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News: Zotacs Zbox ID92 mini-PC reviewed
     Sun, Aug 31 2014 | 11:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In recent months, we`ve reviewed two Gigabyte mini-PCs with Haswell inside. In light of those experiences, we figured we`d take a look at one of Zotac`s newest Zbox systems: a 7.4 x 7.4 x 2 machine with a 35W Haswell processor, room for dual storage devices, and generous connectivity."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Twelve desktop sets reviewed: buy cheaply, pay dearly
     Thu, Aug 28 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You can't avoid having to purchase a new keyboard or a new mouse every once in a while. Desktop sets which combine both are relatively inexpensive; that is what people seem to think, at least. We tested twelve sets ranging from approximately 20 to 90 euros, but were ultimately left unimpressed.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

In Win 901 @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Aug 28 2014 | 8:53A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The In Win 901 is a smaller version of the 904, intended for use with a Mini-ITX board instead. Even so, it still offers enough space for an optical drive and a long GPU. Will the smaller brother impress us as much as the 904?"
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC Review
     Tue, Aug 26 2014 | 10:12A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the desktop PC market showing signs of faded interest over the past several years, Digital Storm is here to help spark interest to those who are gamers at heart. While at CES 2014, Digital Storm showed us their latest custom PC creation, the Bolt II. This hand crafted beauty is designed and built in the United States, which is a rare thing to find in manufacturing these days. The Bolt II was designed to be a Steam Machine or HTPC, but you absolutely aren’t forced to use it as such. Digital Storm meant for this small form factor PC to be extremely powerful, should you choose to pick out all of the high end goodness. The basic Level 1 system comes with an i5 4590, 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 760, whereas the Level 4 starts off with a 4790k, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 780 Ti. With that said, you have a ton of customization below, in-between, and even above these specs. Read on to see how the Digital Storm Bolt II performs when we put it to the test.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Shuttle Slim-PC DS81 w/ Pentium G3258 @ techPowerUp
     Mon, Aug 25 2014 | 10:32A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle`s DS81 is a Haswell supporting barebone system, optimized to minimize space while still providing good performance. With its VESA mount it can easily be installed on the back of a monitor. Thanks to native 4K output you could even use it as media PC for your new UHD TV."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review
     Sun, Aug 24 2014 | 11:52P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be taking a look at the ECS LIVA MINI PC KIT with 32GB of eMMC for storage needs. ECS configured the LIVA Min PC kit with an Intel BayTrail-M SoC (Intel Celeron Processor N2807), 2GB 1333MHz DDR3L memory, 32GB of eMMC and a M.2 form factor combo wireless card that supports 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. All the hardware you need to install Windows 8.1 or Linux comes with the kit, so you just need to assemble it and slap on the OS. Read on to see how it goes together and how it performs.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Review
     Sat, Aug 23 2014 | 2:51A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If quiet and gaming together in the same sentence seems impossible, read our review of AVADirect`s Quiet Gaming PC, which lives up to its name."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
News: x86 on Android: A quick look at Asus Memo Pad ME176C tablet
     Mon, Aug 18 2014 | 3:53P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite its $149 asking price, Asus` Memo Pad ME176C tablet has a quad-core Bay Trail SoC, a 7 IPS display, and little extras like a Micro SD slot and GPS functionality. We take a quick look at this budget slate to see how well Android runs on x86 hardware--and whether a $149 tablet can deliver a good experience."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

MSI Nightblade Z97 Barebones System Review @HiTech Legion
     Sat, Aug 16 2014 | 3:53P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not only is the Nightblade designed with the gamers in mind, but everything is designed in a small compact system, meaning you can easily take it to LAN parties. /"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Digital Storm Vanquish 2 Level 4 Desktop Gaming PC Review
     Sat, Jul 26 2014 | 9:12A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Trace reviews a pre-configured gaming system from Digital Storm. The Vanquish 2 Level 4 is budget friendly at around $1300, but how does it perform?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ZOTAC ZBOX EN760 Plus Review
     Fri, Jul 25 2014 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Zotac have been through many evolutions of their Zbox, starting with the original model around 5 years ago and bringing things into a new, orb style chassis more recently. Today we take a look at a Zbox which has familiar styling but brings the internals into the latest generation by using the new GeForce GTX860M."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

Zotac Zbox OI520 Plus "Sphere" SFF PC Review
     Thu, Jul 24 2014 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The small form factor market has seen a ton of innovation as of late, and while it’s quite nice to have so many tiny PC options that offer generally impressive performance in a package that you can stick just about anywhere (often with price tags that make these machines affordable enough as your second PC), system builders need to work harder than ever to differentiate their products. Zotac has decided to take a stab at a radical chassis design with its Zbox OI520 Plus “Sphere”, and indeed, the black orb will make you do a double-take when you see it. It’s small. It’s spherical. It’s certainly different. And it has an icy blue LED light band around its entire circumference...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Turning a smartphone into a PC in a pocket: Q&A with Analogix
     Wed, Jul 16 2014 | 7:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
According to a recent IDC research note, the transition toward mobile and cloud-based computing is unstoppable, with tablet volumes expected to pass total PC volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 and on an annual basis in 2016. Even smaller tablets are facing stiff market competition from large-size smartphones (phablets).
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Shuttle Fanless Slim-PC DS437T @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Jul 05 2014 | 10:09P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we will evaluate another slim-PC by Shuttle. The DS437 is for applications like digital signage, POS, education, etc., and its fanless design makes it incredibly reliable and completely silent. It uses a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU with an embedded Intel HD Graphics solution and comes with a large number of I/O ports."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Test-Driving NVIDIA's GRID Virtual GPU Cloud Computing
     Thu, Jun 26 2014 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA's GRID is a virtual GPU technology that allows for hardware acceleration in a virtual environment. It's designed to run in concert with products from Citrix, VMWare, and Microsoft, and to address some of the weaknesses of these applications. The problem with many conventional Virtual Desktop Interfaces (VDIs) is that they're often either too slow for advanced graphics work or unable to handle 3D workloads at all. Now, with GRID, NVIDIA is claiming that it can offer a vGPU passthrough solution that allows remote users to access a virtualized desktop environment built around a high-end CPU and GPU. The test systems the company is using for these 24-hour test drives all use a GRID K520. That's essentially two GK104 GPUs on a single PCB with 8GB of RAM...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Jun 11 2014 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we take a look at ECS`s LIVA Mini PC Kit, a small and affordable PC with very low power consumption, a small price, and lightweight computing capabilities. With a sub-US$200 price tag, expecting top-notch performance would be ill advised, yet what can you get for $200 that fits in the palm of your hand? An ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit, of course."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

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