Items tagged with SFF

Although Home Theater PCs have been around for quite some time, they are still somewhat tough to define. For some, the term HTPC conjures up images of an ultra small form factor, low-power system that will be used for nothing more than accessing multimedia files. But for others an HTPC is more akin to a hardcore piece of A/V and entertainment equipment that can do it all—play back virtually any file type, browse the web, play games at 1080p resolutions—you name it. The muddled state of the HTPC market is compounded further by OEMs and DIYers as well. Pre-Built home theater PCs are as varied as can be; compare the diminutive and affordable Zotac ZBox AD03 to something like an extravagant... Read more...
No room? No problem! ZOTAC has been pushing out small-form-factor PCs for years on end now, and with NVIDIA's next generation Ion platform ready to catch first, the company is eager and willing to introduce three new systems based around it: the ION-ITX platforms, R, S and T. All three are passively cooled, so all three will be amongst the quietest SFF platforms on the market. They're built to fit inside the most tiny of cases, utilizing an Ion GPU with 512MB of DDR3 memory, Intel's 1.8GHz Atom D525, and various amounts of DDR2 memory based on the series. The R series has room for up to 4GB of RAM, one PCIe slot and 8 USB 2.0 ports, while the S series steps down to just 6 USB 2.0 ports but adds... Read more...
CES 2011 is just around the corner, and that always means that innovative ideas will start to pop up as the show draws closer. Many show attendees have already submitted their products for CES 2011 design competitions, and it looks like one company that will definitely get a lot of attention there is Xi3. You probably haven't heard of this company selling desktops along with Shuttle, Dell or anyone else, but you will soon. Xi3 has won a CES 2011 Innovations Award in the Computer Hardware Category, all thanks to the interestingly designed Xi3 Modular Computer. This unit measures under 4" per side and is powered by a selection of 64-bit x86 dual core processors. The real kicker? Xi3 says this may... Read more...
CyberPower announced the new LAN Party EVO series of Small Form Factor desktop gaming systems. The LAN Party EVO series includes four compact gaming rigs based on small form factor mITX and mATX motherboards. All of the LAN Party EVO gaming PCs use liquid cooling to keep the CPU cooled and CyberPower's Max Airflow Package for maximum cooling with minimal noise. You'll find additional details for each of the models in the press release below. CyberPower LAN Party EVO Series Offers Portability, Practicality and Power BALDWIN PARK, CA (October 15, 2010) -- CyberPower Inc., a leader in custom desktop gaming PCs, today announced the perfect blend of portability, practicality and power with its LAN... Read more...
Toshiba this week lifted the curtain on a new line of small form factor (SFF) hard drives the company claims are optimized for demanding performance, power consumption, and durability requirements across a wide range of market segments. In other words, these wonder drives are supposed to be the best of all possible worlds. Capacities range from 160GB on up to 640GB, all of which spin at 7,200RPM. According to Toshiba, these drives are destined for high-end notebooks, gaming laptops, and mobile workstations, and will also find use in increasingly powerful all-in-one desktops. "With this family, Toshiba is addressing the high-performance 2.5-inch market and enabling system differentiation in the... Read more...
eMachines still makes PCs? Oh, yes, they definitely do. It may not be a brand that you're incredibly familiar with, but the company is putting it on thick with the introduction of their newest machine. It's a small form factor PC with lots of great hardware and an even greater price, and this may be the machine to get if you're looking for a new bedroom computer or just a cheap desktop to keep around in the home office. The Mini-e ER1402 is one of the smaller SFF PCs on the market, weighing 9lbs. and measuring just 7.1" in diameter. It also offers up full HD playback in a unique glossy black diamond chassis, and the specs lists isn't anything to sneeze at. There's built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi,... Read more...
