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 [LATEST]  KobraLan Extreme Review @ ocaholic
     Fri, Apr 18 2014 | 9:55A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
KobraLan Extreme is the new mini-monster from KobraPC, which is based on an ITX formfactor with high-end components. The system is Haswell based with an Intel Core i7-4770K in order to pump out high frame rates there is a MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming graphics card. In addition, the system is pretty clean inside but this build is certainly not cheap. If you`re curious to see what KobraPC has been building, have look at the following review."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Dell XPS 15 9530 Review
     Thu, Apr 10 2014 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at a 2014 model laptop from Dell. The DELL XPS 15 9530 is a pretty standard looking 15" laptop, but it incorporates an ultra high QHD+ resolution touch-screen (3200 x 1800 pixels), a quad core i7-4702HQ CPU with 16GB of DDR3 and a Nvidia GT 750m. To keep things nippy the company have paired a 32GB caching SSD with a 500GB mechanical hard drive. Today we put it through its paces in a variety of tasks to see if it is worth the money.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Shuttle Barebone DS437 Fanless Slim PC with Celeron CPU Review
     Sun, Apr 06 2014 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Shuttle DS437 Barebone comes with an updated Celeron 1037 CPU at 1.8GHz which has the same 17W power envelope as the 847 model and also features better IGP. The unit is completely fanless and offers plenty of ports to be used in multiple environments like POS, Kiosk, Thin Client, Cloud Computing, Office PC and more.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX System
     Sat, Apr 05 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CYBERPOWER PC is one of the premier gaming PC boutiques out there these days, and recently they sent out there Zeus Mini-I 780 for us to play with! The Zeus Mini-I 780 is a small form factor PC, which are becoming more and more popular these days. People have realized that you can get all the performance of a ginormous system, with a fraction of the size of a chassis like Corsairs ‘Godzilla’ 900D. While SFF systems such as the Zeus Mini-I 780 have the advantage of taking up less of the precious desktop real estate, the small size can be a double edged sword. It can be a little on the challenging side to fit some of the latest and greatest components inside the chassis. We will look at that in greater detail later down the line, but CYBERPOWER PC was able to shoe horn some great features into their custom designed chassis. CYBERPOWER PC started the prices of the various Zeus Mini PC’s at only $599 for the Zeus Mini-I 100, the Zeus Mini-I 780 I have on hand starts at $1509...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System Review
     Mon, Mar 31 2014 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Cyberpower offer consumers the option of having a high performance custom built PC system, using the latest components, but built and delivered ready to go by experts. Today we take a look at their Infinity Achilles Pro GT system which features Core i5 CPU and Radeon 290X graphics."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

MSI Nightblade Review
     Thu, Mar 20 2014 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A tiny 16 litre case housing a i7 4770k, overclocked R9 290X and dual SSD's in RAID 0? You are looking at just some of the possibilities from the latest MSI NIGHTBLADE.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2014
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 3:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

 
ZBOX Nano range
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today ZOTAC release the latest in their ZBOX Nano range, the ZBOX Nano AQ02. Palm sized and featuring an AMD APU we have the Plus version on our test bench for a quick look."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus Review
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC’s AQ02 is housed inside the palm sized nano enclosure. Compared to the AQ01, the AQ02 has the upgraded AMD A8-5545M APU which delivers AMD Radeon HD 8510G graphics. This CPU is quad-core and rated at 2.7GHz, the question is – can such a condensed computer system really offer enough processing power for a home-theatre configuration?
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

ASUS Chromebox Small Form Factor Chrome OS PC
     Sat, Mar 15 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To date, we've shown you a few versions of Chromebook notebooks, like the Acer C720 Chromebook and Google's own Chromebook Pixel. Today, however, we have a look at the very first "official" Chromebox to hit the market and it comes to us by way of ASUS. The ASUS Chromebox is a tiny palm-sized machine similar in form and footprint to Intel's line of NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini PCs or the tiny Zotac ZBox Nano. It just so happens that all of these machines are also powered by integrated Intel processors and the ASUS Chromebox is no different, though it employs Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor architecture with Integrated HD 4400 graphics. Sure, there's a fair bit of horsepower on board with Intel's latest low power dual-core CPU chewing through workloads but the real differentiator here is what you can do with Google's Chrome OS driving a device like this. We aim to show you just that in the pages ahead...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini System Review
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 3:56P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I'll admit it, I'm going against my overclocking and enthusiast roots by saying I like small form factor systems, but they have to be in a proper case. like this one.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

