An HTPC case for the exhibitionist

Subject: Systems | June 17, 2008 - 12:37 PM |
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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.

Source: Madshrimps

Battered OS included

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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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.

Source: Extremetech

Post-Computex 2008: ASUS builds systems, new Xonar HDMI audio card

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 02:49 AM |
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Even though information was a bit short at the show, ASUS is planning on selling complete systems to enthusiasts and gamers alike:

The ARES CG6155 supports Intel Core 2 processors, GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, up to 4TB of storage and up to TWO 1000W power supplies!!

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the Future

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.

T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation

Subject: Systems | June 2, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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TOKYO -- June 2, 2008 --AMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These T2K systems were delivered to the University of Tsukuba by Cray Japan Inc. and Sumisho Computer Systems, to the University of Tokyo by Hitachi Ltd., and to Kyoto University by Fujitsu Ltd.

Source: AMD

We don't need no stinkin' SLI

Subject: Systems | May 29, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA's CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!

Source: DV Hardware

The new improved HTPC guide

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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If you missed the first ExtremeMhz HTPC guide, fear not for it is old and busted.  The new and improved second version has arrived, covering everything you need to know about building your own HTPC ... at least until the third version arrives

Source: ExtremeMhz

IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 28, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor among global OEMs continues with IBM's launch of three updated System x servers. Designed to address customer priorities such as energy efficiency, performance, scalability, and virtualization, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from IBM offer an exceptional power-efficient platform for today's most demanding datacenters.

Source: AMD

Metallic copper, as opposed to the other kind

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2008 - 01:20 PM |
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The Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PC is orange, whether they would prefer it be called metallic copper or not, it is as orange as a recent release from Valve.  bit-tech did look beyond the finish on the case, to the interior of Acer's PC which features a self contained watercooling setup, SLI'd cards and more.  If you are looking for an impressive system, both on the outside and the inside, drop by for a look.

Source: bit-tech

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 22 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems.