For today's holiday buyers' guide we are having a look at power supplies. Once again, I shall begin with discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users, that a higher wattage PSU is not always better.
What You Need To Know About Power Supplies
It is very important to keep in mind that all switching PSUs have been designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load (50% of their rated maximum capacity). The efficiency of a PSU at any given moment is tied to how many components it is powering (known as load), decreasing not only at higher loads but at lower loads as well. This is especially true at the low-end of the loading curve, usually below 15% of the unit's rated...
Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005
SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005
Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005
nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005
Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005
After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...
Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005
This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005
Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005
Does upgrading often seem like a lot of guesswork? In this article, we plan to show you how to build a working pricing model to determine the best...
Kristopher Kubicki & Jarred Walton on 1/30/2005
nForce4 boards look very tempting. Do you have a CPU picked out already? We take a look at trends and deals in this week's edition of the price guides.
Vinney Shimpi on 1/23/2005
Are you ready to finally upgrade to a PCI Express Athlon 64? You may want to check out our latest Guide, as we cover this topic along with...
Jarred Walton on 1/21/2005
We return to the budget computing sector with our Guides and a look at what has - and hasn't - changed since the last Budget...
Jarred Walton on 1/9/2005
Check out some the new Price Engine announcement and then browse our video card choices for this week.
Kristopher Kubicki on 12/5/2004
Building a computer that is everything to everyone is simply not possible. Since gaming is a popular topic in regards to computer configurations, and with the launch of...
Jarred Walton on 11/21/2004
CPU and motherboard prices remain fairly stable this week as a few new toys arrive in the spotlight. Find out what makes a great deal as we sift...
Adam Rader on 11/18/2004
DVD burners are getting faster and cheaper by the day as hard drive prices continue to remain stable. Read on to learn which drives make the final cut...
Adam Rader on 11/6/2004
Check out the top picks this week for video and memory components as we continue with our new guide format style.
Adam Rader on 10/30/2004
Technology is changing and so are our Price Guides. Check out our new format and get information on which products stand out this week.
Adam Rader on 10/24/2004
Our latest Mid-Range Buyer's Guide puts a focus on getting the most out of your money. We offer basic recommendations with some alternatives for those interested in content-creation...
Jarred Walton on 10/21/2004