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Subject: Systems | August 26, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are always interested in those small form factor Atom-based PCs but we are usually let down by their overall performance, even when they are coupled with a discrete graphics solution. Zotac has been making a killing with their line of ZBOX miniature PCs but today they are announcing the release of a new set of options that combine the NVIDIA ION graphics processor not with the Intel Atom CPU, but with Intel Celeron CULV single and dual-core CPUs!
Subject: Systems | August 24, 2010 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
IBUYPOWER is a fairly well known boutique builder and one of their new systems, the Paladin XLC Phantom Series is up for review at Legit Reviews. With an expected retail price just under $1,500 it is a fairly heavy duty system and the white NZXT Phantom case makes it a rather attractive one as well. A liquid cooled Core i7-930
on an ASUS P6T SE with 6GB of DDR3-1600 provides the backbone of the system with a Radeon HD 5830 providing the graphical power. In an nice change from the usual, when Legit Reviews
Subject: Systems | August 19, 2010 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now it might seem ambitious to call an empty HTPC case the 1080p but realize that most who buy an empty case are planning on filling it with powerful components that can handle 1080p playback.
Subject: Systems | August 13, 2010 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's U250 hides a Core 2 Duo T6600, 4GB of DDR3, a 500GB HDD and a DVD-Dual layer drive behind a 23" 1920x1080 touchscreen display. The Inquirer like the look of it much more than the earlier U200 as the display has been improved but unfortunately the multi-touch capabilities have not. The system lacks the power for high end gaming at decent resolutions but there were no issues with DVD playback or with watching YouTube videos. Other all-in-one PCs have bett
Subject: Systems | August 12, 2010 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As ExtremeTech is quick to point out, proprietary HTPCs are easy on initial setup but incredibly difficult to customize and most people will find that after a while they would like at least some customization on their HTPC. There is a way to build a box that is completely flexible, it just takes some setting up before you can use it. Do not give up hope as they will take you through the setup of a flavour of Linux specifically customized to be the OS behind an HTPC, Mythbuntu 10.04, as well as t
Subject: Systems | August 6, 2010 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $650 the Acer Aspire M3400 falls between the Budget and Mid-Range systems on the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard in price. Both the GPU and CPU are from AMD though the parts differ from the HWLB build, using a Phenom II X4 820 and an HD 5450 on an unspecified motherboard that sports the AMD 800 series chipset and 6GB of DDR3-1333. The performance is about what you would expect, reasonable for general usage after the removal of the crapware that comes pre-installed but not a gaming machine by any means.&nbs
Subject: Systems | August 3, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not quite an HTPC as it does not seem to have recording capabilities, the WD TV Live Plus HD media playercan stream from your Netflix account, YouTube and various other online media sources making it a little more useful than many media streamers. It is rather small, about the size of an external HDD case and it consumes about 4W which makes it great for people short on space and fre
Subject: Systems | July 23, 2010 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $200 the Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder is a small box that connects to any video source and records it. To test that claim Bjorn3D tried recording from their cable set top box, an Xbox 360 game, a Xbox game, satellite television, Blu-Ray movies in 1080i, a SD DVD movie, and even a movie off of a VCR. All were completely sucessful, the HD PVR did not have a problem recordin
Subject: Systems | July 20, 2010 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo's C315 is an all in one desktop PC, what looks like a large touchscreen monitor is in reality a full PC with every bit of the functionality of a more common looking box. It might even be more capable than some as the list of components even includes a TV Tuner. Inside is an Athlon II X2 250U @ 1.6GHz, ATI HD 4530 M92-M+ integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB spindle based HDD. The configured system that Tech Spot tried was $849, more expensive than many other all
Subject: Systems | July 7, 2010 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock Core 100HT represents a big upgrade in performance for this series, moving off of the ION platform and instead using an Intel i3-330M 2.13GHz as a processor really gives a bump in performance capabilities. The entire system is 7.68" x 2.76" x 7.32" and its black finish will allow you to place this unobtrusively in
a living room and the wireless connectivity will help you if you stream content from another machine. Something new to think about is 3D TV and gaming, something you would assume was limited to machines with a high end video card or two;
Subject: Systems | July 2, 2010 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has updated their system guide for the summer, featuring everything from a new Econobox to an improved double stuff system. They also go beyond just internal hardware recommendations to look at the choices you have in operating systems and even a bit on the most important peripherals such as monitors. Drop by and see what they recommend for you and don;t forget that we have our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, freshly crafted each month.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2010 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The term media streamer can be attached to many devices, from a high powered NAS device to an Xbox by way of custom built HTPCs, but in this review AnandTech has classified a media streamer as a device capable of streaming media but is on a diet of 50W or less. That does reduce the lineup quite a bit as very few HTPCs or servers are able to survive on 50W of power. From Atoms and IONs to ARM based processors and into gaming consoles, they cover almost all of the bases of boxtop streame
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been shopping for a high end prebuilt boutique computer then there is a good chance you've run into Puget Systems. Their systems have been reviewed before at several sites such as [H]ard|OCP but this time Ryan got a chance to test one of their systems and it was impressive. The Puget Systems Deluge that he received had an i7-980X, 12GB Kingston DDR3-1800 and a pair of GTX 480's in SLI on an ASUS P6X58D Premium. Sure the system will run you $6000 but take a look at t
Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment. The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part. In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier. No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty. That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well. Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.
Subject: Systems | May 12, 2010 - 01:55 PM | Jonathan Hung
Lenovo has announced brand new products to their consumer line-up, letting out a fresh batch of notebooks, all-in-one systems, and a lone nettop.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2010 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In this case it is The Tech Report who have updated their recommended system builds, just ahead of the arrival of AMD's 6 core 1090T CPU so the only 6 core processor in these systems is the ultra fast Core i7 980X. That 980X sits in the the Double Stuff workstation along with the ever popular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
and 12GB of DDR3-1600. Other big changes include moving the Utility Player to a microATX motherboard and enclosure to make it even more handy as an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | April 12, 2010 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The impressively titled VidaBox SLIMv3 vCase3 Premium mATX HTPC Case
might be a little hard to find online but it will certainly fit the needs of many HTPC builders. The case is slightly reminiscent of a rack mounted case but even more like an old VHS player. The assembly is so easy a child can handle it, as proved in MadShrimps review. Drop by for a look if you prefer a clean look for your HTPC as opposed to the more flashy styles of design.
Subject: Systems | April 9, 2010 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600. Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games. The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much. Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close<
Subject: Systems | April 5, 2010 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAS has been suffering a bit of embarrassment at the hands of SSDs as what once was the undisputed champion for performance in a data centre has been left behind by the quick new flash based upstart. Adoption of SSDs into those specific areas is slow for several reasons, not least of which is price as you might rightly think. The other important reason is storage density and that is a huge factor in corporate environments. Sure the SSDs do things faster, but often at a speed far in excess of what is needed in these environments and they are going to take up a lot more space e