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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."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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?
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

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.""
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

 
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.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Dell Precision 15 5510 Mobile Workstation Review
     Sun, Feb 21 2016 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To look at the Dell Precision 15 5510, you wouldn’t know that it sits in the middle of Dell’s workstation lineup. The laptop is thinner and sleeker than you might expect a workstation-class laptop to be and the premium carbon fiber palm rest gives the system a decidedly high-end vibe. But the Precision 15 5510 is actually Dell’s mid-range mobile workstation, and its price can start as low as $1,399. Putting the power of a true workstation into a laptop is a tall order to begin with, but Dell makes the job even tougher with the Precision 15 5000 series, which is designed to be thin and light. Dell succeeds in creating a highly portable workstation, but there are inevitably sacrifices to be made with a machine of this type...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Vibox Rapture-Chaos MX2 System review
     Mon, Feb 15 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Vibox has created a gaming PC called Rapture-Chaos MX2 that uses a long list of high end components. The result is an overclocked powerhouse that storms through games at 1080p, with the added bonus that it looks superb. Watch our video and you will see that Rapture-Chaos MX2 lives up to its name in more ways than one as it also suffers from some unfortunate problems.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Custom Gaming PC Review
     Mon, Feb 08 2016 | 2:10A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming computers are located at the top of the wish lists not only of our kids. Setting up a good gaming PC, some parents are certainly a little overwhelmed and/or can not deal with selecting the right hardware. These circumstances we owe it, that companies like iBUYPOWER offer complete ready-made PCs. Today we test an iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Gaming PC at OCinside.de, with Intel Core i7-6700K processor and nVidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. But you can customize the PC to your individual preferences.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

HP Pro Slate 8 Review: Nifty Duet Pen, Premium Pricing
     Sun, Feb 07 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you like the idea of using a stylus with your mobile device, then you probably prefer the precision and additional functionality over the convenience of a fingertip. That, or you've picked up a brand-new HP Pro Slate 8, a tablet targeted at working professionals that includes a rather useful and unique accessory dubbed the "Duet Pen" that enables some pretty interesting features. In the HP Pro Slate 8's case, you can still poke its 7.9-inch screen all you want with a finger. The stylus, an accessory that ships with the tablet, isn't an absolute necessity. You don't need it for everyday use but it's definitely a nice feature add...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine Review
     Fri, Feb 05 2016 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review
     Wed, Feb 03 2016 | 2:40P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive and install and optical drive; with an additional accessory, the optical drive can be also replaced with a secondary 2.5’’ HDD/SSD.."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC Review with Cherry Trail
     Sun, Jan 24 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Compute Stick was introduced in April 2015 and received a luke warm reception as the tiny HDMI computer stick certainly had a number of faults. Most people need to keep in mind that the Intel Compete Stick was a first generation product and Intel was just testing the waters. At CES 2016 we learned that Intel was greatly expanding their Intel Compute sticks and announced three new Compute Stick models at the show. The old Bay Trail powered Compute Stick that debuted in 2015 has been replaced by a more powerful Cherry Trail powered Compute Stick and two faster Core M models! Today, Legit Reviews takes a look at the new Cherry Trail model!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Dell Inspiron 15 7559 Review: Affordable, Upgradeable
     Sat, Jan 23 2016 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has some enticing new hardware on tap for its newest Inspiron 7000 series laptops, including the latest and most powerful Intel Skylake processors and NVIDIA GPUs, but the computer maker sent us a decidedly modest version for this evaluation. PC makers usually load their review systems to the hilt, in an effort to make them perform well in commonly used benchmarks, but Dell is confident that its Inspiron 15 7000 delivers solid, real-world performance for the money, even at base specifications, so we gave it a look...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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