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Micron RealSSD P320h Review: A PCIe Drive Capable Of 3.2 GB/s
Jan 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Announced earlier this year, Micron's RealSSD P320h PCI Express-based SSD promises to be an enterprise workhorse. A custom controller, single-level cell NAND, amazingly low latency, stellar random I/O, and incredible endurance combine to blow us away.
iBuyPower P500X And P900DX Workstations, Reviewed
Dec 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Armed with updated workstation benchmarks, we have two systems from iBuyPower in the lab today: a $2,000 quad-core entry-level rig, and an $8,000 sixteen-core behemoth. With $6,000 separating the two, is the performance spread really what you'd expect?
AMD FirePro W8000 And W9000 Review: GCN Goes Pro
Aug 12, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD’s GCN architecture, known for its strong compute and 3D performance, is finally being made available in the company's FirePro workstation graphics card family. Can AMD catch Nvidia? We test the two fastest FirePro cards to answer that question.
Three Xeon E5 Server Systems From Intel, Tyan, And Supermicro
May 29, 2012 - in Reviews
After taking a first look at Intel's Xeon E5 processors, we wanted to round up a handful of dual-socket barebones platforms to see which vendor sells the best match for Sandy Bridge-EP-based chips. Intel, Supermicro, and Tyan are here to represent.
FirePro V3900: Entry-Level Workstation Graphics
Mar 15, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD's new FirePro V3900 is the company's low-profile, entry-level workstation graphics card. It's priced to compete against Nvidia’s Quadro 400. Today we're putting it up against Nvidia’s Quadro 400 and five other professional and desktop graphics cards.
Open-E's DSS V6: Storage Software Set Up, Managed, And Benchmarked
Mar 8, 2012 - in Reviews
We got our hands on one of Thecus' eight-bay N8800PRO storage appliances for the purpose of taking Open-E's Data Storage Software V6 out for a test drive. Read on as we set up, manage, and benchmark this marriage of storage-oriented hardware and software.
Intel Xeon E5-2600: Doing Damage With Two Eight-Core CPUs
Mar 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's vaunted Sandy Bridge architecture has finally made its way to the company's dual- and quad-socket-capable Xeon processors. We got our hands on a pair of eight-core Xeon E5-2687W CPUs to compare against the older Xeon 5600- and 5500-series chips.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
Six 2.5” High-Capacity Notebook Hard Drives
Nov 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Advanced Format technology makes it possible to build 9.5 mm high 2.5” hard disks with 500 GB per platter. The result is a range of slim and speedy storage giants.
LAN 102: Network Hardware And Assembly
Nov 1, 2011 - in Reviews
In today's follow-up to LAN 101: Networking Basics, we discuss network topology, the hardware required for setting up wired and wireless networks, and even show you how to crimp your own 8P8C modular connector!
Four SAS 6 Gb/s RAID Controllers, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Oct 5, 2011 - in Reviews
We got our hands on four SAS 6 Gb/s RAID controllers from Adaptec, Areca, HighPoint, and LSI and ran them through RAID 0, 5, 6, and 10 workloads to test their mettle. Does your system need eight more ports of connectivity? We can answer that!
LAN 101: Networking Basics
Sep 14, 2011 - in Reviews
Learn about the glue that holds our networks together in this LAN primer. We cover network types, wired, Wi-Fi, protocols, and alternate networking solutions to deliver a complete picture of traditional and modern local area networks.
Computer History 101: The Development Of The PC
Aug 23, 2011 - in Reviews
From the humble beginnings of mechanical adding machines to today's multi-core processors, we recount the early developments that took us to where we are today. We also include a convenient timetable showing the complete history of the PC!
Why Your Wi-Fi Sucks And How It Can Be Helped, Part 1
Jul 5, 2011 - in Picture Story
Our reliance on Wi-Fi networks is exploding. But the more popular 802.11n gets, the more it seems prone to performing poorly. In this first of two parts, we explore exactly how clients and access points communicate and, well, why your Wi-Fi sucks.
Three PCI Express-Based SSDs: When SATA 6 Gb/s Is Too Slow
Jun 30, 2011 - in Reviews
When it comes time to hunt down the ultimate in storage performance, you simply cannot settle for standard SSDs. Instead, look to PCI Express-based drives that circumvent the limitations of SATA. We have products from Fusion-io, LSI, and OCZ on the bench.
