There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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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 - 02:05 PM |
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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 - 02:54 PM |
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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 - 11:22 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 - 05:59 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 - 01:08 PM |
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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 - 01:34 PM |
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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

Classy chameleon acoustic chassis

Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Thermaltake's DH102 Home Theater PC Case offers a front panel that will fit in with any stereo system, thanks to the brushed aluminium, analog dial and
the LCD display.  Of course, it had better do it's job well at $500 for an empty case.  As long as the price hasn't scared you off, try checking out [OC]ModShop's full review.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Summer's recommended systems

Subject: Systems | July 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has made some major revisions to their recommended systems for this summer, thanks to the effort being made by manufacturers to speed up their releases this year.  With four recommended builds to choose from, there is something interesting, no matter what you plan to do with your PC.

Return of TV Wonder

Subject: Systems | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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techPowerUp has snagged one of the new AMD PCIe TV Wonder 600s, which along with its' 650 brother are the first AIW products we have seen in quite some time.  The is the less expensive model, so it is missing some of the features of the higher end model such as a slim profile and HD support.  It does handle digital cable, so you don't have to worry about the death of analog TV. 

Source: techPowerUp!

You load sixteen cores, and what do you get ...

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Serious multi-threaded processing power and a tight race between Intel and AMD in the server market.  AnandTech, with a little help, tested quad socket, quad core server setups to see if AMD can climb back into what used to be their strongest market.  Take a look at how the server market is right now, just before the release of Dunnington.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.

 

An HTPC case for the exhibitionist

Subject: Systems | June 17, 2008 - 12:37 PM |
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Madshrimps examines the Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case, a case that will really let you show off your components.  The addition of blue LED fans to provide cooling and a unique look will make it even more attractive to those wanting an HTPC that stands out rather than blending in.  It is a full sized ATX case, even with it's uncommon shape, so you can use it to house a more robust PC as well.

Source: Madshrimps

Battered OS included

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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As strange as it may sound after the original experience most had with Vista and it's hardware requirements, it is now possible to set up a Vista PC for ~$350, with a copy of that much maligned OS included.  ExtremeTech has the list, and some quick pictorial instructions on installing the hardware.  Don't expect to be using the Aero interface though, Solitaire will be fairly graphics intense for this budget PC.

Source: Extremetech

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