Atom versus Fusion; integrated system faceoff

Subject: Systems | March 14, 2011 - 04:44 PM |
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InsideHW took a new ASUS E35 M1-M PRO and pitted it against an Atom D525 based Gigabyte GA-D525TUD system.  The ASUS board can handle DDR3 of a faster speed and uses SATA 6/Gbs solely, the Atom board is stuck at DDR3-800 and SATA3 though it does tend to cost less than Brazos platforms.  Read on to see how they compare.

"It’s the factual state of affairs that integration is our imminent future, reinforced every day through announcements and presentation of various new technologies. The lack of upgrade options is something that we seem to be willing to renounce in order to get complete and efficient solutions. Intel’s latest CPU series has reduced overclocking to a lower level, thus announcing the direction that new products and technologies are about to take. Consequently, the hotly anticipated AMD Fusion, the first in the line of entirely integrated solutions, has finally reached us, in the form of ASUS E35 M1-M PRO model, carrying the currently strongest Zacate APU..."

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Gigabyte's quiet new barebones system

Subject: Systems | March 8, 2011 - 07:46 PM |
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Fitting the Fusion powered Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 into a list of reviews can be a little odd, the Zacate CPU is the star as there isn't really a huge variation on motherboards and as it isn't restricted to being an HTPC it shall sit in with the other pre-built systems, even if is not truly complete without some memory and storage medium.  USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet controllers are just some of the features on this E-350 powered board which you can read more about at The Tech Report.

"We take a closer look at a Fusion-equipped Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard to see if it delivers on Zacate's potential for small-form-factor desktops and home-theater PCs. While we're at it, we also test the peripheral performance of Fusion's Hudson M1 platform hub."

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ZOTAC announces the new ZBOX AD02 Series Mini-PCs

Subject: Systems | March 1, 2011 - 11:51 PM |
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HONG KONG – Mar. 1, 2011 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series mini-PCs powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series delivers a premium computing experience with rich high-definition video playback capabilities and outstanding 3D visuals in a compact form factor.

The powerful AMD E-350 APU equips the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series with dual processor cores for lightning-fast system responsiveness and snappy multi-tasking abilities. Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics enable compatibility with the latest Microsoft DirectX 11 titles for stunning 3D visuals on the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series.

“ZOTAC continues to expand our award-winning ZBOX mini-PC series. Our latest ZBOX AD02 series takes the powerful AMD E-350 APU Platform with Discrete-Class AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics and packs it into our compact and customizable ZBOX chassis,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The result is the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU performance that makes for an outstanding high-definition computing experience that uses very little energy while generating very little heat or noise.”

The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 ships as an easily customizable barebones with a tool-less chassis design – two thumb screws unlock access to the internal components. Support for 2.5-inch hard drives and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots enable users to equip the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 to their liking.

A ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Plus is available and ships equipped with a preinstalled 250GB hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory – both ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 and AD02 Plus models let users select their operating system of choice and is ready for Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems. The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series feature class-leading expansion with USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity for simple plug and play connectivity to external devices.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series.

 

General details

  • ZOTAC Unleashes ZBOX AD02 Series mini-PCs
  • AMD E-350 APU platform (dual-core, 1.6 GHz)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor
  • ZBOX AD02 o 2 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slots
    • Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
  • ZBOX AD02 Plus
    • 2GB DDR3
    • 250GB 5400RPM HDD
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
  • HDMI, DVI-I and VGA (with included adapter) outputs
  • AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
  • Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD: Master Audio bitstream ready
  • Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11n WiFi
Source: ZOTAC

Puget Systems Among First to Ship Corrected Sandy Bridge PCs

Subject: Systems | March 1, 2011 - 08:35 PM |
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Puget Systems Among First to Ship Corrected Sandy Bridge PCs

Puget Systems leverages its manufacturer and distribution relationships to become one of the first PC providers to ship corrected Sandy Bridge Computers.

SEATTLE, WA - Puget Systems (www.pugetsystems.com), a boutique integrator of custom PC systems for enthusiasts, gamers, consumers and SMB markets, today announced a shipping schedule for corrected Sandy Bridge PCs.

The first revision of Sandy Bridge chipsets suffered from a design flaw that caused performance degrada

With the HDPLEX H10 Fanless microATX case you can roll your own HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 28, 2011 - 07:56 PM |
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On the market right now are a large number of ION + ATOM prebuilt HTPCs, which look nice and are powerful enough for HTPC and light browsing but feel underpowered to many enthusiasts.  That is why products like the HDPLEX H10 are so nice, they let you choose your components and look good at the same time.  The rackmount style works well in this case as it would not look out of place in a home theatre cabinet and the fanless design means you don't have to worry about it being in a stack of components.  See what Si

Dell maxes out their new Zino HD 410 HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2011 - 09:49 PM |
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While the base model of the Zino HD 410 HTPC comes in at about $300 the model that AnandTech received for review was worth just over $700 after all of the options were loaded on.  That fully loaded model sports a Phenom II X4 P940 on a AMD M880G + SB820
which supports up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 and for graphics uses an ATI Mobility 5450 1GB DDR3. 


