Western Digital tries out the home theatre

Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 10:13 AM |
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Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player.  Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick.  On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out.  What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy.  Perhaps so

It's the net connection that makes it great

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2009 - 09:05 AM |
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Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up.  That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for.  ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s

Source: Extremetech

AMD returns to The Tech Report

Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out.  It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000.  Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar

Apple releases new iMacs, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, proves PCPer right!

Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 07:04 AM |
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Okay, so we were exactly two months early on the news, but just about everything I predicted would happen for the Mac line in 2009 basically came true today.

It really is a PC, honest

Subject: Systems | February 20, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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Glacialtech seems well at home designing HTPC cases, as you can see from the Altair A381 Media Center PC Case.  It looks very much like a stereo receiver and will be at home sitting with any kind of stereo system.  The included remote control is a nice touch as is the LCD display.  Techware Labs feels that this is the best HTPC case they have run into as of yet.

Inventing yet another form factor

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2009 - 01:16 PM |
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Even grouping any ATX/BTX types, you are still left with full sized desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and now we have nettops.  You could point out a strange little beast called the iMac, but as far as ASUS is concered their Eee Top ET1602 is the first nettop available.  The most noticeable
feature, and really the only part to the nettop is the 5.6in touchscreen LCD with a 1,366x768 resolution which also happens to house the entire system.  An Intel Atom N270 + 945 GSE and 1GB of DDR2 provide the processing power, which may be why HEXUS feels a little sceptical about the

Source: Hexus

Four fives and an i7

Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running.  They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia

Source: AnandTech

NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft on ION platform

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2009 - 10:22 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.

Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.

Source: NVIDIA

Not your regular systems guide

Subject: Systems | February 5, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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By now you are likely used to system build recommendations on hardware review sites, like our own Hardware Leaderboard, with several suggested builds at various price points.  bit-tech has put together a guide that is similar, with one significant difference, the three builds they recommend are all intended to be used as HTPCs.  They range from a design meant to take up as little space as possible, to an affordable system to an HTPC that can handle gaming. 

Source: bit-tech

It's the little guys you have to watch out for

Subject: Systems | February 3, 2009 - 09:17 AM |
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nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench.  Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX.  Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.