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CES 2009: Gadgets Galore
January 12, 2009 - By Sandy Berger
Learn about the exciting new gadgets and gizmos from CES 2009.


Anatomy of the Playstation 3
October 9, 2008 - By Gabriel Torres
We completely disassembled the Sony Playstation 3 video game console (80 GB version) to show you how it looks like inside and the components used.


Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD
January 18, 2007 - By Cássio Lima
Learn about the main technical differences between the two main candidates for the DVD succession: Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.


Intel ViiV vs. AMD Live!
July 12, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres and Cássio Lima
Everything you need to know about Intel ViiV and AMD Live! standards for digital entertainment PCs and the difference between them. Updated.


The Resurrection of LCoS
February 27, 2006 - By Steve Kovsky
LCoS is a TV display technology thought to be dead. In this article, we’ll take a look at LCoS TVs and their miraculous reappearance, and we’ll discuss why you may want to consider owning one yourself.




NVIDIA Tesla Technology
November 14, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about Tesla, a series of ”video cards“ from NVIDIA that are used to process regular programs and not video under a concept called GPGPU.


Penryn Core New Features
March 29, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new features brought by the forthcoming Penryn core, which is a 45 nm core that will be used on Core 2 and Xeon CPUs in 2008. Includes a small peek on the next Intel microarchitecture, codenamed Nehalem, and also the latest Intel roadmap up to 2010.


Details on Intel’s Forthcoming 45 nm Manufacturing Technology
January 29, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres
An overview of Intel’s 45 nm manufacturing technology and Penryn core.


AMD Quad FX Platform
January 26, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres and Cássio Lima
Everything you need to know about AMD’s new "four-core" Quad FX platform.


Intel Quad-Core CPU Overview and Roadmap
September 26, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
A quick look at the forthcoming Intel quad-core CPUs.


AMD Turion 64 X2 Prototypes
March 8, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
Some pictures of the reference boards for the dual-core version of Turion 64 based on chipsets by ATI (Xpress) and NVIDIA (SLI Power).


IDF Spring 2006 Coverage
March 7, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
Highlights of the opening keynote given by Justin Rattner, Intel’s CTO, with the latest announcements by Intel on the CPU arena, including Intel’s new microarchitecture, called Core.


Interview With Phil Hester, AMD’s Corporate VP and CTO
February 9, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
Exclusive interview with Phil Hester, AMD’s Corporate VP and CTO, discussing AMD’s plans, strategies, new CPUs and a little bit of his professional life and experience.


Intel Fab18 Factory Tour in Kiryat Gat, Israel
November 25, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Have you ever wondered how is like a CPU factory from inside? We visited Intel’s Fab18, located in Israel, where Pentium 4 CPUs, chipsets and flash memories are manufactured.


IDF Tel Aviv 2005 Coverage
November 3, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Our coverage of the first IDF held in Israel, home of the design team that created the Pentium M and the forthcoming Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest CPUs. Read our coverage to learn more about the new CPUs from Intel.


VIA C7-M Processor
September 12, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new CPU from VIA targeted to the mobile market, C7-M.


IDF Fall 2005 Coverage
August 26, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new Intel CPU architecture and the latest advancements in mobile computing in our IDF Fall 2005 coverage.


Intel Dual Core Technology
May 17, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new dual-core processors from Intel, Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition, and the new chipsets i945 and i955.


Dual Core AMD Processors
May 9, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new dual-core Athlon 64 X2 and the new dual-core Opteron processors from AMD.


64-bit Xeon MP and Intel E8500 Chipset
April 28, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the new 64-bit Xeon MP CPU and the new Intel E8500 chipset.


The New 64-Bit Pentium 4 Processor
March 1, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about the main features of the new 64-bit Pentium 4 processors (6 series) that were just released.


AMD 64-bit architecture (x86-64)
October 27, 2004 - By Ricardo Zelenovsky and Alexandre Mendonça
Learn in depth how the 64-bit architecture from AMD works.


Intel 64-bit architecture (IA-64)
October 27, 2004 - By Ricardo Zelenovsky and Alexandre Mendonça
Learn in depth how the Intel IA-64 architecture works.



Super Talent Factory Tour in San Jose, CA, USA
March 9, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
Our factory tour to Super Talent memory manufacturing plant in San Jose, CA.


Kingston Factory Tour in Fountain Valley, CA, USA
October 16, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Take a look inside Kingston’s factory located in Fountain Valley, California, USA.


