Classy chameleon acoustic chassis

Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 09:07 AM |
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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 - 03:26 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 - 11:57 AM |
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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 - 09:23 AM |
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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 - 08:08 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 - 09:37 AM |
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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 - 08:43 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 9, 2008 - 11:49 PM |
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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 - 08:30 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 - 08:32 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 - 03:48 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 - 02:35 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 - 08:15 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 - 10:20 AM |
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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 - 02:51 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 - 11:00 AM |
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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 - 08:24 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 12, 2008 - 10:37 PM |
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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 - 10:16 AM |
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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 - 09:03 AM |
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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