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    Here comes the Intel Chromebook flood: Which is best for you?

    Posted May 7, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Chromebooks are about to power up, with a host of manufacturers announcing a slew of new Chromebook models based on Intel chips to be available in the next few months. Which one might be best for you?
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    Intel 730 Series SSD (480GB): Good performance and a strong warranty

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Intel's new 730 series SSD has an enterprise heritage and a long warranty, but its performance is only middle of the pack.
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    More details on Intel's Haswell CPUs released

    Posted June 1, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Intel takes part of the wraps off its new CPU generation at the Computex show. The final portion comes in a few days.
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    Intel vs. AMD: Battle of the world's smallest PCs

    Posted March 20, 2013 - 10:57 am

    The desktop PC isn't dead, it's just shrinking. There's a new breed of miniature marvels on the market, and they boast a nonexistent footprint when attached to the back of a display. Unlike some micro-size, micro-priced computers--the $35 Raspberry Pi, for example--these incredibly small machines provide more than enough processing power for all but the most strenuous computing chores.
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    Best products of 2012: cool PC accessories

    Posted December 8, 2012 - 8:45 am

    This is where we give key peripherals, components, and networking products their due. The competition was particularly fierce in the router market this year, as companies jockeyed for position in both the nascent 802.11ac space and the more established 802.11n segment.
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    Review: Intel's Series 335 delivers more SSD for less money

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    Intel has revved up its mainstream SSD line from the Series 330 to the Series 335, and the company sent over a 240GB model for evaluation (and 240GB is apparently the only capacity it is launching this series with). The new drives feature 20nm NAND flash memory, compared with the 25nm chips in the older series, but Intel continues to use an LSI/SandForce SF-2281 controller with custom Intel firmware. The company uses the same controller in its Series 330 and Series 520 drives.
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    Asus ET2701 INKI review: A multipurpose media machine

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:25 am

    We get lots of functional, pretty all-in-one desktops through the PCWorld Labs, and the ET2701 INKI is Asus's latest entry. This high-definition, 27-inch system, priced at $1299 (as of 7/9/2012), is equipped with one of Intel's newest and fastest processors plus a discrete Nvidia graphics chip.
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    MacBook Pro: 15-in. Retina screen is revolutionary

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:55 am

    As the old saying goes: Seeing is believing.
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    Game on: 3 high-performance laptops duke it out

    Posted June 24, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Gamers have always demanded the fastest and most powerful systems. We tested three screamers to find the best laptop for the job.
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    Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 review: Windows 7 tablet offers tons of flexibility and features

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Fujitsu is a veteran in the tablet PC game, and that experience shows to good advantage with the Stylistic Q550 (price as of June 1, 2012, starts at $729; as reviewed, $849). This Windows 7 tablet incorporates an Atom processor, and comes crammed with features--a fingerprint scanner, a smartcard reader, Trusted Platform Module, and a removable battery--that make it especially attractive to business users.
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    Sony VAIO L24 review: a media juggernaut that's short on performance

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:24 am

    Though the Sony VAIO L24 is by no means a powerhouse machine, it succeeds as a reasonably priced media center PC.
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    Asus Essentio CM6870 review: Ivy Bridge performance, mediocre gaming

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Here comes Ivy Bridge. The Asus Essentio CM6870 is one of the first budget desktops hitting the PCWorld Labs to run one of Intel’s brand-new Ivy Bridge processors and receive testing under the brand-new WorldBench 7 benchmarking suite.
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    Review: Intel's new 'Cherryville' SSD 520 drive

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Intel today started shipping its fastest solid-state drive to date, the 520 Series SSD, sporting its smallest 25nm NAND flash memory and SandForce's SATA 3.0 controller with 500MB/sec-plus performance.
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    New 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz speed results

    Posted May 4, 2011 - 10:16 am

    On Tuesday, Apple released an updated line of iMacs, featuring quad-core Sandy Bridge Intel processors and Thunderbolt ports. Macworld Lab has all four standard configuration models, and the results for the $1999 27-inch iMac are in. The results do not disappoint, with the new iMac besting the previous generation of standard-configuration iMacs. The new 3.1GHz iMac even bested the performance of some impressively-equipped build-to-order models we've tested previously.
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    Intel mini SATA SSD

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    While I've reviewed many solid-state drives (SSD) in the past, I've never reviewed a mini-SATA (mSATA) SSD. So when Intel sent me one of their first such drives, the Intel Solid-State 310 (which shipped last month), I hoped it would perform like the big boys.
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    Intel’s 'Sandy Bridge' processors: How do they stack up?

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    Intel has pulled back the proverbial curtain on their second-generation Core processors, which were previously known by the codename "Sandy Bridge." The new CPUs are built on a brand new microarchitecture, and feature a number of enhancements, including improved integrated graphics performance.
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    3 laptops powered by Intel's Core i7 processor

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Intel Corp.'s new Core i7 family of processors includes the company's most advanced mobile chips. First introduced in September 2009, the design was revamped this January. The latest version of the mobile Core i7, called Arrandale during its development, is built on a 32-nanometer fabrication process and offers base speeds that range from 1.06 GHz to 2.66 GHz.
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    Review: Intel's Westmere struts its stuff

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Fast AES encryption, better scalability, and consistent per-core performance make the new six-core Xeon a worthy successor to Nehalem.
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    Hands-On: Intel Core i7 920XM Laptop

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    This morning, Intel has just unveiled its newest mobile processor. Surprise! Okay, not really. We've heard about this chip for what feels like ages. Well, today we're gonna tell you how a Core i7 laptop performs in initial tests.
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    Intel's New Core i7 and Core i5 Processors Explained

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 9:04 am

    Intel's two new Core i7 CPUs (860 and 870) are mid-range counterparts to its top-of-the-line Core i7 900-series chips, and initial tests (using Intel's new DP55KG motherboard) indicate their performance follows suit. Our early tests also show the new entry-level Core i5 750 is the one to watch when it comes to best bang for your buck.
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    Intel's X25-E SSD runs circles around rivals

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    The 64GB SSD boasts impressive I/O performance, stability and reliability
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    Intel's NASty little test tool

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Intel NAS Performance Toolkit is a NAS test tool that doesn't take a hard drive engineer to understand and use. Because it actually plays back various types of file actions, this tool is much more "real world" than similar offerings.
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    New Intel 80GB SSD is faster than the best HDD

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    SSD are finally coming into their own -- they're faster, more durable, and use less power than traditional mechanical hard drives. However, the strongest indicator that this may be the storage tech of the future is Intel's release of its X18 and X25 solid state drives.
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    MSI Wind NB U100 Mini-notebook

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    MSI's Wind NB U100 is one of the first Intel Atom-based mini-notebooks to appear. And like the Acer's Aspire One, it gives a clear idea of what the bargain-priced CPU can handle. Other components include 1GB of RAM, an 80GB 2.5-inch hard drive, and Windows XP--not too shabby for US$550. The Wind is roughly the size of a super-small ultraportable laptop, like Lenovo's IdeaPad U110, but mini-notebooks and ultraportables by no means overlap in price or performance.
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