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...

ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC Review

When we tested the ASRock Z77 OC Formula, I described it as ‘the best ASRock motherboard I have ever tested’. Today we test the Z87 version to see...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/26/2013

Haswell Goes Fanless: 4.5W SDP Parts in Limited Volumes Later this Year

At the beginning of the year, Intel introduced the first 7W SDP Ivy Bridge parts in limited quantities with the promise that Haswell would bring even lower power options...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2013

Is Haswell Ready for Tablet Duty? Battery Life of Haswell ULT vs Modern ARM Tablets

With the exception of article production or live blogging, my on-the-road notebook usage model is filled with tons of idle time. Last week I was in a large conference...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2013

MSI GE40 Review: a Slim Gaming Notebook

With Intel’s Haswell launch officially behind us, we’re getting a steady stream of new notebooks and laptops that have been updated with the latest processors and GPUs. MSI sent...

92 by Jarred Walton on 7/16/2013

Digital Storm Unveils VELOCE: 13.3 Inches of Gaming Goodness

It seems with the launch of Intel’s Haswell processors and platform, notebook manufacturers are starting to focus on smaller devices without sacrificing a lot in the way of performance...

24 by Jarred Walton on 7/11/2013

Acer’s M5-583P Touchscreen: Available at Best Buy

With the summer now half over, all of the major OEMs are beginning to launch their back-to-school lineups. Acer just sent word that they have a new model available...

23 by Jarred Walton on 7/10/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air: Core i5-4250U vs. Core i7-4650U

Apple typically offers three different CPU upgrades in its portable Macs: the base CPU, one that comes with the upgraded SKU and a third BTO option that's even faster...

129 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/4/2013

Razer Blade 14-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

While their 17" gaming system has seen steady and incremental improvement, new to the Razer lineup is a notebook with all of the gaming performance in a remarkably slim...

109 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS

Talk about Haswell and Z87 has circulated the internet for many quarters – today we reap the benefits of the wait and get our chance to review both the...

58 by Ian Cutress on 6/27/2013

A Look at Intel HD 5000 GPU Performance Compared to HD 4000

When I got my hands on a Haswell based Ultrabook, Acer's recently announced S7, I was somewhat disappointed to learn that Acer had chosen to integrate Intel's HD 4400...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe...

232 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

Haswell and GK110 vs. Ivy and GK104: DigitalStorm Virtue System Review

While NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 has proven to be a solid update to the venerable 680, Intel's Haswell architecture has left enthusiasts underwhelmed. Can a good GPU and overclock...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/23/2013

Building a mini-ITX Haswell System with ASUS [video]

For our final installment, JJ put together a bunch of components for a mini-ITX Haswell build and took us through his build process. The motherboard itself is a Z87-I...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/18/2013

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the...

115 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2013

Overclocking Haswell on ASUS' 8-Series Motherboards [video]

After giving us a tour of ASUS' 8-series Haswell motherboards and its updated UEFI interface, JJ took us through overclocking a Core i7-4770K using ASUS' new software and UEFI...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2013

ASUS 8-Series Haswell Motherboard Video Series

For the past week we've been publishing a series of videos recorded with ASUS about its new lineup of 8-series Haswell motherboards. With two more videos to come, I...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2013

The Haswell Ultrabook Review: Core i7-4500U Tested

With Haswell we got a staggered launch, with only some parts ready to go immediately. Interestingly enough, it’s the high-end Haswell desktop parts that are most ready at this...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

Up Close with the 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 Panel on Next-Gen Ultrabooks

Although entry level PC notebooks will still ship with a 1366 x 768 panel, the high end of the market is quickly shifting to 1080p and higher resolution panels...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

ASUS 8-Series Haswell Motherboards: New UEFI Tour [video]

Earlier this week we watched JJ give us a thorough overview of ASUS' new 8-series motherboard lineup. In today's video, JJ takes us through ASUS' new 8-series UEFI setup...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

AMD's Richland vs. Intel's Haswell GPU on the Desktop: Radeon HD 8670D vs. Intel HD 4600

The run up to Computex has been insane. Kabini, Haswell and Iris hit us back to back to back, not to mention all of the travel before receiving those...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

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