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ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus

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There was a time when a computer in most cases consisted of a big beige box that you certainly did not want to show off or which took up a lot of space on your desk. Those days are gone and today we have a lot more variety both how computer looks and how big they are. Zotac is a company that for quite some time have been pumping out smaller mini-PC’s under their ZBox brand and today we are taking a look at their new round ZBox Sphere OI520. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS As expected from the look of the Sphere OI520 this is not a gaming computer, instead it is a small mini-PC with surprisingly good components that should be powerful enough for a lot of users. The Sphere OI520 is not a complete computer which you can turn on and start using. There are two versions of the ... Read More »

Bitfenix Ronin case

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We recently tested two smaller cases from Bitfenix, the mini-ITX-case Phenom and the m-ATX/mini-ITX Prodigy M-case, and found them very good. Today though we are looking at a more normal case, the Bitfenix Ronin which is a regular midi-tower with space for up to ATX-motherboards. The expectations we have for a good mid-tower are pretty high in 2014. We want a case that can handle the most high-end components regardless of length or height, we want good cooling, lots of room to hide the cables as well as space for lots of drives. both SSD’s and regular 3.5″-drives. Can the Bitfenix Ronin live up to those expectations? Read on to find out. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS While the Phenom and the Prodigy M were small “chubby” cases the Ronin is a more “normal” looking case. It does not come with lots of weird stylish features, instead opting for a more subdued cool ... Read More »

Bitfenix Prodigy M micro-ATX case

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When we tested the Bitfenix Prodigy back in October 2012 we were very impressed. It turned out to be a great case for a mini-ITX motherboard. With the Prodigy M Bitfenix has taken the same shell and changed the internals so we now get to fit a M-ATX-motherboard in the same case. Does Bitfenix have another winner on their hands? Read on to find out. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS Materials Steel, Plastic Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm Motherboard Sizes Micro ATX, Mini-ITX 5.25” Drive Bays x 1 (removable) 3.5” Drive Bays x 4 (2 + 2) 2.5” Drive Bays x 5 (3 + 2) Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional) Cooling Bottom 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional) Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional) PCI Slots x 5 I/O USB 3.0 x ... Read More »

Bitfenix Phenon Mini-ITX case

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One of the more dominant trends over the last year or so when it comes to computer cases is that more and more companies bring out small computer cases meant for mini-ITX motherboards that still can handle more powerful components. No longer do we have to settle with on-board graphics and a slow CPU. No, these computer cases are meant to work well even for the serious gamer. The case we are reviewing today is a perfect example of that: the Bitfenix Phenom Mini-ITX case. This case is available in both mini-ITX and micro-ATX format although they actually share the same dimensions on the outside. On the inside the Phenom mini-ITX-case shares a lot of similarities with another of Bitfenix small cases, the Prodigy. One proof that this case should be able to house some serious hardware is that for example Webhallen.com used it for their Steam-machine on CES 2014. ... Read More »

Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus

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While Zotac maybe is most knows for their graphics cards they also are specialized on small motherboards and small desktop systems. Today we are reviewing one of those tiny small desktop PC’s: the Zotax Zbox Nano AQ01 Plus. This is a very small PC that even comes with a VESA-mount so it can be attached to a TV ore monitor and be out of sight. It has a Quad-core AMD “Kabini” APU, the A4-5000 while a Radeon HD 8330 provides us with the graphics muscles. This is not a gaming machine, even though the GPU should benefit from the Mantle API, but promises to work well as either a media PC, a kitchen PC or even a bedroom PC. Does it have what it takes to compete with tables and other tiny PC’s? Continue to read to find out. THE FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS As we mentioned in the introduction this ... Read More »

Lian Li Q27 Mini-ITX case

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Small computer cases for mini-ITX motherboards have been extremely popular the last few years. Once these types of systems could only house components with little power but these days you can build pretty competent and powerful systems regardless of the size of the case. The Lian li Q27 is such a case offering support both regular ATX power supplies as well as video cards up to 195 mm and cpu coolers up to 70 mm height.  It is a simple but stylish case that comes with USB3.0 support. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS The Lian Li Q27 is a sleek and nice looking little case. SPECIFICATIONS: Model PC-Q27 Case Type Mini Tower Chassis Dimensions (W) 200mm x (H) 300mm x (D) 240mm Color Black Silver Front bezel Material Aluminum Side Panel Aluminum Body Material Aluminum Net Weight 2.1 kg 5.25″ drive bay (External) 1 or 3.5-inch HDD x1 3.5″ drive bay (External) ... Read More »

Antec TrueQuiet

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Antec brings something more then just performance case fans.  Read on to discover the secrets!  No related posts. Read More »

Sapphire Edge HD4

Sapphire has long been known for its AMD graphics offerings but a little known part of their business has to do with their small form factor Edge based systems. Today we look at the Intel Celeron powered Edge HD4. Let’s see what it has to offer! No related posts. Read More »

NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis

If you’re looking for a chassis that already comes with a built in fan controller, internal LEDs, excellent cooling potential, great cable management and even the possibility to run extreme gaming configurations, you should check out the NZXT Phantom 820. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition Chassis

  With black computer chassis and hardware in style, Thermaltake has started a new category of products called the “Snow Edition” in an attempt to stand out from the crowd. These products come mainly with a white color scheme. This time around we’re checking out Thermaltake’s Armor Revo Snow Edition Gaming chassis. No related posts. Read More »

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis

  When it comes to picking a great gaming chassis, it’s not always about looks. Aesthetics can be a major part of your decision making, but there is a lot more to consider, including great air circulation, plenty of cable management holes, the absence of low quality parts, and features that other chassis may not offer. Check out what the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I can offer you. No related posts. Read More »

InWin GRone Full-Tower Chassis

The InWin GRone is a great-looking case that has potential for being a great chassis. Let’s take a deeper look to see how this full-tower chassis is built! No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Prodigy

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Though it took a long time to gain any momentum, the Mini ITX form factor seems to be gaining popularity. This is in part due to the integration of various components such as memory controller, Northbridge, and GPU onto the CPU die. Today’s CPUs come with a decent GPU on-die that functions well if you simply need a small system that can handle basic workloads.  No related posts. Read More »

BitFenix Shinobi XL Window Full-Tower Case

Earlier this year, BitFenix introduced the Shinobi XL case. A full-tower version of last year’s Shinobi case, the Shinobi XL has a number of features making it a great choice for a gaming system. The most important feature we found was the ability of this case to fit a stunning number of fans. With a sleek appearance, the BitFenix Shinobi XL looks like a great case. Let’s see if it can deliver an experience worthy of its $160 price tag. No related posts. Read More »

SilverStone FP58

Join us as we examine the SilverStone FP58, a 5.25 inch bay adaptor for mounting a slot loading slim optical drive, and up to 4 2.5 inch drives. No related posts. Read More »

Cubitek Mini-ICE CB-ICI-B104

 Designed with two pieces of aluminum for a sleek look, the Cubitek Mini ICE is a case for mini ITX boards. Unlike other mini ITX cases, it is aimed for gamers and enthusiasts who plan to watercool and use high-end GPUs. No related posts. Read More »

CoolerMaster HAF XM Mid-Tower Chassis

CoolerMaster has released a new chassis in the HAF line: the XM. Not quite a smaller version of the HAF X, this new case incorporates some of features from the X, along with some truly out-of-the-box thinking. No related posts. Read More »

NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Case

The NZXT Switch 810 is a great case and the price makes it an incredibly formidable competitor in this sector of the case market. Keep reading to find out more! No related posts. Read More »

Enermax Fulmo Mid-Tower Case

The Enermax Fulmo model ECA892AG comes with an SATA Dock port, USB3.0 ports, and 5 installed fans, three of which are cool to look at, but can it keep a multi GPU system cool? We’ll find out as we examine it. No related posts. Read More »

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced

There have been several versions of the HAF 932 the latest is the Advanced. Can this aging contender still standup to the competition? We intend to find out. No related posts. Read More »

ADD2PSU

Using dual PSU’s? The ADD2PSU might be worth your time and money. Let’s take a look. No related posts. Read More »

In-Win Buc Mid Tower Case

In-Win’s latest case, Buc, packs with plenty of features that aimed to make assembling your computer system as simple as possible. This ATX mid-tower case puts functionality over looks and is cheap, with retail price of $100. No related posts. Read More »

In-Win Dragon Rider Case

Equipped with latest features, Dragon Rider is bound to satisfy any enthusiast looking to create a computer worthy of admiration. No related posts. Read More »

Lian Li PC-Q06 Testbench

Lian Li PC-Q06 is probably one of the best looking test bench that I have seen. Its small footprint takes very minimal space but can it compete against the large test bench? Let’s find it out. No related posts. Read More »

Silverstone Fortress Series FT02

Silverstone’s Raven cases introduced a special vertical air circulation we have never seen on PC cases before. The new Fortress Series FT02 case also uses the new vertical air circulation. No related posts. Read More »

In-Win Maelstrom

Sporting an onslaught of fans, interior painting, and acoustic sound dampening, we review In Win’s Maelstrom full tower enthusiast case to see how it matches up. No related posts. Read More »

ABS Canyon 595

ABS Canyon 595 is a unique case where the external drive bay has been redesigned to face toward the side of the case. It has an elegant exterior, is light-weight, and made with all aluminum. Read more and see if this case can be the ideal case for you? No related posts. Read More »

Max Cube Amoris 6010

The Armoris Is both functional, stylish, and also is easy enough for a novice to assemble his/her computer components, while at the same time provide thenecessary airflow needed to keep these components cool. No related posts. Read More »

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