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20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Fri, Oct 13 2017 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you’ve had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from September."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

MSI Releases its Small Form Factor Vortex G25 Gaming Desktop
     Thu, Oct 12 2017 | 1:26A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, today announces the availability of the Vortex G25 gaming desktop. First announced at Computex Taipei 2017, the Vortex G25 features an 8th generation i7 processor and up to a GTX 1070 graphics card in a 2.5-liter chassis.

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The Vortex G25 adopts the latest Intel 8th Generation Core processor based on the new Z370 platform. The Core i7-8700 processor features six cores for 12-thread computing and can be overclocked from 3.2GHz to 4.3GHz (Multi-Core). The Vortex also includes MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan technology which consists of dual blade fans with eight heatpipes to ensure proper cooling of the CPU and GPU, ultimately resulting in a 30% performance gain over the last generation of processors.

The Vortex G25 was designed for portable and convenient VR experiences. The front panel has a power jack to power VR headsets, an HDMI port and two USB 3.0 ports. MSI’s Nahimic VR software optimizes performance and virtual surround sound to make virtual reality even more immersive.

Traditionally, desktop computers are imposing and bulky, but the Vortex manages to put desktop power into a compact and aesthetically appealing body. The Vortex is also easily upgradeable. It’s equipped with pull-ring slotted screws, providing an easy way to remove the top cover for upgrades. The dual NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen3 / SATA-SSD Combo slots, 2.5” hard drive and dual DDR4-2400 slots are all upgradeable.

  FULL STORY @ NEWEGG

Shuttle Computer Group Upgrades Slim XPC
     Thu, Oct 12 2017 | 1:24A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading designers of small form computers, announces its new XPC rugged, slim computers, the DH270 and XH270 that use the latest H270 chipset from Intel®. Designed for multi-screen video walls and high-resolution signage application, the one-liter Shuttle XPC DH270 and three-liter XH270 slim PCs support LGA 1151 Intel®6th/7th generation Core™ i 65W (Kaby Lake) processors.

With integrated Intel HD graphics, these new computers provide 4K/UHD video playback on up to three screens, with DDR4-2133/2400 memory as well as Intel® Optane™ technology which improves processing and data transfer speed and agility, up to 28 percent faster computing for action-packed, attention-grabbing performance.

“Our new DH270 and XH270 slim computers are perfect for triple display signage like in fast food restaurants, malls, and small business applications,” said Robert Garcia, channel manager, Shuttle Computer Group.

The DH270 and XH270 are designed with Shuttle’s exclusive heat-pipe cooling module with smart fan design, which allows for constant air circulation between the inside and outside of the machine resulting in greater stability for reliable, long-term, 24/7 operation.

With a slim 43mm height and compact size, the DH270 and XH270 have a VESA mount and use significantly fewer cables. They also have no daughter board, which makes assembly easy, and use industrial capacitors to meet the environmental operation demands of commercial applications.

  FULL STORY @ SHUTTLE

Guru3D Rig of the Month - September 2017
     Mon, Oct 02 2017 | 6:58P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Meet the September edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2017. The turn goes to Thomas aka Tutanchamun who built something pretty cool. He shows his great looking build with only minor mods / tweaks.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Project Build: Carmine - Part 3 – Custom all the things
     Mon, Sep 25 2017 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Wow, so it was all the way back in April when our last installment of this build was published. Back at that point Ryzen 7 was new, now we have Ryzen 3 and 5 as well as Threadripper. So things have been a little crazy. At the time I was looking at cooling options and the original plan was just to add an AIO cooler but at the time no one had AM4 brackets available. I ended up reaching out to Alphacool, they had contacted me a year or two ago about working together on a build but I didn’t have anything that really fit. It just so happened they had AM4 support early on, fitting this build perfectly. I will go into more details inside, but I ran into multiple delays and hiccups but Carmine is finally all together. It’s about time we catch up and show off what has been done to the build.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

