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One Neat Cube: Xigmatek Nebula Mini-ITX Case Review

Enter the Nebula by Xigmatek, a striking solution with a neat cube design that offers a 2.2L capacity. It's safe to say the Nebula is unlike anything we've seen before, and that tends to come at a premium. The case is pretty new and pricing isn't entirely clear yet in the US, but it's going for €85 or about $115 in other regions -- over twice the Elite RC-130's price.

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Asrock Vision HT 420D HTPC Review

It's been a few years since we published an enthusiastic review of Asrock's pricey yet powerful Vision 3D HTPC. The company has since kept our attention with annual updates, now on its fourth generation, the Vision HT 420D has received a proper upgrade to Intel's Haswell architecture as well as other improvements that contribute to the system's respectable list of features, making it one of the most impressive HTPCs to date.

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Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

Thermaltake has unveiled a new compact enclosure with features specifically geared toward HTPC-like applications. The SD101 may not be able to handle the same breadth of enthusiast hardware as cases like Cooler Master's recently released HAF XB, but at only…
Weekend tech reading: What HTPC users can expect from Trinity

Weekend tech reading: What HTPC users can expect from Trinity

Intel started the trend of integrating a GPU along with the CPU in the processor package with Clarkdale / Arrandale. The GPU moved to the die itself in Sandy Bridge. Despite having a much more powerful GPUs at its disposal (from the ATI acquisition), AMD was a little late...

Commodore unveils Amiga Mini PC with i7-2700K, Blu-ray

Commodore unveils Amiga Mini PC with i7-2700K, Blu-ray

Steadfast in its mission to deliver retro machines, Commodore USA has unveiled a modern take on the Amiga. Called the "Amiga Mini," the system is compact enough to serve as an HTPC at 7.75in x 7.75in x 3in (197mm x 197mm x 75mm), yet powerful enough to be a workstation...

Zotac unveils featured packed A75-based Mini-ITX board

Zotac unveils featured packed A75-based Mini-ITX board

In perfect synchronicity with Lian Li's new LAN party chassis, Zotac has unveiled its latest Mini-ITX motherboard. Meant to provide the foundation for compact multimedia rigs, the new A75-ITX features AMD's codenamed Hudson-D3 chipset along with the company's new FM1…
MSI readies Wind Box DC100 HTPC with AMD E-450

MSI readies Wind Box DC100 HTPC with AMD E-450

While Asrock's second-gen Vision 3D home theater machine combines the general processing power of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture and the graphics muscle of Nvidia's discrete GeForce family, MSI has taken a more consolidated approach by leveraging the latest silicon from…
Asrock CoreHT 252B Review

Asrock CoreHT 252B Review

Having crowned Asrock's Vision 3D the ultimate small form factor computer last year, we looked forward to what the company would deliver next. More than six months later, we now have the CoreHT Series, which promises to be the most powerful yet as it adopts the latest Sandy Bridge mobile processors.

The CoreHT Series includes three models that mostly vary based on the processor and the optical drive. The flagship model we are testing today is known as the 252B and it sports the Core i5 2520M along with a Blu-ray drive.

Habey launches HTPC with dual-core Atom, Ion 2

Habey launches HTPC with dual-core Atom, Ion 2

Folks dying to pull the trigger on a new HTPC have another candidate to ponder: Habey's ENT-6564. The company's latest compact desktop wants a seat in your living room, packing Intel's 1.66GHz dual-core D510 processor along with Nvidia's Ion 2…