Twenty two months ago Intel launched its LGA-2011 platform and Sandy Bridge E aimed at the high-end desktop enthusiast. The platform brought more cores, more PCIe lanes and more memory bandwidth to those users who needed more than what had become of Intel's performance desktop offerings. It was an acknowledgement of a high end market that seems to have lost importance over the past few years. On the surface, Sandy Bridge E was a very good gesture on Intel's part. Unfortunately, the fact that it's been nearly two years since we first met LGA-2011 without a single architecture update, despite seeing the arrival of both Ivy Bridge and Haswell, doesn't send a great message to the users willing to part with hard earned money...

Dell Precision T1650 Workstation Review: Ivy Bridge Xeons Bring Performance

This year has seen a revitalized Dell aggressively attacking HP on the enterprise workstation front. While HP has been content to recycle last year's models, Dell has made substantial...

38 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/31/2012

Dell XPS 15 L521X: A Detailed First Look

Last week Dell’s new XPS 15 L512x landed on our doorstep, and we’ve been hammering on it ever since. Combining many of the best elements of the previous generation...

109 by Jarred Walton on 7/25/2012

Dell Announces New Precision M4700 and M6700 Mobile Workstations

Today Dell is updating their Precision Mobile Workstation lineup with two new model, the 15.6” M4700 and the 17.3” M6700. Along with Ivy Bridge processors, Dell is adding new...

27 by Jarred Walton on 7/24/2012

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review: The Steady March of Progress

First generation technology is seldom perfect, and the fruit of Intel's ultrabook initiative was no exception. While vendors came out in force with some fairly impressive pieces of hardware...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/9/2012

Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435: The Value Proposition

We’ve had plenty of Acer laptops come in for review over the years (along with visits from their close relatives, Gateway). Rarely do we find such laptops reaching for...

88 by Jarred Walton on 7/4/2012

Dell Updates XPS 14 and 15 with New Chassis, New Hardware

If you couldn't tell already, it's definitely refresh season around here and Dell has been sure to keep news about their comprehensive refreshes coming through in a steady trickle...

53 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/26/2012

Acer’s Timeline Ultra M5: Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks with Kepler GPUs

In an interesting twist, back in March when NVIDIA was unveiling their new Kepler GPUs, Acer started shipping their Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook before the Kepler NDA expired. While...

20 by Jarred Walton on 6/20/2012

HP Phoenix h9-1120t System Review: HP's Gaming Desktop Round Two with Tahiti and Ivy Bridge

Less than four months ago we had in for review HP's entry to the gaming desktop market, the Phoenix. We found that it was a compelling product that served...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/19/2012

iBuyPower's Valkyrie CZ-17 Rides In

Ordinarily we try to avoid posting announcements of every new notebook system from individual boutique vendors since most of the time what they're really announcing is that they're carrying...

6 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2012

Dell's Vostro 3000 Series Brings Enterprise Quality at Consumer Prices

Riding a PR wave that seems to almost inexplicably, coincidentally crest once a week, today Dell has announced the new 3000 series of their Vostro notebooks. Vostro is Dell's...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/12/2012

Acer Launches New Aspire V5 Series Laptops for the Budget Conscious Consumer

In the midst of all the Ultrabook announcements from Computex, there are also plenty of regular laptops coming out. Acer is launching a new line of laptops called V5...

12 by Jarred Walton on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Colorful X401 Series

Priced below the S-series Ultrabooks is ASUS' X401, a fairly standard notebook without discrete graphics. ASUS seems to be really on point with the styling of its 2012 Ivy...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

The MacBook Pro Inspired ASUS S-Series Ultrabook, Below $899

While the world waits for thinner, higher-resolution notebooks from Apple, ASUS delivered part of that with its new S-Series Ultrabooks revealed at Computex this year. Priced below $899 (basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Touch Enabled Zenbook Prime UX21A

Ultrabooks got off to a very rough start. The initial designs failed to impress, but the second generation based on Ivy Bridge seem to be a lot better. We...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

Computex 2012 Show Floor: Ultrabooks with Discrete GPUs

We’ve already seen one Ultrabook with a discrete GPU—Acer’s TimelineU M3—but that was an “old” Sandy Bridge Ultrabook. At Computex 2012, several more Ultrabooks sporting discrete GPUs have shown...

8 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2012

ASUS' Thunderbolt EX Upgrade Card for 7-series Motherboards

Only two members of ASUS' Z77 stack feature integrated Thunderbolt support: the P8Z77-V Premium and the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. As the interface is still fairly new and the controllers still...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

True to Form, Dell Updates the Inspiron Line

While refresh season is generally a little underwhelming for press and end users alike (surprise surprise, vendors are using the newest generation of processors!), there can be diamonds in...

13 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/5/2012

Toshiba Brings Something New to Ultrabooks

Of the first crop of ultrabooks, Toshiba's Portege Z835 may not have been a big winner in terms of performance, but for usability and perhaps most importantly, price, it...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/5/2012

Sony Goes Whole Hog With a New Ultrabook, Updates Vaio Notebook Line

It's not surprising with Computex on and hardware refreshes from the three major players (AMD, Intel, NVIDIA) that vendors have been updating their offerings. What is surprising is just...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/4/2012

Origin PC Announces EON15-S and EON17-S with GeForce GTX 680M

It looks like there’s a bit of confusion on some embargo dates, but Origin PC has released some details on their upcoming EON15-S and EON17-S notebooks. The big news...

4 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2012

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