Archives: Systems

Giada A51 Mini PC Review

The A51 has a lot to offer for a Mini PC and is priced reasonably at $279.
February 15th, 2013

Pivos Aios HD Media Center Review

The Pivos Aios HD Media Center aims to make the HTPC experience as simple for the mainstream user as possible.
October 17th, 2011

Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC Review

Standing just 9 inches tall, Sapphire really brings the "mini" to the Edge-HD Mini PC.
February 14th, 2011

Kloss KL-I915A SFF

Kloss adds a few touches to the traditional small form factor to appeal to the HTPC/convergence crowd. Snazzy front display, 915G and PCIe. The specs sound right, the unit has the looks. Is this the SFF for the living room? Come find out!
April 21st, 2005

Soltek Qbic EQ3501 915G Cube

LGA-775, PCI Express and the ICH6R come to Soltek's Qbic lineup along with a face lift. The EQ3501 has all of the requisite features but does it perform? Come find out.
February 7th, 2005

Soltek Qbic SL-3901a K8T800Pro 939 Cube

Socket 939 comes to the SFF market in Soltek's new offering. See how this compares to past SFFs.
January 12th, 2005

Shuttle SB77G5 SFF Review

Shuttle merges the 875 and the LGA-775 socket to create a hybrid motherboard that resides in Shuttle's SB77G5. For the end user who is not quite ready to adopt PCIe or DDR2, the SB77G5 may just be the ultimate desktop replacement or LAN rig.
December 20th, 2004

Soltek Qbic EQ3801a

The pinnacle of Socket 754 performance and features comes to the Soltek Qbic lineup in the 3801a. Does the Qbic have the horsepower to keep up with full size 250Gb boards and does it manage to keep the noise and heat down? Come find out.
October 13th, 2004

AOpen XC Cube AV Edition

AOpen breaks some new ground with their XC Cube AV Edition. Featuring Instant On for media playback including MP3s, DVDs and VCDs as well as PVR capabilities, AOpen has put together an excellent package for the end user looking for an all in one multimedia solution without the traditional limitations of a PC versus consumer electronics components
August 25th, 2004

FIC Condor

The Condor has landed. This has got to be the coolest looking SFF system on the market and it has the engineering to go with its sexy look. Expansion is more flexible than the average SFF box with an extra PCI slot. See what else FIC and Intel bring to the table to make the Condor a definite winner.
June 21st, 2004

Gigabyte G-Max CA2 SFF System

Size does matter when it comes to the world of Small Form Factors and the G-Max CA2 is one of the smallest. Despite its size it still packs in a great front panel connector with a media card reader as well as an AGP port. Gigabyte seems to have the right ingredients for success but do they have what it takes to challenge the big boys of the SFF world with their first Cube debut
June 15th, 2004

Soltek Qbic 3401A

Soltek's 865G entry into the SFF market is an impressive one with a big power supply, big expansion possibilities and a big case. Take a look at the features of the 3401a and see what it brings to the highly competitive SFF market
June 14th, 2004

AOpen EZ65 XC Cube

It comes with a pristine glossy white coat and it was not because of a premium pet food. It looks like an Apple computer but it is not that either. AOpen's EZ65 XC Cube is a visual delight and has all the right features including an i865G based motherboard. We take this Small Form Factor Cube and put it through its paces and see if it performs as well as it looks
March 23rd, 2004

Windows XP Tweaking Guide

I have broken this guide into 6 parts. Networking, file system, memory performance, freeing up memory, startup/shutdown and then the other stuff. I've tried to pack as much performance related tweaking here as I can but there's always more to be uncovered. I will update this article as frequently as possible. I know there's a million tweaks that I'm missing here but I am trying to keep this guide dedicated to tweaks that directly affect your performance.
September 6th, 2002

Small Form Factor Shootout

Since the introduction of barebones pc, the consumer market for pcs couldn’t get anymore competitive. For a while, upgrading your computer is something arcane that only the technicians can do while the regular guy stares blankly at all the different components and blue screens of death. For me, I’ve been watching the barebone pc market for a while, looking for the perfect LAN gaming machine to emerge, one with both features, compact design and power. Today, we have 3 barebones pcs from MSI, Shuttle and FIC.
August 20th, 2002
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