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The latest happenings in PC hardware and enthusiast computing. We cover processors, graphics cards, desktop and mobile systems, tablets, input devices and much more.

Haswell Refresh: Intel's New Z97 Platform Explored

Nearly six years have passed since the Core i7 series debuted as a 45nm part on the LGA1366 platform, which Intel has been refining over many iterations through its tick-tock philosophy that follows every architectural update with a die shrink. Today's release isn't a tick or a tock, it's simply a refresh. But while we don't expect much more than slight speed bumps, the company has also released new 9-series chipsets, and we happen to have a few motherboards on hand.

Intel Haswell Refresh: The Z97 Platform Arrives

The Coming of 4K: PC Gaming in Ultra HD

The next-generation of monitor technology is upon us, quadrupling the number pixels on our screens and placing a heavy burden on our beleaguered GPUs. What does it take to put together a 4K-ready gaming PC? If you've got a gaming PC capable of playing most modern-day games at Ultra settings, there's a good chance it'll be able to handle an Ultra HD monitor. How well it handles an Ultra HD monitor will come down to your graphics hardware.

Obsidian 450D & Carbide Air 540 Review: Corsair's Take on Dual-Chamber and Mid-Tower Case Designs

First unveiled at Computex 2013, Corsair's Carbide Air 540 employs an interesting dual-chamber design and is available in black, white and silver versions. The newer Obsidian 450D features a more traditional tower case design. In fact, it looks a lot like a smaller version of the 650D, which is in turn a smaller version of the legendary 800D. Despite having different designs, the Carbide Air 540 and Obsidian 450D are closely priced at $110 and $120.

AMD Beema & Mullins Preview: Low Power, High Performance Mobile APUs

Intel's Bay Trail platform and low-power Haswell offerings may be the go-to choice when it comes to mainstream Windows tablets and laptops, but AMD believes that their next generation chips will be the best. A refinement of their work on APUs in the past few years, the new chips, ‘Beema’ and ‘Mullins’, are set to be strong contenders in this segment. Both products make use of AMD’s new Puma+ CPU cores and a GCN GPU with 128 compute cores at varying frequencies.

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