Maxtor DiamondMax 11

We were big fans of Maxtor’s last hard drive, the DiamondMax 10. It was the first desktop drive to sport a bodacious 16MB buffer, one of the first drives to offer native command queuing, and it was an all-around excellent performer.

Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO Ultimate

We’ve put up with hot, noisy graphics cards for so long that we’d almost forgotten there was a time when the little buggers didn’t need cooling fans.

January 2006

Here's what you'll find in the "It's-the-hardware-stupid" issue of Maximum PC, on newsstands now!

With a powerful blow from our Blade of Benchmarks, Maximum PC cuts through the tough decisions PC power-users face, like a hot knife through buttah! AMD or Intel? Revealed! ATI or nVidia? Clocked! Hitachi or Western Digital? The truth at last! We back up our endorsements with the hard numbers, so you can spend more time building and playing and less time shopping and praying.

Whether you're a professional or an, ahem, "amateur," these six digital video cameras are about more than megapixels.

Call of Duty 2

Dear Mom and Dad, You’re probably looking at the address on this letter and wondering, “What is Johnny doing back in Belgium?” Well, you’re not going to believe it.

Norton AntiVirus 2006

Like McAfee’s VirusScan 2006, Norton AntiVirus 2006 installed without undue agony, and a relatively swift 28-minute initial scan alerted us to all 12 of the Payload of Misfortune™ rogues.

Logitech G7 Mouse

Usually, cordless mice come with built-in sacrifices: The sensor response rate is slowed to conserve battery life; the battery lasts just 20 hours; rechargeable batteries aren’t included; and/or a cheap transmitter results in radio interference.

Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer

Last month we had high praise for Zalman’s super-quiet VF700-CU LED VGA cooler, but this month we zero in on Arctic Cooling’s extremely popular Silencer series of VGA coolers.

Altec Lansing InMotion

Here’s a tiny, go-anywhere speaker system for those times when you want to share your iPod with a special someone.

Apple 30GB iPod

The iPod Nano proved Apple still has creativity to spare in its consistent reinvention of the digital audio player, but Apple takes this device to the next level!