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...

Acer Previews Haswell Chromebook at IDF

While they’re not for everybody (yet?), Chromebooks have become one of the most popular laptops to buy online lately – more specifically, Acer’s $200 C710-2833 Chromebook is reportedly selling...

4 by Jarred Walton on 9/11/2013

Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

Prior to the Haswell generation, the Alienware M17x was the gaming notebook to get. The new Alienware 17 has a fresh coat of paint and a new moniker, but...

46 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/6/2013

ASUS Announces Zenbook UX301 and UX302 Haswell Ultrabooks

Our final ASUS IFA announcement for today is for their new Ultrabooks, which we’ve been waiting to see for a couple months now. I thought ASUS pretty much nailed...

56 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

ASUS Announces Transformer Book T300 - Windows 8 Detachable Tablet

Earlier today (sorry – I’m writing these up as fast as my fingers will go!), ASUS announced their new Transformer Book Trio, a hybrid Android + Windows 8 tablet/laptop...

24 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Trio - Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Hybrid

Going along with their other IFA announcements and taking more than a few elements from the Transformer tablets, up next from ASUS is the Transformer Book Trio. The idea...

19 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad T, X, and S series Ultrabooks

Today in the pre-IFA excitement in Berlin, Germany, Lenovo announced updates to their T, X, and S series Ultrabooks, with thinner form factors, a variety of panel options, larger...

46 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2013

Eurocom X5 (Clevo P177SM)

Over the last decade or so, Clevo has been one of the more enduring notebook original design manufacturers, particularly when it comes to gaming and workstation-centric desktop replacements. I’m...

39 by Vivek Gowri on 9/2/2013

Mythlogic Pollux 1613 / Clevo P157SM Review

Two months after the Haswell and GTX 780M launch and there’s still some question as to what sort of performance you can expect. With the Mythlogic Pollux 1613 (aka...

47 by Jarred Walton on 8/30/2013

Lenovo Announces New ThinkCentre AIOs and Desktops

Lenovo sent out word today that they’ve updated their ThinkCentre offerings, with four new models. The new models feature optional multi-touch screens, improved cable management, and new mounting options...

9 by Jarred Walton on 8/28/2013

GIGABYTE Launch H81 Series Motherboards

When it comes to our motherboard reviews, we typically attempt to focus on the high sellers with distinguishing features - this normally means chipsets aimed at the mainstream to...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/24/2013

Acer V7-482PG-9884 Review: Everything You Need

There’s a careful balancing act that needs to be maintained when putting together any system. Cooling requirements need to be kept in check by size constraints, performance ties into...

61 by Jarred Walton on 8/24/2013

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Desktop Review

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 system comes with this generation's best and brightest in a shiny new Intel Core i7-4770K and an AMD Radeon HD 7990. So why were...

17 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/22/2013

ASRock Z87M OC Formula Review: mATX OC at $190

The typical mainstay for the overclocker is the ATX size, with ample room for large coolers and multi-GPU setups. Is micro-ATX up to scratch? ASRock thinks so...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/14/2013

Acer S7-392 Haswell Ultrabooks Now Available

Acer sent along word today that their S7 Ultrabook, now updated with Haswell internals, is available for order. At present, Acer lists two different models; as usual, the less...

42 by Jarred Walton on 8/12/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (11-inch)

Apple launched their new Haswell based MacBook Air laptops last month, and we started our reviews with the MacBook Air 13. Today we have the review of it's smaller...

138 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

90 Minutes with the Clevo W740SU, Featuring Iris Pro HD 5200

A couple of weeks ago I attended a press event for the Intel Experience tour in London, hosted by Intel UK. Aside from the usual array of Ivy...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/29/2013

ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC Review

When we tested the ASRock Z77 OC Formula, I described it as ‘the best ASRock motherboard I have ever tested’. Today we test the Z87 version to see...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/26/2013

Haswell Goes Fanless: 4.5W SDP Parts in Limited Volumes Later this Year

At the beginning of the year, Intel introduced the first 7W SDP Ivy Bridge parts in limited quantities with the promise that Haswell would bring even lower power options...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2013

Is Haswell Ready for Tablet Duty? Battery Life of Haswell ULT vs Modern ARM Tablets

With the exception of article production or live blogging, my on-the-road notebook usage model is filled with tons of idle time. Last week I was in a large conference...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2013

MSI GE40 Review: a Slim Gaming Notebook

With Intel’s Haswell launch officially behind us, we’re getting a steady stream of new notebooks and laptops that have been updated with the latest processors and GPUs. MSI sent...

92 by Jarred Walton on 7/16/2013

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