Think inside the box

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system.  Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems.  It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches).  Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.

Ultimate gaming machine, when it works

Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8.  They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter.  How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The things that HTPCs are made of

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run.  That is really only the first step.  Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case.  They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS.  Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.

Source: Ars Technica

4 recommendations for a Vista system

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista.  The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM.   If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start.  There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.

High performace HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling.  Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure.  They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem.  Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.

Source: TECHGAGE

Systemax tries again

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well.  Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve.  Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review.  As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system.  On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965).   The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant.  Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.

Source: TweakTown

Polywell gets another look

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 11:11 AM |
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The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007.  Now they return, and order a Core 2 Duo E6400/7900 GT system with 2 GB of Kingston 667MHz DDR2.  As is [H]'s habit, Polywell gets a complete review, not just their system, but the ordering process straight through to the tech support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Giving Away SLI Components

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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Starting December 22nd, NVIDIA and their partners are giving away a component each and every day for a year

Every day for a year, between December 22nd, 2006 and December 21st, 2007, NVIDIA will give away one SLI-Ready component to someone with an SLI-Ready, or SLI-enabled PC.


Each day, NVIDIA will draw a winner and post the winner's name here on SLIZONE.


Winners have exactly 7 days to contact NVIDIA and claim their prize - if they don't, they lose the prize and it goes bac

3 Christmas system recommendations

Subject: Systems | December 11, 2006 - 11:08 AM |
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The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500.  With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they've covered all your techie friends.

The perfect companion to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | December 7, 2006 - 09:22 AM |
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The MediaLab remote control is an accessory to the ThermalTake MozartTX, but is by no means limited to that case.  VIA Arena has already covered a lot about the case, it's PSU and a 7" LCD screen to attach to it, that are all linked to in this article.  Check out the review for a look at everything you need to set up a perfect HTPC, or even an entertainment centre for your car.

Source: VIA Arena

See what [H] would buy for Christmas

Subject: Systems | November 28, 2006 - 09:00 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP offers up their collective opinions on 2 systems anyone would be happy to find under their tree.  One is $1500 and the other $2800 and both will give you plenty of performance.

Or for something different, Ryan has updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard to include the 8800GTX, and some other goodies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Full size performance in a small package

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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HotHardware reviews MSI's SFF PC.  While not as stylish as some systems purely designed for HTPC use, there is a nice tradeoff, it's performance is on par with a M2N32-SLI.  Find out if this system strikes the balance you are looking for. 

If you are looking for a large HTPC case, that is still going to fit into a living room, check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Mozart TS.

Source: HotHardware

Puget Systems tries to keep the heat and noise down

Subject: Systems | November 20, 2006 - 09:44 AM |
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The Puget Sound Quiet Gaming PC looks solid at first glance.  Running just under $2000 shipped, with an AM2 X2-3800, 2GB of Corsair's 667MHz RAM and a 7600GT.  As [H]ard|OCP runs it through testing they do find that a balance between quiet and hot was reached, but it might not be good enough.  Read on to find out if this system gets a recommendation, or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quad core and Crossfire from ABS

Subject: Systems | November 10, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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ABS, one of [H]ard|OCP's favorite vendors has designed a very powerful gaming system.  The performance is something to behold, both gaming and encoding, but as it was a pre-release system, there were a few troubles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Squeeze a full ATX board into 90mm

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2006 - 01:46 PM |
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The Thermaltake Mozart Sx Slim HTPC case uses some innovative ideas to let you fit a full ATX board, and even a normal 1 slot PCIe video card in a tiny area.  hardCOREware has posted a full review of this well made HTPC case.

Source: hardCOREware

The Hypersonic Boom is caused by the money flying out of your wallet.

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Hypersonic Sonic Boom OCX, a hard core gaming system.  The bad new is the price tag, at $3400.00, but the good news is that it gets you a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz), 2GB of Mushkin RAM and a GeForce 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card.  As [H] finds by the end of their experience, you do get your money's worth if you can afford it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Pre-HP Voodoo Small Form Factor

Subject: Systems | October 20, 2006 - 11:55 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP published a review of the Voodoo Hexx, just before HP purchased Voodoo, so their review may not be representative of the experience one will have with HP.  That said, this $3000 SFF gaming machine has the stats to perform on paper, but [H] found the real machine a little lacking.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Faster than a speeding HTPC, more powerful than a normal SFF

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA and UK System Partners Launch World's First Carbon Free Personal Computers

Subject: Systems | October 11, 2006 - 08:51 AM |
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IA joins with leading UK-based system providers Evesham and
Tranquil to launch computers ideal for organizations looking to reduce
their Carbon Footprint

London, England, October
11, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of
silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced
with partners Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC the world's first
Carbon Free Computers based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7®