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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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Alienware Aurora R4 packs hexacore Core i7 and active vents

Alienware Aurora R4 packs hexacore Core i7 and active vents

Dell has launched its latest gaming PC, the Alienware Aurora, a hexacore-based powerhouse with liquid-cooling as standard and eye-catching active vents running across the top. Running a choice of Intel 3000 Core i7 processors, paired with the X79 Express chipset, quad-channel DDR3 memory and dual-graphics options each with GDDR5 memory, the new Aurora even managers to look almost subtle with its matte black case and red LED highlights.

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LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG has revealed its own attempt at the ultrabook segment, the LG Xnote Z330, with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors and more than a hint of Apple's MacBook Air to the styling. Built around a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display - that, thanks to LG's 8mm-thin bezel Shuriken tech, fits into  the space a 12-inch panel would usually demand - the Z330 is 14.7mm thick and 1.21kg, and can run for over 6hrs on a single charge.

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Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition debuts: 5.6GHz overclock

Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition debuts: 5.6GHz overclock

Intel has outed its latest high-end processor, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, along with a new chipset, the X79 Express, and manufacturers are already jumping all over the performance pair. Maingear has updated its SHIFT, F131 and Quantum SHIFT desktop PCs to use the Core i7-3960X chip, which runs at 3.3GHz but can be overclocked to a huge 5.6GHz thanks to it coming unlocked, as well as 3.9GHz using Intel Turbo, packs six cores and 12 threads, and has 15MB of cache. Upgraders hoping to use the new processor may be frustrated by Intel's new LGA 2011 socket, however.

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Dell XPS 14z official

Dell XPS 14z official

Dell has outed its latest notebook, the Dell XPS 14z, a 14-inch notebook that manages to squeeze its 1366 x 768 display into space that would normally only accommodate a 13-inch panel. Set to go on sale in North America on November, and follow on in the UK come November 15, the XPS 14z has a choice of Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M 1GB graphics (with Optimus switching), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory (4GB standard) and a slot-loading DVD burner.

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