Low-cost PC manufacturers may be nervous about the touchscreen-friendly nature of Windows 8 , but top-notch boutique PC builders ain't sweating Intel's Ivy Bridge launch . Over the weekend, a bevy of the biggest boutique names out there announced that the third-gen Core procs are now gracing the internals of several desktop offerings. Maingear even went so far as to roll out a whole new PC and announced a redesign of the cases for one of its best known builds.
Puget Systems' announcement was a bit more reserved, but it, too, is bringing Ivy Bridge to all of its PCs, from the small form factor Echo all the way up to its top-of-the-line liquid-cooled Deluge. "This is a major refresh to our product line" president Jon Bach said in the company's press release.
Velocity Micro also announced Ivy Bridge availability, but only on select models; namely, the Razor Z90, the Vector Z20, and the Edge Z40.
Likewise, Alienware announced that Ivy Bridge mobile processors will start working their way into the M14x, M17x and M18x gaming laptops. Alienware's new guts include recently released Nvidia and AMD Radeon mobile GPUs, too.
AVADirect's in the on the game , too, and makes a point of saying that the company's pumped to add Intel HD 4000 graphics to its line of custom HTPCs. Of course, beefier CPUs (and their overclocking capabilities) are also available for systems with a bit more oomph .
Note: edited to add AVADirect's Ivy Bridge support.