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...

Puget Systems Echo: Intel and AMD Showdown at 65 Watts

Just about anyone can put together a solid computer using a decent midtower and the right parts. What we don't see as often is just how fast a computer...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/21/2012

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT: Custom Cooling for Less

Boutique gaming desktops are nothing new around here; while enthusiasts may readily dismiss them, it's easy to forget they do serve a purpose and a market beyond the do-it-yourself...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/15/2012

Microsoft Demonstrates Windows to Go

Windows 8 supports installation to removable flash media via a feature called Windows to Go. Your apps, settings, and OS can all be installed to a USB stick and...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Demos Windows 8 on 82-inch Touchscreen

Microsoft is talking a lot about the importance of touch input to the Windows 8 experience in everything from tablets to high-end desktops. To show just how far you...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Shows Windows 8 CP on Tegra 3, Krait, OMAP 5 & Clover Trail

Update: Despite Microsoft referring to the test platform as running on a next-generation OMAP processor, TI tells us that the Windows 8 tablet was running an OMAP 4470, not...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Four Corners

During Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event at MWC today, Microsoft demonstrated some of the new features in the CP release out today. While the Metro UI obviously lends...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

HP Phoenix h9se: The Pavilion Goes Beyond Thunderdome

Outside of the Envy series and the bygone era of Voodoo (anyone remember the Blackbird?), HP hasn't exactly been a brand associated with high performance gaming desktops, at least...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/29/2012

Alienware X51: The Xbox With Teeth

While Alienware isn't openly inviting comparisons to Microsoft's Xbox 360 with their brand new X51 gaming desktop, it's hard not to see the resemblance, at least in form factor...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/17/2012

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

AVADirect Silent Gaming PC: An Exercise in Balance

One of the benefits of going with a boutique builder is being able to get custom machines that are a little more specialized than what you might get from...

16 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/30/2012

Samsung Launches Series 9 All-in-One PC

Samsung has released Series 9 All-in-One (or simply AIO), and more specifically the model that was released today carries a model number 900A7A. It adopts a similar design as...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Zotac's ZBOX AD04 Gives HTPC Users an AMD E-450 APU

If you'd rather have a Brazos based mini HTPC than something that uses Cedar Trail, Zotac has you covered with the ZBOX AD04. Equipped with an AMD E-450, the...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Zotac's Cedar Trail ZBOX ID80 Uses Discrete GPU

Intel announced its 32nm Atom platform for netbooks/nettops at the end of last year. Codenamed Cedar Trail the new Atom doesn't really change CPU performance all that much but...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Puget Systems Deluge Updated with NVIDIA Surround Results

Once NVIDIA dropped the 290 series beta driver, we were able to test the Puget Systems Deluge's pair of GeForce GTX 580s in triple-monitor surround. There's good news and...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

Pre-Built Desktop Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2011 Edition

While we at AnandTech recognize that a good portion of our readership prefers to roll their own as far as desktops go, not everyone is that way. Sometimes there...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

Puget Systems Deluge: Revisiting the Art of Custom With X79

It's been a little while since we've had a Puget Systems desktop in, and so far we haven't yet tested any of their big dog gaming machines. Everything else...

72 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/24/2011

Origin PC Offers Ready-To-Ship Gaming System

We've only had the opportunity to look at one Origin PC so far, and while the performance was impressive the packaging was equally so—Dustin had to struggle to get...

20 by Jarred Walton on 11/22/2011

Toshiba DX735 All-in-One: Notebooks Without Batteries

So far we've tested HP's TouchSmart 610 all-in-one and Dell's Inspiron One all-in-one, and in both cases we've found things to like along with aspects that left us wanting...

30 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/22/2011

Dell Inspiron One 2320: Stuck in the Middle With You

Our last Windows all-in-one review was for HP's TouchSmart 610, an interesting if slightly pricey piece of desktop kit. HP brought a lot of innovation to the table but...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/17/2011

Commodore USA Announces C64x Extreme: Quad Core in a Classic Commodore Chassis

Everyone old enough remembers Commodore 64. For many, it was their first computer. It was among the first computers aimed for home use and its unique form factor was...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 11/7/2011

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