Systems

Some Black Friday deals are wild. A store might offer only a couple of units of a particular TV, discounted by 66%. There might be a few pieces of a flagship smartphone at your local electronics store at half price. These are designed to entice customers through the door, and if you’re brave enough, ensure the cold for up to 12 hours to get that bargain of the year. But one of the key observations about looking at Amazon’s Computing and Components section every Black Friday, particularly this year, is that most of the discounts are for complete trash. After the headline external storage discounts, it’s just page after page of USB cables and smartphone holders. But one thing did catch my eye: an...

Lenovo Lists ThinkPad E485/E585: AMD’s Ryzen Mobile Land in Business PCs

Lenovo has quietly published specifications of its ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585 laptops based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processors on its website. Coming in classic black chassis and featuring...

33 by Anton Shilov on 4/18/2018

Dell Launches AMD Ryzen-Based Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible, Starts at $700

When AMD announced its Ryzen Mobile processors last October, it had three launch customers with three laptop models. Back in early March this year Dell joined the Ryzen Mobile...

53 by Anton Shilov on 4/16/2018

Acer’s Chromebox CXI3 Available in Four Configs: Up to Core i7-8550U, Up to $777

Acer has quietly started to sell its Chromebox CXI3 UCFF desktop, which it formally introduced earlier this year. The minuscule 0.9-liter system runs Google’s Chrome OS and the manufacturer...

7 by Anton Shilov on 4/16/2018

Mainstream Gaming: HP Updates Pavilion Gaming Desktop/Laptop Lineups

On the heels of Intel releasing their 8th Generation Core processors in late 2017, OEMs hustled to get their next generation of desktops and laptops ready to accept that...

4 by Joe Shields on 4/11/2018

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop: 15.6-inch, Up to Core i7, GTX 1050 Ti, From $749

Acer has announced a new version of its Nitro 5 laptop this week. The new variants will be powered by Intel’s latest Coffee Lake-H processors, and can use NVIDIA’s...

13 by Anton Shilov on 4/4/2018

Origin PC Evo15-S Gaming Laptop: Core i7, GTX 1070 Max-Q, 1080p144

Today Origin PC released its new Evo15-S gaming laptop. The new device uses NVIDIA’s Max-Q based video cards to give a notably thinner and lighter device than the average...

13 by Joe Shields on 4/3/2018

ASUS Launches ROG Zephyrus M (GM501): A More Traditional Flagship Gaming Notebook

ASUS this week introduced its a second laptop under its flagship ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook brand. Dubbed the Zephyrus M (GM501) the new laptop is a slightly more straight-laced...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/3/2018

GIGABYTE Updates Aero 15: Six-Cores, GTX 1070, 1080p, 144 Hz, 5mm Bezel, $2300

Among the many laptops getting refreshed this morning, GIGABYTE has introduced upgraded versions of its Aero 15-series gaming laptops. The new notebooks retain a relatively compact form-factor, but feature...

8 by Anton Shilov on 4/3/2018

The Intel NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review: Kaby Lake-G Benchmarked

Intel has enjoyed great success with its NUC line of ultra-compact and small form-factor (UCFF & SFF) PCs. While the UCFF form-factor managed to provide enough horsepower for office...

126 by Ganesh T S on 3/29/2018

Xiaomi Announces 15.6-inch Mi Gaming Laptop: Mid-Specs with Aggressive Pricing

Chinese brand Xiaomi this week announced its new Mi Gaming Laptop, its first endeavor into the gaming side of laptops. The 15.6-inch Full-HD 1080p gaming laptop will offer up...

19 by Joe Shields on 3/29/2018

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EK71080 Compact Gaming PC Review

Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have turned out to be growth segments in a desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors...

17 by Ganesh T S on 3/28/2018

NVIDIA’s DGX-2: Sixteen Tesla V100s, 30 TB of NVMe, only $400K

Ever wondered why the consumer GPU market is not getting much love from NVIDIA’s Volta architecture yet? This is a minefield of a question, nuanced by many different viewpoints...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2018

GIGABYTE's ThunderXStation with Dual Cavium ThunderX2 Arm SoCs

GIGABYTE this month introduced its ThunderXStation workstation based on two Cavium ThunderX2 processors featuring Armv8 architecture. The machine is primarily aimed at software developers porting or developing various applications...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/27/2018

Meltdown & Spectre: Analyzing Performance Impacts on Intel's NUC7i7BNH

One of the consequences of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, besides the immediate security concerns, is what it has meant for our ongoing testing and benchmarking operations. Along with...

84 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2018

Logic Supply Unveils Fanless Wallet-Sized CL200 UCFF PCs: 4G-Ready, up to 9 I/O Ports

Logic Supply this week introduced its new series of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs that boast a fanless design as well as rich connectivity via an optional 4G modem. The...

21 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2018

Compulab Passively-Cooled Airtop2 Inferno with GeForce GTX 1080

Compulab has announced its first passively-cooled gaming desktop computer developed using the company’s expertise in fanless SFF systems. The Airtop2 Inferno uses an enhanced version of the Compulab’s proprietary...

14 by Anton Shilov on 2/24/2018

HP’s Snapdragon 835-Based Envy X2 2-in-1 Available for Pre-Order, Starts at $999

HP has started to take pre-orders on its new Envy X2 2-in-1 notebook based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and Windows 10 S. The 12.3” device is designed as...

42 by Anton Shilov on 2/24/2018

Passive Compulab Airtop2 SFF Workstation Launched, with Xeon E3 and Quadro

Compulab this week has introduced a new generation of its passively-cooled Airtop workstations. The new updated models, called Airtop 2, use Intel's latest Xeon E3 v6 processors, featuring the...

8 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2018

Corsair ONE Gets Caffeinated: Now with Coffee Lake

This week Corsair introduced two new versions of its small form-factor desktop, called the 'ONE'. The new versions upgrade the processor to the latest generation Intel six-core Coffee Lake...

21 by Anton Shilov on 2/16/2018

VAIO S Laptops Updated With 8th Gen Core CPUs & TruePerformance to Prolong Turbo Time

VAIO has updated its popular 13-inch VAIO S laptops sold in the U.S. with Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i5/i7 processors featuring four cores. Besides new CPUs, the systems...

10 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2018

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