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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."

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.

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!"

Overclockers UK Titan Dark Zone Gaming PC Review
     Wed, Apr 06 2016 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overclockers UK is one of the leading stockists of PC hardware and their engineering team produces an impressive range of custom rigs to suit contrasting tastes. Whether you’re looking for a silent air-cooled build, or extreme overclocked PC with premium water cooling parts, there’s something designed for your specific requirements. Often, whenever a new game is released which sells remarkably well, consumers like to pay homage with a system based around its theme. This can be a challenge especially if the game in question doesn’t have a distinctive colour scheme. The Division is an open world third-person shooter set in a bleak vision of New York City ravaged by a smallpox pandemic. This intriguing setting and captivating multiplayer confrontations have proved to be incredibly popular! As a result, The Division became Ubisoft’s fastest selling game on record and attracted a very passionate community.

Guru3D Rig of the Month
     Wed, Apr 06 2016 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is time for the March edition of the Guru3D Rig of the Month 2016. This months build is more of a wicked gaming room with a PC that is just awesome. Meet Lucy as built by Robert Mooney aka LunerK9.

HP Envy 13 Review: Beautiful design
     Tue, Mar 29 2016 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For many people, spending $1,000 on a laptop is not feasible, even if high-end hardware is important. This is where the HP Envy 13 comes in: it packs hardware that’s comparable to a $1,000 laptop in a MacBook Air-like package, complete with a price that starts at just $800. In some ways, the Envy is the budget high-end laptop that price-conscious shoppers may be after.

Dell XPS 15 Review
     Mon, Mar 21 2016 | 5:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has been producing some of the most powerful gaming laptops since well before it purchased Alienware almost exactly a decade ago. The original XPS Gen2 was one of the most potent gaming laptops in its day, and the XPS brand has been synonymous with entertainment prowess ever since. However, 17in machines like the Gen 2 and its successors are usually monsters, and if you want a portable gaming platform you can actually carry around, a 15in unit is a much more sensible choice. So here we have the latest 15in model in the XPS lineage. Weighing in at a smidgen over 2kg, this is still a laptop that merits the title, and doesn’t require a lap reinforced with steel girders.

Digital Storm Bolt 3 SFF Gaming PC: A Compact Powerhouse
     Wed, Mar 16 2016 | 4:11P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Face the facts: If you want a pre-built PC that can play virtually any game at high resolutions with high-quality settings, you're going to have to pay a princely sum. While you could probably build your own PC for less than a pre-built system, boutique builders typically offer a number of benefits in the form of guaranteed overclocks or custom component. Or maybe you just have no interest whatsoever spending all that time installing parts and hiding cables in your case. Though Digital Storm's Bolt 3 isn't the highest-end gaming PC we've tested, it holds its own for its not-so-insignificant price—delivering gaming performance that fits its cost, all built within a beautiful, small form factor chassis that would look just as good in your living room as it would under your desk...

Raspberry Pi 3 You Can Have A Much Faster Board
     Thu, Mar 10 2016 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday's Raspberry Pi 3 Benchmarks vs. Eight Other ARM Linux Boards was quite interesting while today I have a complementary data point: the Raspberry Pi 3 compared to the ODROID-C2. The ODROID-C2 costs just a few dollars more ($40 USD with free shipping) while having a faster SoC and other advantages."

CCL Computers Iris 200 Review
     Wed, Mar 09 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Iris 200 uses the Intel Z170 chipset as its basis and therefore features the Intel Core i7-6700K. CCL Computers has applied a 4.5GHz to this chip and have also included a strong lineup of other components which include ASUS STRIX GTX 970s in SLI, 16GB of DDR4 and the Samsung SM951.

MSI Nightblade X2 Review
     Mon, Mar 07 2016 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nightblade X2 is powered by Skylake and as such, features the Intel Core i7-6700K. Also arriving with this quad-core process is 16GB DDR4 and NVIDIA’s GTX 970. Along with these components there are also many features which gamers and enthusiasts are likely to find useful. On paper Nightblade X2 sounds like a capable machine but will it be able to handle everything we throw at it?

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7568) 2-in-1 Laptop Review
     Mon, Feb 29 2016 | 10:28A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7568) 2-in-1 laptop is a premium convertible laptop that is designed to switch effortlessly between the standard laptop mode, and a tablet mode. Although 2-in-1 convertible laptops are not new, this model is unique in that it has a large 15.6? display, making it one of the very few 15.6? convertible laptops in the market.

ECS LIVA ONE Review - A SFF PC with Muscle
     Sat, Feb 27 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Looking for a SFF PC as a desktop replacement in places where space is of concern? You might want to check out the ECS LIVA ONE."

MSI Gaming 24 6QE AIO System Review
     Sat, Feb 27 2016 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You can look at the MSI Gaming 24 6QE All-in-One in a number of different ways and the most obvious (and laziest) is to compare it with Apple iMac. This misses the point because iMac comes in 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes and places the emphasis on a svelte design where two of the three models sport a high resolution Retina display. The closest match is the 21.5-inch non-Retina iMac which uses Intel Iris Pro graphics and which has soldered RAM and cannot be upgraded. By contrast the MSI Gaming 24 6QE packs a GTX 960M graphics chip and has spare slots for a second M.2 SSD and a second DDR4 RAM module so the two All-in-Ones are actually quite different. You may have spotted the 6QE suffix to the model name which is significant as it refers to the 6th Gen Skylake processor and associated hardware.

Case Mod Friday: My 1995 IBM Aptiva
     Fri, Feb 26 2016 | 6:44P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to another Case Mod Friday showcase! This week we have gilmour509's “1995 IBM Aptiva” build. Here is what he had to say about it, "I wanted to share my build, as it's really been a labor of love for the past month. I trash picked it from a local computer store in December, and it's come a long way since then. It started life in 21 years ago 1995 with a 486dx2 running at a mind blistering 66mhz, with a massive 4mb ram, and 1mb video memory. The 3.5 floppy disk could hold a maximum data capacity of 1.44MB. As of a few days ago, it now has a an Intel i7 6700k running at 4.3ghz, 16GB's of 3000mhz ddr4 ram, and 8GB's video memory. The 3.5 floppy drive can read up to 512GB of data from a single diskette. This was not a plug & play build. Massive amounts of cutting, fabrication, welding, grinding, a filing were required. It was awesome.""

pint-sized gaming PC
     Sun, Feb 21 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently built a small-form-factor PC we like to call the Breadbox with some help from our sponsors at Gigabyte, OCZ, G.Skill, EVGA, and Logitech. We documented this Breadbox on video, and now it's ready to make its Hollywood debut. Grab some popcorn and enjoy our tour of this pint-sized gaming PC.

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