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RoboHornet Pro: Microsoft Snubs Google, Mozilla Concurs!
Oct 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Last week we broke the story of RoboHornet, a new Web browser performance benchmark. Today, we chronicle the fallout of what is perhaps the worst-received benchmark launch in history, plus add the results of Microsoft's counter-move: RoboHornet Pro.
RoboHornet: The Next Big Thing In Browser Benchmarking
Sep 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Today, Google and GitHub unveil the mysterious project RoboHornet. This ambitious all-in-one Web browser performance benchmark is like no other seen before, and we have early access! Will RoboHornet become the one browser benchmark to rule them all?
Web Browser Grand Prix 9: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, And Ubuntu
Feb 20, 2012 - in Reviews
Last month, we ran WBGP VIII on a MacBook Air, representing browser performance in a native Mac environment. Today we're returning to the PC. But the cross-platform comparison theme continues with a long-overdue rematch to WBGP 2: The Linux Circuit.
Asus' Eee Slate EP121/B121: A Windows 7-Based Tablet PC
Jul 27, 2011 - in Reviews
Apple's iPad, Motorola's Xoom, Acer's Iconia. The list goes on. Are you tired of all the tablet talk? Are you familiar with tablet PCs? Asus has the latest Windows-based tablet. We go over its features and show how it compares to more familiar tablets.
In Pictures: 20 Must-Download Utilities For Windows 7
Aug 27, 2010 - in Picture Story
We like Windows 7 a lot more than Vista, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. These 20 lightweight tools go a long way to improve upon Microsoft's latest operating system. Best of all, we've only picked apps that are available in some form for free.
Bug Or Feature? AMD's Catalyst Doesn't Recognize NB Driver
Jul 22, 2010 - in Reviews
When installing AMD's current northbridge drivers, the "success" confirmation message, installation log entries, and info in the Device Manager might lead you to believe that everything was installed just fine. Too bad the Catalyst setup says otherwise.
10 Tips For Working In And Around Windows 7
Jun 9, 2010 - in Picture Story
Windows 7 is fairly similar to Windows Vista, but the operating system includes several enhancements. In this piece, we have a handful of tips that might make the transition to Windows 7 a little easier and improve your productivity in Microsoft's latest.
GDC 2010, Day 1: The Missing Middle
Mar 12, 2010 - in Reviews
This year's Game Developer Conference is in full swing, and Loyd Case is on the ground, reporting the latest goings-on. His Day 1 coverage includes AMD's push for open-standard physics, Windows Phone 7, Playstation Move, real-world gaming, and Surface.
Troubleshooting Windows 7 With Microsoft's Built-In Tools
Jan 12, 2010 - in Reviews
Windows 7 is more stable and responsive than Vista, but no operating system is perfect (the same goes for the drivers and apps running on it). We show you a suite of tools built into Microsoft’s shiny new OS to help you troubleshoot your Windows 7 issues.
Can Bargain SSDs Give Windows A Quantum Performance Leap?
Dec 30, 2009 - in Reviews
Do you have a case of the boot-up blues? Are app load times sucking your will to live? Everybody knows that SSDs can accelerate certain system tasks, but can an affordable SSD deliver a quantum leap in everyday Windows tasks? We did the tests
Quick Look: Notebook Performance With Windows XP, Vista, And 7
Dec 17, 2009 - in Reviews
Windows 7 is here, and we've already established that it tastes great, is less filling, and performs well. But do you want it on your notebook? We compared the performance and battery life of Windows XP, Vista, and 7 on an upper-mainstream mobile system.
Windows 7 And Windows Vista: Performance Compared
Dec 10, 2009 - in Reviews
Microsoft is hyping Windows 7 as the operating system that everyone should adopt. We'd already done a bit of benchmarking in the new OS, but we revisit a longer list of tests today, including more real-world tasks, like boot-up, hibernate, and shutdown.
Benchmarking Windows 7: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?
Oct 26, 2009 - in Reviews
Often hailed as the solution to Windows Vista performance problems, we wanted to know just how much better Windows 7 really is. We put one of our most recent test platforms through its paces to find out, benchmarking raw performance and responsiveness.
Mobile Core i7-920XM: Power Is The Price For Better Performance
Oct 14, 2009 - in Reviews
Nehalem has finally gone mobile. But despite the advanced manufacturing that has gone into making Core i7 Mobile more efficient, it's still rated at up to 55W TDP and includes features like Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost to keep it close to that limit.
