Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 29, 2008 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 23, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's DH102 Home Theater PC Case offers a front panel that will fit in with any stereo system, thanks to the brushed aluminium, analog dial and
the LCD display. Of course, it had better do it's job well at $500 for an empty case. As long as the price hasn't scared you off, try checking out [OC]ModShop's full review.
Subject: Systems | July 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has made some major revisions to their recommended systems for this summer, thanks to the effort being made by manufacturers to speed up their releases this year. With four recommended builds to choose from, there is something interesting, no matter what you plan to do with your PC.
Subject: Systems | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
techPowerUp has snagged one of the new AMD PCIe TV Wonder 600s, which along with its' 650 brother are the first AIW products we have seen in quite some time. The is the less expensive model, so it is missing some of the features of the higher end model such as a slim profile and HD support. It does handle digital cable, so you don't have to worry about the death of analog TV.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Serious multi-threaded processing power and a tight race between Intel and AMD in the server market. AnandTech, with a little help, tested quad socket, quad core server setups to see if AMD can climb back into what used to be their strongest market. Take a look at how the server market is right now, just before the release of Dunnington.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.
Subject: Systems | June 17, 2008 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps examines the Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case, a case that will really let you show off your components. The addition of blue LED fans to provide cooling and a unique look will make it even more attractive to those wanting an HTPC that stands out rather than blending in. It is a full sized ATX case, even with it's uncommon shape, so you can use it to house a more robust PC as well.
Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As strange as it may sound after the original experience most had with Vista and it's hardware requirements, it is now possible to set up a Vista PC for ~$350, with a copy of that much maligned OS included. ExtremeTech has the list, and some quick pictorial instructions on installing the hardware. Don't expect to be using the Aero interface though, Solitaire will be fairly graphics intense for this budget PC.