Over the last decade or so, advancements in CPU and GPU architectures have combined extremely well with the relentless march of Moore's Law on the silicon front. Together, these have resulted in hand-held devices that have more computing power than huge and power-hungry machines from the turn of the century. On the desktop front, small form-factor (SFF) machines are now becoming a viable option for demanding professional use-cases. CAD, modeling, and simulation capabilities that required big iron servers or massive tower workstations just a few years back are now capable of being served by compact systems.
Workstation notebooks integrating top-end mobile CPUs and professional graphics solutions from AMD (FirePro) or NVIDIA (Quadro Mobile / RTX Professional) have been around since the early 2000s. The advent...
iBUYPOWER is an established company that offers a wide variety of systems. This time around, we look at one of their high-end overclocked gaming systems to see if it's...
Matt Campbell on 4/10/2008
After much fanfare, SP1 has hit gold. Can SP1 fix all that ails Vista? We take a look and find out.
Ryan Smith on 2/27/2008
Überclok is a new company building overclocked gaming PCs. Today we're looking at their midrange Ion model to see how it stacks up.
Matt Campbell on 2/12/2008
We look at the small form factor SG33G5 with a quad-core CPU, onboard graphics, and an NVIDIA 8800 GT.
Matt Campbell on 12/13/2007
Today marks the official launch of HP's Blackbird 002, at least in terms of being able to customize the system configuration, so we decided to take a second look...
Jarred Walton on 10/2/2007
The Blackbird 002 is about to soar into the wild. A beast born from the marriage of VoodooPC and HP, we took an early unit out on a test...
Jarred Walton on 9/12/2007
Microsoft says it's time for servers in the home, are they right? To find out, we take a look at Windows Home Server
Ryan Smith on 9/4/2007
Wrapping up our series on problems with 32bit addressing and the 2GB barrier, we take a look at a promising new hotfix for Windows Vista
Ryan Smith on 8/13/2007
Sometimes you don't have the time or energy to build your own computer, and it might be cheaper and less painful to have someone do it for you. ...
Jarred Walton on 2/15/2007
Gateway sent us their top-end Gaming PC and it sports an overclocked quad core QX6700 - what will those crazy cow people think of next?
Jarred Walton on 2/9/2007
It has been over five years since Microsoft last launched a major new consumer OS. Windows XP has been doing well for a lot of people in the interim...
Ryan Smith on 2/1/2007
Windows Vista has reached Release Candidate stage, which means the long period of development is finally drawing to a close. Find out how things are shaping up with...
Ryan Smith on 10/3/2006
Dell's Alienware acquisition was the first, but definitely not the last in the PC gaming/enthusiast space. Next up is HP and Voodoo...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2006
The largest computer OEM in the world has sent their XPS 410 for review. We'll see how it stacks up against the competition, and whether or not it's...
Jarred Walton on 9/18/2006
Not everyone needs a top-of-the-line system (with the accompanying price). PC Club sent us a nicely equipped midrange system sporting a Core 2 Duo E6600, and those of...
Jarred Walton on 8/29/2006
With the launch of the Core 2 series of processors, Intel has reclaimed the high-end gaming performance sector. If you're debating between buying a system versus building your...
Jarred Walton on 8/18/2006
With the launch of the new AM2 platform, Shuttle has an update to their SFF lineup in the form of the SN27P2. We take a look at what has...
Jarred Walton on 6/30/2006
Microsoft has made Windows Vista Beta 2 available to the public, and with the OS being feature complete we can now provide a preview of Microsoft's bold new operating system.
Ryan Smith on 6/16/2006
So you just won the lotto and are looking for ways to "invest" your prize money - or maybe you just want one of the most extreme...
Jarred Walton on 5/3/2006
We have an exclusive first look at the latest micro-ATX SLI system from Monarch Computers, and we'll be comparing it with Shuttle's SN26P. Read on to find out just...
Jarred Walton on 3/6/2006