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Sep 22 2016

News - GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 reviewed @ Anandtech

With two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, this might just make the perfect router. Except that it's noisy, the i7 is probably overkill, and it's not that cheap (why, oh why, can't there be a dual LAN i3 "NUC"?).

Feb 11 2016

News - Fractal Design Core 500 SFF chassis reviewed @Mad Shrimps

I think we can all agree that Fractal Design makes a fantastic chassis. Whether its a full ATX or SFF, the design is always elegant and well thought out. At $60 this looks like a really nice value as well.

Jan 06 2016

News - ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec's and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet Smile.

Dec 21 2015

News - GIGABYTE GA-Z170N-WIFI reviewed @ aph networks

With m.2, 2x Intel NIC the GIGABYTE GA-Z170N-WIFI looks like a really solid foundation for a HTPC or mini server, it is a bit disappointing that DisplayPort didn't make the cut...

Dec 07 2015

News - Shuttle SH170R6 XPC reviewed @ Mad Shrimps

Shuttle has been a well respected OEM in the SFF barebone space for quite a while. Their systems generally have exactly the right look for a certain type of HTPC (read nice looking cubes Smile). If a Skylake based SFF is in your future, and you don't mind a proprietary motherboard (which could limit future upgrades), have a look at this system - it has an Intel NIC and the chassis looks quite nice.

Nov 04 2015

News - TechReport Reviews Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN970

If integrated graphics won't cut it for your mini HTPC needs, something like the Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 might be just the thing. I haven't had the best experience with Zotac's BIOS support lifecycle, so make sure to do your research and pick something you'll be happy with long term.

Oct 28 2015

News - Zotac Announce Two Zbox Braswell Mini-PC

Looking for a cheap OpenELEC or HTPC streamer? You could do worse than a Braswell (Atom) based system, and Zotac just announced two new boxes, in two different formats.

These new systems use Intel's Atom N3150 SoC, part of the Braswell family of products. The N3150 contains four low-power CPU cores, rated with a max TDP of 6 W, operating at 1.6 GHz. The CPU cores can also increase their clock speed to 2.08 GHz for short periods. The CPU cores share a 2 MB pool of L2 cache and can access up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory over a 64-bit interface.

Tom's Hardware

Jan 14 2015

News - Intel @ CES 2015

Intel is moving hard into small, low power devices and that was evident in what they were showing at CES this year. We started out with tablets, but the really interesting stuff started when the new Broadwell NUC came out.

Jan 13 2014

News - Zotac @ CES 2014

Zotac made a name for itself with small form factor (SFF) PCs, many of which were great for HTPC use. With competition in the SFF HTPC, and gaming, market heating up we stopped by their booth in the back of South Hall for a look at what they were bringing out this year.

Jan 13 2014

News - Gigabyte @ CES 2014

Gigabyte was focused mainly at the PC high-end, but there were a few tidbits for HTPC enthusiasts as well. The BRIX was probably the most interesting thing in the bunch though with several different options either just out, or coming soon.

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