Multi-Core Programming

By Tom R. Halfhill
Engineers have their own version of the expression “passing the buck.” In the cube-farm offices of Silicon Valley, it’s called “throwing the problem over the wall.” That’s what hardware engineers are doing with multi-core processors.

Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH

Leadtek’s WinFast PX6600GT TDH is a by-the-book implementation of nVidia’s GeForce 6600 GT.


Holiday 2005: Upgrade!

In the PDF archive of the Holiday 2005 issue, you can find:

  • Head2Head: ATI Crossfire vs Nvidia SLI
  • Upgrade!
  • The Great Case Race
  • Gifts for Geeks
  • Awesome Product Reviews including the Zalman CNPS9500 LED and Logitech G5!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

Click the big giant cover image to the right to download the PDF archive today!

Maxtor Shared Storage Drive

If Maxtor’s Shared Storage Drive unit seems like just a longer version of the company’s external USB 2.0 hard drive, that’s because it is.


September 2005 - Dual-Everything!

In the PDF archive of the September 2005 issue, you can find:

  • Dream Machine '05!
  • Creative's Top-Secret Soundcard!
  • CPU Heatsink Showdown
  • How To: Identify and eliminate all the sources of noise in your PC
  • Latest Product Reviews
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

Click the big giant cover image to the right to download the PDF archive today!

BFG GeForce 7800 GT OC

If, as we suspect, ATI was knocked back on its heels when nVidia both announced and shipped the GeForce 7800 GTX on the same day, the company must really be reeling from nVidia’s next punch: the less-expensive, nearly as powerful GeForce 7800 GT. The GeForce 7800 GT is almost identical to the GeForce 7800 GTX, but it has four fewer pixel pipelines (20 versus 24) and slower clock speeds.

October 2005

Next-Gen Windows
Microsoft's long-delayed but highly anticipated next version of Windows--code-named Longhorn--is running in the Lab! Next month, we'll give you the nickel tour, explain how it works, and introduce you to all the new features.

China: The Next Intel?

By Tom R. Halfhill
I was recently embroiled in controversy after writing a technical report about a new Chinese-designed microprocessor.

Area 51

We began to suspect that Area 51 might not be the end-all, be-all of shooters when we saw that the ad campaign for the game closed with, “Coming soon to a bargain bin near you.” OK, we made that up, but it’s gonna happen—you just know it.

Unlike the fun light-gun version of the game in arcades and pizza parlors everywhere, the PC version of Area 51 is a spectacularly bland first-person shooter with a cliché-ridden storyline that goes like this: There’s this top-secret base, a disturbance takes place, and you and your hazmat team are sent in to find out what happened.

Ergodex DX1

The keyboard and mouse make a fine game controller, but the experience could definitely be better.