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

Alienware launches Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center

Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.

Source: Email

AMD Validated Server Program Partners Unveil First Platforms Demonstrating Upcoming Quad-Core

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced three leading vendors attending Computex Taipei are unveiling their server platforms demonstrating the industry's first native x86 quad-core solution, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed "Barcelona"). "Barcelona" processors are expected to deliver up to 50 to 80 percent performance and performance-per-watt improvements on a broad range of server applications over similar current generation AMD Opteron processors.

Source: AMD

Doing figure 8s around the competition

Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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Those lucky souls over at the Tech Report got their hands on a V8 system from Intel.  An 8 core Xeon X5365 3.0GHz, Intel's S500XVN motherboard, 4GBs of RAM and a whole suite of benchmarks await.  As you might expect from a Xeon, you don't see a huge jump in gaming performance (though a 3DMark06 CPU score of

[H] visits Puget Sound again

Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build.  With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it.  In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating.  Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Seriously compact HTPC

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
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The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV.  They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.

Source: PC Mechanic

VELOCITY MICRO ACQUIRES GAMING BOUTIQUE OVERDRIVE PC

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 06:19 PM |
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Richmond, VA — May 1, 2007 — Velocity Micro, the largest independent U.S. builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today that it has acquired Overdrive PC, a U.S. based boutique manufacturer of highly overclocked gaming and multimedia computer systems. Following the acquisition, Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC will maintain individual brand identities to collaboratively provide high quality, performance systems for a broad range of professional, enthusiast, and PC gaming customers.

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Alienware's new Vista box

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista.  With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid?  Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Maingear maintains it's reputation

Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you.  Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service.  Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another CableCard PC Pictured and Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 10, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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Looking for some more information on the upcoming AMD CableCard-ready TV tuner and systems using them?  Then head over to this quick preview at

Source: General

An HTPC for the discriminating enthusiast

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on.  Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside.  Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.

Source: Tweaknews

Small time gamer

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX.  With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management.  Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Take your HTPC to the extreme

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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ExtremeMhz has published the Extreme HTPC Guide.  They did quite a thorough guide, covering 3 pages of hardware choices that focus on telling you what options are out there, and which you might want, as opposed to giving you a choice of one or two cards.  The software section continues along the same vein, offering an overview of the software available, and the options, letting you decide what you need.  Drop by to see a great guide on building your dream HTPC from scratch.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New goodies in the Leaderboard

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 03:54 PM |
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Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard.  Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.

The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System.  The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features. 

Check them out!

5 Quad core systems showing off their stuff

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously.  Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Systems | March 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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San Francisco - Feb.

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Digital convergence in dire straits?

Subject: Systems | February 23, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a long hard look at the troubled life of HTPCs.  While a computer junkie will have no trouble assembling their own HTPC, either Linux or Windows based, they are not a mainstream product.  With PVRs and STBs making an appearance on store shelves, HTPCs already have competition.  Add to that DRM and HDCP, which make HTPCs not manufactured by a content provider difficult to work with.  Plus, you also need to make it HD compatible, and with enormous amounts of storage to be able

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dude, that Dell you're getting sure does cost a lot

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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In all fairness, the parts list of the Dell XPS 710 H2C is impressive, without question, but not as impressive as the over $5000 price tag.  However, if you are looking to buy an incredibly powerful gaming machine, without any hassle setting it up, and having tech support with it, then this may be perfect.  Head over to HotHardware to see how this box won Editor's Choice.

Source: HotHardware

VIA EPIA EN-Powered Ainkaboot Octimod Cluster Makes HPC Scalable and Affordable

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 19th February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Ainkaboot, a London-based company designing cluster servers for high performance computing (HPC) and high availability computing, is shipping the first ultra compact Octimod MPC7-1500 cluster modules powered by VIA EPIA EN15000 mainboards.