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  The ATi Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9700 Preview ATi 's Next Generation Products Unveiled By, Jeff Bouton July 18, 2002   The video card wars are heating up once again.  The rivalry between ATi and NVIDIA has never been more intense.  The two are poised for yet another battle in their ongoing attempts for market supremacy.  As of late, the two seem to be in strike / counter-strike mode.  ATi launches new drivers and NVIDIA launches Cg.  Just as was the case with the Radeon 8500 launch, ATi is the first to break the silence and have announced their next generation technology.  We can only assume that NVIDIA is lying in wait, to see what their arch-rival has... Read more...
  The Plextor PleXCombo 20/10/40-12A Review Covering All of the Bases With a Single Drive By, Jeff Bouton July 10, 2002 As CD-Writers have matured, so has the technology that is integrated into their design.  Back when the first CD-R drives were introduced, users were routinely plagued by "buffer underruns."  Initially, manufacturers began incorporating new processes, like larger on-board memory buffers, into their drives to help combat this problem, but the results were mixed.  Fortunately, there were a select few manufacturers who made the "buffer underrun" problem their top priority, looking to put an end to the problem once and for all.  One of... Read more...
Hercules 3D Prophet 8500 128MB Review RADEON 8500 and All the Trimmings By -Chris Angelini July 3rd, 2002 Competing in the video card market is much like swimming in school of sharks.  Each manufacturer has the potential to pack a potent punch, but the slightest sign of weakness can quickly incite a feeding frenzy.  We?ve seen it time and again.  S3 released the Savage 2000, which was inhibited by shoddy drivers and 3dfx?s promising Voodoo5 family succumbed to the GeForce2.  Hercules encountered a similar predicament back in 1999, only Hercules? problem was financial rather than technological.  Guillemot quickly purchased the struggling company and turned it into a multimedia... Read more...
  The ABIT KX7-333R Motherboard Review Plain on the Outside, Potent on the Inside By, Jeff Bouton June 27, 2002 Ever since the KT333 was first released, we have seen a wide variety of motherboards incorporating VIA's newest chipset.  Some manufacturers developed new motherboards that focused on impressing the user with not only with performance, but also with its bundle and appearance.  We've seen several companies build top of the line systems that not only incorporated VIA's latest and greatest, but also came with uniquely colored PCBs and a slew of extra components.  Companies like MSI and Soyo produced products that not only exhibited excellent design qualities and performance,... Read more...
  The Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review The Best That Soyo Has To Offer! By, Jeff Bouton June 23, 2002 Since the KT333 chipset was first released, we've seen a steady improvement in what Athlon-based motherboards have to offer.  With the new USB 2.0 and ATA133 standards, as well as 333MHz DDR PC2700 DRAM support, system boards have gotten a much welcomed boost in overall performance and features.  Today we'll be taking a look at one of the latest additions to the KT333 lot, the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra. Soyo has been producing the "Dragon" line of motherboards since the release of the original KT266 chipset.  As time went by, the Dragon series has earned... Read more...
  The ASUS P4T533 i850E Motherboard Review i850E Armed with 32-bit RIMM 4200 By -Chris Angelini and Dave Altavilla June 17th, 2002 ASUS first earned acclaim with the hardware enthusiast community for building reliable motherboards that deliver industry-standard performance.  Their products often feature value-added integrations, such as IDE RAID, USB 2.0 and C-Media?s six-channel audio processor (as opposed to the software codec many manufacturers opt for).  Accordingly, ASUS boards often command a premium price.  The P4T533 is no exception, coming in at more than $300.  The price doesn?t tell the whole story however.  Along with the motherboard, you also get a 512MB... Read more...
nVIDIA's "Cg" Language An Interview With David Kirk, Chief Scientist - NVIDIA Corp What's on the horizon for next generation graphics By Dave Altavilla 6/14/02   The 3D Graphics arena is getting a little bit more interesting these days.  The competition is heating back up in a big way, with a host of players looking to challenge the omnipotent 3D Graphics Giant, NVIDIA.  With 6 month design cycles for next generation products, NVIDIA looked as though it was hell-bent on world domination.  Some competitors were either exiting the high end consumer space or going belly-up altogether.  Certainly for a while there, NVIDIA was almost showing "Microsoft-like" ... Read more...
