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  • Apple MacBook Air 13" Mid-2012 Review

    By Shawn Knight on July 16, 2012

    The first MacBook Air debuted in 2008 to mixed reviews, but a series of redesigns and hardware refreshes have resulted in a product line that has had a huge impact on the industry. New for the 2012 MacBook Air is the Intel Ivy Bridge processor sporting HD 4000 graphics, higher capacity storage and memory options, as well as an improved 720p Facetime HD camera, and support for USB 3.0.
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  • The Best Gaming Graphics Cards: 1920x1200 & 2560x1600

    By Steven Walton on July 11, 2012

    A powerful graphics card is likely the most expensive component in your PC if you're a gamer, but with all current and past-gen GPUs available it can be tough to pick the right solution for your needs. We compare today's most relevant offerings as we look for the best graphics cards for gaming at resolutions of 1920x1200 and 2560x1600.
  • HP Omni 27 Quad All-In-One Review

    By Shawn Knight on July 09, 2012

    The HP Omni 27 is very similar in design to the TouchSmart 520, using the same beefy aluminum base that additionally serves as a keyboard shelf. However, equipped with a 27-inch, non-touch display and a third-generation Intel Core processor, the Omni 27 is in a different class.
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  • Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

    By Michael Oryl on July 06, 2012

    Google has released a number of Nexus branded 'hero' smartphones in the past, but the new Google Nexus 7 is the first ever tablet to bear the Google Nexus name.
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  • OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on July 02, 2012

    The Vertex 4 series is aimed at performance buffs, with initial Indilinx Everest 2 based models offering capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Performance is the name of the game here and OCZ doesn't disappoint.
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  • Asus Transformer Pad TF300 Review

    By Steven Walton on June 26, 2012

    Asus' Eee Pad Transformer launched with much fanfare last year as it bridged the gap between tablets and netbooks by serving as both form factors via its TF101 docking station. Now the Transformer Pad TF300T is available featuring a powerful Tegra 3 SoC yet it costs only $550 with a docking station.
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  • Quantum Conundrum Review: A Portal-Like Puzzle Shooter

    By Jason Schreier on June 25, 2012

    Quantum Conundrum is a first-person puzzler, just like Portal. Yes, it was designed by Kim Swift, the project lead on Portal. And yes, it shares some of Portal's core traits: there's a physics-altering arm device, a goofy omniscient narrator, and an alarming number of buttons that need to be pushed.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

    By Steven Walton on June 22, 2012

    AMD seems desperate to claim the bragging rights of offering the single fastest GPU money can buy. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition features a core clock speed of 1GHz, along with overclocked GDDR5 memory running at 1500MHz.
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  • Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone Review

    By Dan Seifert on June 21, 2012

    Samsung isn't sitting idle as others ramp up their smartphone offerings. Its efforts to stay at the top are wrapped up in the Galaxy S III, a 4.8-inch powerhouse of a smartphone featuring cutting edge hardware paired with useful software additions that make it an attractive option for prospective buyers.
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  • Cooler Master Cosmos II Case Review

    By Shawn Knight on June 18, 2012

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've no doubt seen the Cooler Master Cosmos II. Cooler Master showcased what they call the 'Ultra Tower' at this year's CES and we've been anxious to get it on the test bench ever since to see if it lives up to the hype.
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  • Intel Core i7-3720QM: Mobile Ivy Bridge Review

    By Steven Walton on June 14, 2012

    Instead of breaking new ground in performance, Ivy Bridge improves efficiency, marking the arrival of Intel's 22nm design process which uses new 3D transistors. This allows the flagship quad-core 3.5GHz Core i7-3770K to consume less power than the more modest Sandy Bridge i5-2500K.
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  • Max Payne 3 Graphics and CPU Performance Tested, DirectX 11 Showcased

    By Steven Walton on June 06, 2012

    Max Payne 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- It's been hinted that Max Payne 3 will make the most of current high-end PCs, with DirectX 11 tessellation compatibility and advanced graphics options. With that in mind we test it with 25 graphics card configurations and a range of CPUs.
  • Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB and SSDNow V+200 240GB Review

    By Steven Walton on May 25, 2012

    It's unclear when SandForce's next controllers will arrive, but in the meantime, companies seem to be making the most of its second-gen chips. Kingston, for instance, has released a pair of new SF-2281-based drives said to emphasize speed and affordability: the HyperX 3K and the SSDNow V+200.
  • Diablo III Review

    By Mike Fahey on May 22, 2012

    Diablo 3, the action role-playing game that launched a thousand clones remains the most viscerally entertaining way to click your mouse several hundred thousand times.
  • Diablo III Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    By Steven Walton on May 18, 2012

