Post-Computex 2008: ASUS builds systems, new Xonar HDMI audio card

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 02:49 AM |
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Even though information was a bit short at the show, ASUS is planning on selling complete systems to enthusiasts and gamers alike:

The ARES CG6155 supports Intel Core 2 processors, GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, up to 4TB of storage and up to TWO 1000W power supplies!!

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the Future

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.

T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation

Subject: Systems | June 2, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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TOKYO -- June 2, 2008 --AMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These T2K systems were delivered to the University of Tsukuba by Cray Japan Inc. and Sumisho Computer Systems, to the University of Tokyo by Hitachi Ltd., and to Kyoto University by Fujitsu Ltd.

Source: AMD

We don't need no stinkin' SLI

Subject: Systems | May 29, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA's CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!

Source: DV Hardware

The new improved HTPC guide

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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If you missed the first ExtremeMhz HTPC guide, fear not for it is old and busted.  The new and improved second version has arrived, covering everything you need to know about building your own HTPC ... at least until the third version arrives

Source: ExtremeMhz

IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 28, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor among global OEMs continues with IBM's launch of three updated System x servers. Designed to address customer priorities such as energy efficiency, performance, scalability, and virtualization, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from IBM offer an exceptional power-efficient platform for today's most demanding datacenters.

Source: AMD

Metallic copper, as opposed to the other kind

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2008 - 01:20 PM |
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The Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PC is orange, whether they would prefer it be called metallic copper or not, it is as orange as a recent release from Valve.  bit-tech did look beyond the finish on the case, to the interior of Acer's PC which features a self contained watercooling setup, SLI'd cards and more.  If you are looking for an impressive system, both on the outside and the inside, drop by for a look.

Source: bit-tech

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 22 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems.

 

Not your usual Alienware

Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD

Entertainment Center has.  The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them.  Drop by Think Computers for a look.

VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 Processor on the World's Smallest Board

Subject: Systems | May 14, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 14 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board that features the extremely power efficient 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, offering embedded developers an uncompromisingly compact, highly integrated board.

Dell dropping XPS support to push Alienware brand

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2008 - 01:37 AM |
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Even though we just recently were gifted with the release of the Dell XPS 630, a move intended to bring the Dell XPS line to a lower cost product range, it would appear that the company plans on dropping a lot of their XPS line in order to help with the financial issues the company has had.  While we are not sure which of the XPS products will survive, or for how long, or what the XPS notebooks' fate is, the idea will apparently be to continue to push the Alienware brand for high-perf

Source: engadget

Full function HTPC remote and display

Subject: Systems | May 8, 2008 - 01:16 PM |
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The VL System M-Play Blast is a combo LCD display and remote control perfect for an HTPC system that doesn't have either set up in it's case.  It gives you a lot more freedom to choose an HTPC case, as you are no longer limited to picking up a case that has them already included.  Check out the software suite and hardware over at Tweaknews

Source: Tweaknews

Dell XPS 730 H2C Quadruples the Power

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Dell has raised
the performance bar yet again with the launch of the XPS 730 H2C edition, a
premier gaming desktop that is one of the most advanced gaming platforms on the
planet.

With
support for optional quad-core processors, quad GPU graphics solutions and up
to four hard drives, the XPS 730 is more than ready to deliver an immersive
experience and ensure gamers pwn their opponents in the most demanding PC games available today.

Source: Dell

Spring Cleaning, enthusiast style

Subject: Systems | April 30, 2008 - 05:00 PM |
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Spring is here, time to toss out that old system and get a fresh new one, or at least to cherry pick some prime new components to put in your system.  To help you with that, The Tech Report has updated their System Guide, with 4 updated systems including a totally reworked HTPC system. 

HTPC from AMD

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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Matching the AMD 4850e and the ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Micro ATX board will not help you break any performance records.  It will however give you a great HTPC system that is fairly cheap to set up, very cheap to power and easy to cool quietly.  While we would all like to see AMD processors at the top of the performance char

Source: TweakTown

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative dedicated to developing AMD processor-based commercial desktop and notebook solutions designed specifically for businesses.

Source: AMD

Gigabyte's new slimming program

Subject: Systems | April 23, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Gigabyte has jumped into the world of barebone thin clients with it's STA Thin Client.  Even though it ships with no memory or storage, it can handle both PATA and SATA drives, giving it a one up on other flash based thin clients.  Phoronix, being who they are, immediately tried to install Linux on it.  You might be surprised to hear that Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and even SLAX worked just fine, extending the possible usefulness of this thin client significantly.

Source: Phoronix

Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | April 16, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This news follows last week's announcement that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are generally available, and brings the number of available global OEM platforms based on the new processors to 13.

Source: AMD

The grand piano of HTPC cases

Subject: Systems | April 11, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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CPU3D has been working with the Thermaltake Mozart VC4001SNS HTPC Chassis, the newest version in the Mozart line.  With the same style that you would expect from previous members of this line, the case will easily blend into a component cabinet, and the quality is in line with Thermaltake's other offerings.  It is big enough to fit full ATX boards, so the sky is the limit when you are picking up the parts to build an HTPC machine.  Pick up the Media Lab model and you will get a VFD front display, remote con

Source: CPU3D

Movie night on the move

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design.  The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties.  Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer.  Drop by Virtual-Hid