Shuttle launches AM2 SFF system

Subject: Systems | August 1, 2006 - 02:42 PM |
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Shuttle's new XPC SN27P2 could bring back their dominance in the barebones SFF PC market.  The Tech Report puts the system through it's paces, and discovers what could be a problem for people trying to save money by buying a cheaper, but easily overclockable AM2 processor.

SLI and PPU, read to play, no effort required

Subject: Systems | July 25, 2006 - 01:54 PM |
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The Systemax Wildcat SLI Gaming PC is pretty impressive for it's $4499 price tag.  You get 2 BFG GeForce 7900GTX 512MBs in SLI and an Ageia PhysX 128MB GDDR3 Physics Accelerator Card, all ready to play GRAW.  Head to Hot Hardware to see it in action.

Source: HotHardware

This HTPC is a pyramid scheme

Subject: Systems | July 19, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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In their newest system review, [H] looks at the Maingear Prysma HTPC.   Maingear has manged to put a lot of powerful components in a uniquely shaped case, and bundled lots of goodies to make the setup easier.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

[H] gets their game on

Subject: Systems | July 12, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The ABS Sniper is a rather nice gaming machine, based around 2GB of Corsair DDR400, an A64 4000+ and a pair of eVGA 7900GTs in SLI.  The stats sound great, but you need to read the full article at [H]ard|OCP to see how the service and tech support performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Samsung's take on the UMPC

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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Take a quick look at Samsung's Q1 UMPC at The Hardware Zone.  It is very modular, with external add-on components like a DVD player and keyboard, but is fully functional by itself.  With 512MB of RAM and a 900MHz Celeron M, it packs some power and a 7" WVGA LCD screen with a resolution of 800x480 means you should have to squint to see it.

"This is exactly where a UMPC, like the Samsung Q1, comes in handy as compared to bigger notebooks.

Build an Ultra-matic HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 29, 2006 - 06:48 PM |
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Drop by motherboards.org for a look at the Ultra Products Microfly SFF case, a perfect home for an HTPC system.  It might take a bit of planning to squeeze a full system in the box, but once you get it in, it should run nice and steady.

iBUYPOWER versus [H]ard|OCP

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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The next retailer on [H]'s list is iBUYPOWER.  Opting to buy the same system they purchased from Cyberpower, this reivew focuses on the experiences they had with the original purchase and shipping of the system, as well as the Tech Support they used after the box had arrived.  Find out if they met [H]'s expectations or not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Foxconn provides the basis for a killer HTPC system

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2006 - 06:23 PM |
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Foxconn's Winfast 6150K8MD Micro-ATX Motherboard, based around nVidia's 6150 chipset will let you build a powerful s939 HTPC system.  With 7.1 sound onboard, as well as 4 SATA ports, you will be able to store and play a lot of media.  Drop by TweakTown for the full review.

Source: TweakTown

eMachines revisited

Subject: Systems | June 20, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP revisited eMachines website, this time to order the new T6528.  For an extra $50, they've moved from a Sempron to a full fledged A64 3500+.  Check out the full review, which even covers trouble they had with a hard drive.

As well, Ryan has updated the Hardware Leaderboard, to include the new AM-2 chips, as well as the nVidia 7950GX2
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Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not just an HTPC, it's a Media LAB!

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Overclockers Online has a review of the Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB, an attractive HTPC case made of aluminium with a black LED panel.  It is very silent, and can even fit a full sized ATX, though it could get a little cramped inside with a full entourage of add-on cards.