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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.

Apple has been successful with its iMac
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though Apple has been successful with its iMac all-in-one systems for quite a while now, we have yet to see a corresponding system in the Windows / PC world that can enjoy a similar level of adoption by end users. One system that definitely won’t replace the iMac is the Prowise All-in-One, but that is entirely for reasons that have nothing to do with this nifty portable all-in-one computer. Prowise is a Dutch company focusing on the B2B and educational market, active not only in the Netherlands but also (amongst others) in Australia and Hungary. Their Presenter software is a benchmark for user friendly digital learning environments in which you can rapidly create educational tools such as quizzes and presentations. (I’ve worked in educational IT in a former life, which goes some way towards explaining my enthusiasm). In addition to the software, they make digital whiteboards, built to spec in China, as well as tablets and since a while an AiO system. Unlike the whiteboards and tablets, the AiO is based on an OEM barebone and if you know your stuff, you’ll see which model it’s been based on (hint: company name starts with L, ends with o). However, Prowise made a lot of small but significant changes and deliver the whole thing at a very attractive price point – shame you can’t buy one as a consumer, but if you’re a professional user or work in education, this is a very interesting machine.

Gigabyte Brix N3000 Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Brix, Gigabyte has a small form factor PC in its portfolio, based on Intel's latest Braswell platform. Apart from that the system features a very attractive price and even the performance could be on a very reasonable level for an office enviorment, since there is an Intel Celeron CPU inside.

OCUK Titan Electron Intel Core i3 Mini-ITX gaming
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 1:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although many KitGuru reviews might show off the most powerful and expensive hardware in the world not everyone can afford a £3,000 system, or fit that giant tower case into a small bedroom. That is why today you do not necessarily need a monstrous ATX case, high end motherboard and companion hardware – just to play games at 1080p. Enter the diminutive, competitively priced Overclockers UK Titan Electron we are looking at today. The Titan Electron is an extremely compact system build, comprising a powerful Intel Haswell CPU, capable mid-range GPU with a decent amount of memory and high-speed storage.

PCSpecialist Optimus V X13 Review
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
UK system builder PCSpecialist have earned an excellent reputation in recent years by delivering cost effective rigs, using high grade components. Today we look at one of their new mobile systems, the Optimus V X13. This diminutive 13.3 inch laptop is loaded to the gills with high end hardware, including a Core i7 4710MQ processor, 8GB of Kingston Hyper-X memory, Nvidia GTX 860M and a 1TB Seagate Hybrid SSHD drive. It also incorporates a full 1080p panel and a backlit keyboard. The price? A very modest £749.00.

CyberPower Trinity Xtreme Gaming PC Review
     Fri, Sep 25 2015 | 12:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What does your desktop PC say about you? Is your system hiding by your feet and used only for serious business? Is it sitting on the corner of your desk with its window facing the wall because it’s just easier to reach its inputs that way? Or is taking up a third of your workspace with LEDs blazing, screaming “Fire me up!"? If your system falls into the latter category, or better yet, you'd like to have a system in the latter group, you’re the target audience for CyberPower’s new Trinity.

PC Specialist Vortex 440 System Review
     Wed, Sep 23 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been an exciting few months for PC enthusiasts. We’ve seen the arrival of Intel’s new flagship Haswell-E CPUs, high-performance DDR4 memory and Nvidia’s Maxwell GTX 980. Those three things combined have the potential to produce one hell of a system and that’s exactly what we have on our hands today with PC Specialist’s Vortex 440. The basis for this custom PC is Intel’s X99 platform paired up with some truly enthusiast-grade Kingston 3000MHz DDR4 memory, Intel’s six-core i7 5820K with a hefty overclock and Nvidia’s flagship GTX 980 graphics card. NZXT’s H440, which gives this system part of its name, keeps everything looking sleek and tidy. Corsair are in charge of power delivery with their new RM series 850W power supply, and cooling, with their tried-and-trusted H100i liquid CPU cooler. To appeal to gamers and speed-demons alike an SSD and HDD combination provides a good balance between system responsiveness and storage for games and other media. As you might expect the price you have to pay for all that hardware is fairly steep, £1599 to be exact, but as we’ll see later on this is surprisingly good value for money and gives you a lot of performance.

Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel
     Tue, Sep 22 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the company never found footing in the cutthroat smartphone arena, Dell is still keeping its toe dipped in tablet waters. Around six months after shipping its initial Venue 8 slate, Dell’s latest edition, the Venue 8 3840, is a vast improvement. The new $179 Venue 8 maintains the same product name as the prior edition, but inside, it’s a different beast. The sub-$200 sector is a challenging one to play in, and it’s becoming tougher to cut through the noise as well. Externally, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the initial Venue 8 and the 2014 edition, but a Merrifield processor from Intel as well as an upgraded display makes this a very compelling offering.

