Subject: Systems | February 5, 2009 - 11:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By now you are likely used to system build recommendations on hardware review sites, like our own Hardware Leaderboard, with several suggested builds at various price points. bit-tech has put together a guide that is similar, with one significant difference, the three builds they recommend are all intended to be used as HTPCs. They range from a design meant to take up as little space as possible, to an affordable system to an HTPC that can handle gaming.
Subject: Systems | February 3, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench. Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX. Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.
Subject: Systems | January 23, 2009 - 07:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Building an HTPC can lead to frustration as you realize a mATX board might not offer all of the connections you desire, or when the video card you want to use is a 1/2" inch too long to fit inside the HTPC case you picked. The nMEDIA HTPC 2000B can solve any spacial difficulties, it will fit a full ATX board in it's 17" x 6.3" x 15.4" casing, though you should still think small for your heatsink. Think Computers like this casing a lot and recommend that anyone buyig the case should spend the extr
Subject: Systems | January 20, 2009 - 09:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake. Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT. Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.
Subject: Systems | January 14, 2009 - 08:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's Ion is a 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor and a GeForce 9400M MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores. This lets you handle DX10 graphics, NVIDIA CUDA and HD video on a 3" x 4" motherboard, or a complete system about the size of a good sandwich. Not only did Legit Reveiws get to see a full working Ion, they were also able to benchmark it.
Subject: Systems | January 6, 2009 - 08:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - January 5, 2009 - BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the "Graduated Gamer" in mind. This audience is looking for all the performance associated with a high-end gaming system, but none of the hassle related to building and servicing such a system.
Another win for NVIDIA with Apple
The MacWorld Expo starts this week and once again rumors are swirling about potential new products being announced at the show. We have some exclusive information on the new iMacs and Mac Mini that will be announced as well as the potential for a new 28" iMac model and a new Mac Pro machine.
Subject: Systems | December 24, 2008 - 04:50 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you were on the look out for a tiny new computer, maybe something along the lines of the ASUS Eee Box, then perhaps you should take a gander at what HP has just announced: the Firebird 803 infused with "Voodoo DNA" or something like that. What in fact we are seeing is a tiny replica of the HP Blackbird 002 chassis infused with a small form factor PC that is has impressive specs and is damn sexy to look at.
Subject: Systems | December 23, 2008 - 07:42 AM | Ryan Shrout
After our correct assertion that Apple would adopt the NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9300 chipsets in the newest MacBook and MacBook Pro, it seems more and more likely that NVIDIA will dig itself further into the world of Apple. This time around it looks like the Mac Mini and the iMacs are the most likely rumored products to transition to NVIDIA-based chipsets.
Subject: Systems | December 18, 2008 - 10:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Kyle over at HardOCP has posted a couple of different spy shots of what looks to be a new custom-built PC and PC brand from BFG Tech. Today, the screenshot depicts a touch screen on the front of the machine and what appears to be the optical drive slot on the TOP of the machine.