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As Intel (and other chip makers) have been able to shrink its processors, integrate more features, and reduce power requirements over the years, manufacturers have been able to fit them into smaller and smaller form factors. That means notebooks and tablets have gotten thinner, lighter, faster and more portable over the years, of course, but it also means that desktop systems no longer need to be big boxes crammed with numerous components and cooling hardware. In some ways, Intel’s NUC series of products are the epitome of this dynamic. Intel’s NUC systems are ultra-small form factor systems that pack almost all of the features of a full sized desktop, but with minimal expansion options. Intel... Read more...
Not everyone can afford a Lamborghini of a PC gaming machine, and with that in mind, Lenovo has crafted a solution that offers a considerable amount of value and performance. Meet the Lenovo Erazer x510, a mainstream gaming rig with a slick black case and convenient OneKey overclocking, among a handful of other handy features. Priced at $1,349 (as configured), the Lenovo Erazer x510 isn't a budget build, but it's doesn't break the bank either... Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC Review... Read more...
We have seen a rapid influx of entry-level to enthusiast-class gaming systems and hardware over the last few months. The Maingear Rush we recently evaluated targets the most demanding PC users with its twin AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB DDR5) video cards, killer Intel i7-4960X processor and fast storage. Weighing in at a hefty $8,393 as configured though, the Maingear Rush might offer a ton of performance, but you've got to pay to play. Not everyone can afford a Lamborghini of a PC gaming system, and with that in mind, Lenovo has crafted a solution that offers a considerable amount of value and performance. Meet the Lenovo Erazer x510, a mainstream gaming rig with a slick... Read more...
Our Spring Fling ’14 gaming system giveaway with CyberPower PC has come to a close and we’re ready to announce the winner! In case you missed it these last few weeks, readers had a chance to win an Intel Core i7-4770K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 16GB of awesome G.SKILL RAM, a powerful EVGA GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, a Samsung SSD, Gigabyte motherboard, and a Corsair PSU, all wrapped up in CyberPower PC's slick, SFF Zeus Mini chassis. Take a look: CPU: Graphics: Memory: Storage:   Motherboard: Chassis: Cooling: Optical: PSU: OS: Intel Core i7-4770K EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 780 G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB 120GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SSD 2TB SATA-III 7200RPM... Read more...
What better way to say good-bye to winter and usher in the spring season than to give away an awesome gaming rig? We have teamed up with our friends at CyberPower PC and have put together one heck of an awesome gaming system giveaway! This time around you've all a chance to win an Intel Core i7-4770K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 16GB of awesome G.SKILL RAM, a powerful EVGA GeForce GTX 780, a Samsung SSD, Gigabyte motherboard, and a Corsair PSU, all wrapped up in CyberPower PC's slick, SFF Zeus Mini chassis. The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig are listed below: CPU: Graphics: Memory: Storage:   Motherboard: Chassis: Cooling: Optical: PSU:... Read more...
The Sony VAIO Tap 21 is a member of a small, but growing, breed of new PCs that straddles a line between traditional all-in-one desktops and tablets. The VAIO Tap 21’s specifications read like many modern desktop systems, and include an Intel Core i7 processor, hybrid storage, a decent amount of memory and full-blown Windows 8. But the machine is also surprisingly svelte, it’s got a full HD, multi-touch screen and it packs an integrated battery that gives users the ability to simply pick up the system and go. Of course, the VAIO Tap 21’s physical dimensions prevent it from being truly portable, but being able to move the system virtually anywhere and operate on battery... Read more...
The Sony VAIO Tap 21 is a member of a small, but growing, breed of new PCs that straddles a line between traditional all-in-one desktops and tablets. The VAIO Tap 21’s specifications read like many modern desktop systems, and include an Intel Core i7 processor, hybrid storage, a decent amount of memory and full-blown Windows 8. But the machine is also surprisingly svelte, it’s got a full HD, multi-touch screen and it packs an integrated battery that gives users the ability to simply pick up the system and go. Of course, the VAIO Tap 21’s physical dimensions prevent it from being truly portable, but being able to move the system virtually anywhere and operate on battery... Read more...
