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The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample! An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle... By - Marco Chiappetta June 20, 2002 Over the last year or so, Gainward has done an excellent job differentiating their NVIDIA based video boards from their competition's.  Gainward's designers and marketing team seem to have found a winning combination...high quality, hand-picked components that are guaranteed to overclock, on products that are sold at a competitive price.  Lately, with the high-end cards in their line-up, Gainward has also started including a useful array of software and accessories.  The card we'll be looking at here, the Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra 750 / XP... Read more...
  AMD's Athlon XP 2200+ Processor The "Thoroughbreds" at .13 Debut! By, Marco Chiappetta June 10, 2002 Approximately one year ago, AMD Athlon processors based on the "Thunderbird" core, were reaching the end of their lifespan.  The "Thunderbird" had long been a favorite of the enthusiast community.  It was priced very competitively and performed on par, or better than anything Intel had to offer at the time.  AMD wasn't done giving Intel a hard time yet, however.  They introduced a new version of their immensely popular CPU based on a new core dubbed "Palomino". With the new "Palominos", AMD incorporated a few key enhancements... Read more...
The Unitech Optimus 8500 eXP A RADEON 8500 tweaked out for the masses By -Chris Angelini May 29th, 2002   Like it or not, NVIDIA is currently dominating the high-performance video card market.  With an aggressive release schedule and undeniably impressive array of graphics processors, NVIDIA has maneuvered into a comfortable position of supremacy.  Between the GeForce4 Ti and GeForce4 MX families, both the enthusiast and business markets are being bombarded with attractive products.  Furthermore, the GeForce4 Go does a commendable job delivering 3D to mobile customers.  NVIDIA is now clearly gunning for its main competition, ATI Technologies. ATI is more than just a formidable... Read more...
  AMD's Athlon XP 2100+ Processor Crunching Code at 1733MHz. By, Marco Chiappetta March 13, 2002 For about three years now, a fierce battle has been raging between Intel and AMD.  This battle has taken consumers down a road that led to a wider selection of higher performing processors than ever before, and at prices that were much lower than previous generations of flagship CPUs.  As each company introduced a new speed step, or introduced a new processor core, the competition was right there to introduce their new part in an effort to steal some thunder and make some noise of their own.   The Athlon arrived and quickly became the first "mainstream" CPU to break... 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 maybe sans the bells but you get the idea, we're all over it.     Our first stop was a meeting with AMD in there top secret conference room in the lower level of the Javits Center.  We spent about an hour or so with two Marketing Managers from their Commercial Systems Group.  The AMD 760 Multi-Processing chipset and the Athlon MP processor,... Read more...
A First Look AT The ATI Xpert 2000 Pro ATI?s Entry Level Speedster There are many different kinds of 3D accelerators out there, and not every one of them is meant to be the be-all-end-all of gaming.  The sub-$1000 PC market and budget gamer market are HUGE right now.  Within that market you?re not going to find DDR GeForces all over the place, but people will still want decent 3D performance? Enter the ATI Xpert 2000Pro.    The Xpert 2000 Pro is ATI?s answer to cards such as Diamond/S3?s Stealth III S540 Xtreme and cards based on nVidia?s TNT2 M64 chip.  Although none of these cards can be considered top of the heap when comparing gaming performance numbers, they are... Read more...
The Hercules Game Theater XP Hercules is Breakin' Out! By Jeff Bouton May 22, 2001   Today, it seems that if you ask someone what kind of sound card they have installed in their system, more often than not, the answer is "...a Sound Blaster Live..."  Without a doubt, Creative has garnered a huge stake in the PC audio market, especially with the success of the Live series of sound cards.  But to think that they are the only makers of quality sound cards would be a big mistake.  The Hercules Corporation has been making quality video card products since 1982.  Early on they pioneered video processes that helped shape the innovations that we see today.  In... Read more...
The ATI Radeon Experience ATI's new 3D Graphics powerhouse may just be the new King of The Hill By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 7/17/00 A few months ago, ATI made a bold announcement that they wanted to dominate the high-end consumer 3D graphics card market.  Although ATI is already the largest graphics board manufacturer in the industry, their products have never had superior performance as far as Gaming and 3D Graphics were concerned.  Their feature sets were very complete, but competing products from NVidia and 3dfx consistently outperformed ATI?s products at the time.  Even though ?on paper? some of ATI?s products seemed powerful enough to compete, in real world testing,... Read more...
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