Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) designs, it has been successfully cloned by other vendors such as GIGABYTE (BRIX), Zotac (C-series nano) and ASRock (Beebox). With platform performance increasing every generation, and performance requirements getting tempered by the rise of the not-so-powerful smartphones and tablets, Intel could pack a heavy punch with their 102x102mm NUC motherboards.
Atom-based units (using Bay Trail) could provide very good performance for most users. Intel tried to shrink the PC even further by releasing a Compute Stick based on the Bay Trail Atom Z series SoCs earlier this year. ECS, with their LIVA designs...
Announcing high end products and 'Halo' type hardware is relatively easy for manufacturers - slap some snazzy artwork next to a few pictures, wring a few industry related endorsements...
Ian Cutress on 5/8/2010
So far we’ve looked at three different mini-ITX motherboards here at Anandtech over the past 6 months. While each of the products we’ve reviewed have ticked a certain number...
Rajinder Gill on 5/6/2010
Okay, I lied a little. Biostar announce their new tech as ‘BIO-unlocKING’, a feature on their latest 8xx series motherboard to unlock the quad core Thuban based processors...
Ian Cutress on 5/3/2010
Popular motherboard manufacturer MSI has announced the next weapon in their motherboard arsenal - the MSI Big Bang-XPower. Like other second generation X58 motherboards, the XPower will feature...
Ian Cutress on 5/1/2010
Earlier today AMD announced its Phenom II X6 processors. One vendor even started offering them at a huge discount if you're willing to put up with a mail in...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/27/2010
Uncharacteristically late for ASUS, the P55 based Maximus III Extreme was rolled out to retail a couple of weeks ago.
ASUS’s “M3E” follows in the footsteps of boards from EVGA...
Rajinder Gill on 4/26/2010
It’s been a while since AnandTech featured a P55 board review, but while Intel is expanding on their high-end with $1,100 Core i7 980X CPU’s, their low-to-mid-range P55 platform...
Rajinder Gill on 4/6/2010
With less than a week of public release mileage under its belt, how close have ASUS come to hitting a home run with the M4A89GTD Pro?
Rajinder Gill on 3/10/2010
Intel delivers mini-ITX without the frills and fuss...
Rajinder Gill on 3/1/2010
Zotac unleashes the first H55 based mini-ITX board on the market, we take a look...
Joshua Youngberg on 2/28/2010
As promised, we're back with part 2 of our H55/H57 coverage. Find out which boards come out on top in our user experience based review.
Rajinder Gill on 2/22/2010
January 3, 2010 saw the lift of Intel's embargo on the Clarkdale family of processors and supporting H55/H57 series chipsets. Boards featuring these chipsets have been in our labs...
Rajinder Gill on 1/31/2010
DFI unveiled the P55 MI-T36 to the public a couple of months ago. It's an exciting little board based upon the P55 chipset, cut back to the most desirable...
Rajinder Gill on 1/4/2010
MSI continues their quest to become one of the top high-end motherboard makers with the P55 Trinergy, with a price to match.
Rajinder Gill on 12/23/2009
We take a look at Biostar's top end P55 motherboard and find that it really is a heavyweight contender with a middle range price tag.
Rajinder Gill on 11/25/2009
In our first P55 Overclocking showdown we take a look at the top boards from ASUS, EVGA, and Gigabyte. One failed, the other three made it through our torture...
Rajinder Gill on 11/6/2009
If you plan on overclocking your P55 past current 4.3GHz limits on air or water, you need to be aware of potential problems with current socket designs.
Rajinder Gill on 10/15/2009
We provide an in-depth review of MSI's midrange P55 offering and find a great board in need of a few adjustments.
Gary Key on 10/10/2009
We take our first look at two of the budget micro-ATX P55 offerings from Gigabyte and ASRock. Who wins, who loses, does it really matter if both boards are...
Gary Key on 10/5/2009
We compare the performance of AMD's latest HD 5870 GPU on Intel's latest Core i7/P55 platform to see if it can keep up with the Core i7/X58 platform.
Gary Key on 9/29/2009