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Tom’s Hardware Best Of Computex 2017

Best Motherboard

Ryzen Mini-ITX X370 Gaming ITX/ac

We love efficiency, and that often means cramming as much power into the smallest package possible. ASRock went all out and developed two innovative new Mini-ITX boards, one for Intel’s X299 chipset and one for AMD’s X370. Both platforms pack a wallop, but the Ryzen ITX will likely end up in far more frag boxes due to the easily-accessible low price point of the Ryzen processors.

Ryzen 5 and 7 processors, along with AMD’s pending APU lineup, will find a nice home on the diminutive boards. The Mini-ITX/ac boards can handle up to DDR4-3200 memory inside the two DIMM slots, and the eight-phase VRM provides enough power for overclocking adventures.

Density is key, so the M.2 slot is a welcome addition. For more mundane storage tasks, the board also offers four SATA ports. Intel put its stamp on the board, too, with its GbE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers. The board comes with a $150-$160 price tag, and with two HDMI outputs for APUs, paired with the dual LAN options and beefier VRMs, it takes a slight lead over its Biostar Racing X370GTN rival, which is the only other Ryzen-powered Mini-ITX on the market.

Smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

This award is a no-brainer.

By shrinking one of the most powerful GPUs currently on the market today down to just 8.3 inches, Zotac has not only created the world’s smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, it has also delivered a level of graphics performance previously unavailable to anyone building an HTPC, LAN box, or other small form factor PC.

As an added bonus, Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini also comes in an “ArcticStorm” version, featuring a full cover water block that’s compatible with an open-loop water cooling system with standard G1/4 type fittings. It’s true what they say, we suppose: Great things really do come in small packages.

  • jtd871
    I bet that Intel tries to lock the devices to Intel-only Compute Cards, seriously lowering the (modest) appeal of the concept.
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  • jtd871
    Re: Intel 8th-gen, it sure sounds like AMD has Intel running scared to maintain market share.

    "Our next CPU generation will be a huge improvement over this one, according to our simulations - which we won't let you now the details of, nor know exactly when we'll actually start production - but, hey, trust us - and don't buy one of our competitors products in the meanwhile. Please?"
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  • zodiacfml
    That 30% improvement comes from the increased core count and IPC of next mobile CPU but maintaining the 15W TDP.
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  • drajitsh
    Hi I just read this
    http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/764-best-of-computex-2017.html#s4
    It says the 15 W coffeelake will be >30% faster with double the cores & an increase of 500 Mhz in turbo boost.
    I confirmed it here
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel...15W-chips-to-be-up-to-30-faster.224716.0.html
    And confirmed it here
    https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/30/intel-coffee-lake-30-pct-performance-boost/
    And here
    https://www.pcper.com/news/Processors/Computex-2017-Intel-8th-Gen-Core-Processors-30-Faster-7th-Gen
    And here
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...formance-boost-for-8th-generation-processors/.


    let's compute
    2×cores = 100% ideal performance increase.
    500 Mhz = 14.28% performance increase.
    Taking real world restrictions (but this was a benchmark) there should be a minimal 100% increase.Q.e.d. 3 has 30% or less IPC/core vs kaby lake.
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  • psiboy
    "it was surprising that Intel managed to pack in up to a Core i5-7Y57" Not really because 12 months ago Intel would have called that chip a Core M instead of misleadingly labelling it an "i5".... So it's basically a revision of the gutless core m chips...
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  • jabliese
    Picture 11, Best gaming laptop. Is that a touch pad/ number pad?
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  • Richard Lwinn
    Noice
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  • BlueCat57
    I guess Political Correctness (and decency) has struck at Tom's. No more "booth babes" posts. I'm glad the posts are gone. Tom's is about the product, not the marketing.
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  • mjcohen
    Show this on one page please. I never at look at this kind of garbage display.
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  • BlueCat57
    19789247 said:
    Show this on one page please. I never at look at this kind of garbage display.

    DITTO! Or an option to do so. Also a way to print so I ca share 1 item.

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