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Alienware Steam Machine Review
     Sun, Nov 22 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventurewith us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about."

Asus ROG G20AJ Review
     Fri, Nov 20 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus aims to pull off a neat trick with the Republic Of Gamers G20AJ. They have taken a desktop Core i7 CPU and a desktop GTX 970 graphics card and crammed the two of them into a tiny 12.5-litre chassis that appears to be a similar size as a Sony PlayStation 4.

first LIVA mini-PC from ECS
     Wed, Nov 11 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When I reviewed the first LIVA mini-PC from ECS one year ago I was impressed by the concept of a full Windows computer in an enclosure about the size of a can of cola, which included everything you needed to get started out of the box. The problem with that first LIVA was that it was a little underpowered for the current generation of operating systems, and with the introduction of the LIVA X the performance improved only slightly; though it was a much more polished product overall. So how does the latest LIVA - the X2 - stack up? We'll find that out here.

ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC (Braswell)
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What sort of hardware can you get for a few more dollars than the cost of a retail copy of Windows 8.1? ECS has the answer with the ECS LIVA X2. Based on Intel's NUC platform featuring a Braswell SoC, the ECS LIVA X2 is a full PC that includes a full version of Windows 8.1. Hardware for pennies? Yes, please!

Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970
     Wed, Nov 04 2015 | 4:09P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970 stuffs a discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics card into a box that's not much bigger than a Mac Mini. Is it the small-form-factor gaming champion we've been waiting for? We spent some quality time on the Zbox with some of the latest games to find out.

Is a high-end CPU a real need for a gaming computer
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 1:17P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is worth investing in a high-end CPU for a gaming computer, or can you save some bucks buying a mainstream one and go for a better video card? We test it!

20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Sun, Nov 01 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you 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 October!"

PC Specialist Ultima OC Review
     Sat, Oct 31 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their Ultima the British system integrator PC Specialist has one good looking and well made and factory overclocked system in their portfolio. Today we're going to have a very close look at what this rig can do and for what kind of gaming it is suitable.

Dell Product Showcase Q4 2015.
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 5:05P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 13th of October 2015, Dell Malaysia invited us to The Incredible | Dell Product Showcase for Q4, 2015. It was an important event for them going into the holiday season. As a result, Intel's Sumner Lemon and Microsoft's Bruce Howe were at hand to lend their support to Dell's latest products. Now, this is what we have been waiting for - the revelation of the new Dell products for the end-of-the-year blowout sale by Christopher Choong, Consumer Brand Manager of Dell South Asia. Check it out!

Checklist to Build a Gaming PC
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:15P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you ready to build a gaming PC to take advantage of today's Powerful Video Games? Here is your checklist to build a gaming PC so you do it right the first time with no mistakes.

Mionix Castor
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Castor is the newest IR LED gaming mouse in Mionix's line-up. It uses the same sensor as on the Avior and Naos 7000, but it has been upgraded to support 10000 DPI. The ergonomics are brand-new for this mouse as it is a medium-sized, right-handed-only model.

Shuttle XPC Nano Barebone NC01U Review
     Wed, Oct 28 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Celeron 3205U at its heart, the NC01U Nano Barebone can be used for office tasks, browsing and thanks to its very small footprint it is barely noticeable on the table; of course it can be also installed to the back side of the display thanks to the included VESA mount, which will also permit a cleaner cable management. The central processing unit is actively cooled by a blower-type ADDA fan while the fan profiles can be always adjusted from inside the BIOS. This is not all: besides the 7mm HDD/SSD we can mount on one of the PCB sides we also have the option to expand the storage via the available M.2 2242 slot. Shuttle has great plans for this little box since besides the fact that it is available with multiple CPUs (NC01U3 with Intel Core i3-5005U; NC01U5 with Intel Core i5-5200U; NC01U7 with Intel Core i7-5500U), it will provide expansion boxes for it which will fit inside the special connector on the back of the NUC (XVB01, XLB01 or XCB01).

ASRock Beebox Mini PC
     Mon, Oct 19 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock's engineering department has been at it again, this time to bring something new to the mini-PC market. With claims of 30 FPS 4K playback using a Braswell SoC, the ASRock Beebox is a nice little box supporting 16 GB of DDR3L, dual HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C, and mSATA/SATA.

PC Specialist Vanquish 270X System Review
     Sat, Oct 17 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU release has been very exciting for the PC market, the main reason is that you can now get high-end desktop performance for the price of an entry level system. This is because the bulk of applications and games are still largely dependent on the performance of 1-2 CPU cores, so with the potential to get around 4.5-4.8GHz on both its cores the Pentium G3258 can offer Core i7 4790K-like performance in one to two threaded applications. Today we are testing PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system which they have configured and built especially for us! This system features a Pentium G3258 CPU overclocked to a whopping 4.7GHz and that’s paired up with a Powercolor R9 270X 2GB graphics card and 8GB of RAM. All in all this means there is more than enough grunt in this system to drive all the latest gaming titles maxed out at full 1080p or even as high as 1440p depending on the game, as well as to do a wide variety of other productivity and home tasks. What’s even more impressive is that the components used are really cost effective, so this build comes in at just £579! PC Specialist have made very sensible component choices to keep the pricing in that sweet spot zone: they’ve opted for the unlocked Pentium, AMD’s R9 270X, an SSHD, Gigabyte’s entry level Z97 gaming series motherboard and Corsair’s affordable 230T chassis houses it all. Below you can see the full specifications of this build:

A Six Month Redux After Building A 60+ System Basement
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It's been just over six months since I completed construction on the large 60+ system server room where a ton of Linux benchmarking takes place just not for Phoronix.com but also the new LinuxBenchmarking.com daily performance tracking initiative and testing and development around our Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org software. Here's a look back, a few recommendations to reiterate for those aspiring to turn their cellar into a server farm, and a few things I'd do differently next time around."

Scan 3XS GW-HTX35 Workstation
     Thu, Oct 01 2015 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Scan will be well-known to KitGuru readers for its huge and comprehensive component supply business. But the company has also been building professional workstations for many years. The 3XS range includes both enthusiast systems for gamers as well as rack-mount servers and high-performance computing nodes. The 3XS GW-HTX35 is a high-end graphics system that brings together the best possible components in most areas, and won’t give you much change out of £10,000 as a result.

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