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Thermaltake View 37 RGB Mid-Tower Review
     Thu, Nov 15 2018 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The View line of PC Cases by Thermaltake never ceases to amaze us and the brand new View 37 RGB Mid-Tower with its Gull-Wing plexi side panel, three pre-installed Riing RGB Plus 14 fans and available interior space is no exception.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

ASRock DeskMini 310 SFF PC Review
     Wed, Nov 14 2018 | 4:14P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Check out our review on ASRock's DeskMini 310, it's a small form factor gaming PC that we definitely recommend you consider if you are market for one."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Tue, Nov 13 2018 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When you think about Germany, Munich, and alcohol you think Oktoberfest and a good beer right? Well, that doesn't apply for Manuel Friedrich, he is from Munich, he probably likes a good beer, but likely appreciated a good glass of wine as well. As such he built his rig into a wine crate. Meet the October 2018 edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2018.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Dream Machines DM1 FPS
     Thu, Nov 08 2018 | 5:36P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever heard of Dream Machines? They are a Polish company that produces relatively affordable high quality stuff, and the DM1 FPS is their newest (and I'm certain best) mouse. It features a PMW3389 optical sensor, Huano switches rated for 20 million clicks, an all-new, extremely flexible cable, and more.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Nov 08 2018 | 5:30P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the 9900K launch, a few weeks back along with the other 9th generation core processors Intel also released their new chipset, the Z390 chipset. This is the latest high-end chipset for the mainstream socket but you might be wondering what is even different when compared to Z370. Well as far as the chipset goes, it is adding USB 3.1 Gen 2 onto the chipset and the option to integrate Wireless AC. But it also means new motherboards and I’m curious what else might get changed. MSI, for example, has revamped their naming scheme. The board they sent over is the MPG Z390 Gaming Plus. So I wanted to touch on the new MSI naming and then check out the new board and see what it has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

ASUS ROG Strix GL12CX System (9900K & RTX 2080) Review
     Tue, Nov 06 2018 | 2:33P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With both Intel and Nvidia releasing new consumer products within a month of each other, it was only a matter of time before we saw our first pre-built PC with a 9th Gen CPU and a shiny new RTX graphics card. That time has come today, as we review the ASUS ROG Strix GL12CX complete with i9-9900K and RTX 2080. It promises a lot of gaming power, while it also has a few extra tricks up its sleeve that we don’t see everyday. The question is, can it justify the £2999 asking price?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ASUS Chromebox 3 Mini PC Unboxing and Overview
     Mon, Nov 05 2018 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I am sure many of our readers are familiar with ASUS motherboards and graphics cards. You might be less familiar with their Chromebox lineup – a range of mini-PCs that run ChromeOS, not Windows. The latest addition to this family is the Chromebox 3, and today we take a look at the base model packing in a Celeron 3865U, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Is it worth the £250 asking price?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
Choosing a CPU for a gaming PC
     Wed, Oct 31 2018 | 6:57P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Choosing a CPU for a gaming PC can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. We walk you through the types of gaming experiences where CPUs matter and where they don't, and we pick chips for every budget that make the most of today's powerful graphics cards.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Acer Predator Helios 300 Review
     Mon, Oct 22 2018 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Acer debuted its Predator Helios 300 laptop line a little over a year ago, it quickly garnered praise for delivering an unexpected level of gaming performance for the price. At the time, the Predator Helios 300 came equipped with an assortment of hardware that could typically be found only on more expensive laptops. As such, we've had multiple requests to get our hands on one of the newer models and give it a full review. Well, for those who asked (and those who didn't), that's exactly what we're doing here. This past summer, Acer refreshed its Predator Helios 300 with an upgraded display supporting a 144Hz refresh rate, Intel 8th generation Core processor options, and faster storage...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

PC Specialist Nucleus AMD Threadripper 2990WX Workstation
     Sat, Oct 20 2018 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX blew our minds when we first reviewed it a couple of months ago. It’s an absolutely stunning basis for a high-end workstation, with nothing from Intel to compete with its 32-core grunt just yet. This time around, we are taking a look at the same processor in a workstation from PC Specialist. Called the Nucleus, it’s so named because of the latter’s creative role in generating everything we do with a PC (apparently).
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH310 Review
     Wed, Oct 03 2018 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"By having compatibility with the latest, non-ULV Coffee Lake processors from Intel, the Shuttle DH310 can deliver quite a bit of performance. Even if the i5 8600K is a 95W SKU, the TDP is automatically driven down to 65W maximum, this also meaning that the performance has been lowered a bit when all cores are at maximum load; in many other non-stressful usage patterns, the cores can reach the maximum Turbo Frequency without no issues at all. The unit can be used for many purposes, such as digital signage, POI, POS, office, healthcare, industry, media center and more given its multitude of interfaces."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

ECS LIVA Z2 Mini PC
     Thu, Sep 27 2018 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS (Elitegroup) is no stranger to the mini PC biz. My first experience with an ECS mini PC was the Intel Bay Trail SoC-based LIVA Bat-Mini, which was called “the world’s smallest mini PC kit” when it launched in mid-2014. It boasts a passively-cooled dual-core Intel Celeron processor (1.58GHz base, 2.16GHz Turbo), 2GB DDR3L memory, up to 64GB eMMC (embedded …
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

RGB Free PC Build Guide - 2018
     Tue, Sep 18 2018 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this guide, we’re on a quest to provide a full system specification for anyone who prefers to side-step the current RGB mania. At Vortez, we’re fully engaged with RGB lighting and we actually quite like it, but we also appreciate that it may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. So, if you would rather opt for a subdued, discreet configuration – then you’ve come to the right place.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Tue, Sep 18 2018 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's the last week of the month, and you know what that means. The August edition of the Guru3D Rig of the month 2018 comes from Belgium, meet Tony, who assembles trucks for a living - his rig looking absolutely gorgeous.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

ECS LIVA Q2 Pocket PC Review
     Fri, Sep 14 2018 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The tiny ECS LIVA Q2 did really impress us on how much performance it can deliver, judging by its small size. Even if the manufacturer did opt-in for an active cooling system, the internal fan barely makes any noise: in IDLE we have recorded about 28.1 dBA, while when running the AIDA64 stress test the noise level did get up to 30.9 dBA, which is barely noticeable (27.8 dBA ambient). The unit does feature two USB ports in front for connecting peripherals, extra storage and besides the LAN interface we can connect it wirelessly thanks to the included internal 802.11ac adapter (Bluetooth 4.1 compatible)."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Azulle's Inspire Barebone Mini PC
     Sun, Sep 02 2018 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall the Inspire is a well-constructed mini-PC platform with expected performance and no adverse effects from passive cooling in normal use thanks to a well-implemented heatsink and plenty of ventilation. It performed reliably under both Windows and Ubuntu Linux operating systems as well, and while still a new name in the industry both of my recent experiences with Azulle have been very positive (the first being the Byte3 mini-PC reviewed here). Azulle has provided a solid option for anyone shopping for a fanless mini-PC kit."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

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