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Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market. The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.
Subject: Systems | July 25, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Systemax Wildcat SLI Gaming PC is pretty impressive for it's $4499 price tag. You get 2 BFG GeForce 7900GTX 512MBs in SLI and an Ageia PhysX 128MB GDDR3 Physics Accelerator Card, all ready to play GRAW. Head to Hot Hardware to see it in action.
Subject: Systems | July 19, 2006 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In their newest system review, [H] looks at the Maingear Prysma HTPC. Maingear has manged to put a lot of powerful components in a uniquely shaped case, and bundled lots of goodies to make the setup easier.
Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI. The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.
Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone. It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself. With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.
"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.
Subject: Systems | June 29, 2006 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by motherboards.org for a look at the Ultra Products Microfly SFF case, a perfect home for an HTPC system. It might take a bit of planning to squeeze a full system in the box, but once you get it in, it should run nice and steady.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2006 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next retailer on [H]'s list is iBUYPOWER. Opting to buy the same system they purchased from Cyberpower, this reivew focuses on the experiences they had with the original purchase and shipping of the system, as well as the Tech Support they used after the box had arrived. Find out if they met [H]'s expectations or not.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2006 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn's Winfast 6150K8MD Micro-ATX Motherboard, based around nVidia's 6150 chipset will let you build a powerful s939 HTPC system. With 7.1 sound onboard, as well as 4 SATA ports, you will be able to store and play a lot of media. Drop by TweakTown for the full review.
Subject: Systems | June 20, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP revisited eMachines website, this time to order the new T6528. For an extra $50, they've moved from a Sempron to a full fledged A64 3500+. Check out the full review, which even covers trouble they had with a hard drive.
As well, Ryan has updated the Hardware Leaderboard, to include the new AM-2 chips, as well as the nVidia 7950GX2.
Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel. It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.
Subject: Systems | June 7, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman HD 160 HTPC enclosure that Tweaknews reviews is a little different than most HTPC cases. For starters, it will acccept full ATX boards, and since it comes without a PSU, you can choose the one you want to power the system with. Read on for more about this quiet HTPC case.
Subject: Systems | June 5, 2006 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Compaq Presario SR1800NX is not exactly a powerhouse, but at less than $400, it is a great PC for office work or basic websurfing. Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how being absorbed bt HP has effected Compaq's pre-built systems.
Subject: Systems | May 18, 2006 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 18, 2006 --AMD
(NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the
announcement Dell Inc. made in its quarterly earnings statement that it
intends to offer AMD Opteron™ Dual Core processor-based servers.
Subject: Systems | May 17, 2006 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingwin's HTPC box, the Supernova gets a full examination at MODTHEBOX. It has a well designed LED display, and the total stereo aesthetic has been executed perfectly, read the review to see how it performs.
Subject: Systems | May 5, 2006 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware burns themselves playing with the Voodoo PC OMEN a121x Crossfire. It's not a cheap system, but you certainly get what you pay for.
Subject: Systems | April 20, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D reviews the VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro MCE Edition, a video capture card and tuner with an impressive name. Check out the features you can get with this $100 card.
Subject: Systems | April 18, 2006 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone lets you in on a little secret about power supplies. It is not the total wattage that defines system stability, it is the ability to deliver that power without fluctuations. Find out more in their full article.
Subject: Systems | April 17, 2006 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Later this year the new cores will be ready, but if you don't want to wait for AM-2 or Conroe there is still great systems to build. Extremetech puts together a Core-Duo Pentium system to while away the time.
If you find yourself with the urge, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard!
Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU. When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened. Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.