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Philips Aurilium

This 5.1 external "sound card" should let you add 5.1 sound to any PC, even a laptop.

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March 2004: The Perfect Wireless Network

In the PDF archive of the March 2004 issue, you can find:

  • Join the wireless revolution!
  • P4 Prescott, all you need to know
  • Your one all end all Guide to RAM
  • Awesome Product Reviews, including AVG Anti-Virus and Adobe Photoshop CS!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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Intel's Prescott CPU--Behind the Scenes

By Gordon Mah Ung

In our March issue (“Why isn’t Prescott Pentium 5”, page 28), we take a deep look at Intel’s brand new CPU and find that, while feature-rich and full of promise for the future, the 3.2 GHz Prescott runs slower than Intel’s 3.4GHz P4 Extreme Edition.

In this exclusive feature for the website, senior editor Gordon Mah Ung explains how he ran his benchmark tests, and why the results didn’t surprise him.

For more info—including all of our findings and comprehensive explanations of Prescott’s new features and what they mean for end users, don’t miss our March issue--on sale now!When Intel first briefed us on the Prescott, it was obvious that this new CPU would not initially be the performance king or Athlon 64 FX killer everyone expected.

Western Digital 740GD Raptor

The fastest ATA drive on the market just got faster (and bigger)

We can sum up the performance of Western Digital’s 74GB Raptor with two words: “holy” and “schnikes.” This drive goes beyond fast.

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum

After facing some minor 24-bit soundcard competition last summer (which has since all but fizzled out), Creative Labs could’ve easily settled into a simple holding pattern with its Sound Blaster Audigy 2, the company’s top offering.

General Benchmarks

Senior Editor Gordon Mah Ung displays his characteristic steely resolve while torturing a system with the Maximum PC benchmark suite.

Maximum PC Benchmarks
Effective April 2005

It 's been almost a year and a half since we last updated the zero-point system and benchmark suite that we judge all systems against.

Videocard Benchmarks

We uses a combination of real-world and synthetic benchmarks in order to measure videocard performance.

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December 2003: Gear of the Year '03

In the PDF archive of the December 2003 issue, you can find:

  • Gear of the Year 2003
  • Case Mod Contest Winner
  • CPU Slugfest
  • Holiday Gift Guide
  • And Lots of Awesome Reviews including Halo and the ATI Radeon 9800 XT!
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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