Haswell-Based Xeon E3-1200: Three Generations, Benchmarked
Sep 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on three generation of Intel's Xeon E3-1275 CPU, spanning Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell. How have the company's architectural enhancements affected performance over the years, and is the on-die graphics finally "good enough"?
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v2 Review: Ivy Bridge Goes Professional
Aug 14, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently introduced its Xeon E3-1200 v2 CPUs, based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Though they're very similar to the third-generation desktop Core chips, ECC memory support, four extra PCIe 3.0 lanes, and attractive pricing grab our attention.
Three Xeon E5 Server Systems From Intel, Tyan, And Supermicro
May 29, 2012 - in Reviews
After taking a first look at Intel's Xeon E5 processors, we wanted to round up a handful of dual-socket barebones platforms to see which vendor sells the best match for Sandy Bridge-EP-based chips. Intel, Supermicro, and Tyan are here to represent.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
LAN 102: Network Hardware And Assembly
Nov 1, 2011 - in Reviews
In today's follow-up to LAN 101: Networking Basics, we discuss network topology, the hardware required for setting up wired and wireless networks, and even show you how to crimp your own 8P8C modular connector!
Four SAS 6 Gb/s RAID Controllers, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Oct 5, 2011 - in Reviews
We got our hands on four SAS 6 Gb/s RAID controllers from Adaptec, Areca, HighPoint, and LSI and ran them through RAID 0, 5, 6, and 10 workloads to test their mettle. Does your system need eight more ports of connectivity? We can answer that!
LAN 101: Networking Basics
Sep 14, 2011 - in Reviews
Learn about the glue that holds our networks together in this LAN primer. We cover network types, wired, Wi-Fi, protocols, and alternate networking solutions to deliver a complete picture of traditional and modern local area networks.
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.
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!
SPONSORED BY Intel - Intel Inside, Including the Motherboard?
Jun 13, 2011 - in Reviews
The market is brimming with motherboard options, and businesses of all sizes face the unenviable task of trying to decide which vendor to place at the heart of their productivity desktops.
SPONSORED: Brother Laser/LED Printer Buyers Guide
Mar 11, 2011 - in Reviews
In our Brother inkjet buyer’s guide, things were fairly simple. Across the entire group, the basic printing engine was the same. With laser/LED printers, things get more intricate.
Intel’s X-Lab: Tomorrow’s Network Happens Here
Jan 16, 2011 - in Picture Story
Designing next-generation adapters able to deliver speeds of 10 gigabit and beyond is one thing. But the world literally depends on making sure those NICs work all the time under every possible condition. Step into the X-Lab and see how it all gets done.
How Secure Is The Cloud?
Dec 22, 2010 - in Reviews
IT professionals often perceive the cloud as insecure as or less secure than having their apps living inside their own data centers. But perceptions don't necessarily match reality. We run through some of the questions and answers you should be asking.
Sponsored Article: Connecting Remotely to Verizon CaaS Cloud Servers
Dec 22, 2010 - in Reviews
I will show you four different ways to connect to your collection of virtual servers in the cloud.
Is Server Virtualization The New Clustering?
Dec 22, 2010 - in Reviews
Virtualization, along with cloud computing, is becoming the new way to provide redundant services formerly enabled by clustering, and as such is making it more affordable and within the reach of businesses without a lot of IT expertise.
Public And Private Hybrid Clouds: The Pros And Cons
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
The notion of a hybrid cloud is gaining traction. These are virtual services that run in various locations to deliver applications that can make use of a combination of public clouds and private hosted servers, as well as machines inside the data center.
Sponsored Article: Getting Started with Verizon Cloud Services
Dec 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Verizon has myriad small, medium and enterprise business-related cloud services, everything from the mundane process of making backups to more sophisticated collections of virtual and even physical servers. In this introduction, we'll show you what the la
Sponsored: Business Continuity Using Citrix XenServer v5.6
Jun 8, 2010 - in Reviews
With its latest announcements of XenServer-related products, Citrix has strengthened its ability to provide more capable disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity services using its server virtualization line of products.
Hi-Rely RAIDFrame: External Disk-To-Disk Backup Via eSATA
Jan 15, 2010 - in Reviews
Are we ready for high-capacity RAID solutions for our backup needs? Today we're looking at an external device from Highly Reliable Systems that connects to your machine through a single eSATA interface and supports up to 15 drives in a 3U enclosure.
Quick Look: HP's MediaSmart EX495 Home Server
Dec 31, 2009 - in Reviews
We're big fans of media servers, and HP's MediaSmart boxes have consistently impressed us. Of course, every time we look at a configured machine, the comments light up with DIY suggestions, so we went that route as well in today's look at the new EX495.
Reader's Voice: Building Your Own File Server
Jul 24, 2009 - in Reviews
Whenever we review dedicated NAS devices, readers point out that do-it-yourself projects are often much less expensive and much more flexible. Jeff Deifik explains why he built his own file server and the hardware that went into the job.
A Complete History Of Mainframe Computing
Jun 26, 2009 - in Picture Story
Believe it or not, there was once a time when computers took up entire rooms. As you sit there, appreciating your svelte desktop, check out our complete history of mainframe computing for a look back at some of the most iconic builds from decades past.
Hacking The HP EX470/475 MediaSmart Servers
Mar 11, 2009 - in Reviews
HP's MediaSmart Servers are basically low-power PCs running Windows Home Server software from a corner of your house. Ed Tittel takes his apart and shows you how to upgrade (and benchmark) the machine's memory, cooling capacity, and CPU.
Promise NS4300N: NAS For Small Offices
Feb 6, 2009 - in Reviews
Promise is known for its RAID controllers, but how the company will fare long-term on the NAS market remains to be seen. We took a closer look at the first of its network storage offerings, the NS4300N
Intel’s 24-Core, 14-Drive Modular Server Reviewed
Jan 29, 2009 - in Reviews
Intel's MFSYS25 modular server promises small- and medium-sized businesses high reliability, resource optimization, and multi-core computing power. How well does the server live up to this promise? Check out our review.
HP Puts 1000 Cores in a Single Rack
Jun 11, 2008 - in Reviews
Two servers per blade enable 1000 cores without special cooling, for Web 2.0 apps and Hollywood special effects..
High Powered Web Servers from HP and IBM
May 23, 2008 - in Reviews
Most Web 2.0 services are built on cheap, off-the shelf servers. IBM and HP think standardized servers, water cooling and petabytes of disk are a better answer.
Windows Server 2008 Reviewed
Oct 25, 2007 - in Reviews
Microsoft will release Windows 2008 Server as the direct successor to Windows 2003 Server in the spring of next year. The new server OS, code named Longhorn, shares the same kernel with Windows Vista and incorporates many additions compared to its predecessor.
The Server Primer, Part 2
Apr 3, 2007 - in Reviews
Now that we know about server hardware, it's time to discuss server environments, categories, features and service.
Taming the Wild Supercomputer
Mar 20, 2007 - in Reviews
Sam Holland believes supercomputers belong in the office. Here he discusses the current barriers to getting them there. PC builders and modders will find most of these barriers familiar.