Subject: Systems | June 21, 2010 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The term media streamer can be attached to many devices, from a high powered NAS device to an Xbox by way of custom built HTPCs, but in this review AnandTech has classified a media streamer as a device capable of streaming media but is on a diet of 50W or less. That does reduce the lineup quite a bit as very few HTPCs or servers are able to survive on 50W of power. From Atoms and IONs to ARM based processors and into gaming consoles, they cover almost all of the bases of boxtop streame
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2010 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been shopping for a high end prebuilt boutique computer then there is a good chance you've run into Puget Systems. Their systems have been reviewed before at several sites such as [H]ard|OCP but this time Ryan got a chance to test one of their systems and it was impressive. The Puget Systems Deluge that he received had an i7-980X, 12GB Kingston DDR3-1800 and a pair of GTX 480's in SLI on an ASUS P6X58D Premium. Sure the system will run you $6000 but take a look at t
The Puget Systems Experience
Puget Systems is a custom system builder based in the Washington area that promises a combination of the top PC components available with customer service oriented around keeping the user involved through parts selection, ordering, construction, testing and beyond delivery. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you can get a 4.0 GHz 6-core processor and water cooled GTX 480s.
Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment. The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part. In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 04:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier. No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty. That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well. Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.
Subject: Systems | May 12, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jonathan Hung
Lenovo has announced brand new products to their consumer line-up, letting out a fresh batch of notebooks, all-in-one systems, and a lone nettop.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In this case it is The Tech Report who have updated their recommended system builds, just ahead of the arrival of AMD's 6 core 1090T CPU so the only 6 core processor in these systems is the ultra fast Core i7 980X. That 980X sits in the the Double Stuff workstation along with the ever popular Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
and 12GB of DDR3-1600. Other big changes include moving the Utility Player to a microATX motherboard and enclosure to make it even more handy as an HTPC.
Subject: Systems | April 12, 2010 - 07:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The impressively titled VidaBox SLIMv3 vCase3 Premium mATX HTPC Case
might be a little hard to find online but it will certainly fit the needs of many HTPC builders. The case is slightly reminiscent of a rack mounted case but even more like an old VHS player. The assembly is so easy a child can handle it, as proved in MadShrimps review. Drop by for a look if you prefer a clean look for your HTPC as opposed to the more flashy styles of design.
Subject: Systems | April 9, 2010 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Spot has been investigating the Gateway FX 6831-03 Gaming Desktop, priced around $1,600. Gateway has been much maligned and ignored by gamers as many of their systems lacked the power that they need for the latest games. The specs on this model might surprise you, for instance it has 16GB of DDR3 inside of it, though the HD5850 might not impress you as much. Drop by the review to see if Gateway has assembled a system even an enthusiast would appreciate or if they only came close<
Subject: Systems | April 5, 2010 - 08:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAS has been suffering a bit of embarrassment at the hands of SSDs as what once was the undisputed champion for performance in a data centre has been left behind by the quick new flash based upstart. Adoption of SSDs into those specific areas is slow for several reasons, not least of which is price as you might rightly think. The other important reason is storage density and that is a huge factor in corporate environments. Sure the SSDs do things faster, but often at a speed far in excess of what is needed in these environments and they are going to take up a lot more space e