Systems

The desktop computing market has been subject to severe challenges over the last few years. The ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC market that emerged with the introduction of the Intel NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) has been one of the few bright spots. PC gaming has been one of the few other markets that has withstood the overall issues. The small size of UCFF PCs usually made discrete GPUs difficult to integrate, and IGPs have not impressed the gaming crowd. Therefore, the market has not seen many products targeting the gaming market while also being compact. Intel's Skull Canyon NUC - the NUC6i7KYK - places a 45W TDP Core i7-6770HQ Skylake-H CPU with Iris Pro graphics in a chassis around twice the size of the...

Intel Releases BIOS Version 0044 for Skylake NUCs

BIOS updates for motherboards and mini-PCs aren't usually important enough to warrant explicit coverage. However, Intel's latest release for the Skylake NUCs (the Core i3 and Core i5 versions...

30 by Ganesh T S on 5/17/2016

Choosing the Right SSD for a Skylake-U System

Our Skylake NUC review had a brief section on the storage subsystem performance. The comments section raised a few questions about the inability of SSDs such as the Samsung...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2016

HP Unveils Premium Chromebook: 3K Display, Intel Core M, 16 GB of RAM and USB-C

HP has announced a new family of Chromebooks, which are powered by Intel’s high-performance processors and feature stylish design, aluminum body, high-resolution display and even Bang & Olufsen...

144 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2016

MSI Cubi 2 Plus vPro Skylake mini-STX PC Review

The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/27/2016

Compulab fitlet-XA10-LAN Review: A Fanless AMD UCFF PC for Networking Applications

Passively cooled computing systems carry many advantages. Most of these turn out to be very important for industrial and embedded applications. The attention paid by AMD and Intel to...

47 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2016

HP Unveils Spectre: The World’s Thinnest Laptop

HP has announced its new Spectre laptop - the world’s thinnest 13.3” notebook. Despite its miniature size, the Spectre uses Intel’s Core i5/i7 microprocessor, a PCIe-based SSD, a full-size...

75 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2016

Lenovo Upgrades 2-Way ThinkStation Workstations with Intel Xeon E5 v4 CPUs

Lenovo this week upgraded its range of 2-way workstations with Intel’s new Xeon E5 v4 microprocessors as well as recently announced NVIDIA’s Quadro M6000 24 GB graphics card. The...

15 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2016

EVGA Rolls Out SC17: High-End Gaming Laptop Designed for Overclocking

EVGA this week officially introduced its SC17 laptop designed for demanding gamers, which combines rather high performance with UHD display. The system features an Intel Core i7 microprocessor with...

28 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2016

Acer Unveils New Chromebook 14 with Up to 14-Hour Battery Life

Acer this week introduced its new family of Chromebooks that wed performance with portability. The new laptops feature multi-core x86 microprocessors, 14” displays as well as aluminum chassis. Even...

41 by Anton Shilov on 3/30/2016

Toshiba Details Its PC Business Reorg: Set to Concentrate on Tecra and Portégé Brands for Business Users

Toshiba this month revealed its finalized PC business strategy for the future. As expected, the company intends to cease selling consumer personal computers outside of Japan and plans to...

23 by Anton Shilov on 3/29/2016

MSI Releases Vortex: A Mac Pro-Like SLI PC for Gamers and VR, from $2199

We originally laid eyes on the final design back at CES, but now MSI has begun to sell its Vortex gaming desktops in the US. The 6.5-liter systems resembles...

31 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

ASUS Unveils the VivoMini VM65N: a NUC-Like mini-PC with GT 930M

Intel’s NUC and Mini-STX form-factors are designed to build tiny PCs with decent performance with more or less standard components. However, these form-factors have traditionally not supported discrete graphics...

19 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC is Official: $650, Shipping In May

Back in January, Intel had provided us with information about the Skull Canyon NUC based on a Skylake H-Series CPU(with Iris Pro Graphics). Today, at GDC 2016, Intel made...

103 by Ganesh T S on 3/16/2016

ZOTAC to Offer Small Form-Factor PC with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 GPU

Various kinds of small form-factor PCs are on a roll these days. Mini-ITX systems have been offering performance of full-size desktops for several years now and even smaller systems...

17 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2016

The Intel NUC6i5SYK Skylake UCFF PC Review

The evolution of computing platforms has left the traditional desktop PC market in a precarious state. However, the miniaturization trend has provided some bright spots. Compact PCs have been...

92 by Ganesh T S on 3/11/2016

Origin PC Rolls-Out New Chronos SFF PCs with Enhanced Expandability

Boutique system builder Origin PC on Monday officially launched its new Chronos SFF gaming PCs. Initially announced at CES 2016, the new Chronos SFF is the latest design in...

12 by Anton Shilov on 3/7/2016

Voyo V3 Review - A Fanless Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (Cherry Trail) mini-PC

Intel transitioned their Bay Trail-T Atom lineup (targeting affordable 2-in-1s, tablets and Compute Stick form factors) to 14nm with the introduction of Cherry Trail-T. The Atom x5 and x7...

69 by Ganesh T S on 3/1/2016

ECS LIVA One Skylake mini-PC Review

The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF...

30 by Ganesh T S on 2/1/2016

CES 2016: ASRock Shows mini-STX 5x5 for Business and Education

Ever since Intel announced their 5x5 platform (that’s 5-inch by 5-inch), we have had several requests from users saying ‘when?’. At the time of the announcement, it was difficult...

24 by Ian Cutress on 1/21/2016

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