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AOC A2472PW4T Monitor/Android All-in-One System Review
     Fri, May 30 2014 | 8:35A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve got an interesting all-in-one combo that mates a monitor and an Android system. Just how well does this match work? Read our review to find out."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Lian Li PC-Q07B Mini-ITX Case Review
     Thu, May 29 2014 | 4:05P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lian-Li?s historical reputation is filled with some of the most innovative designs and ideas such as their ?reverse-ATX? models. To add to their history, their products are undeniably well built and host one of the highest levels of quality that is available today in the market, which we have really come to enjoy here at Benchmark Reviews. Even in their budget oriented cases, Lian-Li has managed to impress us in the past with their choice of designs and user friendly layouts. The Lian Li PC-Q07B ITX case is no exception, featuring a very appealing and extremely small minimalistic cube design, we found that this case is perfect for the current trend of mini-ITX systems that keeps growing due to the improved integration of motherboard chipsets."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

ZOTAC Unveils New ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series
     Tue, May 27 2014 | 1:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today unveils the first ZBOX Sphere to let users express their individuality through computing. The new ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series combines a unique orb form factor with a powerful 4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor for computing with a touch of individuality.

"ZOTAC is expanding the ZBOX lineup to go beyond the traditional square form factor and the ZBOX Sphere is our first design concept that we're putting into production," said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. "The new ZBOX Sphere form factor is also one of our easiest to customize too, the top twists off for tool-less upgrades."

Inside the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series is a high-performance 4th Generation Intel Core i5 4200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400 for an excellent computing experience rich in high-definition content and snappy multi-tasking responsiveness. Plenty of internal expansion enables the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series to accommodate a 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive or SSD, an mSATA SSD and two DDR3L SO-DIMM slots to easily create a powerful stylish mini-PC.

Support for Intel Smart Response Technology makes supercharging hard disk drives in the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series easy. By combining accelerating the internal hard disk drive with an mSATA SSD, the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series provides the lightning-fast boot and application load times of an SSD with the large capacity of a hard drive.

Wireless 802.11ac and Gigabit Ethernet ensures the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series delivers high-speed networking performance with or without wires. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity makes adding wireless peripherals to the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series easy and hassle-free.

It's time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series!

General details
" ZOTAC Unveils New ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series
" New ZBOX Sphere form factor
" Intel Core i5 4200U
o 1.6 GHz, dual-core, 3MB L2 cache
o TurboBoost up to 2.6 GHz
o Intel HD Graphics 4400
" PLUS models available with preinstalled memory and hard drive
o 4GB DDR3
o 500GB HDD
" HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
" 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
" Gigabit Ethernet

Specifications:
Product Name ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series
SKU ZBOX-OI520
ZBOX-OI520-P
Memory  2 x 204-pin DDR3L SO-DIMM slots (Up to 16GB)
DDR3-1600
Hard Disk Support 1 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
PLUS Configuration 4GB DDR3 / 500GB 5400RPM HDD
CPU Intel Core i5 4200U (dual-core, 1.6 GHz, 3MB L2) (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)
GPU Intel HD Graphics 4400
Video Memory Shared Memory
Display Options HDMI & DisplayPort
Memory Card Reader 4-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC)
SATA 1 SATA 6.0 Gb/s
1 mSATA 6.0 Gb/s
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi Onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
USB Ports 3 USB 2.0 (2 on back panel, 1 on side)
4 USB 3.0 ports (back panel)
Audio HDMI audio (bitstream)
Analog output
DirectX® Support DirectX 11.1
Other Features Intel Smart Response technology
HDCP: Yes
Software Features 
Windows Capability Windows 7 & 8 ready

  FULL STORY @ ZOTAC

AWD Ignis Aqua 290X 250D Mini ITX PC
     Sat, May 10 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are in the market for a compact, yet powerful, watercooled system – but don’t want to build it yourself, then today’s review may just tickle the taste buds. The AWD Ignis Aqua 290X 250D Mini ITX PC is built around a Core i5 4670k processor – overclocked to 4ghz. Graphics are handled by the very capable AMD R9 290X, which is also supplied in a heavily overclocked state. The whole system is watercooled with XSPC kit … featuring ‘blood red’ fluid. Is it all worth the £1,499 asking price?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Review: CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 SFF Gaming PC
     Sat, May 10 2014 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we’ll be reviewing the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780, which is a brand new system from CyberPowerPC that was unveiled for the first time at CES earlier this year. Unlike most CyberPowerPC systems that simply use off the shelf parts, CyberPowerPC decided to up the ante with the Zeus Mini by not only making the..."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

