Taking the easy route to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs.  With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case.  Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell adds the 2400Pro and 2400XT to their OptiPlex line

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |

While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP.  If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.

Source: AMD

Alas poor Athlon, we knew you well

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM |

It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom.  Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline.  It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.

Trusted Computing finally makes an appearance

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM |

It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium.  The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day.  Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.

"Today's launch of the latest version of Inte

Source: Ars Technica

It's the extras that make it special

Subject: Mobile | August 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |

If you are going to spend the money to get an Alienware laptop, what is the point in going with the basic model?  AnandTech asked themselves that when they decided to review the Area-51 m9750, and then busied themselves adding the extras that make Alienware the envy of laptop gamers everywhere.  Read on to see what they ended up adding to the machine, and how much it set them back to get blazing hot graphics on a laptop.

Source: AnandTech

A wish for Wings

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2007 - 03:19 PM |

Thermaltake's new case design bears the name Wing RS 100.  Aimed at those that don't want to pay $100 or more for a case, but still want a 120mm fan and a nice look.  HARDWARE LOGIC found it to be a good example of it's kind, a low budget case you won't be disappointed with.

She canna take much more!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2007 - 02:08 PM |

1600W!!! Seriously, think about that for a second.  The 12v rail can run up to 117A, and 1404W!  Originally Ultra had planned this model to be 2000W, but they couldn't get certification, and you would probably have needed to plug it into a 240W plug, and possible install 3-phase circuits.  [H]ard|OCP struggled to get this PSU up to it's full load, but did finally manage.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Save your change for the 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2007 - 12:24 PM |

BFGTech's GeForce 8600GTS OC2 increases the default speeds 720MHz GPU and 1110MHz RAM, which does give you a good jump over a non-overclocked 8600GTS.  The problem is that a 320MB 8800GTS can be had for almost the same money, and Boot Daily's benchmarks show it takes two to compete with the faster card.

Source: Boot Daily

AMD's giving us the quiet treatment

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |

After the non-launch of Athlon 64 X2 Black Edition CPU, AMD held a quiet press event in Singapore.  The speculation ran from Phenom information to Bobcat and Fusion.  TechARP can tell you just how bizarre this conference ended up being.

Source: Tech ARP

New Intel vPro Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 11:12 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.

Taking it to the limits

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 05:34 PM |

A great way for PC enthusiasts to get extra bang for their buck is by purchasing a slower, and cheaper CPU, and then overclocking it to the point where the PC would make a great EZ-Bake oven.  It's not always easy, but there


Easy on the eyes, and on the back

Subject: Displays | August 24, 2007 - 02:50 PM |

Sharp has been showing off a 52" LCD display that only weighs 60lb.  You won't be able to learn much more about it on Sharp's webpage, but you can drool over the pictures on [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

That comes out to about 50 cents per MHz

Subject: Memory | August 24, 2007 - 01:43 PM |

OCZ offers PC3-12800 Platinum Channel EB Edition as does Super Talent with their W1600UX2G7, both running at DDR3-1600.  Both kits will run you more than most CPUs right now, so X-Bits Labs ran them through some hard testing to see what you get for the investment.  The results probably won't surprise you, though

Source: X-Bit Labs

Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |

ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech

Inspect their gadgets

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |

Comex 2007, the gadget lovers favourite trade show, has been invaded by Hardware Zone.  They have a huge preview of all the new toys and tools we will be seeing released in the near future, from projectors to crystal encrusted monitors to a Draft N wireless NIC with 3 antenna. 

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor, the World's Most Power Efficient x86 CPU

Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 11:26 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.

Why go for a keypad when you can have the whole board

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |

A drawback to some of the gaming keypads, llike the Wolfking Warrior is that they take up extra space on an already packed desk.  The Timberwolf addresses that issue by attaching an FPS keypad directly to the left side of a QWERTY keyboard, and removing the numpad usually found on the right.  Find out what it did to OCC's game, and their opponents.

Storage sandwich

Subject: Storage | August 23, 2007 - 03:36 PM |

The Future of Things has had a look at Mempile's TeraDisc technology, a big yellow DVD that may soon obsolete the 2 DVD formats currently fighting for supremacy.  They use their laser to create 200 virtual layers, five microns apart, each containing approximately 5 GB of data.  Their test also show about a 50 year lifespan for data on the disk, but it is a shame about the colour.

Good things can come in small packages

Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2007 - 01:46 PM |

The Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H is an AMD 690 based microATX board.  As [H]ard|OCP points out, you will be doing this board an injustice if you think it's small size will hold it back.  This board is as feature rich as it's larger cousins, and just wait until you see how well it overclocks.

There is also some interesting news about XFX's nForce 680i, which Ryan shares with you here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Luxury housing for your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2007 - 12:11 PM |

At over $300, the SilverStone Temjin TJ10 has a lot to live up to, following the already impressive TJ9.  Phoronix found that it has what it takes, this EATX case has it all.  You can find out why in the full review.

"Last year we reviewed the SilverStone Temjin TJ09, which was an incredible EATX chassis and the best that we had

seen all year.

Source: Phoronix