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...

Replacing my HTPC with a mini ITX System

Free time is hard to come by these days. Since the beginning of the year I've hit Vegas, Barcelona, Santa Clara, New York, Santa Clara (again), Austin, Seattle, Chicago...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2012

HP Z420 Workstation Review: Competition Heats Up

Recently we had a chance to review Dell's Precision T3600, and we found it impressive. A company that seemed content to be an also-ran in the enterprise desktop space...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/21/2012

V3 Gaming PC Avenger Review: A New Challenger Appears

We've had a few boutiques come through here, but what V3 Gaming PC wanted to approach us with was something different than we're used to seeing. Many of the...

31 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/16/2012

Dell Reveals Ivy Bridge for XPS and Vostro Desktops, Inspiron Laptops

In the continuing deluge of Intel 3rd Generation Core i-Series product announcements, Dell has released details on their XPS and Vostro desktops, along with their Inspiron laptops. For now...

19 by Jarred Walton on 5/2/2012

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Review: Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 in SLI

It was only a month-and-a-half ago that we were able to test the iBUYPOWER Erebus GT, a boutique desktop with a custom water-cooling loop at a very compelling price...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/27/2012

Dell Precision T3600 Review: Dell's New Enterprise

As far as enterprise-class workstations go, we're at the point now where there are fundamentally two major competitors: an entrenched HP, and a very hungry Dell. We've had a...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/23/2012

Puget Systems Echo: Intel and AMD Showdown at 65 Watts

Just about anyone can put together a solid computer using a decent midtower and the right parts. What we don't see as often is just how fast a computer...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/21/2012

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT: Custom Cooling for Less

Boutique gaming desktops are nothing new around here; while enthusiasts may readily dismiss them, it's easy to forget they do serve a purpose and a market beyond the do-it-yourself...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/15/2012

Microsoft Demonstrates Windows to Go

Windows 8 supports installation to removable flash media via a feature called Windows to Go. Your apps, settings, and OS can all be installed to a USB stick and...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Demos Windows 8 on 82-inch Touchscreen

Microsoft is talking a lot about the importance of touch input to the Windows 8 experience in everything from tablets to high-end desktops. To show just how far you...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Shows Windows 8 CP on Tegra 3, Krait, OMAP 5 & Clover Trail

Update: Despite Microsoft referring to the test platform as running on a next-generation OMAP processor, TI tells us that the Windows 8 tablet was running an OMAP 4470, not...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Four Corners

During Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event at MWC today, Microsoft demonstrated some of the new features in the CP release out today. While the Metro UI obviously lends...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

HP Phoenix h9se: The Pavilion Goes Beyond Thunderdome

Outside of the Envy series and the bygone era of Voodoo (anyone remember the Blackbird?), HP hasn't exactly been a brand associated with high performance gaming desktops, at least...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/29/2012

Alienware X51: The Xbox With Teeth

While Alienware isn't openly inviting comparisons to Microsoft's Xbox 360 with their brand new X51 gaming desktop, it's hard not to see the resemblance, at least in form factor...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/17/2012

ASRock CoreHT Server Edition Review

Late last year, we took a look at the ASRock CoreHT 252B, a Sandy Bridge-based midrange HTPC. We liked the CoreHT quite a bit, noting that the small form...

44 by Vivek Gowri on 2/16/2012

AVADirect Silent Gaming PC: An Exercise in Balance

One of the benefits of going with a boutique builder is being able to get custom machines that are a little more specialized than what you might get from...

16 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/30/2012

Samsung Launches Series 9 All-in-One PC

Samsung has released Series 9 All-in-One (or simply AIO), and more specifically the model that was released today carries a model number 900A7A. It adopts a similar design as...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Zotac's ZBOX AD04 Gives HTPC Users an AMD E-450 APU

If you'd rather have a Brazos based mini HTPC than something that uses Cedar Trail, Zotac has you covered with the ZBOX AD04. Equipped with an AMD E-450, the...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Zotac's Cedar Trail ZBOX ID80 Uses Discrete GPU

Intel announced its 32nm Atom platform for netbooks/nettops at the end of last year. Codenamed Cedar Trail the new Atom doesn't really change CPU performance all that much but...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Puget Systems Deluge Updated with NVIDIA Surround Results

Once NVIDIA dropped the 290 series beta driver, we were able to test the Puget Systems Deluge's pair of GeForce GTX 580s in triple-monitor surround. There's good news and...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

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