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Condor - 2004/11

GEAR OF THE YEAR-BEST SMALL FORM FACTOR

Best Small Form Factor 2005…no other SFFgives you such easy access to its innards. The Condor practically eliminates the dread you get with other SFF’swhen you have to change the RAMor CPU.”



Condor - 2004/11

Based on today's results, we can see that in terms of application (save for CDex) and gaming performance, the Condor does quite well when compared to Shuttle's system.

We also found the Condor to be extremely quiet, and the owner of the comparison Shuttle unit commented that he didn't even realize it was on while it was idling.

We were pleased with the design of the Condor's chassis. It is easy to work with, while still remaining compact. The "tower" design allows for a larger motherboard, and hence, more expansion options.

For those of you looking for a solid SFF PC, we can certainly recommend the Condor as it was reliable, easy to use, and performs well, which bodes well for gamers.
 


P4M-RS350 - 2004/09

"The FIC P4M-RS350 Motherboard is based on the ATI RS350 chipset and supports the latest Socket 478 CPU's. It has onboard USB, LAN, Audio, Firewire, and even Video.The onboard ATI Radeon 9100 Integrated Graphics Port offers good results and considering the target market it's a great product.”

“Highly Recommended, Gameman’s Pick”

Condor - 2004/09

With a fast Socket 478 CPU, the FIC Condor makes an excellent mini computer system. It's very compact and does not take up a lot of space as most computer systems do.

Since it is small, working inside could be a problem. However, the ingenious case design makes access easy, and there is plenty of room for installing or removing hardware.

This product sets new standards for mini computing.

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


Condor - 2004/09

Summing up, I was pleased with the Condor system from FIC.

After getting to know the Condor closely, the idea of purchasing a barebone system turned out even more appealing than before.

Versatility is the main advantage of the Condor Small Form-Factor PC. You can plug a Celeron in and use an integrated graphics core, if that’s enough for your tasks, but you can also install a powerful CPU and a modern graphics card to use the system as a portable gaming station.

The well-thought design makes it easy to assemble and exploit the system. The capabilities of the chipset and mainboard are wide and allow building anything from a typewriter to a gaming station. The low noise level, compact size and elegant looks add the more appeal to this barebone.

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


Condor - 2004/07

The Condor gets my pick for being tops in expandability.

Theoretically it sounds easy to just drop in a couple drives and a processor but the tricks used by the different manufacturers to squeeze everything into a small box does not come without compromise on the usability front. FIC has managed to sidestep this with their unique design and after bouts of frustration trying to set up some of the SFFs, the Condor was definitely a huge relief and highlights what we like best about SFFs; the ability of companies to innovate a bit.

If I was to build a system with one of these boxes however, my choice would have to be the FIC!

The Condor is a real piece of work exemplifying why it is exciting to work in this industry; once in a while a product really manages to stand out and impress those that work around this kind of stuff all day. Just as Shuttle managed to kick start the SFF industry with its Cube, the Condor is a product that could be singled out in the future for pushing the SFF market into a different direction.

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


Condor - 2004/06

"The Condor looks fabulous. The design is tasteful, simple, functional and elegant all at the same time."

"The Condor is without a doubt, the most pleasant SFF box to work with, being roomy and requiring no hassles with screws save for the AGP slot and for the mounting of the processor."

"Major props to FIC for designing a product that is not strictly status quo. It is not an exaggeration to say that every major manufacturer has been jumping onto the SFF bandwagon following the success of Shuttle but few of them have really brought anything that is truly innovative to the market… it is safe to say that the Condor is the first one that truly innovates and does something different."

"The Condor has all the right elements that define a great product. It performs great, it looks great and it smacks of quality."

"The Condor is a slick and sexy beast that is an engineering marvel in an age where most companies stick with the norm instead of taking a risk to make something that is appealing to both the average person as well as the enthusiast. Definitely should be near the top of the list for any computer enthusiast."

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


Condor - 2004/06

“FIC’s quiet. Attractive-looking Condor has the power of a PC and the stylishness of a Mac.”

“Overall, this is an impressive design!”

“In a category that’s full of copycats, FIC’s Condor is a breath of fresh air, and an excellent platform for your next SFF system”


K8-800T - 2004/05

“The FIC is an excellent board if you are looking for the best performance for your money.

It has an excellent range of features and performs well at stock speeds. The FIC K8-800T was totally stable and TWL was unable to bring the system down (even though we tried) using normal programs and stress tests.

Overall TWL has no problems recommending this board to the average consumer and easily for any workstations. It will outperform almost every 32bit processor on the market when paired with the latest AMD 64.

TechWare Labs Recommended Product!”

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


K8-800T - 2004/03

“This motherboard performs well, is stable, has a ton of features and is very well priced… Overall, this is a great product.”

Complete reviews/awards can be found [here]


A98P - 2004/03

“Here is our answer as to why the 9800 feels more powerful. The FIC stomps the FX in this benchmark! This is a clear indication of why so many enthusiasts chose an (FIC) ATI card over the NVIDIA rival...Because it can play future games.”

“The odd part is that after talking with a few people, they had said that 2.8ns memory modules such as the ones on our FIC card were typical, but the 400 MHz we were able to get out of our card was not.”

“There are a lot of manufacturers switching to the ATI bandwagon, and out of all of them I have yet to see a card that can do a 400mhz+ overclock which makes the decision to grab a FIC Radeon rather easy.”

“9 out of 10! Club Overclocker Recommended!”


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