Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, nicknamed Haswell, is powering a slew of new smaller and speedier PC options from Cyberpower, Asus and MicroCenter. Haswell machines from Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Dell are also coming through the pipeline. The chip is popular because it boosts performance between 10% and 15% while requiring less power and generating less heat, Agam Shah writes. "The result is a PC that is hugely advanced over what most people are running at home," said Kelt Reeves, chief executive officer of Falcon Northwest, a PC maker.

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