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    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: Hands on with the iPhone 5

    Apple recently launched the iPhone 5, the sixth generation of its ground-breaking smartphone, running iOS 6. Here is our initial hands on with the iPhone 5, from 12 September. Read our full iPhone 5 review for the definitive verdict.

  • 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: Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB review: the fastest SSD currently around

    The Samsung SSD 840 Pro is by far the fastest SSD currently around- faster than the OCZ Vertex 4, faster than the Corsair Neutron GTX and faster than the Plextor M5 Pro. Samsung also has a proven track record in terms of reliability and quality, as the Samsung 830 series had very few known issues. History is of course not a guarantee for future success, but there is no reason to think that the new 840 Pro series will be any less dependable.

  • Buying Advice: Budget laptop buying guide

    Budget priced laptops can be found for less than £500, and while performance will be quick enough for most people, economies are usually made in build quality. Here's what you should look for.

  • Buying Advice: Should I upgrade to iPhone 5 from iPhone 4S?

    A lot of people will be upgrading to the iPhone 5 from their old 3GS or 4, and that upgrade is practically a no-brainer. However, if you have a 4S, either on contract or bought outright, should you upgrade?

  • 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.

  • Buying Advice: New iPod nano: what you need to know

    The iPod nano is Apple's second smallest portable digital media player. Bigger than the miniscule iPod shuffle, the nano is the smallest full-spec player that Apple sells, and is in its seventh iteration. Here's everything you need to know about the new iPod nano.

  • Buying Advice: iPhone 5 Lightning dock connector: what you need to know

    Apple has announced its iPhone 5 which has brought with it a new Lightning dock connector, so here's what you need to know about it.

  • Buying Advice: Apple iPhone 5 nano-SIM: what you need to know

    What you need to know about the nano-SIM card that's widely believed to be the SIM of choice for the new Apple iPhone.

  • Buying Advice: WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo review: the way Thunderbolt was intended

    The Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo shows what's possible when you combine Thunderbolt with a traditional hard drive, you get an external hard drive with extremely high transfer rates.

  • Buying Advice: Six GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics cards: ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac

    If you're looking for a GeForce GTX 660 Ti, you have plenty to choose from. We previously reviewed the graphics cards from ASUS, EVGA and MSI, and now Gigabyte and Zotac sent us their versions as well.

  • Buying Advice: Bitfenix Prodigy: a unique mini-ITX chassis

    The Prodigy is the first mini-ITX chassis Bitfenix has released, and right-away it's an attempt to offer something different than what's already out there. Bitfenix tried a different approach to the mini-ITX form factor, something we can only applaud in an otherwise conservative market.

  • Buying Advice: Club 3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce buying advice

    If you're interested in spending money on a Radeon HD 7970, then the Club 3D royalAce is certainly worth considering. It is clearly the fastest Radeon HD 7970 that we've tested until now.

  • Buying Advice: Buying advice: Mede8er MED1000X3D media player

    The Mede8er MED1000X3D has left us with a mixed impression, which is true for most recent media players that we've reviewed. On the positive side there are lots of features, the menu is well-organised and user-friendly and reacts quickly to input from the remote. The build quality is solid, and it supports most file formats.

  • Buying Advice: Buying advice: Buffalo TeraStation Pro Duo WSS

    Are you looking for a complete package for your business Windows network, and you're not too excited by a NAS based on Linux? Then the Buffalo TeraStation Pro Duo WSS may just be the ticket for you.

  • Buying Advice: Buy a touchscreen display for a Windows 8 PC

    Windows 8 is really all about having a touchscreen interface - so if you are buying a display for your PC, you'd be well served to get one that is equally adept at running Windows 7 and Windows 8. Here's our guide to buying a display for Windows 8.



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