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Dell's Venue 8 2014 Tablet Runs Android Powered By Intel
     Tue, Sep 22 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the company never found footing in the cutthroat smartphone arena, Dell is still keeping its toe dipped in tablet waters. Around six months after shipping its initial Venue 8 slate, Dell’s latest edition, the Venue 8 3840, is a vast improvement. The new $179 Venue 8 maintains the same product name as the prior edition, but inside, it’s a different beast. The sub-$200 sector is a challenging one to play in, and it’s becoming tougher to cut through the noise as well. Externally, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the initial Venue 8 and the 2014 edition, but a Merrifield processor from Intel as well as an upgraded display makes this a very compelling offering.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ASRock N3000 BeeBox SILENT PC Review
     Sat, Sep 19 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock Beebox is a small form factor PC with a volume of a mere 0.6 litres that is powered by an Intel Braswell processor. We’re looking at an N3000 which runs on a dual core CPU with passive cooling and this makes the Beebox name seem a bit silly as a bee is audible while this solid state PC is completely silent. There are also members of the Beebox family called N3150 which use quad core silicon with an active cooler and they may indeed sound a bit bee-like – however that is a different story.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Review: Haswell Reloaded
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to the era of dual-mode devices, where the mantra "bigger is better" rules the day. Need an example? Take smartphones -- Samsung's been serving up large size handsets for the past several years, some of which are so big that it warranted creating a brand new category. Even Apple jumped on the big device bandwagon with the recent launch of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. Do you know what you end up with if you take that same mantra and apply it to PCs? You get "Dell's XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop with Touch," a hybrid system that turns a giant sized Windows 8.1 tablet into a full blown desktop PC, and the result is brilliant...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Cougar QBX
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cougar QBX costs a mere 50 euro, but offers everything you could be looking for in a compact Mini-ITX gaming rig. It sounds nearly unreal, but we take a closer look to see what you get for such little money and do not find the chassis lacking - on the contrary.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The exponential growth of the Insomnia gaming festival over the past few years is proof, if any was needed, that PC gaming has never been stronger. With LAN events like Insomnia becoming more popular so too are portable gaming rigs that can be easily moved around at the owners behest. Today we are taking a closer look at a pre-built system from CyberPower PC that targets that exact market. Their new FANG Battlebox-I 970 system crams an impressive amount of hardware into a portable gaming PC. Nvidia’s power efficient GTX 970 is what makes it possible to pack such a significant gaming punch in a small form factor as it eases the traditional heat and power problems associated with high-end graphics hardware. Intel’s Core i5 4690K provides the brains of the system offering up a strong balance between price and performance, assisted further by the 4.2GHz overclock it ships with. Straight away it has become clear that CyberPower PC have made smart decisions with their component selection: this system offers a solid mixture of hardware that is spot on for a portable gaming PC.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Zbox EN970
     Tue, Sep 15 2015 | 12:58P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On this episode of The TR Podcast, we talk with Jacky Huang of Zotac about the Zbox EN970 and the other nifty mini-PCs that his team builds. Then we get to the core of Apple's announcements this week—including the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and the updated Apple TV—and finish up by discussing some reader questions. Our thanks to Zotac for sponsoring this episode.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC
     Mon, Sep 14 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Where can I begin, but to say that I was amazed by the ECS LIVA X2 and what it had to offer for the size. I am a fan of the really small form factor PCs and I have normally gone to the trusty Raspberry Pi for what I needed, but that may change. For the size, the performance was pretty good, and the video playback was amazingly clean and jitter free. The ability to place the unit in open environments or hide it with the VESA plate that is included makes it a versatile PC. It's definitely easy to say the LIVA X2's place is in the media and office space.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

