It is a notebook replacement

Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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MSI has broken away from the netbook market long enough to create an all in one desktop PC.  The MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO looks to be a 19" 1600x900 TFT touchscreen LCD at first glance, but hidden inside is a full PC.  An AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e powers it, with 4GB DDRII @ 533MHz
on the board its self, no memory upgrades for this machine.  Graphics are handled by the AMD RS780G and SB710, the HD3200 gets 128MB of Side Port DDR3 to help it out.  Benchmark Reviews tried it against Atoms and Ions and even a Dell to see how its performance measured up,

VIA EPIA-P720 Brings Fanless HD Video Playback to Pico-ITX

Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.

"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds

Multi-talented prebuilt HTPC from ASUS

Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM |
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The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by.  Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup.  The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play.  Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see

Source: InsideHW

Luxa's luxurious enclosure

Subject: Systems | September 4, 2009 - 01:16 PM |
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A small brushed aluminium box that resembles a high end receiver hides inside of it just enough space for an HTPC.  The Luxa LM100 has a simple front panel with a small LCD display and a cover hiding firewire and other connectors.  Cooling comes in the form of several 50mm fans and any CPU heatsink you desire, as long as it is shorter than 10.2cm.  Check out SPCR's final v

ASUS has a new ION and a new slogan

Subject: Systems | September 2, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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The ASUS AT3N7A-I is Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection and will Perfectly suit your digital lifestyle.  It is also an Atom based system with 8 USB ports,1 PS2 port, HDMI and  VGA out, coax/optical out, eSATA, Ethernet and has six 1/8” jacks for analog audio out.  ASRock also has as new Ion machine out, a complete system with a mini-ITX case, power supply, 2GB of memory, DVD drive and a 320GB hard drive.  Find out how they compare to each other, as well as a Zotac unit over at AnandTe

Source: AnandTech

More than an HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 24, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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At first glance, the HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f seems like an HTPC system; small and slim build, Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and a wireless mouse and keyboard combo.  Inside the machine you find a Core2 Quad Q8200 and 6GB of DDR3-1066 which offers a bit more power than you might expect, making word processing and surfing a strong possiblity.  The main downfall of the system is the NVIDIA GeForce G210 graphics card, you won't be gaming on the Slimline but you'll have no problem with streaming video.  If you are looking for a machine powerful enough for a machine used productively wi

A great addition to any HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video.  It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input.  Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs. 

Source: Gamepyre

Pretend you need it for school

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices.  PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations.  Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build.  The $2000 machine is where

Source: PCStats

A few problems at the start, but a nice finish

Subject: Systems | August 11, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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nMEDIA has been making a name for themselves making HTPC cases, with their 2000B model being up for review at The Tech Report.  The B in this model name denotes a black finish, there is also an S model if silver is more your thing.  Standing 17" x 16.4" x 6.6" should give you enough room for cooling and components without being so large as to look awkward in a living room entertainment centre and they use drop down pan

As seen on The Best of SNL

Subject: Systems | August 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM |
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SmoothCreations is gaining a big name in the enthusiast crowd, as most systems are done just right.  Quality builds with seriously powerful components are just part of the parcel, there is also the incredible paint jobs that grace the outside of their cases.  New at the Guru of 3D is the LANShark, sporting a skull motif and side panel made entirely of acrylic.  Inside you find an i7 965, a GTX 295 and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1600 and a Rampage II Gene motherboard, though you can customize the parts if you plan on ordering one.  The CPU is cooled via a Cool It Pure H2O
and the res

Source: Guru of 3D