    Diablo 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- After 11 years in the making and more setbacks than we care to count, Blizzard has finally unleashed a third installment to its cult classic dungeon crawler. Watch us beat the hell out of Diablo III with today's finest hardware.
  • Testing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance: QNAP TS-879 Pro & Synology DS3612xs NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on May 15, 2012

    Hoping to drive small and medium business sales, NAS-makers have been pushing to deliver more enterprise-level features. First seen over a decade ago, 10GbE is ten times faster than Gigabit Ethernet, but it's been largely reserved for pricey devices.
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 670 Phantom Review

    By Steven Walton on May 10, 2012

    Continuing Kepler's rollout, Nvidia has unveiled the GTX 670, which is priced against the HD 7950 at $399. Despite being $100 cheaper than the GTX 680, the GTX 670 doesn't appear to be much slower on paper, and that could spell disaster for AMD.
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  • Cubitek HPTX-ICE Case Review

    By Steven Walton on May 09, 2012

    Cubitek is a relative newcomer to the chassis industry, but that's not stopping it from challenging the biggest names in the business -- including veteran Lian Li. Last month, the company unveiled its latest ICE series with five premium models spanning everything from Mini-ITX to HPTX.
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  • Raspberry Pi Review & Initial How-To Setup Guide

    By Lee Kaelin on May 04, 2012

    Six years ago, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton set out to reignite programming in schools with a cheap, compact computing platform. Despite targeting students, his foundation's $35 computer captured the imaginations of tinkers worldwide, resulting in overwhelming demand.
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom Review

    By Steven Walton on May 01, 2012

    On paper, the GTX 680 has almost 200% more shader performance than the GTX 580, roughly 250% more texture performance, 90% more ROP performance and 100% more memory bandwidth. With the Radeon HD 7970 only being ~9% faster than the GTX 580, AMD appears to have priced itself into a corner this time around.
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  • Tribes: Ascend GPU & CPU Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on April 25, 2012

    Tribes Ascend benchmarks and performance analysis -- We've benchmarked Tribes: Ascend across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations, including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an FX-8150 and an i7-2600K, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.
  • Ivy Bridge Debuts: Intel Core i7-3770K Review

    By Steven Walton on April 23, 2012

    Today the company is unveiling its full new line of Core i7 and Core i5 processors, accompanying chipsets and Centrino wireless options. Ivy Bridge is a 'tick' release, but Intel is calling it a tick+ due to the more significant overhaul the graphics side of things is getting.
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  • 4-Way Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up

    By Steven Walton on April 20, 2012

    After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. We have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

    By Michael Oryl on April 19, 2012

    Samsung is aiming to grab a piece of the low-cost tablet market with its latest device. At $250, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an instant best buy. And when you consider that it is one of the few devices on the market to offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, it's even more of a steal.
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  • HP Folio 13 Ultrabook Review

    By Matthew DeCarlo on April 11, 2012

    Striking a balance between extremes, HP's Folio 13 kicks off at an attractive $900 while packing the same core componentry you'll find in even the priciest of ultrabooks.
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  • Nokia Lumia 900 Review

    By Dan Seifert on April 09, 2012

    The Nokia Lumia 900 represents a number of firsts: it is the first high-end Windows Phone from Nokia to arrive in the U.S., it is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Nokia, and it is one of the first 4G LTE Windows Phones on the market.
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  • HTC One X Review

    By Michael Oryl on April 02, 2012

    The One X, the company's new flagship Android smartphone, is the kind of phone that just leaves you breathless. Its single-piece polycarbonate body is unique in the Android world, and it is as comfortable to hold as it is drop dead gorgeous.
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  • Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on March 29, 2012

    The DS1512+ boasts faster read and write speeds than its predecessor and packs an updated dual core 2.13GHz Intel Atom D2700 (32nm Cedar Trail) CPU. These extras come at a $100 premium over the DS1511+, positioning this 5-bay device as a respectable contender in the current NAS market.
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  • Crucial Adrenaline SSD Review: Solid State Cache for Your Hard Drive

    By Steven Walton on March 26, 2012

    Crucial's new Adrenaline solid state drive is a cache solution meant to work along your existing disk drive, using a 50GB version of the m4 SSD. By leveraging the NAND flash memory's performance, the Adrenaline acts as a fast cache to speed up your current larger disk drive storage.
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  • Apple iPad (3rd-Gen): The TechSpot Review

    By Shawn Knight on March 22, 2012

    New features like quad-core graphics, 4G LTE support and the iSight camera are all nice additions, and yet the new iPad could be summarized in only two words: Retina display. Apple has once again set the benchmark others will be striving for in 2012.
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