Intel Xeon E3-1275 Review: Sandy Bridge Goes Professional
May 2, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen Sandy Bridge impress in the desktop space. Does Intel's latest processor architecture have what it takes to dominate the single-socket server and workstation space, too? We run the fastest workstation SKU through our benchmark suite.
Boxx Technologies 3DBOXX 4860 Workstation
Mar 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Boxx Technologies recently submitted an overclocked workstation to prove that tweaked hardware can drive business-class money-making software. Does this nearly-$8000 beast offer enough performance in our suite to warrant its crazy price tag?
Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Audio Production
Mar 1, 2011 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of Audio Apps, Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup brings you Audio Production. These are the tools that enable audio content creation on the PC. Whether you're a musician or just need to edit audio clips, we've covered all the bases.
Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Audio Apps
Feb 16, 2011 - in Reviews
We're back with the fifth installment of Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup. Today, we'll be covering general end-user audio consumption applications, designed for organizing, playing, ripping, tagging, converting, and basic recording of audio.
Intel’s X-Lab: Tomorrow’s Network Happens Here
Jan 16, 2011 - in Picture Story
Designing next-generation adapters able to deliver speeds of 10 gigabit and beyond is one thing. But the world literally depends on making sure those NICs work all the time under every possible condition. Step into the X-Lab and see how it all gets done.
How Secure Is The Cloud?
Dec 22, 2010 - in Reviews
IT professionals often perceive the cloud as insecure as or less secure than having their apps living inside their own data centers. But perceptions don't necessarily match reality. We run through some of the questions and answers you should be asking.
Is Server Virtualization The New Clustering?
Dec 22, 2010 - in Reviews
Virtualization, along with cloud computing, is becoming the new way to provide redundant services formerly enabled by clustering, and as such is making it more affordable and within the reach of businesses without a lot of IT expertise.
Public And Private Hybrid Clouds: The Pros And Cons
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
The notion of a hybrid cloud is gaining traction. These are virtual services that run in various locations to deliver applications that can make use of a combination of public clouds and private hosted servers, as well as machines inside the data center.
Do Virus Scanners Slow Down Your System?
Nov 29, 2010 - in Reviews
Does the presence of a virus scanner guarantee reduced performance, or does it have a negligible impact? We test 10 different products to see if you’re unknowingly suffering with security software.
AMD FirePro V9800 4 GB: Eyefinity Meets Professional Graphics
Nov 16, 2010 - in Reviews
What's red, black, sports 4 GB of GDDR5, and has DisplayPort outputs all over? AMD's FirePro V9800, the company's ultra-high-end workstation card. We run it through a battery of SPECapc and real-world performance tests, then compare it to Quadro 5000.
Enthusiast Power Protection: Four-Way 900 W UPS Roundup
Nov 14, 2010 - in Reviews
It's downright negligent to ignore the power needs of your high-end hardware. While many power users go to the trouble of tracking down solid PSUs, we recommend going a step further and investing in battery backup. We round up four enthusiast units.
Talking Heads: Motherboard Manager Edition, Q4'10, Part 2
Nov 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Alright, enough about integrated graphics. We don't think they're taking over the world, either. This time, our industry insiders talk to us about the new AMD Operton offerings, SFFs, netbooks, future motherboard designs, and product diversification.
Ubuntu 10.10: Maverick Meerkat Benchmarked And Reviewed
Oct 28, 2010 - in Reviews
Every April and October a new version of Ubuntu is released. For the past few years, October releases of the world's most popular consumer Linux distro have been grim. Did Canonical get it right this year, or is Ubuntu 10.10 yet another Halloween horror?
Analysis: The Impact Of Shifting From 512 Byte To 4 KB Sectors
Oct 27, 2010 - in Reviews
Slowly but surely, hard drives with 4 KB sectors are replacing the "legacy" 512 byte sector size. By January 2011, all drive vendors will have made this transition. Buyers of new PCs are safe, but there are still a few performance pitfalls to note.
Business Storage: A Look At The 3.5" To 2.5" Transition
Oct 22, 2010 - in Reviews
There is more than one way to skin a cat. Several hard drive vendors have created transitional products to simplify the transition from 3.5" disks to more compact 2.5" devices in SMB-class servers. We cover three different options you can use.