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Subject: Systems | October 18, 2005 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's SD31P XPC is their newest HTPC barebones system. It expects an LGA775 processor, and DDR2, but it comes with good sound and is able to output video to almost any component. HEXUS has the full review.
"The one word that describes Shuttle's SD31P XPC is competent. Just add a hard drive, preferably
SATA, optical drive, RAM, and an LGA775 CPU and away you go. Everything works just as it should,
and installation is a real cinch for even novice XPC builders.
Subject: Systems | October 14, 2005 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has a review of an almost unique type of premade system, the NEC PowerMate DL T8000 Water-Cooled PC. It's expensive, but you can be guaranteed a quiet and powerful system, right out of the box.
"NEC brings to the region a first-of-its-kind water-cooled desktop PC.
Subject: Systems | October 14, 2005 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want the best of everything in your system, then PC Power & Cooling is the PSU supplier for you. The newest, the Turbo-Cool 510 SLI is incredible. 850W minimum power, 2 seperate PCI-X power connectors, 4 17amp 12V rails, and a Â±1% voltage regulation. PureOverclock can tell you everything about.
"On removing the top we see a very unique design. It's laid out in such a way you can see each stage of the design as you look from left to right.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2005 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Part 2 in LinuxHardware's Ultimate Linux WorkStation is up. Step by step, they are building a box desgined to run perfectly, and to do it while running Linux. If you missed part one, start here.
"If you've read part one of Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation, then you already know what my goals and thoughts were surrounding this system.
Subject: Systems | October 4, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today, PimpRig looks at the Enermax MaximumPlus 660 EG851AX-VH(W) 660W Power Supply. It is a bright yellow, but with 660 Watts and Quad +12V Rails it may well deserve to look like a peice of heavy duty equipment.
"Independent 12V rails supply to MB/CPU and drives in order to provide stable and clean current to noise-sensitive devices, such as: CPU, add-on cards.Meet UL 240VA safety requirements.
Subject: Systems | October 1, 2005 - 01:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of PC platform solutions, and Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced the VoomPC™ family of compact, high performance yet affordable x86 car PC kits aimed at driving telematics mainstream.
Subject: Systems | September 26, 2005 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With all the PSU's to choose from, you may want to bless HEXUS for putting together 34 ATX 2.0 PSU together for a huge comparison. See which one is right for you.
It may have been Slashdotted, so give it some time to recover.
"The vast majority of the ATX 2.0 supplies tested, and ATX 2.0 is what you should be buying these days, will comfortably power a current high-end system without any issues whatsoever.
Subject: Systems | September 21, 2005 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual Hideout has a PSU tester shoot-out. Not only do they review power supplies, they review the testers you can pick up to save yourself embarrasment at the return/troubleshooting counter of your favorite PC Store. Following that are reviews of 2 actual PSU's.
"The Main thing I looked for was a tester that gave me the most options, yet remained easy to read and use.
Subject: Systems | September 20, 2005 - 07:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To be honest, the front panel of ThermalTake's Tenor reminds of the old storage trays for VHS tapes, but much more stylish. Brushed aluminium and blue LEDs will make sure that this component stands out in your home theatre, in a good way. Read all about it at Tweaknews.
"Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a kit that brings the user everything needed for a system that cools well, and is oh-so-quiet. The BigWater kit brings the bling, as well.
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2005 - 11:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
What's this? A Gateway review at HardOCP? That's right, they are evaluating the new Gateway system that packs a dual core Pentium D and a 6800 Ultra.
I carry much more disdain for the mouse. Not only is it uncomfortable and not very functional, but it's also actually difficult to operate. It sounds ridiculous, but the effort required to push down the buttons is beyond what should be asked of someone. Besides the monitor, the consumer interfaces with the mouse more than any other item on the computer.
Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 05:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sun has released a new series of Opteron servers today, going to a lower cost market with server setups starting under $1000. The gang at Anandtech has a hands-on-preview of these new machines up today as well.
Another interesting position of Sun's new direction includes the prospect that end users will probably reconfigure the hardware (particularly the entry level components), as soon as they get them.
Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at HardOCP has posted a quickie guide called the "HardOCP 1500" that looks at what system they could buy with a $1500 budget today. They ended up choosing nearly the same components as I did in our High End System Leaderboard.
While holding true to our upgradeability that has become the cornerstone of our guides, we have built the ultimate gaming upgrade that $1500 can buy.
Subject: Systems | May 23, 2005 - 05:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Keith over at HardOCP has put together another HardOCP 1000 article that finds the best upgrades a user can get for a $1000 at Newegg.com.
After deciding on a CPU, we turned the next few hundred dollars of our money toward a motherboard. There are several boards on the market that could fill our needs for out-of-the-box usability, stability, and performance, but future upgradeability is also a top requirement for us. It is important to target purchases that maximize our investments.
Subject: Systems | May 19, 2005 - 10:02 PM | Chuck Smith
Have you ever unsubscribed from one spam related email only to find yourself inundated with countless more later on? Extensiontech has done an Investigative Report on Why You Shouldn't Always Unsubscribe From Emails This may save you some spam in the long run.
This all started from me being spammed by some "Online Adult Dating Service" spam email. Of course my Spam Assassin caught it, and labeled it appropriately though. I guess I just had some weird inclination to go look around.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got this interesting email this morning, from both NVIDIA and Alienware, touting the new Star Wars PC.
The new Alienware Aurora: Star Wars Edition is the first-ever officially licensed Star Wars PC. This high performance machine is based on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCPs and offers a GeForce 6600 or two GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs running in SLI mode. It is packed with exclusive Star Wars content such as movie soundtracks, wallpapers, and desktop skins.
Subject: Systems | April 12, 2005 - 10:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has written up a review of the Shuttle XPC system based around the ATI Xpress 200 chipset for the AMD platform.
Unfortunately, the box isn't perfect. The ST20G5's USB and Gigabit Ethernet performance are disappointing, and our sample's VGA signal quality had some issues above 1024x768 at 75Hz. The BIOS also needs a little work, most notably support for higher HT link speeds and 0.5x CPU multipliers for overclocking.
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Another review has surfaced of the nForce4 powered Shuttle small form factor box, the SN25P. Below is a list of some of the things they liked about it:
- TeraCube - easy to install over 1 TB of storage in a SFF system
- NF4 chipset brings top notch performance
- Looks great!
- Smart fans are really smart
- Excellent fit and finish
- Integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader
- Wonderful audio controller
- Seamless installation, perfect fit & finish i
Subject: Systems | March 22, 2005 - 12:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
Bringing the nForce4 chipset to the SFF market isn't a small feat, but Shuttle has managed just that with the new SN25P model of their XPC line.
I have to admit that I've become very fond of the SN25P after playing around with it for couple weeks. It really is an amazing little system packed full of features you would never expect, not to mention far more stable than older versions of the XPC. It appears that Shuttle has finally overcome the heat issues that have plagued SFF systems.
Subject: Systems | March 18, 2005 - 08:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to drop a note to everyone that I have updated the Hardware Leaderboard again to reflect some changes in the PC market. Enjoy!
There is a big change in the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard: in this edition, all three systems are using PCI Express motherboard and graphics cards. I have finally seen prices drop on the new platforms to a level where I feel they are ready for entry into every segment of the DIY market.
A couple of our MSI users have just recently put together new systems based on MSI's new K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard. They decided to do some benchmarks and tests to put together an article to compare their respective systems and to give users an idea of what to expect from some of the newest PC technology available. The article can be found in our MSI forums sticky section.
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