With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be an expanding niche, and for Intel’s Z97 platform we took three of the cheaper mini-ITX motherboards to see how they compare. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/AC, the MSI Z97I AC and the GIGABYTE Z97N-WIFI are all between $130 and $140, all feature 802.11ac support but vary in other connectivity, ease of use and their packages. We compared all three.

Intel's 32 in 32 Challenge: SNB-E Giveaways

If you've read our Core i7 3960X Review, you'll know that Intel's Sandy Bridge E platform can be incredibly fast. If you want to own a 3960X system without...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Intel Core i7 3960X (Sandy Bridge E) Review: Keeping the High End Alive

If you look carefully enough, you may notice that things are changing. It first became apparent shortly after the release of Nehalem. Intel bifurcated the performance desktop space by...

188 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

Understanding Intel's Android 4.0 x86 Optimizations

Earlier this week Computer World published a story about Intel adding x86 optimizations to the Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android (4.0). The story itself was fine but a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

Intel Haswell Info: Single Chip for Ultrabooks, GT3 GPU for Mobile, LGA-1150 for Desktop

VR-Zone spotted a bunch of very interesting slides about Haswell over at Chiphell. The slides and information both look fairly believable so let's get with the analyzing shall we? Haswell...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

Holiday Budget System Buyers' Guide

The recent launch of Intel Sandy Bridge-based Celeron CPUs and the proliferation of budget-priced LGA 1155 socket motherboards bring fresh competition to the budget desktop computer market segment, long...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/8/2011

A Quick Look at MSI's X79 Motherboards

Sandy Bridge E is right around the corner and the amount of Socket-2011 related emails we're getting is going up. The latest is from MSI - we got an...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2011

Gigabyte Shows off Simplified "3D BIOS" Interface for X79 UEFI

We are getting closer to the launch of Sandy Bridge E and Intel's motherboard partners are eager to get out some early press about their motherboards. We saw a...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/4/2011

Facebook's "Open Compute" Server tested

Facebook had 22 Million active users in the middle of 2007; fast forward to 2011 and the site now has 800 Million active users, with 400 million of them...

63 by Johan De Gelas on 11/3/2011

HP TouchSmart 610: For Business or Pleasure

As much as it might pain some of us to hear it, Apple's iMac really did essentially legitimize the all-in-one as an alternative to the typical desktop-and-monitor combination. There...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/2/2011

Dell XPS 14z Now Available

We did a thorough review of the base model Dell XPS 14z last week for the official announcement, and starting today the XPS 14z is available for ordering. At...

8 by Jarred Walton on 11/1/2011

Dell Vostro V131: A Budget Business Laptop

We’ve reviewed just about every line of laptops that Dell makes over the years, but we haven’t had a chance to look at the Vostro line until today. Vostro...

53 by Jarred Walton on 10/28/2011

Intel Releases Core i7-2700K and Cuts the Prices of Three CPUs

Intel has quietly released a new top-of-the-line Sandy Bridge CPU: Core i7-2700K. We reported the i7-2700K "leak" about a month ago, and guessed that i7-2700K will be released around...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 10/24/2011

Dell XPS 14z: Thoroughly Reviewed

Late last year, Dell announced the relaunch of their XPS brand. Since the announcement, we’ve reviewed several XPS laptops that have impressed in various ways. The XPS 15 is...

60 by Jarred Walton on 10/24/2011

iBuyPower Professional Series: Reversal of Fortune

When it comes to buying a pre-built desktop for the average consumer or gamer, about the only thing the big box manufacturers really have going for them is price...

21 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/21/2011

Alienware's M18x, Part 2: AMD's Radeon HD 6990M in CrossFire

In our first run with the Alienware M18x, we sat down and took a look at the notebook itself along with NVIDIA's current top shelf mobile graphics part, the...

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/14/2011

ASUS' Zenbook Lineup: The First Ultrabooks Arrive October 12, Starting at $999

ASUS just announced its first line of Ultrabook PCs under the new Zenbook brand at a press event in NYC. There are a total of five models in the...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/11/2011

Intel Focuses on Tablets, Winds Down Digital Home Group

Intel's Digital Home Group (DHG) is responsible for the consumer electronics versions of the Atom SoC family. Last year we saw the launch of the Boxee Box and Google...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/10/2011

Acer Aspire S3 Available This Week for $899

Acer hasn't had the best year, falling behind in global PC sales from its former perch at No. 2, just behind HP. Their announcement today that their first Ultrabook...

31 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/10/2011

ASUS G74SX: Noteworthy Updates to ASUS' G7 Series

Marking the fourth time we’ve taken ASUS’ G7 gaming series for a spin, the G74SX actually changes up the formula from the last-iteration G73Sw in some meaningful ways. Superficially...

44 by Jarred Walton on 10/6/2011

Intel Releases Two Pentium and Two Core i-series CPUs

Intel has updated their product database (ARK) with four new CPUs. Two of these are branded as Pentiums: 967 and B960. The former is a low-power model with only...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 10/5/2011

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