For today's holiday buyer's guide we're taking a look at power supplies. I want to kick off this year's guide by once again discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users: that a higher wattage PSU will be better.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that because all switching PSUs have been designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load - about 50% of their rated maximum capacity - that the efficiency of a PSU at any given moment is strongly tied to the load on that PSU. A PSU's performance will drop not only at higher loads but at lower loads as well, and this is especially the case at the low-end of the curve - usually...
Storage media gets cheaper by the day. Find out which products give you the most storage capacity for your money.
Adam Rader on 9/19/2004
This month saw the introduction of a new Athlon 64 board that challenges our ideas of a top overclocking system. While most of the hot new OC technologies...
Wesley Fink on 9/17/2004
Memory prices seem to be stabilizing and the same goes for video. Find out which parts make this week's cut.
Adam Rader on 9/12/2004
AMD price cuts are over now and things are leveling out. See what makes the cut this week for processors and motherboards.
Adam Rader on 9/3/2004
The whirlwind is finally starting to settle on Socket 939, Socket 775, DDR2, and PCI Express, and you can actually buy most of the new gear. Our High...
Wesley Fink on 8/30/2004
Storage prices are inching their way back up as hot deals and promises of no rebate hassles dry up.
Adam Rader on 8/27/2004
This week, we continue with our Buyer's Guides on mid-range systems this time around.
Evan Lieb on 8/23/2004
While DDR memory continues its upward price climb the video market from both NVIDIA and ATI seems to be producing more bang for your buck every day. See what...
Kristopher Kubicki & Adam Rader on 8/21/2004
More AMD price drops bring Athlon 64 into reach for almost everyone. Intel continues their launch of Socket 775, succesfully?
Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/13/2004
We summarize what we have learned about Doom 3 in a Performance, Mainstream, and Value Buyer's Guide for Doom 3.
Wesley Fink on 8/7/2004
This week, we look over some of the latest options and recommendations for PATA, SATA and DVD storage choice.
Adam Rader on 8/7/2004
The newest game from id Software is chock-full of intense graphics, incredible graphics, and amazing programming. But what factor does sound hardware play in the Doom 3 gaming experience?
Derek Wilson on 8/6/2004
ATI and NVIDIA's new offerings haven't changed video prices much, or have they? DDR prices continue to change... and not for the better.
Vinney Shimpi on 7/30/2004
Socket 939, Socket 775, DDR2, and PCI Express all debuted last month. With all the new choices, our Overclocking Buyer's Guide gets completely revamped recommendations from top to...
Wesley Fink on 7/27/2004
64-bit computing: To buy or not to buy? We'll look at where prices are heading and where they are now to help make this decision a little...
Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 7/23/2004
This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides for mid-range systems. We've added a few new picks and some other info since our last look at a mid...
Evan Lieb on 7/16/2004
Now that we've all seen the latest and greatest offerings from the big players in video, which one stands as the best value? We'll also visit the continuing...
Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 7/9/2004
This week we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for entry level systems this time around. We've added a few new picks and some other info since we last...
Evan Lieb on 7/7/2004