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Guru3D Rig of the Month - February 2014
     Mon, Mar 17 2014 | 3:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
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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

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini System Review
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 3:56P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I'll admit it, I'm going against my overclocking and enthusiast roots by saying I like small form factor systems, but they have to be in a proper case. like this one.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

2014 Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Delivers With Exceptional Battery Life
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 3:51P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’re going to take a look at the latest version of the XPS 13. This updated version has not been redesigned, but it does include a new, larger capacity battery (55WHr compared to the previous 47WHr battery). And along with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core series processor for more efficient computing, Dell claims the new XPS 13 can deliver up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing on a single charge. Other key updates for this iteration of XPS 13 includes an optional 13.3-inch touch-enabled 1080p display and Windows 8.1. Like previous versions of the XPS series, the 2014 version of the XPS 13 features machined aluminum and carbon fiber for strength and durability. The carbon fiber composite base helps make the XPS 13 very lightweight—as little as 2.95 pounds. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the high-end version of theXPS 13. Priced at $1649, this system features a 4th generation Core i7 processor, Windows 8.1, 8GB memory, a 256GB solid state drive, and is touch enabled.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

TechwareLabs Monster Build Part 1: The Gear @ TechwareLabs.com
     Fri, Mar 14 2014 | 10:17A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You want to build a new rig and naturally you want the absolute best parts you can put in to it, but your budget is holding you back.As a fellow enthusiast you are probably very familiar with this situation. But what if money wasn`t really a concern? What if you could build your dream machine without having to make sacrifices to stay within a tight budget? That`s the idea behind our TechwareLabs Monster Build. We take some of the best parts on the market, slap them all together, and come out with one beast of a rig."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

 
TechwareLabs Monster Build Part 2: The Machine @ TechwareLabs
     Tue, Mar 11 2014 | 9:20A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to assemble and show off our monster build. With a sky-high overclock and benchmarks that blow away the competition, this machine truly is a beast. Check out what we learned along the way and see whats planned for this machine."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Really Ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs! @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Mar 11 2014 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month we featured a post on some of the most insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there. While these are extremely impressive not everyone has the money, time or even space to build such setups. After seeing some really bad mining setups we wanted to show you the opposite end of the spectrum so we present to you some of the most ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System Review
     Thu, Mar 06 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When browsing through the countless pre-built systems that are on offer from the likes of Overclockers UK, Scan, CyberpowerPC and PC Specialist as we have here today; most of the time we find users spending on average around £1400-1600 (~$2300-2700 USD) for their new gaming rig and whilst you do get a great amount of power for your money, we do wonder how much extra pixel pushing power do you really get from a system that is around 20% cheaper to buy. Obviously there are going to be some obvious differences in the systems specification and this mainly includes the motherboard, processor and graphics card; but are you really getting 20% extra performance for your money or is it worth spending that bit less and spending that extra cash on a better monitor for example? With the number of system integrators in the UK slowly increasing, staying one step ahead of the competition in terms of pricing and quality is a never-ending battle. Each company out there has their own little twist on what makes a great system and in the case of PC Specialist, it’s not just the system that you are paying for – customer service is important as well. Since we took our first look at one of PC Specialist’s budget gaming systems; namely the Vanquish X200, back in the first half of last year, we have come to learn that offering a top rate of customer service from the pre-sales end of the line right through to after-sales technical support is of a high priority to this devoted team of enthusiasts. Not only is this a passion driven business, but the extra care that they put into their systems does not constitute to a hefty price tag and it soon becomes clear that the price is far more justifiable with all the hidden extras that you get included – as standard. The Vanquish 230XT that we’ve got in today comes with a delivered to your door price tag of £1137.00 inc VAT and inside it packs a strong mix of mid-to-high range components that have a better bang-for-buck appeal to them over some of the top end components that we see out there on the market today. Built onto an Asus Z87-A motherboard we have an overclocked and water-cooled quad-core 4670k running at 4.2GHz, teamed up with 16GB of 2400MHz HyperX Beast Memory from Kingston and an AMD R9 280X graphics card ready to deliver a joyful gaming experience. On top of all of that we get a 120GB HyperX 3K SSD and a 1TB hard drive for all of your games and media content to go on and all of this is packed into a budget friendly 230T mid-tower chassis from Corsair.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs @ ThinkComputers.org
     Mon, Mar 03 2014 | 9:07A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crypto-Currency mining has really taken off over the past year or so. So much so that we have seen a shortage of AMD graphics cards that are used for mining this currency. There are even motherboards and PC cases made specifically for mining. While many people mining are just using 1-2 graphics cards there some pretty insane setups. Read on to see what I am talking about"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Shuttle XPC Barebone SZ87R6 Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Feb 09 2014 | 11:36A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle has refreshed its latest XPC Barebone with a new configuration featuring the Z87 chipset, for allowing installation of the Intel Haswell processors and also features plenty "
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation PC Review
     Tue, Jan 14 2014 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Trace takes a look at HP's newest all-in-one workstation: the Z1, a machine that packs enterprise reliability into an attractive package."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus
     Mon, Jan 13 2014 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on small motherboards and small desktop systems. Today we are reviewing one of those tiny small desktop PC’s: the Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus. This is a very small PC that even comes with a VESA-mount so it can be attached to a TV ore monitor and be out of sight. It has a Quad-core AMD “Kabini” APU, the A4-5000 while a Radeon HD 8330 provides us with the graphics muscles. This is not a gaming machine, even though the GPU should benefit from the Mantle API, but promises to work well as either a media PC, a kitchen PC or even a bedroom PC. Does it have what it takes to compete with tables and other tiny PC’s?
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 Series - CES 2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 4:08P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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ZOTAC International today releases the new ZBOX nano ID67 series with 4th Generation Intel Core technology. The new ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series incorporates the latest Intel Core i3 4010U processor for great day-to-day performance and excellent energy efficiency. “Our engineers continue to boost performance of our ZBOX mini-PCs. The latest ZBOX nano ID67 series raises the bar for CPU and GPU performance for that class and form factor,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.
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“It’s amazing what kind of performance we’re able to extract out of such a tiny form factor.” Intel HD Graphics 4400 enhances the ZBOX nano ID67 series with high-definition video decoding acceleration and DirectX 11 compatibility for stunning video playback and snappy system response of GPU-accelerated applications.

