Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came to the market before the Intel NUC, even though the NUC is credited with kickstarting the UCFF trend. Almost all the mini-PCs that we have evaluated before have been based on Intel CPUs. However, Zotac's recently launched 'ZBOX C Passive Cooling Series' of mini-PCs includes an AMD Temash-based SKU, which we promptly requested for review. Read on to identify what AMD brings to the table for the passively cooled mini-PC market.

It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2014

GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Gaming: AMD A8-5557M and R9 M275X

GIGABYTE’s push on the BRIX has been with so much gusto it is hard to keep up with all the possible models coming to market and ones they are...

22 by Ian Cutress on 1/28/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

AMD Kaveri Docs Reference Quad-Channel Memory Interface, GDDR5 Option

Our own Ryan Smith pointed me at an excellent thread on Beyond3D where forum member yuri ran across a reference to additional memory controllers in AMD's recently released Kaveri...

127 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/16/2014

AMD Kaveri Review: A8-7600 and A10-7850K Tested

The first major component launch of 2014 falls at the feet of AMD and the next iteration of its APU platform, Kaveri. Kaveri has been the aim for AMD...

373 by Ian Cutress & Rahul Garg on 1/14/2014

Lenovo: New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Yoga, IdeaPad, and Flex Laptops

Lenovo had their usual location set up in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian, with a huge number of products on display. We’ll break things up into the laptop/notebook/multi-modal...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

AMD Reveals First Mobile Radeon M200 Parts & Rebadges

While CES is generally not a big show for the GPU divisions of the major chip makers – those firms preferring to make major GPU announcements at their own...

25 by Ryan Smith on 1/8/2014

AMD/TI's DockPort Adopted As Official Extension to DisplayPort Standard

Shortly after the launch of Intel’s Thunderbolt interface in 2011, there was a great deal of discussion to be had in several camps over what the future of data...

26 by Ryan Smith on 1/7/2014

AMD Press Conference Highlights

Ian has already written up most of the information AMD covered in their press conference tonight, so if you haven’t already I suggest you start there. Kaveri is the...

13 by Jarred Walton on 1/7/2014

AMD’s Kaveri: Pre-Launch Information

On the back of AMD’s Tech Day at CES 2014, all of which was under NDA until the launch of Kaveri, AMD have supplied us with some information that...

133 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2014

AMD Demonstrates "FreeSync", Free G-Sync Alternative, at CES 2014

AMD has been relatively silent on the topic of NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate G-Sync technology since its announcement last year. At this year’s CES however, AMD gave me a...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2014

Battlefield 4 Mantle Update Delayed Until January

AMD and Electronic Arts send word this afternoon that the Mantle update for Battlefield 4 has been delayed until next month. The update was previously scheduled for late December...

66 by Ryan Smith on 12/30/2013

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X OC Review: Our First Custom Cooled 290

Ever since the 290 review there has been a lot of chatter and questions about when we’d see the first customized cards show up, and the answer is that...

117 by Ryan Smith on 12/24/2013

AMD Catalyst 13.12 WHQL Drivers Now Available

After 9.5 betas, AMD has finally released a WHQL certified driver from their latest driver branch (13.25x) in the form of Catalyst 13.12. First introduced as the launch driver for...

27 by Ryan Smith on 12/19/2013

AMD Announces Radeon R7 260; Shipping Mid-January

Squeezing in one final product announcement before the end of the year, today AMD is announcing the latest addition to the Radeon R7 family and the counterpart to the...

35 by Ryan Smith on 12/17/2013

ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2

One of the next big things in motherboard development is the progressive move to faster storage – the superseding of SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. We...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/12/2013

An Update on AMD’s Crossfire Eyefinity Frame Pacing Driver

In the last week several of you have emailed us about AMD’s Crossfire Eyefinity frame pacing driver – their so-called “phase 2” frame pacing driver – looking for a...

30 by Ryan Smith on 12/11/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

Best Desktop CPUs: Holiday 2013

Next up in our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides is a look at processors. Building systems in time for a holiday season means that picking the right components...

25 by Ian Cutress on 11/25/2013

Fall 2013 Supercomputer Rankings Released; Achieving Max Efficiency With Oil

Turning our eyes back towards SC13 and supercomputers one more time this week, we have the biannual supercomputer rankings, which are released every spring and every fall. These rankings...

28 by Ryan Smith on 11/22/2013

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