The Battle of Bay Trail-D: GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V and ASUS J1900I-C Reviewed

All the recent talk of Haswell-E and high-end refreshes has obscured the more casual computing market. The Bay Trail platform uses Intel’s Atom based Silvermont cores and competes directly...

59 by Ian Cutress on 10/17/2014

Thin is the New Thin: Hands On with the 5.15mm KAZAM Tornado 348

My take on thin phones is not a positive one. This comes from two main areas. Firstly I like my phone to have some form of bulk – this...

25 by Ian Cutress on 10/16/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the...

26 by Ian Cutress on 10/13/2014

ASRock Releases X99 Extreme11: So I Heard You Like Storage

We reviewed the X79 Extreme11 back in September 2012. The concept was simple: divert eight PCIe lanes into an LSI SAS chip for eight more SATA ports with SAS...

39 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

ECS Unveils Z97I-Drone: More Mini-ITX for Haswell

Our recent review of $140 Z97 mini-ITX boards left us wanting more. There is plenty of potential in the mini-ITX form factor even at the low end price points...

7 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review: Five is Alive

Sometimes it feels odd to review the cheaper elements of the motherboard market. The more expensive models have more to play with, whereas the sub $160 market for Z97...

40 by Ian Cutress on 10/6/2014

ASRock Z97 OC Formula Motherboard Review: Less Lamborghini, More Yellow

ASRock is quietly confident of its OC Formula range. We awarded the Z77 version because of its aggressive tactics at the $240 price point and while the Z87 model...

20 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2014

The Intel Haswell-E X99 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI

The launch of Haswell-E ushered in a triumvirate of new technology – a new CPU line, a new motherboard chipset and DDR4 memory. Today we focus on the new...

57 by Ian Cutress on 9/25/2014

Acer Releases XBO Series: 28-inch UHD/4K with G-Sync for $800

Monitors are getting exciting. Not only are higher resolution panels becoming more of the norm, but the combination of different panel dimensions and feature sets means that buying the...

57 by Ian Cutress on 9/19/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

AMD’s Power Pack: 6 APUs in a Box for System Builders

It went relatively under the radar during the past two weeks of intensive launches, but AMD is launching a new campaign specifically for system builders dubbed the AMD Power...

19 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

ASUS Announces Haswell-E Workstation Motherboards: X99-E WS (1P) and Z10PE-D8 WS (2P)

The normal route for workstation level motherboards is from the server business unit of a motherboard manufacturer, which then works its way into full systems rather than being sold...

33 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2014

GIGABYTE Server Releases Seven C612 Series Workstation and Server Motherboards

We had the big consumer Haswell-E CPU launch just over a week ago, and today marks the release of the Xeon counterparts. Johan’s large deep-dive into what makes Haswell-EP...

9 by Ian Cutress on 9/8/2014

Intel’s Core M Strategy: CPU Specifications for 9mm Fanless Tablets and 2-in-1 Devices

Continuing our coverage of Intel’s 14nm Technology, another series of press events held by Intel filled out some of the missing details behind the strategy of their Core M...

115 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2014

Dell Previews 27-inch ‘5K’ UltraSharp Monitor: 5120x2880

UHD is dead. Not really, but it would seem that displays bigger than UHD/4K will soon be coming to market. The ability of being able to stitch two regular...

72 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2014

GIGABYTE Server GA-7PESH3 Motherboard Review

A dual processor system sounds awesome to the home user but in reality it is almost entirely a professional market. The prosumer has to use Xeons at JEDEC memory...

34 by Ian Cutress on 9/4/2014

AMD FX-8370E CPU Review: Vishera Down to 95W, Price Cuts for FX

I will be honest, after AMD did not update its FX processor line with the Steamroller architecture, I was not too hopeful for the brand to see anything new...

106 by Ian Cutress on 9/2/2014

Haswell-E Comes, ASUS and G.Skill Take Overclocking Records

In our Haswell-E coverage we did some basic 24/7 type overclocking suitable for the system under the desk, and there will be users with custom loops willing to go...

16 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2014

GIGABYTE X99 Motherboard Launch: Eight Models from X99-UD3 to G1 WIFI and SOC Force

In previous generations, GIGABYTE has often been ambitious with the number of models it produces and supports. X99 is no different, so while the other manufacturers have four or...

10 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

ASUS X99 Launch: Rampage V Extreme, X99-Deluxe, X99-A and X99-Pro

The launch today is one of the biggest in the last few years, with DRAM, CPU and Chipset all getting a refresh. Understandably ASUS is getting in on the...

14 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

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