Coverage of Thunderbolt devices has been expanded on our site over the last few months. At IDF, we took the opportunity to chat with Intel about where Thunderbolt was headed. The current market perception is one of Thunderbolt being relevant only to Mac users. But, a look at the products that Intel showcases, indicate that there are plenty of PC components (motherboards as well as workstations) that come with the technology integrated. Thunderbolt users on Windows have traditionally found that the technology doesn't live up to its advertised potential. Common complaints include Purchased peripherals don't carry certification on Windows Hot plugging peripherals doesn't work reliably Performance in terms of both bandwidth and latency end up being better on Mac compared to Windows for the same workloads These issues have...

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

Intel SSD 530 (240GB) Review

The consumer SSD market is currently at a turning point. SATA 6Gbps is starting to be a bit long in the tooth but SATA Express support is still very...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 11/15/2013

ADATA XPG V2 Review: 2x8 GB at DDR3-2400 C11-13-13 1.65 V

Memory has an odd part to play in the desktop ecosystem. There is plenty of it from many different manufacturers at various prices, speeds and benefits. Most...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/11/2013

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

Analyzing Power Use: 80 Plus Bronze vs. Platinum

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...

77 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

Intel to Fab Altera FPGAs with ARM IP

In a story posted today on EETimes, Altera announced at the ARM Developers Conference that they have entered into a partnership with Intel to have their next generation 64-bit...

44 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

Intel Announces PCIe M.2 LTE Modules with XMM7160, Notes Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) Socket Win

Intel has been ramping up how much it's talking about its first available multimode LTE solution, XMM7160, which we've seen public disclosure of and talked about before. For those...

11 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

The Next Generation of Micro Server SoCs: ECX-2000 vs Atom 2000

Calxeda has announced its second generation SoC, the ARM Cortex™ A15 based EnergyCore™ ECX-2000. We try to estimate how this new Server SoC compares to the latest Intel Atom...

45 by Johan De Gelas on 10/29/2013

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

EVGA X79 Dark Review

Investing into the high performance Intel arena can be expensive. Alongside that $330/$580/$1050 CPU (or more for Xeons) there has to be a motherboard up to the task...

24 by Ian Cutress on 10/23/2013

Synology Introduces Media-Centric DS214play

Synology has been pretty busy introducing its 2014 models over the last couple of weeks. While the DS214 was, in my opinion, a run-of-the-mill product (not taking away any...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2013

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

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review: Redefining the Entry-Level Windows Notebook

I started out our Chromebook 11 review with a reminder that we are in the midst of a netbook renaissance. Armed with better hardware, a better sense of materials/industrial...

151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2013

Acer Launches Iconia W4 Tablet with Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 now officially available to the public, we’re going to see a new onslaught of devices for the OS. Acer’s Iconia W4 is one of the first...

20 by Jarred Walton on 10/17/2013

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

Habey Introduces Passive BIS-6590 Core i7 Industrial PC

Habey USA's passive BIS-6922 proved to be a winner when we reviewed it back in August. Even as the review gathered comments from our readers, Habey was busy building...

12 by Ganesh T S on 10/14/2013

Radeon GPUs Confirmed for Retail Steam Machines

Last week Valve posted the specs for their prototype Steam Machines, and we noted at the time that all of the prototypes were using Intel CPUs with NVIDIA GPUs...

55 by Jarred Walton on 10/11/2013

GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Review: Overclocking Oriented Orange at $200

Last generation saw a new type of product in motherboards: the cheap OC oriented SKU. At $200-240 we had a single option specifically designed for OC, with other...

23 by Ian Cutress on 10/11/2013

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

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