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A trio of networking technologies – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 – ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series has lightning-fast networking performance via wires, wireless and with peripherals.

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It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX nano ID67 series.
General details
• ZOTAC Releases New ZBOX nano ID67 series
• New ZBOX nano ID67 series
• Intel Core i3 4010U
o 1.7 GHz, dual-core, 3MB L2 cache
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 w/ external WiFi antenna
• Gigabit Ethernet
• High-amperage USB charging capable (yellow ports)
• Bundled VESA75/100 mount
  FULL STORY @ ZOTAC

ZOTAC Previews ZBOX Steam Machine - CES2014
     Tue, Jan 07 2014 | 3:41P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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ZOTAC today previewed the upcoming ZBOX Steam Machine mini-PC with Steam OS at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine is engineered from the ground up for breathtaking gaming performance in a compact mini-PC form factor that’s a fraction the size of traditional mini-ITX based gaming systems. “ZOTAC is pleased to work with Valve Software to create the ZBOX Steam Machine.
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Valve’s SteamOS is a game-changer to the PC gaming market that enables us to deliver a game console experience that’s superior to the latest next-generation console,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. “Gamers can expect the latest Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor in the upcoming ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine for stunning visuals and world-class features.” The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will feature an enthusiast-class Intel Core processor that delivers class-leading performance with excellent energy-efficiency.
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Graphics power for the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will come from an upcoming performance-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processor for an outstanding smoothness and superior features. Exterior enhancements to the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine include an all-black 3rd Generation ZBOX chassis with orange lighting that gives the mini-PC aggressive and sporting aesthetics. The ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine will ship with SteamOS preinstalled and include the Steam Controller. Expect the ZOTAC ZBOX Steam Machine to reach retailers in the second half of 2014. More details will be released closer to the launch date.
  FULL STORY @ ZOTAC

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