The intent of these wide, sweeping changes is clear: to inflict as much pain on the industry as possible in the shortest time window.
What I meant to say was that Intel clearly intends to clean up the last vestiges of the circa-1990s PC platform at once, weeding out weaknesses and pulling open bottlenecks. We've tested the whole shebang, from the Intel 915 and 925X Express chipsets to new processors including the Pentium 4 model 560 at 3.6GHz. We've tested PCI Express graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA, and we've benchmarked Maxtor's impressive new MaXLine III Serial ATA hard drives with support for Native Command Queuing. Read on to learn more about what each of these changes means for you and to see how this first wave of next-generation PC hardware performs.
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|Heavyweight rematch: Gigabyte X79-UP4 vs. MSI X79A-GD45 Plus||0|
|Thursday Night Shortbread||3|
|Acer's Iconia W4 tablet offers Bay Trail, 8'' display for $330||21|
|AMD issues statement on R9 290X speed variability, press samples||101|
|MSI's new gaming notebook has a 2880x1620 screen||26|
|Next-gen Intel SSDs could have 2TB capacities, integrated heatsinks||32|
|Data suggests consumer drives are as reliable as enterprise models||58|
|Valve joins the Linux Foundation||67|
|They had a 40M mail-in-rebate.||+29|