Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Kickstarted by Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) designs, it has been successfully cloned by other vendors such as GIGABYTE (BRIX), Zotac (C-series nano) and ASRock (Beebox). With platform performance increasing every generation, and performance requirements getting tempered by the rise of the not-so-powerful smartphones and tablets, Intel could pack a heavy punch with their 102x102mm NUC motherboards.
Atom-based units (using Bay Trail) could provide very good performance for most users. Intel tried to shrink the PC even further by releasing a Compute Stick based on the Bay Trail Atom Z series SoCs earlier this year. ECS, with their LIVA designs...
We follow up on abit's AB9 QuadGT to see what difference a beta BIOS can make in resolving issues and improving performance.
Gary Key on 2/21/2007
We review our test results from 12 different yet not so different P965 motherboards and find a few products that stood out from the rest.
Gary Key on 1/26/2007
Our first impressions of the abit AB9 QuadGT reveal some surprising performance results, new design ideas, and some lingering concerns about abit engineering.
Gary Key on 1/22/2007
We take a quick look at the overclocking capabilities in the new F9 BIOS.
Gary Key on 1/4/2007
We take a quick look at one of the best budget priced P965 motherboards that offers surprisingly solid performance in a quality oriented package.
Gary Key on 12/28/2006
We provide our first impressions of ASUS' new P5N-E SLI that uses the NVIDIA 650i SLI chipset and once again come up with more questions than answers.
Gary Key on 12/22/2006
We provide a quick performance preview of DFI's latest LANParty motherboard and wonder what will become of the RD600.
Gary Key on 12/16/2006
We take a look at two midrange performance boards from MSI and ECS that trade enthusiast level overclocking performance for features.
Gary Key on 12/6/2006
We take a look at two budget boards from Biostar and Gigabyte that offer surprising performance when compared to their more expensive fraternal twins.
Gary Key on 11/9/2006
first in a series of three P965 performance guides features the mid-range performance motherboards from Abit, Asus, Biostar, and Gigabyte.
Gary Key on 10/20/2006
We take a quick look at the overclocking improvements in the soon to be released F7 BIOS.
Gary Key on 10/11/2006
Will Intel's upcoming quad core processor work with your existing motherboard? If you are planning for Kentsfield we have a list of boards that will support the new CPU.
Wesley Fink on 9/29/2006
We take a quick look at EPoX's 945P based motherboard and discover very good budget performance from a standard design.
Gary Key on 9/11/2006
Our preview of the AW9D-MAX shows great performance potential in an unusual package.
Gary Key on 9/8/2006
Our first look at ASRock's 945G based motherboard reveals that very good budget performance can come in a small package.
Gary Key on 9/1/2006
A new official BIOS for the P5B unlocks Core 2 Duo chips and promises much improved overclocking.
Wesley Fink on 8/24/2006
Our early look at the affordable ASUS P5NSLI motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 570SLI for Intel chipset.
Gary Key on 8/22/2006
AM2 Motherboards based on the ATI RD580 chipset finally arrive in the retail channel.
Wesley Fink on 8/21/2006
We determine if there is a performance penalty when using AGP graphics cards on the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo.
Gary Key on 8/15/2006
We provide additional memory benchmarks with comparative chipsets and see how well the VIA PT880 Pro based ASRock 775Dual-VSTA performs against the competition.
Gary Key on 8/14/2006