The Matrox Parhelia 512 Matrox Re-Enters The 3D Graphics Ring - Big, Bad and Pretty By -Dave Altavilla May 14, 2002   We know you've been waiting for this, haven't you?  Of course you have.  Since the launch of the Matrox G450, we don't know of any hard core PC Hardware Enthusiast that hasn't been waiting for Matrox to step back up to the plate, with a new high end 3D Gaming Graphics card.  It was then that Matrox Graphics made a conscious decision to step back from the ridiculously competitive 3D Graphics scene and watch as giants fell.  Perhaps their next generation 3D Gaming chip was not ready for prime time or perhaps they just didn't want to duke it out in the down... Read more...
  The Shuttle AK35GT2/R Motherboard Review Improving on a Proven Design By, Jeff Bouton May 16, 2002 We see a lot of hardware come through the Hot Hardware labs.  Every once in a while a piece comes along that stands out from the rest, making a lasting impression.  A few recent items that come to mind is the Hercules Game Theater XP, The Visiontek Ti Series video cards, and the Shuttle AK35GTR motherboard.  The AK35GTR was a real champ.  Built around the KT266A chipset, this board didn't have the flash and pizzazz of other high-end motherboards, but it delivered where it mattered most, in quality, performance and, of course, overclocking.  In fact, if you were to... Read more...
  The eVGA e-GeForce4 Ti4600 Video Card with ACS2 A "GeForce" To Be Reckoned With By, Jeff Bouton May 7, 2002 eVGA.com is a relative newcomer to the video card market, starting their operations in 1999.  Although they may not be a household name just yet, we have a feeling that things are about to change for this "new" company.  Becoming a major player in a market that is fiercely competitive is no small task, however. Early on, eVGA realized that they had to offer the user a product line that would give them something the other manufacturers couldn't.  For starters, the team at eVGA put together a patented install software package, dubbed ADM (Automated... Read more...
  The ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 Review Will The Real All-In-Wonder Please Stand Up? By, Jeff Bouton April 22, 2002   ATi has been manufacturing video cards and other multimedia products since 1985 and was one of the earliest companies to institute the concept of a combination TV/Video card.  The theory seemed simple, combine a quality graphics card and TV tuner into a single PCB, that would give the consumer the best of both worlds in a single product.  And so the ?All-In-Wonder? product line was born.  These days, ATi has been releasing new models of the ?All-In-Wonder? at a feverish pace, with three new versions since last fall alone, the All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV,... Read more...
  The ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 Review Not Just a TV Card By, Jeff Bouton April 4, 2002 I'm sure if you asked any computer enthusiast to name a manufacturer of combination TV/Graphics cards, there is little doubt that many would say "ATi."  We're not saying that they are the only game in town but it is hard to argue that they haven't carved out quite a niche for themselves.  With competition from players like Hauppague, as well as the relatively recent edition of nVidia, with its "Personal Cinema" product, ATI still holds a major share of the combination TV/Graphics card market. What sets ATI apart from the rest, is that they were one of the first to pioneer... Read more...
  The MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review KT333 Muscle and All the Trimmings! By, Jeff Bouton March 24, 2002 This evening we will be taking a look at the new KT3 Ultra ARU motherboard from MSI.  This is the first of what will surely become a long line of motherboards to incorporate the new VIA® KT333 chipset.  The new chipset offers a number of new features to help propel its performance beyond that of the popular KT266A.  In addition, the system comes with the VIA® VT8233A Southbridge chipset which brings a number of new standards to the table as well.  The main claim to fame of the new VIA® KT333 Chipset is the added support for PC2700 DDR RAM, allowing for 2.7GB of... 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...
  The Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review Raising the Bar on Quality and Performance By, Jeff Bouton February 12, 2002  Over the last several months, you have seen us report on a growing number of motherboards based on the KT266A chipset from VIA.  Review after review we?ve gone over the virtues of this very popular chipset, which is perhaps the most popular and successful chipset VIA has produced to date.  While the similarities of these motherboards lie with their respective chipset, the relationship usually ends there.  With varying designs, features and qualities, each motherboard manages to present various differences to help them stand out from the rest of the pack. ... Read more...
