In recent months it would seem that ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand has split into some very distinct segments. We used to only have three SKUs to choose from: the Extreme, the Formula and the mATX Gene. Along came the mini-ITX Impact, then the Ranger, and then something called the Pro Gamer. Today we received a press release regarding the announcement of the B85M-Gamer, which has very little mentioning of ROG at all. Typically ROG is ASUS’ high-end gaming brand, so it would make sense to align something more budget just under the ‘Gamer’ name rather than a full blown ROG. The B85M-Gamer, despite being a business chipset, it going for the cheaper Intel market which already includes non-overclocking products from GIGABYTE and MSI. This...

Intel Releases OpenCL 1.2 Driver and Tools Update for Ivy Bridge and Haswell

Intel has released an updated OpenCL driver for their 3rd Generation Core (Ivy Bridge) and 4th Generation Core (which we can safely call as Haswell) products that brings OpenCL...

22 by Rahul Garg on 4/9/2013

New Thunderbolt Controllers (DSL4510/4410) and Future 20Gbps Falcon Ridge TB Controller Announced

Last year we hinted that another Thunderbolt revision would happen this year, with a speed bump in 2014. It turns out that's exactly what's being announced at NAB this...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/8/2013

Best Budget Laptops, April 2013

Last week we launched a new sort of buyer’s guide for AnandTech with our Best Budget Ultrabook recommendation. We’ll be fleshing out the “best XYZ” recommendations for other components...

39 by Jarred Walton on 4/5/2013

The Great Equalizer: Apple, Android & Windows Tablet GPUs Compared using GL/DXBenchmark 2.7

For the past few years we have been lamenting the state of benchmarks for mobile platforms. The constant refrain from those who had been around long enough to remember...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2013

Best Budget Ultrabook, March 2013

We’re planning to start a regular revolving list of recommended products at AnandTech—sort of like a mini buyer’s guide focused on a single product or component. Anand has asked...

30 by Jarred Walton on 3/28/2013

HandBrake to Get QuickSync Support

The latest version of Intel's Media SDK open sourced a key component of the QuickSync pipeline that would allow the open source community to begin to integrate QuickSync into...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2013

Intel's PixelSync & InstantAccess: Two New DirectX Extensions for Haswell

As Intel continues its march towards performance relevancy in the graphics space with Haswell, it should come as no surprise that we're hearing more GPU related announcements from the...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2013

Hardware Tricks: Can You Fix a Failing Mobile GPU with a Hair Dryer?

Over the years, I’ve encountered my fair share of hardware failures while writing for AnandTech. For example, nearly every SFF I reviewed back in my early days failed within...

29 by Jarred Walton on 3/19/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: Power Consumption

Two of the previous three posts I've made about our upgraded server infrastructure have focused on performance. In the second post I talked about the performance (and reliability) benefits...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/18/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: CPU Performance

Last week I kicked off a short series on the hardware behind our current network infrastructure. In the first post I presented a high level overview of the hardware...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: All-SSD Architecture

When it comes to server hardware failures, I've seen them all with our own infrastructure. With the exception of CPUs, I've seen virtually every other component that could fail...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: The Hardware

By the end of 2010 we realized two things. First, the server infrastructure that powered AnandTech was getting very old and we were seeing an increase in component failures...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review: OC Oriented Orange Overkill

Aside from Gigabyte’s gaming motherboards (the G1 Series) and its channel motherboards (such as the UP4 TH, MX-D3H), there exists the OC Oriented series of motherboards. The first participant...

41 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2013

Intel's Clover Trail+: Dual-Core CPU and Graphics Unveiled at MWC 2013

We find ourselves at another Mobile World Congress, discussing another Intel Atom based smartphone SoC. While last year we were talking about faster and lower performing versions of the...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2013

An Update on Intel's SSD 525 Power Consumption

Intel's SSD 525 is the mSATA version of last year's SF-2281 based Intel SSD 520. The drive isn't just physically smaller, but it also features a new version of...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

Intel Demos CloverTrail+ Based Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 Ahead of MWC

Lenovo announced its ultra slim (6.9mm) 5.5" 1080p IdeaPhone K900 at CES earlier this year, based on Intel's presently unannounced CloverTrail+ SoC. While we're expecting to learn a lot...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

Anand's Thoughts on Intel's TV Initiative

Earlier this week Intel announced what we'd heard rumors of in months past, that it would be creating an IPTV service along with a custom software and hardware platform...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2013

Vizio Thin+Light CT15: Something New and Edgy

Last year was very eventful in the notebook world. Beyond the UX upheaval brought on by Windows 8 and the blurring of the line between notebooks and tablets, we’ve...

55 by Vivek Gowri on 2/14/2013

Times are Changing: Intel Building an IPTV Service + Box

The most interesting things at CES were the things that weren't at CES. While I'll discuss the others in due time, one notable absence from CES was the often...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/12/2013

HP Chromebook Confirmed: Available Now For $329

We already covered the leak, and now we've got the confirmation we knew would come. HP has officially announced the HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook. Quite the name, eh? Specs...

29 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/7/2013

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