Misc. SFF Reviews

Subject: Systems | August 26, 2004 - 12:31 PM |
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We have the SFF reviews rollin' in! Enjoy.

Hardware Zone Reviews the MSI MEGA 180 Deluxe

Subject: Systems | August 21, 2004 - 12:08 AM |
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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.

Home Theatre PC Project (Part 1)

Subject: Systems | August 20, 2004 - 01:14 AM |
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MODTHEBOX has put together part 1 of building your own HTPC. These systems have gained popularity over the past several years. Coming in smaller, more powerful sizes, a home theatre PC can really spice up that entertainment center.

The SFF (Small Form Factor) market has been revitalized with a surge of all-inclusive mini PC systems marketed by companies such as ACorp, AMS, Biostar, Hush Technologies, MSI, Shuttle, Soltek, and VIA.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Thursday SFF Fix

Subject: Systems | August 5, 2004 - 10:46 PM |
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For those SFF addicts out there, get your fix here with three reviews to keep you going!

Source: bit-tech

Doom 3 Hardware Guide

Subject: Systems | July 29, 2004 - 02:50 PM |
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Doom 3. The very name can send chills up the spine of the most hardcore gamers. It is probably one of the most anticipated games of the day, but how well will it fare on your system? Can your box handle the Doom 3 experience or is an upgrade in order? id Software and HardOCP have teamed up to bring you up to speed on how your hardware (or similar configurations) will perform, and what upgrades you might be in need of. If you're getting into the Doom 3 craze, this is definitely worth a read.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

SGI To Build New NASA Supercomputer

Subject: Systems | July 28, 2004 - 01:43 AM |
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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has chosen SGI (Silicon Graphics Inc.) to build a new supercomputer based on Linux, and powered by 10,240 Intel Itanium 2 processors. This new beast will focus its attention on the areas of space exploration, global warming, and aerospace engineering.

The Tech Report Reviews Shuttle's XPC SB81P

Subject: Systems | July 26, 2004 - 02:14 AM |
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Scott "Damage" Wasson has put together another solid review as he takes a look at Shuttle's XPC SB81P. How does this box stack up to the rigorous testing of Damage Labs? Read on and find out!

Shuttle's designers, ever vigilant, apparently weren't daunted. They've redesigned the XPC from a clean sheet of paper. The result is Shuttle's new P-series chassis, the first incarnation of which is the XPC SB81P.

Saturday System Round-Up

Subject: Systems | July 24, 2004 - 02:42 PM |
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Today I have rounded up two SFF reviews and a digital music system preview (for something a little different). Enjoy!

The ability to listen to music throughout the house is an audio enthusiast's dream.

Source: CoolTechZone

Misc SFF Reviews

Subject: Systems | July 21, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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Here are a few SFF reviews to keep you going as we push through the middle of the week.

Alienware Broadens Its Horizons

Subject: Systems | July 20, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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The Inquirer is reporting that Alienware is branching out into larger markets and will be shooting for more than just an enthusiast circle.


FORMERLY SPECIALIST PC company Alienware said it is spreading its wings and will sell a number of ranges of machines aimed at the government, workstation, and small and medium markets.
Source: The Inquirer

DesignTechnica Reviews Home Theater System From Gateway

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2004 - 01:28 PM |
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DesignTechnica has taken a look at the Gateway KAS-303 Home Theater System and likes what they have found (even snagged an Editor's Choice Award)! Check out the review and see for yourself.


Gateway's KAS-303 home-theater is a 6.1 channel, 750 watt system that incorporates some innovative features into a compact, yet powerful system.

Ars Technica Updates the System Guide

Subject: Systems | July 14, 2004 - 10:04 PM |
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Have you ever wondered what hardware to buy for your new machine, what components are going to get you the best bang for the buck, or how to build the baddest box on the block? Ars Technica's System Guide is just the thing for you.

Source: Ars Technica

AnandTech Reviews the Shuttle SK83G SFF

Subject: Systems | July 14, 2004 - 01:01 AM |
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The guys over at AnandTech have put together another solid review as they take a look at the Shuttle SK83G. Head over and check it out!


You knew it was coming, and indeed it has. Today, we bring you a Shuttle SFF review as part of our effort to bring you more SFF articles. Read on to find out if Shuttle's latest Athlon 64 SFF, the SK83G, is what you've been looking for.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Delivers Breakthrough PC Technologies

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2004 - 03:59 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2004 - In one of the most significant PC platform changes in a decade, Intel Corporation today announced products that usher in a range of audio, video and other capabilities previously found only on specialty PCs. In addition to making the PC experience more entertaining and productive, these technologies pave the way for such emerging capabilities as High Definition (HD) video, 7.1 surround sound and robust file protection for office and home users.

Intel Reduces Barriers To ISV And IHV Certification

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2004 - 05:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 14, 2004 - Intel Corporation today cut costly red tape for enterprise server OEMs with the formation of a program to precertify server platforms based on Intel® architecture processors with the offerings of major hardware and software vendors.

Currently, server OEMs that want to incorporate the hardware and software offerings must individually submit their new IA-based systems to those vendors for independent certification.

AMD bags Chinese giant

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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Wednesday 9th June 2004 23:21 GMT --- AMD has worked its way into the heart of the Chinese computer market, announcing a deal today with leading manufacturer Lenovo.


Lenovo is set to roll out the Feng Xing V series of consumer PCs running on AMD's Athlon 64 and Athlon XP processors. AMD, for the first time, joins Intel as a supplier for Lenovo - the largest PC maker in China.

Source: The Register

Alienware Launches "ALX" Brand

Subject: Systems | June 3, 2004 - 07:22 AM |
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Today, Alienware launches its new premium "ALX" brand of high-performance gaming systems. Complete with a custom watercooling system and the latest and greatest hardware money can buy, these new systems are certianly worth taking a look at.


Alienware ALX systems feature performance-enhanced hardware to provide more speed, power, and responsiveness than ever before. High-performance hardware is carefully engineered and configured to define and deliver a brand new class of high-performance systems.

Source: Email

AMD talks media center with HP, Gateway

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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Bit of news via c|net this morning.  HP, Gateway and eMachines are all mentioned as interested in selling the media centres, based on the cool'n'quiet athlon64's.  May the market share be with you, AMD!

Advanced Micro Devices is talking with Hewlett-Packard, Gateway and others about developing media-center style personal computers based on AMD's Athlon 64 chips, an AMD official said on Thursday.

IWILL ZMAXdp - Dual Opteron SFF Design for workstation

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2004 - 05:03 PM |
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The power of Dual Opterons in a SFF package.  Who would have thought IWill of all manufacturers would be the one with baby.  Not me, its been a very long time hearing about AMD products from IWill.  Now its time to see what they have been doing in the quiet corners of their R&D room.  This baby needs to be sitting next to my desk!

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Gateway FMC-901X & More

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2004 - 09:14 PM |
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System's are not my forte, but even I could tell there was something unique about the Gateway FMC-901X. It's certainly worth a peek. :)

The FMC-901X is a great system for those wanting to try something new.