This HTPC brought to you by Alienware

Subject: Systems | March 4, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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When one thinks of Alienware, one cannot help but think of overkill; both in price and in performance.  They've decided to create an HTPC, the Alienware HD Media Server which will set you back between $5000 - $7000 depending on the parts you choose.  Legit Reviews tried out this media server, with it's C2Quad, X38 motherboard, 4TB of storage in RAID5 and even a built in Blu-ray player.  They've also hired a professional installer to incorporate it into their home entertainment centre, and they will do an update

CeBit 2008: Watch AMD's Presentations at CeBit

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are curious to hear about AMD's 780G chipset, Puma and other CeBit announcements, then you can get it straight from AMD's own streaming press event. When its over, it will still be looping throughout the day.

The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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AMD has come through in a big way with the 790G chipset, although not by taking a performance crown as many enthusiasts would have preferred.  Instead, they have totally destroyed the competition in integrated graphics.  Currently available(ish) at $100, the board's price will drop and setting up an HTPC or just a general PC for $300 or less is easy with this board, and it will perform well enough that you d

Bad day for removable interfaces

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like an old vulnerability that Microsoft never got around to fixing allows you to unlock Windows PCs with just a Linux box and a Firewire connection.  The story that was picked up on Slashdot links to a tool that is a proof of concept.  The person who discovered the flaw notified Microsoft about it years ago, but since there has been no fix, he has released it publicly.  Hopefully that will convince someone it is worth fixing.

Source: Slashdot

Thermaltake BlacX Winner and Video Posted

Subject: Storage | March 4, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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After our very popular Thermaltake BlacX review was posted last week, we decided to give away a free one to a lucky PCPer member that posted in this thread in our Storage Forum.  Well, the end of the contest is here and the winner is....

COMPUGUY1088!!!
Source: 3DCenter

OCZ Enters Mass Production and Imminent Delivery of the Neural Impulse Actuator

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 3, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components for enthusiasts and gamers, is pleased to announced the Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) has begun mass production and launch into channel is imminent.

CeBit 2008: ASUS Dual CPU workstation motherboard launched

Subject: Motherboards | March 4, 2008 - 10:14 AM |
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While the world is focused on computer hardware at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany ASUS took the opportunity to launch their new Z7S WS motherboard based on Intel's Skulltrail 5400 chipset platform.  The board used the Intel 5400 chipset, supports dual LGA771 processors and has three PCIe x16 slots for graphics expansion.  Yes, the board still requires DDR2

CeBit 2008: Albatron shows off 9800 GX2 images

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2008 - 01:15 AM |
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Albatron sent over some photos of the 9800 GX2 that they are showing off in their booth at CeBit.  There weren't any specs included, but Albatron did say:

ASUS and the new 9" Eee PC

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2008 - 07:06 PM |
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We have been big proponents of the ASUS Eee PC since it was first released for sale in October of last year.  It is an inexpensive, small and function Linux-based notebook that will run you about $300-400.  One of the drawbacks and complaints of the Eee PC was the small 7" screen and it looks like ASUS is set to release a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen:

Bringing out the worse in reviewers

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2008 - 05:45 PM |
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Something about USB drives turns hardware reviewers into sadistic torturers who laugh maniacally while dipping them in boiling water or running them over with heavy equipment.  Take DriverHeaven for instance, who have subjected 19 different drives to tests running from transfer speeds to crushing tests.  If you are looking for more from your USB memory stick that just price per gigabyte, or simply want to see distressed hardware, click on over.

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The sweet sound of silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2008 - 04:26 PM |
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Mektu Mods decided to get aggressively passive, and design a silent PC.  Not simply a quiet, or barely noticeable PC, but a dead silent, completely passively cooled PC.  When they were done, they had a Opteron 170 @ 2,4 GHz and GeF orce 6800GT inside a case built of some of the biggest heatsinks you have seen used in (or on) a PC.  They also decorated it, and it is worth checking out!

Source: MetkuMods

ASUS' incredible shrinking laptops

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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Ryan's new favourite laptop is the ASUS U6S 12.1" Ultra-mobile Notebook, that offers some well thought out styling as well as great performance.  With the screen limited to 12" and graphics begin powered by a GeForce 8400M, you won't be doing much gaming, nor will the battery last as long as you might hope.  On the other hand, at 4lbs and perfectly capable of playing movies, this is a great laptop if you are on the go.

Pushing just a bit harder

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Palit has pushed their overclocked 9600 GT a bit further than many other manufacturers; their 9600 GT Sonic hits 700 MHz on the GPU, the shader's are raised to 1.75 GHz, and the RAM runs at 2 GHz.  That wasn't enough to convince [H]ard|OCP to give it a Gold Award, what was the deciding factor is that Palit revamped the whole card with new power circuitry and added output ports.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We can rebundle it

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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TweakTown asks a question that has probably occurred to most hardware enthusiasts at some point, what is up with these graphics card bundles?  Sure, getting a game is nice, unless you already have it, or wouldn't play it if you were paid to.  Jut how many DVI-VGA adapters does one human need anyways?  They offer two companies that they feel are offering the right bundles, without adding much to the price.  Read on to see who they are.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Announces Intel Atom Brand for New Family of Low-Power Processors

Subject: Processors | March 3, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2008 - The Intel Atom processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation.

CeBit sneak peak of ASUS products

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2008 - 09:06 PM |
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It looks like someone snuck into the show floor at CeBit and snagged some photos from the ASUS booth a bit early.  First up, ASUS is pushing the Eee PC brand with a host of new accessories including a VoIP phone (but not the Skype phone we looked at previously), an 802.11g wireless access point, HSDPA card and slim external DVD-RW drive. 

CeBit 2008: Kingston overclocks DDR3 memory to 2.133 GHz!

Subject: Memory | March 2, 2008 - 08:24 PM |
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CeBit 2008 will be starting in just a few short hours as the Monday morning sun reaches them before it does us resting comfortably back here in the States.  That doesn't mean that news from the show isn't starting to roll in...

February blahs strike the forums, lets start March with a roar

Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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Upgrading your system piece by piece can be challenging, and I don't necessarily mean to imply it is hard to find the components or install them.  I am more referring to the dilemma of bottlenecking, as in this thread, nothing is more disheartening
than buying a new graphics card and seeing no improvements.  On the other hand, moving from onboard to add on audio can be a bit confusing.  Hard drives are easier, if you want s

AMD HD 3870 X2 with GDDR4 to be shown at CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 29, 2008 - 03:12 PM |
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It looks like the rumor going around the pre-CeBit floor is that AMD and its partners will be showing off a GDDR4 version of the recently released Radeon HD 3870 X2 card (review here).  The current cards use GDDR3 memory but there are not as of yet any indicators that performance will be increased because of it - stay tuned!

Most of ATI’s partners will showcase their Radeon 3870 X2 DDR4
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Source: fastlanehw

MSI is going to power chipset fans with...chipset heat

Subject: Motherboards | February 29, 2008 - 03:09 PM |
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This is a pretty interesting design idea: taking the heat that is generated by the motherboard chipset and using it to power the very fan that cools it.  Pic and description from engadget.

Source: engadget