ASUS is thinking small

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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The ASUS Nova is a nicely sized system, good as an HTPC or better as a SFF office PC.  It has an Intel 2160 (1.8GHz Dual Core) on an Intel 946GZ chipset with intgerated graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a DVD rewriter drive.  It is about the same size as the Mac Mini, which seems to be it's natural prey.  Drop by t-break for a preview.

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The instant HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet.  Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture.  See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.

Source: Aselabs

Intel Launches New Modular Server Building Blocks for Worldwide System Builder Channel

Subject: Systems | January 11, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced the launch of its first modular server building block products that support a server specification announced last July by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization.

Dell's new tiny tower

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES.  It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling.  All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past.  The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.


Forthcoming AMD LIVE! Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: HP
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The Voodoo and HP Merger

The combination of HP and Voodoo PC has its first fruits in the form of the very sexy Blackbird 002 gaming PC. With what might be the best designed case we have seen and some industry-standard hardware that is upgradeable, the Blackbird might be the best boutique PC yet.

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Manufacturer: Digital Storm
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Introduction and Specifications

Digital Storm sent us a complete system that features a liquid cooled and overclocked QX6850 Intel processor, two RAID arrays and of course three 8800 Ultras configured for 3-Way SLI. Sure it's expensive, but that doesn't make it any less impressive as a boutique system!

Turn any PC into an HTPC with one little stick

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products. 
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna.  You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t

Silverstone's new HTPC offerings

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*.   Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes

The lighter side of the Spider?

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2007 - 05:43 PM |
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Over at PenStar Systems there is a lighter look at AMD's Spider, and the components we have heard so much about lately.  A lot of the information you can garner from reading the review may be stuff you have already seen, bu I bet you have not heard the Phenom referred to as "the big girl with attractive friends".