Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came to the market before the Intel NUC, even though the NUC is credited with kickstarting the UCFF trend. Starting with Ivy Bridge, Intel also began to experiment with Y series CPUs to bring the Core family to the fanless tablet market. Unfortunately, the impact of these SKUs in the tablet market has been minimal. However, Zotac has repurposed the Y series CPUs for the 'ZBOX C Passive Cooling Series' of mini-PCs. The ZBOX CI540 nano, equipped with a Core i5-4210Y, is currently the most...

Investigating NVIDIA's BatteryBoost with MSI GT72

BatteryBoost initially launched with the GTX 800M series earlier this year, and our first look at the technology came with the MSI GT70 with GTX 880M. That may not...

25 by Jarred Walton on 10/23/2014

Intel Disables TSX Instructions: Erratum Found in Haswell, Haswell-E/EP, Broadwell-Y

One of the main features Intel was promoting at the launch of Haswell was TSX – Transactional Synchronization eXtensions. In our analysis, Johan explains that TSX enables the CPU...

62 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2014

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Released

One of the major announcements at Computex this year was that of the Maximus VII Formula, ASUS’ ‘gaming-rather-than-overclocking’ focused member of the Republic of Gamers line-up. The additions for...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2014

MSI GE60 Review: Mainstream Mobile Maxwell

When NVIDIA launched their first Maxwell GPU, the GM107, back in February, they ushered in a new level of performance efficiency for desktop PCs. Given these improvements in efficiency...

64 by Jarred Walton on 7/17/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

36 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

Devil’s Canyon Review: Intel Core i7-4790K and i5-4690K

In the latter part of the last decade, getting performance on the cheap meant buying a low end processor and learning how to overclock it. This is how I...

103 by Ian Cutress on 7/11/2014

MSI’s ECO Range of Motherboards Announced

At Computex this year, the MSI booth featured a range of new motherboards branded ‘ECO’, with the emphasis on minimizing power output while still retaining a level of functionality...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/10/2014

HP ZBook 14 Review: Mobile Workstation Meets Ultrabook

What do you get when you cross an Ultrabook with enterprise features including an optional professional OpenGL GPU? This is apparently the question HP's engineers were asking, and the...

66 by Jarred Walton on 6/20/2014

Intel Launches Devil’s Canyon and Overclockable Pentium: i7-4790K, i5-4690K and G3258

After what seems like a eon or two since the original announcement, Intel’s Renée James is formally launching the new Devil’s Canyon and Anniversary Edition Pentium processors. In response...

52 by Ian Cutress on 6/3/2014

Pricing and Details for Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and Unlocked Pentium Leaked Online

A lot of online chatter is being generated about two of Intel’s upcoming processors that are oriented around overclocking. Firstly the Devil’s Canyon CPU, which Intel has stated...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/23/2014

The Intel Haswell Refresh Review: Core i7-4790, i5-4690 and i3-4360 Tested

Computer processors for PC like devices fall into four broad categories, starting with the smartphone/tablet, then the notebook, the desktop and finally the extreme desktop/server. These segments have different...

125 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2014

MSI GT70 Review: GTX 880M Edition

MSI has had the same core designs for several of their high-end laptops for at least a couple years now; specifically we’re talking about the GT60 and GT70 series...

61 by Jarred Walton on 4/16/2014

Dell Announces Latitude Rugged Extreme 12 and 14 Laptops

We don’t really give much coverage to the rugged device category, but it’s at least somewhat cool see what companies can do when they want something that can withstand...

20 by Jarred Walton on 4/2/2014

Intel Announces Ready Mode Technology: Using C7 for Syncing and Streaming

Intel’s conference call this week featured some elements on the progression of the desktop. Lisa Graff, VP and GM of Intel’s Desktop Client Platforms Group tells us that while...

4 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: Unlocked Haswell Pentium due mid-2014

The next of Intel’s enthusiast level announcements this week is more like a reach into history. For enthusiasts who were present during the Core2Duo days, it was common enough...

19 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Intel 2014 Enthusiast Processors: New Haswell K with Overclocking Enhancements

Rewind back to the launch of Intel’s 3rd generation processor, Ivy Bridge. Enthusiasts and gamers who overclock the top end model were a little disappointed with the maximum CPU...

23 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

Dell XPS 15 Haswell Edition: QHD+ with a Refined Design

It's late, but our review of Dell's updated XPS 15 (9530, late 2013 edition) is finally ready. There were reasons for the delays, which we'll get into in the...

150 by Jarred Walton on 3/6/2014

Intel's Haswell 4th Generation Processor Refresh: Prices Leaked

Most processor lines from Intel get an update mid-cadence, usually a few individual processors to fill up the product stack or another one on top for increased clock speeds...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

AVADirect Deluxe Quiet Gaming Desktop PC Review

AVADirect is back at us again with a quiet gaming PC. We know you can get high performance without too much noise; did they get the balance right?

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/23/2014

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