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Pabst tackles one hardware subsystem at a time, detailing the state of the art in hard drives, processors, video cards (2-D and 3-D), memory, modems, and more. His explanations are up-to-date and lucid, and are among the best for those who want only to know how to make their systems as fast as possible. His discussion of overclocking is among the best anywhere--it's something you'll want to read if you're serious about getting the most from your machine.
It's refreshing to see a hardware book actually take sides on important hardware issues. Where it's appropriate, Pabst describes his specific personal preferences for products, naming manufacturers and models. Though "Tom's Picks" are sure to become less cutting-edge as this book ages, they're likely to remain solid choices for some time--and Pabst surely will do frequent revisions anyway.
As is often the case with hardware books, the photographs in Tom's Hardware Guide aren't very good. Some of them are grainy, most are too dark, and very few of them add anything to the reader's understanding of the topic. Diagrams, however, are good, and Pabst's excellent, highly informed text overshadows all shortcomings. --David Wall
Back then, it was ok. You could find similar info online and in magazines. Was very dated and limited in its use.Published on July 20, 2011 by Sam Brumley
I got all excited when I ordered this book. Tom's Hardware has a great website. Figured it would have some answers on bios settings that I was unfamilar with. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by John Ogden
This book was published in 1998. Computers had hamsters running on wheels for cpus when this was published. It's a great idea, but it's way out of date. Read morePublished on February 7, 2004 by Robert B. Pilgrim
I find it very deceptive and amazing how Amazon allows the third party book providers to display old books that are VERY time sensitive when it comes to computer technology. Read morePublished on January 29, 2004
I just got this book & it is so out dated that nothing in it even applies to today's standard's. If you want a nice paper wieght laying around the house. Go a head & buy it. Read morePublished on July 17, 2003 by Michael H Thompson
Tom runs a fine website, but this book is not up to those same standards. It's full of factual errors, and in dire need of some serious editing.Published on November 27, 2001
If I had bought this book in a retail store I would have returned it the day I purchased it. Nothing in the book is a secret, and the information it contains is highly inaccurate. Read morePublished on August 27, 1999
I am very disappointed in Tom's Guide. Don't buy this book if your looking for anything similar to a comprehensive tech reference. Read morePublished on April 16, 1999
Though the book is exclusive to the year or two after the release because of Tom's reccommendations; they will soon become outdated. Read morePublished on March 25, 1999 by email@example.com