The other end of Dell

Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP recently put the high end $5600 710 H2C Dell, and now they are examining their value end, with the $1000 Dimension E521.  Not only do they put the machine, as configured by Dell, through the wringer, they also scoop up a few higher end video cards to see if they can beef up the performance after the fact.  That testing lead to a few interactions with Dell's tech support.  Head over and get the full story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

All inclusive deal

Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM |
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Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS.  Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.

If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.

VIA Introduces EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX Mainboard

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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Meeting customer's requirements for connectivity and versatility, the VIA EPIA LT mainboard, featuring the VIA CX700 system media processor, offers a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market.

The secrets of Tesla

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Not too many sites have had much to say about Tesla, the newly announced GPGPU from nVIDIA.  You can count PC Perspective in amongst the sites that have, as well as PenStar Systems.  Heading over there will give you an idea of the hardware that makes this card tick, as well as the software it will be running; CUDA.

Serious power for content creation

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one.  HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.

Source: HotHardware

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