AVADirect BattleBox Ultimate X370 Gaming System Review
     Sat, Sep 23 2017 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this year we took a look at our first system from AVADirect, which was more of a HTPC aimed towards 1080p gamers. AVADirect asked us if we wanted to take a look at another system and we said we wanted something a little more powerful. They told us they had the perfect thing in mind, one of their new Battlebox Ultimate systems. AVADirect offers the Battlebox Ultimate is many different configurations from HEDT like X399 and X299, to more mainstream X370 and Z270 setups. The Battlebox they configured for us is the Z370 featuring an AMD RYZEN 7 1700X processor, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2 PCIe SSD, and much more. They even outfitted the system with RGB LEDs and custom sleeved cables! Is this system going to be able to handle 4K gaming? Read on as we find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

HP Omen Desktop PC Review
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HP's more modest gaming desktop is the simply named Omen Desktop, which is now available with AMD Ryzen processors inside. It's a more traditional tower-style chassis that's highly configurable, with prices ranging from just under $1,000 to over $3,200.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

 
PCSpecialist Apollo X01 (i7-7820X & 1080 Ti)
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 1:44P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Intel’s X299 platform having been on the market for a couple of months now, it is about time we reviewed a pre-built system based around a Skylake-X processor. PCSpecialist have obliged by sending over their Apollo X01 system which sports an i7-7820X 8-core CPU, an ASUS ROG Strix X299-E motherboard and a GTX 1080 Ti – all of which creates quite a versatile system.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Sun, Sep 10 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The August edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2017 is here. The turn goes to Shahrukh, who built what he calls, Experience. Named after his fist modding experience. This time it's not even a PC, he modded two consoles into one setup, and made something rather unique.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Worldwide brand motherboard shipments continue to fall
     Fri, Sep 08 2017 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Worldwide brand motherboard shipments are expected to reach only 45 million units in 2017 and may drop further in 2018 as related demand continues shrinking, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Shuttle XPC nano NC03U Barebone Review
     Tue, Sep 05 2017 | 12:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When placing the NC02U and NC03U head-to-head, we can find a similar looking chassis on the outside, but what is on the inside matters: we are now dealing with the latest Kaby Lake-U 7th generation of Intel CPUs with an updated iGPU, DDR4 RAM support for improved performance, while the power ratings do remain the same. The unit does only weight 0.4 kg and can be mounted in three different ways (horizontally, vertically via the supplied stands but also in the back of the display thanks to the VESA mount) and we do get software support for Windows 10 64-bit platforms but also Linux 64-bit."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

ECS Liva Z Plus Kaby Lake UCFF PC Review
     Mon, Sep 04 2017 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ECS Liva Z Plus is a UCFF PC system with an intention to be used for business and personal use. The main selling point is that it uses an Intel Core i5 7300U 14nm Kaby Lake SoC in such a small form factor, with vPro enabled. The CPU uses Intel 620 graphics and supports 4K Playback. So it’s also good enough to function as a compact HTPC unit.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

20 of the Worst PC Setups -
     Fri, Aug 25 2017 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I'm sure at some point you've had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from May."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Nvidia's Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation
     Thu, Aug 17 2017 | 6:37P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia's Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation software yokes the flexibility of Pascal Tesla accelerators to let them host more professional users or more demanding data sets in virtual desktop environments. Join us as we explore this next step in GPU-accelerated virtual desktop infrastructure.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Intel to launch top-end processors to counter AMD resurgence
     Thu, Aug 10 2017 | 1:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel plans to launch its 12-core Skylake-X processor, the Core i9-7920X, in late August, targeting the high-end gaming and enterprise PC market, and release other top-end Skylake-X series processors featuring 14-, 16-18-core architectures in late September, aiming to dampen the resurgence of AMD in high-caliber processors, according to industry sources.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2017
     Wed, Aug 09 2017 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The July edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2017 is here. The turn goes to Guru3D Daniel, who built something what seems to look like a bit more common PC. Don't let the looks fool you though as he has been modding his TS1 aka The Silent One significantly.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

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