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MSI's Trident 3 compact PC
     Fri, Mar 03 2017 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI's Trident 3 compact PC houses a desktop Core i7-7700 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card in a case no larger than many of today's consoles. We put that tantalizing combo to the test to see whether MSI has achieved small-form-factor gaming nirvana.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Overclockers UK Infin8 Empress Mk3 System Review
     Fri, Mar 03 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Overclockers UK Infin8 Empress Mk3 is a high end gaming PC that comes from their Infin8 range that is ‘inspired by 8Pack’. You can see their point as the Lian Li PC-O8 case looks superb and the PC is powered by an overclocked Kaby Lake Core i7 along with a pair of GTX 1080 graphics cards. Naturally the hardware is water cooled with a full custom loop and it is topped off with a nifty lighting system, The price is considerably lower than an 8Pack system, as befits the fact that this is an Extreme PC, rather than an Ultimate PC, which means you’ll save £1,000 if you choose the Empress Mk3 instead of the 8Pack Comet which has a very similar specification.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Shuttle XPC Slim DX30 Barebone Review
     Sun, Feb 26 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"XPC Slim DX30 is one of the latest passively cooled Mini-PCs from Shuttle, which does sport the Intel Celeron J3355 Apollo Lake dual-core SoC. The barebone can be equipped with no less than 8GB of DDR3L SODIMM RAM, a M.2 SSD, one 2.5' HDD/SSD while the wireless connectivity is assured by the manufacturer thanks to the preinstalled M.2-2230 WLAN card with Realtek RTL8188EE Controller. The product does feature a lot of interfaces so it can be used at home, in offices but also for industrial applications; in all cases, the overall power consumption is very small thanks to the technological process of the new Intel cores."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

NVIDIA Quadro P4000 And P2000 Workstation
     Sat, Feb 25 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A couple of weeks back, NVIDIA unveiled a family of new professional Quadro cards, based on the company’s Pascal GPU architecture. The latest additions to the Quadro line-up run the gamut in terms of features and capabilities, from the low-power, small form factor Quadro P400 to the gargantuan, ultra-powerful Quadro GP100. Smack dab in the middle of the line-up are a pair of mid-range offerings, the Quadro P4000 and Quadro P2000, which we’ll be featuring here...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

advantage of mini-ITX
     Wed, Feb 15 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The world of small form-factor PC hardware is divided between tiny kit solutions such as the Intel NUC (and the host of mini-PCs from various manufacturers), and the mini-ITX form-factor for system builders. The advantage of mini-ITX is its ability to host standard components, such as desktop-class processors and full-length graphics cards. However, mini-ITX requires a significantly larger enclosure than a mini-PC, and the "thin mini-ITX" standard has been something of a bridge between the two, essentially halving the height requirement of mini-ITX. Now, an even smaller standard has emerged, and it almost makes mini-ITX look big in comparison.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS Liva Z Mini-PC Review
     Fri, Feb 10 2017 | 3:47P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The LIVA Z Mini-PC from ECS is shipped in multiple hardware configurations when referring to the processor (with Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SoC (as our sample), the Celeron N3450 SoC or the Pentium N4200 SoC) but also regarding the onboard eMMC, which can be 32GB or 64GB. You get the opportunity of installing extra storage via a M.2 SSD, benefit from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity thanks to the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3165 adapter, while keeping the power consumption at very low levels for 24/7 operation."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Syber Intel Extreme Masters Pro GTX 1070 Gaming PC Review
     Fri, Feb 10 2017 | 3:46P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC gaming is a huge market, and it on that continues to grow and change each year. eSports is easily one of the biggest growth markets for PC gaming, and with Intel Extreme Masters being a grand showcase for competitive gaming, it only makes sense that Syber would join forces to create their Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) line of gaming PCs. Not only are you buying a high-performance system that’s competition ready, it also comes with the opportunity to win some cool prizes, and comes bundled with a bunch of free games to give you even better value for money, and that’s something we all love!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

 
MSI GE62VR 7RE Apache Pro Review
     Wed, Feb 08 2017 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI’s laptop division are known for seizing the opportunity and ‘striking while the iron is hot’ and today’s product review in question epitomises just that. Within the MSI GE62 7RE resides the new Intel 7th Generation Core i7-7700HQ processor and the newly unveiled GTX 1050 Ti. By offering 8GB DDR4 and a SATA-based M.2 SSD this new laptop is likely to be regarded as an entry-level performer, but which is bolstered by the new Kaby Lake quad-core unit.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Project Build: Crush – Part 3 @ LanOC Reviews
     Wed, Feb 08 2017 | 3:54P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week I went through the main components in the Crush build, this week I want to touch on a few of the areas that people sometimes skimp on. The power supply is at the top of that list, but some people skimp on their cooling so I want to talk about what my original plans were, how they changed after I started the build, and what we ended up with. Then after all of that, we can finally dive into a few of the small changes I made to fine tune the build and make it exactly what I wanted. That LanOC style if you will.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review
     Sat, Feb 04 2017 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Dell XPS 13 (9360) Review
     Fri, Jan 27 2017 | 3:14P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here at KitGuru we love a good, gaming laptop. However, we also place high value on Ultrabooks due to their portability and typically high-end hardware. The Dell XPS 13 has been at the forefront of the Ultrabook market for the last few years, and today’s review is of the new 9360 model – complete with an i7-7500U, 256GB PCIe SSD and InfinityEdge display.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Review: AVADirect Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC @ Custom PC Review
     Wed, Jan 25 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AVADirect is a boutique system builder with its origins in the suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. It’s probably not one of the first names that pop into your head as a system builder, but they’ve been making everything from gaming to business systems for over a decade. Recently, AVADirect launched...."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini-PC
     Thu, Jan 19 2017 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We analyzed the ASRock DeskMini 110, an ultra-compact barebone desktop PC that supports LGA1151 CPUs, two 2.5 inches drives, and one type C USB port.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Shuttle NC02U w/ Intel Celeron 3855U
     Thu, Jan 19 2017 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle's newest release is the NC02U series whose predecessor is the NC01U line. Today, we will take a look at this line's entry model featuring Windows support, an Intel Celeron CPU and quiet operation.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

BIOSTAR RACING P1 Mini-PC
     Thu, Jan 19 2017 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Biostar's tiny RACING P2 mini-PC is an Intel Atom-based compute unit built for basic desktop and web use with a minimal footprint. Ready to support 5050 LEDs, the Intel Z8350 Quad Core Biostar RACING P1 comes with everything you need for your basic PC needs.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

MIFCOM Battlebox: High-End with Intel and NVIDIA
     Tue, Jan 17 2017 | 11:53A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MIFCOM is a German system integrator focussing on the German, Austrian and Swiss market. At this point we're going to show you there Battlebox, which is based on an Intel Core i7-6950X CPU and one or two GTX 1080 graphics cards.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

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