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ECS LIVA Z
     Sun, May 21 2017 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”I am still puzzled by the choice of layout after staring at it for these past few weeks. Having two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back without any USB ports is a questionable decision from a real estate standpoint. During my time with this unit, between a USB flash drive, mouse, keyboard, Ethernet, and HDMI cable, my desk was a mess with cables going every direction. Some of that could be remedied with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and also using Wi-Fi. It seems from my perspective that this is exactly what ECS expects customers to do, and skip the messy cables. Just be aware that if you intend to go full on cables like I did, it will never look clean. Going back full circle, I wish ECS removed the second Ethernet jack and placed 2 USB ports in its' place. I just cannot think of a scenario in which both jacks would be used besides a strange file server.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Corsair ONE Pro Review
     Fri, May 19 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In what could be regarded as a pillar of power, the ONE Pro is one of many prebuilt computer systems by Corsair which sits at the top of the pack. This compact PC is based on the Mini-ITX form factor and bears a strong lineup of features such as Intel’s Core i7-7700K, 16GB DDR4 and the GTX 1080.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

ECS LIVA Z Plus
     Sun, May 14 2017 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Back to the topic at hand! This being the second LIVA I had the pleasure to review, the process of setting up and getting real-world use out of it was much easier the second time around. I'm not saying it was overly complicated, but I spent a lot less time reading about SoC architectures in preparation for this review.The one thing that threw me off was the inclusion of Intel vPro technology. Going to Intels website has never helped in the past and it was no different this time. Using phases like "Strengthen Software Security from the Inside" and "Lighten Your Heaviest Workloads" isn't helpful on a website solely designed to sell you a product. After some Googling, I found out that it is basically an advanced remote desktop. The reason I bring this up is because the LIVA Z i5 7300U model just gained a whole new untapped market. The average consumer will never use the features and quite honestly, only businesses are going to be on the look out for such features. That being said, at my day job, the company bought a few used UCFF (Ultra-Compact Form Factor) PCs left over from an oil drilling company. It is not unheard of for companies to use this type of computers because they are low power and generally solid state, meaning no moving parts. Add in the ability to remote into the device in a secure fashion with offsite management and it becomes very desirable to IT workers out in the field.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Radeon RX 550 + Pentium G4560: The Ultimate eSports Combo?
     Thu, May 11 2017 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Currently at $80 the RX 550 is not the best value, but given the competitive landscape it's our hope that it'll soon be selling for as little as $60, a price at which it starts making sense, especially when you consider the potential in a $120 combo with the G4560 for an uber-affordable eSports build. That's precisely what we're doing here today.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube
     Wed, May 10 2017 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is a small form factor (SFF) PC aimed at hardcore gamers on the go. The toolbox-size computer packs solid desktop hardware, including an Intel Core i7-6700 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, giving it the horsepower necessary to handle most modern games. And, like a toolbox, the Y710 Cube has a handle so you can grab it and go. Compact PCs have become increasingly more popular with gamers who want the power of a desktop system, but don’t want to lug a large PC when the need arises. They’re also popular at LAN events, for the same reasons...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Corsair's One Pro
     Sat, May 06 2017 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair's One Pro promises full-fat desktop performance from a system much smaller than most off-the-rack Mini-ITX PCs. We turned up the heat on the One Pro to see whether Corsair's liquid-cooling know-how can really shrink full-size desktop performance into a 13-liter package.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

ECS LIVA Z
     Fri, May 05 2017 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It would seem ECS is looking to corner the mini-PC market with their LIVA offerings. The LIVA Z is a continuation of that effort. Utilizing an ultra small form factor at an extremely affordable price, this palm-sized unit delivers more than you might have bargained for.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

 
Guru3D Rig of the Month - April 2017
     Thu, May 04 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The March edition of the Guru3D Rig of the April 2017 is here. The turn goes to Mike Norbert who built his own customized PC. The end-result is a nice looking rig of the month April 2017
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Fierce PC Blackfire Hammerhead
     Thu, May 04 2017 | 11:50A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With both AMD’s RX 500-series GPUs and Ryzen 5 processors launching over the past few weeks, Fierce PC thought it would be a good idea to bring both components together in an all-AMD gaming rig. Priced at £1199.95, does the Blackfire Hammerhead hit the price-to-performance sweet-spot?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Project Build: Carmine - Part 1 @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, May 04 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So the launch of Ryzen was exciting because AMD was finally rejoining the high-end market on the CPU side of things and a lot of the benchmarks were very exciting. So once it was all finished up I had to get a proper AMD build together. The original plan was my wife's new PC might be running a Ryzen 7 CPU but ITX AM4 boards aren’t out yet so rather than wait I decided to build an AMD themed build right away. While Ryzen has gray and orange as its colors I decided to stick with the traditional black and red as AMD has used them both a lot in the past. So I started gathering parts and decided on a project name as well. This build is going to be called Carmine as it is a shade of red while also avoiding the traditional red themed names like Ruby. I’m still working on getting in components and planning out the build but I did want to at least get a post up with the base components we are going with, so check them out!
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Project Build: Carmine - Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:35P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So a few weeks ago I got started on our Ryzen based project build. At the time the plan was to put together a reasonable Ryzen build with a nice red theme. We picked out the case, the motherboard, and a power supply. Well, today I’m going to run through the rest of the go fast bits so to speak. That means we need some sort of storage to get our OS on, memory, a video card, and to pick out which CPU we want to go with as well. So today we run through those parts and at the end I will include a small preview of what else is coming for this build. I’ll give you a hint, while the original plan was to put together something reasonable things have gone a little crazy on the water cooling front.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Gaming PC Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:33P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a pre-built gaming PC that is easy to move around? Attend LAN parties? Check out Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube system."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Alienware 13 Review
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up with extra thickness and weight, it's possible to use it as a portable workstation instead of an ultraportable.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Fierce PC Imperial Hive Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have in our hands the devilish delights of the all-new Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580. The Golden Sample goes beyond what the standard Red Devil is capable of, by offering an improved cooler and higher clock speeds. Unlike previous generations of the Devil series, this RX 580 variant opts for a double-fan configuration rather than the usual triple-fan – but instead we get two, larger 100mm dual ball bearing fans which promise to deliver on performance and low-noise.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Dragon Flair Inferno GR4 (i7 7700K/ GTX1080) System Review
     Tue, Apr 25 2017 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dragon Flair is a relatively new system integrator based in Ireland. They got in-touch with us and today we are looking at a high-end gaming PC from the company – the Inferno GR4. With as much emphasis on the system’s aesthetics as there is on its hardware, it will be very interesting to see if the Inferno GR4 can justify its hefty £2139 asking price.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Review
     Fri, Apr 21 2017 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Back in 2012 I was sick of sitting down all day and decided to build myself my own standing desk. While it worked pretty well it was not exactly high enough, and I could not adjust it up or down. This eventually led me to get a tall stool which I ended up sitting on more often than actually standing. So when Autonomous asked me if I wanted to check out their Smart Desk 2 I was quite excited. Autonomous says the Smart Desk 2 is the most affordable high-quality standing desk, period. Prices start at a very modest $299 for the base model and go up from there. Can the Smart Desk 2 become my new favorite desk or will I go back to the one I was using? Read on as we find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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