Gaming hardware has traditionally held a reputation for being bulky and intimidating. Gaming PCs are often visualized as huge towers decked out with flashy lights and sports car inspired paint jobs. While that would’ve been accurate just a few years ago, performance PCs are no longer confined to just “big”. Thanks to ever increasing tiny hardware that pack a serious punch, SFF, or Small Form-Factor, gaming systems are significantly growing in popularity.
Today we’ll be reviewing one tiny, budget-focused graphics card that can fit almost anywhere yet provide decent gaming performance for the casual gamer, the XFX [...]
For those of you looking for the most compact mITX case that can fit a reasonably powerful build, the Dr Zaber Sentry could be the answer.
Sporting a design that’s just a mere 6.96L in volume, the Dr Zaber Sentry measures just 340mm wide, 66mm high, and 310mm in depth yet can fit a full mITX motherboard, full SFX/SFX-L power supply, 305mm long dual slot graphics card, and up to nine 2.5″ drives depending on the graphics card installed.
The Dr Zaber Sentry is currently on Indiegogo with an impressive fully funded campaign of almost $175,000, greatly exceeding their goal of just $19,500 with 17 days left. Those interested in being the first to receive [...]
Today, CYRORIG the PC cooling company submitted their first entries into the highly competitive computer case market, revealing two new mini-ITX chassis, which bear some fairly unique design aspects.CRYORIG UNVEILS ‘OLA’ and ‘TAKU’ ITX PC CASES
The first of the new cases, dubbed “OLA” features a very Mac Pro-like cylindrical design. CRYORIG says the OLA is “designed to blend-in with your living room” meaning this chassis is being targeted at living room gamers, and the HTPC markets.
What’s most interesting about this is it is compatible with standard off-the-shelf PC components, including [...]
CyberPowerPC is kicking off CES with a bang, and for 2015 they’re unveiling a brand new concept system they’re calling the CyberPowerPC Fang Trinity.
What’s unique about the Fang Trinity is the futuristic chassis which looks a bit like an alien spaceship. For those wondering how the chassis works, the chassis compartmentalized into a total of three compartments with each of the three compartments enclosed by a thick steel cover. The top compartment holds the GPU and three 2.5″ drives, the bottom left compartment holds the power supply, a slimline optical drive, a 3.5″ HDD, and a 2.5″ drive, and the bottom right compartment holds a [...]
Way back at CES 2014, Valve made a huge splash at the show announcing their intent to popularize PC gaming in the living room. In order to do this, Valve was building a custom Steam OS which would either be installed by an end user to their own gaming PC, or be bundled with Steam Machines – Valve approved gaming PCs manufactured by their PC OEM partners.
While Valve and their PC OEM partners created a lot of hype during the show, the Steam Machine concept has pretty much fizzled out in the past year as Steam have made no big announcements regarding the status of their Steam OS or Steam Machines. With PC [...]
Late last year, AMD introduced the Hawaii based Radeon R9 290/290X along with the Bonaire based Radeon R7 260/260X which utilized AMD’s updated GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. AMD’s updated GCN architecture, which we’ll refer to GCN 1.1, supported new features such as improved compute performance, on die audio processing, and improvements to AMD’s PowerTune technology to offer a faster, more power efficient chip than its GCN 1.0 cousins.
Unfortunately, AMD’s GCN update didn’t cover the mid-range GCN 1.0 based GPUs such as the Radeon R9 270/R9 270X or the Radeon R9 280/280X, which meant gamers [...]
It’s really no secret that I love building my own PCs and it’s quite rare that you’d see me buy a pre-fab desktop. For me, there’s simply no value add in ordering a custom PC built with off the shelf parts I can easily put together myself. However, there are some system builders who’ve found ways to provide value add for enthusiasts such as myself by developing stuff like exclusive components or enhanced warranties that are far superior in comparison to the ones offered by PC component manufacturers.
Today we’ll be reviewing the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780, which is a brand new system from CyberPowerPC [...]
Before we left CES, we also had a chance to talk to Corsair about some of their latest cases.
One of Corsair’s main attractions for CES 2014 was the Corsair’s Graphite 760T full tower case, which is the full tower brother to the Graphite 600T. The main feature on the Graphite 760T is the dual full size windowed swing-out side panels. The panels are constructed of acrylic, with one side being transparent and the other opaque to “highlight the internal components”. Of course, it’s not just beautifully designed on the outside as its roomy interior has 9 expansion slots, 4 tool free 2.5″ side mounted SSD drive cages, and six [...]
At CES 2014, CyberPowerPC displayed its ability to innovate with a variety of new systems in all formfactors.
For 2014, it’s all about small form factor and CyberPowerPC definitely has big plans for this segment. For small form-factor performance enthusiasts, CyberPowerPC introduced the Zeus Mini small form factor gaming PCs. The Zeus Mini can be built around either AMD’s Kaveri platform or Intel’s Haswell platform and options will be available for either AMD or Nvidia graphics cards depending on user preference. Despite its small size, it’s capable of carrying even the most powerful single GPU graphics cards due to its unique vertical graphics card mounting [...]
With the release of Intel’s latest Z87 chipset and their accompanying Haswell parts, many motherboard manufacturers are scurrying to put out their latest generation of motherboards and with some of the features we’ve seen from various vendors this generation, competition is fiercer than ever. Now when it comes to the enthusiast market, I think each motherboard manufacturer’s $150, $200, and flagship motherboards are arguably the most important of the bunch.
The $150 price category is particularly important because price conscious enthusiasts want a board that has a certain set of base features, but [...]