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 does Intel Haswell mean for the future of the PC?

The PC isn’t dying but you’d have to say it’s not doing too well. That’s the message from the first-quarter 2013 global PC shipment figures from market analyst IDC. Compared with the same period in 2012 this year’s first-quarter figures were down nearly 14% the largest drop in history and IDC has no qualms about…

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.…

ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 review

Price: $2399  |  Website: www.asus.com/au You couldn’t accuse Taiwanese component maker ASUS of being unambitious. Over the last half a decade or so the company’s managed to carve itself a prominent role in the laptop market and it’s now aiming to do the same for tablets all-in-one PCs and perhaps even smartphones. On the latter…

Intel Haswell CPU: How it works

Haswell is a continuation of the previous-generation Ivy Bridge’s 22nm production process with changes across the three key areas: core CPU performance iGPU improvements and power consumption reductions. We’ve included tables here covering information on the specific CPU models we’ve found so rather than talk about specific chips we’ll look at the architecture and mention…

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…

Seagate’s new 5mm Ultrathin hard drive a game changer

Expect cheaper Ultrabooks in the next few months and tablets with massive PC-like storage down the track thanks to an astonishingly-thin 5mm 500GB mechanical drive announced by Seagate at the Computex computer show in Taipei this week. PC laptop and tablet makers ASUS Lenovo and Dell have endorsed the Laptop Ultra-thin HDD500GB drive and are…

Intel mulls new brand for super-low-power processor

Last week the chipmaking colossus revealed first details of the chip which is built on the 4th generation 22nm Core architecture codenamed Haswell. The processor draws just 10 watts compared to the 17 watts of today’s most parsimonious ULV Core designs and 2 watts for the mighty mite Atom and is intended to drive a…

Intel reveals all-new Core processor for tablets and hybrids

The move comes as tablet sales continue to soar and affordable ultrabooks move further into the mainstream. Intel’s ‘Cove Point’ hybrid concept: a tablet-cum-ultrabook slider with a 12.5-inch screen. Intel’s dilemma is that the push for ever-thinner designs – a must-have trait if convertibles are to gain serious traction – will find that even Intel’s…