2014 Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Delivers With Exceptional Battery Life
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 3:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’re going to take a look at the latest version of the XPS 13. This updated version has not been redesigned, but it does include a new, larger capacity battery (55WHr compared to the previous 47WHr battery). And along with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor for more efficient computing, Dell claims the new XPS 13 can deliver up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing on a single charge. Other key updates for this iteration of XPS 13 includes an optional 13.3-inch touch-enabled 1080p display and Windows 8.1. Like previous versions of the XPS series, the 2014 version of the XPS 13 features machined aluminum and carbon fiber for strength and durability. The carbon fiber composite base helps make the XPS 13 very lightweight—as little as 2.95 pounds. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the high-end version of theXPS 13. Priced at $1649, this system features a 4th generation Core i7 processor, Windows 8.1, 8GB memory, a 256GB solid state drive, and is touch enabled.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

TechwareLabs Monster Build Part 1: The Gear @ TechwareLabs.com
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 10:17A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You want to build a new rig and naturally you want the absolute best parts you can put in to it, but your budget is holding you back.As a fellow enthusiast you are probably very familiar with this situation. But what if money wasn`t really a concern? What if you could build your dream machine without having to make sacrifices to stay within a tight budget? That`s the idea behind our TechwareLabs Monster Build. We take some of the best parts on the market, slap them all together, and come out with one beast of a rig."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

TechwareLabs Monster Build Part 2: The Machine @ TechwareLabs
     Tue, Mar 11 2014 | 9:20A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to assemble and show off our monster build. With a sky-high overclock and benchmarks that blow away the competition, this machine truly is a beast. Check out what we learned along the way and see whats planned for this machine."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Really Ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs! @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Mar 11 2014 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month we featured a post on some of the most insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there. While these are extremely impressive not everyone has the money, time or even space to build such setups. After seeing some really bad mining setups we wanted to show you the opposite end of the spectrum so we present to you some of the most ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System Review
     Thu, Mar 06 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When browsing through the countless pre-built systems that are on offer from the likes of Overclockers UK, Scan, CyberpowerPC and PC Specialist as we have here today; most of the time we find users spending on average around £1400-1600 (~$2300-2700 USD) for their new gaming rig and whilst you do get a great amount of power for your money, we do wonder how much extra pixel pushing power do you really get from a system that is around 20% cheaper to buy. Obviously there are going to be some obvious differences in the systems specification and this mainly includes the motherboard, processor and graphics card; but are you really getting 20% extra performance for your money or is it worth spending that bit less and spending that extra cash on a better monitor for example? With the number of system integrators in the UK slowly increasing, staying one step ahead of the competition in terms of pricing and quality is a never-ending battle. Each company out there has their own little twist on what makes a great system and in the case of PC Specialist, it’s not just the system that you are paying for – customer service is important as well. Since we took our first look at one of PC Specialist’s budget gaming systems; namely the Vanquish X200, back in the first half of last year, we have come to learn that offering a top rate of customer service from the pre-sales end of the line right through to after-sales technical support is of a high priority to this devoted team of enthusiasts. Not only is this a passion driven business, but the extra care that they put into their systems does not constitute to a hefty price tag and it soon becomes clear that the price is far more justifiable with all the hidden extras that you get included – as standard. The Vanquish 230XT that we’ve got in today comes with a delivered to your door price tag of £1137.00 inc VAT and inside it packs a strong mix of mid-to-high range components that have a better bang-for-buck appeal to them over some of the top end components that we see out there on the market today. Built onto an Asus Z87-A motherboard we have an overclocked and water-cooled quad-core 4670k running at 4.2GHz, teamed up with 16GB of 2400MHz HyperX Beast Memory from Kingston and an AMD R9 280X graphics card ready to deliver a joyful gaming experience. On top of all of that we get a 120GB HyperX 3K SSD and a 1TB hard drive for all of your games and media content to go on and all of this is packed into a budget friendly 230T mid-tower chassis from Corsair.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

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