Subject: Systems | March 8, 2011 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fitting the Fusion powered Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 into a list of reviews can be a little odd, the Zacate CPU is the star as there isn't really a huge variation on motherboards and as it isn't restricted to being an HTPC it shall sit in with the other pre-built systems, even if is not truly complete without some memory and storage medium. USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet controllers are just some of the features on this E-350 powered board which you can read more about at The Tech Report.
"We take a closer look at a Fusion-equipped Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard to see if it delivers on Zacate's potential for small-form-factor desktops and home-theater PCs. While we're at it, we also test the peripheral performance of Fusion's Hudson M1 platform hub."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- AMD E-350 Accelerated Processor @ iXBT Labs
- Lenovo IdeaCentre H320-40411DU Review @ TechReviewSource
- Acer Veriton Z290G-UD525W Review @ TechReviewSource
- Rock Xtreme 680 review @ The Inquirer
- Gateway DX4320-45 Review @ TechReviewSource
- HP Pavilion p6720f Review @ TechReviewSource
- TR's March 2011 system guide
Subject: Systems | March 1, 2011 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HONG KONG – Mar. 1, 2011 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series mini-PCs powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series delivers a premium computing experience with rich high-definition video playback capabilities and outstanding 3D visuals in a compact form factor.
The powerful AMD E-350 APU equips the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series with dual processor cores for lightning-fast system responsiveness and snappy multi-tasking abilities. Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics enable compatibility with the latest Microsoft DirectX 11 titles for stunning 3D visuals on the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series.
“ZOTAC continues to expand our award-winning ZBOX mini-PC series. Our latest ZBOX AD02 series takes the powerful AMD E-350 APU Platform with Discrete-Class AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics and packs it into our compact and customizable ZBOX chassis,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The result is the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU performance that makes for an outstanding high-definition computing experience that uses very little energy while generating very little heat or noise.”
The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 ships as an easily customizable barebones with a tool-less chassis design – two thumb screws unlock access to the internal components. Support for 2.5-inch hard drives and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots enable users to equip the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 to their liking.
A ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Plus is available and ships equipped with a preinstalled 250GB hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory – both ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 and AD02 Plus models let users select their operating system of choice and is ready for Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems. The ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series feature class-leading expansion with USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity for simple plug and play connectivity to external devices.
It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 series.
- ZOTAC Unleashes ZBOX AD02 Series mini-PCs
- AMD E-350 APU platform (dual-core, 1.6 GHz)
- AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor
- ZBOX AD02 o 2 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slots
- Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
- ZBOX AD02 Plus
- 2GB DDR3
- 250GB 5400RPM HDD
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
- HDMI, DVI-I and VGA (with included adapter) outputs
- AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
- Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD: Master Audio bitstream ready
- Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11n WiFi
Subject: Systems | March 1, 2011 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Puget Systems Among First to Ship Corrected Sandy Bridge PCs
Puget Systems leverages its manufacturer and distribution relationships to become one of the first PC providers to ship corrected Sandy Bridge Computers.
SEATTLE, WA - Puget Systems (www.pugetsystems.com), a boutique integrator of custom PC systems for enthusiasts, gamers, consumers and SMB markets, today announced a shipping schedule for corrected Sandy Bridge PCs.
The first revision of Sandy Bridge chipsets suffered from a design flaw that caused performance degrada
Subject: Systems | February 28, 2011 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the market right now are a large number of ION + ATOM prebuilt HTPCs, which look nice and are powerful enough for HTPC and light browsing but feel underpowered to many enthusiasts. That is why products like the HDPLEX H10 are so nice, they let you choose your components and look good at the same time. The rackmount style works well in this case as it would not look out of place in a home theatre cabinet and the fanless design means you don't have to worry about it being in a stack of components. See what Si
Subject: Systems | February 22, 2011 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the base model of the Zino HD 410 HTPC comes in at about $300 the model that AnandTech received for review was worth just over $700 after all of the options were loaded on. That fully loaded model sports a Phenom II X4 P940 on a AMD M880G + SB820
which supports up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 and for graphics uses an ATI Mobility 5450 1GB DDR3.
Subject: Systems | February 15, 2011 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a different choice now for those looking for a PC that can handle email, internet browsing and home theatre duties, a small self contained system that resembles a thinclient with style and a fair number of video outputs. The Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC offers a
Dual Core Intel Atom D510 1.66ghz, nVidia's ION2 and 2GB of DDR2 for system memory with a 250GB drive for storage. Neoseeker found that 720p is about the limit of this systems capabilities,
as 1080p playback
Subject: Systems | February 10, 2011 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Puget Systems specializes in making custom PCs that are incredibly quiet without sacrificing any performance to do so. As you saw in Ryan's review of their Serenity SPCR Edition Ultra Quiet Gaming PC, they do a very good job at it. Since then they have been hard at work extending their line up and keeping up with the newest parts. One of their more recent Serenity SPCR Edition models went up for review at Anand
Subject: Systems | February 7, 2011 - 04:45 AM | Matt Smith
If you’ve ever used a touchscreen desktop computer you probably know that while they’re cool, they lack the functionality to replace a keyboard and mouse. Lifting up your arms constantly to touch a screen is the antonym of ergonomic.
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2011 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MissingRemote a dedicated crew have been assembling a guide that covers all the basics you need to know to put together a powerful and functional HTPC. Perhaps one of the most important parts they cover is the idea that "Your HTPC Is Not An Investment". Don't wait for the newest cutting edge tech and pick up parts that are as fast as you need but don't go for overkill. The way media storage and broadcasting changes, the next HTPC upgrade you make may well need to be an entirel
Subject: Systems | January 26, 2011 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The difference between 1080i and 720p is a difference of spatial resolution and temporal resolution; one has more pixels in total while the other pushed pixels faster. On the other hand you have refresh rates, which have changed from the previous standard of 60Hz to a wide variety of what are, in many case, purely marketing speak and have more to do with how the display manipulates frames to meet the higher frequency. Missing Remote tries to help you make sense of it a