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 ASUS' latest ROG motherboard offering for a test drive and finally find an X38 DDR2 board that can run with the P35 cheetahs.
Rajinder Gill on 11/9/2007
We look at the features and benchmark results of the abit IP35-Pro and find a very balanced board for the enthusiast.
Gary Key on 11/1/2007
Penryn is officially launched and will enter the market in the next couple weeks. Is your motherboard prepared, or is it time for an upgrade?
Gary Key on 10/29/2007
We've got DFI's latest motherboard offering, and it has a load of overclocking features that enthusiasts will love. Tune in for our first overclocking extravaganza.
Rajinder Gill on 10/18/2007
We take a quick second look at the P35 based MARS board with the production release BIOS.
Gary Key on 10/3/2007
We compare three different yet capable G33 equipped boards. Somewhere in the wilderness, a voice is heard crying, "DVI!? We don't need no DVI!"
Gary Key on 9/27/2007
We take a quick look at the features of the Foxconn MARS P35 and provide some interesting benchmark results.
Gary Key on 9/21/2007
We take an early look at the features of the X38-based ASUS P5E3 Deluxe and provide a couple of quick benchmarks.
Gary Key on 9/18/2007
We take an early Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 engineering sample out for a quick test run before the retail product arrives.
Gary Key on 9/4/2007
We compare AMD's orphaned RS600 chipset against Intel's G33 chipset and wonder if ATI should have stayed in the Intel platform chipset business.
Gary Key on 8/28/2007
Our µATX extravaganza is finally here, and it has grown to epic proportions. Here's a quick look at what we've been dealing with and an overview of the future...
Gary Key on 8/7/2007
We take a quick glance at Biostar's TF560 A2+ to see how well it overclocks a couple of budget level AM2 processors. We've also got some comparisons with Intel's...
Gary Key on 8/2/2007
We provide a first look at ASRock's update to their VIA PT880 Ultra based Core 2 motherboard, now with SATA 3.0Gbps capability.
Gary Key and Jarred Walton on 6/29/2007
We take an updated look at the MSI P35 Platinum with a new BIOS that promises to bring this board's performance up to par with ASUS and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 6/26/2007
We take a quick look at a couple of new features ASUS will be releasing shortly in their new 0504 BIOS update.
Gary Key on 6/18/2007
We preview Gigabyte's latest flagship board based on the P35 chipset and sporting DDR3 capability. Does it provide enough performance to catch ASUS?
Gary Key on 5/30/2007
We provide a first look at NVIDIA's 650i Ultra chipset that offers Jolly Green Giant performance in a Leprechaun package.
Gary Key on 4/10/2007
We provide our first impressions of ASUS's 650i based hybrid board that offers an alternative to the new 680i LT SLI.
Gary Key on 4/2/2007
We provide our first impressions of MSI's impressive P6N SLI Platinum that raises the bar on stock performance with decent overclocking to boot.
Gary Key on 3/13/2007
We provide our first impressions of Gigabyte's new nForce 680i board that provides not only the bling-bling factor but performance to back it up.
Gary Key on 2/24/2007