here to stay with their X86 processor offering.  Finally there is a viable and worthy opponent to the all mighty Intel.  This year AMD is giving Intel a run for their money with a... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-8TX - i850 Pentium 4 Motherboard No frills performance By Dave Altavilla 1/10/2001   The beautiful thing about a new processor platform is that with it is born a whole new architecture and motherboard platform to go with it.  Pentium 4 motherboards are flowing fairly freely now from various vendors and the second P4... Read more...
    Gigabyte's GA-BX2000 Dual BIOS Slot 1 Pentium II/III Motherboard   Gigabyte has long been a manufacturer of top shelf PC motherboards and have a huge network in the various reseller channels. Many small clone shops use Gigabyte's boards because of their aggressive pricing and high quality. Gigabyte has always done things... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-6OXM7E i815 Socket 370 Motherboard It sure looks nice...but how does it perform? By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 11 / 2 / 2000    The hardware community had been eagerly anticipating a worthy successor to the mighty 440BX chipset. When Intel released their 133MHz FSB capable "Coppermine" Pentium IIIs it was time to also... Read more...
Gigabyte's GA-7VX KX-133 Based Motherboard Does the tradition live on? By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta September 22, 2000    In the "Athlon Community", there was much anticipation for a chipset that would really let the performance of AMD's new flagship processor stand out.   The original Iron-Gate chipset was marred... Read more...
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