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Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs now available to order

Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs now available to order

The verdict is in on Intel’s new Ivy Bridge CPUs, and once again the chip manufacturer has offered up a boost in performance while reducing power and heat. If you’ve been waiting impatiently for retailers to start offering the new line of processors, then wait no longer: they’re now available to order from prominent internet retailers like Newegg and Amazon.

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LuvBook X ultrabook goes sub-1kg with carbon-fiber

LuvBook X ultrabook goes sub-1kg with carbon-fiber

Will extreme lightness be enough to score a win for ultrabooks? That's the strategy Mouse Computer is taking with the LuvBook X, using a carbon-fiber chassis to dip under the 1kg mark despite. One of the relatively rare 11.6-inch models, it runs Sandy Bridge rather than newer Ivy Bridge processors but, as PC Watch discovered, doesn't necessarily suffer in terms of performance.

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Ivy Bridge System Roundup

Ivy Bridge System Roundup

This morning Intel let loose the final release information for their 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, also known as Ivy Bridge. Since then there've been no lack of PC producers on hand letting the world know that they already have or will have soon their own model computers with the updated Core i5 and/or Core i7 processors onboard. Have a peek at what's being offered today and see if you'll want to go brand new, stick with a proven model with this new update, or create your own with parts of your choosing!

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Intel 3rd Gen Core Ivy Bridge processors official

Intel 3rd Gen Core Ivy Bridge processors official

Intel has officially launched its 3rd-gen Core processor line-up, based on 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture, for a 20-percent performance boost while using 20-percent less power than last-gen Sandy Bridge chips. The new Core chips are built using 3D Tri-Gate transistor architecture, and include a new on-processor HD Graphics 4000 GPU for up to twice the HD media and 3D graphics performance. Finally, there are new security features for home and enterprise users.

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MAINGEAR Solo custom all-in-one revealed

MAINGEAR Solo custom all-in-one revealed

MAINGEAR has outed its latest custom PC, the Solo, a 21-inch all-in-one which promises to be the most flexible of its ilk. Fronted by a 1080p Full HD display - with an optional 10-point multitouch touchscreen - the Solo kicks off with a Core i3-2125 processor and 4GB of memory, but can be upgraded to a Core i7-2600S and 16GB of DDR3-1333. MAINGEAR also slots in 32GB of SSD caching memory as standard, to turn any regular HDD into a hybrid drive for up to 8x the performance, supposedly.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook pre-orders launched

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook pre-orders launched

The Ultrabook wave continues with the HP Envy 14 Spectre and it's fabulous HD+ Radiance Infinity display and a Core i5 or Core i7 processor under the hood. This Ultrabook is now up for pre-order straight from HP and will ring in at $1399 for the least expensive model. Not only will you be rolling out with Beats, a fantastically high definition display, and a lovely light-up HP symbol, you've got Gorilla Glass covering so many parts of the device you'll wonder how you ever went without it!

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Shuttle XPC SZ68R5 packs super-fast Core i7 into tiny footprint

Shuttle XPC SZ68R5 packs super-fast Core i7 into tiny footprint

Compact PC manufacturer Shuttle has outed its latest barebones computer, the Shuttle XPC SZ68R5, featuring Intel's Z68 high-performance chipset along with SSD caching for super-fast boot times and app loading. The 33 x 21.5 x 19 cm chassis can accommodate up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, Core i3/i5/i7 processors and up to four add-on cards, since it has slots for PCIe-x16-2.0, PCIe-x4-2.0, Mini-PCIe-x1-2.0 and mSATA. HTPC duty is made easier thanks to both HDMI and DVI-I ports.

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Alienware X51 packs gaming power in tiny footprint

Alienware X51 packs gaming power in tiny footprint

Alienware has launched its latest desktop gaming PC, the Alienware X51, though unlike the company's usual ostentatious monster-machines it squeezes its potency into a tiny footprint. The small-form-factor X51 measures just 14.5 x 12.52 x 3.74 inches, but can still be outfitted with a choice of Intel Core i3 dualcore, or i5/i7 quadcore processors along with either NVIDIA's GeForce GT 545 1GB graphics or GeForce GTX 555 1GB.

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Shuttle XH61 packs Core i7 into 7cm PC

Shuttle XH61 packs Core i7 into 7cm PC

Shuttle has outed its latest barebones PC, the XH61 and if you've been eyeing the Mac mini but need an optical drive and native Windows then the 7cm-high desktop is worth a glance. The XH61 packs an LGA1155 socket motherboard with two RAM slots - for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory - four SATA 3 Gbit/s ports and room for both a 2.5-inch drive and slimline DVD or Blu-ray drive into a 24.2 x 20 x 7.3 cm enclosure, ideal for HTPC or desktop duties.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Ultrabooks are sweeping the board at CES 2012, and Dell isn't prepared to be left out: the company has revealed the Dell XPS 13, a new 18mm ultraportable that fits a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch form-factor. Running either Core i5 2467M or i7 2637M dual-core processors, paired with 4GB of memory and either 128GB or 256GB SSDs, the XPS 13 measures just 12.4 x 8.1 x 0.24-0.71 inches and 2.99 pounds despite offering up to 8hrs battery life. We caught up with Dell last week to find out why they reckon the XPS 13 is the best ultrabook around.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks revealed

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks revealed

Lenovo has followed Wednesday's ThinkPad launch with a pair of new ultrabooks targeted at consumers at CES today, the IdeaPad U310 and U410. With 13.3-inch and 14-inch displays respectively, the two new IdeaPads have up to 64GB of SSD storage and/or up to 500GB of HDD storage, promising both speedy resume and boot times together with capacious multimedia space.

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LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabooks revealed

LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabooks revealed

Ultrabooks have hardly had a chance to get started, and already LG is looking to refine the term with its new Super Ultrabook LG Z330 and Z430 models. Two of the company's new PCs from its CES 2012 line-up, they join a 3D-centric notebook range - though lack 3D themselves - at the Las Vegas show next week. So, you might be asking, what makes an ultrabook "Super"?

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