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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: System Value Compared
Dec 24, 2009 - in Reviews
Our mid-priced and high-end systems are ready to challenge the notion of value supremacy for low-cost parts. Will Intel’s latest architecture provide enough performance to break the $700 machine’s value winning monopoly? How do ATI's new GPUs factor in?
Asus And DFI: Core i7 Micro-ATX Motherboards Compared
May 29, 2009 - in Reviews
A popular compromise between utility and size, the Micro-ATX form factor faces a tough battle to win the hearts of enthusiasts. Are SLI, CrossFire, Core i7, and top-end overclocking capabilities enough to win favor with the performance elite?
System Builder Marathon: Performance And Value Compared
May 28, 2009 - in Reviews
Our builders have assembled, tested, and overclocked three reduced-size performance systems, and now we’re ready to compare their efforts. Which machine will be the ultimate winner in performance, efficiency, and value? Which would you rather win?
System Builder Marathon, May '09: $1,300 Enthusiast PC
May 26, 2009 - in Reviews
As you know, we’ve changed things up for this System Builder Marathon, squeezing the best components we can into portable Micro-ATX cases. Sure, there were compromises, but the $1,300 enthusiast system turned out to be a gutsy little firecracker.
System Builder Marathon, May '09: $2,500 Performance PC
May 25, 2009 - in Reviews
This month we take the challenge you put to us last time around: to fit top-performance parts into a portable enclosure. Then we had the audacity to hope for a successful overclock. Did we mention that, this time, someone is going to win the hardware?
Roundup: Four 790FX Socket AM3 Motherboards
Apr 22, 2009 - in Reviews
While most manufacturers tout the value of AMD’s latest 790GX integrated chipset, enthusiasts need the added PCI Express connectivity of 790FX for multi-card graphics configurations. We test four 790FX-based AM3 motherboards for your Phenom II processor.
X58 Roundup: Seven $200-300 Core i7 Boards
Mar 19, 2009 - in Reviews
With our $300+ X58-based Motherboard Roundup weeks behind, we now examine Core i7’s middle class. How much functionality must buyers sacrifice to save as much as $100? Seven motherboards made the cut in this latest roundup.
Intel X58 Roundup: Six $300+ Platforms Compared
Feb 23, 2009 - in Reviews
High-end enthusiasts are certain to be among the first adopters of Intel’s latest Core i7 architecture, so our extensive comparisons begin with motherboards specifically targeted towards these systems. What does $300 get you?
System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value
Nov 28, 2008 - in Reviews
We tightened the budget on this month’s enthusiast-level system while loosening our belt for the low-cost gamer box by a similar percentage. Today we gauge the effect of these changes on performance and value and compare to last month's machines.
System Builder Marathon: $1,250 Enthusiast PC
Nov 27, 2008 - in Reviews
On this, the second day of our System Builder Marathon, Don turns down the price tag of his mid-range build looking for a sweet spot just above the $1,000 marker. Let's see what sort of hardware he found for it!