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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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