Haswell And 1.35 V Memory: Three DDR3 SO-DIMM Kits, Tested
Jan 13, 2014 - in Reviews
When it comes to memory, most of our focus is on the desktop and its replaceable CPUs. The mobile side typically moves slower. But Intel's Haswell architecture imposes interesting changes, and we saw fit to test SO-DIMMs down at their new 1.35 V ceiling.
Eurocom Panther 5D Notebook Review: Faster Than Your Desktop
Dec 4, 2013 - in Reviews
There's a good chance that Eurocom's Panther 5D notebook is faster than your desktop. The sample we're reviewing sports a six-core Core i7-3970X, two GeForce GTX 680M modules in SLI, 32 GB of DDR3-1600, and three 256 GB SSDs. Talk about a beast!
Ultrabook: Behind How Intel is Remaking Mobile Computing
Aug 1, 2013 - in Reviews
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of Intel's high-level execs responsible for the Ultrabook initiative to talk about its inception, to track its progress over a few generations, and to get an idea of where Ultrabooks are going.
Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review: 500 GB In 5 mm Of Space
Jul 31, 2013 - in Reviews
When you look at it from the side, Seagate's Laptop Ultrathin HDD is almost easy to miss. Measuring just 5 mm tall, it’s one of the thinnest hard drives in existence. We got our hands on the 500 GB model to see if it can keep up with larger disks.
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 By Xotic PC: Haswell Goes Mobile
Jul 15, 2013 - in Reviews
MSI's GT70 Dragon Edition 2 is in the lab, tuned up by Xotic PC. Sporting a Haswell-based mobile Core i7-4930MX CPU, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780M, and a luxurious 17.3" FHD screen, this is one heavy-duty gaming notebook. At more than $3000, it should be.
Razer's Second-Generation Blade Notebook Review: Focusing On The Z
Mar 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Razer recently sent us its second-gen Blade, complete with a Core i7-3632QM quad-core CPU and GeForce GTX 660M. Eight gigabytes of memory, a 500 GB hard drive, and an SSD cache round out this 17" gaming notebook. Would you believe it's less than 1" thick?
AMD Radeon HD 8790M: Next-Gen Mobile Mainstream Graphics Preview
Dec 20, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD sent over some of its lab gear: an interposer card and two PCI Express-based boards with MXM modules...one of which hosted its upcoming Radeon HD 8790M GPU. At long last, the GCN architecture is hitting mainstream notebooks in its 28 nm glory.
Digital Storm x17 Notebook Review: Radeon HD 7970M And Enduro, Again
Dec 11, 2012 - in Reviews
The last time we looked at a notebook with AMD's Radeon HD 7970M in it, we stumbled across a problematic bug. Digital Storm's x17 employs the same graphics module. Do updated drivers cure what ailed the configuration previously? Let's find out!
Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?
Nov 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Is the tug-of-war between gaming performance and portability finally over? Origin PC believes that Lucidlogix's software can help bring these two ideas together, combining Nvidia's GeForce GT 650M and Intel's Core i7-3720QM in an 11.6” chassis.
Dell Shows Off Its Entire Windows 8-Based Fall Line-Up
Oct 31, 2012 - in Picture Story
Tom's Hardware was recently invited to an event in New York to preview Dell's line-up of Windows 8-based Inspiron and XPS families of notebooks, tablets, and accessories. From all-in-ones to convertibles, and notebooks, the company is all-in with touch.
Samsung's Series 9 13.3" Ultrabook For 2012: Thinner And Lighter
Sep 25, 2012 - in Reviews
Last generation's Samsung Series 9 was a great example of Intel's Ultrabook initiative. The revamped Series 9, new for 2012, is even better. Forget about Apple's MacBook Air. Samsung's latest effort stands on its own merits as a great notebook.
Xotic PC NP9150: Striking Back At Kepler With Radeon HD 7970M
Sep 17, 2012 - in Reviews
We've seen the efficiency of Nvidia's Kepler architecture first-hand on the desktop. But AMD's Radeon HD 7970M pulls off a stellar showing in Xotic PC's Sager NP9150 notebook, reminding everyone that even a Pitcairn-based flagship packs a serious punch.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X230T Tablet PC, Tested And Reviewed
Sep 5, 2012 - in Reviews
Do you want a tablet for the road that's also able to run your favorite Windows-based applications? Consider Lenovo's X230T tablet PC. With a built-in keyboard, this convertible PC enables tablet convenience without sacrificing notebook-class performance.
Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
Jul 31, 2012 - in Reviews
Are you tired of gaming notebooks that have to be tethered to a power outlet? We test Eurocom’s Racer 2.0 to see if its combination of a 22 nm Intel-based CPU and 28 nm graphics processor from Nvidia can help enable playable performance on the road.
