Build your own Apple Mac

It goes against the Apple licence agreement, but making your own Apple Mac computer has spawned a huge underground community. Darren Yates reveals the best hardware for the job.

What you need to know about Haswell Lynx Point chipset

The Haswell CPU platform will be accompanied by a new Series-8 chipset otherwise known as the platform controller hub (PCH) codenamed Lynx Point. This will initially include the Z87 and H87 parts aimed at enthusiasts and mainstream system builds respectively followed by a budget H81 chipset to replace the old H61 model later in 2013.…

All you need to know about Intel’s Haswell chip

  Haswell is a small country town in the US state of Colorado. Its entry into the IT lexicon due to Intel’s determination to avoid trademark issues by using location names instead appears at a critical time in the computing landscape. With Microsoft’s collection of Windows 8 hybrids convertibles and all-in-ones failing to excite and…

Need a motherboard to accompany your new Ivy Bridge chip?

As with any new Intel launch the arrival of the Ivy Bridge third-generation Core i processors comes with a confusing plethora of new motherboard chipsets known collectively as Intel Series 7. For once this isn’t a mandatory upgrade with Ivy Bridge surprisingly compatible with older Series 6 boards yet this incremental platform upgrade does bring…

HTC One XL review

The One XL is Telstra’s version of the very shiny HTC One X. This is HTC’s flagship Android phone with the added benefit of 4G LTE. To accommodate that however there are crucial internal differences between the X and XL. Where the X has a quad-core Tegra processor the limitations of current LTE chipsets means…

Hands on with AMD’s FX Series processors

AMD has (finally) released its next generation all-purpose processor family based on the architecture design previously codenamed Bulldozer. These new processors for desktops codenamed Zambezi now fall under a reworking of AMD’s high-end brand name; FX. The CPUs work in already available chipsets the 990FX 990 and 970 models and operate in boards with support…

Classic recipe: Shuttle SH67H3 SFF barebones PC review

If it ain’t broke why bother redesigning it? Looking at the new SH67H3 barebones SFF system this seems to be the mantra in Shuttle’s R&D department. Apart from an upgrade of the chipset and PSU this product is a dead ringer for the Shuttle cases we’ve seen over the last decade. Is it about time…

New MacBook Air meets its match: the Ultrabook

If you’re a Windows/Linux user who looked with envy at the new MacBook Air models and wondered why PC makers don’t build anything like them don’t despair. Intel’s newest processors are helping create a new ultraportable category of notebook called the Ultrabook and whether by design or not the MacBook Air is squarely in the…

Go big or go home? MSI Big Bang Marshal review

The Big Bang Marshal is based on the Intel P67 chipset but offers much much more functionality than the basic chipset’s specs suggest.Key to MSI’s go-big strategy is the inclusion of a Lucid Hydra chip to extend the default x16 lanes of PCI-E offered for graphics solutions into an expanded two x16 electrical slots. Though…