Items tagged with A7

Shuttle went through a complete metamorphosis as a company a few years back, and they haven't looked back ever since.  Their wildly successful line of "XPC" small form factor (SFF) PCs has taken off like no other physical incarnation of the PC has in a very long time.  Not even Mr. Jobs could have predicted the kind of success this product line has enjoyed.  For all intents and purposes the Mac itself never garnered this much interest solely as a result of some of the various small footprint versions it has come to market in over the years.  Apple may have been ahead of its time but SFF PCs seem to hit right on time, when everyone seems to be making an effort to... Read more...
I know, I know.  It's Monday and I'm supposed to complain about how fast the weekend flew by, and that Monday's are the worst day of the week.  But I had about as full a weekend and anyone could have, and I was actually looking forward to getting back to work this morning!  First, we booked the reception hall and got our "Save the Date" magnets done.  I went out for a nice meal with the better half and got a few engagement gifts.  I also spent some time at the local computer show with Mario and to top it all off my sister went into labor and had her fourth son!  Nice, huh? :)  Needless to say,  I didn't have too much time to myself, so it felt... Read more...
Major product launches don't seem to be getting any easier these days, at least on our side of the fence here in the online media community.  Competition is fiercer than ever in all of the major functional blocks for personal computing, whether it's Graphics, Platform Chipsets, Drive technology or Processors.  It almost seems like major OEMs are driving too hard in an effort to trump the competition.  On the other hand, high tech, as we all know, is a very unforgiving battleground.  And so, it is with cramped weary fingers and bloodshot tired eyes, that we bring you this showcase of Intel's major platform launch centered around their new Alderwood and Grantsdale chipsets. ... Read more...
  Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition Performance Anywhere You Want It By, Tom Laverriere February 5, 2004 Ever since its inception, the nForce2 chipset has taken off and never looked back.  It brings a lot to the table in terms of stability, performance, and most importantly affordability for the Athlon XP platform.  The latest revision of the nForce2 chipset, the nForce2 Ultra 400, brings with it all the same traits, but also provides support for the latest Athlon XP 400MHz front side bus processors.  Add a reliable and popular motherboard manufacturer to the mix, namely Asus, and you have a recipe for success.  Taking one of their most popular motherboards, the A7N8X... Read more...
  The Asus A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard Review May the 'nForce2' be with you By, Jeff Bouton January 9, 2003 Back when NVIDIA first announced they were entering the chipset market, one couldn?t help but wonder if companies like Via, Intel and SiS were looking over their shoulders.  At the time, NVIDIA shared control of the high end 3D Graphics market with no one, although ATi was poised for a long overdue resurgence.  The question was whether or not the company, who was extremely successful in the graphics card industry, would be able to carry that success over to the chipset market.  Certainly on-line media was eager to see if they were going to be able to inject new energy into... Read more...
The Asus A7V333 KT333 Motherboard Asus Perfects The VIA Flagship Athlon Line By, Robert Maloney August 13, 2002 Asus is one of those hardware companies that has earned a reputation for reliability. As with most motherboard vendors, they started producing motherboards, but then branched out to video cards, as well as modems and Ethernet cards. In my time building and testing systems, I often found that Asus provided some of the best performance boards usually combined with some of the latest and greatest features. A few of them even found their way into my own personal system like the P3V4X, which was up until recently my favorite (Pentium 3) board of all time. Thus, I was pleased when their latest... Read more...
  The ASUS A7N266-E Motherboard Review An All-In-One Powerhouse! By, Jeff Bouton March 6, 2002 Not satisfied with being a dominant player in the commercial graphics market, nVidia recently made the leap into the chipset market.  In some ways it seems like the perfect move for the graphics giant to take.  What better way to secure their dominance as a chip maker than to take on a part of the market that has needed a serious shot in the arm for quite some time?  Prior to their efforts, it was accepted by most of us that on-board graphics were just meant for simple 2D capability.  Not many of us ever really questioned that fact.  It was what it was, and if you wanted... Read more...
Abit's KA7 - KX133 Athlon Motherboard AMD's Athlon Set Up The Abit Way! April 11, 2000 By Dave Altavilla   As my late Grand Father would say, "HOLY MACKEREL" !  My Grandfather was an excitable Italian type and this "fishy phrase" would be one that he would use to indicate his amazement with something.  In this case, the phrase is very fitting because I am totally amazed at the buzz and hype, with this review product that we have for you today.  Since Abit announced their KA7 VIA KX133 Athlon based motherboard, there has been a whirl-wind of press articles and commotion surrounding the product.  Well, in true HotHardware fashion, we just had to see... 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 host of processors that compete head to head in every market segment that Intel's PC product line plays.  The AMD Duron Processor is their answer to the Intel Celeron.  By the way, have you ever thought about the "Duron" name?  "DuRON"... "CeleRON", you can bet that was intentional.  In any event, the Duron boasts... 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 with a few minor glitches that disappointed many power users.  Not being able to run their new high-end graphics card at AGP 2X or constantly having to upgrade chipset drivers only to have a new incompatibility arise was a real turn off.  Enter VIA Technologies.  With Intel floundering after the launch of the i820, VIA had a string of success... Read more...
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