When it comes to high-end gaming notebooks, there are only a few real competitors: Alienware, ASUS, Clevo (under various brand names), and MSI are the main options, with a few others like Razer and Gigabyte offering second tier performance (e.g. not the 880M or 980M, but instead dropping one step to the 870M and 970M). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M officially launched in the first half of October, and while we’ve provided a performance preview with the MSI GT72 as well as a detailed look at BatteryBoost, it’s now time to bring it all together with a full review. There’s little doubt that the GTX 980M is currently the fastest mobile GPU, but how does the MSI GT72 handle other tasks, and is this...

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...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

ADATA XPG V1.0 Low Voltage Review: 2x8 GB at DDR3L-1600 9-11-9 1.35 V

For the next in our series of memory reviews on Haswell, we have another ADATA kit to test: this time a low voltage 2x8 GB kit featuring DDR3-1600 C9...

35 by Ian Cutress on 12/6/2013

GIGABYTE to Launch the Z87X-SLI

Hearing the name ‘Z87X-SLI’ took me aback. Z87 supports SLI already, right? Why would a manufacturer need to confirm SLI usage on the Z87 chipset: it is...

24 by Ian Cutress on 12/2/2013

ASUS Maximus VI Impact Review: ROG and Mini-ITX

In previous generations, the ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG) range has been split across three models – the micro-ATX Gene, the gaming oriented Formula and the more overclocker friendly...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/22/2013

Acer Aspire R7-572: Haswell and an Active Digitizer

Earlier this year, we looked at Acer’s R7 laptop – an interesting hybrid device that moves the keyboard forward and the touchpad back, with the idea being that you’ll...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/21/2013

Gaming Immersion: OverclockersUK Launch Infinity Emperor Chair and Workstation

For any of our readers that do not frequent computer forums, one of the big draws to various places on interwebs is the unique and custom builds that individuals...

38 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2013

Windows 8.1 Battery Life Investigation: 1080p Video Playback

A couple weeks back, I posted a short article on battery life with Windows 8.1 looking at whether or not it had changed compared to Windows 8. The short...

67 by Jarred Walton on 11/6/2013

ASRock Z87E-ITX Review: Motherboard Juxtaposition

In the office I am currently running through a series of smaller sized motherboards – both micro-ATX and mini-ITX. Due to the size, there is plenty of scope...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2013

iBUYPOWER Releases M8 Mini-ITX Gaming System

iBUYPOWER is no stranger to these parts; we reviewed a few of their desktop and laptop systems over the years. They're now one of the larger boutique PC vendors...

36 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Battery Life with Windows 8.1: Largely Unchanged

Last week I finished up the review of the Sony VAIO Pro 13, which delivers excellent battery life compared to most other laptops that we’ve tested – granted, it’s...

34 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13: Exceptionally Portable

As our first non-Apple Haswell Ultrabook, the Sony VAIO Pro 13 has a high bar to clear. We’ve seen a few Haswell systems that have delivered on the promise...

106 by Jarred Walton on 10/16/2013

Acer Launches C720 Chromebook with Haswell CPU

Last year, one of the hottest selling laptops was Acer’s C710 Chromebook. Part of that of course was the fact that it was one of the least expensive laptops...

30 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2013

Valve Releases Specs for Prototype Steam Machine

Last week we analyzed Valve’s announcement of their forthcoming SteamOS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controller. There are still a lot of unknowns, but today Valve released the details for...

99 by Jarred Walton on 10/4/2013

Dell Updates 2013 Line of XPS Laptops with Ultra-High Resolution Displays

Going along with the updates to their Venue tablets, which we just posted about, yesterday Dell also announced updates to their XPS line of laptops. There are three new...

81 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

Dell Updates Venue Line of Tablets

Yesterday Dell announced their latest mobile products, with major updates to their tablet and laptop offerings. Starting with the Venue tablets, Dell has three new models available on October...

51 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

Gigabyte P34G First Impressions: A Thin and Light Gaming Notebook

Over the course of a year, we look at a lot of devices and hardware; while it may require a lot of effort to publish a full review on...

62 by Jarred Walton on 10/1/2013

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