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Good Evening Folks!  BW here to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of PDP Systems' PDC22G4200+XBLK 2GB DDR2 memory kit. We overclocked these bad boys, and compared them to some other DDR2 modules from Corsair and PQI. Click here and check 'em out...... Read more...
When DDR2 first saw the light of day, the memory marked the next level in DDR technology.  However, with improved frequencies, lower voltage requirements and improve packaging also came higher latencies.  With intial offerings coming in at CAS 4-4-4-12 and even higher, the performance improvements over DDR1 were minimal at best.  There was also a significant price increase over DDR1 that became a stumbling block for DDR2 as it really didn't make sense to pay more for the same relative performance.  Today, the DDR2 sector has evolved into the next phase of lower latency offerings.  As expected, we are seeing latency improve, making the case for upgrading to DDR2 a bit... Read more...
Good morning all :)  It was my sister-in-laws 30th birthday last night, so, needless to say my head is feeling a little fuzzy this morning.  But, a night of good times is well worth the few hours of feeling under the weather ;)  Nervetheless, it is getting later in the day so let's got down to business...  PDP System Patriot XBL PC-3200 DC Kit @ ClubOC "Its amazing how the memory industry is ran. It seems like more and more companies are just doing the same thing. In a way it's good, and in other ways it's bad. The bad side is that you can still buy what seems like "good" memory and next thing you know its gone bad, and the company has gone out of business or... Read more...
Well folks, my package finally arrived and I couldn't be happier with my results. So far I'm running it at a stable 2.34GHz, which is close to the speed of a 3800 . Not bad for a $155 "budget" CPU. I hope all your winter overclocking sessions go as smoothly :) ATake Phantom Robot ChipsMod IV Chipset Cooler @ BigBruin "There are certainly other coolers, but none of them can be compared to the ChipsMod IV's unique looks. As for the performance, that's marginal without the fan, giving only a 2 degree C advantage over the stock MSI heat sink. Add the fan on there, and that improves to almost a 6 degree C difference!" Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT Memory Review @ PCStats "These... Read more...
It's only around 10:30PM right now, but my eyelids feel like bricks... how about you? I still have to do some shopping on Newegg for a client, so I'll get straight to the news... Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Video Card Cooler @ Systemcooling "Arctic Cooling manufactures a line of GPU coolers designed to combat not only the heat issues, but noise issues as well, and we know from experiencing the original VGA Silencer that they have succeeded in the past on both counts. Today, we're looking at one of their newest offerings, the NV Silencer 5, and we'll find out if this new generation of Silencer is as good as the old one." Basic System Buyer's Guide - Holiday Season 2004 @ Mikhailtech... Read more...
Whoa!  I've only been offline for about 8 hours, and already our news box is chock full of goodies!  For a geek like me, there's not much better than waking up to a healthy sampling of hardware related articles.  I just brewed a fresh pot of coffee, slammed down a pastry and some toast, and now I'm going to settle in for some good reading.  When I'm done with that, I'm going to button up a review of Asus' excellent Radon X800 Pro!  I figure some of you might want to do the same (minus that part about writing a review), so here's enough hardware news to keep you busy for most of the morning - just don't spill any coffee on your keyboard...  Shuttle's XPC SK83G SFF... Read more...
Good evening folks!  The news has been coming in at a steady pace today, so I figured I'd pop in with a quick update before the in-box get's overloaded!  Here are some more of today's interesting happenings...  Alienware's Dual PCI-E Graphics System Uncovered @ PCPer.Com: "The first ALX system consumers will see will be based upon the new upcoming Intel platform. In an effort to ensure the ALX brand lives up to its name, Alienware will be overclocking every component within the system direct from the factory. Enthusiasts yearning to push the envelope can now sigh with relief as the envelope will be as far as possible while still being covered under warranty. Given how the... Read more...
asetek Vapochill Extreme Edition How can cooling be such a hot topic? Written by: Robert Maloney September 29, 2003 What a better way to end the summer season then to write a review about CPU cooling, in this case about the latest Vapochill unit from asetek, the Vapochill XE.  For the uninitiated, asetek, based out of Denmark, has been producing the Vapochill line of CPU cooling units since 1997.  The technology behind these units is called Vapor Phase cooling, and although you may not know the name you should be quite familiar with its use.  That's because pretty much every refrigerator in the past century or so is based on the same principle.  In the Vapochill, heat from... Read more...
  Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Performance Evaluation Another speed bump served up by Intel with ease By, Dave Altavilla June 23, 2003   Once again, Intel has decided to turn up the heat on their arch rival, AMD.  In a sort of digital ying-yang, the battle for Performance Desktop and Workstation Processor leadership, presses on relentlessly.  Like opposite yet mutual compliments, Intel releases the 3GHz P4 with 800MHz system bus and AMD lets fly with the Athlon XP 3200+.  It's almost like nature intended it to be, isn't it?  As Intel and AMD duke it out, in an effort to out class the competition, the end user community enjoys yet another incremental performance enhancement. ... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 3GHz With 800MHz System Bus And The i875P "Canterwood" Chipset More bandwidth and leading edge desktop technology for the P4 By, Dave Altavilla and Chris Angelini April 14, 2003   Time certainly does fly when you are clipping along at 3GHz, doesn't it?  It has been a whole 5 months since Intel released their last processor speed bump.  Intel actually let this one ride a little bit it seems.  In early February, AMD let loose with their new "Barton" core based Athlon XP 3000+ (2.166GHz), in an effort to keep pace with Intel's brute force approach to processing.  Don't misunderstand us, there certainly is nothing wrong with "brute... Read more...
