Antec's new all inclusive HTPC case

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2008 - 11:00 AM |
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Not only is the Antec Fusion Max a very attractive and well built case, with an interesting triple chambered design to help with wiring and heat management, it comes with some nice extras.  There is a 56-button remote control, HDD brackets with rubber noise reducers and an adaptor to allow you to add another 120mm fan on top of the one it already has along with another, larger 140mm fan. 

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VIA Launches VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC

Subject: Systems | November 18, 2008 - 08:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments.

Lian Li likes them small too

Subject: Systems | November 17, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Lian Li is more well known for the extreme size of their cases, some seem to be able to fit a whole PC's worth of components, with enough space left over to store a small child.  The PC-C36 Muse heads in exactly the opposite direction, being a tiny and well camouflaged
HTPC case.  Many users will appreciate the fact that it comes completely empty, apart from a PSU, it is up to you which mATX board you wish to use.  Drop by Icrontic to see just how well Lian-Li does an HTPC.

Source: Icrontic

Knock, knock, knock

Subject: Systems | November 14, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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It's a LANShark and it's from Smooth Creations, which means two things.  One is that the exterior of the PC has an incredibly well done airbrushing job, this particular model having a nice surfing motif on a clear acrylic case.  The second thing is the power of the PC it's self.  Inside the LANShark you will find an overclocked Q9550 and a pair of HD 4870 1GB in CrossFire
and a 4GB kit of Patriot DDR2 clocked to 900MHz.  Take a gander at all the pictures over at Legit Reviews.

Hydrobox, take 5

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2008 - 10:47 AM |
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Ever wish you could see more reviews of insanely powerful boxes that would break your bank account?  CPU3D, with the help of some sponsors has done just that.  Their Hydrobox V is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-Extreme, with an overclocked Q9650 @ 4.05GHz (9x450), 2Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 and two Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870X2s, plus some custom watercooling.  It falls just short of 40fps for Crysis at High Quality, x4 AA and x16 AF.

Source: CPU3D

The new All In Wonder

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2008 - 10:46 AM |
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The All In Wonder is back for the HD revolution.  It supports NTSC, SECAM and PAL, up to 125 channels on a TV tuner with stereo audio and has plenty of connectors like DVI, HDMI connectors and a Coax input for cable or antenna.  Legit Reviews was also glad to see the power of an HD 3650 for those who might want to do a little gaming as well.  Get one, your HTPC will love you for it.

Custom PC at a non-custom price

Subject: Systems | October 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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AVADirect is a custom system builder that uses a lot of the tricks you find in boutique systems, without the insane prices.  The system that Ryan tried has a C2Quad Q9450 pumped up to 3.40 GHz and 4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800, giving you some serious power.  The 9800GTX+ is a little odd to include; it is still a solid card but will have great difficulties keeping up with the speed of the CPU and RAM.  At $2450 it is has rather impressive stats and you can always customize your build to beef up the graphics subsystem.
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Sending a clear signal

Subject: Systems | October 22, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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Snbeamtech's UFO case will give you a very unique looking system, the clear acrylic lets people see every component you chose in clear detail.  They've expanded their lineup with an HTPC model, keeping the clear acrylic but reducing the size to fit in with stereo components.  Four 80mm fans keep the air moving and your components cool, though you should not expect too much, the acrylic sides do not radiate any heat as metal would.  See right through it in the review on Hardware Secrets.

See Crysis for under $1000 a system

Subject: Systems | October 14, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Legion Hardware set themselves a rather difficult task, building a gaming PC for $900 that can handle todays games at a full 1680x1050 resolution.  4GBs of RAM, an Intel Core2 Duo and an HD4850 later and they were playing Crysis Warhead on Gamer settings and seeing an average of 28fps.  A few tweaks or some reduction in quality to Mainstream and you can expect the game to play even more smoothly. 

Remote HTPCing

Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand.  If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender.  I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more.  It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include

Source: I4U News

Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.

Ryan goes 4x4-ing

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine.  It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one.  You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished.  Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.

Let someone else do the work

Subject: Systems | September 3, 2008 - 10:39 AM |
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The Cyberpower Gaming Infinity Quad Elite system offers you a lot of power without much work, though it will take a good chunk of your money.  You do get what you pay for from Cyberpower; the full review at DriverHeaven certainly proves that.  The list of components read like most gamers wish list and the Anubis case is the icing on the cake.  Go take a look, but be prepared to feel envious.

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There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 10:31 AM |
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mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases.  Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply.  While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.

Source: bit-tech

So smooth they're almost frictionless

Subject: Systems | August 22, 2008 - 11:05 AM |
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Smooth Creations is making a huge splash in the enthusiast market, and an equally large dent in the wallets of those that pick them up.  It's not just the stellar job they do in setting up extremely powerful systems; it is the incredible paint jobs on the cases.  Every one is a unique airbrushing, with a finish that would not look out of place on a high end car.  Neoseeker were lucky enough to get a hold of the Neptune, a water-cooled system with a very appropriate paint job.

Source: Neoseeker

Intel Introduces First IA System on Chip for Consumer Electronics, Expands Internet to TV Experience

Subject: Systems | August 20, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 20, 2008 - At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices based on the company's popular Intel architecture (IA) blueprint.

Executives on Wednesday also provided updates on the Mobile Internet Device (MID) category and Intel Atom processor, unveiled a brand with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: Systems | August 15, 2008 - 08:22 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 15 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Source: VIA Arena

Water on the brain

Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 02:59 PM |
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What could be better than a Skulltrail system?  bit-tech answers that question with their work log of a Cosmos Sword-S modified to accept watercooling for all of the parts that make up this Skulltrail system.  The final result is impressive, both in it's aesthetics and the power of the components within.

Source: bit-tech

A miniature war

Subject: Systems | July 29, 2008 - 10:08 AM |
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On one side is Intel's Atom processor, which can handle multi-threading but systems that use it can only have PCI cards.  In the other is VIA's nano, which can only handle a single thread, but has a faster FSB and can handle PCIe 16x quite handily.  Either system needs less power to run than the majority of graphics cards.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at what these chips are designed to do as well as who [H] picks as the winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Summer time, the perfect time to replay all your games at higher resolution

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2008 - 10:34 AM |
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Ars Technica has new advice on those looking to pick up a killer gaming rig this summer.  Their all inclusive budget gaming rig comes in at $1,210.39, including a 22" widescreen LCD.  Their performance box will run you $2,739.20, and has a lot of power behind it.  You can also get a second opinion from Ryan on our own Hardware Leaderboard.

Source: Ars Technica