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Unboxing The Retro Intel Box Master System
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 1:15P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although working at a publication like HotHardware often involves tight deadlines and countless hours of benchmarking, product photography, and writing, plenty of fun activities get thrown into the mix as well. Case in point--I came home from the Intel Developers Forum this past week to a pair of boxes that were begging to be torn open in an unboxing video. So, I that’s what I did. And what I found inside the boxes is the kind of stuff tech-enthusiasts drool over. Not only was there some killer hardware to ogle, but it was presented in a very unique way...check this out
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500 Broadwell Mini PC Review
     Tue, Aug 18 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The last time we examined the Gigabyte Brix in April of last year, it performed quite well, but was somewhat noisy and ran hot. Gigabyte has learned from this experience, and has outfitted this latest model--the Brix S BXi7H-5500--with a shiny new Broadwell CPU from Intel. Yes, Broadwell, which are the all-new 14nm CPUs we’ve been salivating over since before Haswell hit the scene. The particular chip that's the star of the show today is dubbed the Intel Core i7-5500U. This is a dual-core chip with hyper-threading, 4MB of L2 cache and a super-low TDP of just 15w. The CPU includes onboard graphics care of the on-die Intel HD Graphics 5500 series engine too...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review
     Sun, Aug 09 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5? drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4 Gaming PC Review
     Sun, Aug 09 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Xotic PC asked us to be judge and jury of its Executioner gaming system, we thought to ourselves, "this better be one helluva setup to warrant its killer moniker," and spoiler alert, it is. We'll get to the benchmarks and other particulars in due time, but there's more to this $6,500 PC than raw performance alone. Yes, we said $6,500, which is the rounded up cost of the version Xotic PC sent us. When shopping an Executioner, you begin by picking one of four baseline setups dubbed Stages 1-4. Ours is a Stage 4 configuration that starts at just shy of $5,100...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OCUK Evolution Wrath System Review
     Fri, Aug 07 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Don’t have time to build your own PC? Want a nice compact, good looking system featuring one of the latest AMD Fury graphics cards? The OCUK ‘Evolution Wrath’ System might just tickle the taste buds. This system features an Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.5GHz, Z97 Motherboard, Up to 16GB 2400MHz Memory, Samsung SSD/Seagate HDD/SSHD, OcUK Techlabs AIO Liquid Cooler and an 80+ Gold Rated power supply.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review
     Tue, Aug 04 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5? drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

ZOTAC ZBOX P1320 Mini-PC Review
     Mon, Aug 03 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many small devices require a custom built operating system to match the diminutive size but not this one because the P1320 comes with a fully functional, Windows 8.1 operating system. Nothing has been trimmed away from this OS other than 64bit functionality. At its heart there is an Intel Z3735F quad-core processor running at 1.33GHz (upto 1.8GHz) which also provides the shared graphics. 2GB of DDR3L-1333 memory is available along with a 32GB of storage space (expandable via SD card). Not too shabby for a device that is smaller your average smart phone!
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

 
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a hardware- reviewer it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone needs a super fast big computer and instead are looking for something in the other end, a small, silent computer that works for more modest applications. Zotac is a company that excels in that sort of small mini-PC’s and today we are testing their Zbox Nano CI540 Plus, a palm-sized computer that comes with a Core i5-processor, 4 GB ram and a SSD. Add to that a completely fan-less design and USB3.0-support as well as 802-11ac-WIFI and we have a very attractive computer in a small package.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

nothing a PC enthusiast likes more
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all know there’s no satisfaction quite like building your own computer from scratch, or rather from carefully selected components. In order to share this particular pleasure with as many people as possible, Hardware.Info regularly publishes an updated version of our Build Your Own PC guide. The 2015 edition is now online on our UK and US websites. We also all know that there is nothing a PC enthusiast likes more than to point out how (s)he would do things differently, so this guide is also an excellent start to get readers and visitors engaged in a nice debate over how it could be done better. Of course we welcome all forms of constructive feedback, so if you would like to share our humble efforts with your readers, that would be much appreciated.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

ASRock N3700M "Braswell" Micro-ATX SFF PC
     Thu, Jul 30 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock's N3700M is a Micro-ATX motherboard featuring Intel's new "Braswell" Quad-Core Pentium processor. Steven tells us all about it this review."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4 Gaming PC Review
     Sat, Jul 25 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Xotic PC asked us to be judge and jury of its Executioner gaming system, we thought to ourselves, "this better be one helluva setup to warrant its killer moniker," and spoiler alert, it is. We'll get to the benchmarks and other particulars in due time, but there's more to this $6,500 PC than raw performance alone. Yes, we said $6,500, which is the rounded up cost of the version Xotic PC sent us. When shopping an Executioner, you begin by picking one of four baseline setups dubbed Stages 1-4. Ours is a Stage 4 configuration that starts at just shy of $5,100...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Gigabyte BRIX S BXi5H-5200 PC Kit Review
     Tue, Jul 21 2015 | 3:46P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we will be taking a look at the Gigabyte BRIX s GB-BXi5H-5200 kit that can be found online for $364.99 with free shipping. It comes with the Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-Core processor with Hyper-Threading. This processor was launched in early 2015, and is part of Intel’s 5th generation Core processors. It features a 15W TDP, 2.2Ghz speed, with a 2.7Ghz Turbo, Intel HD Graphics 5500 and will support up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3L memory (1333, 1600, & 1966Mhz). This particular model of the BRIX s adds an 802.11ac Dual Band WiFi card that includes Bluetooth 4.0. Read on to see how the Gigabyte BRIX s GB-BXi5H-5200 performs!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition 2-in-1 Review
     Sat, Jul 04 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Inspiron 13 7000 is Dell's latest 2-in-1 convertible, and the one we're testing is a top-spec Special Edition model that's faster and more beautiful that the others currently in the line-up. What strikes us as most interesting here is the focus that Dell has placed on the "laptop" side of the equation. Said another way, we've grown used to 2-in-1 units being little more than tablets with a bolted on keyboard. That works fine for those who don't need a lot of horsepower or rigidity, but those in search of a powerful laptop that just so happens to convert to a tablet have been left with very little beyond the Surface Pro 3...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

The real story with the LIVA is the size
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s been a couple of years now, and the platform continues to evolve - and shrink to some startlingly small sizes. Of the Intel-powered micro PC kits on today’s market the LIVA from ECS manages to push the boundaries of this category in both directions. In addition to boasting a ridiculously small size - actually the smallest in the world according to ECS - the LIVA is also very affordable. It carries a list price of just $179 (though it can be found for less), and that includes onboard memory and storage. And this is truly a Windows PC platform, with full Windows 8.1 driver support from ECS (previous versions are not supported).
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS Liva 64GB Mini PC Review
     Thu, Jun 18 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Setting the bar for small form factor PCs in July, ECS' Liva made comparable machines look oversized and overpriced, weighing only 190g and measuring 118mm wide, 56mm tall and70mm deep. Since its debut, ECS has updated the Liva with a 64GB option and though that's double the storage, we have only seen a mild price increase to $185. Paired with a super efficient fanless design that promises smooth 1080p playback it certainly grabbed our attention.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ECS LIVA White Edition 64GB Mini PC Kit
     Mon, Jun 15 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ECS LIVA 64GB mini PC is designed to be above all cheap and at just $185 there is no questioning its affordability. Still what is the purpose of this cheap PC, who is it designed for? ECS say its fanless design and low power consumption make it an ideal HTPC and while it can handle 1080p content there are a number of other limitations. Connectivity for one is limited to just a single hard to reach USB 3.0 port and there is no remote functionality.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

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