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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.
Subject: Systems | February 22, 2005 - 06:49 PM | Sean Pelletier
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.
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.
Subject: Systems | November 15, 2004 - 04:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
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!
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.
Subject: Systems | September 23, 2004 - 02:43 PM | Alexander Munos
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.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2004 - Intel Corporation today announced new products to provide cost-conscious consumers more fully featured PCs. The IntelÂ® CeleronÂ® D processor 340 and the IntelÂ® 910GL Express chipset offer solid computing reliability and value with improved features and technologies for value-priced PCs, including support for PCI Express*, IntelÂ® High Definition Audio, and the IntelÂ® Graphics Media Accelerator 900.
Subject: Systems | September 21, 2004 - 07:55 PM | Alexander Munos
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.
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2004 - 03:57 PM | Alexander Munos
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.
Subject: Systems | September 7, 2004 - 02:08 PM | Alexander Munos
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!
Subject: Systems | August 31, 2004 - 09:28 PM | Alexander Munos
With gaming the focus, Ars Technica has updated the System Guide, bringing you The Performance Gaming Box and The Ultimate Gaming Box. The Ars Technica System Guide has always been an excellent resource to anyone building a new system. To get fraggin and increase those FPS, head over and check it out!
Major upgrades are often driven by software, not hardware. And one of the biggest software categories driving upgrades is games.
Subject: Systems | August 21, 2004 - 12:08 AM | Alexander Munos
The guys at Hardware Zone recently took a look at MSI's MEGA 180 Deluxe, and apparently liked what they saw (snagged the Most Innovative Product Award). Overall, I would say a pretty slick looking SFF system. Head over and check it out!
MSI's Entertainment and Gaming Appliance (MEGA) model 180 is based on the NVIDIA nForce2 IGP solution for AMD Athlon XP CPUs.
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