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...
We take a quick look at clock for clock comparisons against the Core i7/920 and Phenom II x4 965 BE when overclocked.
Gary Key on 9/15/2009
ASUS and NVIDIA gave us a chance to preview the world's second mini-ITX Ion motherboard: the AT3N7A-I. We took this opportunity to round up the three DIY Ion...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2009
As the P55 platform release (official) date fast approaches, we want to know your opinion on a few subjects.
Gary Key on 8/25/2009
We're less than a month away from the biggest deployment of Intel's Nehalem architecture ever. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, motherboard manufacturers, memory vendors and even NVIDIA...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2009
We provide a first look at undervolting AMD's latest and greatest processor. Will our initial results make Al Gore proud?
Gary Key on 8/14/2009
We provide our initial analysis on AMD's update to the venerable 780G chipset. Does it provide a generational leap in performance or just a new paint job and...
Gary Key on 8/4/2009
Two months after the launch of Zotac's Ion motherboard we have a new revision that properly enables wake-on-USB support. HTPC enthusiasts rejoice!
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2009
We discuss AMD's upcoming IG release since the platform is not ready for testing.
Gary Key on 7/14/2009
We take an early look at ASRock's new X58 budget offering and find a board full of features and performance to boot.
Gary Key on 7/2/2009
We provide a first look at MSI's impressive $169 X58 motherboard based on the uATX form factor. Does MSI have a winner here? We think so.
Gary Key on 5/23/2009
At your request I dove deeper into wake on USB issues, overclocking, Flash video performance and power consumption with Zotac's Ion.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2009
We tie up some loose ends as we examine the final retail version of the EVGA X58 Classified.
Rajinder Gill on 5/8/2009
Has the Phenom II X4 940 met its match when it comes to CrossFire X performance at resolutions that most of us use on a daily basis? Let's...
Gary Key on 3/28/2009
We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.
Rajinder Gill on 2/27/2009
We take Gigabyte's latest P45 board out for a spin and find Ferrari performance at a Mustang price.
Gary Key on 2/3/2009
We take a quick look at CrossFireX results with the Phenom II X4 940 and find it competitive with similar Intel offerings.
Gary Key on 2/2/2009
The Blood Rage is one of the hottest looking X58 boards to grace our test bench, but what lies beneath the surface beauty?
Rajinder Gill on 1/2/2009
We take a look at the mid-range X58 motherboards from ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.
Gary Key on 12/5/2008
We preview EVGA's X58 based motherboard that is capable of 3X SLI as advertised but also handles CrossFire X quite well.
Gary Key on 11/18/2008
The 790i MCP surfaces yet again, this time in the guise of a board touted to be an out-of-box winner. Does EVGA go for the win or come up short?
Rajinder Gill on 11/5/2008