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Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Systems | August 13, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 9, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Systems | August 8, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | July 26, 2007 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | July 9, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | June 5, 2007 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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