ViewSonic aren't really known in the industry for their PC making. Mostly, they're known for accessories and LCD panels. But the small form factor PC sector has been sagging lately, and new competition is always welcome. The new VOT125 PC Mini is more mini than it is mighty, but it should suit casual PC users who value space over power just fine. The machine was originally revealed at CES, but it has just now shipped to consumers in the U.S. It boasts a "green-centric" design, using up to 90% less plastic and consuming up to 90% less energy than traditional tower PCs. It's also using an Intel ULV CPU, which helps keep power drain to a minimum. The entire machine is in a 0.6L form factor, which... Read more...
Small form factor PCs aren't quite as mainstream as they once were, VIA is hoping to rekindle some of that love with a new machine that's probably cuter than it is powerful. The new ARTiGO A1100 DIY PC Kit allows DIY lovers to buy and customize their own PC, and the best part is that it can be placed just about anywhere. Described as a "sub-liter" DIY PC kit for "enthusiasts who want to taste the most extreme, ultra-compact desktop computing experience," this unit relies on a Pico-ITX mainboard and features a 64-bit CPU, HD video support, HDMI/VGA support, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi support and 5 total USB ports. The whole PC can fit within the palm of your hand, making it perfect for a bedroom... Read more...
Demand for small form factor PCs seems to be on the decline in the industry, at least if the mass production of them by mainstays such as Dell and HP are any indication. But just because a fad is transforming into a niche doesn't mean that the upstarts who got them on the map are slowing down. Shuttle is a name that ties closely with the SFF box, and their rectangular cases and XPC machines have been spotted at pretty much every LAN party ever thrown. We haven't heard much from the company lately, but they must have been saving up for this one: today, the company announced that they're shipping a new "Pro Series," destined to land as workstations with six-core chips as an available option. Without... Read more...
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could change the Studio Hybrid's looks by swapping out different-colored sleeves, the Inspiron Zino HD can... Read more...
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could change the Studio Hybrid's looks by swapping out different-colored sleeves, the Inspiron Zino HD can... Read more...
VIA Nano Processor Readies VIA EPIA Boards for Next Generation Embedded Applications and Windows 7 Technologies VIA EPIA-M800 and VIA EPIA-N800 boards featureVIA Nano processor for advanced multimedia performance in next generation embedded applications Taipei, Taiwan, December 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms,?today announced the latest VIA EPIA-M800 Mini-ITX and VIA EPIA-N800 Nano-ITX boards. Featuring the 64-bit, high-performance VIA Nano processor, these new embedded boards bring advanced digital multimedia performance to the next wave of embedded devices on forthcoming Windows 7-based technologies. Devices based on the VIA EPIA-M800... Read more...
Although the Core i7 and X58 combo is a proven performance leader, there are still plenty of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad CPUs out there in the wild. The Core 2 is still a very capable processor with many models costing less than half the price the cheapest Core i7 processor, the Core i7 920. Thus, systems based around the P45 chipset are still a viable option for getting good, if not great, performance at a vastly more affordable price. Up until now, when users thought of a micro-ATX board, they typically expect find a slimmed down version of a full sized product, minus some of the bells and whistles and perhaps sacrificing some of the enthusiast-friendly features of their larger brethren. Recognizing... Read more...
Although the Core i7 and X58 combo is a proven performance leader, there are still plenty of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad CPUs out there in the wild.  The Core 2 is still a very capable processor with many models costing less than half the price the cheapest Core i7 processor, the Core i7 920.  Thus, systems based around the P45 chipset are still a viable option for getting good, if not great, performance at a vastly more affordable price. Up until now, when users thought of a micro-ATX board, they typically expect find a slimmed down version of a full sized product, minus some of the bells and whistles and perhaps sacrificing some of the enthusiast-friendly... Read more...
CyberPower has been known to crank out a pretty wide variety of gaming machines, and that's not changing with its latest rig. Shortly after it announced a monstrous Viper tower and super powerful Xplorer X7 notebook, the company is now introducing us to one of the world’s smallest water cooled desktop gaming machines.The LAN Mini H2o is a small form factor (SFF) system that measures just 11.25 (L) x 8.75 (W) x 7 (H) inches and weighs just 10 lbs. CyberPower designed this to be a perfect travel companion  when heading out to gaming parties, and it outfitted the machine with Intel's Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad processors along with an array of GPU choices from ATI and NVIDIA. There's also optional... Read more...
