The idea of an external PCI-Express chassis for video cards is practically as old as PCI-Express itself. However over the years the idea has failed to reach the consumer market as a complete product, even with the introduction of standardized external PCIe interfaces such as Thunderbolt. Various prototypes have been shown, but in practice the only way to acquire such a rig has been to build it yourself, combining an ExpressCard slot and its pokey PCIe 2.0 x1 link with an external PCIe chassis. Thankfully it looks like the PC industry is finally going to turn the corner on the concept thanks to Alienware. Today Alienware is introducing their own PCIe video card chassis, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Alienware’s amplifier is a fairly typical take on...

NVIDIA 326.80 Beta Drivers Available – Splinter Cell: Blacklist Ready

NVIDIA is pretty good about staying on top of the latest releases with updated drivers, and today is no different. Building from the current 326.41 Beta release, today’s 326.80...

4 by Jarred Walton on 8/20/2013

Acer R7 Review: Something Different

What happens when you rethink everything concerning the traditional notebook and try to come up with something newer and hopefully better? Earlier this year, Acer released the Aspire R7...

114 by Jarred Walton on 8/15/2013

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...

139 by Vivek Gowri on 8/9/2013

Surface Pro $100 Price Drop - A Prelude of Things to Come?

Techreport.com posted earlier today that there's currently a $100 rebate from Microsoft on the Surface Pro. That brings the price of the 64GB SSD model to $799 and the...

100 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2013

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

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

Digital Storm Unveils VELOCE: 13.3 Inches of Gaming Goodness

It seems with the launch of Intel’s Haswell processors and platform, notebook manufacturers are starting to focus on smaller devices without sacrificing a lot in the way of performance...

24 by Jarred Walton on 7/11/2013

Acer’s M5-583P Touchscreen: Available at Best Buy

With the summer now half over, all of the major OEMs are beginning to launch their back-to-school lineups. Acer just sent word that they have a new model available...

23 by Jarred Walton on 7/10/2013

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

We’ve had quite a few major wireless networking standards over the years, and while some have certainly been better than others, I have remained a strong adherent of wired...

135 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

Razer Blade 14-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

While their 17" gaming system has seen steady and incremental improvement, new to the Razer lineup is a notebook with all of the gaming performance in a remarkably slim...

109 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 2: The MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook

In the first part of our review of the AMD A10-5750M, we revealed the chip had a predisposition for better CPU performance. Does that carry over and help MSI's...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/29/2013

AMD's A10-5750M Review, Part 1: The APU and Radeon HD 8650G Performance

While AMD's Richland update has been of modest benefit on the desktop, improved power consumption and turbo features tend to go over much better in mobile. Is the AMD...

82 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/28/2013

The 2013 MacBook Air Review (13-inch)

Apple launched its Haswell ULT based MacBook Air into the wild earlier this month. With lofty battery life claims, an increased focus on lower power, 802.11ac and a PCIe...

231 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2013

Performance Retrospective: AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M

We recently posted our first review of a notebook equipped with NVIDIA’s latest mobile tour de force, the GeForce GTX 780M. With a theoretical computational performance increase of 30%...

59 by Jarred Walton on 6/21/2013

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus: 3200 x 1800 Display in an Ultrabook

Earlier tonight Samsung introduced a convertible featuring a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 display that runs both Windows 8 and Android. If the convertible form factor is a little too...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

AMD Takes Samsung, Kabini in the ATIV Book 9 Lite & ATIV One 5 Style - Hands On

Samsung was curiously quiet on talking about specs with a couple of its newly announced PCs, and now we know why. Both the ATIV Book 9 Lite (affordable ultraportable...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/20/2013

MSI GT70 Dragon Edition Notebook Review: Haswell and the GTX 780M

Coinciding with Intel's launch of Haswell, NVIDIA updated their mobile GPUs with a bomb of a part: a fully enabled GK104. Today we have MSI's flagship gaming notebook, the...

115 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/18/2013

Computex 2013: ASUS Takes on Lenovo with Pro Line of Business Notebooks

ASUS has Lenovo square in its sights with its ASUS Pro brand of business notebooks. Based on Ivy Bridge silicon (longer upgrade cycles in business, Haswell will come later)...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

The Haswell Ultrabook Review: Core i7-4500U Tested

With Haswell we got a staggered launch, with only some parts ready to go immediately. Interestingly enough, it’s the high-end Haswell desktop parts that are most ready at this...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

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