At Computex 2014, Zotac has launched four new passively-cooled mini-PCs. All of these C-series units are sized the same as Zotac's existing ZBOX nano lineup (127 mm x 127 mm x 45 mm). Compared to the U-series CPUs used in the current crop of NUC-type mini-PCs, Zotac has gone in for the Core-Y series members in their flagship models. The Core-Y series have a 11.5W TDP (and a 6W SDP), which make them ideal for passively cooled designs. The ZBOX C-series lineup also includes a Celeron N2930 model as well as an AMD A6-1450 APU model (which integrates an AMD Radeon HD 8250). As usual with Zotac, the PLUS series members come with 4GB of DDR3L memory as well as a 2.5" 64GB SSD. The...

SilverStone ML04 & ML05 Slim HTPC Cases Review

Silverstone is well-known among technology enthusiasts, and while they offer a great selection of technology-related goods, cases and virtually everything enclosure-related are their specialty. The company offers a very...

39 by E. Fylladitakis on 4/18/2014

CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 14 with HEVC Support

A couple of years back, we reviewed CyberLink's PowerDVD 12 in detail. At that time, support for the mobile ecosystem was one of the most important targets for CyberLink...

35 by Ganesh T S on 4/8/2014

ZOTAC Goes For Iris Pro in Their New ZBOX E-Series Gaming Mini-PCs

So far there have been only a few ways to get hold of an Iris Pro 5200 enabled machine. The first CPUs with these processors were in laptops, until...

24 by Ian Cutress on 3/10/2014

Interacting with HTPCs: IOGEAR and SIIG Options Reviewed

There are many options in the market for users wanting to interact with HTPCs and media streamers. In this short piece, we review the keyboard / trackball / touchpad...

74 by Ganesh T S on 3/2/2014

Intel's Haswell - An HTPC Perspective: Media Playback, 4K and QuickSync Evaluated

Over the last two years, the launch of every major desktop CPU family from both AMD and Intel has been accompanied by a dedicated HTPC-oriented article. This coverage has...

95 by Ganesh T S on 6/2/2013

QNAP Introduces XBMC App for TS-x69 Pro / L Series NAS Units

The Atom D2700 series CPUs have proved quite popular in the SMB / SOHO NAS market. We saw vendors introduce models with HDMI outputs as early as December 2011...

7 by Ganesh T S on 2/7/2013

Arctic Introduces OpenELEC-based MC001-XBMC HTPC

Arctic announced the availability of their MC001-XBMC passive HTPC today. Based on the Intel Atom D525 and the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5430, the unit comes with OpenELEC pre-installed...

17 by Ganesh T S on 2/5/2013

Getting the Best out of an Ivy Bridge HTPC: Windows 8, madVR and More..

The build process and thermal performance of a fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC was covered in detail last month. I had indicated that the piece would be the first of...

138 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2013

Interacting with HTPCs: Adesso, IOGear & Rapoo Demonstrate Options at CES 2013

Media Center remotes are a dime a dozen, but, judging by the threads which frequently pop up on AVSForum, it appears as if full-sized keyboards are preferred by a...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2013

Zotac ZBOX ID42 Keeps 'Ion' Alive

Zotac's ZBOX mini-PCs have proved popular in emerging markets. The Ion boxes based on the Intel Atom and NVIDIA GPU combination, however, have run their course. NVIDIA no longer...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime?

Media center enclosures can be a very tricky business. 25 years ago, horizontally-oriented cases were the norm, but the ATX standard complicates things. We're also dealing with hotter components...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/1/2013

Streacom's FC10 and Nano150: Building a Fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC

HTPC enthusiasts often place a lot of emphasis on silent systems for obvious reasons. We have looked at systems with passive thermal solutions before, but never presented the build...

63 by Ganesh T S on 12/22/2012

Steiger Dynamics Launches LEET Gaming HTPC Lineup

We are no strangers to boutique PC makers here at AnandTech, having reviewed systems from AVADirect, iBUYPOWER and Puget Systems regularly. Most of these boutique PCs are targeted exclusively...

31 by Ganesh T S on 12/13/2012

Aleutia Relia Industrial PC Review: Ivy Bridge & Q77 in a Fanless Chassis

Industrial PCs come with stringent requirements that are not satisfied by generic PCs. It is customary for builders to use active cooling in order to ensure that the components...

47 by Ganesh T S on 12/4/2012

Aleutia Launches Ivy Bridge-based Relia Fanless Industrial Media PCs

Aleutia is one of the few companies focusing on fanless and rugged PCs suited for industrial purposes. They started off in 2007 with an intent to serve the social...

16 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2012

ASRock Vision HT: Ivy Bridge Carries the SFF HTPC Forward

The small form factor (SFF) HTPC market has been steadily growing over the last few years. As mobile processors become more and more powerful, it is becoming easier for...

40 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2012

AMD's Trinity : An HTPC Perspective

Intel started the trend of integrating a GPU along with the CPU in the processor package with Clarkdale / Arrandale. The GPU moved to the die itself in Sandy...

49 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2012

Diamond Multimedia Ships GC1000 1080p PVR with Video Passthrough for Game Consoles

Diamond MM is in the process of launching multimedia products in rapid succession. Last week, we had the launch of the Android Media Player AMP1000, and this time around...

6 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2012

Diamond Multimedia Launches AMP1000 Android Media Player

Diamond Multimedia is well known for its AMD graphics cards and USB capture devices. The Android Media Player, AMP1000, being launched today is the latest addition to their TV...

16 by Ganesh T S on 8/21/2012

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