VIA Launches Stackable Multi-Story Chassis for VIA EPIA BoardsVIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis use unique stackable and modular designs for Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX-based industrial SBCs Taipei, Taiwan, 27 August 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest additions to the VIA AMOS series of universal chassis products; the VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis are specially designed to work with VIA EPIA Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX boards and feature unique multi-story stackability.VIA developed the VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis to make complete system design as straightforward and expedient as possible. The... Read more...
When building or buying a desktop gaming system, enthusiasts don't normally put much thought into how much it's going to weigh, or how hard it will be to carry around when attending a LAN party. Notebook and netbook end users are much more weight-conscious consumers than are folks looking at desktops, obviously. And in the case of a gaming desktop, users tend to opt for power over form factor. Then the day comes that you decide to bring the system to someone's house, or to a hotel ballroom, for a LAN party. That's when you realize your desktop, in its steel tower case, throws your back out when you try to load it into your car. AVA Direct's custom GT3 series is aimed squarely at the LAN party... Read more...
It's hard to say at this point if nettops will ever become as popular as netbooks, but if Acer has anything to say about it, they'll come close. The planet's third largest PC vendor has today introduced its new Veriton N260G-U2802CP, a product that sounds like it's straight out of a Transformers movie. The ultra-compact nettop is aimed specifically at the US professional market, but it should mount just fine on any LCD that's hungry for some attention. The device is housed in a one-liter chassis and can be placed upright or laid flat, and it's retractable stand and VESA mounting abilities should help with either. Leila Axelle Robert, Acer Commercial Systems Business Manager, helped explain the... Read more...
Heard of Gaiser high-end PCs? Yeah, neither had we, until we came across the glorious machine shown here. This ultra-luxurious PC is way, way more than just your next small form factor PC. It's an icon, a status symbol and a perfect way to spend upwards of $30,000. Yeah, 30 grand!  Compensating?The German company produces machines that, internally, aren't all that spectacular. You'll find the traditional array of internal specs (Core 2 Duo, a few gigabytes of RAM, a decent hard drive, etc.), but it's obviously the exterior that sells. Basically, if you can dream it up, these guys can make it happen. We're talking about 24 carat gold, Swarovski crystals and a jet black paint scheme fit for... Read more...
If you find the idea of a tiny small form factor machine appealing but can't stand the limited performance and lack of customizability of current "nettops", then listen up. This is your lucky day as we're going to take you on a quick tour around some exciting new ITX products and show you that 'performance ITX' isn't an oxymoron but rather an outmoded stereotype, a relic of the past. Beyond Atom: Exploring Performance ITX Solutions... Read more...
Thanks largely to all of the attention surrounding the Intel Atom platform and its alternatives like the Via Nano and NVIDIA Ion, small form factor (SFF) systems have been generating tech news in a big way for the past half year. While tiny toaster-sized machines have been relevant for some time, as proven by the continued success of Shuttle Computers, it has been a relative niche that doesn't get nearly as much hype as gigantic, fire-breathing gaming rigs. Historically, there have been very good reasons why tiny little ITX machines weren't more mainstream. Pre-Atom, they have been a rather poor value for the general consumer. Despite being significantly smaller than a typical mid-tower,... Read more...
Shuttle's XPC line doesn't stay put for long, this week growing yet another member in the G2 7600. Arriving on the scene just weeks after the Core i7-powered H7 5800 landed, this small form factor box switches things up by going with AMD. In fact, this box is the company's first AMD socket AM3-ready SA76G2 barebones kit, and it's Advanced Micro Drives to the core. It features an AMD 760G chipset, AMD AM3 and AM2+ processor support, AMD’s ATI Radeon™ 3000 graphics, and ATI Hybrid CrossFireX technology support. Needless to say, this rig is an AMD fanboy's dream come true. The HD-capable box comes configured with an AMD Phenom II X4 810, 8GB of RAM, a CrossFireX graphics card and built-in... Read more...
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