Ready made HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 03:10 PM |
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If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment.  The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part.  In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a

Why is HDMI 1.4 so great anyways?

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 12:31 PM |
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A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier.  No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty.  That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well.  Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.

Lenovo Revamps Consumer Products: New Notebooks and All-in-Ones

Subject: Systems | May 12, 2010 - 01:55 PM |
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Lenovo has announced brand new products to their consumer line-up, letting out a fresh batch of notebooks, all-in-one systems, and a lone nettop.

New Notebooks

Source: Lenovo

Spring has sprung and it is time for new system recommendations

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2010 - 02:36 PM |
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In this case it is The Tech Report who have updated their recommended system builds, just ahead of the arrival of AMD's 6 core 1090T CPU so the only 6 core processor in these systems is the ultra fast Core i7 980X.  That 980X sits in the the Double Stuff workstation along with the ever popular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
and 12GB of DDR3-1600.  Other big changes include moving the Utility Player to a microATX motherboard and enclosure to make it even more handy as an HTPC.

VidaBox's new HTPC case bears a long name for such a small case

Subject: Systems | April 12, 2010 - 03:30 PM |
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The impressively titled VidaBox SLIMv3 vCase3 Premium mATX HTPC Case
might be a little hard to find online but it will certainly fit the needs of many HTPC builders.  The case is slightly reminiscent of a rack mounted case but even more like an old VHS player.  The assembly is so easy a child can handle it, as proved in MadShrimps review.  Drop by for a look if you prefer a clean look for your HTPC as opposed to the more flashy styles of design.

Source: Madshrimps

Have Gateway's prebuilt systems changed their spots?

Subject: Systems | April 9, 2010 - 01:49 PM |
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Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600.  Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games.  The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much.  Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close<

Source: Tech Spot

Serial Attached SCSI heads in a different direction

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2010 - 04:23 PM |
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SAS has been suffering a bit of embarrassment at the hands of SSDs as what once was the undisputed champion for performance in a data centre has been left behind by the quick new flash based upstart.  Adoption of SSDs into those specific areas is slow for several reasons, not least of which is price as you might rightly think.  The other important reason is storage density and that is a huge factor in corporate environments.  Sure the SSDs do things faster, but often at a speed far in excess of what is needed in these environments and they are going to take up a lot more space e

Source: Bjorn3D

Taking your home theatre seriously

Subject: Systems | March 24, 2010 - 02:12 PM |
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One of our long standing contributors, Lee aka Robotech, has assembled a very comprehensive look at assembling the perfect home theatre.  This is not a review of hardware so much as it is a blueprint to set up a room so as to reach audio and video nirvana.  It will involve tape measures and calculators as the size and shape of the room is one of the more important things for getting that perfect experience.  Join him in Part 1 of what will be an ongoing series of articles delving into the high end of home theatres.

Hackintoshing your way to imperfection

Subject: Systems | March 12, 2010 - 03:03 PM |
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The Tech Report has been playing with a system based around a Gigabyte X38–DQ6 and an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU and have two main targets in mind.  The first is to make the PC as cost effective as possible and the second is a little more ambitious, to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. 
They do have a guide on what to do to the BIOS and successfully installed and booted the machine.  Now that the machine works, find out what features can and can't be expected to perform properly.

A new way to interface with your HTPC

Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 03:20 PM |
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Almost all TV Tuner cards come with a remote control to add to the pile that likely lives on your coffee table, though some abandon that in favour of a wireless mouse and keyboard.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!