Systems

ASRock has been at the forefront of the small form-factor (SFF) PC revolution right from the Sandy Bridge days. Starting with the Core HT series in the early 2010s, the company moved on to the Beebox (NUC clones) , and recently settled on the DeskMini lineup (based on mini-STX boards). At the 2022 CES, the company is introducing a new SFF PC - the DeskMeet. It is meant to be a step up from the DeskMini - allowing for a custom motherboard, more RAM slots, and space for discrete GPUs. ASRock is delivering all this in a chassis with a 8L volume with two configurations - one based on the Intel B660 platform, and another based on the AMD X300 chipset (AM4 socket). The key...

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano Fanless mini-PC Review: A Promising HTPC Platform

Zotac is a major player in the SFF PC space, and the emergence of the ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) NUCs has broadened the available market for ther mini-PCs. The company...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/16/2019

Dell’s New Precision 7000 Workstations: Dual Xeon, Triple RTX, 6 TB DDR4, 16 TB NVMe

Dell has announced its new Precision 7000-series workstations based on Intel’s Xeon Scalable ‘Cascade Lake-SP’ processors and supporting a bunch of new hardware options. The new systems will be...

31 by Anton Shilov on 4/8/2019

Intel's Bean Canyon (NUC8i7BEH) Coffee Lake NUC Review - Ticking the Right Boxes

Intel's NUCs have managed to develop a strong market for ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) machines since they were introduced in the early 2010s. Each CPU generation has seen Intel put...

81 by Ganesh T S on 4/3/2019

Dell PowerEdge Updates: Upgrade to Cascade Lake and Optane

With the official launch of Intel’s latest generation of Xeon Scalable processors now underway, Intel’s major partners and OEMs are announcing updates to their product lines using the new...

13 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2019

Lenovo’s New Cascade Lake ThinkSystem Servers: Up to 8 Sockets with Optane

Along with other OEMs, Lenovo is also updating its Xeon Scalable server offerings to Intel’s new processor family, Cascade Lake, and is also offering some Optane variants as well...

7 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2019

The ASRock DeskMini 310 Mini-PC Review: A Cost-Effective Mini-STX Platform

Small form-factor PCs and gaming systems have emerged as bright spots in the mature PC market over the last decade or so. Intel's NUC form-factor introduction was the turning...

49 by Ganesh T S on 3/15/2019

CES 2019: Origin PC Readies An All Glass Cube Compact PC

Origin PC demonstrated its all-new Cube desktop machine at CES. The fully-upgradeable computer comes in an all-glass compact chassis that can house a standard-length video card, a liquid-cooled factory-overclocked...

14 by Anton Shilov on 1/22/2019

CES 2019: ECS SF110-A320 Ultra-Compact PC using AMD Ryzen

One of the market segments that AMD has not yet established a meaningful presence in with its Ryzen processors is the ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC market. AMD's limited progress...

29 by Anton Shilov on 1/17/2019

CES 2019: GIGABYTE’s Tower of EPYC

With many enterprise platforms developers have various goals for their software, such as high performance, throughput, storage, or tackling the main issue of the day. It’s one thing to...

11 by Ian Cutress on 1/9/2019

Zotac's MEK Mini: An Impressive Gaming Mini-PC

Having a small gaming machine is the goal of a number of users - I personally tend to oscillate between something massive and something small, but either way, I...

4 by Ian Cutress on 1/8/2019

Gemini Lake SFF PC Showdown: Intel's June Canyon (NUC7PJYH) and ECS's LIVA Z2 Reviewed

Small form-factor PCs have become a major growth segment in the PC market over the last decade. In particular, UCFF (ultra-compact form-factor) PCs have become a welcome and permanent...

61 by Ganesh T S on 12/20/2018

HP Launches ProBook 400 G6 Series: Thinner & Sleeker Workhorses

HP on Wednesday introduced its sixth-generation ProBook 400-series laptops, which are aimed at small and medium businesses. Just like their direct predecessors, the new HP ProBook 400-series G6 systems...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/28/2018

Memory Frequency Scaling in SFF Systems: An Investigation with SO-DIMMs and Coffee Lake

High-performance SFF and UCFF desktops as well as gaming notebooks are becoming big market segments. Makers of PC components have also started to offer high-end parts designed for such...

27 by Ganesh T S on 11/28/2018

Supermicro To Offer Reduced Memory Xeon Scalable

With big chips come big responsibility. One of the key elements of a big chip is its capability and connectivity, and there is always a big expectation that all...

7 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2018

ASUS Launches Zen AiO 27 Z272SD: New Design, 4K, Six-Core CPU, dGPU, 32 GB RAM

ASUS has quietly added a new premium Zen AiO desktop to its lineup of all-in-one PCs. The latest high-end Zen AiO significantly improves in performance over the predecessor in...

13 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2018

ZOTAC Unveils VR GO 2.0 Wearable PC: Core i7-8700T Meets GeForce GTX 1070

ZOTAC this week officially launched its second-generation VR GO wearable backpack PC for VR gaming. The new VR GO 2.0 system is somewhat smaller and marginally lighter than the...

5 by Anton Shilov on 11/9/2018

HP Launches Ultra-Thin HP Spectre 13 x360: Quad-Core i7, Gigabit LTE, 22.5 Hr Battery Life

Originally launched as stylish high-performance ultra-portables, HP’s Spectre-series laptops have quickly gained popularity among multiple user segments. As a result of this, HP’s Spectre laptops and convertibles also began...

17 by Anton Shilov on 10/24/2018

HP Launches EliteBook x360 1040 G5: Now with 14-Inch Display and 32 GB of RAM

HP on Tuesday announced its first EliteBook-branded convertible, the EliteBook x360 1040 G5. Walking a fine line between an ultraportable laptop, a convertible, and a high-end laptop, HP has...

15 by Anton Shilov on 10/23/2018

Dell Launches Three Rugged Latitude Laptops with up to 1000-nit Displays

Dell today introduced its new generation of ruggedized Latitude laptops designed to operate in rough locations. The new family consists of three base models that offer different levels of...

7 by Anton Shilov on 10/23/2018

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Book2: 12-Inch, Snapdragon 850 with X20 LTE, 20 Hrs

Samsung today has introduced the Galaxy Book2, its newest attempt to create an always on, always connected convertible PC. For the new 2-in-1 notebook, Samsung opted to use Qualcomm’s...

48 by Anton Shilov on 10/18/2018

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