We dug the Digital Storm Bolt, with its attractive angles and custom case design, and the Digital Storm Aventum II, announced today, looks to be a larger and higher-end version of the SFF gaming rig. The black and red color scheme as well as some design cues were definitely brought up from the Bolt, including what looks like the ability to remove the top and side panels as a unit to expose an inner metal skeleton. There’s also custom, hand-crafted, nickel-plated copper piping for the liquid cooling system, which is further comprised of a Thermal Control Module, ample air intakes, 420mm radiators, a multitude of fans, and a special rear vent that’s supposed to improve heat exhaust.... Read more...
To usher in the spring season, we teamed up with our friends at EVGA, and along with a little help from the good folks at Intel and Corsair, put together one heck of an gaming system giveaway! This time around you all had a chance to win an Intel Core i7-3770K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 8GB of RAM, and a slew of HOT EVGA components like their GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPU, Z77 FTW motherboard, and SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold Power Supply, all wrapped up in a slick Corsair Carbide 200R case. The complete parts list and breakdown for this custom gaming rig are listed below: GPU: GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST   Motherboard: Z77 FTW... Read more...
What better way to usher in the spring season than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at EVGA, and along with a little help from the good folks at Intel and Corsair, we've put together one heck of an gaming system giveaway! This time around you've all a chance to win an Intel Core i7-3770K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 8GB of RAM, and a slew of HOT EVGA components like their GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPU, Z77 FTW motherboard, and SuperNOVA NEX650G Gold Power Supply, all wrapped up in a slick Corsair Carbide 200R case. The complete parts list... Read more...
One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest computer components hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself a second system for Windows 8 while tweaking and getting accustomed to the OS’s new interface, and whatever other quirks popped up, would help me remain semi-productive before making the actual transition to the new machine. Before I show you the hardware I used for the build and discuss some of the issues that I had to contend with along the way,... Read more...
One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself a second system for Windows 8 while tweaking and getting accustomed to the OS’s new interface, and whatever other quirks popped up, would help me remain semi-productive before making the actual transition to the new machine. Before I show you the hardware I used for the build and discuss some of the issues that I had to contend with along the way, I want to... Read more...
Lenovo is targeting home entertainment with the introduction of its new IdeaCentre Q190 desktop and new additions to the company's C-Series all-in-one family. The IdeaCentre Q190 desktop is touted as "the world’s smallest full-function desktop PC." It measures just 22 mm (0.86 inches) wide. Looking at the specs, you can tell the IdeaCentre Q190 is configured with entertainment in mind. The IdeaCentre Q190 features full HD graphics, up to 7.1 surround sound, and an optional Blu-ray drive. You can also purchase an optional compact wireless multimedia remote with built-in mini backlit keyboard and mouse with the IdeaCentre Q190. The IdeaCentre Q190 runs on Windows 8 Pro. New additions to Lenovo's... Read more...
Acer announced the new Aspire ME and XC Series, both of which feature Windows 8. The Aspire ME Series micro towers are available in two sizes. This series targets users who want a power-packed system along with plenty of upgrade options. The Acer ME Series desktops offer Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processors, up to 10GB DDR3 memory that can be expanded to 16GB, and up to 2TB hard drives. Select models within this series also offer discrete graphics. The Acer ME Series chassis has a recessed deck on top that lets you charge smartphones and cameras. This deck provides access to two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and microphone and headphone jacks. For users who want to upgrade the system, two... Read more...
