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Shuttle SH110R4 Mini PC barebones review
     Tue, Aug 30 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The last time I saw a Shuttle barebones was back in 2009, at a time when LGA775 and Core 2 Duo were the flavours of the month. The Shuttle SH110R4 barebones we have on review today is bang up to date, sporting an Intel H110 chipset with support for a Skylake LGA1151 CPU and DDR desktop RAM yet it looks pretty darn familiar.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

The Portable Workstation: Dell's XPS 13
     Tue, Aug 30 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell recently came knocking with a simple proposition: they would send us their XPS 13 ultraportable and the 32-inch UltraSharp UP3216Q 4k monitor to play with and see how we liked it to replace one of our editor's workstation desktop PC. Being able to give away the bundle to one of our readers post-experiment was the icing on the cake.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Aug 27 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So yesterday I went through and spoke about each of the components I went with for Lunchbox 4 and why I went with them. Today's the day we dive into customizing the build to make it stand out a little including adding that all important carrying handle. Then after that, I benchmark the build and figure out how the new build compares to our last Lunchbox build. Does it fit our goal of always going smaller and faster? Do I have any regrets with the new build? Well I talk about that in the last section, so don’t forget to check that out as well.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Shuttle XPC Cube SZ170R8 w/ i5-6600K
     Fri, Aug 26 2016 | 12:52P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle's new SZ170R8 XPC Cub combines a potent CPU and a capable GPU - you won't need more for a nice gaming system or a VR setup. Not only is its mainboard rife with features, but the SZ170R8 also looks elegant and is incredibly small.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 1 @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 25 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Talk about a long time coming, not only has it been almost three years from our last Lunchbox build, but I’ve been planning and working on this build for a good portion of the year. If you follow our coverage, you will see breadcrumbs of comments all the way back to January of me mentioning potentially using components in Lunchbox 4. The problem is how exactly do you follow up our last build, it fit the bill perfectly, was easy to take to events, and had more than enough power for everything we tossed at it. I mean I could do the same thing again but with a few upgraded components but we have always tried to go smaller and faster with every Lunchbox build and frankly going much smaller has a few major limitations. So today I’m going to sit down and run through our new build. A lot of the components have been covered in their own reviews but today I’m going to go over why I picked each part. Then tomorrow I will dive into a few of the customizations I did to the build, benchmark everything, and then talk about how the build turned out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

AVADirect Avant Mini Cube Gaming Desktop Review
     Sun, Aug 14 2016 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AVADirect's Avant Mini Cube Gaming desktop system featuring NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition gets fully reviewed and performance tested."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR PC Review
     Sat, Aug 13 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR is priced at just $719.99 shipped and for that you get an optimized desktop PC for gaming that is marketed as VR ready for the HTC VIVE and Occulus Rift. This Amazon exclusive system uses the Intel 6th Generation Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz quad-core 14nm processor and the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB ‘Polaris’ video card that just came out one month ago. The system is topped off with an Intel B150 based motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a large 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, 24X DVD-RW Optical Drive and a 600 Watt power supply. Read on to see how it performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
Asrock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC Review
     Tue, Aug 09 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asrock’s new Beebox-S is a rare middle-of-the-road mini PC.The ‘S’ in the name stands for 'Skylake' and there are two options to choose from: A Core i5 and a Core i3 model. We have the flagship model on hand for testing, which features the very punchy Core i5-6200U. Although this is only a dual-core processor, we expect it to provide quite a step up over the Beebox N3000.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Building a 40-Thread Xeon Monster PC
     Tue, Aug 09 2016 | 11:49A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following up to our popular 32-thread Xeon PC feature, we've been in the hunt for affordable Xeon processors based on more modern architectures. Our search put us on the trail of Intel's Xeon E5 2630 v4, a 10-core Broadwell-EP part (40 threads for 2 CPUs) that can be found for less - with a catch - so we put together a system to show off what's on offer here.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Alienware Alpha R2 Review: Big Screen
     Tue, Aug 09 2016 | 11:43A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As much as we like piecing together formidable desktop systems crammed full of high end hardware, the future of PC gaming for many mainstream users may lie in more compact setups. Certainly there's been a push to get PC players out of a dank basement and into the living room with Steam Machines and similar console-sized PCs. However, Dell's Alienware division is hoping to take things to the next level with its pint sized Alpha R2 system, an ultra small form factor (SFF) gaming desktop.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Asrock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC Review
     Mon, Aug 08 2016 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Those on the hunt for an affordable book-sized HTPC will have likely come across the impressive Asrock Beebox. Now meet the new faster Asrock Beebox-S. Powered by a Core i5-6200U, the mini PC has received other enhancements including DDR4 memory support, a high-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, USB 3.1 Type-C and 4K support at 60Hz via HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.4.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ASRock DeskMini 110
     Thu, Aug 04 2016 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock has upped the ante with mini-PCs by introducing their latest innovation, the ASRock DeskMini 110. The DeskMini 110 features the new Mini-STX form factor that brings full 65W CPU support into a tiny 5"x5" package. That means you can stuff a 65W Core i7 6700 Skylake-S CPU into the ASRock DeskMini 110. It also features a PCIe Gen3 x4 link for one of its M.2 ports, so you can have ultra-fast storage, too!
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Alienware Alpha R2 First Looks
     Thu, Aug 04 2016 | 12:16P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alienware has over 20 years of history in the gaming arena. Since the release of their first Alpha machine at E3 in 2014, they have been focused on putting the gaming PC in the living room. The promise of the Alpha was that you could play all your games at affordable prices. This year a new generation of the Alpha …
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

ASRock Beebox-S (Intel Core i5-6200U) Mini PC Review
     Wed, Jul 27 2016 | 5:23P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock's Beebox-S Mini PC featuring Intel's Core i5-6200U SoC goes under the spotlight today. If you're after a capable little PC, take a look."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Overclockers UK Titan Neutron Micro-ATX Gaming PC
     Fri, Jul 22 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The exponential evolution of gaming graphics shows no signs of abating. We have already seen a plethora of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards (most recently from MSI), our first taste of the more modestly specified GTX 1060 comes installed in a complete system from Overclockers UK, the Titan Neutron Micro-ATX Gaming PC.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ECS LIVA Core Mini-PC
     Thu, Jul 14 2016 | 11:55A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS has yet another LIVA iteration in stores now, ready to add basic compute functionality to all those home theatres without "smart" features. The tiny LIVA Core features faster HDD tech to make media playback features better, so it's not just ready for HT use; it's capable of more! Presenting the LIVA Core!
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

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