A new home for HTPCs

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case.  They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation.  The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case.  Read on to see what else this case has to offer.

Source: Big Bruin

Alienware launches Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center

Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.

Source: Email

AMD Validated Server Program Partners Unveil First Platforms Demonstrating Upcoming Quad-Core

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced three leading vendors attending Computex Taipei are unveiling their server platforms demonstrating the industry's first native x86 quad-core solution, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed "Barcelona"). "Barcelona" processors are expected to deliver up to 50 to 80 percent performance and performance-per-watt improvements on a broad range of server applications over similar current generation AMD Opteron processors.

Source: AMD

Doing figure 8s around the competition

Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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Those lucky souls over at the Tech Report got their hands on a V8 system from Intel.  An 8 core Xeon X5365 3.0GHz, Intel's S500XVN motherboard, 4GBs of RAM and a whole suite of benchmarks await.  As you might expect from a Xeon, you don't see a huge jump in gaming performance (though a 3DMark06 CPU score of

[H] visits Puget Sound again

Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build.  With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it.  In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating.  Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Seriously compact HTPC

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
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The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV.  They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.

Source: PC Mechanic

VELOCITY MICRO ACQUIRES GAMING BOUTIQUE OVERDRIVE PC

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 06:19 PM |
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Richmond, VA — May 1, 2007 — Velocity Micro, the largest independent U.S. builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today that it has acquired Overdrive PC, a U.S. based boutique manufacturer of highly overclocked gaming and multimedia computer systems. Following the acquisition, Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC will maintain individual brand identities to collaboratively provide high quality, performance systems for a broad range of professional, enthusiast, and PC gaming customers.

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Alienware's new Vista box

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista.  With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid?  Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Maingear maintains it's reputation

Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you.  Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service.  Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.

Source: [H]ard|OCP