Over the last decade or so, advancements in CPU and GPU architectures have combined extremely well with the relentless march of Moore's Law on the silicon front. Together, these have resulted in hand-held devices that have more computing power than huge and power-hungry machines from the turn of the century. On the desktop front, small form-factor (SFF) machines are now becoming a viable option for demanding professional use-cases. CAD, modeling, and simulation capabilities that required big iron servers or massive tower workstations just a few years back are now capable of being served by compact systems.
Workstation notebooks integrating top-end mobile CPUs and professional graphics solutions from AMD (FirePro) or NVIDIA (Quadro Mobile / RTX Professional) have been around since the early 2000s. The advent...
(Update: Noise benchmarks retested.) Was your first thought on seeing the Mac Mini, "I wish it could run Windows"? If so, AOpen might have a product that will...
Jarred Walton on 3/3/2006
Not everyone wants to build their own PCs. If you're running a business, it can make sense to buy an OEM PC. So, what about businesses that want an...
Jarred Walton on 12/14/2005
It's the Friday before the retail launch of the Xbox 360, and what better way to kick it off than with a detailed tour of the motherboard.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/18/2005
Shuttle's latest offering is a system designed solely for the HTPC market. Read on to find out if this newcomer has what it takes to find a place...
Jarred Walton on 10/17/2005
What happens when Sun releases an entire server line aimed at the whitebox server market, and hits dead on?
Kristopher Kubicki on 9/12/2005
Our latest Small Form Factor roundup includes all of the currently shipping 939 systems. We'll look at the newest Shuttle ST20G5 system based on the ATI Radeon Xpress...
Jarred Walton on 8/10/2005
Eight physical processors in a 3U server! Sun takes the 'entry server' to new extremes but proves a design win for AMD and Sun.
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/29/2005
Not everyone likes to build their own PCs, as it takes time and effort. Sometimes, it's just easier to pay someone to do it for you. PC-Club has sent...
Jarred Walton on 3/28/2005
We've been working on several other roundups, but we felt that you might like an "express" review of the latest Shuttle XPC. Featuring socket 939 and PCI Express...
Jarred Walton on 3/8/2005
Take a virtual tour through Sun's best of breed, four-way Opteron entry-level server.
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/22/2005
Our SFF section is about to get new life as we have several roundups on the way in the next several weeks. We're starting out with some of...
Jarred Walton on 2/15/2005
Today, we take a look at Shuttle's SB81P to see how it performs against the best 915/925X desktop motherboards and 915/925X SFFs on market. Read on to find out...
Evan Lieb on 9/18/2004
Today, we take a look at what is currently the most technologically advanced SFF that we've ever encountered. Of course, that mere fact doesn't necessarily mean it'll be the...
Evan Lieb on 7/31/2004
You knew it was coming, and indeed it has. Today, we bring you a Shuttle SFF review as part of our effort to bring you more SFF articles. Read...
Evan Lieb on 7/14/2004
Today, we take a look at one of the first nForce3 250Gb SFFs to hit the market. Soltek's QBIC series of SFFs rears its head in the form of...
Evan Lieb on 7/4/2004
Jetway introduces a truly unique 2-user, small barebones computer based on the popular Intel 865G chipset. Does the Magic Twin hardware and software really work for 2 users?
Wesley Fink on 4/16/2004
This is a PC that is unlike one that we have ever seen before. It is not like your typical Small Form Factor PC. Yet, it isn't quite something...
Andrew Ku on 2/11/2004
Microsoft has just released a Customer Preview version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. We take a first look at performance of the AMD Athlon 64 on the new...
Wesley Fink on 2/7/2004