The Worlds Tiniest PC - Meet the ZOTAC ZBOX PI225 Pico and more
Posted on: 10/24/2017 08:50 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

Aerocool's Project 7 P7-C0 Pro case reviewed
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU Review
AOC Q2790PQU Review
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - DX12 & Vulkan Short Analysis
Ballistix Elite 3466 MHz DDR4 Memory Kit Review
Cougar Gaming Puri TKL Mechanical Keyboard Review
Deepcool Captain 120 EX, 240 EX and 360 EX RGB Liquid Coolers Review
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Review: Long Name, Compact Size, Quad Core, Good Value
Noctua NH-U14S Review
NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google Assistant And Samsung SmartThings Link Form A Powerful Smart Home Trio
Rosewill NEON K85 RGB Keyboard
Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS HDD Review
The World’s Tiniest PC – Meet the ZOTAC ZBOX PI225 Pico

Aerocool's Project 7 P7-C0 Pro case reviewed
When I first opened the box of Aerocool’s Project 7 P7-C0 Pro case, I felt like a kid at Christmas. This is the first case with RGB LEDs that I have ever beheld. I was excited! It took a lot of self-control to photograph this case before I pulled it apart, put a system inside, and generally covered it in fingerprints. This isn’t a case I would put under my desk and forget about. Thanks to the lighting inside, it would live on top of my desk in full view.

The P7-C0 Pro is an ATX mid-tower that measures 8” wide by 17.5” tall by 16.1” deep (205 mm x 468 mm x 451 mm). Aerocool made it compatible with ATX, microATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. The chassis itself is made from steel that Aerocool claims is about 0.7 mm thick. Both the left and right sides of the case are covered with tinted tempered glass measuring about four millimeters thick.


Read full article @ The Tech Report

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU Review
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X brings eight cores and 16 threads to AMD's high-end desktop platform. But can it stand out from the popular Ryzen 7 1800X?


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

AOC Q2790PQU Review
A quality 27in IPS panel for the home or office. The importance of a good monitor in the workplace is often overlooked. The right panel can improve both comfort and productivity, so it's well worth nagging the boss to get the office outfitted with a new suite of displays. AOC has recently refreshed its professional range with five new models, including the Q2790PQU, in for review today.

Priced at £339, the Q2790PQU resides nearer the premium end of AOC's professional portfolio but packs plenty of goodness to make it a worthwhile investment. For your money you get a 27in IPS panel, a QHD resolution, elegant presentation, integrated speakers, a versatile stand and accurate out-the-box image quality. After spending a week or so getting acquainted, we've found very little to dislike in what is ultimately a well-rounded display for everyday work.


Read full article @ Hexus

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - DX12 & Vulkan Short Analysis
When I initially had the idea to do these tests, I had no real expectations as I just wanted to see what the results would look like. I also did not have the Vega 64 at that time, but thankfully it actually arrived the same day the v2.4 patch did, so I could do some runs with it. I truly did not expect any significant impact by using Vulkan instead of DirectX 12, but that is what we are seeing here for both GPUs. Looking at these benchmark results, which are admittedly synthetic, it seems it is best to keep to DX12 for the GTX 1080, as it saw a drop in performance, even though the CPU frame rate increased. The driver overhead also became more consistent with Vulkan, but if it does not manifest as better performance, there is little point. Of course, this may change with updates to both the game and the drivers. On the Vega 64, however, switching to Vulkan improved performance, even if the driver overhead also increased. Average frame rate and CPU frame rate increased under the newly-added API for this recently released GPU, so it is possible we could see further gains here in the future.


Read full article @ OCC

Ballistix Elite 3466 MHz DDR4 Memory Kit Review
Our last Ballistix memory review was the Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit, which was good and represents the entry speeds for performance or enthusiast level DDR4. If you want a little more speed and capability, you can have a look at some Ballistix memory at the other end of the performance spectrum, the Ballistix Elite 3466MHz DDR4 Memory Kit. 3466 MHz memory speed is amazing, but it’s becoming common amongst high end memory. 3466Mhz is a full third faster than the Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz, which is enough to get anyone’s attention.

There are a couple of things to watch out for though, timings can be more relevant than overall speed, and the amount of power the DIMM consumes to get you to your top speeds. The Ballistix Elite 3466 MHz RAM we are reviewing today is setup with 16-18-18-36-2T timings, and requires 1.35v to power it. The volts are standard for DDR4 at this speed, and so are the timings. Overall the timings are a little better than some, and a little behind others.