ASRock N3000 BeeBox SILENT PC Review
     Sat, Sep 19 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock Beebox is a small form factor PC with a volume of a mere 0.6 litres that is powered by an Intel Braswell processor. We’re looking at an N3000 which runs on a dual core CPU with passive cooling and this makes the Beebox name seem a bit silly as a bee is audible while this solid state PC is completely silent. There are also members of the Beebox family called N3150 which use quad core silicon with an active cooler and they may indeed sound a bit bee-like – however that is a different story.

Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Review: Haswell Reloaded
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to the era of dual-mode devices, where the mantra "bigger is better" rules the day. Need an example? Take smartphones -- Samsung's been serving up large size handsets for the past several years, some of which are so big that it warranted creating a brand new category. Even Apple jumped on the big device bandwagon with the recent launch of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. Do you know what you end up with if you take that same mantra and apply it to PCs? You get "Dell's XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop with Touch," a hybrid system that turns a giant sized Windows 8.1 tablet into a full blown desktop PC, and the result is brilliant...

Cougar QBX
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cougar QBX costs a mere 50 euro, but offers everything you could be looking for in a compact Mini-ITX gaming rig. It sounds nearly unreal, but we take a closer look to see what you get for such little money and do not find the chassis lacking - on the contrary.

CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The exponential growth of the Insomnia gaming festival over the past few years is proof, if any was needed, that PC gaming has never been stronger. With LAN events like Insomnia becoming more popular so too are portable gaming rigs that can be easily moved around at the owners behest. Today we are taking a closer look at a pre-built system from CyberPower PC that targets that exact market. Their new FANG Battlebox-I 970 system crams an impressive amount of hardware into a portable gaming PC. Nvidia’s power efficient GTX 970 is what makes it possible to pack such a significant gaming punch in a small form factor as it eases the traditional heat and power problems associated with high-end graphics hardware. Intel’s Core i5 4690K provides the brains of the system offering up a strong balance between price and performance, assisted further by the 4.2GHz overclock it ships with. Straight away it has become clear that CyberPower PC have made smart decisions with their component selection: this system offers a solid mixture of hardware that is spot on for a portable gaming PC.

Zbox EN970
     Tue, Sep 15 2015 | 12:58P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On this episode of The TR Podcast, we talk with Jacky Huang of Zotac about the Zbox EN970 and the other nifty mini-PCs that his team builds. Then we get to the core of Apple's announcements this week—including the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and the updated Apple TV—and finish up by discussing some reader questions. Our thanks to Zotac for sponsoring this episode.

     Mon, Sep 14 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Where can I begin, but to say that I was amazed by the ECS LIVA X2 and what it had to offer for the size. I am a fan of the really small form factor PCs and I have normally gone to the trusty Raspberry Pi for what I needed, but that may change. For the size, the performance was pretty good, and the video playback was amazingly clean and jitter free. The ability to place the unit in open environments or hide it with the VESA plate that is included makes it a versatile PC. It's definitely easy to say the LIVA X2's place is in the media and office space.”

Alienware X51 R3 Review: Console-Sized Gaming PC Gets Skylake Infusion
     Sun, Sep 13 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
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The Dell Alienware team has been relatively quiet for the past 18 - 24 months or so with respect to their X51 small form factor gaming rigs, but Intel's recent Skylake processor launch and NVIDIA's further optimization in the Maxwell GPU architecture have given the company a frenzied salvo of artillery to work with for their tiny but mighty gaming PC product line. To boot, the past few months have brought forth new innovation at the platform chipset level, as well as within the storage space. And so it was fitting that almost from top to bottom, the Alienware X51 R3 was given a complete overhaul of the lastest technologies, all of which play very well with the tighter power budgets and thermal constraints of this class of machine...

ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC Review
     Sun, Sep 13 2015 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Braswell-equipped LIVA X2 is a much needed improvement over the original LIVA which brings more USB ports to the table, the ability to install a M.2 SSD up to 1TB for increased storage capacity while keeping a small footprint and very low power consumption (8.8W IDLE, 19.71W Full Load). Despite the new generation SoC, we have seen that its arithmetic performance is very close to the original LIVA, while the 3D one has been increased. The eMMC speeds also look quite the same with the ones on the original LIVA so the only way to speed things up more is to install our own M.2 SSD and boot Windows off it.

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