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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.

AMD announces low-cost desktop chipset AM1

AMD announces low-cost desktop chipset AM1

With an aim to dominate the desktop in emerging markets, chipmaker AMD has announced the AM1, a new low-cost SoC. It's effectively a sibling of the Kabini family of chips, that were launched last year with both dual- and quad-core CPUs…
OCZ's huge 3.2TB Z-Drive 4500 SSD is fast and smart

OCZ's huge 3.2TB Z-Drive 4500 SSD is fast and smart

OCZ has launched a brand new high-capacity, high-speed solid state drive destined for server applications, known as the Z-Drive 4500. Boasting performance well over what is supported through a 6 Gbps SATA interface, the Z-Drive 4500 is a full-height, single-slot…

Thief Benchmarked, Performance Review

Despite being built with the aging Unreal Engine 3, Thief touts some cutting edge rendering techniques that have put the game on our radar. Thief's built-in benchmark appears to do a good job of demonstrating a worst-case performance scenario, so if your system can average 60fps in the benchmark you should enjoy perfectly smooth gameplay from start to finish.

Thief Benchmarks

Maingear Pulse 17 thin gaming laptop quick review

Maingear Pulse 17 thin gaming laptop quick review

There was a time when the size of a gaming notebook didn't matter so much. Three or four years ago a portable gaming rig that was nearly two inches thick and weighed close to ten pounds was an impressive thing. Pull one of those beasts out at a crowded coffee house and the other customers knew you weren't about to pull up a spreadsheet.

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