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. Starting with Ivy Bridge, Intel also began to experiment with Y series CPUs to bring the Core family to the fanless tablet market. Unfortunately, the impact of these SKUs in the tablet market has been minimal. However, Zotac has repurposed the Y series CPUs for the 'ZBOX C Passive Cooling Series' of mini-PCs. The ZBOX CI540 nano, equipped with a Core i5-4210Y, is currently the most...

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

SilverStone Sugo SG05: The Mini-ITX Standard Bearer

We've been looking at a few mini-ITX enclosures as of late, an interest sparked largely by the surprise success of the Bitfenix Prodigy and the general industry tend towards...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/19/2012

Zotac GeForce GT 640 DDR3 Review: Glacial Gaming & Heavenly HTPC

Two weeks ago NVIDIA formally launched the retail GeForce GT 640, catching up to their OEM and laptop offerings with their first GK107 based video card for the retail...

60 by Ryan Smith & Ganesh T S on 6/20/2012

AMD Llano HTPC Builders Guide

Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) are becoming more and more popular due to a number of reasons. The desire of consumers to watch and enjoy their media, be it Blu-rays/DVDs...

76 by Ganesh T S on 6/5/2012

ASRock Revamps HTPC Lineup with VisionX, Vision HT and MINI Series

ASRock's mini-ITX form factor HTPCs have been held in high esteem by us, but their second generation refresh left a lot to be desired in terms of being revolutionary...

11 by Ganesh T S on 6/2/2012

Replacing my HTPC with a mini ITX System

Free time is hard to come by these days. Since the beginning of the year I've hit Vegas, Barcelona, Santa Clara, New York, Santa Clara (again), Austin, Seattle, Chicago...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2012

Streacom Updates Passive HTPC Chassis Lineup with FC9 and FC10

The advent of CPUs with low TDPs (but having enough power to handle HTPC duties) has resulted in passive HTPCs becoming more and more popular. Streacom (started in 2010...

15 by Ganesh T S on 5/23/2012

ASRock's High-End Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review

In late 2010, we reviewed the ASRock Vision 3D, and declared it to be the best pre-built SFF (small form factor) HTPC we had reviewed. ASRock duly updated the...

61 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2012

SilverStone Grandia GD07 Review: Centering and Serving Your Media

The last time we reviewed one of SilverStone's Grandia enclosures, it was the GD04, and it was a review that launched the first major revamp of how we test...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/29/2012

Intel's Ivy Bridge: An HTPC Perspective

Towards the end of June 2011, we saw AMD trying to create a HTPC friendly solution in the Llano series. By pairing a GPU with the CPU in the...

70 by Ganesh T S on 4/23/2012

Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: Redefining the Small Form Factor PC

Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs are becoming quite popular as processors become more and more power efficient. Over the last few years, we have had a slew of budget...

44 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2012

Pulse-Eight Motorola NYXboard Hybrid Remote Review

Pulse-Eight is one of the companies tracing its roots to XBMC, and it is no wonder they have a host of interesting products in the HTPC space. We have...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/5/2012

ASRock CoreHT Server Edition Review

Late last year, we took a look at the ASRock CoreHT 252B, a Sandy Bridge-based midrange HTPC. We liked the CoreHT quite a bit, noting that the small form...

44 by Vivek Gowri on 2/16/2012

AMD Radeon HD 7750 & Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Review: Evading The Price/Performance Curve

With the launch of Tahiti behind them, AMD is now firing on all cylinders to get the rest of their Southern Islands lineup out the door. Typically we’d see...

155 by Ryan Smith & Ganesh T S on 2/15/2012

CyberLink PowerDVD 12: Complementing Your Mobile Lifestyle

Software Blu-ray / DVD players are bundled with almost all OEM PCs and a necessity for consumers who want to enjoy their commercial optical media in the most legal...

42 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2012

Syabas Launches Popcorn Hour C-300

Syabas launched the second generation version of their BDA licensed unit, the Popcorn Hour C-300 today. The previous version was based on Sigma's SMP 8643, and the C-300 is based...

6 by Ganesh T S on 12/6/2011

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