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 the new Formula will centre on the PCIe storage support that Z97 affords, as well as the iterative design of the ROG brand. The main elements that ASUS wants to promote with the new Formula include the power delivery hybrid cooling solution, the SupremeFX audio solution, the ROG Armor, TrueVolt 5V, GameFirst III and Extreme Engine DIGI+ III. For those not familiar with the Formula, particularly from the last generation, the main visual feature is usually the ROG Armor. This is a fixed shroud on the front and back of the motherboard, with the aim to...

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...

60 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...

89 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...

27 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...

64 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...

60 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 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

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 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

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

Intel Reveals New Haswell Details at ISSCC 2014

As of late, Intel has been unusually guarded about releasing information about its microprocessor designs. Haswell launched last year with great architecture disclosure, but very limited disclosure about die...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2014

Toshiba’s 4K Laptops and Updated KIRAbook - CES 2014

The visit to Toshiba’s booth at CES was interesting for a number of reasons, and their upcoming lineup is a good indication of how polarized the PC and tablet...

15 by Jarred Walton on 1/17/2014

iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (MSI GS70) Gaming Notebook Review

MSI is taking a page out of Razer's design playbook (in turn cribbing liberally from Apple's), but as it turns out, they may have beaten Razer at their own...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

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