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Dell Precision Contest : Win 12 Months Of iflix
     Tue, May 22 2018 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you interested in using Dell Precision workstations to leapfrog your business? Just register your interest, and you could win 12 months of iflix!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Review
     Tue, May 15 2018 | 3:45P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are a litany of reasons why you might consider buying a gaming PC rather than rolling your own rig, including cost. Yes, many graphics cards have recently settled down closer to MSRP, but who knows if they will go back up again? On top of that, system memory is still trending on the high side (compared to a year or two ago). For the most part, pre-built systems have been somewhat sheltered from these volatile markets relative to the channel. That means the opportunity still exists to get into PC gaming at a reasonable price with a pre-built PC; Dell's Inspiron Gaming Desktop (5680) is a prime example. In fact, the Inspiron Gaming line has consistently represented one of the best values in PC gaming...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Alienware Aurora R7 (i7-8700 & GTX 1080) System Review
     Fri, May 11 2018 | 5:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Alienware Aurora R7 is the company’s latest small form factor gaming PC. Inside its impressively compact, and typically Alienware-styled, case it packs in a choice of top-of-the-line components and can offer reasonable value as well, depending which configuration you go for.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

2nd gen Ryzen processors
     Wed, May 02 2018 | 8:54P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following our look at the newest 2nd gen Ryzen processors from AMD, we offer a closer look at the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC motherboard used during benchmarking. The X470 Gaming M7 AC is MSI's enthusiast-grade socket AM4 offering for the latest AMD X470 lineup of Ryzen processors.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Dell Precision Workstations Powered
     Wed, Apr 25 2018 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell is one of the world’s most enduring tech brands, outlasting even IBM. Ask most consumers, and Dell brands like Alienware, Inspiron and XPS pops to mind. But did you know that the Dell Precision workstations have been powering many of the world’s greatest endeavours for the last 20 years?
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Fractal Design Meshify C TG tower
     Mon, Apr 23 2018 | 7:29P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In den letzten Wochen hat fast jeder große Hersteller eine neues Gehäuse präsentiert, und eines sieht besser aus als das Andere. Anscheinend haben die Ingeneure die kalten Monate sinnvoll genutzt, um ein paar schicke Cases zu entwerfen. So auch die Herren von Fractal Design, die mit der neuen Meshify Serie aktuell am Markt vertreten sind. Diese neue Serie verleiht dem bekannten Design der Fractal Design Gehäuse eine neue markante Note und punktet weiterhin mit einer nahezu perfekten Kühlleistung sowie einem aufregenden neuen Erscheinungsbild. Dieses Gehäuse wollen wir euch heute etwas näher vorstellen. In den ersten Tagen waren zwei Modelle verfügbar, mit temperiertem Glas, oder getöntem temperiertem Glas. In den letzten Wochen wurde die Serie aber um drei weitere Modelle erweitert. Nun gibt es auch eine weiße Version, ebenfalls mit Sichtfenster als Glas und eine Meshify C Mini Version, wo die Abmessungen deutlich kleiner sind, gedacht für Micro ATX Systeme. Der innere Aufbau ist bei allen Modellen gleich. Natürlich steht bei allen Modellen das Thema Belüftung und funktionelle Bedienung im Vordergrund. So wurde an eine umfangreiche Kühlmöglichkeit gedacht, deswegen auch die besonders designte Mesh Front, die sich von der Struktur her deutlich von den bisherigen Modellen abhebt.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

Gigabyte's Aero 15Xv8 mixes Intel's Coffee Lake CPU
     Sun, Apr 22 2018 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte's Aero 15Xv8 mixes Intel's Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H and Nvidia's GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card into a potent blend of gaming and productivity potential. We put those parts to the test to see whether the Aero 15X's thin-and-light chassis is up to the task of keeping all of that processing power in check.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

 
Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Teardown Exposes Massive Battery
     Thu, Apr 19 2018 | 3:33P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell’s XPS 15 2-In-1 machine is a unique hybrid convertible ultrabook in a couple of respects, partly because of its high quality Dell XPS series machined aluminum and hybrid carbon fiber construction... However, the machine is also powered by a unique processor that marks the first collaboration of its kind by two arch rivals in the PC processor arena, both Intel and AMD. And with that innovative new processor platform, Dell designed a similarly innovative cooling solution for it, in order to maintain performance over time under load. It’s only part of the story of intricate working inside the XPS 15 2-In-1, actually, and some of you wanted to see under the hood of the machine...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

