The desktop computing market has been subject to severe challenges over the last few years. The ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC market that emerged with the introduction of the Intel NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) has been one of the few bright spots. PC gaming has been one of the few other markets that has withstood the overall issues. The small size of UCFF PCs usually made discrete GPUs difficult to integrate, and IGPs have not impressed the gaming crowd. Therefore, the market has not seen many products targeting the gaming market while also being compact. Intel's Skull Canyon NUC - the NUC6i7KYK - places a 45W TDP Core i7-6770HQ Skylake-H CPU with Iris Pro graphics in a chassis around twice the size of the...
Prohibitively expensive gaming machines are nice to look at but such a nasty hit to the wallet that they can feel impractical. We thought the recently-reviewed iBuyPower Paladin XLC...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2010
Our readership is composed largely of people who prefer to roll their own, but recently we've had the opportunity to take a look at some interesting desktop machines from...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/2/2010
Reviewing the Dell Studio XPS 7100 recently seemed like a reasonable enough move: we felt it was competitive with rolling your own machine at that price, or at least...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/5/2010
The tricked-out Dell Studio XPS 7100 is an interesting beast. It lacks any overclocking extras and exotic cooling, but it comes priced to move. Packing AMD's latest hex-core Phenom...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/7/2010
Many things have changed in the nine months since our last midrange system guide hit the press, some for the worse—a moment of silence, please, for the passing of...
Mike Jones and Jarred Walton on 5/12/2010
Several months ago, I wrote about my little experiment with Clarkdale, where I built a small form factor system, based around a Core i5 661 CPU, an Asus H55...
Loyd Case on 5/4/2010
Three systems, three different sets of problems. Loyd Case puts on his problem solving hat and shares what he learned.
Loyd Case on 1/13/2010
After nearly a year of serious waiting, the next Windows is here. Its arrival puts a stake in Vista, and may finally be what Microsoft needs to put XP...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 10/26/2009
Our first look at Digital Storm systems, with impressive, raw performance.
Matt Campbell on 5/18/2009
Following closely on the heels of Windows 7 Beta 1, Microsoft has released RC1 to the public. We find out what's new and how it stacks up to previous...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 5/5/2009
How does a Core i7 940 system with an ATI HD 4870 fare? Let's take a closer look.
Matt Campbell on 4/14/2009
CyberPower's midrange Core i7 system takes a spin through our test lab, all without breaking the bank.
Matt Campbell on 3/3/2009
Velocity Micro is a prominent PC supplier with products available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. Has their popularity hurt their performance, or do they have...
Matt Campbell on 12/12/2008
This is our first look at Maingear systems, and we like what we see. Note however that we say like, not love…
Matt Campbell on 11/12/2008
These two stylish all-in-ones do battle and believe it or not, it's not as clear cut of a Mac vs. PC debate as you'd think. Faster gaming on...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2008
Another spin around the block with Überclok, and we're still pleased with this up and comer.
Matt Campbell on 10/10/2008
CyberPower is a well-known PC supplier. Today we review one of their monster quad-core machines with dual GTX 280s. How does it perform? In a word, great.
Matt Campbell on 8/22/2008
HP and Voodoo finally start taking the Apple threat seriously and respond with one of the most innovative notebooks to come from a major PC OEM. Meet the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2008
We've been playing with a prototype of ASUS' Eee Box and we're finally able to bring you coverage on this sub-$300 PC. Complementing our Eee Box coverage are...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2008
iBUYPOWER is an established company that offers a wide variety of systems. This time around, we look at one of their high-end overclocked gaming systems to see if it's...
Matt Campbell on 4/10/2008