Build Your OwnFollow
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!).
Under Closer Scrutiny: Dual BIOS From Gigabyte
Dec 7, 2001 - in Reviews
In our last test, the Dual BIOS function came up short on performance. Here, we examine the fine details.
How To Run Windows Inside Linux With Win4Lin
Dec 5, 2001 - in Reviews
Linux is ready to use, but for mere mortals there is one problem: A lack of applications. So, what if you could run some of those essential and basic Win apps, and still get to mess around with Linux? Win4Lin is one way to go.
The Battle Of The Consoles: From Atari's 2600 To Microsoft's Xbox
Dec 4, 2001 - in Reviews
A quick and dirty history of electronic gaming: console Vs. PC and back again. And who stands to make more from this battle: ATI or Nvidia?
Performance Matters: AMD Introduces AthlonXP Processor
Oct 9, 2001 - in Reviews
The wait is finally over. Today AMD is releasing its first desktop processor based on the 'Palomino' core under the name AthlonXP. The launch of AthlonXP is also marking AMD's step away from the usual clock frequency rating of processors to a new rating system suggesting 'relative performance'. I consider this the real big deal about today's launch. It requires a lot of discussion.
No Trip Without The Driver: An Excursion Into The Software Behind Today's Hardware
Sep 14, 2001 - in Reviews
Did you ever wonder why other computers run faster than yours, although they use similar hardware? We take a look at how today's graphics, chipset and storage drivers affect performance. The conclusions are shocking - if you forget to install one of them, your GHz system could be rendered lame. But don't worry, we provide you with links to the latest driver versions.
RAID Without Additional Hardware: Do It Yourself With Windows 2000
Sep 6, 2001 - in Reviews
Although IDE RAID controllers provide a cost-effective way of creating high-performance RAID storage systems, you can even do away with this piece of hardware by using Windows 2000 support for software RAID. We took a detailed look at this option and put several different configurations to the test.
The Printed Circuit Board Primer
Aug 10, 2001 - in Reviews
A fine printed circuit board (PCB) is a mixture of high art, and solid engineering. Here is a short primer on what goes into the making of a PCB, the terminology, and the features that enhance reliability, and lower cost.
DDR For AMD: 16 Boards With VIA KT266
Aug 8, 2001 - in Reviews
This is our monster test of VIA KT266 mobos - over 40 pages of data and analyses. We tested all the boards on the market, combing the globe for products to review - and we were certainly in for a few surprises.
Only the Best: 9 Athlon Motherboards With The AMD 760 Chipset
Aug 6, 2001 - in Reviews
More boards found their way into our lab, including the current reference board, MSI's K7 Master. All candidates run stable, so we focussed more on fine-tuning performance. Read on to find out which DDR motherboards are currently the best for Athlon.
Computex: Nvidia declares war on Intel
Jun 4, 2001 - in Reviews
It was subtle, but forceful. Nvidia, which has long tried to position itself as the next Intel, now has a product that puts the House of Pentium firmly in its sights.
Mobile 2.5 Hard Drive Systems: MD2-USB and MD2-FW1 from DataFab
Apr 26, 2001 - in Reviews
DataFab sells external storage systems both for USB and for Firewire, supporting 2.5" IDE hard drives at all capacities. Read on to find out the benefits and shortcomings of these storage solutions.
The Tom's Hardware Guide Power Box
Feb 19, 2001 - in Reviews
There is no doubt that the high-performance system we put together is hardly affordable by the majority of you, but you might still be interested in our Dream PC, powered by a chilled Athlon at 1,600 MHz. Tom's Hardware Guide's Power Box doesn't fear any high-end competition.
Do-It-Yourself PC System: CPU & Motherboard
Jan 15, 2001 - in Reviews
Many people are wondering if it's better to buy a complete PC or to build a system by oneself. Tom's Hardware has assembled a powerful $995-PC that is able to beat any wholesaler system at the same price. Part One of this article is dedicated to the processor, case, cooler and motherboard of this Tom's Hardware PC, and explains how you can build this system for yourself as well.
Video Editing for $250: Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Jan 11, 2001 - in Reviews
The Studio DV Plus is a low-priced video editing card with a digital fire-wire interface. We raised the question: what use is the card when used in conjunction with DV cameras?
SiS Back On Stage: The SiS730 Chipset for Duron and Athlon
Jan 9, 2001 - in Reviews
The new 730s from SiS is highly integrated, as one chip hosts almost everything you can imagine, including UltraATA/100 interface, graphics engine plus an AGP 4x slot, 100 MBit LAN and also support for 133 MHz Athlons. Will it be enough for SiS to beat VIA's KT133 and gain the AMD budget market?
Mobile CPU Mania
Nov 7, 2000 - in Reviews
The first article for our evolving notebook section is giving a very comprehensive in-depth overview of all the Intel notebook-processors currently available. You will find information about design, functions and technology as well as the little-known processor upgrade-paths for notebook computers.
Processor and Chipset Tables: How to Configure a CPU Correctly
Apr 12, 2000 - in Reviews
For all of you who want to build or upgrade your own PC system we introduce these tables as quick reference. They already include the new gigahertz CPUs from Intel and AMD. Also new: the Cyrix III Joshua from VIA. Everything that you can't find in a manual can be read here!
Make Your Own Athlon Overclocking Device
Nov 13, 1999 - in Reviews
Forget the soldering action we published in the first Athlon overclocking-article. With a bit of electronic knowledge you can make your own Athlon-overclock card that connects to the internal connector of the Athlon-CPU.