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20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Sun, Nov 01 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at some point you 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 October!"

PC Specialist Ultima OC Review
     Sat, Oct 31 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their Ultima the British system integrator PC Specialist has one good looking and well made and factory overclocked system in their portfolio. Today we're going to have a very close look at what this rig can do and for what kind of gaming it is suitable.

Dell Product Showcase Q4 2015.
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 5:05P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 13th of October 2015, Dell Malaysia invited us to The Incredible | Dell Product Showcase for Q4, 2015. It was an important event for them going into the holiday season. As a result, Intel's Sumner Lemon and Microsoft's Bruce Howe were at hand to lend their support to Dell's latest products. Now, this is what we have been waiting for - the revelation of the new Dell products for the end-of-the-year blowout sale by Christopher Choong, Consumer Brand Manager of Dell South Asia. Check it out!

Checklist to Build a Gaming PC
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:15P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you ready to build a gaming PC to take advantage of today's Powerful Video Games? Here is your checklist to build a gaming PC so you do it right the first time with no mistakes.

Mionix Castor
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Castor is the newest IR LED gaming mouse in Mionix's line-up. It uses the same sensor as on the Avior and Naos 7000, but it has been upgraded to support 10000 DPI. The ergonomics are brand-new for this mouse as it is a medium-sized, right-handed-only model.

Shuttle XPC Nano Barebone NC01U Review
     Wed, Oct 28 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Celeron 3205U at its heart, the NC01U Nano Barebone can be used for office tasks, browsing and thanks to its very small footprint it is barely noticeable on the table; of course it can be also installed to the back side of the display thanks to the included VESA mount, which will also permit a cleaner cable management. The central processing unit is actively cooled by a blower-type ADDA fan while the fan profiles can be always adjusted from inside the BIOS. This is not all: besides the 7mm HDD/SSD we can mount on one of the PCB sides we also have the option to expand the storage via the available M.2 2242 slot. Shuttle has great plans for this little box since besides the fact that it is available with multiple CPUs (NC01U3 with Intel Core i3-5005U; NC01U5 with Intel Core i5-5200U; NC01U7 with Intel Core i7-5500U), it will provide expansion boxes for it which will fit inside the special connector on the back of the NUC (XVB01, XLB01 or XCB01).

ASRock Beebox Mini PC
     Mon, Oct 19 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock's engineering department has been at it again, this time to bring something new to the mini-PC market. With claims of 30 FPS 4K playback using a Braswell SoC, the ASRock Beebox is a nice little box supporting 16 GB of DDR3L, dual HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C, and mSATA/SATA.

PC Specialist Vanquish 270X System Review
     Sat, Oct 17 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition CPU release has been very exciting for the PC market, the main reason is that you can now get high-end desktop performance for the price of an entry level system. This is because the bulk of applications and games are still largely dependent on the performance of 1-2 CPU cores, so with the potential to get around 4.5-4.8GHz on both its cores the Pentium G3258 can offer Core i7 4790K-like performance in one to two threaded applications. Today we are testing PC Specialist’s Vanquish 270X system which they have configured and built especially for us! This system features a Pentium G3258 CPU overclocked to a whopping 4.7GHz and that’s paired up with a Powercolor R9 270X 2GB graphics card and 8GB of RAM. All in all this means there is more than enough grunt in this system to drive all the latest gaming titles maxed out at full 1080p or even as high as 1440p depending on the game, as well as to do a wide variety of other productivity and home tasks. What’s even more impressive is that the components used are really cost effective, so this build comes in at just £579! PC Specialist have made very sensible component choices to keep the pricing in that sweet spot zone: they’ve opted for the unlocked Pentium, AMD’s R9 270X, an SSHD, Gigabyte’s entry level Z97 gaming series motherboard and Corsair’s affordable 230T chassis houses it all. Below you can see the full specifications of this build:

A Six Month Redux After Building A 60+ System Basement
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It's been just over six months since I completed construction on the large 60+ system server room where a ton of Linux benchmarking takes place just not for Phoronix.com but also the new LinuxBenchmarking.com daily performance tracking initiative and testing and development around our Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org software. Here's a look back, a few recommendations to reiterate for those aspiring to turn their cellar into a server farm, and a few things I'd do differently next time around."

