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Shuttle XPC Cube Barebone SZ170R8 Review
     Thu, May 26 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the SZ170R8, Shuttle has eliminated some of the compatibility with somewhat unused hardware nowadays like optical drives and made some serious space for installing no less than four 3.5’’ drives inside the 14.2 litre chassis. A fan was also added in front in order to cool these but also for facilitating a more fluent airflow from the front to the back of the case; the case does support installation of up to 64GB of RAM (DDR4, 2133MHz), a dual-slot video card (which can be powered by one 6-pin and one 8-pin PSU connector), a M.2 SSD, an optional Wireless LAN card, a COM-port for special applications but also 2.5’’ drives with an extra adapter."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Intel NUC NUC6i7KYK Skull Canyon Mini PC Review
     Tue, May 24 2016 | 5:14P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are a big fan of the Intel NUC mini-PC series, but didn’t think they had enough power for your needs, we have a special treat for you. We’ve spent the past week playing around with the Intel NUC code named ‘Skull Canyon’ that features the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ ‘SkyLake’ quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (GT4e). This is the first Intel NUC to feature a mighty Intel Core i7 processor and it also sports cutting edge technologies like Thunderbolt 3, two m.2 slots for running SSDs in RAID, support for six USB 3.0 ports, DDR4 memory and more. Read on to see how it performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MSI Vortex G65 6QF Gaming PC Review
     Wed, May 18 2016 | 12:37P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite the huge number of system integrators on the market, very few creations really capture people’s attention and instigate discussion about new form factors which could become more prevalent in the near future. The advent of overclocking ITX motherboards and stackable HBM memory means it’s possible to acquire astonishing performance numbers in a compact design. Of course, it’s still the case that increased volume allows for beefier cooling solutions and more airflow to heighten thermal dissipation. Saying that, some commentators argue that gaming PCs will become much smaller and full towers might be resigned to water cooling enthusiasts who enjoy creating a spectacular custom loop. Already, there’s been a noticeable shift towards mid-tower cases and premium builds based on highly regarded designs like the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX have made a noticeable impact.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Shuttle NC01U Series Nano Barebone PC Review
     Tue, May 10 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle is a very famous name in mini PC’s. They literally made the barebones market their own about 15 years ago. For a long time, small wasn’t beautiful, so for a long time Shuttle made barebones chassis with bespoke motherboards and PSU’s integrated into them. They were, and still are excellent, but they had a market of their own, and only really played within their own market.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Macrium Reflect Workstation v6
     Sun, May 08 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After much sweat and tears, we sifted through all the great entries in our Macrium Data Disasters contest. Our contestants regaled us with excellent stories, and it was a tough job to choose the winners of the five copies of Macrium Reflect Workstation v6.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Ian ‘8PACK’ Parry showcases new custom
     Wed, May 04 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
KitGuru visited Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry at Overclockers UK to answer the burning questions of the day; what exactly do you get when you spend between £3,000 and £12,000 on a gaming PC and why doesn’t he use AMD graphics cards? The answer to the first question is ‘Many, many GigaHertz’ and to the second is ‘Have you seen our new Meteoroid with Radeon R9 Fury X?’
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC
     Fri, Apr 29 2016 | 1:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like the rest of Intel Atom systems, home theater PCs (HTPC) based on the CPU have come a long way over the last few years. The Intel NUC5PGYH offers hardware accelerated video decoding up to 4K (HDMI 1.4b output) via the quad-core Intel Braswell Pentium N3700. Now add in 7.1 multi-channel audio support, Windows 10 preinstalled, RC6 CIR (consumer infrared), 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB eMMC, and support for 2.5” storage expansion. This particular low power system has the makings of a serious media consumption device. And when considering that you can bring one home for $250/£220 ($280 SRP), even the price sounds too good to be true.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

