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Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI

Polywell Computers specializes in reasonably priced custom PC configurations, so we requested the fastest PC the company could muster with the latest parts.

Welcome to the new MaximumPC.com!

So much has changed since I started out writing on the web. I was an editor at Ars Technica, where every single page on the website was a hand-written, flat HTML file.

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

  • Dual-Core Processors First Benchmarks
  • Which micro-size MP3 player reigns supreme?
  • Next-Gen Wi-Fi Reviewed
  • How To: Build the Ultimate Entertainment PC
  • Flash Storage Tech Guide
  • 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!

Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords

This sequel makes for a strong case of Déjà vu

Single player roleplaying is far from dead.

Shuttle XP17 Lite

An impressive display that's made to travel

Shuttle is a pioneer of small formfactor boxes and the brand remains a favorite of LAN party enthusiasts, so the XP17 Lite is an obvious companion piece to the popular wee gaming PCs.

BenQ FP785

It can "handle" most any task!

Maybe it’s the rounded corners and burgundy trim, or the fact that the FP785 debuted at Milan’s fashion week, but we have a hunch LAN partiers aren’t the FP785’s target audience.

Multicore Madness

By Tom R. Halfhill

It's hard enough explaining the differences between multitasking, multiprocessing, multithreading, Hyper-Threading, single-core processors, multicore processors, and multiprocessor systems.

Beat on the Brat (with a Baseball Bat?)

By Thomas L. McDonald

Personal and parental responsibility is a semi-ongoing theme of this column, and I’ve read so many attacks on games by half-assed politicians looking to score cheap political points that I’ve spent all my outrage.

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Michael Brown

My dad gave me some advice when I was a kid. “Be careful what you wish for,” he said, “because you just might get it.”

I’ve thought of that advice many times over the past few weeks as I’ve pondered my role as editor in chief of Maximum PC.

On the Disc: June 2005