Win 7's XP Mode And VirtualBox: When You Need Windows XP
Oct 2, 2009 - in Reviews
Windows 7 has the buzz, and it’s a great operating system. But sometimes you need to run older software. Enter Windows XP Mode. But how does it compare to simply running XP in a virtual machine? We load up a couple of test systems in order to find out.
Intel Core i5 And Core i7: Intel’s Mainstream Magnum Opus
Sep 7, 2009 - in Reviews
We set off testing Intel's Lynnfield processors with low expectations, but were surprised to find the new LGA 1156-based CPUs are capable of holding their own and then some. Read on for more about Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, P55, and our recommendation.
Core i5, Core i7, CrossFire, And SLI: Gaming Paradise, Redux?
Sep 7, 2009 - in Reviews
With the launch of Core i7, we ran an insane load of gaming benchmarks to explore CrossFire and SLI performance on X58. Today's P55 launch sees another Intel platform with great graphics options, and we're back with new CPUs, GPUs, SSDs, and games.
The HTPC / Windows 7 Chronicles: You Asked, We Answer!
Jul 6, 2009 - in Reviews
It's a good time to be building your own HTPC. AMD has it's innovative Maui platform and Asus is offering the first (and currently only) sound card able to bitstream the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD formats. You asked us HTPC questions and now we're answering.
Windows 7 Versus XP: Which Belongs On Your Netbook?
Jul 2, 2009 - in Reviews
Windows Vista was never really an option for netbook users, but the release candidate of Windows 7 piqued our interest. Can Microsoft finally retire Windows XP in the netbook space? Even now with RC1 available, the answer seems tied to driver development.
Editor's Corner: Nvidia’s Ion Revisited, 7.1 Ch. LPCM Fixed
Jun 9, 2009 - in Reviews
Nvidia's Ion for the do-it-yourselfer launched last month in the form of Zotac's mini-ITX motherboard. Though sexy in principle, the platform had some teething pains right out of the gate. Chris Angelini revisits those issues and uses Ion as a real HTPC.
Zotac's Ion Board On Windows 7: Nvidia Re-Arms Intel’s Atom
May 12, 2009 - in Reviews
The Atom processor might be the best thing to happen to netbooks, but we’ve been underwhelmed with it on the desktop as far back as Shuttle’s X27. Is Nvidia’s Ion platform able to resuscitate the lightweight processor? We test with Windows 7 to find out.
How To: Build An HTPC (With Windows 7)
Feb 17, 2009 - in Reviews
After years of trying (unsuccessfully) to build a HTPC that a family would actually use, Chris Angelini thinks that AMD and Microsoft may have finally gotten it right. He outlines his hardware, software, and asks for reader input in this How To.
Hot News of the Week: Friday the 13th Edition
Feb 14, 2009 - in Picture Story
Missed this week's news? Don't be scared just because it's Friday the 13th. Check out what made waves this week!
Phenom II On Ice: AM3 Overclocked With LN2
Feb 10, 2009 - in Picture Story
As the Tom's Hardware staff hammered away on our own Socket AM3 Phenom II processors, Ton Khowdee of Team IRONMODS was on a special assignment of his own, tuning the living daylights out of an X3 720 BE under LN2, hoping to hit 6 GHz.
Hot News of the Week: Feb. 6, 2009
Feb 6, 2009 - in Picture Story
Missed this week's news? No problem. Check out our weekend wrap-up of this week's hottest news here!
Hot News of the Week: Jan. 30, 2009
Jan 30, 2009 - in Picture Story
Here's the hottest news for the week ending January 30: Windows 7 versions, 8-core Xeons, 45 nm Opterons, 2 TB hard drives, a "Redisent" Evil Xbox 360, White House email problems, Games for Windows, and anti-pervert camera phones!
The Biggest High-Tech Flops Of 2008
Jan 8, 2009 - in Picture Story
2008 turned out to be a fairly eventful year. While some products stood out from the crowd and fulfilled the hopes they’d raised, there were also a lot of letdowns, too. From among the disappointments, the members of our editorial staff have picked 15.
Overdrive Overclocking Finals: Day 1
Dec 13, 2008 - in Picture Story
The Overdrive Overclocking Championship is all about overclocking Core i7 Extreme 965. Some teams collected results after only two hours, others are still optimizing. Check out our impressions of Day 1.
Hot News Of The Week: Dec. Week 2
Dec 12, 2008 - in Picture Story
Did you miss this week's news? Went out of town? Got sick? No worries. Check out our weekend roundup for the full scoop.
Last Week's Hot News: Nov. Week 4
Nov 29, 2008 - in Picture Story
It's Thanksgiving, so to go along with turkey dinner leftovers are the last week's hottest news!