Read full article @ Hardware Slave

Cougar Gaming Puri TKL Mechanical Keyboard Review
When looking at the PC peripheral landscape today, we can find a variety of mechanical keyboards available from many manufacturers, some of them billion dollar companies with huge R&D budgets, others smaller companies looking to carve out a piece of the market for themselves. I recently looked at a $149 wireless keyboard from Logitech, the G613. While the G613 is a great wireless mechanical keyboard with a lot of solid features, the $149 price point is prohibitive to many consumers. Corsair, Razer, SteelSeries and others also offer heavily featured mechanical keyboards that ring in above the $100 price point. While these keyboards definitely have a market, many users simply can’t justify dropping more than $100 on a keyboard, regardless of the features it can offer.


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Deepcool Captain 120 EX, 240 EX and 360 EX RGB Liquid Coolers Review
Over the past couple of years we have looked at various Deepcool liquid coolers – from the original Captain 240, to the updated 240 EX as well as the 120 EX. Today we assess the Captain 240 EX RGB, the principal difference (when compared to the previous model) being the RGB lighting. In 2017, what more could you want?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Review: Long Name, Compact Size, Quad Core, Good Value
Dell really need to refresh their product naming division. I mean seriously, the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1? For a company that produces such elegant laptops as the simply-named XPS 13, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 seems rather uninspiring and easy to forget due to its mouthful of a name.
And this is a shame, because when it comes down to it, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is actually a pretty neat convertible laptop, packing the latest Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake-R processors. It’s not as cheap as the most basic Inspiron notebooks, but the 7000 series comes close to offering what Dell’s premium XPS line provides, just at a lower cost.


Read full article @ TechSpot

Noctua NH-U14S Review
Noctua is a company specialized in designing and producing of high end coolers and fans for PC type systems. The company was founded in 2005 by Rascom Computerdistribution and Taiwanese company Kolink International. Today Noctua is present in more than 30 countries, being one of the most known manufacturers of cooling solutions.


Read full article @ Tech-Legend

NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google Assistant And Samsung SmartThings Link Form A Powerful Smart Home Trio
If you're a frequent reader of HotHardware, then you're well aware that we've been quite impressed with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. Not only is the pint-sized device a competent Android gaming console, but it also serves as an Android TV hub, a media streamer (for services like Netflix and Hulu), and can even function as a Plex Media Server. Finally, it can serve all this gaming and video content with the help of Google Assistant to search and provide key information all via voice command.

Today, NVIDIA SHIELD TV is also gaining the ability to be the focal point for your smart home efforts now, thanks to new compatibility with the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem...


Read full article @ HotHardware

Rosewill NEON K85 RGB Keyboard
The Rosewill NEON K85 RGB keyboard offers a thick aluminum frame, full 16.8M RGB per-key backlighting as well as side plate lighting, a lightweight driver for functional and aesthetic customization, and options of two Kailh mechanical switches. Add in its attractive price point and you really would want to read more about it!


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS HDD Review
The 4TB version of the IronWolf NAS series is able to deliver quite a bit of performance and considering that we are discussing about a 5900RPM model, it is even more impressive. This fact recommends it for both NAS usage but also as an internal drive where we can store backups or work on large projects which would not regularly fit on the SSD. The extra technologies such as AgileArray feature dual-plane balancing for getting an overall consistent performance, but also power management optimizations and higher reliability versus the regular desktop drives.


Read full article @ Mad Shrimps

The World’s Tiniest PC – Meet the ZOTAC ZBOX PI225 Pico
Today we will be taking a quick look at the ZOTAC ZBOX PI225 Pico Mini PC … it’s the world’s tiniest PC measuring just 95.4mm x 63mm x 8mm (LxWxH), and it’s no bigger than a size of a credit card! It sports an Intel Celeron N3350 (dual core) processor running at 1.1GHz and comes with 4GB of onboard DDR3 ram, along with 32GB of onboard eMMC storage (embedded MultiMediaCard).

Other features include a built-in microSD card reader, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2, 2 x USB 3.0 (Type-C) and a separate USB-C to HDMI adapter. What’s more, it comes bundled with Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition pre-installed! This thing is REAL tiny …


Read full article @ FunkyKit




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