Source: AnandTech

Sapphire joins the Atom + ION system crowd

Subject: Systems | February 15, 2011 - 08:55 PM |
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There is a different choice now for those looking for a PC that can handle email, internet browsing and home theatre duties, a small self contained system that resembles a thinclient with style and a fair number of video outputs.  The Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC offers a
Dual Core Intel Atom D510 1.66ghz, nVidia's ION2 and 2GB of DDR2 for system memory with a 250GB drive for storage.  Neoseeker found that 720p is about the limit of this systems capabilities,
as 1080p playback

Source: Neoseeker

The recalled and soon to be released Sandy Bridge based Puget Systems Serenity PC

Subject: Systems | February 10, 2011 - 04:42 PM |
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Puget Systems specializes in making custom PCs that are incredibly quiet without sacrificing any performance to do so.  As you saw in Ryan's review of their Serenity SPCR Edition Ultra Quiet Gaming PC, they do a very good job at it.  Since then they have been hard at work extending their line up and keeping up with the newest parts.  One of their more recent Serenity SPCR Edition models went up for review at Anand

Source: AnandTech

HP Comes Out Swinging with New TouchSmart All-in-One PCs

Subject: Systems | February 7, 2011 - 09:45 AM |
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If you’ve ever used a touchscreen desktop computer you probably know that while they’re cool, they lack the functionality to replace a keyboard and mouse. Lifting up your arms constantly to touch a screen is the antonym of ergonomic.

The HTPC beginners guide grows

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2011 - 07:22 PM |
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Over at MissingRemote a dedicated crew have been assembling a guide that covers all the basics you need to know to put together a powerful and functional HTPC.  Perhaps one of the most important parts they cover is the idea that "Your HTPC Is Not An Investment".  Don't wait for the newest cutting edge tech and pick up parts that are as fast as you need but don't go for overkill.  The way media storage and broadcasting changes, the next HTPC upgrade you make may well need to be an entirel

A refreshing look at frame rates and displays

Subject: Systems | January 26, 2011 - 10:39 PM |
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The difference between 1080i and 720p is a difference of spatial resolution and temporal resolution; one has more pixels in total while the other pushed pixels faster.  On the other hand you have refresh rates, which have changed from the previous standard of 60Hz to a wide variety of what are, in many case, purely marketing speak and have more to do with how the display manipulates frames to meet the higher frequency.  Missing Remote tries to help you make sense of it a

A new year brings a new ION to your HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 17, 2011 - 10:05 PM |
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New on the market is the ASRock ION 3D 152B, sporting the next generation NVIDIA GT218 NG-ION processor. It is going to need that updated silicon as this unit ships with a BluRay drive and is expected to play back HD content at a reasonable frame rate.  Join AnandTech as they take this unit through its paces.

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CyberPower has a pre-built SandyBridge system on the market

Subject: Systems | January 13, 2011 - 08:22 PM |
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The new CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 is a P67 Sandy Bridge based system, sporting and unlocked Intel i7-2600K on the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe motherboard.  It has 4GB of DDR3-1600 as well as a GTX 570 Superclock, a 1TB HDD and even a Blu-Ray drive all hidden in a watercooled
Thermaltake Armor A60 case.  The system is overclocked for you, adding a full 1GHz to the CPU bringing it to a very respectable 4.4GHz and the GPU also sports a little bit of an overclock as well. 

CES 2011: ASUS unveils Eee Slate EP121

Subject: Systems | January 5, 2011 - 05:49 PM |
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Western Digital's Live TV Hub takes on all comers

Subject: Systems | December 14, 2010 - 06:21 PM |
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Western Digital's TV Live Hub is small on the outside but not on the inside.  A little bigger than the size of a paperback book (if you remember what those are), this new model houses a terabyte of storage so you can set this thing to record and then forget about it for a season or two.  It might not be as flexible as using a nettop or dedicated HTPC but it will get you watching any type of video format or streaming media.  Check out the review at The Tech Report.

Gateway's all in one touchscreen system

Subject: Systems | December 13, 2010 - 09:30 PM |
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If you are into all in one systems, as in an oversized monitor housing all your components then the Gateway One ZX4300 at 3.1" x 20.3" x 16.6" and a weight of 19lbs is worth a look.  Inside you will find an Athlon X2 235s, 4GB of DDR RAM, a Radeon HD 4270 and perhaps most importantly a 802.11b/g/n wireless NIC.  The Win7 installation has been tweaked to improve touchscreen performance and TechReviewSource found it decent for general purpose work but don't expect HD output as there is no

ASRock's new HTPC comes in 3D!

Subject: Systems | December 6, 2010 - 08:54 PM |
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The ASRock 3D HTPC delivers
exactly what it sounds like, as it ships with a GeForce GT425M GPU, though it seems that the nVIDIA 3D glasses must be purchased separately.  That is not the only selling feature, inside is a full Core i3 330M not an Atom processor and the backplate features 5 USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, LAN, HDMI, DVI, a powered eSATA port, five audio jacks and an optical S/PDIF output. 
As far as Blu-ray capabl

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Your guide to the media players on the market

Subject: Systems | November 30, 2010 - 09:55 PM |
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Patriot, Sage, Sony even Google and Apple; everyone is putting out their own solution for streaming media and replacing TV.  That can make it rather hard to decide just what solution you should be looking at purchasing.  Missing Remote is here to help, with a large list of all of the popular media extenders on the market, broken down by features, media compatibility and streaming ability so you can quickly compare all of your choices.

Can it play Crysis ... silently?

Subject: Systems | November 25, 2010 - 06:27 PM |
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When the gorgeous slideshow that was Crysis first hit the market, no one was worried about how much noise their system made while they overclocked it in an attempt to get playable framerates. 
Now that other games with the same demands have come and gone SPCR has decided that it is time to use Crysis for a different kind of benchmark.  They've put together a guide on building a PC that can manage above 35fps in Crysis while only producing about 20dB

An HTPC of a different sort, the Micca Slim-HD

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2010 - 08:27 PM |
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At first glance, the Micca Slim-HD resembles an external HDD case, which makes sense as that is what it is in the most basic sense.  The big difference is that it can output a 1080p signal over HDMI and audio via a standard 3.5mm plug, without needing to be hooked up to anything but a display.  AnandTech would recommend this to anyone who puts price and portability above features, as this device lacks the ability to stream media from the net, which is something that competitors at a sli

Source: AnandTech