Second-Generation Ultrabooks: Faster And Cheaper With Ivy Bridge
Jun 26, 2012 - in Reviews
What can you expect from a 17 W processor after benchmarking its 77 W big brother? We get our hands on a reference-class Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabook and quantify how a hard thermal ceiling affects x86, gaming, transcoding, and Blu-ray playback workloads.
Gaming On A Netbook? 13 Great Titles Playable At 720p
May 16, 2012 - in Picture Story
We wanted to know if our AMD C-50 equipped netbook can be more than a word processor and movie player. So, we tried a bunch of games we thought might run smoothly at 720p. The resulting list is also a worthy resource for any gamer with older PC hardware.
AMD A10-4600M Review: Mobile Trinity Gets Tested
May 15, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD steps up to the plate with an all-new processor. Armed with the updated Piledriver CPU core and VLIW4 graphics architecture, the Trinity APU represents an impressive improvement over the Llano generation. But can it stand up to Intel's best efforts?
Radeon HD 6990M And GeForce GTX 580M: A Beautiful Lie
Jan 22, 2012 - in Reviews
We’ve been more than outspoken about the naming AMD and Nvidia use for their mobile GPUs. Are they really trying to mislead buyers, though? We briefly examine their methodology and frame that against the limitations of high-end mobile computing.
Eurocom Racer: Radeon HD 6990M In A Truly Mobile Form Factor
Jan 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Sporting awesome gaming performance and low power draw, the only thing missing from our previous Radeon HD 6990M benchmarks was an efficient, portable package. Eurocom addresses that with its mid-sized Racer. But can the smaller notebook keep pace?
GeForce GTX 580M SLI Vs. Radeon HD 6990M CrossFire
Sep 15, 2011 - in Reviews
A flagship graphics launch is bound to fail unless it's the fastest game in town. Well, both AMD and Nvidia say their respective juggernauts have that title. Clearly, only one company can be right. Is the Radeon HD 6990M or GeForce GTX 580M quicker?
Face-Off: Does HP's PC Business Affect Us Enthusiasts?
Sep 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Apparently, HP's preferred course of action is spinning its Personal Systems Group off into its own entity. But that's not necessarily what will happen. Would our world as enthusiasts change if HP ended up selling its PC business? Chris and Alan discuss.
Universal Laptop Power Adapters For The Air, Road, And Wall
Sep 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Are you tired of your notebook running out of power away from a wall wart? We're looking at three universal adapters able to get your battery charged again, whether you're on the road, in the air, or sitting down next to an AC plug.
Computer History 101: The Development Of The PC
Aug 23, 2011 - in Reviews
From the humble beginnings of mechanical adding machines to today's multi-core processors, we recount the early developments that took us to where we are today. We also include a convenient timetable showing the complete history of the PC!
Motorola Xoom: The First Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Tablet
Jul 7, 2011 - in Reviews
Motorola's Xoom is the first Honeycomb-based tablet; but how does it fare against Apple's iPad 2? There's a lot to go over, from Google's new software platform to Nvidia's Tegra 2. Let's dig a little deeper to see how the tablet world is shaping up.
Three Sub-$500 AMD Brazos-Based Notebooks Rounded Up
Apr 7, 2011 - in Reviews
We have a particular affinity for buying retail hardware and putting it through its paces. A recent trip to Best Buy saw us go home with three new Brazos-based notebooks. Do these sub-$500 setups have what it takes to unseat Atom's value leadership?
AVADirect’s X7200: The GeForce GTX 485M SLI Mobile Graphics Giant
Mar 31, 2011 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of Eurocom’s Radeon HD 6970M CrossFire-based launch, AVADirect promises even bigger performance using pair of GeForce GTX 485M modules in SLI. Can AVADirect claim the performance crown at a lower price than its competition?
External Battery Roundup: Stay Away From The Wall Socket
Mar 8, 2011 - in Reviews
Battery life is always such a big deal in our mobile coverage (often because gaming systems fall so short). But don't feel limited by the built-in power source. Today we round up 15 external batteries that can keep you running longer away from a socket.
MALIBAL's Lotus P150HM: GeForce GTX 485M Gets Its Game On
Feb 14, 2011 - in Reviews
Using the latest advances from Intel and Nvidia, MALIBAL attempts to prove that portability and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. Can a fully-loaded Lotus P150HM meet the needs of performance enthusiasts and gamers at a more reasonable price?
Intel SSD 310 80 GB: Little Notebooks Get Big Storage Flexibility
Feb 13, 2011 - in Reviews
We've seen mini SSDs before. But none of them conformed to a standard. Now, Intel is introducing its SSD 310-series drives and the mSATA interface, which employs the mini-PCI Express edge connector, but is not compatible. How do these drives stack up?
Mobile Gaming: Can Core i7-2920XM Beat Desktop Core i7-980X?
Feb 8, 2011 - in Reviews
We've already seen Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture offer compelling performance gains on the desktop. But can the fastest second-gen Core i7 beat Intel's 130 W desktop-oriented six-core Core i7-980X in games? We set up a couple systems to find out.