Subject: Systems | September 18, 2009 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS bills their M4A78-HTPC/RC HTPC motherboard as a basis for which to build a Dream HTPC. It's a well laid out 780G based mATX board that comes with a remote plus a USB IR-receiver. Four DDR2 slots with dual channel capability, 5 SATA channels, a single IDE as well as the ability to provide your sound card with a separate power supply to reduce noise. Drop by Bjorn3D for a look at what features should not be left off of an HTPC motherboard.
Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI has broken away from the netbook market long enough to create an all in one desktop PC. The MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO looks to be a 19" 1600x900 TFT touchscreen LCD at first glance, but hidden inside is a full PC. An AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e powers it, with 4GB DDRII @ 533MHz
on the board its self, no memory upgrades for this machine. Graphics are handled by the AMD RS780G and SB710, the HD3200 gets 128MB of Side Port DDR3 to help it out. Benchmark Reviews tried it against Atoms and Ions and even a Dell to see how its performance measured up,
Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.
"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds
Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by. Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup. The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play. Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see
Subject: Systems | September 4, 2009 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A small brushed aluminium box that resembles a high end receiver hides inside of it just enough space for an HTPC. The Luxa LM100 has a simple front panel with a small LCD display and a cover hiding firewire and other connectors. Cooling comes in the form of several 50mm fans and any CPU heatsink you desire, as long as it is shorter than 10.2cm. Check out SPCR's final v
Subject: Systems | September 2, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS AT3N7A-I is Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection and will Perfectly suit your digital lifestyle. It is also an Atom based system with 8 USB ports,1 PS2 port, HDMI and VGA out, coax/optical out, eSATA, Ethernet and has six 1/8” jacks for analog audio out. ASRock also has as new Ion machine out, a complete system with a mini-ITX case, power supply, 2GB of memory, DVD drive and a 320GB hard drive. Find out how they compare to each other, as well as a Zotac unit over at AnandTe
Subject: Systems | August 24, 2009 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, the HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f seems like an HTPC system; small and slim build, Blu-ray drive, TV tuner and a wireless mouse and keyboard combo. Inside the machine you find a Core2 Quad Q8200 and 6GB of DDR3-1066 which offers a bit more power than you might expect, making word processing and surfing a strong possiblity. The main downfall of the system is the NVIDIA GeForce G210 graphics card, you won't be gaming on the Slimline but you'll have no problem with streaming video. If you are looking for a machine powerful enough for a machine used productively wi
Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video. It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input. Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs.
Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices. PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations. Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build. The $2000 machine is where
Subject: Systems | August 11, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nMEDIA has been making a name for themselves making HTPC cases, with their 2000B model being up for review at The Tech Report. The B in this model name denotes a black finish, there is also an S model if silver is more your thing. Standing 17" x 16.4" x 6.6" should give you enough room for cooling and components without being so large as to look awkward in a living room entertainment centre and they use drop down pan