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Elgato Stream Deck Mini Review
     Wed, Jan 15 2020 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Elgato Stream Deck Mini might be the smallest stream deck, but don't let its size fool you."

Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DS10U3 Review
     Sat, Jan 11 2020 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Even if we are dealing only with a dual-core SoC, we are benefitting from HyperThreading and considerably higher clocks versus the Celeron SKUs we have tested in the past. The performance increase is not only visible when launching apps or working with multiple applications at once, but also in the 3D department, as you could notice from our game benchmarks. The SoC is capped at 15W so depending on the load, the clocks will differ in order to fit this power envelope. Thanks to the large heatsink, the system can function without any fan installed up to ambient of 40 degrees Celsius, so if you set it up with an SSD it will be basically noiseless."

Cruising at 5000 MB/sec with TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z440 PCIe 4.0 NVMe
     Wed, Jan 08 2020 | 11:42A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's time to review some next-level M.2. NVMe SSD, we review the TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z440 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD. It reaches the fastest transfer rates we have seen thus far at 5 GB/sec. Of course it is an SSD you can seat into any PCIe 3.0 compatible PC, however, if you place it into a Ryzen 3000 / X570 based PC, some magic happens as you are running 4000 MB/s numbers and higher, thanks to the new PCIe 4.0 interface and a little TLC from Phison, well Toshiba strictly speaking.

System Build to wrap up 2019
     Wed, Dec 25 2019 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It is no secret that electronics go in and out of style in a hurry. Every month there is some new gadget coming out and you have to stay on top of the latest tech, right? But a PC can be quite an investment, so you want it to last and stay future-proof as long as possible. Of course, the beauty of a PC is that over its life you typically have the option of upgrading components - well, up to a point. Eventually, you have to belly up to the table and shuck out the bucks for a new system - a system that will plant you as close to the cutting edge of the latest tech as your wallet will allow."

high-end gaming rig for under $2000 USD
     Sat, Dec 21 2019 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The objective is to put together a gaming system with excellent performance for less than $2000 USD. At the time of writing, the expected cost is around $1800 USD. With the holiday season in full swing, I'm pretty positive most of the components will be available with some sort of discount for even greater savings. If you chose to follow the guidelines of this build, you will end up with a future-proof gaming system that offers great performance and PCIe 4.0 compatibility. In terms of aesthetics, I'm going for that timeless tower look with subtle RGB accents. The system will have a clean yet sophisticated design, and more importantly, it will run cool and very quiet."

Elgato Stream Deck XL @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Dec 20 2019 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Does anyone else remember the Maximus Keyboard? It was a full keyboard designed with small screens in every key. All the way back in 2005 it hit the internet and while it was just a concept back then it blew my mind with the possibilities. It did later come out at a crazy price point and they have even continued to make other variations. But it wasn’t until Elgato brought their first Stream Deck to market that the idea has ever really seen a proper use and a market that actually needed it, not just as something to show off or play around with. Well, today I’m going to check out the Stream Deck XL, Elgato’s third and largest model. I’ve been extremely curious how it could be integrated into regular PC use or workflow as well as the more obvious streaming application.

Silverstone Precision PS16 Review
     Thu, Dec 19 2019 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the Silverstone Precision PS16 Micro ATX Case on OCinside.de, which offers neither panoramic glazing nor aRGB lighting, but promises a solid case for the small purse!

Dream Machines DM5 Blink
     Wed, Dec 18 2019 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With a right-handed ergonomic shape that is strongly reminiscent of the Razer Basilisk, Dream Machines' DM5 Blink checks a lot of boxes: PixArt's PMW3389, main buttons rated for 20 million clicks, and an impressive set of RGB lighting.

Piper Computer Kit STEM Learning Toy
     Wed, Nov 27 2019 | 6:25P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following the Piper created blueprint, kids can physically build their own computer, and then learn the basics of electronics and programming as they work through a series of interactive video game like tutorials and adventures. Piper was in attendance at a recent media showcase event, and after getting an entertaining hands on with their system there, I was very excited to bring one home and see if my nine year old son was as excited as I was to check this out.

Stormforce Magnum GTX 1660 Review
     Thu, Nov 21 2019 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Magnum is also equipped with a high speed 500GB NVMe SSD, renowned for their excellent throughput and random-access speeds which allow a very responsive and snappy experience within Windows, not to mention the improved game loading times.

PC Build Guide: $700 Gaming System on a Budget
     Fri, Nov 15 2019 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our latest PC Build Guide, we take a look at delivering the best bang for the buck gaming PC we can at the $700 price point. No cutting corners, no compromises, this build will give users a jumping-off point for the best-possible performance without burning a hole in their wallet.

Box Cube Dragon Army One Gaming PC Review (3800X, 2080 Super)
     Thu, Nov 14 2019 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you’re a huge fan of MSI then Box certainly has a PC just for you. The One is a prebuilt PC that sits within the Dragon Army line up of systems and includes parts from Corsair, Intel and Nvidia with the main focus being on MSI. The MSI Gungnir case has a giant red dragon on the front and the theme continues inside with the MSI RTX 2080 Super and MSI MEG X570 ACE Motherboard – all finished off with braided black and red cables. With all the various Corsair RGB lighting set to red it certainly looks the part, but how well does it perform and is it worth the £2,289.99 asking price?

Alienware m15 R2 Review: Beautiful OLED
     Mon, Nov 11 2019 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alienware may just be the most well-known gaming desktop and notebook brand on the planet. The company's gray alien logo graces everything from proper, upgradeable desktops like the Aurora R9 to the huge desktop-replacement Area-51m notebook complete with actual desktop hardware. What we have on hand today isn't quite so big and bulky, however: the new 2019 edition of the company's workhorse m15 gaming notebook, the m15 R2. We had a chance to spend some one-on-one time with this sweet portable machine back at Computex, but now it's come through our labs from the mothership for an extended visit...

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Fri, Nov 08 2019 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this ROTM we visit Canada where Martin has been hard at work compiling, assembling and making his creation called the "Lan Party Crasher". Have a peek at the Rig of the month October 2019.

Mac Pro Killer Build Guide, featuring Supermicro and Intel
     Tue, Oct 29 2019 | 12:37P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Supermicro asked us if we could build a PC machine similar to the new Apple Mac Pro and we took on the challenge."

new system build guide for PC gamers
     Mon, Oct 28 2019 | 5:46P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In this article, I’ll show you how to build a powerful and exotic-looking gaming PC for about $3000 USD... I managed to put together an impressive combination of hardware for this build. My objective is to end up with an awesome looking gaming PC that’s capable of running the most demanding AAA titles at 4K resolution without breaking a sweat. I picked parts that are easy to work with, have great performance, and match the overall color theme."

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