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Does Size Matter? Four Very Small Nettops Get Reviewed
Jul 24, 2012 - in Reviews
We're comparing four diminutive PCs: ASRock’s Vision HT, Jetway’s Mini-Top JBC700, Lenovo’s Q180, and Zotac’s Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus. Despite their similar sizes, each tiny computer offers a unique feature set. Are any of them right for you?
Six A75-Based Motherboards For AMD’s A8 And A6 APUs
Aug 16, 2011 - in Reviews
Advanced on-board graphics put AMD’s Llano-based APU far ahead of Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, at least when it comes to 3D apps. But you’ll still need a new motherboard to support the Socket FM1 platform. Today we test six affordable contenders.
The Brazos Round-Up: Eight AMD E-350-Based Motherboards
Jul 3, 2011 - in Reviews
AMD’s Brazos platform, driven by the Zacate APU, offers a lot of performance per watt. It comes up short on features, though. Eight manufacturers try to change that perception by adding slots, controllers, and even overclocking in a couple of cases.
P67 Motherboard Roundup: Nine $150-200 Boards
Jan 9, 2011 - in Reviews
Improved per-clock performance and higher achievable frequencies are sure to put Intel’s latest K-Series CPUs on top of many builders’ whish lists, but they’ll still need a new socket to put it in. We test nine enthusiast-oriented LGA-1155 motherboards.
Three Slim Atom/Ion 2-Based Nettop PCs Compared
Dec 9, 2010 - in Reviews
We put Giada’s Slim-N20, Jetway’s Mini-TOP, and Zotac’s ZBOX to the test. Does Intel's Atom D500-series offer smooth performance in these nettops when it's paired with Nvidia’s ION 2 graphics, or does the platform fall short of entertainment excellence?
Efficiency Analysis: Atom D510 Vs. Atom D525/ION2
Oct 15, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel's Atom D525 offers a faster clock rate than its predecessor at the same 13 W TDP. Obviously, the new dual-core chip is going to be faster. But after we determined that the Core i3 is more efficient, can Atom D525 usurp the desktop contender?
Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked
Aug 30, 2010 - in Reviews
Happy with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460, we invited a dozen of the industry's top graphics companies to show off their unique interpretations of the card. Nine responded with what they feel are exceptional products. Can they get any better than reference?
Enthusiast P55: Eight LGA 1156 Boards Between $150 And $200
Nov 10, 2009 - in Reviews
Upper-range P55 motherboards cost around $100 less than similarly-equipped X58 products, but are these still good enough for enthusiasts? We take a closer look at eight different models, dissect their features, benchmark them, and come away with a winner.
X58 On A Budget: Seven Sub-$200 Core i7 Boards
Jul 29, 2009 - in Reviews
With our $300+ and $200-300 Core i7 motherboard comparisons distant memories, it’s time for a sub-$200 roundup. Recent price fluctuations have pushed two contenders over the mark after we tested them, but readers get to see those as well.
Optimizing Your Phenom II Overclock For Efficiency
Apr 3, 2009 - in Reviews
Today, we're running a Phenom II X4 at several different clock speeds (up to almost 4 GHz) in an effort to find the best ratio between additional performance and the resulting power consumption.Which speed is best?
Roundup: Six Core 2 Motherboards Under $100
Dec 23, 2008 - in Reviews
As Intel’s Core i7 architecture starts moving down from the high-end, value seekers can build high-performance LGA775 systems cheaply. Low-cost motherboards compete for the value crown with added features, performance, and overclocking capabilities.
Graphics Boosted: 790GX's Side-Port Explored
Dec 8, 2008 - in Reviews
AMD's 790GX and 780G support onboard memory to help improve the performance of integrated graphics. Is it worth paying a bit extra or is the feature a mere gimmick?
Does 790FX + SB750 = High-End Overclocking?
Nov 12, 2008 - in Reviews
AMD’s shift in focus to high-value multi-core processors has disappointed performance fanatics, but overclocking helps. We tested the company's latest enthusiast parts to find out if there are any real performance gains.
11-Way P45 Motherboard Shootout
Aug 25, 2008 - in Reviews
Two formerly high-end features—PCI Express 2.0 transfers and native Crossfire support—separate Intel’s new mainstream P45 Express chipset from its earlier P35 Express. Eleven motherboards challenge the market with features, performance and value.