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Giga-Byte G-MAX TA4 Mini PC Review
By: Gnorb
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    2004-01-30

    Table of Contents:
  • Giga-Byte G-MAX TA4 Mini PC Review
  • What Comes in the TA4's Box?
  • A Look at the System
  • The GA-8IGVT Motherboard Upclose
  • The BIOS
  • TA4 BIOS, Part 2
  • Can You Tango with a Penguin?
  • Video Benchmarks
  • Motherboard Benchmarks
  • Conclusion

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    Complete SystemsGiga-Byte Technology is a company best known for its motherboards. Still, the Taiwan-based company offers a lot more, such as video cards, desktop PCs, laptops, and computer peripherals. Today, we have the chance to take a look at one of their acclaimed G-MAX Mini PC form factor systems, the G-MAX TA4. This is by a wide margin one of the smallest desktop systems we’ve tested. But with the sacrifice of size comes the sacrifice of performance, right? If you’re looking for a small system, should your eyes turn toward the TA4?
     

    Giga-Byte TA4

    The market for the small form factor (SFF) PC, also known as the Mini PC, is one that has been steadily growing since Shuttle first shipped the SV24 in 2001. Other companies have since followed suit, answering consumers’ pleas for smaller (and quieter) computers by making alterations to the original Shuttle design. Taiwanese PC manufacturer, Giga-Byte, known best for their popular motherboards, entered the Mini PC market with the G-MAX TA1, a barebones kit noted for its incredibly small size. Its success with the TA1 has led them to follow up with other Mini PC models, such as those in the SA and TC lines.

    TA4

    The G-MAX TA4 (version 2.0) is one of the latest in Giga-Byte’s offerings, although it has recently been joined by the SA4 and TC4. It is, like its predecessors, a barebones kit, although there are enough options to flesh out an almost-complete system right out of the box. It’s encased in the G-MAX Mini PC form factor casing distinctive of all Giga-Byte Mini PC offerings, such as those listed in their Mini PC product page, as well as some offerings by others who’ve licensed the design, such as AMD.

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