Coverage of Thunderbolt devices has been expanded on our site over the last few months. At IDF, we took the opportunity to chat with Intel about where Thunderbolt was headed. The current market perception is one of Thunderbolt being relevant only to Mac users. But, a look at the products that Intel showcases, indicate that there are plenty of PC components (motherboards as well as workstations) that come with the technology integrated. Thunderbolt users on Windows have traditionally found that the technology doesn't live up to its advertised potential. Common complaints include Purchased peripherals don't carry certification on Windows Hot plugging peripherals doesn't work reliably Performance in terms of both bandwidth and latency end up being better on Mac compared to Windows for the same workloads These issues have...

Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air (Core i7 1.8GHz) Review Update

Last week we published our review of the new 2011 MacBook Air. Both the 11 and 13-inch models ship with ultra low-voltage (ULV) dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs, a first...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2011

Eagle Ridge: The Cheaper, (optionally) Smaller Thunderbolt Controller

If you've seen any of the new Thunderbolt Macs torn apart you will recognize the piece of silicon above. That flip-chip package is Intel's first Thunderbolt controller, codename: Light...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

The 2011 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch): Thoroughly Reviewed

I've always liked ultraportables. Back when I was in college I kept buying increasingly more portable notebooks until I eventually ended up with something horribly unusable for actual work...

115 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3

Intel's Second Generation Core processors, based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, include a number of improvements over the previous generation's Nehalem architecture. We’ll be testing one specific area today...

76 by Jared Bell on 7/25/2011

Alienware M11x R3: Portable Powerhouse

We've been keeping track of Alienware's M11x series since the very first one landed and have had the privilege of testing each one. The move from Penryn to Arrandale...

55 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/22/2011

Alienware M14x: the Sound and the Fury

Understanding that many users would just as soon want to be able to game on the go without having to lug a ten pound land monster with them, Alienware...

48 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/19/2011

gScreen SpaceBook: Back to the Future with Dual Screens?

gScreen has released two SpaceBook-branded laptops that sport dual 17.3” 1080p monitors. That makes SpaceBook the laptop with the most real screen estate with over four million pixels. gScreen...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 7/17/2011

AnandTech Mobile Graphics Guide, Summer 2011

If desktop graphics hardware can be more than a little confusing, deciphering performance of mobile graphics parts can be (and has historically been) an absolute nightmare. Way back in...

83 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/5/2011

Sandy Bridge Buyer’s Guide

Almost a half-year after the launch of the second-generation Core processors, Intel’s newest CPUs remain dominant in the mid- to high-end desktop computing markets. Since the January release of...

90 by Zach Throckmorton on 6/17/2011

Intel SSD 710 and 720 Series Specifications Revealed

In our Intel roadmap article published in May, we shortly previewed Intel's upcoming 700 Series SSDs. Back then there wasn't much to talk about as very few specs were...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 6/15/2011

Acer Moves Forward in Time

Acer's popular TimelineX line of notebooks has undergone a refresh to Sandy Bridge and brought a healthy number of upgrades to the hardware with them, including a major (and...

38 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/9/2011

Dell's Latitude Gets Rough and Ready

While a business-class notebook is often a good idea just for reliability’s sake, what if you need something tough enough to be used either as a murder weapon or...

15 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/7/2011

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 and More Compared

A year ago whenever I'd request an SSD for review I'd usually get a 128GB drive built using 3x nm 4GB 2-bit MLC NAND die. These days the standard...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2011

Toshiba Tecra R850: Business Class on a Budget

Toshiba won't mind if we say that their previous business class notebooks looked...kind of cheap. They were bulky and unattractive, largely feeling like consumer notebooks with matte instead of...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/6/2011

AVADirect's Clevo X7200 Redux: AMD 6970M CF Takes the Crown

A little over seven months ago, we took at look at a Clevo X7200 courtesy of AVADirect that featured a desktop hex-core processor and a pair of NVIDIA's then-fastest...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/2/2011

Windows 8 on AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm & TI: Let the Race Begin

I'm in the audience of Microsoft's Partner Preview for Computex 2011, basically an event to give a sneak peak of the future of Windows to press and MS partners...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Correction: Ivy Bridge and Thunderbolt - Featured, not Integrated

Intel just emailed me to clarify a point from its Ivy Bridge presentation on Tuesday. While USB 3.0 will finally be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt will not. Intel...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme FTW: Performance at Any Cost

It's time for another break from the Computex 2011 coverage, this time with an extreme system review. There seems to be an interesting cottage industry between custom desktop boutiques in...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Some Time with Promise's Thunderbolt Devices

Yesterday Intel told us that Ivy Bridge would feature both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt on its Ivy Bridge platform (USB 3.0 will be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

More on Intel's Thin Mini-ITX Standard

I stopped by Intel's booth at Computex to grab a few shots of the small but potent Thin Mini-ITX ecosystem. If you read our coverage yesterday you'll remember that...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

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