One of the main features Intel was promoting at the launch of Haswell was TSX – Transactional Synchronization eXtensions. In our analysis, Johan explains that TSX enables the CPU to process a series of traditionally locked instructions on a dataset in a multithreaded environment without locks, allowing each core to potentially violate each other’s shared data. If the series of instructions is computed without this violation, the code passes through at a quicker rate – if an invalid overwrite happens, the code is aborted and takes the locked route instead. All a developer has to do is link in a TSX library and mark the start and end parts of the code. News coming from Intel’s briefings in Portland last week boil down to an...

iBuyPower Battalion M1771 (MSI GS70) Gaming Notebook Review

MSI is taking a page out of Razer's design playbook (in turn cribbing liberally from Apple's), but as it turns out, they may have beaten Razer at their own...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/30/2013

ADATA XPG V1.0 Low Voltage Review: 2x8 GB at DDR3L-1600 9-11-9 1.35 V

For the next in our series of memory reviews on Haswell, we have another ADATA kit to test: this time a low voltage 2x8 GB kit featuring DDR3-1600 C9...

35 by Ian Cutress on 12/6/2013

GIGABYTE to Launch the Z87X-SLI

Hearing the name ‘Z87X-SLI’ took me aback. Z87 supports SLI already, right? Why would a manufacturer need to confirm SLI usage on the Z87 chipset: it is...

24 by Ian Cutress on 12/2/2013

ASUS Maximus VI Impact Review: ROG and Mini-ITX

In previous generations, the ASUS Republic Of Gamers (ROG) range has been split across three models – the micro-ATX Gene, the gaming oriented Formula and the more overclocker friendly...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/22/2013

Acer Aspire R7-572: Haswell and an Active Digitizer

Earlier this year, we looked at Acer’s R7 laptop – an interesting hybrid device that moves the keyboard forward and the touchpad back, with the idea being that you’ll...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/21/2013

Gaming Immersion: OverclockersUK Launch Infinity Emperor Chair and Workstation

For any of our readers that do not frequent computer forums, one of the big draws to various places on interwebs is the unique and custom builds that individuals...

38 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2013

Windows 8.1 Battery Life Investigation: 1080p Video Playback

A couple weeks back, I posted a short article on battery life with Windows 8.1 looking at whether or not it had changed compared to Windows 8. The short...

67 by Jarred Walton on 11/6/2013

ASRock Z87E-ITX Review: Motherboard Juxtaposition

In the office I am currently running through a series of smaller sized motherboards – both micro-ATX and mini-ITX. Due to the size, there is plenty of scope...

42 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2013

iBUYPOWER Releases M8 Mini-ITX Gaming System

iBUYPOWER is no stranger to these parts; we reviewed a few of their desktop and laptop systems over the years. They're now one of the larger boutique PC vendors...

36 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Battery Life with Windows 8.1: Largely Unchanged

Last week I finished up the review of the Sony VAIO Pro 13, which delivers excellent battery life compared to most other laptops that we’ve tested – granted, it’s...

34 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2013

Sony VAIO Pro 13: Exceptionally Portable

As our first non-Apple Haswell Ultrabook, the Sony VAIO Pro 13 has a high bar to clear. We’ve seen a few Haswell systems that have delivered on the promise...

105 by Jarred Walton on 10/16/2013

Acer Launches C720 Chromebook with Haswell CPU

Last year, one of the hottest selling laptops was Acer’s C710 Chromebook. Part of that of course was the fact that it was one of the least expensive laptops...

30 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2013

Valve Releases Specs for Prototype Steam Machine

Last week we analyzed Valve’s announcement of their forthcoming SteamOS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controller. There are still a lot of unknowns, but today Valve released the details for...

99 by Jarred Walton on 10/4/2013

Dell Updates 2013 Line of XPS Laptops with Ultra-High Resolution Displays

Going along with the updates to their Venue tablets, which we just posted about, yesterday Dell also announced updates to their XPS line of laptops. There are three new...

81 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

Dell Updates Venue Line of Tablets

Yesterday Dell announced their latest mobile products, with major updates to their tablet and laptop offerings. Starting with the Venue tablets, Dell has three new models available on October...

51 by Jarred Walton on 10/3/2013

Gigabyte P34G First Impressions: A Thin and Light Gaming Notebook

Over the course of a year, we look at a lot of devices and hardware; while it may require a lot of effort to publish a full review on...

62 by Jarred Walton on 10/1/2013

The Neophyte's Custom Liquid Cooling Guide: How To, Why To, What To Expect

When Swiftech offered to provide us with the materials to build a full custom loop, we couldn't resist.

108 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/30/2013

Memory Scaling on Haswell CPU, IGP and dGPU: DDR3-1333 to DDR3-3000 Tested with G.Skill

‘How much does memory speed matter?’ is a question often asked when dealing with mainstream processor lines. Depending on the platform, the answers might very well be different...

89 by Ian Cutress on 9/26/2013

Apple Updates the iMac: Haswell CPUs, PCIe SSDs & 802.11ac WiFi

Earlier this morning Apple announced the next round of Haswell updates to its Mac lineup, this time focusing on the iMac. Both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models see updates...

46 by Kristian Vättö & Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2013

Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook Review

Alienware's deluxe model benefits the most from the refresh.

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2013

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