Today, the USB-IF brought me in to see the long-awaited USB Type C cables. We've written about this before, but for those that aren't familiar with this new USB spec, the USB Type C cable and USB 3.1 spec are designed with the future in mind. As a result, there are a lot of new features to talk about. We'll start with the USB 3.1 spec before we get into the Type C connector. With USB 3.1, we see a few key improvements. Peak throughput goes to 10 Gbps from 5 Gbps, which translates to a peak of 1.25 GB/sec. In a demo of an early controller with two SSDs attached to the system I saw peak throughput of 833 MB/sec. As a side note...

Introducing the Dual-Core Haswell SKUs

Introducing the Dual-Core Haswell SKUs On Saturday Intel lifted the embargo on information related to their quad-core Haswell processors, and we’ve been busy posting all sorts of details over the...

50 by Jarred Walton on 6/4/2013

Acer Announces 8" Iconia W3 Tablet, S3 and S7 Haswell Ultrabooks

Computex is always a big stage for mobile device launches, and Taiwanese manufacturers always seem to bring a little bit extra to their home technology expo. Acer’s press event...

17 by Vivek Gowri on 6/3/2013

ASUS Zenbook Infinity: 28W Haswell with Iris 5100 Graphics, 2560 x 1440 Panel?

I just got seated for ASUS' annual Computex press conference, but just outside of the conference area ASUS already had its to-be-announced products on display. The most exciting? The...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2013

Exploring the Floating Point Performance of Modern ARM Processors

As a programmer who wants to write decent performing code, I am very interested in understanding the architectures of CPUs and GPUs. However, unlike desktop and server CPUs, mobile...

39 by Rahul Garg on 6/2/2013

Hit the Road, Jack: Intel’s Mobile Quad-Core Haswell SKUs

For those who are just looking for information on the various processor models with their associated features, we wanted to put together a short list of all the parts...

34 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2013

The Chromebook Pixel Review

It arrived in a white nondescript cardboard box, with just a flash of color, and one word on the lid: Google. Inside was a Chromebook. Chromebooks are dull. Chrome...

75 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/31/2013

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700M Series Launched

At the beginning of April, Jarred walked us through the refresh of the bottom two-thirds of NVIDIA's 700M series of GeForce GPUs, all under the GeForce GT heading. We...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/30/2013

Razer Announces Haswell-based Blade, Blade Pro Gaming Notebooks

We’ve spent a fair amount of time with the first two generations of Razer Blade, and honestly really enjoyed most of it. The original Blade released as a highly...

44 by Vivek Gowri on 5/30/2013

Toshiba Portege Z10t is a New Take on Convertibles

Convertibles that can jump between being tablets and full-on notebooks are becoming an increasingly popular option due to both the design of Windows 8 and, to a greater extent...

22 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/29/2013

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook Review

HP offers another premium ultrabook experience with a 1080p IPS touch-enabled display, but is it everything it could be?

65 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/27/2013

The Kabini Deal: Can AMD Improve the Quality of Mainstream PCs with Its Latest APU?

There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2013

Mythlogic Callisto 1512 (Clevo W550EU) Ultrabook Review

Major OEMs are producing ultrabooks at a breakneck pace, but vendors like Clevo are making sure boutiques can get in on the market, too. Mythlogic sent us their Callisto...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/24/2013

2013 AMD Elite Performance APU Platform (Mobile Richland)

Somehow or another, we missed covering the Richland APU launch. With AMD launching Kabini and Temash today and reiterating the features and parts in the Richland APU lineup, we...

22 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

AMD’s 2013 Elite Mobility Platform, aka Temash

AMD has a bunch of APUs launching today, and while the only hardware we have on hand for testing right now consists of a Kabini laptop, we wanted to...

12 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

AMD Kabini APUs Detailed

AMD has a three-pronged assault going out today: at the bottom (in terms of performance) is their 2013 AMD Elite Mobility Platform, formerly codenamed Temash. Next up is the...

2 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

The AMD Kabini Review: A4-5000 APU Tested

How does Kabini perform compared to existing hardware? Armed with a prototype laptop sporting AMD’s latest APU, we put it through an extensive suite of benchmarks and see what’s...

131 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

Best Business Laptops – May 2013

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last “best laptop” article, mostly because I had concerns about recommending anything with AMD’s Richland and Intel’s Haswell processors right around...

39 by Jarred Walton on 5/17/2013

AMD Launches Radeon HD 8970M

Earlier this week I noted that AMD’s Radeon 8970M and Richland A10-5750M are both available in MSI’s new GX70 3BE gaming notebook, but at the time I couldn't fully...

16 by Jarred Walton on 5/15/2013

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Intel puts their best foot forward with a business class 14" Ultrabook from Lenovo, the touchscreen-equipped X1 Carbon.

91 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/15/2013

MSI GX70 3BE: Richland A10 APU and Neptune 8970M Gaming Notebook

This is one of the more interesting pieces of hardware to keep an eye on if you're looking at a reasonably priced gaming notebook. I've toyed around with MSI's...

23 by Jarred Walton on 5/13/2013

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