pc hardware

Ultimate desktop: 4 CPUs, 9 fans, 16,000 dollars

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/build_18.jpg" alt="build_18" title="build_18" width="600" height="601" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-75984" />In one of those "wh

Rumor or typo? Radeon 5870 X2 surfaces, dives

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/radeonsecret.jpg" /> A Dutch retailer briefly lists a "Radeon 5870 X2," along with specs — conspiracy? Coincidence? Sham? Legit? Or

Intel delays GPU-integrated processors until 2010

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/catwafer.jpg" />The economic crisis and resultant drop in spending has slowed down a lot of tech industries. Even the big players like In

√úbercomputer for Creative Professionals

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/text1.jpg" /> MAINGEAR, a boutique PC builder that makes machines targeted at creative professionals has just announced their newest cre

Review: NZXT Whisper PC case

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/346.jpg" />If you're looking to upgrade your computer's case one of these days, consider moving into a nice spacious one like the Whisper

Core i7 hitting Dells, Alienwares, Gateways

Those big packages from Intel must have arrived at all the custom prebuilt computer sites, because all of a sudden they’re all making a racket about how their latest setups rock the new Core i7s

A full Alienware rig for a grand? Can it be?

Looks like Alienware is sensitive to the needs of country. In these times, when the only people who can afford top-shelf parts are AIG executives, we need an option that doesn’t break the bank,

Newest passive PSUs: actually silent, actually decent

I might have to pick one of these up. A good PSU is essential for a good system; people tend to buy cheap and then are surprised when they’re loud, inefficient, and breaky. Well, here’s a

AMD doubles the 4870 fun, still under $400

I’ve been saying this a lot this year: it’s a good time to be in the market for a video card! NVIDIA and AMD are firing volley after volley of significant improvements and price reductions

Intel's many-core pseudo-GPU CPU: Larrabee

I can be a chip-head sometimes when it suits me, but most of this discussion is way over my level of expertise. You can read the 16-page writeup over at Anandtech if you want, but you better be ready

OCZ make-a special RAM for your gaming lap-a-top

Those DIMMs may not look that special, but they’re secretly sweet. These DDR3 modules are much faster and use less power than what you’ve got in your laptop right now, although I’m s

Maybe SSDs do save battery life after all

You may remember a story a little while back suggesting that SSDS did not in fact save battery power. Well, that really pulled the tail of the great cat “The Internet,” resulting in heavy

ATI's Radeon 4870 hit NVIDIA so hard their prices fell down

Damn, when I first heard about the GeForce 260 and 280 I thought it was checkmate. No one expected much of the new line of Radeons in the first place given ATI’s lackluster offerings lately, and

Matrox comes out of its cave, offers new video cards

You may remember Matrox. They were a significant competitor back in the days when the graphics card scene was TNT2 vs. Voodoo3. The dark horse was always Matrox, whose dual-display-oriented cards alwa

Mini-Review: Das Keyboard

Originally the high-end keyboard roundup was just three keyboards, but Das Keyboard caught wind of it and wanted to throw their famously blank keyboard into the mix. The one I got my hands on is actua

Review: Razer Lycosa gaming keyboard

I’ve been using the same keyboard for the last, well, many many years, so it’s fitting that all of a sudden I should have several dropped in my lap. I’m currently juggling offerings

Handy: modular 2.5" front port thing with USB ports, card readers, drive slot

Now here’s something I could use. My computer’s front looks good, but it only has the optical drive bay at the top and two ports at the bottom — why not make it pretty and functional

HP's Blackbird 002 gets refresh, e-tailer availability

HP’s stunningly good-looking and high-powered Blackbird 002 gaming PC is getting its availability expanded. I have no trouble recommending the configuration they have for retailers: a Core2 Quad

Very nice: Biostar's P45 mobo for the discerning overclocker

That’s-a sexy motherboard. Reminds me of my own, actually — I think it’s the unbelievably annoying placement and orientation of the six SATA connectors. It’s also got 10 USB po

OCZ StealthXStream 600W: a perfectly decent PSU at a bargain price

In this exhaustive review, the StealthXStream is taken apart and examined minutely by what I can only describe as zealous enthusiasts in the hardware field. Normally I just read the comments at Newegg
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