The popularity of the NUC form factor has led to a resurgence in the nettop category. Thankfully, the core computing performance of the new systems have been miles ahead of the nettops of the past, and this has created an overall positive sentiment for the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) in the minds of the consumers. ECS has been attempting to differentiate in the UCFF space with fanless systems using Mini Lake boards and custom-designed chassis in their LIVA series. The feature set and pricing of the LIVA units make it target the developing and cost-sensitive markets. We have already reviewed two of their Bay Trail-based systems, the original LIVA and the LIVA X. Read on to find out what ECS manages to deliver with...
The last time we checked in with iBUYPOWER we reviewed the behemoth that is the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC, a massive hunk of machine that was generally a solid value...
Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2011
With the recent launch of Sandy Bridge, we had hoped to put together some Buyers' Guides covering the changes in the market. Unfortunately, with the recall/bug of the 6-series...
Zach Throckmorton on 2/14/2011
We've had the opportunity to look at a few custom builds from different boutiques so far. While most have generally been well-rounded builds using cherry picked off-the-shelf parts and...
Dustin Sklavos on 2/10/2011
Just in time for the Sandy Bridge recall, HP held a press conference updating their desktop and notebook lines. In some ways it's just business as usual, but there...
Dustin Sklavos on 2/9/2011
Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture is upon us, and with it a freshly minted gaming PC courtesy of CyberPowerPC: the Gamer Xtreme 4000. If you read Anand's preview of...
Dustin Sklavos on 1/4/2011
While most of the desktops we've received so far have been fairly affordable (read: south of two large), we haven't really had a chance to take a run at...
Dustin Sklavos on 12/29/2010
We haven't updated our various system buyers' guides for a while, and what better time to rectify that oversight than the holiday shopping season? We're going to take a...
AnandTech Staff, edited by Jarred Walton on 11/19/2010
Acer is revving up their fall lineup, with the launch of several new desktop computers aimed at three very distinct markets. At the affordable end is the Acer AspireRevo...
Balraj Sandhu on 9/28/2010
Boutique gaming systems are usually big, fancy, ornate affairs. They're often totally extreme, marketed to the Mountain Dew set, with massive cases and bright lights. So what happens when...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2010
Prohibitively expensive gaming machines are nice to look at but such a nasty hit to the wallet that they can feel impractical. We thought the recently-reviewed iBuyPower Paladin XLC...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2010
Our readership is composed largely of people who prefer to roll their own, but recently we've had the opportunity to take a look at some interesting desktop machines from...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/2/2010
Reviewing the Dell Studio XPS 7100 recently seemed like a reasonable enough move: we felt it was competitive with rolling your own machine at that price, or at least...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/5/2010
The tricked-out Dell Studio XPS 7100 is an interesting beast. It lacks any overclocking extras and exotic cooling, but it comes priced to move. Packing AMD's latest hex-core Phenom...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/7/2010
Many things have changed in the nine months since our last midrange system guide hit the press, some for the worse—a moment of silence, please, for the passing of...
Mike Jones and Jarred Walton on 5/12/2010
Several months ago, I wrote about my little experiment with Clarkdale, where I built a small form factor system, based around a Core i5 661 CPU, an Asus H55...
Loyd Case on 5/4/2010
Three systems, three different sets of problems. Loyd Case puts on his problem solving hat and shares what he learned.
Loyd Case on 1/13/2010
After nearly a year of serious waiting, the next Windows is here. Its arrival puts a stake in Vista, and may finally be what Microsoft needs to put XP...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 10/26/2009
Our first look at Digital Storm systems, with impressive, raw performance.
Matt Campbell on 5/18/2009
Following closely on the heels of Windows 7 Beta 1, Microsoft has released RC1 to the public. We find out what's new and how it stacks up to previous...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 5/5/2009
How does a Core i7 940 system with an ATI HD 4870 fare? Let's take a closer look.
Matt Campbell on 4/14/2009