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GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming BXi5G-760 mini-PC Review

GIGABYTE's BRIX Pro (using an Intel Iris Pro part) has made a big splash in the market, particularly as a Steam machine. Enthused by its success, GIGABYTE has introduced the BRIX Gaming lineup. The lineup consists of mini-PCs in a form factor similar to the BRIX Pro (which itself...

23 by Ganesh T S - 13 hours ago

AMD Radeon R9 285 Review: Feat. Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC

Last month AMD held their 30 years of graphics celebration, during which they announced their next Radeon video card, the Radeon R9 285. Designed to be AMD’s new $249 midrange enthusiast card, the R9 285 would be launching on September 2nd. In the process the R9 285 would be...

82 by Ryan Smith - 5 days ago

PCIe SSD Faceoff: Samsung XP941 (128GB & 256GB) and OCZ RevoDrive 350 (480GB) Tested

We are currently on the verge of PCIe transition. Nearly every SSD controller vendor has shown or at least talked about their upcoming PCIe designs, and the first ones should enter the market in early 2015. In the meantime, there are a couple of existing PCIe drives for the...

45 by Kristian Vättö - on 9/5/2014

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO/PRO Performance Preview & Exploring IOPS Consistency

Traditionally Samsung's enterprise SSDs have only been available to large server OEMs (e.g. Dell, EMC, and IBM). In other words, unless you were buying tens of thousands of drives, Samsung would not sell you any. However, back in June Samsung made a change in its strategy and released the...

29 by Kristian Vättö - on 9/3/2014

VisionX 420D Review: ASRock's mini-PC Lineup Continues to Impress

ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently refreshed the mini-PC lineup in sync with Intel's product cycle. We have been reviewing members of their CoreHT lineup (rechristened...

30 by Ganesh T S - on 9/1/2014

AMD Radeon R7 SSD (240GB) Review

In 2011 AMD took the first step in expanding the Radeon brand and partnered with Patriot and VisionTek to provide AMD branded memory. With the launch of the Radeon R7 SSD AMD is continuing this strategy by jumping into the SSD market. Just as they did with memory, AMD...

47 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/28/2014

OCZ ARC 100 (240GB) SSD Review

OCZ launched the Barefoot 3 platform and the Vector SSDs in late 2012, and with their new direction OCZ has been trying to change their image to become a premium manufacturer of high performance SSDs rather than a budget brand. The Vector remained as the only Barefoot 3 based...

50 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/26/2014

Zotac ZBOX EI750 Plus: A Feature-Rich Iris Pro mini-PC

Intel's Crystal Well parts (-R series) with integrated eDRAM have arguably been the most interesting products in the Haswell line-up. In the early stages, only Apple had access to these parts. However, since the beginning of 2014, we have seen other vendors roll out products based on the -R...

34 by Ganesh T S - on 8/25/2014

SanDisk X300s (512GB) Review

Back in May SanDisk announced the X300s, which is the company's first SED (Self-Encrypting Drive). The X300s is based on the same Marvell platform as SanDisk's client drives but with the differentiation that the X300s is the only drive that supports encryption via TCG Opal and IEEE-1667 (eDrive) standards...

34 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/21/2014

Transcend SSD340 (256GB) Review

A couple of months ago we reviewed JMicron's JMF667H reference design SSDs, which did relatively well in our tests especially when taking JMicron's older SSD controllers into account. As always, reference designs are only meant for evaluation and do not make their way into retail, so today we are...

56 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/4/2014

ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus: Zotac's Take on the NUC

The Intel NUC has created a very successful niche for itself in the SFF PC market. While Gigabyte has released the BRIX lineup (with more options compared to the Intel NUC line, including AMD-based ones and NVIDIA GPU-equipped units), most offerings we have seen (such as the Logic Supply...

40 by Ganesh T S - on 8/1/2014

Intel SSD Pro 2500 (240GB) Review

Last year Intel introduced the SSD Pro 1500, the company's first SSD for the business segment. The Pro 1500 brought support for hardware accelerated encryption in the form of TCG Opal 1.0 certification, but with the Pro 2500 Intel is updating the spec to 2.0 along with support for...

43 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/30/2014

ECS LIVA Review: The Nettop Rises Again

Nettops and netbooks, as a class of products, have been on the decline over the last few years. However, the introduction of SoCs based on the new Silvermont Atom cores has given the segment a chance to reinvent itself. ECS is trying to take the lead here with their...

54 by Ganesh T S - on 7/18/2014

Testing Samsung 850 Pro Endurance & Measuring V-NAND Die Size

Last week Samsung announced the 850 Pro, which is the first mainstream SSD to utilize 3D V-NAND. We already reviewed the drive and covered the fundamentals of V-NAND in detail but there is one thing I did not have the time to test: endurance.

34 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/7/2014

Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) Review: Enter the 3D Era

Over the last three years, Samsung has become one of the most dominant players in the SSD industry. Samsung's strategy has been tight vertical integration ever since the beginning, which gives Samsung the ability to be in the forefront of new technologies. That is a massive advantage because ultimately...

148 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/1/2014

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