Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came to the market before the Intel NUC, even though the NUC is credited with kickstarting the UCFF trend. Almost all the mini-PCs that we have evaluated before have been based on Intel CPUs. However, Zotac's recently launched 'ZBOX C Passive Cooling Series' of mini-PCs includes an AMD Temash-based SKU, which we promptly requested for review. Read on to identify what AMD brings to the table for the passively cooled mini-PC market.

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11 Drivers Available

Continuing their work on the 12.11 drivers, AMD has recently released their 12.11 beta 11 driver update. This driver fixes several system hangs while including the previous improvements to...

23 by Chris Hansen on 12/4/2012

ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Review

The answer to the question ‘What makes a good motherboard?’ can generate an alarming number of responses. When a manufacturer starts with a new chipset, the idealized view...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2012

Holiday 2012 AMD Trinity Buyer's Guide

While AMD's second generation "Trinity" APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) have been available in pre-built desktops and laptops for many months now, the chips and accompanying motherboards themselves have only...

72 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/29/2012

AMD Enduro Beta, Take Three!

We've been discussing AMD's Enduro 5.5 update for a few months now; when last we checked in, everything was almost in place...everything except fully optimized DX9 support. A little...

35 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2012

Green500 Supercomputer List Released: Intel Takes Top Spot, Followed By AMD, NVIDIA

Coinciding with the publication of the Top500 supercomputer list earlier this week, the Top500’s sister list, the Green500, was published earlier this morning. The Green500 is essentially to power...

11 by Ryan Smith on 11/14/2012

AMD Announces FirePro S10000

Kicking off this week is the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known by its shortened name: SC. This year’s conference takes place...

15 by Ryan Smith on 11/12/2012

AMD Launches Opteron 6300 series with "Piledriver" cores

Today AMD unveiled its new Opteron 6300 series server processors, code name "Abu Dhabi". The Opteron 6300 contains the new Piledriver cores, an evolutionary improvement of the Bulldozer cores. We...

22 by Johan De Gelas on 11/5/2012

AMD Will Build 64-bit ARM based Opteron CPUs for Servers, Production in 2014

Last year AMD officially became an ARM licensee, although the deal wasn't publicized at the time. Fast forward to June 2012 and we saw the first fruits of that...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2012

The Vishera Review: AMD FX-8350, FX-8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 Tested

Last year's launch of AMD's FX processors was honestly disappointing. The Bulldozer CPU cores that were bundled into each Zambezi chip were hardly power efficient and in many areas...

241 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/23/2012

AMD’s 12.11 Mobility Catalyst: Enduro Hotfix [Mostly] Included

We already posted our overview of the 12.11 Catalyst drivers when used with desktop GPUs, but notebook users are naturally wondering where the promised mobile Hotfix driver is. The...

45 by Jarred Walton on 10/22/2012

AMD's Holiday Plans: Catalyst 12.11 Performance Driver & New Holiday Game Bundle

Update: Catalyst 12.11 hss been releasd (Release Notes) As October winds to a close, the consumer electronics industry is making its final preparations for the holiday shopping season. Among events...

65 by Ryan Smith on 10/22/2012

AMD Q3 2012 Earnings: $157M Loss; 15% of Workforce To Be Cut

Picking up from where we left off with Intel, earnings week has continued to roll along with most of the major tech companies having reported their Q3 earnings. As...

59 by Ryan Smith on 10/18/2012

Radeon HD 7850 Prices Fall Again

Update 10/07: AMD sent us a clarification this morning stating that they were not the ones responsible for the recent reduction in 7850 prices, bur rather that it was...

52 by Ryan Smith on 10/5/2012

Testing AMD’s HD 7970M Enduro Hotfix

I just posted the full review of the Clevo P170EM from AVADirect, but there’s a ton of content specific to the Clevo notebook and I know many of you...

40 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2012

AVADirect Clevo P170EM: Has AMD’s HD 7970M Got Game?

A couple weeks back, we posted something of a first look at the Clevo P170EM when we did our overview of AMD’s upcoming Enduro 5.5 release. As one of...

61 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2012

AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 2

Last week we took a look at the GPU side of the desktop Trinity APUs. We looked at the top end 384-core Radeon HD 7660D configuration as well as...

177 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/2/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 7

We're back with another podcast. This time we start out with a discussion of Borderlands 2 and philosophies on sidequests in games. We briefly talk about TI defocusing its...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/1/2012

AMD A10-5800K & A8-5600K Review: Trinity on the Desktop, Part 1

After years of waiting, AMD finally unveiled its Llano APU platform fifteen months ago. The APU promise was a new world where CPUs and GPUs would live in harmony...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/27/2012

AMD’s Enduro 5.5 Public Beta Driver Available

About three weeks ago, I met with AMD to go over some concerns with their Enduro graphics switching technology. At the time, AMD gave me a preview release of...

44 by Jarred Walton on 9/26/2012

Midrange System Buyer's Guide

Intel has dominated the midrange and high-end segments of the desktop processor market since the release of its Sandy Bridge architecture in early 2011. A few months ago we...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/11/2012

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