New Low Cost Sun Opteron Servers

Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 05:51 PM |
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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.
Source: AnandTech

HardOCP Upgrade Guide

Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HardOCP System Guide 1000

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2005 - 05:55 PM |
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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.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Why You Shouldn't Always Unsubscribe From Emails

Subject: Systems | May 19, 2005 - 10:02 PM |
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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.

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Alienware Star Wars PC Debut

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM |
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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.

Shuttle XPC ST20G5 XPRESS 200 SFF

Subject: Systems | April 12, 2005 - 10:12 AM |
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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.

Shuttle SN25P nForce4 SFF Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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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

Source: hardCOREware

Shuttle Brings NF4 To SFF

Subject: Systems | March 22, 2005 - 12:02 AM |
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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.

Source: Club OC

PCP Hardware Leaderboard Update

Subject: Systems | March 18, 2005 - 08:39 PM |
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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.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (a users experience)

Subject: Systems | February 27, 2005 - 09:49 PM |
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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.

New Shuttle nForce4 SFF

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2005 - 06:49 PM |
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Shuttle has just released their new SN25P based on the nForce4 chipset. For such a small system, this new rig packs an impressive punch. Don't take my word for it, as there are reviews at both SFF Tech as well as at Tech-Report.

Source: General

AMD Donates AMD Athlon(TM) 64 Processor-Powered Computers To Carnegie Mellon University

Subject: Systems | January 27, 2005 - 10:51 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 24, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the company has donated AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based high-end computer systems to a senior capstone design lab in Carnegie Mellon University's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. AMD donated the systems as part of their University Campus Team, an ongoing program to forge strong relationships and technical partnerships with select U.S. universities.

Source: AMD

Alienware Releases SFF Machine

Subject: Systems | November 15, 2004 - 04:05 PM |
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Wow, even Alienware is getting into the SFF biz now!  These are starting pretty cheap, but you can deck them out with a lot of upgrades like the Intel 560 processors and even Radone X800XT's or GeForce 6800 GTs!  Head on over to read about the technology behind it or you can just start configuring your own!

AMD Expands Partner Roster For Validated Server Program

Subject: Systems | October 23, 2004 - 05:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- October 21, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today welcomed Sanmina-SCI (Nasdaq NM: SANM) as a new partner in AMD's Validated Server Program (VSP). Launched in June 2003, AMD's VSP connects system builders with VSP partners to obtain validated, stable and reliable solutions built on AMD Opteron™ processor-based server platforms from enterprise-class servers to systems optimized for the value segment.

Source: AMD

IWill's Dual Opteron SFF Cube Preview @ Hexus

Subject: Systems | September 23, 2004 - 02:43 PM |
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Over the past several days, we have been seeing the hype surrounding IWill's new Dual Opteron SFF system build tremendously. And why not? It is still quite amazing to me to see a dual processor SFF. Ryszard at Hexus has the World Exclusive Preview of IWill's ZMAXdp.

Dual Opteron in small form factor works, and it works well.

Source: Hexus

Intel's New Products Improve Features For Value-Priced PCs

Subject: Systems | September 22, 2004 - 08:34 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced new products to provide cost-conscious consumers more fully featured PCs. The Intel® Celeron® D processor 340 and the Intel® 910GL Express chipset offer solid computing reliability and value with improved features and technologies for value-priced PCs, including support for PCI Express*, Intel® High Definition Audio, and the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900.

[H]ard|OCP's $500 Upgrade Guide

Subject: Systems | September 21, 2004 - 07:55 PM |
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Low budget and low FPS? Fear not, [H]ard|OCP's $500 Upgrade Guide provides some basic common sense upgrades to keep that box kickin' strong for under $500.

The [H]ard|OCP 500, Q3-04 : Do you want upgrade your box that is a bit long in the tooth without having to take out a second mortgage? We give you some economically minded suggestions using $500 and parts from NewEgg that you can purchase today.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Shuttle SB81P XPC Reviews

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2004 - 10:40 PM |
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It has been a little slow on the SFF front, but I was able to scrape up a couple Shuttle SB81P XPC reviews.

Source: AnandTech

Shuttle's SN95G5 XPC Reviewed @ GamePC

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2004 - 03:57 PM |
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The guys over at GamePC have thrown the Shuttle SN95G5 nForce 3 Ultra Socket-939 through the lab. Read on and see what they found!

Despite the valiant attempts of every major motherboard maker to grab a piece of the small form factor market, Shuttle is still the dominating player.

Source: GamePC

Alienware Introduces 4GHZ Desktop

Subject: Systems | September 7, 2004 - 02:08 PM |
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Alienware has introduced one of the first desktop systems that runs at 4GHZ. Don't worry, you're not losing your mind, you didn't miss the Intel Press Release containing 4GHZ P4 information, because it hasn't occurred yet! Being the speed freaks they are, Alienware has used a water-cooled overclocked P4 to hit that magical 4GHZ mark. But get ready to donate a redundant internal organ, because this system ain't cheap!