Nvidia unveils new mobile supercomputer for embedded systems
     Wed, May 07 2014 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
a has opened the door to the development of a new generation of applications that employ computer vision, image processing and real-time data processing - with the launch of a developer platform based on a mobile supercomputer for embedded systems.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

KobraLan Extreme Review @ ocaholic
     Fri, Apr 18 2014 | 9:55A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
KobraLan Extreme is the new mini-monster from KobraPC, which is based on an ITX formfactor with high-end components. The system is Haswell based with an Intel Core i7-4770K in order to pump out high frame rates there is a MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming graphics card. In addition, the system is pretty clean inside but this build is certainly not cheap. If you`re curious to see what KobraPC has been building, have look at the following review."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

 
Dell XPS 15 9530 Review
     Thu, Apr 10 2014 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at a 2014 model laptop from Dell. The DELL XPS 15 9530 is a pretty standard looking 15" laptop, but it incorporates an ultra high QHD+ resolution touch-screen (3200 x 1800 pixels), a quad core i7-4702HQ CPU with 16GB of DDR3 and a Nvidia GT 750m. To keep things nippy the company have paired a 32GB caching SSD with a 500GB mechanical hard drive. Today we put it through its paces in a variety of tasks to see if it is worth the money.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Shuttle Barebone DS437 Fanless Slim PC with Celeron CPU Review
     Sun, Apr 06 2014 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Shuttle DS437 Barebone comes with an updated Celeron 1037 CPU at 1.8GHz which has the same 17W power envelope as the 847 model and also features better IGP. The unit is completely fanless and offers plenty of ports to be used in multiple environments like POS, Kiosk, Thin Client, Cloud Computing, Office PC and more.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX System
     Sat, Apr 05 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CYBERPOWER PC is one of the premier gaming PC boutiques out there these days, and recently they sent out there Zeus Mini-I 780 for us to play with! The Zeus Mini-I 780 is a small form factor PC, which are becoming more and more popular these days. People have realized that you can get all the performance of a ginormous system, with a fraction of the size of a chassis like Corsairs ‘Godzilla’ 900D. While SFF systems such as the Zeus Mini-I 780 have the advantage of taking up less of the precious desktop real estate, the small size can be a double edged sword. It can be a little on the challenging side to fit some of the latest and greatest components inside the chassis. We will look at that in greater detail later down the line, but CYBERPOWER PC was able to shoe horn some great features into their custom designed chassis. CYBERPOWER PC started the prices of the various Zeus Mini PC’s at only $599 for the Zeus Mini-I 100, the Zeus Mini-I 780 I have on hand starts at $1509...
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System Review
     Mon, Mar 31 2014 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Cyberpower offer consumers the option of having a high performance custom built PC system, using the latest components, but built and delivered ready to go by experts. Today we take a look at their Infinity Achilles Pro GT system which features Core i5 CPU and Radeon 290X graphics."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

MSI Nightblade Review
     Thu, Mar 20 2014 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A tiny 16 litre case housing a i7 4770k, overclocked R9 290X and dual SSD's in RAID 0? You are looking at just some of the possibilities from the latest MSI NIGHTBLADE.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2014
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 3:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

ZBOX Nano range
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 12:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today ZOTAC release the latest in their ZBOX Nano range, the ZBOX Nano AQ02. Palm sized and featuring an AMD APU we have the Plus version on our test bench for a quick look."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus Review
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC’s AQ02 is housed inside the palm sized nano enclosure. Compared to the AQ01, the AQ02 has the upgraded AMD A8-5545M APU which delivers AMD Radeon HD 8510G graphics. This CPU is quad-core and rated at 2.7GHz, the question is – can such a condensed computer system really offer enough processing power for a home-theatre configuration?
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

ASUS Chromebox Small Form Factor Chrome OS PC
     Sat, Mar 15 2014 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To date, we've shown you a few versions of Chromebook notebooks, like the Acer C720 Chromebook and Google's own Chromebook Pixel. Today, however, we have a look at the very first "official" Chromebox to hit the market and it comes to us by way of ASUS. The ASUS Chromebox is a tiny palm-sized machine similar in form and footprint to Intel's line of NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini PCs or the tiny Zotac ZBox Nano. It just so happens that all of these machines are also powered by integrated Intel processors and the ASUS Chromebox is no different, though it employs Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor architecture with Integrated HD 4400 graphics. Sure, there's a fair bit of horsepower on board with Intel's latest low power dual-core CPU chewing through workloads but the real differentiator here is what you can do with Google's Chrome OS driving a device like this. We aim to show you just that in the pages ahead...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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