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Albatron K8SLI

This little gem of a board from Albatron stands out because it is so little and so inexpensive, yet is based on an nForce4 SLI chipset. The board is only slightly smaller than a sheet of A4 paper and is perfect for cramped or relatively small ATX enc...

ABIT AL8

ABIT thoughtfully includes a floppy disk with RAID drivers in this Intel 945P-based motherboard, which is convenient if you want to install Windows XP on a RAID array. We did just that with this board, using the integrated Intel RAID controller (it a...

ABIT A8N

This Nvidia nForce4 board was easy to install and very stable during our tests. Indeed, we had no trouble at all installing Windows XP on our RAID 0 array using the supplied floppy diskette, and the board ran our dual-core processor without any fuss....

Intel Pentium D 820

Intel is offering its Pentium D range of dual-core processors at speeds beginning at 2.8GHz (the Pentium D 820). Each chip comes with 1MB of cache per core, 64-bit instructions and has a frontside bus speed of 800MHz. Some versions of the processor a...

Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46GHz

Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor (P4 EE) is aimed at the top end of the consumer market, at users who want ultimate performance for serious gaming and multimedia production applications. We looked at a version of the chip with a clock spee...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

Until recently, only high-end workstations and servers could reap the benefits of having more than one CPU in the same machine. This was primarily due to the cost of the hardware (a motherboard with two CPU sockets). With dual-core technology, AMD ca...

Western Digital Caviar

Compared to a previous generation of Caviar drives that we tested in January 2004, the current crop of Caviar drives have much-improved performance, lower heat emissions and practically silent performance.

Seagate Barracuda

If you're looking for a generous support plan from your hard drive manufacturer, then you can't go past Seagate, which recently introduced five-year warranty plans. This shows a major leap of faith in their products, as not too long ago the same prod...

Samsung SpinPoint

Samsung's SATA range of drives have mainstream capacities, starting at 80GB, and the model we tested was the SpinPoint SP1614C, which is a 160GB drive with an 8MB cache buffer, a 7200rpm spin speed and fluid dynamic bearings.

Maxtor DiamondMax 10

Maxtor's DiamondMax 10 hard drives greatly impressed us with their superb performances and low noise emissions.

Hitachi Deskstar series

We have long been fans of Hitachi's Deskstar series of drives, because of their cool and quiet operation and also because of Hitachi's market-leading capacities. Indeed, Hitachi was the first vendor to introduce a 400GB desktop drive. Its current 400...

LiteOn SOHW1673S

LiteOn drives generally cut the mustard quite well in our reviews, even though they can be loud and clumsy looking. They are often the enthusiast's drive of choice due to the availability of a utility that lets users change the book-type of DVD media...

Panasonic SW9585C

This is one the few drives with the ability to write to non-cartridge type DVD-RAM discs, which makes it desirable if you already own a DVD-RAM-based set top DVD recorder. If you're a heavy user of rewritable discs then DVD-RAM will benefit you becau...

LG SuperMulti GSA-4163B

While we had to wait a while before we could get our hands on this drive, the wait was definitely worth it. It turned out to be one of the fastest and most consistent drives we've tested, as one of the most versatile. In addition to DVD+R/+RW/DL and ...

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