13 hardware components worth remembering on Memorial Day 2013
Memorial Day is a time to stop and remember all the men and women who died defending this country, and also to honor those currently serving, putting their lives at risk for our collective freedom. We're always delighted to receive letters and emails from readers in the Armed Forces, and truly humbled and honored that our magazine, website, and podcasts can provide a small mental retreat to their monumental sacrifice. So first and foremost, here's a heartfelt and emphatic "Thank you!" to anyone who has served or is currently serving, from all of us at Maximum PC.
Since this is Maximum PC, we'll do what we do best and stick to the topic of technology. Running with the Memorial Day theme, we've put together a gallery of some of the best PC hardware to serve our needs in the past decade or so. We're not digging deep into history to the days of the Commodore 64, but don't worry if you're a sucker for nostalgia, we have some shoutouts to long-gone hardware that you may not have thought about in long time.
So, without further adieu, let's look back and give thanks to some awesome hardware! Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!
AMD Athlon 2500+ (Barton)
AMD introduced "Performance Ratings" as a way to overcoming its architecture's inability to run at faster clockspeeds. Barton, AMD's fifth generation Athlon, stands out as a fan favorite for its overclocking prowess. A Barton 2500+, clocked at 1.83GHz, would in theory perform as fast as a Thoroughbred chip clocked at 2.5GHz, hence the 2500+ nomenclature. Getting it to run at 3200+ required a quick and easy front-side bus adjustment.