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Alienware Steam Machine Review: Dell's SteamOS Console Competitor
     Wed, Dec 30 2015 | 6:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell's Alienware Steam Machine is under the microscope today. In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming driven by a purpose-built operating system, that offers a standardized platform similar to a tried and true "just push play" console gaming experience. The Alienware Steam Machine seems like just the thing for PC gamers looking for a simpler way to game without a lot of fuss and configuration. The Steam Machine is a PC-based set top box that functions as a dedicated portal into the Steam digital marketplace, where players can download or stream games and media just as you would using Steam on your desktop PC...

Shuttle XPC NC01U Nano review
     Fri, Dec 25 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A PC that fits in the palm of your hands, we review the Shuttle XPC NC01U. It is so small that you can mount this fully fetched Windows 10 Ready PC behind your monitor. With power consumption below 10 Watts this thing offers incredible fun. Armed with an Intel Celeron 3205U Processor clocked at 1.50GHz and then combined with M.2. SSD, a decent chipset, USB 3.0 ports, 2.5" SSD support as well as AC WiFi and a Gigabit LAN jack you will be surprised to see what this product offers.

PC based on the latest components
     Tue, Dec 22 2015 | 2:45P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We built a brand-new gaming PC based on the latest components--and we're giving it away! See what components we chose and how the build turned out. Then find out how you can enter to win the system.

MSI B150M Mortar
     Thu, Dec 17 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”The hardware level build quality is just part of the package and the performance bears that out. However, it's no longer about just the hardware, it's about the entire package. That package includes the utilities that complement the hardware. In this respect, MSI is bundling some pretty decent software packages that add functionality and are integrated really nicely with the board's capabilities. Tools such as RamDisk, Gaming Hotkey, Audio Boost, Click BIOS 5, and Gaming LAN controller, just to name a few. The only real negative is that the board only officially supports AMD's multi-GPU solution, CrossFireX. That being said, when you think about the price point targeted, will users be installing a pair of GPUs in the board? Doubtful. All the hardware and tools are packed into a military themed board that currently sells at an $88 price point. If overclocking is not your forte, don't worry; MSI has you covered with the Arsenal Series B150M Mortar."

Performance-Per-Watt & How The Raspberry Pi 2 + Pi Zero Compare To Old NetBurst
     Sun, Dec 13 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After starting to run some Raspberry Pi Zero benchmarks this weekend, I'm back today with more benchmarks. In this article is also an interesting comparison showing the performance of the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 2 against old "Northwood" Pentium 4 and Celeron processors from the Socket 478 NetBurst days. The many results in this article also include power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics for this $5 ARM single board computer."

Shuttle SH170R6 XPC Cube Barebone Review
     Thu, Dec 10 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle has released the latest XPC cube Barebone, SH170R6 based on a proven formula, which contains the R chassis, a three-heatpipe cooling system, one 300W power supply but also an updated motherboard which comes with the latest H170 chipset from Intel. We can install any Skylake processor with the single exception that we should not exceed the recommended TDP of 95W; several expansion options are available like the PCI-E x16 3.0 slot for mounting video cards (even dual slot configuration), one PCI-E x4 3.0 slot, but also one M.2 2280 along with a Mini-PCIe Half-Size slot. Optional accessories can be also purchased like the 3.5’’ to 2.5’’ adapter, the backpanel COM port adapter for RS232 serial interface, the WLN-C Wireless kit or the PC563J 500W PSU which allows installation of even beefier video cards.

Acer Predator G6-710 Review
     Wed, Dec 09 2015 | 12:21P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Text: With their Predator G6-710, Acer has an eye-catching system in its protfolio, which features fast hardware. There is for example an Intel Core i7-6700K, which can be overclocked to 4.6GHz by the touch of a button as well as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. Apart from that Acer also equips this rig with a rather big 512GB SSD. At this point we're now curious to find out how this system does in our full review.

Benchmarks Of The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero
     Mon, Dec 07 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For those curious about the performance of the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, here are some benchmarks I've just finished up for this low-end, low-power ARM development board compared to other ARM, MIPS, and x86 hardware."

ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC Review
     Sat, Dec 05 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the ECS LIVA Windows Based Mini PC Kit came out in the summer of 2014 it was a pretty nifty little system that ran pretty good considering it only cost $135. Without breaking the bank you could purchase an ECS LIVA, assemble the included hardware and then put on the Windows copy that you wanted to run. It came with everything you needed to get up and running out of the box when it came to hardware, but the initial reviews and consumer feedback was that people wanted the units to be fully assembled and more powerful. ECS heard the feedback and answered with the ECS LIVA X 64GB Mini PC Kit just a few months later that was a larger, fully assembled system that just needed the OS installed. The ECS LIVA and LIVA X models are powered by the 22nm Intel Bay Trail-M SoC, which was a decent part when it came out, but those processors have been succeeded by the Intel 14nm Braswell SoC. Braswell is basically Bay Trail's die shrink and has some new features sprinkled in along with improved efficiency, better thermals and much better graphics thanks to the inclusion of Intel Generation 8 graphics technology. The ECS LIVA series aren't very powerful systems, so we are glad to see that ECS is staying current and putting Intel Braswell N3050 SoC's into the latest LIVA system, the ECS LIVA X2.

PC Specialist Nox Review
     Tue, Dec 01 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC Specialist has announced a gaming PC with the shortest name we have ever heard. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present ‘Nox’. There is always a danger that a review of a PC can turn into a list of components and Nox falls under that heading as PC Specialist has selected some top notch hardware and then assembled a high end gaming PC that is ideal for Full HD gaming. Nox can also handle 4K provided you are sensible about image quality settings.

Alienware Steam Machine Review
     Sun, Nov 22 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventurewith us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about."

Asus ROG G20AJ Review
     Fri, Nov 20 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asus aims to pull off a neat trick with the Republic Of Gamers G20AJ. They have taken a desktop Core i7 CPU and a desktop GTX 970 graphics card and crammed the two of them into a tiny 12.5-litre chassis that appears to be a similar size as a Sony PlayStation 4.

first LIVA mini-PC from ECS
     Wed, Nov 11 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When I reviewed the first LIVA mini-PC from ECS one year ago I was impressed by the concept of a full Windows computer in an enclosure about the size of a can of cola, which included everything you needed to get started out of the box. The problem with that first LIVA was that it was a little underpowered for the current generation of operating systems, and with the introduction of the LIVA X the performance improved only slightly; though it was a much more polished product overall. So how does the latest LIVA - the X2 - stack up? We'll find that out here.

ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC (Braswell)
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What sort of hardware can you get for a few more dollars than the cost of a retail copy of Windows 8.1? ECS has the answer with the ECS LIVA X2. Based on Intel's NUC platform featuring a Braswell SoC, the ECS LIVA X2 is a full PC that includes a full version of Windows 8.1. Hardware for pennies? Yes, please!

Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970
     Wed, Nov 04 2015 | 4:09P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970 stuffs a discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics card into a box that's not much bigger than a Mac Mini. Is it the small-form-factor gaming champion we've been waiting for? We spent some quality time on the Zbox with some of the latest games to find out.

Is a high-end CPU a real need for a gaming computer
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 1:17P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is worth investing in a high-end CPU for a gaming computer, or can you save some bucks buying a mainstream one and go for a better video card? We test it!

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