Just in time for the back-to-school season, we partnered up with our good friends at Corsair to give away a fully loaded, quad-core powered gaming rig! This time around, you had a chance to win a complete Intel Core i7-2600K based system with a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, all wrapped up in some of the hottest Corsair parts and accessories available! Here’s a look at the complete parts list and breakdown: Case: Silver Graphite 600T PSU: HX850 Gold PSU Cooler: H80 Cooler RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 Dominator Platinum Storage: Force GS 180GB SSD Input: Vengeance M90 mouse Input: Vengeance K90 keyboard Audio: Vengeance 2000 headset CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Motherboard: Z77 Express GPU:... Read more...
Just in time for the back-to-school season, we’ve partnered up with our good friends at Corsair and are giving away yet another fully loaded, quad-core powered gaming rig! This time around, you could win a complete Intel Core i7-2600K based system with a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, all wrapped up in some of the hottest Corsair parts and accessories available! Here’s a look at the complete parts list and breakdown: Case: Silver Graphite 600T PSU: HX850 Gold PSU Cooler: H80 Cooler RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 Dominator Platinum Storage: Force GS 180GB SSD Input: Vengeance M90 mouse Input: Vengeance K90 keyboard Audio: Vengeance 2000 headset CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K... Read more...
We don’t usually get to make puns about a product “launching”, but Dell made it easy by naming its latest foray into Linux-based computers “Project Sputnik”. Dell said that Sputnik is the result of an internal innovation fund and has been employee-driven. Essentially, Project Sputnik will consist of a developer notebook based on the Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) featuring a “complete client-to-cloud solution” that will let users create micro clouds locally and then deploy them seamlessly. Dell launched Sputnik as a pilot program not long ago, and due to the overwhelming response, the company decided to move it into the product... Read more...
CyberPower introduced a new family of Intel Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge, and Xeon-based professional workstation PCs with NVIDIA Quadro graphics in the form of the new Power Mega II series. The Power Mega II series is available in three versions and six configurations. All models have been tested for use with leading business, graphics and CAD applications. The Power Mega II line includes the Power Mega II 1000, Power Mega II 2000, and Power Mega II 3000. The 1000 series uses the latest 3rd generation Intel Core processors. The 2000 series employs  Intel 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge processors and NVIDIA Quadro series GPUs. The 3000 series offers your choice of a single quad-core Xeon CPU... Read more...
HP announced four new all-in-one desktops including the HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP ENVY 23, and HP Pavilion 23. The HP Compaq Elite 8300 all-in-one business PC is HP’s most powerful and multimedia-rich all-in-one. This all-in-one features a 23-inch diagonal HD display with an optional built-in 2-megapixel webcam and dual microphone array. The Compaq Elite 8300 runs on third- and second-generation Intel Core vPro processors and uses Intel HD Graphics or optional discrete graphics cards. The HP Compaq Elite 8300 Touch adds multitouch capabilities. The HP Compaq Pro 6300 targets business users and features third- and second-generation Intel Core processors with optional discrete... Read more...
Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model we’ll be showing you here today, however, is the smallest yet. The new Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is an AMD E-series APU based small form factor / HTPC system that fits in the palm of your hand—literally. Despite offering a dual-core processor, integrated DirectX 11 class graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive, USB 3.0, a flash card reader, and various other connections, the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus measures just 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”... Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Review... Read more...
In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered. The company offers a wide array of mini-ITX motherboards based on many modern chipsets (including the just released Z77) and barebones ZBOX systems for the DIY Crowd, along with full SFF systems that need nothing but an OS. Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model... Read more...
Commodore. Remember that name? It's a big one in the world of retro gaming, but perhaps not as big as the Amiga brand. Both are coming back into the limelight this week with the introduction of the Commodore Amiga Mini PC, a Core i7-powered small-form-factor box that is sure to tickle the fancy of gamers who remember what it was like to rely on an Amiga. It's the first Amiga to surface in 20 years, and it's packing a serious punch. It ships with an Intel Core i7-2700k (3.5GHz quad-core) CPU, 16GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive (or optional SSD), Wi-Fi module and a slot-loading Blu-ray drive. There's room for two 2.5" hard drives, too, and it measures just 7.5" x 7.5" x 3". That's not all that... Read more...
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