Scan 3XS GW-HTX35 Workstation
     Thu, Oct 01 2015 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Scan will be well-known to KitGuru readers for its huge and comprehensive component supply business. But the company has also been building professional workstations for many years. The 3XS range includes both enthusiast systems for gamers as well as rack-mount servers and high-performance computing nodes. The 3XS GW-HTX35 is a high-end graphics system that brings together the best possible components in most areas, and won’t give you much change out of £10,000 as a result.

Apple has been successful with its iMac
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though Apple has been successful with its iMac all-in-one systems for quite a while now, we have yet to see a corresponding system in the Windows / PC world that can enjoy a similar level of adoption by end users. One system that definitely won’t replace the iMac is the Prowise All-in-One, but that is entirely for reasons that have nothing to do with this nifty portable all-in-one computer. Prowise is a Dutch company focusing on the B2B and educational market, active not only in the Netherlands but also (amongst others) in Australia and Hungary. Their Presenter software is a benchmark for user friendly digital learning environments in which you can rapidly create educational tools such as quizzes and presentations. (I’ve worked in educational IT in a former life, which goes some way towards explaining my enthusiasm). In addition to the software, they make digital whiteboards, built to spec in China, as well as tablets and since a while an AiO system. Unlike the whiteboards and tablets, the AiO is based on an OEM barebone and if you know your stuff, you’ll see which model it’s been based on (hint: company name starts with L, ends with o). However, Prowise made a lot of small but significant changes and deliver the whole thing at a very attractive price point – shame you can’t buy one as a consumer, but if you’re a professional user or work in education, this is a very interesting machine.

Gigabyte Brix N3000 Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Brix, Gigabyte has a small form factor PC in its portfolio, based on Intel's latest Braswell platform. Apart from that the system features a very attractive price and even the performance could be on a very reasonable level for an office enviorment, since there is an Intel Celeron CPU inside.

OCUK Titan Electron Intel Core i3 Mini-ITX gaming
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 1:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although many KitGuru reviews might show off the most powerful and expensive hardware in the world not everyone can afford a £3,000 system, or fit that giant tower case into a small bedroom. That is why today you do not necessarily need a monstrous ATX case, high end motherboard and companion hardware – just to play games at 1080p. Enter the diminutive, competitively priced Overclockers UK Titan Electron we are looking at today. The Titan Electron is an extremely compact system build, comprising a powerful Intel Haswell CPU, capable mid-range GPU with a decent amount of memory and high-speed storage.

PCSpecialist Optimus V X13 Review
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
UK system builder PCSpecialist have earned an excellent reputation in recent years by delivering cost effective rigs, using high grade components. Today we look at one of their new mobile systems, the Optimus V X13. This diminutive 13.3 inch laptop is loaded to the gills with high end hardware, including a Core i7 4710MQ processor, 8GB of Kingston Hyper-X memory, Nvidia GTX 860M and a 1TB Seagate Hybrid SSHD drive. It also incorporates a full 1080p panel and a backlit keyboard. The price? A very modest £749.00.

CyberPower Trinity Xtreme Gaming PC Review
     Fri, Sep 25 2015 | 12:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What does your desktop PC say about you? Is your system hiding by your feet and used only for serious business? Is it sitting on the corner of your desk with its window facing the wall because it’s just easier to reach its inputs that way? Or is taking up a third of your workspace with LEDs blazing, screaming “Fire me up!"? If your system falls into the latter category, or better yet, you'd like to have a system in the latter group, you’re the target audience for CyberPower’s new Trinity.

PC Specialist Vortex 440 System Review
     Wed, Sep 23 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been an exciting few months for PC enthusiasts. We’ve seen the arrival of Intel’s new flagship Haswell-E CPUs, high-performance DDR4 memory and Nvidia’s Maxwell GTX 980. Those three things combined have the potential to produce one hell of a system and that’s exactly what we have on our hands today with PC Specialist’s Vortex 440. The basis for this custom PC is Intel’s X99 platform paired up with some truly enthusiast-grade Kingston 3000MHz DDR4 memory, Intel’s six-core i7 5820K with a hefty overclock and Nvidia’s flagship GTX 980 graphics card. NZXT’s H440, which gives this system part of its name, keeps everything looking sleek and tidy. Corsair are in charge of power delivery with their new RM series 850W power supply, and cooling, with their tried-and-trusted H100i liquid CPU cooler. To appeal to gamers and speed-demons alike an SSD and HDD combination provides a good balance between system responsiveness and storage for games and other media. As you might expect the price you have to pay for all that hardware is fairly steep, £1599 to be exact, but as we’ll see later on this is surprisingly good value for money and gives you a lot of performance.

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