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Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2’s gaming rig

Gateway FX6800-05 review : Intel 80GB SSD, i7 940, plus ATI 4870 X2’s gaming rig

Gateway's FX6800-01e was the first i7, Nehalem, Quad-Core processor PC we tested, and its performance boost over the previous Core 2 architecture was obvious. That was the company's lowest FX-series rig with Nehalem/Bloomfield; today we have the highest model in the FX-series, the FX-6800-05 desktop, to review. Gateway's ultimate gaming rig sports high end components built upon the Intel's i7-940 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon 4870 X2 graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory, and last but by no means least, an ultra-fast Intel X25-M 80GB SSD. All that will cost you around $3000 retail, so the big question is whether this Gateway is worth the asking price?

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ASUS Eee Top ET1602 Touchscreen Nettop Review

ASUS Eee Top ET1602 Touchscreen Nettop Review

At first glance, ASUS' Eee Top ET1602 is the epitome of a niche product.  Packing nettop-spec hardware in an all-in-one form factor, with a touchscreen and general design that seem to have stopped by HP's TouchSmart and the Apple iMac along the way, it's certainly tough to pin down.  Innovative new segment or just another Eee oddity: SlashGear set to finding out.

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Sony VAIO LV all-in-one PC review

Sony VAIO LV all-in-one PC review

When first announced back in September, the Sony VAIO LV-series was described as a High-Definition PC/TV.  That blurring of distinctions between computer and entertainment gives a good idea of how the company envisages their all-in-one slotting into your lifestyle; a relatively rare HMDI input, allowing external sources to use the LV as a 1080p-capable display, helps single the system out even further.  Are TV tuners, Blu-ray and Dolby Digital surround sound enough to let the VAIO LV replace your current HDTV?

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Sony Vaio RT Review – Top Tier All-in-One Multimedia PC

Sony Vaio RT Review – Top Tier All-in-One Multimedia PC

Forget the iMac, HP Touchsmart, Gateway or Dell XPS “One”, we've got a powerhouse all-in-one multimedia PC from Sony; it might not have a catchy name but it sure means business. The Sony VAIO Sony VGC-RT150Y no ordinary PC; It is a top notch VAIO that combines the technology of an HDTV with the computing power of a quad core multimedia PC. Behind the 25.5-inch XBRITE Full HD LCD Screen there's an Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard-drive with built-in digital TV tuners, Blu-ray burner and masses of A/V input and outputs for full 1080p living room entertainment. But with the price tag of $4,000, can it live up to the hype?

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HP XW6600 and XW4600 Workstations Review

HP XW6600 and XW4600 Workstations Review

Lately the SlashGear test bench has been playing home to a number of midrange workstations from HP. The 4600 and 6600 ranges from low end to mid-level quad processor workstations; while the purpose is serious, HP are trying to broaden the appeal with colorful custom graphics skins courtesy of skinit.com. But are these just My First Workstation or have HP got some potential hits on their hands?

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Gateway FX6800-01e Review – Intel Core i7 (Nehalem) Powered Gaming Rig

Gateway FX6800-01e Review – Intel Core i7 (Nehalem) Powered Gaming Rig

Sitting on the SlashGear test bench for the past week or so has been Gateway's FX6800-01e PC, and boy have we wanted to tell you about it. Outwardly there's little to suggest - beyond the color scheme, which edges on the vibrant - that the FX6800-01e is anything other than a standard Gateway machine, but the giveaway is the discrete Intel Core i7 badge. This is one of the first systems to use Intel's next-gen processor, formerly known as Nehalem, marking a significant architecture change from the Core series. The FX6800-01e is based on an Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz quad-core processor; the biggest question remains, is performance increase as revolutionary as the architecture?

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Gateway One Review – Sleek all-in-one desktop

Gateway One Review – Sleek all-in-one desktop

Think all-in-one computers and think hefty, lumpen PCs that try to pretend to be swish LCD displays but instead end up looking desperate - or, more likely, think Apple's luscious iMac and its effortless evolution of style. Gateway have attempted the form-factor before, but never as convincingly as their new One; when first sighted the inevitable "is this an iMac killer?" questions arose and, while that's an important point, maybe more important is whether living with the glossy obelisk is as pleasing as it is to look at. Gateway were kind enough to send a pre-production One over to SlashGear, and so we've been putting it through its fashionable paces.

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