Heavy duty Blackbird

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM |
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Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC.  The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable.  There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.

Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.

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A tale of two titans

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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It's hard to say that either the AMD 4X4 platform, or Intel's V8 lack in performance, as they are going to be a huge jump from current platforms.  Not that motherboards.org is going to let that stop them.  They take reference models of both out for a test drive and benchmark them.  Head over a get a good look at what these platforms will be capable of when they are released to market.

Low powered computing

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W.  It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.

Source: VIA Arena

Taking the easy route to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs.  With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case.  Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell adds the 2400Pro and 2400XT to their OptiPlex line

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP.  If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.

Source: AMD

Dell Offers XPS 700 Motherboard Upgrade

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM |
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Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system?  This news is for you!  :)

The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.

The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.

Source: Daily Tech

Full sized HTPC case

Subject: Systems | August 13, 2007 - 02:12 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart IP adds some new functionality to the Mozart HTPC series, including an integrated iPod dock.  Even with the design being mostly focused on looks, which they do very well, there is enough space inside the case for a full ATX motherboard.  techPowerUp liked the solid construction of this case, as well as Thermaltake's decision to make the Media Lab display optional, for those who want a different LCD display panel.

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD Validated Server Platforms Now Certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell

Subject: Systems | August 8, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8, 2007 - At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.

Source: AMD

Toss out your stereo system

Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 06:00 PM |
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You can replace just about every A/V component on the market with the new ASRock 4Core1333-FullHD HTPC motherboard.  Just about every type of signal you want encoded or decoded can be done on this fully loaded board, as well as some good gaming potential with the right expansion cards.  Virtual-Hideout can tell you all about this rock solid base to build a dream HTPC on.

Girls gone wired

Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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It is an indisputable fact that the majority of members at PC Perspective, as well as most other hardware sites on the web are predominately male.  There are some women on the boards, but nowhere near the same numbers.  Don't take that to mean that women aren't interested in gaming or PCs, simply that they don't spend the time talking about upgrading hardware or gadgets as men do.  TECHGAGE is hoping to inspire some women to take part (or to admit they already do), and a

Source: TECHGAGE

Glamour; by Shuttle

Subject: Systems | July 26, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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Shuttle has added the SG33GH to their popular G-series, and added a lot of new features to take advantage of the recent advances in HDTV.   The usual suspects all make an appearance, HDCP-compliant HDMI onboard video and full support for Dolby Digital Live and DTS encoding.  Shuttle adds one of the best integrated graphics controllers The Tech Report has seen on an HTPC, although it isn't enoug

Business ponder trimming the fat from IT

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2007 - 06:19 PM |
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Imagine walking into the IT department and finding the place immaculately clean and everyone working there thin as a blade ... or maybe not.

Source: AnandTech

Hot roddin' HTPC

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Shuttle's brand new HTPC, the SDXi is based around the Intel 975X
with a ICH7-R
southbridge.  Handling up to 8GB of RAM, and any C2D Extreme, you get a lot of power for your HTPC, a philosophy they complete by offering custom watercooling setup for an X1950 Pro.  HotHardware reviews this flaming hot HTPC barebones kit and it's paint job, which is the only way you will see it until Shuttle starts making them available.

Source: HotHardware

The other end of Dell

Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP recently put the high end $5600 710 H2C Dell, and now they are examining their value end, with the $1000 Dimension E521.  Not only do they put the machine, as configured by Dell, through the wringer, they also scoop up a few higher end video cards to see if they can beef up the performance after the fact.  That testing lead to a few interactions with Dell's tech support.  Head over and get the full story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

All inclusive deal

Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM |
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Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS.  Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.

If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.

VIA Introduces EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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Meeting customer's requirements for connectivity and versatility, the VIA EPIA LT mainboard, featuring the VIA CX700 system media processor, offers a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market.

The secrets of Tesla

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Not too many sites have had much to say about Tesla, the newly announced GPGPU from nVIDIA.  You can count PC Perspective in amongst the sites that have, as well as PenStar Systems.  Heading over there will give you an idea of the hardware that makes this card tick, as well as the software it will be running; CUDA.

Serious power for content creation

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one.  HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.

Source: HotHardware

A new home for HTPCs

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case.  They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation.  The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case.  Read on to see what else this case has to offer.

Source: Big Bruin