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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...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

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."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Falcon Northwest Talon Review
     Fri, Oct 25 2019 | 3:32P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The configuration Falcon NW sent us weighs in at $5,665 USD. That's a hefty premium, for sure, but it comes with a 12-core (24-thread) AMD Ryzen 9 3900x processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics cards, 64GB of DDR4 memory, and dual 1TB M.2 SSD drives running in a RAID 0 array. With this configuration the system is powerful enough to be 4K ready, VR ready and will be so for years to come...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Gen 11 Graphics Takes Fight To AMD In Dell XPS 13 2-In-1
     Fri, Oct 25 2019 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's no secret that Intel has a lot riding on its "Ice Lake" 10th generation Core CPUs manufactured on its 10-nanometer fabrication process. The chipmaker got by on squeezing more power and efficiency out of its 14-nm node for what seemed like an eternity, but we're talking about a mobile sector that relentlessly demands more performance and longer battery life. This oft-delayed Intel process node promises to reduce power consumption and increase performance by a wide margin over the Kaby Lake Refresh processors that previously served as the brains for thin and light PCs...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Razer Blade Pro 17 Review (2019)
     Sat, Oct 19 2019 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Razer blade 17 has had another refresh for 2019 with upgrades to improve performance and now features a more refined chassis similar to the Razer blade 15. Our sample features a i7 9750H and RTX 2070 Max Q with a retail price of £2679.99 – is this the ultimate thin gaming laptop for 2019?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, A Flexible Modular Zero-Footprint PC!
     Wed, Oct 09 2019 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell just unveiled the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra with the world's most flexible, zero-footprint desktop design! We will take a look at what that means, and why the new Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra may be just the modern office needs!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

CompuLab's Airtop 3 Is The Most Powerful Fan-Less Computer
     Sun, Sep 22 2019 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The past month and a half we have been putting CompuLab's Airtop 3 computer through some demanding benchmarks and a variety of endurance workloads. With the Airtop 3 under test loaded with an 8-core / 16-thread Xeon processor, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics, and 64GB of RAM with NVMe SSD storage there were some concerns over thermal throttling and if this fan-less industrial PC design could really deal with the generated heat. But after all of this testing, the Airtop 3 continues running strong and another shining example of CompuLab's engineering strength."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini Desktop PC Review
     Sun, Sep 15 2019 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Here at ThinkComputers we are often focused on the best of the best, the top of the line, the highest performing hardware. But every now and then we find ourselves in need of a specialized system for a certain task or use case. This could be anything from something like a Raspberry Pi for some sort of maker project, to a dedicated home theater PC. And sometimes we just need a small, yet decently powerful system to perform day to day tasks without breaking the bank or taking up a ton of space. It is this last scenario we will be focusing on today as we take a look at the Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini Desktop PC. The Byte3 is a mini-PC that has been designed to offer a lightweight, yet powerful system, capable of keeping up with the day to day tasks of an average user. That isn’t to say that the Byte3 is a slouch, as it offers support for 4K video at 60fps, and enough horsepower for a bit of light gaming as well. Follow along as we take a closer look at the Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini Desktop PC."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Martrea Acute Angle AA-B4 Mini PC Review
     Thu, Sep 12 2019 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today on OCinside.de we have a look at a very inexpensive Martrea Acute Angle AA B4 Mini PC with Intel N3450 Quad-Core processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB Flash, 128GB SSD, WiFi and Bluetooth. In Martrea Acute Angle Unboxing Video we have already explained the unusual design and the current review will show whether the Acute Angle AA B4 is convincing in daily use. We also have written a small tool to overclock Apollo Lake and will see what the Intel N3450 Mini PC can do with it.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Fri, Sep 06 2019 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just in time to call it a Summer build, meet George from Athens who is a modder. One can only describe the build as beautiful and photographed in a setting that makes it a perfect fit, sand, and ocean. George is a man of few words though, so the interview is not exactly as deep as the ocean he photographed.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Dell XPS 15 (2019) Review: OLED Display Beauty, 8-Core Beast
     Thu, Sep 05 2019 | 4:35P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell often rides the bleeding edge, as it wastes little time arming its laptops and desktops with the latest hardware platforms available. At minimum, this means yearly refreshes of its popular product categories. So, right on cue, Dell has begun rolling out updated variants of its XPS 15 laptop with some nifty upgrades compared to the version we reviewed last September. One of the biggest changes is the addition of an OLED display option...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC NUC8i5INH Review
     Mon, Aug 26 2019 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Depending on which of Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream G is purchased, users will either have an Intel 8th Gen Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The storage configuration may differ also. In the model we’ll be looking at today (BXNUC8i5INHPA1) we have the Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, and a 256GB Intel SSD 545S.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Ryzen 5 3600 & RX 5700
     Tue, Aug 13 2019 | 12:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’re looking at a pre-built system from Fierce PC. Using some of the latest hardware from AMD, this PC is named the Shuriken “so the user can use the power of this PC to slice ‘n’ dice any obstacle in their path!”. This system features an 6-core Ryzen 5 3600 with a 4.2GHz overclock, a Radeon RX 5700 graphics card, 16GB high speed DDR4 memory and a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD for storage. With an asking price of £1499.95, is the Shuriken worth purchasing?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2019
     Wed, Jul 31 2019 | 5:12P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The July 2019 Rig Of The Month is called Hi-Fi PC, and you'll understand why it has been named like that after you see it. A retro build that makes use of pre millennium Stereo equipment. It might not be the handiest PC to place in a house, but it is unique in everey way, and as such, it deserves to be a Guru3D Rig of the Month.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

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