ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently refreshed the mini-PC lineup in sync with Intel's product cycle. We reviewed the Haswell-based VisionX 420D last September. Instead of waiting for Broadwell / Skylake, ASRock has taken the opportunity of falling flash memory prices to bring out a mid-generation update in the form of the VisionX 471D. With a Core i7-4712MQ and a 256 GB mSATA SSD under the hood, ASRock manages to address two important improvement aspects that we noted in our VisionX 420D review. Do the additional capabilities come with any caveats? Are there tangible improvements in real-world workloads? Read on to...

Dell XPS 15 Haswell Edition: QHD+ with a Refined Design

It's late, but our review of Dell's updated XPS 15 (9530, late 2013 edition) is finally ready. There were reasons for the delays, which we'll get into in the...

151 by Jarred Walton on 3/6/2014

GIGABYTE Server to Offer a 1P LGA2011 Motherboard with 10GbE SFP+

While home networking is moving slowly forward in the march towards 10GBase-T, having high speed access in the enterprise arena can be a specific requirement for a mission critical...

19 by Ian Cutress on 3/6/2014

Bay Trail-D from ASUS: The J1800I-C

We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Intel's Haswell 4th Generation Processor Refresh: Prices Leaked

Most processor lines from Intel get an update mid-cadence, usually a few individual processors to fill up the product stack or another one on top for increased clock speeds...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Intel SSD 730 (480GB) Review: Bringing Enterprise to the Consumers

The days of Intel being the dominant player in the client SSD business are long gone. A few years ago Intel shifted its focus from client SSDs to the...

93 by Kristian Vättö on 2/27/2014

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 Review

The G1 series from GIGABYTE has seen a recent expansion of late – from the previous socket to new chipset releases, GIGABYTE is now attempting to provide a model...

36 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2014

Intel Talks Atom Z3460/Z3480 (Merrifield), Z3560/Z3580 (Moorefield) and LTE at MWC 2014

For the past couple of years Intel has used MWC as an opportunity to update us on its mobile plans. This year is no different as Intel officially launches...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using...

125 by Johan De Gelas on 2/21/2014

Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed

The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) from Intel is becoming a part of the PC roadmap like never before. Anand reviewed the first generation of the NUC, the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

Intel’s Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible

With our recent discussion regarding Intel’s launch of the 15-core Xeon E7 v2 ‘IvyTown’ processors, thoughts for a lot of high end consumers focused on the underlying hardware for...

47 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Review: Building Up

Breaking into the X79 game at this late stage is a rough business. The major action was at the Sandy Bridge-E launch, and the Ivy Bridge-E release was...

40 by Ian Cutress on 2/14/2014

Intel Readying 15-core Xeon E7 v2

Reports from ISSCC are coming out that Intel is preparing to launch a 15-core Xeon CPU. The 15-core model was postulated before Ivy Bridge-E launch, along with 12-core...

54 by Ian Cutress on 2/11/2014

Free Cooling: the Server Side of the Story

Servers that support higher inlet temperatures could significantly reduce or even eliminate the cooling costs of the data center. We received the 2U supermicro 6027R-73DARF that supports the latest...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 2/11/2014

Intel Reveals New Haswell Details at ISSCC 2014

As of late, Intel has been unusually guarded about releasing information about its microprocessor designs. Haswell launched last year with great architecture disclosure, but very limited disclosure about die...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Lenovo: New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Yoga, IdeaPad, and Flex Laptops

Lenovo had their usual location set up in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian, with a huge number of products on display. We’ll break things up into the laptop/notebook/multi-modal...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro: A First Look at the Intel i7-4770R with Iris Pro HD 5200

Intel's high-end Crystal Well, the Core i7-4770R, has remained out of reach for consumers despite being introduced back in June 2013. While Apple's notebooks use the mobile Crystal Well...

98 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2014

Intel CES 2014 Live Blog

We just walked over from the Qualcomm press conference slash Q&A extravaganza to Intel's press conference, which should be getting underway at 1 PM PT.

26 by Brian Klug & Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

When Ivy Bridge-E arrived, there was discontent at the lack of a new chipset. Users who wanted to migrate to the high performance end of the spectrum received...

21 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2014

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