In previous generations, GIGABYTE has often been ambitious with the number of models it produces and supports. X99 is no different, so while the other manufacturers have four or five models coming through launch and September, GIGABYTE is starting with eight. These are split into three categories: Gaming, OC and Ultra Durable (aka ‘channel’). The gaming line will be headed by the X99-Gaming G1 WiFi, an E-ATX motherboard aimed at four-way GPUs and as much functionality as possible. This means dual network ports (Intel + Killer), 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi, the Creative Sound Core 3D audio codec, AMP-UP audio, ten SATA 6 Gbps ports, twelve USB 3.0 ports, two M.2 ports (One 2.0 x4, one 3.0 x4), dual DAC-UP for clean USB power and the styling...

Toshiba's New Mobile Enterprise Line: The Portege R830 Sets the Standard

To say the Toshiba Portege R700 was well-received by the industry would apparently be an understatement; Toshiba brought a level of engineering acumen to bear on that machine heretofore...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/13/2011

ASUS K53E: Testing Dual-Core Sandy Bridge

Last week, we looked at one of our final Arrandale laptops in the ASUS U41JF, a worthy follow-up to the U-series’ legacy. Today we have another ASUS laptop, this...

78 by Jarred Walton on 4/8/2011

Puget Systems Obsidian: Solid as a Rock

Today's review unit marks our third from Puget Systems in recent history. Thus far they've all been remarkable builds and this one proves to be no exception. Designed expressly...

28 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/7/2011

Westmere-EX: Intel Improves their Xeon Flagship

Yesterday, Intel announced that their flagship server processor, the Xeon Nehalem-EX, is being succeeded by the Xeon Westmere-EX, a process-shrinking " tick" in Intel's terminology. By shrinking Intel's largest...

33 by Johan De Gelas on 4/6/2011

Puget Systems Deluge Mini: The Art of Custom

The last time we checked in with Puget Systems, we came away impressed with their Serenity SPCR Edition. It wasn't the fastest machine we've ever tested, but it was...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/5/2011

Origin's Genesis: Flagship Bling

Now that we've been getting a fairly steady influx of desktop machines from boutiques, Origin PC is stepping into the ring by sending us their go-to flagship model, the...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/2/2011

iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior II: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 in a Small Shell

The last time we checked in with iBUYPOWER we reviewed the behemoth that is the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC, a massive hunk of machine that was generally a solid value...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2011

Acer's Iconia 6120: Are Two Screens Better Than One?

Oftentimes press releases from the major manufacturers can feel like fluff: "We refreshed our notebook line again this year, new processors, etc." But every so often one of them...

19 by Dustin Sklavos & Jarred Walton on 3/29/2011

ASUS U41JF: Arrandale's Not Dead Yet

Sandy Bridge laptops are finally starting to trickle into the market, from the usual gamut of manufacturers. Chances are, if your favorite vendor isn’t selling several SNB notebooks already...

25 by Jarred Walton on 3/28/2011

The Intel SSD 320 Review: 25nm G3 is Finally Here

It's called the Intel SSD 320, but the part number should give away just what we're looking at here: This is the long awaited third generation Intel based SSD. This...

192 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

Eurocom Racer: Why the Radeon HD 6970M Rocks

When Eurocom offered to send us their latest Racer notebook, we were mildly intrigued. Then they upped the ante by giving us the chance to put AMD’s latest and...

48 by Jarred Walton on 3/17/2011

Intel Plans on Bringing Atom to Servers in 2012, 20W SNB Xeons in 2011

The transition to smaller form factors hasn't been exclusively a client trend over the past several years, we've seen a similar move in servers. The motiviation is very different...

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2011

The MacBook Pro Review (13 & 15-inch): 2011 Brings Sandy Bridge

Last year at the iPad introduction Steve Jobs announced that Apple is a mobile device company. Just last week Steve returned to introduce the iPad 2 and point out...

197 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug & Vivek Gowri on 3/10/2011

Lenovo Announces ThinkPad X220 Series: 12" IPS with Sandy Bridge

We try not to bring you too much news about product announcements unless there's something particularly intriguing about them; we get inundated by them and most of the time...

68 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/10/2011

ASUS G73SW + SNB: Third Time’s the Charm?

With the Cougar Point chipset glitch starting to fade away, we’re starting to get Sandy Bridge systems in for testing. ASUS sent us over an earlier version of their...

57 by Jarred Walton on 3/4/2011

Balancing Power, Price, and Performance in the Server CPU World

Our last comprehensive server and server CPU review focused on some of the best and fastest x86 servers on the market. This time, we focus on more humble servers...

40 by Johan De Gelas on 3/3/2011

The Intel SSD 510 Review

It's been a long time coming but we finally have Intel's third generation SSD. Codenamed Elmcrest, this is not only the first 6Gbps SSD from Intel but it's also...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2011

AVADirect's Clevo P170HM with GeForce GTX 485M: High-End You've Been Waiting For

When we reviewed the Clevo W880CU and, by extension, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480M, we were perplexed. Certainly NVIDIA had reclaimed the mobile graphics crown and no one could dispute...

28 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/28/2011

MacBook Pro 2011 Refresh: Specs and Details

As expected, Apple today unveiled a range of speed and functionality improvements for its MacBook Pro lineup. The update was unusually quiet for Apple. There was no scheduled press...

130 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/24/2011

HP's Business Notebook Hat Trick

It's fair to say the refreshes HP announced for their consumer computers earlier this month seemed fairly lackluster. While nobody can complain about improved notebook speakers and the triumphant...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/23/2011

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