Benchmarking Transmeta's efficeon

Van puts Transmeta's shiny new flagship processor under a microscope.  What he finds will surprise you.  With very little provocation, the massive efficeon throttles to beat the band, so when you need that 1GHz that you paid for, the efficeon clocks down to 933MHz, 800MHz or even lower!  Inside the exhaustive review, you can also download the tool used to discover this throttling scandal.


This ain't a Thoroughbred!

AMD Athlon XP 2600+: Part 2

We examine shocking evidence revealing the level of calculated bias injected into SysMark 2002 in what can only be characterized as a deliberate attempt to misrepresent the performance of the Intel Pentium 4 in comparisons with its AMD Athlon XP rivals.

AMD Athlon XP 2600+: The Resistance Strikes Back

We compare the latest, juiced-up AMD Thoroughbred 2600+ against the Empire's 2.53 GHz Pentium 4.

Review of Viewsonic VG191 LCD Panel

Dave Graham reviews his 19inch flat panel monitor.

Review of the 1.3GHz AMD Duron

See how our $600 Duron reference system fares against 1.3GHz Celeron and 1.8GHz Pentium 4 systems from HP.  Also, download an early look at our developing COSBI Quick Test and benchmark systems in the store for yourself.


Choosing a 19” Monitor to Fit Your Needs and Budget:  The Sony G420S and Hitachi CM721F Evaluated

Joel looks at the elements involved in choosing a monitor. He uses both a high-priced and a low-priced monitor to discuss exactly what to look for when making a purchase.

Review: Radeon Mac Edition

Joel reviews. "If you’re reading this review and you’re a faithful Mac user, take a deep breath! That two or three year old computer has hope of staying “cutting edge” with the help of a video card upgrade."

Crazy Case Design:  Crazy PC’s Modded Enermax CS-A1QX-6

Joel reviews. "If you’re looking for a case that’s roomy, well-built, nicer than a standard beige box, and extremely easy to work in, then the Enermax CS-A1QX-6 is a keeper."

Part 2: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Review

The benchmarks...

Part 1: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ Review

We examine the dramatically contrasting architectural approaches between Intel and AMD processors: Netburst versus Quantispeed.

Preserving a Major Investment

Considering the low cost of DDR SDRAM motherboards and memory, Joel's argument might be a little weak, but certainly there might be emotional reasons for users wanting to leverage their pricey RDRAM investment. Joel writes, "For those users who bought RDRAM back when the VC820 was new, it turned out to be an incredibly expensive fiasco. But, is there a way for them to continue to gain a benefit from their overly-expensive RAM selection? We've examined the upgrade potential from the VC820 to the i850 and got the data for you--so enjoy the read."

The Radeon 7500: Pushing Budget Graphics to the Next Level

While much attention has been focused on the GeForce3 Ti 500 and R8500, both cards remain out of the price range of most consumers. Much more within the average gamer's reach is the Radeon 7500--but does the card stack up against NVIDIA's competition?

i845d Review

We take a brief look at Intel’s new DDR SDRAM enabled Pentium 4 chipset.

The MSI i850 Pro5

Joel takes a look at this P4 motherboard.

Worth Every Penny: The Sony G420 19" CRT
Joel takes a close look at this Sony monitor.

Who do Voodoo?

Joel does. Joel takes a look at modern Voodoo drivers and WindowsXP support.

Crucial DDR-SDRAM Performance Benefits Over SDRAM

Joel gives a quick test showing the bandwidth performance of DDR-SDRAM over SDRAM.  This is the first part of an ongoing series.

Benchmarks: AMD's New Athlon XP 1800+, Part 2

We continue our review of the Athlon XP with a look at the second important measure of a memory subsystem - bandwidth.

Benchmarks: AMD's New Athlon XP 1800+, Part 1 

The first in a series on the new Athlon XP - this is a starter on memory latency characteristics.

Budget Gaming Showdown:  The GeForce2 MX vs. the Kyro II 

Joel reviews budget graphics.

Short Takes: Kensington TurboRing Trackball
A great input device for $10.

Head to Head: Budget ATA100, 7200 rpm Hard Drives

A comparison between two cheap and fast 3.5 inch drives from Western Digital and Seagate.

The Archos Jukebox 6000

A portable combo USB hard drive / MP3 player at a bargain price.

Short Takes: Samsung 570V 15", 760vTFT 17" LCD Monitors

Quick reviews of two relatively inexpensive flat panel LCD monitors.  Updated