October 2013

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review

The Helix’s ThinkPad pedigree is evident: all-black body, rubberized surfaces, and the familiar black, slightly concave keys surrounding  the signature red TrackPoint nubbin.

Jack of all trades, master of none

What do you call a device that can be either a laptop or a tablet, or even a few additional novel form factors in between? A Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, that’s what—which, as the name implies, is a hybrid with a twist.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Asus Z87-Deluxe Review

With the exception of Goldmember, PC users may miss the old blue heatsinks.

Finally, all SATA 6Gb/s on an Intel board!

Motherboard shopping used to be like buying a Model T—you could buy any color you wanted as long it was black. Today, we have a serious Nerd World problem in the dizzying array of motherboard choices, with Asus offering no less than 10 Z87 boards just in its “standard” line, at prices that range from ultra-budget to luxury.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Ask the Doctor

Windows has built-in compatibility settings that can help fix problems with programs designed for older versions of the OS.

The doctor tackles Hot SLI Setups, Old games, 2.2TB Partition Limits, and more

2 Cards 2 Hot

I've got a solid gaming setup right now with a Core i5-750 at 3.2GHz on an Asus Maximus III Formula and 16GB of PNY Optima RAM. My problem is my two EVGA Superclocked GTX 550 Ti cards in SLI. Housed in a HAF922 chassis, I'm idling at 60 C and 40 C, and hitting 95 C and 80 C, respectively, under load, which is dangerously close to the 100 C maximum safe operating temperature. Ambient room temp isn't an issue, and the Core-i5 stays under 40 degrees. What would be the best option? I can go to a single GPU, though the 550s are super effective in gaming. I could get aftermarket cooling for the 550s. Or should I just get an even bigger tower?

Note: This feature was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.