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Just over a month ago Intel pulled the trigger on the rest of its 12th generation "Alder Lake" Core desktop processors, adding no fewer than 22 new chips. This significantly fleshed out the Alder Lake family, adding in the mid-range and low-end chips that weren't part of Intel's original, high-end focused launch. Combined with the launch of the rest of the 600 series chipsets, this finally opened the door to building cheaper and lower-powered Alder Lake systems. Diving right in, today we're taking a look at Intel's Core i3-12300 processor, the most powerful of the new I3s. Like the entire Alder Lake i3 series, the i3-12300 features four P-cores, and is aimed to compete in the entry-level and budget desktop market. With prices being driven...

Intel Axes 10nm CPU Based NUC

Intel has notified its partners about plans to discontinue its only 10nm small form factor NUC in the market. The NUC, which went under the code name of Crimson...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 11/6/2019

HP Unveils Chromebox Enterprise G2: A Chrome OS-Based Business Desktop

Business and enterprise desktops is an interesting market recently - on the one hand, because extended support for Windows 7 nears its end early in 2020, multiple companies are...

39 by Anton Shilov on 10/14/2019

Dell Announces Alienware Aurora R9: An Ultimate mATX Gaming PC

Living up to its status as a high-end, botique system builder, back in early 2019 Alienware rolled out its "Legend" industrial design. Intended to set the brand apart from...

27 by Anton Shilov on 8/22/2019

Dell’s Reveals OptiPlex 7070 Ultra: Putting a Modular PC In A Monitor Stand

All-in-one desktop PCs have a number of advantages compared to regular desktop machines when it comes to dimensions, style, lack of cable clutter, and other. Their main drawbacks are...

13 by Anton Shilov on 8/20/2019

Dell Unveils G5 Gaming Desktop: Starting at $629

Historically, Dell has addressed the market for higher-end gaming desktops with their Alienware-branded machines, which are frequently built around unlocked CPUs as well as advanced graphics cards. Meanwhile, for...

68 by Anton Shilov on 8/19/2019

Corsair: Origin PC Execs Remain, No Plans to Make Own Graphics Cards, Motherboards

Earlier this week Corsair took over Origin PC for an undisclosed sum, entering the league of boutique computer makers and significantly transforming itself as a company. As it usually...

7 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2019

Corsair Acquires Origin PC

Corsair on Wednesday said that it had acquired Origin PC, a well-known boutique PC maker from the USA. Origin PC will remain a separate brand from Corsair and will...

34 by Anton Shilov on 7/24/2019

ASRock’s 4X4 Box-R1000: A Ryzen-Based 0.87-Liter SFF PC

ASRock has introduced what could be the world’s smallest system based on AMD Ryzen processor. The 4X4 Box-R1000 ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC can fit on the palm of a...

22 by Anton Shilov on 7/5/2019

Intel’s Islay Canyon Mini NUCs Available: Whiskey Lake, Radeon 540X, 8GB LPDDR3

Several retailers have started sales of Intel’s NUC 8 Mainstream-G systems previously known as codenamed Islay Canyon. The ultra-compact form-factor PCs pack Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5/i7 processors for...

43 by Anton Shilov on 7/1/2019

Spotted at Computex: ZOTAC’s Mek Mini Prebuilt PC Goes Pink

Having launched their gaming-focused Mek Mini, Mek Ultra, and VR Go 2.0 computers over the past year, ZOTAC can now address virtually all segments of gaming PC market. But...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2019

From Mining to Mini-PC Gaming: Comino Goes High-End Gaming PCs

As noted multiple times, technologies developed during the cryptocurrency mining boom can be easily applied elsewhere. Comino, which last year demonstrated its liquid-cooled mining servers, is no longer focused...

6 by Anton Shilov on 6/13/2019

ZADAK Demonstrates MOAB: "World’s First Portable Water-Cooled PC"

In US military terminolgy, the MOAB is the Mother of All Bombs – the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb. Now, ZADAK is building its own MOAB (of sorts), in...

6 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2019

Computer Upgrade King Shows Off a Compact 32-Core Ryzen Threadripper PC

Workstations based on AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores are available from the vast majority of boutique PC makers. Since we are dealing with hardware for...

9 by Anton Shilov on 5/28/2019

ZOTAC Launches Zbox Q-Series Mini Creator PCs: Intel Xeon & NVIDIA Quadro Inside

ZOTAC this week formally introduced its Zbox Q-series compact PCs that are powered by Intel’s Xeon processors and NVIDIA’s Quadro P-series graphics cards. The manufacturer officially calls its Zbox...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2019

Corsair’s Vengeance 5185 PC: Core i7-9700K + GeForce RTX 2080, and Lots of RGB

Having launched their Corsair One small form-factor PCs, as well as Bulldog PCs for the living room, Corsair is now entering the market of mainstream gaming machines with its...

17 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2019

The Lenovo ThinkCentre Nano M90N: When Small Is Beautiful

People today want larger displays. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and...

22 by Anton Shilov on 5/13/2019

Compulab Launches Airtop3: A Fanless PC with Core i9-9900K & Quadro RTX 4000

Compulab has introduced its new Airtop3 passively-cooled desktop platform, which is aimed at commercial and industrial users looking for a high-performance passive PC. The Airtop3 combines high-end, high performance...

20 by Anton Shilov on 4/25/2019

Intel 9th Gen Core Processors: All the Desktop and Mobile 45W CPUs Announced

How Intel has launched its range of ninth generation processors has been an odd and awkward one. Despite the launch of the 8-core 9900K last year, we still haven’t...

135 by Ian Cutress on 4/23/2019

ZOTAC Mek Mini: A Small High Performance Gaming PC

ZOTAC this week launched its small form-factor (SFF) Mek Mini desktop computer, aimed at gaming in a small volume. The system will be initially available in only one configuration...

16 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2019

HP Unveils ProDesk 405 G4 Desktop Mini PC: An SFF Ryzen Pro Desktop

Over the past few months we have seen increasing adoption of AMD Ryzen processors by manufacturers of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) desktops. At present, the number of UCFF systems powered...

27 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2019

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