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Report: New Intel Desktop Chips Coming Soon
Jul 8, 2010 - in News
New things coming soon, according to Taiwan.
System Builder Marathon, June 2010: System Value Compared
Jun 18, 2010 - in Reviews
Smaller budgets were the rule for this quarter’s System Builder Marathon, but better performance was the exception. How will this affect our multi-budget value comparison? Check out the performance results, and don't forget to register to win these boxes!
System Builder Marathon, June 2010: $2,000 Performance PC
Jun 15, 2010 - in Reviews
Tom’s Hardware takes a more frugal approach this month, with a high-end PC that fits within the budget of most folks who call themselves power users. Will recent advances in hardware allow this $2,000 build to beat our $3,000 system from March?
Intel Kills Off Larrabee Discrete Graphics, For Real
May 26, 2010 - in News
Intel gives an update on the graphics work going on at the chipmaker.
Futuremark Reveals 3DMark 11; Screens & Video
May 24, 2010 - in News
3DMark 11 is expected to arrive in Q3 2010.
Part 3: Building A Balanced Gaming PC
May 11, 2010 - in Reviews
What does it mean to build a truly-balanced PC? How great would it be to piece together a machine bottlenecked by neither CPU or GPU? We set forth to measure the perfect balance in seven different games and four resolutions in this third of many parts.
VIDEO: User Crams 16 TB into SFF Case
Apr 30, 2010 - in News
Eight HDDs were stuffed into a SFF case.
The Winners of our SBM March 2010 Contest
Apr 12, 2010 - in News
Congrats to all our winners. Stay tuned for more contests!
Watch the ASUS ROG OC Competition Live!
Apr 10, 2010 - in News
LN2 makes an appearance again!
Intel vs AMD: Which Would Zombot Use for Brains?
Apr 5, 2010 - in News
Don't worry, your ARM-based mobile device will be safe from the brain-eating zombots.
Intel Core i5 CPU Mauled by Dog
Apr 2, 2010 - in News
Never leave a CPU unattended.
FIFA 10 PC Case Mod Merges Grilling, Gaming
Apr 1, 2010 - in News
A case mod that may force you to cook some meat in the back yard.
System Builder Marathon, March 2010: System Value Compared
Mar 19, 2010 - in Reviews
Budget enhancements to this month’s SBM finally reflect last year’s price increases, allowing the return of liquid cooling at the high-end and Core i7 for the mid-priced systems. With big improvements to its bigger brothers, can the low-cost PC still win?
3D Vision Discover Provides Free 3D PC Gaming
Mar 18, 2010 - in News
Here's a way to activate 3D gaming on a Nvidia GPU without the need to purchase the 3D Vision Kit.
System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $1,500 Enthusiast PC
Mar 17, 2010 - in Reviews
In this System Builder Marathon, we get to make a great $1,500 Core i7-920 enthusiast PC and then pit it against the Core i5-750 system from our previous series. Is the extra money for the Core i7-920 worthwhile, or can the Core i5-750 go the distance?
System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $3,000 Extreme PC
Mar 16, 2010 - in Reviews
We loosened the leash on our budgets a little this month in order to pack all of your most requested features into a system that's accessible to more than just affluent enthusiasts. Will this build be complete enough to avoid previously noted regrets?
Maximum Efficiency: Build A 25W Performance PC Using Core i5
Feb 22, 2010 - in Reviews
We've measured 100W+ at idle from desktop PCs running the first crop of dual-core CPUs. The latest 32nm Clarkdale-based platforms let you build powerful desktops that idle as low as 25W. Today we're looking at the efficiency of such a system.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: System Value Compared
Dec 25, 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?
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $700 Gaming PC
Dec 24, 2009 - in Reviews
Higher prices and out-of-stock parts caused us to rethink how we could pack more gaming power in our budget build. With cheaper DDR2-800 memory, we bet on the overclocking-friendly Intel Pentium E5x00 with two Radeon HD 4870s in CrossFire.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $1,300 Enthusiast PC
Dec 23, 2009 - in Reviews
Last quarter, we presented you with four Radeon HD 4850s under $1,250. This time around, we put together a very respectable Core i5 system with a couple of Radeon HD 5850s in CrossFire. Let's see how it compares against the previous "QuadFire" system.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $2,500 Performance PC
Dec 21, 2009 - in Reviews
Can a truly high-end system still be assembled for $2,500? We set out to find the answer and learned some important things along the way. And here's a bit of a teaser: we're going to compare the performance of two Radeon HD 5870s to last quarter's 4890s.
Part 2: Building A Balanced Gaming PC
Nov 30, 2009 - in Reviews
What does it mean to build a truly-balanced PC? How great would it be to piece together a machine bottlenecked by neither CPU or GPU? We set forth to measure the perfect balance in seven different games and four resolutions in this second of many parts.
Tom's Hardware's 2009 Gift Guide: Part 1, For System Builders
Nov 24, 2009 - in Reviews
Welcome to Part One of Tom's Hardware's Holiday Gift Guide. This first episode is geared toward those system builders planning to pool some Christmas cash to construct a powerful (yet value-oriented) system. This year, Sarah is back to show off our picks.
Part 1: Building A Balanced Gaming PC
Nov 9, 2009 - in Reviews
What does it mean to build a truly-balanced PC? How great would it be to piece together a machine bottlenecked by neither CPU or GPU? We set forth to measure the perfect balance in seven different games and four resolutions in this first of several parts.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $2,500 Performance PC
Sep 28, 2009 - in Reviews
Reader suggestions and previous test results defined most of this month’s highest-priced build. Will the extra planning and testing pay off in clear overclocking and performance superiority? We use Radeon HD 4890s, SSDs, and 8GB of RAM to find out!
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: $600 Gaming PC
May 27, 2009 - in Reviews
You've already seen our $2,500 and $1,300 Core i7-based builds. Now we're going to try to put together a miniaturized gaming system on a $600 budget (which is no easy feat). Remember that this system, like the other two, will be given away.
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?
The $750 Computing Challenge: Germany Versus USA
Feb 25, 2009 - in Reviews
Perhaps you remember our $750 Computing Challenge system from last month. Germany sent over the configuration and benchmark results for its submission and we compare it against Team USA. The systems (and results) are definitely interesting.