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Fanless HTPC: Intel 'Bay Trail-D' Pentium J2900 & Asrock Q2900-ITX Review

In our budget CPU roundup earlier this year, AMD's Kabini Athlon 5350 squared off against Intel's Bay Trail-D Celeron J1900, showing itself to be better at gaming and encoding workloads. The new Asrock Q2900-ITX ships with a Pentium J2900 on a Mini-ITX board for $104 and is aimed straight against the same AMD offering.

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…
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…