Videocard Buyers' Guide
Confused? Bewildered? Vexed? No problem: Maximum PC has the answers on choosing your next videocard for today's--and tomorrow's--games! We break down the specs, put the jargon in laygamer's terms, and show you exactly what to expect from high-end setups like SLI and CrossFire.
By Logan Decker If Windows doesn’t feel like starting up and your files are being held hostage, booting into a DOS environment with a floppy disk or floppy emulation won’t do you much good because you can’t access NTFS partitions. This floppy-less method gives you access to all your files (provided the problem isn’t with your drive; if it is, you have our sympathies).
We can only imagine the conversations with Microsoft that took place when Creative decided to ditch Redmond’s Portable Media Center platform in favor of its own homebrew interface (“It’s not you—it’s us”).
We all know that water conducts heat much more efficiently than air, but is it so effective that a water-cooling kit can run without any fans? That’s what we wanted to test with Innovatek’s SET passive water-cooling kit, which foregoes the standard radiator/fan setup in exchange for a massive external radiator that can either be bolted to the side of your case or stand on its own little feet.
For those not in the know, MotoGP is the highest level of motorcycle racing in the world. It’s akin to F1 for cars, in that it’s run with nothing but hand-made, multimillion-dollar prototype machines that are driven by the top racing talent.