X58 In 2010: Four LGA 1366 Boards With USB 3.0 And SATA 6Gb/s
May 4, 2010 - in Reviews
The March 2010 launch of Intel's hexa-core Core i7-980X gave us a good reason to revisit the LGA 1366 interface. Today, we're looking at four new X58 Express-based motherboards that tie USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support in to Intel's flagship platform.
Why Apple Fans Hate Tech Reporters
Apr 16, 2010 - in News
We post stuff that the majority of our readers enjoy reading, and even so, Apple articles get bashed constantly -- mainly by just a select few. But what about the other way around? Are Apple-fans just as rabid? Apparently so.
Gigabyte Boasts its USB Ports are Great for iPad
Apr 13, 2010 - in News
Got an iPad that refuses to charge even while it's plugged into your PC? Gigabyte has the answer for you.
Is Intel's Core i3-530 Fast Enough For Performance Gaming?
Apr 5, 2010 - in Reviews
Our latest "How Much CPU Do I Really Need?" article pits the cheapest Core i3 and price-matched Phenom II series processors against the highest-priced CPUs for the same two platforms. Can the low-cost parts provide a similar gaming experience?
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
Mar 24, 2010 - in Reviews
Soon, 4.8 Gb/s USB 3.0 and 6 Gb/s SATA will be hitting the mainstream. But be careful when you buy your next mainstream motherboard; some don't handle these technologies very well. We compare three implementations and recommend best practice solutions.
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?
System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC
Mar 18, 2010 - in Reviews
The last machine in this quarter's System Builder Marathon, Paul's $750 Gaming PC certainly isn't least. A triple-core Athlon II X3 didn't necessarily overclock well, but a fourth-core unlock gives this system a huge efficiency advantage in our suite.
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?
Gigabyte's USB 3.0 Contest is Open to the World
Mar 15, 2010 - in News
Here is your chance to win a new motherboard and USB 3.0 compatible storage, even if you live in a special state or province.
AMD 890GX Unveiled: Three Motherboards Compared
Mar 1, 2010 - in Reviews
AMD’s new chipset promises big performance increases with its Radeon HD 4290 graphics core and built-in SATA 6Gb/s controller. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI sent their latest motherboards to help us find out how well 890GX and SB850 deliver on those promises.
Budget Computing: Nine H55 And H57 Motherboards Compared
Feb 23, 2010 - in Reviews
Providing an HDCP-compliant audio path for its latest integrated-video CPUs, Intel’s new H55 and H57 chipsets are certain to appeal to both home theater and office system builders. We inspect nine samples to find out what else these value boards can do.
Compact P55: Four MicroATX Motherboards Tried And Tested
Jan 28, 2010 - in Reviews
ASRock, Foxconn, Gigabyte, and MSI sent us their latest P55-based microATX motherboards for users wanting smaller solutions. We benchmarked, overclocked, and measured the efficiency of these diminutive platforms that work with Lynnfield and Clarkdale.
CES 2010, Day 3: Thermaltake, Gigabyte, MSI, And Shuttle
Jan 8, 2010 - in Reviews
The motherboard vendors are out in force today. Loyd visited with Gigabyte to see its upcoming USB 3.0- and SATA 6 Gb/s-equipped boards, while MSI was showing off its LucidLogix Hydra-equipped Fuzion platform. Thermaltake has some new accessories, too.
Say Goodbye To Your BIOS: Hello, UEFI!
Dec 29, 2009 - in Reviews
Alright, so it's not as simple as waving the BIOS away. While the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is ready to replace the old and inflexible BIOS, most platform vendors aren't prepared, even though we’re about to run into a new storage barrier.
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?
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $1,300 Enthusiast PC
Dec 22, 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.
P55 On Boost: Five LGA 1156 Boards Between $200 And $250
Dec 14, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel’s P55 Express remains a mainstream chipset, so by breaking through the $200 barrier, we have high expectations of superb overclocking, unsurpassed stability, and uncompromising features. Can all of today’s boards meet those enthusiast demands?
USB 3.0 Performance: Two Solutions From Asus And Gigabyte
Dec 9, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel might have postponed USB 3.0 support for chipsets, but that hasn’t stopped motherboard manufacturers from offering it. We look at solutions from Asus and Gigabyte at two distinct budget levels.
Are Premium Gaming Peripherals Worth Your Money?
Nov 25, 2009 - in Reviews
Will the right gaming peripherals make you a better gamer? There are a number of high-end mouse, keyboard, and headset vendors out there who'd like you to think that the right $100 add-on will make all of the difference. We put those claims to the test.
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.
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.
Seven AMD 785G-Based Motherboards Rounded Up
Oct 27, 2009 - in Reviews
When AMD launched its 785G chipset, we were impressed by the mainstream value enabled from such an affordable platform. In this roundup, we're covering seven different 785G-based board covering ATX, microATX, DDR2 memory, DDR3, and two different sockets.
GeForce GT 220 And 210: DirectX 10.1 And 40nm Under $80
Oct 12, 2009 - in Reviews
Nvidia is introducing its first 40nm GPUs with DirectX 10.1 support. But the GeForce 210 and GT 220 GPUs aren't the flagships you might expect the company to announce hot on the heels of Radeon HD 5870. Rather, these are entry-level offerings under $80.
P55 On A Budget: Five Core i5/i7 Motherboards For $100-$150
Oct 8, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel’s newest desktop processor series is all about value, and the P55 platform already powers some very affordable motherboards. We put five such boards to the test, hoping to see solid baseline performance and overclocking headroom at great prices.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: AMD System Value Compared
Sep 29, 2009 - in Reviews
Our response to reader-demand for AMD systems focuses on the company’s penchant for gaming value across three budget classes. How do these fully-optimized systems compare to each other in ultimate performance and value?
System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $1,250 Enthusiast Build
Sep 25, 2009 - in Reviews
With a limited budget and high-resolution gaming in our sights, we spice up this quarter's $1,250 build with as many graphics cards as we can fit into a mid-range chassis. By popular request, this one's an all-AMD build with plenty of horsepower.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $650 Gaming PC
Sep 24, 2009 - in Reviews
We kick off our third-quarter System Builder Marathon series with Paul's $650 gaming PC. Last time you asked for an all-AMD set of builds, and that's what we're giving you. As before, all three systems are going to be given away at the end of the series!
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.