  The Acorp 7KT266A Motherboard Review More KT266A Action In The House! By, Jeff Bouton January 23, 2002     Today we'll be reviewing the latest in a long line of KT266A motherboards to move through the H.H. labs, the Acorp 7KT266A.  Although some of you may not have heard of them, Acorp has been around for a number of years and remains one of Taiwan's top manufacturers of computer hardware components.  The 7KT266A is one of the newest additions to a well established line of motherboards.  With the praise that the KT266A has garnered over the past few months by reviewers and users around the world, it is no surprise that Acorp made it their chipset of choice for... Read more...
The DFI AD70-SR Motherboard Review More KT266A Lovin' In The House! By, Jeff Bouton December 6, 2001   DFI has been long known for producing quality motherboards with great stability, but they usually lacked any innovative features.  With their latest release, the AD70-SR, DFI hopes to break with tradition.  Incorporating the high performing Via KT266A chipset, on-board RAID and overclocking feautres, the AD70-SR brings a decent amount of muscle to the table.  There is no doubt that the KT266A chipset has been getting a lot of praise these days with its top of the line performance, making it a virtual no-brainer when it comes to deciding which chipset should be in the center... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2GHz. Socket 478 Processor Breaking through the 2GHz. ceiling with ease By, Dave Altavilla August 27, 2001 Alright, I'll admit it...  I was a William Shatner fan.  That is to say, when old Bill played the all powerful James T. Kirk, I couldn't help but admire his swagger and command of the situation.  Unfortunately, times change and old Bill finds himself stooping to the level of lame Priceline.com commercials.  He's merely a shell of the man he use to be.  Ahh, but I can still hear the words echoing in my head, "we must have more power Scotty!"  Yes sir, ol' Bill sure did know how to command attention, back in the day. Well, much... Read more...
Intel's "Tualatin" Pentium III 1.20GHz. Processor Encore From a Classic By, Jeff Bouton July 31, 2001 Not long ago, the rumors of a new Pentium III processor called "Tualatin" began circulating around the internet.  The occasional article claiming information or pictures of the "yet to be announced" processor would crop up, offering us a little glimpse of what was to come.  Some of you may have heard of the new .13 micron process, or maybe that it required less voltage than previous Pentium III's.  For me, my first glimpse was a screenshot of a 1.26GHz. chip from Taiwan with 1.475V stamped on it and a large silver shield hiding the die.  Information... 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 replace the aging BX chipset with a more feature-rich, capable part. The BX lacked native support for AGP4X, UDMA/66/100 hard drive transfers and wasn't designed to fully support FSBs greater than 100MHz. To compensate, Intel released the i810 and i820 chipsets to handle the needs of these new Coppermine processors. There were many issues to deal with should... Read more...
The Iwill KK266Plus KT133A Motherboard Its Nice, but DDR is here... By, Marco Chiappetta September 27, 2001 Recently, we were presented with the opportunity to review one of Iwill's Socket-A motherboards.  We haven't had much experience with Iwill's products here at HotHardware, so we jumped at the opportunity to get their KK266Plus in our lab.  There is no denying that Iwill has made quite a splash lately, releasing a string of high performing, well equipped motherboards targeted directly at the enthusiast market. The board we'll be taking a look at today, the KK266Plus is a "revamped" version of their original KK266R, based on the VIA KT133A chipset.  The KT133A has... Read more...
  MSI's 694T Pro Motherboard Let's Shed Some Light on the Subject By, Jeff Bouton September 6th, 2001     When one thinks of quality motherboards, several manufacturers come to mind, one of which has to be MSI.  For over 15 years, MSI has been producing some of the finest computer products on the market and today we've reviewed yet another, the 694T Pro Motherboard.  This model being the first of their motherboards to sport the new VIA Apollo Pro133T Chipset, offering support for Intel's new "Tualatin" processor.       With the promising results we've been seeing with the last few "Tualatin" capable motherboards, I was eager to get the... Read more...
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