 
Intel NUC Kit NUC5PGYH Braswell Mini PC
     Fri, Apr 29 2016 | 10:57A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like the rest of Intel Atom systems, home theater PCs (HTPC) based on the CPU have come a long way over the last few years. The Intel NUC5PGYH offers hardware accelerated video decoding up to 4K (HDMI 1.4b output) via the quad-core Intel Braswell Pentium N3700. Now add in 7.1 multi-channel audio support, Windows 10 preinstalled, RC6 CIR (consumer infrared), 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB eMMC, and support for 2.5” storage expansion. This particular low power system has the makings of a serious media consumption device. And when considering that you can bring one home for $250/£220 ($280 SRP), even the price sounds too good to be true.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cyberpower is one of most respected system integrators worldwide and quickly gained a superb reputation for their commitment to impeccable customer service. The company’s vast buying power means consumers can choose from a massive range of components and construct a system which suits their individual requirements. This level of flexibility is astounding and ensures the end-user receives a product with the best possible specification. Upgrades are listed using high-resolution images and include a brief outline of the pricing variation when selecting various parts. Of course, there are pre-configured options with a default configuration to help simplify the buying process. Cyberpower’s slick website manages to catch your imagination and become fascinated by the company’s custom PC range.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Review
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Early last year we reviewed the ECS LIVA X, and now there is an updated version – the X2. On the face of it, the LIVA X2 has changed slightly, as it is now white not black, and it has rounded, rather than square, edges. We will also look at how the internal hardware has changed and see if it makes the X2 a compelling purchase
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800 Gaming PC Review
     Mon, Apr 25 2016 | 5:36P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gladiator Computers is the name given to Aria’s custom PC division and provides consumers with a wide range of options to suit various budgets. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Aria, they’re one of the leading PC hardware stores and have an excellent reputation among customers. Currently, the company’s TrustPilot rating is scored at nine out of ten which evokes a sense of confidence when investing in a pre-configured PC. Of course, you can customize each model and select between various cases, memory configurations, CPU coolers and lots more! As a result, it’s incredibly easy to make savings on various components if you’re not overly concerned about colour coordination. On the other hand, consumers who demand a visually appealing system can add LED lighting or other extravagant extras.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Previewing Maingear's RUSH SuperStock X99: Opulence
     Fri, Apr 22 2016 | 1:17P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to high performance, over-the-top enthusiast computers, Maingear is a boutique builder that has been designing and manufacturing some of the most stand-out, highly-tuned systems on the market over the years. Hailing from good ol' Kenilworth, a burough of New Jersey, the custom PC shop likens itself to sort of a "Fast n' Loud" of the PC world, only they typically build systems that offer muscle car horsepower and stylings that are anything but loud, actually...

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The system you see here is the kind of machine that the average DIY enthusiast either couldn't or wouldn't build themselves. This is Maingear's RUSH SuperStock X99 system and its Crystal Hardline Tubing cooling system alone would take significant planning to map out and implement with its over 70 individual fittings, dual radiators, dual pumps and dual reservoirs...

  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Previewing Maingear's RUSH SuperStock X99
     Fri, Apr 22 2016 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to high performance, over-the-top enthusiast computers, Maingear is a boutique builder that has been designing and manufacturing some of the most stand-out, highly-tuned systems on the market over the years. Hailing from good ol' Kenilworth, a burough of New Jersey, the custom PC shop likens itself to sort of a "Fast n' Loud" of the PC world, only they typically build systems that offer muscle car horsepower and stylings that are anything but loud, actually... The system you see here is the kind of machine that the average DIY enthusiast either couldn't or wouldn't build themselves. This is Maingear's RUSH SuperStock X99 system and its Crystal Hardline Tubing cooling system alone would take significant planning to map out and implement with its over 70 individual fittings, dual radiators, dual pumps and dual reservoirs...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

MSI C236A Workstation
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 5:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With having a clean Windows 10 installation around for the benchmarking of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Windows vs. Linux Vulkan benchmarking, I also took the opportunity to run a number of OpenGL benchmarks on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 Linux with the same hardware and set of graphics cards. In this article are benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with various NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

MSI Vortex G65 6QF System Review
     Tue, Apr 12 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The design of MSI Vortex clearly borrows a fair amount from the latest Apple Mac Pro, however there is more to this tiny powerhouse of a PC than meets the eye. Apple packs a Xeon and dual AMD FirePro GPUs inside the Mac Pro and aims directly at the workstation market but MSI has gone for the fun side of things and is targeting Vortex at gamers.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

20 of the Worst PC Setups – March 2016
     Mon, Apr 11 2016 | 5:46P | 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

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