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Project War Machine M1 Elite

Sometimes you go to war with the hardware you have, not the hardware
you’d like to have, and that’s what newcomer Project War Machine does
with its M1 Elite, making controversial trade-offs in the name of
stability.

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HP TouchSmart IQ770

When HP designed the TouchSmart IQ770, it must have been thinking of that old saying, “No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like the kitchen best.” This PC is tailor made for serving up—and scarfing down—digital media in the kitchen.

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Polywell Poly i680SLI-QX

Lately, we’ve been getting two kinds of systems for review: rigs
overclocked to within an inch of their lives (or beyond) and those
about as exciting as plain yogurt.

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ABS Ultimate X8 III

One of our favorite scenes in Pulp Fiction takes place when Samuel L. Jackson’s character, the ever-so-eloquent Jules Winnfield, describes the wonderful gourmet taste of his friend Jimmie’s coffee. Of course, Jules and his partner have just pulled up to Jimmie’s house with a body blasted all over the backseat of their car. But for the briefest of moments, nothing else mattered, save for the sweet flavor of something that wasn’t freeze-dried Taster’s Choice.

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Maingear F131

Hoo-hoo! That’s an exact recreation of the noise we made when opening the box containing Maingear’s F131 desktop rig. But “rig” might be too generic a description for the bright-blue machine; “behemoth” seems more appropriate. For in every direction—processor power, graphics, and even the freakin’ weight of the beast—the F131 seems to dwarf its competition.

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iBuyPower Gamer's Fire

You can look at every PC as having its own personality—an essence comprising its strengths, quirks, and flaws. Take iBuyPower’s Gamer’s Fire PC, for example: It’s a crossbreed of Rodney Dangerfield and Steven Seagal. You might not respect its pot belly and ugly golf clothes, but it can snap a suite of benchmarks like a twig.

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Falcon Northwest Mach V

There's an annual event here at the magazine: We set performance records every September with the Dream Machine and before we can finish guzzling the celebratory beer, Falcon Northwest shows up to pee on our parade.