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April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components. For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing. The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect. If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and
April 7, 2009 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (April 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI, and fast Intel solid-state drives as an new available upgrade option.
BFG Technologies recently updated the default configuration for the Phobos Performance Edition after tests showed that two BFG GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards running in NVID
April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different. It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside. Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing.
Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall
March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.
March 26, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soapbox derbies are frowned upon in this risk averse society and build a CB radio is passe, perhaps the best way to get your kids into electronics is building an HTPC. You are into TV, and it's guaranteed that children are too, so harness that addiction into something constructive. Not only does it involved TV, but the cases and components offer you a lot of choice, with enough limits from the form factor to stop those choices from becoming overwhelming. Take a loo
March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player. Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick. On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out. What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy. Perhaps so
March 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up. That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for. ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s
March 3, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out. It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000. Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar
March 3, 2009 - 10:04 AM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, so we were exactly two months early on the news, but just about everything I predicted would happen for the Mac line in 2009 basically came true today.
February 20, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Glacialtech seems well at home designing HTPC cases, as you can see from the Altair A381 Media Center PC Case. It looks very much like a stereo receiver and will be at home sitting with any kind of stereo system. The included remote control is a nice touch as is the LCD display. Techware Labs feels that this is the best HTPC case they have run into as of yet.
February 19, 2009 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even grouping any ATX/BTX types, you are still left with full sized desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and now we have nettops. You could point out a strange little beast called the iMac, but as far as ASUS is concered their Eee Top ET1602 is the first nettop available. The most noticeable
feature, and really the only part to the nettop is the 5.6in touchscreen LCD with a 1,366x768 resolution which also happens to house the entire system. An Intel Atom N270 + 945 GSE and 1GB of DDR2 provide the processing power, which may be why HEXUS feels a little sceptical about the
February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running. They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia
February 11, 2009 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.
Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.
February 5, 2009 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By now you are likely used to system build recommendations on hardware review sites, like our own Hardware Leaderboard, with several suggested builds at various price points. bit-tech has put together a guide that is similar, with one significant difference, the three builds they recommend are all intended to be used as HTPCs. They range from a design meant to take up as little space as possible, to an affordable system to an HTPC that can handle gaming.
February 3, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench. Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX. Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.
January 23, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Building an HTPC can lead to frustration as you realize a mATX board might not offer all of the connections you desire, or when the video card you want to use is a 1/2" inch too long to fit inside the HTPC case you picked. The nMEDIA HTPC 2000B can solve any spacial difficulties, it will fit a full ATX board in it's 17" x 6.3" x 15.4" casing, though you should still think small for your heatsink. Think Computers like this casing a lot and recommend that anyone buyig the case should spend the extr
January 20, 2009 - 04:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake. Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT. Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.
January 14, 2009 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's Ion is a 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor and a GeForce 9400M MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores. This lets you handle DX10 graphics, NVIDIA CUDA and HD video on a 3" x 4" motherboard, or a complete system about the size of a good sandwich. Not only did Legit Reveiws get to see a full working Ion, they were also able to benchmark it.
January 6, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - January 5, 2009 - BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the "Graduated Gamer" in mind. This audience is looking for all the performance associated with a high-end gaming system, but none of the hassle related to building and servicing such a system.