Corsair New Factory Tour in Fremont, CA, USA
September 30, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Corsair has moved to a new and bigger building, so we’ve been there to see their new facilities. Take a look at our tour and see what’s happening there.


Patriot Memory Factory Tour in Fremont, CA, USA
September 21, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Check out how was our factory tour in Patriot Memory.


Kingston Factory Tour in Shanghai, China
July 25, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Check it out our visit to Kingston factory in Shanghai, mainland China.


Corsair Factory Tour in Fremont, CA, USA
July 14, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Check it out how was our visit to Corsair factory in Fremont, California, USA.


Kingmax Factory Tour in Hsin Chu, Taiwan
June 2, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Check it out our tour to Kingmax factory in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how memories are manufactured, since Kingmax manufactures both memory chips and memory modules.





The Do-It-Yourself All-In-One Computer Standard from Intel
March 27, 2013 - By Gabriel Torres
Intel is leading the industry in creating a standard for components for all-in-one computers. Let’s see what that means.


2011 Holiday Buying Guide
November 22, 2011 - By Gabriel Torres
Are you planning to buy new PC hardware parts during this holiday season to build a new computer or upgrade your current system? Let’s recap some of the products with the best cost/benefit ratios that we reviewed in 2011.


AMD Technology on Ferrari Formula 1 Cars
October 19, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
We visited Ferrari boxes today during the preparation for the last race of the 2006 F1 World Championship that will happen next weekend, to check out all the electronics involved, which is sponsored by AMD. Check it out!



Power Supplies With Fake 80 Plus Badges
December 3, 2010 - By Gabriel Torres
Get smart! There are some power supplies in the market carrying fake 80 Plus badges. Updated.


Can We Trust the 80 Plus Certification?
November 10, 2010 - By Gabriel Torres
Can we really trust the 80 Plus certification of a power supply? Updated to include the fact that rebranded power supplies aren’t tested.


Why 99% of Power Supply Reviews Are Wrong
April 19, 2010 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn why the vast majority of power supply reviews published on the web are wrong. Updated.


Hardware Secrets Power Supply Test Methodology
June 23, 2009 - By Gabriel Torres
A complete description of the methodology used in our power supply reviews. Updated.


How Much Power Do Electronic Equipment Consume When in Standby Mode?
January 22, 2008 - By Gabriel Torres
Do electronic equipment consume a lot of power when they are on their standby mode and presumably turned off? We measured several equipment and came to very interesting conclusions. Check it out.


The Truth About NiCd Batteries
March 6, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
Evertything you need to know about Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) batteries, including the infamous "memory effect" and how to prevent it.






GeForce GTX 200 Series Architecture
June 16, 2008 - By Gabriel Torres
An overview of the architecture used by the new GeForce GTX 200 series of graphic processing units (GPU’s) from NVIDIA.


SLI vs. CrossFire
April 15, 2008 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about SLI and CrossFire, including the latest 3-way SLI and CrossFireX technologies. Updated to include Hybrid SLI and Hybrid CrossFireX technologies.


AMD + ATI: One Year Later
July 26, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres
An analysis of what happened on the market one year later after AMD announced that they would buy ATI.


AMD ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series Architecture
July 9, 2007 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about the new ATI Radeon HD 2900, HD 2600 and HD 2400 graphics chips. Updated to include Radeon HD 2600 and HD 2400 final specs.


GeForce 8 Series Architecture
November 9, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
NVIDIA has just released their new GeForce 8 series (a.k.a. G80) using a totally new architecture. Learn how this new architecture works.


Inside Radeon X1900 Architecture
February 14, 2006 - By Gabriel Torres
A brief look inside the new ATI Radeon X1900 chip family.


ATI Radeon X1000 Series
October 5, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about the new Radeon X1300, X1600 and X1800 series that were announced today.


BrightSide High Dynamic Range Display Technology
September 25, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Learn about a display technology proposed by BrigthSide that enables high dynamic range on LCD monitors.


NVIDIA GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 Chipset Family
September 22, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about the new GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 chipset family, which has integrated graphics ("on-board video").


GeForce 7800 GTX Launch Coverage
June 22, 2005 - By Gabriel Torres
Everything you need to know about the new GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip from NVIDIA that was released today.


Alternative Graphic Chips
October 12, 2004 - By Gabriel Torres
Ok, NVIDIA and ATI are the biggest players at the VGA chip market. But how about the other companies like XGI, S3 and Matrox?



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