2005

ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid

Hybrid doesn’t always mean good.
That’s what we realized after testing ECS’ PF88 Extreme Hybrid motherboard, which lets you run either a Pentium 4 or an Athlon 64.

HP dvd740i

Instead of allowing you to read from, but not write to, a minor-league DVD format, HP decided to throw in LightScribe to spice up this burner.

Pioneer DVR-110DBK

Although Pioneer paved the way for consumer DVD burning with DVD-R, the format was eventually eclipsed by rival format DVD+R, which managed to ramp up write speeds much faster than DVD-R.

Voodoo Envy Hu:703

Despite all the chest-beating about notebook computers replacing desktops for gaming, it’s never really been anything more than hot air from mobile enthusiasts drunk on Kool-Aid.

That’s because notebooks have always lagged behind in graphics.

ATI Radeon X1800 XT

With prices for natural gas and home-heating oil spiraling out of control, upgraders looking for a hot new videocard will want to take a look at ATI’s new Radeon X1800 XT.

X-Men Legends 2: Rise of Apocalypse

Comic book geeks are in for a treat with X-Men Legends 2. Acolytes of the Marvel universe, and especially X-Men fans, will be enamored with how faithfully this action RPG sticks to the source material.

Holiday 2005

Upgrading, A-to-Z
How strong is your upgrading fu? Newbs rightly feel a sense of trepidation installing a $600 prize videocard, but even power users would be wise to refresh themselves on the basics of choosing, buying, and installing upgrades for their rigs.

Slim Devices Squeezebox 2

We all have the same problem: tons of music on our computer, but no way to listen to it in the living room.

Meet the Editors at the Metreon!

To celebrate the holiday season, and enjoy a little quality time with the Dream Machine tour machines, Josh and Will will be at the Sony Metreon in San Francisco this Friday from 4:30PM til 6:00PM.

The Maximum PC Store

Just in time for your holiday shopping pleasure: The Maximum PC Online Store is open for business!

We've assembled a fantastic collection of quality merchandise, including comfy T-shirts, warm fleece pullovers, handy mini toolkits, baseball caps, and a whole lot more.