Hardware

Boutique PC Builders vs OEM Pre-Built Gaming PCs

Boutique PC Builders vs OEM Pre-Built Gaming PCs

With the shortage of graphics cards, which are currently selling at several times their MSRP, even gamers who know how to build their own computers are looking for different ways to get cap...

3Dfx Interactive: Gone But Not Forgotten

3Dfx Interactive: Gone But Not Forgotten

Founded in San Jose, California in 1994 by a trio of former Silicon Graphics employees, 3Dfx got its start making hardware for arcade machines. The company’s first-gen Voodoo chipset p...

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: May 2021

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: May 2021

Here's our monthly update looking into the current state of the CPU and graphics card markets. The good news is that one of the two is looking quite healthy with a range of easy to buy opti...

Build a PC vs. Pre-Built (Scoring a GPU in the

Build a PC vs. Pre-Built (Scoring a GPU in the Process)

In normal times, most PC enthusiasts wouldn't consider a pre-built solution. More affordable pricing, enhanced customizability and warranty for each component, plus the whole trip of buildi...

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: April 2021

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: April 2021

As stock shortages of CPUs and graphics cards continues, it’s time for an update on the market to see what the current situation is looking like, and whether there will be any relief for ...

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: March 2021

CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: March 2021

CPU and graphics card pricing and availability are still a mess, but is the situation improving? Can we expect to get back to PC building any time soon? As the crisis of component availabil...

History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 5

History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 5

In our last installment of the history of the modern graphics processor, we had reached a point where the market consisted of just three competitors: AMD, Intel, and Nvidia. By 2013, all we...

Anatomy of a gamepad

Anatomy of a gamepad

Input devices play a key role in the computer and gaming landscape. Today we finish our autopsy of the most important input devices by opening a classic gamepad: Microsoft Xbox 360 control...

Top 10 most significant Nvidia GPUs of all time

Top 10 most significant Nvidia GPUs of all time

Founded in 1993, Nvidia is a teenager compared to other semiconductor companies. However, the impact on the world of technology has been enormous. According to the Steam Hardware Survey, ...

Keyboard anatomy

Keyboard anatomy

Input devices like keyboards play a key role in the computing and gaming landscape, so the guts have to be pretty cool. This, of course, means that we take out our scalpels and send them t...