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If you ever plan to build your own PC, Tom's Hardware’s System Builder Marathon is a must-read. Our editorial team builds, tests, and evaluates PC systems at varying costs, using the components that we think maximize value. These components include motherboards, cooling devices, CPU platforms, chipsets, memory, cases, hard drives, networking and graphics cards and power supplies. For each build, we include performance benchmarks that include 3D games, audio and video compression, graphic design, image manipulation, and video editing. Our testing includes each configuration in its stock form and overclocked. Feel free to build along with us or watch patiently from the sidelines, because, remember—each of these systems are given away at the end of the marathon (don’t forget to enter!).
Asus Readies New Soundcard with HDMI
Jun 5, 2008 - in News
Asus steps up the pressure on Creative by showing off the Xonar HDAV1.3, giving the PC audio world HDMI 1.3a compatibility. Running in a PCI Express x1 slot, the Xonar HDAV1.3 will decode lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audi
LEDs Everywhere: Stylish Desk Lamps by epro/Prodisc
Jun 5, 2008 - in News
LEDs provide an intensive light, which is brighter than the light emitted by bulbs of any kind. The car industry is working on LED head lights, but you could start with using an LED desk lamp by epro/Prodisc Technology.
Comparative Component Charts
Jun 2, 2008 - in Reviews
Our new component charts may not be perfect (we're working on that), but they're still full of useful information. Click here for our quick access guide.
$5K PC Takes On $4.6M Supercomputer
May 30, 2008 - in News
Antwerp (Belgium) - Recent advances in general purpose GPU computing are beginning to shift perceptions in supercomputing applications.
Alienware Relaunches Flagship ALX Desktop With 4 GHz Quad-core Processor
May 22, 2008 - in News
Miami (FL) - Given Dell's recent product launches in the high-performance desktop PC segment, Alienware may be in the midst of an identity crisis, as Dell's house brand was matching almost all specs of Alienware's high-end computers - for similar money.
AMD Launches Another Brand - AMD Game!
May 19, 2008 - in News
AMD announces, a brand targeted towards simplifying and standardizing gaming hardware.
Tom's Energy Efficiency Guide
May 18, 2008 - in Reviews
The right components can help reduce power consumption, but how you use your computer is also important.
ASUS Responds Angrily To Gigabyte
May 16, 2008 - in News
ASUS today released an official statement in response to recent development stemming from a Gigabyte press event held in Taiwan. Tom’s Hardware reported on the event, and noted that Gigabyte made several claims that ASUS had mislead customers by quietly
OCZ Launches Do-It-Youself Notebook
May 14, 2008 - in News
OCZ Technology, known for memory products geared towards overclockers and enthusiasts, unveiled its new do-it-yourself gaming notebook. The company has made some big pushes into new areas of the enthusiast market and hopes this latest venture will transf
Gigabyte: Asus Lied & Fooled Customers
May 13, 2008 - in News
Last week Tom’s Hardware had the opportunity to sit down with Gigabyte’s technical team in Taiwan and discuss motherboards, energy efficiency and the competition. Gigabyte’s technical team wasted no time in jumping into charts, benchmarks and comparisons
Silverstone Crown CW03 HTPC Case
May 12, 2008 - in Reviews
Silverstone’s Crown CW03 HTPC case is explored and used to build a full system. Various parameters are then measured to assess the case’s functionality when it is used for different HTPC functions.
Cooler Master Launches Passive CPU Cooler
May 9, 2008 - in News
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ASUS Creates Upgradeable Graphics Cards
May 8, 2008 - in News
Taipei (Taiwan) - The vision of upgradeable graphic cards goes back to the late 1990s, when Micron Technology was experimenting with removable sockets.
Teenager Creates First OS X Multi-touch Table
May 7, 2008 - in News
Orem (UT) - Think only multi-billion-dollar corporations such as Apple and Microsoft can create multi-touch devices that react to finger gestures?
OCZ Intros 4 GB, 2 GHz DDR3 Memory Kit
May 5, 2008 - in News
OCZ claims it is first to market with 2 GB PC3-16000 memory modules offered in a 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) memory kit.
New Camouflaged Memory Emerges From OCZ
Apr 30, 2008 - in News
Sunnyvale (CA) - If you cannot imagine your wardrobe without at least one camouflaged vest or jacket, you might want to know that OCZ just released its DDR3 version of camouflaged memory, known as Special Ops edition.
3DMarkVantage Uses Ray-Tracing
Apr 28, 2008 - in News
In its New Calico test (Graphics Test 2), 3DMarkVantage features a massive space battle - a scene that does not feature a single non-moveable object: Every object is in motion and is subject to local and global ray-tracing effects such as Parallax Occlusion Mapping, true impostors and volumetric fog.
First Video Of Psystar Mac Clone In The Wild
Apr 28, 2008 - in News
Miami (FL) - It appears that one lucky customer has finally received his Psystar Open Computer and he made a video to prove it.
Psystar Shows Off Video Of Mac Clone (sort Of)
Apr 25, 2008 - in News
Miami (Florida) - Psystar is a company that just continues to be on the news.
New AMD Phenom X3 Vs. Phenom X4
Apr 23, 2008 - in Reviews
We compare three and four core AMD Phenom X CPUs, along with a large number of Athlon 64 X2 and Intel Core 2 two and four core models.
WD's New Raptor Drive <i><b>Is</i></b> a Bird of Prey!
Apr 21, 2008 - in Reviews
Western Digital's VelociRaptor is here, and it comes with a bang. The new 10,000 RPM 2.5" SATA hard drive's primal scream is loud enough to intimidate the competition.
Install A Solid State Drive In Your Notebook
Apr 18, 2008 - in Reviews
We explain how to install a Solid State Disk (SSD) in your notebook computer, while retaining a hard disk for data storage.
$500 Gaming PC: Day 2, Testing & Analysis
Apr 17, 2008 - in Reviews
Yesterday we chose our components, today we’ll test them. Does our $500 gamer make the grade?
$500 Gaming PC: Day 1, Component Selection
Apr 16, 2008 - in Reviews
How much performance can $500 buy? We set out to find the answer. Today we show you our choice of components. Tomorrow we present test results.
Secure Remote Data Access for Home Users
Apr 3, 2008 - in Reviews
Go out and about... while your data stays at home. We show you how to safely access your data over the Internet using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Microsoft Research Projects Go Google
Apr 2, 2008 - in News
If you follow Google's public announcements closely, you will find that each of these messages carry a very subtle "do no evil" message and a certain tone that always makes you feel better about your own life.
System Builder Marathon: Price/Performance
Mar 28, 2008 - in Reviews
We've built and tested our low-, mid- and higher-cost systems at standard and overclocked speeds. Now we're ready to compare their performance, price, and value.
System Builder Marathon: Overclocking
Mar 27, 2008 - in Reviews
Over the week we build and test low-, mid- and higher-cost systems at standard and overclocked rates. Then we compare them and look at price-performance. Today we compare overclocking capabilities.
System Builder Marathon: High-Cost System
Mar 26, 2008 - in Reviews
In addition to an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU, Asus Striker II Formula motherboard, and dual Gigabyte GeForce 8800GTX graphics cards, our high-cost system features a Swiftech H20-120 Compact cooler kit. So?
VIDEO - Airline Passengers Massacre Billions Of Germs With New Air Filter
Mar 26, 2008 - in News
San Diego (CA) - Flying can be murder on your immune system with the all the stress, dry air and sick people around you.