Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP motherboard review

It’s remarkable that Gigabyte can deliver a motherboard with a street price under $100 yet it still packs Intel’s best Socket 1155 chipset the Z77. It’s obviously had to cut some corners and the easiest way is to shrink the board size so Gigabyte has gone for the micro-ATX format. Understandably this severely cuts back…

Pint-size powerhouses: small form factor PCs (SFFs) explained

Small form factor PCs are basically the computing equivalent of a TARDIS — tiny on the outside with an amazing amount of hardware on the inside. We’ve seen SFF PCs with quad-GPU solutions paired up to high-end overclocked CPUs all tamed by miniature water cooling kits in a case the size of a shoebox. It’s…

A little ripper of an HTPC: Shuttle XH61 review

The XH61 is the culmination of Shuttle’s SFF expertise and it’s got everything a movie lover could ask for.As a barebones unit you’re going to need to install your own CPU memory and drives as the kit arrives with a case PSU motherboard and cooler only. Given the size constraints we can forgive the CPU…

Updated: The best media centre PC you can build today

A media centre PC needs to be built within a certain set of guide lines. It should blend in with its surroundings it needs to be quiet it needs to be fast and if you’re anything like me it needs to be fast enough to stream to my iPad Xbox 360 ATV2 and iPhone on…

Plug me in: TP-Link TL-PA211 powerline adapter review

Wireless networking is brilliant but we have all experienced weird little issues now and then or found some task it couldn’t quite perform or device it didn’t like. Wireless signals hate old concrete apartment walls your neighbour’s leaky microwave or even just your tinfoil helmet. Of course running wires is always an option though this…