Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.

Ryan goes 4x4-ing

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine.  It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one.  You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished.  Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.

Let someone else do the work

Subject: Systems | September 3, 2008 - 10:39 AM |
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The Cyberpower Gaming Infinity Quad Elite system offers you a lot of power without much work, though it will take a good chunk of your money.  You do get what you pay for from Cyberpower; the full review at DriverHeaven certainly proves that.  The list of components read like most gamers wish list and the Anubis case is the icing on the cake.  Go take a look, but be prepared to feel envious.

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There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 10:31 AM |
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mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases.  Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply.  While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.

Source: bit-tech

So smooth they're almost frictionless

Subject: Systems | August 22, 2008 - 11:05 AM |
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Smooth Creations is making a huge splash in the enthusiast market, and an equally large dent in the wallets of those that pick them up.  It's not just the stellar job they do in setting up extremely powerful systems; it is the incredible paint jobs on the cases.  Every one is a unique airbrushing, with a finish that would not look out of place on a high end car.  Neoseeker were lucky enough to get a hold of the Neptune, a water-cooled system with a very appropriate paint job.

Source: Neoseeker

Intel Introduces First IA System on Chip for Consumer Electronics, Expands Internet to TV Experience

Subject: Systems | August 20, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 20, 2008 - At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices based on the company's popular Intel architecture (IA) blueprint.

Executives on Wednesday also provided updates on the Mobile Internet Device (MID) category and Intel Atom processor, unveiled a brand with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: Systems | August 15, 2008 - 08:22 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 15 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Source: VIA Arena

Water on the brain

Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 02:59 PM |
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What could be better than a Skulltrail system?  bit-tech answers that question with their work log of a Cosmos Sword-S modified to accept watercooling for all of the parts that make up this Skulltrail system.  The final result is impressive, both in it's aesthetics and the power of the components within.

Source: bit-tech

A miniature war

Subject: Systems | July 29, 2008 - 10:08 AM |
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On one side is Intel's Atom processor, which can handle multi-threading but systems that use it can only have PCI cards.  In the other is VIA's nano, which can only handle a single thread, but has a faster FSB and can handle PCIe 16x quite handily.  Either system needs less power to run than the majority of graphics cards.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at what these chips are designed to do as well as who [H] picks as the winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Summer time, the perfect time to replay all your games at higher resolution

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2008 - 10:34 AM |
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Ars Technica has new advice on those looking to pick up a killer gaming rig this summer.  Their all inclusive budget gaming rig comes in at $1,210.39, including a 22" widescreen LCD.  Their performance box will run you $2,739.20, and has a lot of power behind it.  You can also get a second opinion from Ryan on our own Hardware Leaderboard.

Source: Ars Technica