How To Build A Commodore 64 With Raspberry Pi Zero For Under $50
     Thu, Apr 12 2018 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Commodore 64 holds a Guinness World record as the highest-selling single computer model of all time. After its initial release in August 1982, the C64 went on to sell millions of units – outselling all other popular 8-bit machines at the time, including the Apple II. For many long-time technology geeks, including me, the Commodore 64 was the first personal computer they ever owned. So, it’s no surprise that all these years later, the machine still hold a special place in our hearts. It is with that in mind that we decided to show you how to build your own ultra small form factor Commodore 64 emulator, for just a few dollars, using the teeny-tiny Raspberry Pi Zero
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Guardian Fighter Tactician Build on NWPC
     Thu, Apr 12 2018 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Aurora's gear is sadly neglected, except for the Lifeforged Weapons (grinding Kabal still gives me nightmares). I think the set bonus on these is too good to change. The new weapons aren’t that great for a tank in my opinion, so I plan on staying with these. Generally, you want defense, deflect, power, and armor penetration for a Guardian Fighter. Any gear with those stats should be great. For my weapon enchantment, I plan to continue using the Lightning Enchantment, as the nerf only applies to DoTs and I don’t use any. I have the Shadowclad Enchantment in my armor, although Negation is my goal for when I have a lot of AD to spare.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

20 of the Worst PC Setups – March 2018
     Tue, Apr 10 2018 | 5:27P | 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 March."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Dell Latitude 7390 2-In-1 Review: A Convertible Built
     Tue, Apr 10 2018 | 5:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has been hard at work updating its notebooks with Intel’s latest 8th Gen Core processors, and we’ve already seen the fruits of their labor in the premium XPS 13. It’s now time for the business-oriented Latitude notebooks to get a taste of Kaby Lake R, so here today we have the Latitude 7390 2-in-1 on the test bench, ready to be put through its paces...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

iBUYPOWER Slate 9200 Gaming Desktop Review
     Sun, Apr 08 2018 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The PC industry is at an interesting point. Right now if you want to build your own PC it is very hard. Prices of graphics cards are out of control because crypto-miners are buying up all available stock. On top of that the global NAND shortage is causes prices to be higher than normal for memory. If you’ve been waiting to build you own PC you might be waiting a while as we still do not have any clear idea of when prices will go back to normal. This dilemma makes it the perfect time to consider buying a pre-build system. One of the major players in the pre-built PC space is iBUYPOWER. While iBUYPOWER allows you to completely customize your system via their website, we decided to go for a pre-built system that you can get very quickly. The iBUYPOWER Slate 9200 is a system available on Amazon, which features an Intel Core i7-8700K, GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB of DDR4, and even some RGB lighting. Since this is available on Amazon there is no long wait time or anything, better yet if you are a price member you can have this system in 2 days! So you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on a new system this might be the perfect thing. Read on as we go into detail on this system and see what it is capable of!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

2.5 Geeks 3/23/18: DIY Commodore 64, Mate 10 Pro, NVIDIA Raytracing
     Tue, Apr 03 2018 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave explain how to build your own Commodore 64 mini PC with a Raspberry Pi Zero, as well as discuss Huawei’s impressive Mate 10 Pro flagship Android phone, real-time Raytracing coming to PC games via NVIDIA and Microsoft, AMD’s mitigation plan for Ryzenfall and other fishy vulnerabilities, PlayStation 3 owners could get PAID, Atari’s cool looking new Atari VCS console, and details of a new killer AMD Raven Ridge PC gaming rig we’ll be giving away soon!
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

MSI WT73VR 7RM Mobile Workstation Review (Nvidia Quadro P5000 16GB)
     Fri, Mar 30 2018 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although powerful components have been getting steadily smaller, if you want desktop workstation performance in a mobile platform, it probably won’t be in an ultra-portable format. Accordingly, MSI’s WT73VR 7RM isn’t going to be a notebook you would want to carry around with you all day. However, the components inside do promise capabilities not far off a full tower system, and it’s definitely not as big as one of those.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

redesigned XPS 13 9370 for 2018
     Tue, Mar 27 2018 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Before my time with the Dell XPS 9370, I wasn't expecting a whole lot of change from the previous version. From the outset, it just looked like a slightly new chassis design and shaving some thickness off by moving to all Type-C connectors. Instead, what I found were thoughtful design changes to the XPS 13, which enhanced user experience all while making the device thinner AND perform double-digit percentages better than the previous generation, a rare trifecta."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

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