Deputy Editor Gordon Ung gives you a tour around this year's benchmark-busting beast
Every year we set out to build the most kick-ass PC, where money is no object and performance rules the roost. This year's $16,000+ Dream Machine is no different. It's by far the most powerful PC we've ever built--shoot, it even cracked into 3DMark 11's esteemed Hall of Fame leaderboard!
The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are pretty damned impressive, as you will see in these behind-the-scenes videos of all the Dream Machine's components, with your host Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung!
After being placed on administrative leave on April 18, 2011, Systemax today said it has accepted the resignation of Gilbert Fiorentino as Chief Executive of the company's technology products group. Fiorentino was under investigation for "anonymous whistleblower allegations" in relation to the company's Miami operations, though Systemax, which sells computer parts and other electronics through its TigerDirect, CompUSA, and Circuit City subsidiaries, never said exactly what those allegations were.
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is partnering with Tiger Direct to launch a new Core i7 gaming system in each of the retailer's 33 stores in five states, and Puerto Rico for good measure. This is new ground for iBuyPower, which says that this is the first time customers in big market areas like Chicago and Miami can log some hands-on time with a system before whipping out their PayPal card.
Given that Intel's Atom processor is nearly ubiquitous with netbooks, it's fair to say the world's largest chip maker has a vested interest in seeing the netbook sector survive the emerging tablet era. To make sure that happens, Intel put its AppUp store in the hands of CompUSA, TigerDirect, and Best Buy Canada.
The AppUpSM center has nearly 2,000 free and paid apps to play around with running the gamut from social networking to gaming, productivity, travel, and the like. And just as Microsoft did with games for Windows Phone 7, all apps in the AppUpSM center include a try-before-you-buy feature.