The Logitech Z-680 5.1 Channel THX-Certified Speaker System A Killer Home-Theater Sound System for Your PC... By - Marco Chiappetta February 5, 2003 PC enthusiasts are constantly upgrading their systems in an almost never-ending endeavor to improve their multimedia and gaming experiences.  All too often we find ourselves replacing our once top-of-the-line video cards and adding RAM or a faster processor, only to be unimpressed with the overall impact made by these upgrades.  That's not to say having a fast system isn't paramount to an enjoyable gaming experience though.  If your games, or movies for that matter, are chugging along at sub-par frame rates they're not going to be... Read more...
  The Asetek Vapochill Vapor Phase Cooling System Taking the Pentium 4 To 3.3GHz And Beyond By, Dave Altavilla October 23, 2002 The last time we checked in with the folks at Asetek, back in July of 2000, we were working with the Pentium III at its highest core clock speed of 933MHz at the time.  The world of Personal Computing has changed dramatically since then and so has the Vapochill, Asetek's Vapor Phase Cooling System for Pentium 3/4 and Socket A Athlon platforms.  Back then, we were impressed with the capabilities of the unit but were set back a bit by its somewhat complicated and cumbersome setup and assembly process.  Regardless, once the product was properly setup,... Read more...
Shuttle's SS51G XPC Mini Barebones System The Baddest Mini of Them All! By, Jeff Bouton August 18, 2002   Ever since we saw the first mini PCs from Shuttle back in December, we've been impressed with the XPC Mini PCs themselves, as well as how quickly new models have become available.  Starting with the release of the SV24, the first of the mini PCs, we've seen Shuttle maintain a rigorous timeline, releasing new and improved models in rapid succession.  Yet with this aggressive timeline, we've seen no signs that Shuttle was cutting corners.  In fact, we have quite the opposite impression.  Instead, we've seen Shuttle add new features as well as make design improvements... Read more...
Shuttle's SS40G XPC Mini Barebones System! A Big Package with a Small Footprint By, Jeff Bouton August 13, 2002   Ever since our initial introduction to the first mini barebones PC from Shuttle, we were intrigued not only with its ground breaking design, but with the prospects of future "mini" machines as well.  The SV24 was the first in a rapidly growing line of mini barebones systems to be released by Shuttle, each bringing new features and improvements to the previous design.  The Pentium III based unit wasn't the most powerful system in the market, but it offered such features as USB, FireWire, onboard Ethernet, and TV-Out, making it very rich in features.  The... Read more...
Shuttle's SS50 Mini Barebones System! Good Things DO Come in Small Packages! By, Marco Chiappetta May 30, 2002 For years, the only decisions computer user's had to make, dealt with speed and capacity.  How fast is the CPU?  How big is the hard drive?  How much memory is included?  These types of questions were heard by prospecting computer sales people throughout the world.  Recently, in part due to the efforts of companies like Apple Computer and Compaq, things have changed.  The days of plain, beige computers are long gone, and now buyers can not only choose from an assortment of colors, but also an assortment of sizes.  Looking to capitalize on the trend... Read more...
NVIDIA's nForce Reference System NVIDIA's Vision for a New PC Platform By, Marco Chiappetta January 16, 2002 When rumors began circulating regarding NVIDIA's entrance into the motherboard chipset market, both enthusiasts and OEMs eagerly anticipated details on the 3D Graphics Giant's new offering.  Then in June 2001, the "official" information hit and the excitement really began.  NVIDIA claimed their Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) would be up to 10X faster than any other integrated PC graphics accelerator.  They incorporated AMD's HyperTransport technology, to provide approximately 6X the amount of bandwidth, between the Northbridge and Southbridge, than any other... Read more...
Shuttle's SV24 Mini Barebones System! Taking "Coolness" To a New Level! By, Jeff Bouton December 30, 2001 Today we will be straying a little from the norm with a review of a fairly uncommon type of system that has been making quite an impression around the internet in the last few months.  The SV-24 Mini Barebones System is a uniquely design mini barebones machine being offered by Shuttle, Inc.  Their goal is to provide a compact yet powerful system capable of offering a user a wide range versatility to create a customized system to fit their specific needs. Whether you want to build a workstation that has a small foot print or want to create your own multimedia server, the... Read more...
The Logitech Z-560 THX Certified 4.1 Speaker System High Performance and Fidelity At A Low Price By - Dave Altavilla December 9, 2001   It's that time of year.  In the PC Hardware and Peripherals industry, you almost can't keep up with the onslaught of new products hitting the market for the holiday season.  Likewise, the HotHardware Test and Tech Writer Team, almost can't keep up with the volume of new gadgets showing up in the lab for test and showcase.  The key word here is "almost", because we always seem to find a way to squeeze in an article on a new product or technology that really stands out and  gets our attention. Perhaps, that is a bit over the top... Read more...
Enlight's Bare-Bones AMD / KT133 System Mid Sized Socket A Athlon Performance By Dave Altavilla - November 10, 2000   These days, many "build-it-yourselfers" and PC Systems Integrators are looking for pre-configured products that take some of the busy work out of putting together a system.  Hence the "Bare-Bones" package was born.  The premise of a Bare-Bones System is to provide the End User or Systems Integrator, a base product that is ready for customization according to the individual's specific needs.  The base product should have fairly "universal appeal" and be set up for the mainstream user for simple configuration and expansion. Enlight... Read more...
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