 
Alienware X51 R3 Review: Console-Sized Gaming PC Gets Skylake Infusion
     Sun, Sep 13 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Dell Alienware team has been relatively quiet for the past 18 - 24 months or so with respect to their X51 small form factor gaming rigs, but Intel's recent Skylake processor launch and NVIDIA's further optimization in the Maxwell GPU architecture have given the company a frenzied salvo of artillery to work with for their tiny but mighty gaming PC product line. To boot, the past few months have brought forth new innovation at the platform chipset level, as well as within the storage space. And so it was fitting that almost from top to bottom, the Alienware X51 R3 was given a complete overhaul of the lastest technologies, all of which play very well with the tighter power budgets and thermal constraints of this class of machine...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ECS LIVA X2 Mini-PC Review
     Sun, Sep 13 2015 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Braswell-equipped LIVA X2 is a much needed improvement over the original LIVA which brings more USB ports to the table, the ability to install a M.2 SSD up to 1TB for increased storage capacity while keeping a small footprint and very low power consumption (8.8W IDLE, 19.71W Full Load). Despite the new generation SoC, we have seen that its arithmetic performance is very close to the original LIVA, while the 3D one has been increased. The eMMC speeds also look quite the same with the ones on the original LIVA so the only way to speed things up more is to install our own M.2 SSD and boot Windows off it.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

EK-Supremacy EVO Full Nickel Original CSQ
     Fri, Sep 04 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HardwareOverclock.com has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the EK-Supremacy EVO Full Nickel Original CSQ block.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREOVERCLOCK

How To - AMD FX ATX Gaming Rig
     Thu, Sep 03 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we're going to show you a guide on how to build an AMD based system. This rig should be a multi-talent and we want it to perform everyday tasks very well. Therefore we occasionally wish to play games with FullHD resolution. We also want this system to be very silent and upgradeable.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Alienware Area-51: Triangular, Tri-SLI GTX 980, Haswell-E
     Wed, Sep 02 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell's Alienware division has a knack for making a splash with PC system design, whether it's with their big, bad unapologetic notebooks, unique X51 small form-factor PCs, or their no-holds-barred Area-51 killer gaming rigs. In fact, for some folks, Alienware designs can be an either "you love it or hate it" affair. Full disclosure: personally, we tend to be cut from the former affectionate group of performance enthusiasts that generally favor Alienware's outside-the-box design efforts -- and oh boy, Alienware's recent redesign of the Area-51 is way outside the box.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Dell Inspiron 11 3000
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As much as we obsess about the latest and hottest hardware, we sometimes like to take a look at a value system to see what kind of bang you can get for your buck on a tight budget. And with the school year just getting underway, the Dell Inspiron 11 3147 caught our eye as a possible candidate for a highly mobile classmate or conference room colleague. It’s a light, tiny laptop with a screen that folds completely back so you can use the device as a tablet whenever it suits your needs. To a budget-minded student who wants a versatile laptop (that won’t feel like brick in his or her backpack), the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 convertible could be a win. We took the system for a spin to see if it should be headed back to school with you this year...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Unboxing The Retro Intel Box Master System
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 1:15P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although working at a publication like HotHardware often involves tight deadlines and countless hours of benchmarking, product photography, and writing, plenty of fun activities get thrown into the mix as well. Case in point--I came home from the Intel Developers Forum this past week to a pair of boxes that were begging to be torn open in an unboxing video. So, I that’s what I did. And what I found inside the boxes is the kind of stuff tech-enthusiasts drool over. Not only was there some killer hardware to ogle, but it was presented in a very unique way...check this out
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500 Broadwell Mini PC Review
     Tue, Aug 18 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The last time we examined the Gigabyte Brix in April of last year, it performed quite well, but was somewhat noisy and ran hot. Gigabyte has learned from this experience, and has outfitted this latest model--the Brix S BXi7H-5500--with a shiny new Broadwell CPU from Intel. Yes, Broadwell, which are the all-new 14nm CPUs we’ve been salivating over since before Haswell hit the scene. The particular chip that's the star of the show today is dubbed the Intel Core i7-5500U. This is a dual-core chip with hyper-threading, 4MB of L2 cache and a super-low TDP of just 15w. The CPU includes onboard graphics care of the on-die Intel HD Graphics 5500 series engine too...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review
     Sun, Aug 09 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5? drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

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