Earlier this year, we had our first look at the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro, along with a note about further benchmarks to follow. It was our first look at the Intel Core i7-4770R, a Crystal Well part with 128 MB of eDRAM built into the package. The part was aimed squarely at making integrated graphics competetive with low-end discrete GPUs. As a direct result of this, PC manufacturers could make compact gaming units. The BRIX Pro was even distributed at the Steam Developers Conference as a Steam Machine. In our second look at the BRIX Pro, we changed the memory and storage subsystem to better reflect the expected use case. Read on for our refreshed performance evaluation results, gaming benchmarks, performance as a HTPC and...

Closing the Loop: Contained Liquid-Coolers from Corsair and NZXT Compared

While closed-loop liquid coolers seem to perform at best comparably to the highest end air coolers, there's a certain appeal in their flexibility, stress on the motherboard, and sometimes...

67 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/26/2012

HP EliteBook 8570w Notebook Review: The Other Side of the Coin

We recently reviewed Dell's top of the line Precision M6700 mobile workstation and found that the overall design left something to be desired compared to HP's high end EliteBooks...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/18/2012

Dell Precision M6700 Notebook Review: The Enterprise Split

When you think about it, the enterprise workstation market really only has three key players. You have HP, who produce some excellent mobile workstations but have been stagnating horribly...

126 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/12/2012

HP EliteBook 2170p Ultraportable Review: Business Class, But Business Savvy?

We recently reviewed Acer's Aspire V5-171, a notebook that proves that there's a life (and a market) after netbooks but before ultrabooks. The essential gap that's materialized has been...

45 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2012

Holiday 2012 AMD Trinity Buyer's Guide

While AMD's second generation "Trinity" APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) have been available in pre-built desktops and laptops for many months now, the chips and accompanying motherboards themselves have only...

72 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/29/2012

Lenovo ThinkStation D30 Workstation Review: 16 Cores and 32 Threads Under Your Desk

This month is a massive rush of new hardware. Users fond of high-powered portables are probably losing their minds; while Windows 8 and RT are of questionable value to...

68 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/15/2012

Inside Intel's Next Unit of Computing (DC3217BY)

Back at IDF Intel gave us a hands on demo of its Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a custom form factor motherboard that fits into an Intel-supplied 4" x...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2012

DigitalStorm Bolt Gaming System Review: It's Little But It's Fierce

Since I've started reviewing boutique desktops I've been of the opinion that while they're not strictly for enthusiasts, the enthusiast market is one that boutiques can tap into by...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/24/2012

Alienware M18x R2 Notebook Review: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M in SLI

Around the launch of the Alienware M17x R3, Alienware essentially bifurcated its high end notebook offerings into single-GPU (the M17x R3) and dual-GPU (the M18x). The M17x R3 was...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/28/2012

Lenovo IdeaCentre A7 All-in-One Review: Starting to Get The Balance Right

As we mentioned in our recent review of Dell's enterprise-class all-in-one, the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One, balancing the needs of an all-in-one system and making it feel like a solid...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/26/2012

Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review: Ivy Bridge and the GeForce GTX 680M

Alienware recently updated their Bronze Editor's Choice award-winning M17x R4 gaming notebook to include Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and optional AMD Radeon HD 7900M series graphics or NVIDIA's new...

61 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/21/2012

Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One Review: Dell's All-in-One Goes Enterprise

The all-in-one market is a tough nut to crack, both for the vendors and in many ways for the press as well. Apple sidestepped the landmine entirely by simply...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/19/2012

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC System Review Part II: Can Ivy Bridge and Kepler Make Up the Difference?

The last time we reviewed AVADirect's Quiet Gaming PC was in January. I was mostly pleased with it, but it went awry in the places that boutique systems often...

17 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/27/2012

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 Tiny System Review: Pint-Sized Power

It's hard not to notice the direction computing is going, both in the enterprise and at home. Notebooks are getting thinner and lighter, tablets are taking off, and on...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/17/2012

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

Origin Chronos Review: The Ultimate LAN Box?

BitFenix's Prodigy enclosure, despite a couple of rough spots, emerged as a one-of-a-kind design and a substantial success for the company. BitFenix brought a remarkably flexible Mini-ITX enclosure to...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/27/2012

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

HP Updates Workstations with Ivy Bridge

In a move sure to come as a surprise to approximately no one, HP is updating several members of their workstation lineup with new Ivy Bridge-based processors, including Ivy...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/4/2012

Dell XPS One 27 Review: The Premium All-in-One

The last time we reviewed an all-in-one from Dell, our impressions were decidedly less than favorable. Dell delivered a polished software experience, but the Inspiron One 2320 we saw...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/29/2012

Logic Supply LGX AG150 Fanless System Review: Cedar Trail or Cedar Trial?

Every so often we have a vendor come to us with a unique product, something that may or may not have an immediately evident purpose, or may not be...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/28/2012

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