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Thursday, July 26, 2012

When Bigger Is Not Better: Review Of Four Nettops

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...-q180,3231.html

"Today, we have four machines from as many different vendors. Our focus this time around is more on the products themselves, particularly now that we know how the hardware inside each performs (don't worry, we're running plenty of benchmarks here, too). Each box has its own unique focus. Some aim to squeeze desktop-like performance into a diminutive enclosure, and others minimize physical dimensions while pushing performance a notch higher compared to previous-generation models."

Laptops, tablets and smartphones are all the craze. Who wants a big boxy computer that stubs your toes when you are surfing the Internet fantastic? For those of us who still like a desktop kind of setup, these mini-pcs can provide a lot of benefits. Whether they act as an HTPC, office computer, a computer for the kids, or whatever else, space can often be at a premium. Historically, I have seen many of these small machines compromise performance in many ways, however, its impressive to see one of them sport a Core i5. It will not boost your bitcoin mining operation, but for regular use, and possibly even some light gaming, it's great to see these tiny wonders pack a punch!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's Time to Cross that Sandy Bridge - Review of the ASRock P67 Extreme4

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/...ck-p67-extreme4

"As you would expect, the new socket 1155 processors are incompatible with socket 1156 motherboards. The new motherboards will come in H and P varieties, with the H series taking advantage of the graphics on the processor die, whereas the P series will utilize discrete graphics only. At launch, both P67 and H67 chipsets will be available, with the H61 chipset released during Q1 2011."

Sandy Bridge is out in a big way and you will probably find millions of manufacturers now touting their Sandy Bridge products. What surprises me is that there are Sandy Bridge set ups that allow for discrete graphics only. There must be some sort of tangible cost difference between the two as from what I have seen in the benchmarks so far, the Sandy Bridge Integrated Graphics is not too shabby; it does not compete against mid to high range discrete graphics in any fashion, but it holds it own against other IGPs and even low-end discrete competitors. If there is a minimal cost difference, why not include it? 2011 is off to a great start!


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