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...
Asus' Value Division is first to market with the ULi M1695/M1567 with full support for both PCIe x16 and AGP 8X. How does the ULi retail board compare...
Wesley Fink on 9/7/2005
Mix ATI, NVIDIA, AMD and Intel at ECS Editors Day and you have opportunities galore to look at future directions in the Computer industry.
Wesley Fink on 9/2/2005
Jetway introduces a unique nForce4 SLI board with 3 x16 slots, and the performance will surprise you. We take a look at how the 939GT4-SLI works and compare...
Wesley Fink on 8/24/2005
ULi sent us Revision 2 of the M1695/M1567 for a closer look. Now they add Dual 8X SLI to the PCIe/AGP/PCI mix.
Wesley Fink on 8/5/2005
ATI will soon be unleashing their Grouper, Jaguar, Crossfire AMD and Crossfire Intel chipsets. We take a first look at a production Sapphire board and the new family...
Wesley Fink on 7/29/2005
We get our First Look at the new ULi M1695/M1567 for AMD Socket 939. PCIe/AGP/PCI are all supported with the promise of Dual 8X PCIe.
Wesley Fink on 7/13/2005
With NVIDIA dominating the Athlon 64 landscape, it's time to take a closer look at seven nForce4 Ultra motherboards. Do they provide the bang that users are looking...
Wesley Fink on 7/5/2005
A closer look at OFFICIAL AMD and non-Official dual-core/Rev. E support for Socket 939.
Wesley Fink on 6/28/2005
Asus introduces an Intel 955x with memory options to DDR2-1066 and the promise of SLI performance.
Wesley Fink on 5/11/2005
Is it as much fun as a root canal? Are the results worth your efforts? We compare all the top SLI boards in both single video and...
Wesley Fink on 2/28/2005
UPDATE: nVidia Actions. DFI delivers SLI and Ultra based on the same basic board with tweaking options that will put a smile on the face of any enthusiast.
Wesley Fink on 2/5/2005
We get our First Look at a Socket 939 SiS 755FX motherboard. How does performance compare with other chipsets for AMD Athlon 64?
Wesley Fink on 12/16/2004
As 865/875 become more difficult to find, the 915 is becoming the only mainstream solution for an Intel CPU. We compare 915 Socket 775 motherboards to find the...
Wesley Fink on 12/7/2004
Asus updates their flagship P5AD2 to the 925XE chipset and 1066 FSB. Does the 1066 update deserve the title of top Socket 775 motherboard that was won by...
Wesley Fink on 11/29/2004
Gigabyte delivers an exciting SLI board based on the excellent nForce4 K8NXP-9. How does the Gigabyte SLI compare?
Wesley Fink on 11/24/2004
Gigabyte is first to market with an nForce4 board. Is performance all that we expected? We look at a production nF4 board featuring PCI Express for...
Wesley Fink on 11/12/2004
Abit launches a 1066 FSB 925XE board designed for gaming. Is it "Built to Kill" as Abit claims?
Wesley Fink on 11/9/2004
Our most recent trip to Taiwan yielded some interesting information from AMD and Intel to ATI and NVIDIA.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/3/2004
Soltek is the latest to introduce a Socket 939 board, but this one is value-priced with full features. How does the K8TPro-939 stack up with other Athlon 64...
Wesley Fink on 10/28/2004
The Epox 9NDA3+ arrives just in time for all the new 939 processors. How does the Epox compare to the best Socket 939 boards that we have tested?
Wesley Fink on 10/25/2004