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If you ever plan to build your own PC, Tom's Hardware’s System Builder Marathon is a must-read. Our editorial team builds, tests, and evaluates PC systems at varying costs, using the components that we think maximize value. These components include motherboards, cooling devices, CPU platforms, chipsets, memory, cases, hard drives, networking and graphics cards and power supplies. For each build, we include performance benchmarks that include 3D games, audio and video compression, graphic design, image manipulation, and video editing. Our testing includes each configuration in its stock form and overclocked. Feel free to build along with us or watch patiently from the sidelines, because, remember—each of these systems are given away at the end of the marathon (don’t forget to enter!).
Intel's Haswell May Be Last Interchangeable Desktop CPU?
Nov 27, 2012 - in News
Mainstream CPUs in LGA packaging will supposedly be phased out in 2014 for embedded Broadwell SoCs.
Intel Releases 20 nm, 240 GB Solid State Drive
Oct 30, 2012 - in News
Intel just released its Solid-State Drive 335 Series.
Intel Launches Core i7-3632QM Processor
Oct 19, 2012 - in News
Intel has quietly added a new mobile processor to its i7 series lineup to bolster its offering for notebooks in the $900 to $1000 range.
Intel Plans to Discontinue Multiple CPUs, Incl. Core i5-3450
Sep 26, 2012 - in News
One of Intel's most popular platforms since the LGA 775 processors has now fully entered into its discontinuation phase, so let's bid farewell to Sandy Bridge.
Intel's Two Atom, Celeron SKUs for Low-End 2013 Market
Sep 20, 2012 - in News
An article published by Digitimes suggests that Intel will position four low-end processors to defend the entry-level market in early 2013.
Intel Atom S ''Centerton'' Specs Leaked
Sep 20, 2012 - in News
Intel's Atom S processor has made a first appearance in processor specification tables.
Take That, iMac?: Build Your Own All-In-One PC
Sep 19, 2012 - in Picture Story
We've long envied the good looks of highly-integrated iMacs, even as we derided their lack of hardware flexibility and nasty price premiums. Well, now it's possible to build your own all-in-one using components of your choosing. Ready to save some money?
ARM: Intel Cannot Match Us in Power Consumption
Sep 17, 2012 - in News
ARM has something to say.
The Next Big Feature For Intel CPUs is Cognitive Recognition
Sep 16, 2012 - in News
As transistor counts grow, the CPU will do more and understand what you want and need.
Intel Has 5 nm Processors in Sight
Sep 13, 2012 - in News
Every once in a while, Intel restores our confidence that Moore's Law is still alive and well.
Intel Preps Mobile Ivy Bridge Pentiums
Sep 12, 2012 - in News
Following a round of budget Ivy processors for desktop computers, Intel is readying a lineup following the same strategy for the mobile segment.
Intel Demonstrates Haswell Processors at IDF
Sep 12, 2012 - in News
Intel formally demonstrated the first Haswell processors at IDF.
Intel Adds 9 New Ivy Bridge, 11 New Sandy Bridge CPUs
Sep 6, 2012 - in News
Intel has updated its processor portfolio in September and has added 10 new Ivy Bridge and 10 new Sandy Bridge desktop and mobile processors.
Intel Moves Sandy Bridge Into Embedded Market
Sep 5, 2012 - in News
Intel told its partners that it is phasing out the Celeron B810 from its mobile processor portfolio and is transitioning the chip into its embedded offering.
Motorola to Launch Intel Phone in September
Aug 30, 2012 - in News
Motorola has confirmed that it will be announcing its first Intel-based phone next month. The new device will make its debut on September.
Intel's 22nm Silvermont Atoms: Four Cores, Up to 1.4 GHz
Aug 29, 2012 - in News
Intel is serious about its smartphone and tablet processor.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC
Aug 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Starved by the limits of our System Builder Marathon benchmark suite, Thomas decides to explore what happens when he really uncorks the graphics system. A helping of 5760x1080 across three monitors is being added to the complete four-course test set.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
Aug 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul, Don, and Thomas each took a stab at building the best value-oriented performance machine within their budget limits (some more successfully than others). Which of these machines will stand out for delivering the most bang for your enthusiast buck?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $2000 Performance PC
Aug 21, 2012 - in Reviews
We took our highest-priced build back to the drawing board to focus on features, rather than price. Can I compete with the less expensive configurations without spending all of my time worrying about benchmark results? Tomorrow's analysis will be telling.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Aug 20, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter, we construct our most powerful $1000 enthusiast build ever, complete with a Core i5-3570K, GeForce GTX 670, and solid-state storage. Can it beat the value of Paul's $500 machine or come close to the performance of Thomas' $2000 system?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $500 Gaming PC
Aug 19, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul went all-out last quarter, cramming massive graphics performance into his $500 gaming PC. This time around, he pulls back a little bit on his GPU in order to use a better-balanced processor. Can he maintain playable frame rates in our gaming suite?
Intel Revises Heatsink Design For Desktop, Xeon CPUs
Aug 17, 2012 - in News
Intel said it is changing the heat sink and fan shroud design for the majority of its desktop and server processors.
Intel Phases Out 10 More Mobile Sandy Bridge Processors
Aug 16, 2012 - in News
Intel notified its customers that it will be phasing out ten more mobile Sandy Bridge CPUs.
Report: Intel to Replace Core i5-2380P with Ivy Bridge
Aug 13, 2012 - in News
Intel is rumored to be preparing the launch of the Core i5 3350P during this quarter, an Ivy Bridge processor without functional graphics features.
Intel Phases Out More Sandy Bridge CPUs
Aug 9, 2012 - in News
Intel is cleaning up the mid-range Sandy Bridge portfolio.
Intel's Ivy Bridge-E set for Q3 2013, Shows Leaked Slide
Aug 8, 2012 - in News
In a leaked slide from VR-Zone Chinese, we have early confirmation that the LGA-2011 based Ivy Bridge-E is slated for Q3 2013.
Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Coming Near You in Q4
Jul 24, 2012 - in News
With Ivy Bridge-E not slated till sometime in 2013, Intel looks set to replace its current top-end Core i7-3960X with the Core i7-3970X just in time for the holidays.
Intel Releases Itanium 9500 Poulson Manual
Jul 12, 2012 - in News
Intel has quietly published a reference manual of its upcoming Poulson Itanium processors.
Build It: Picking Parts For Your Kid's Entry-Level Gaming PC
Jul 10, 2012 - in Reviews
Does your child always want to use your PC? Is it time to build him his own? If you don't trust the tier-one vendors to sell you a well-balanced machine, you'll be happy to know that you can piece together your own entry-level box for less than $450.
Intel May Drop Prices for Core i5 ULV to Push Ultrabooks
Jul 9, 2012 - in News
Intel may be bowing to the pressure of system vendors and reducing the price of some low-power processors to enable lower ultrabook prices.