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  • Buying Advice: Three AMD A85X Socket FM2 motherboards review

    Last month AMD launched its new generation A10/A8/A6/A4 desktop processors. These CPUs need a new type of processor socket, called Socket FM2. Hardware.Info reviewed three motherboards with the new AMD socket based on the most high-end A85X chipset, the ASUS F2A85-V Pro, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 and the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65.

  • Buying Advice: Xigmatek Asgard III review: affordable enclosure

    The Xigmatek Asgard III certainly is not a bad chassis for its £30 price tag. It cools better than the similarly priced Bitfenix Outlaw, even if that chassis is more quiet. The Asgard III performs about the same as the recently reviewed Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more.

  • How-Tos: Quieten your PC for £70

    We show you how to make your PC quieter by installing new fans, soundproofing material and anti-vibration feet

  • Buying Advice: Make your PC quieter

    If your PC sounds more like an aircraft taking off than a piece of precision technology, we have a raft of tips for saving your ears without hurting your bank balance (too much). Here's how to make your PC quieter

  • News: Microsoft launches Windows 8

    Microsoft has officially launched Windows 8, its latest operating system for desktop PCs, laptops and tablets.

  • Feature: Windows 8 system requirements

    Before you rush out and buy a copy of Windows 8, it's important you check that your computer is up to scratch. Here are the Windows 8 system requirements.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Microsoft Windows 8 launch live

    Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest operating system so here's how to get live coverage of the Windows 8 event.

  • Buying Advice: AMD FX-8350, -8320, -6300 'Vishera' review: finally good enough?

    If you plan on using a dedicated graphics card, the FX-8350, FX-8320 and FX-6300 aren't bad options. Here's our AMD FX processor buying advice.

  • Buying Advice: ASUS Matrix HD 7970 Platinum review: 1.4 kg graphics card

    Impressive graphics card design, that is something you can trust ASUS with. The latest new member in the Republic of Gamers family is the Matrix HD 7970 Platinum. It's a huge card based on the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition with several unique features for overclockers. Hardware.Info tested the card and overclocked it.

  • Buying Advice: Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge

    The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors have more options for overclocking RAM. To find out which brand of memory modules will give you the best performance in return, Hardware.Info compared ten different sets.

  • Buying Advice: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac

    Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.

  • Buying Advice: ASRock Z77 OC Formula review: designed by Nick Shih

    ASRock has a new high-end Socket 1155 motherboard specially aimed at overclockers, and the extra features reflect this. Professional overclocker Nick Shih assisted with the design of the ASRock Z77 OC Formula board, and also added a number of custom overclocking profiles.

  • Buying Advice: MSI Z77 MPower review: guaranteed to overclock

    Excellent overclocking performance at an affordable price. We have waited years for a motherboard like the Z77 MPower. Why? Because every time a manufacturer comes with a motherboard aimed at overclockers, it is filled with other features that aren't useful for overclocking. MSI kept those extra features to a minimum on the Z77 MPower board. If you are an overclocker, then the Z77 MPower should be on your wish list, it's as simple as that.

  • Buying Advice: AMD A10-5800K / A8-5600K full review: Trinity for desktops

    In May AMD introduced its latest generation APUs codenamed Trinity for laptops, and today the desktop versions finally arrive. Last week we were only allowed to write about the hardware behind the new CPUs, the model numbers and the gaming benchmarks. Today, you get the full review, including CPU benchmarks and everything else.

  • Buying Advice: Samsung SSD 840 250GB review: affordable and fast?

    The 840 series SSD will become interesting only when the price goes down quite a bit, lower than the current level of the 830.

  • Buying Advice: Intel Core i3 3225 and 3220 review: entry-level Ivy Bridge

    It's starting to look not so good for AMD. Aside from a few completely multi-threaded benchmarks, the new Core i3s with two cores are faster than the AMD A8s with four cores. It's no wonder AMD found itself forced to lower it prices again recently. The most high-end AMD Llano processor, the A8 3870K, is still cheaper than the Core i3s tested here. An AMD A6 processor you can buy for half the price of an i3.

  • Buying Advice: Corsair Vengeance C70 review: military themed mid-tower chassis

    The Corsair Vengeance C70 is a fun chassis. The design is different, we like the quick-release clips for the side panel, and there is nothing wrong with the finish or build quality. As long as you don't need much cooling, this is a good chassis, but perhaps not for gamers.

  • Buying Advice: Corsair Neutron SSDs review: first SSDs with LAMD controller

    It's impressive that LAMD is able to join the high-end segment right-away with its first controller in the Corsair Neutron 240GB and the Neutron GTX 240GB SSDs. Looking at the benchmarks, it's clear that their new controller is faster than SandForce, and faster than the previous-generation Marvell. The outstanding performance of the Neutron SSD can be seen in a number of areas. The sequential write speed of the Neutron GTX is very high, for example.

  • Buying Advice: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 review incl. SLI: Kepler for £179

    The GeForce GTX 660 appears to be a great card for gaming on Full HD resolution. Until recently you had to spend £239 to be able to do that, and now it's less than £200. Here's our Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 review incl. SLI: Kepler.

  • Haswell guide: Fourth generation Intel Core processor preview

    Haswell is a new Intel processor architecture based on an existing manufacturing process. That means it will have the 22nm Tri-Gate ‘3D’ transistors introduced with Ivy Bridge. Here's our fourth generation Intel Core preview.



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