Hot Home Theatre Hardware & More

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2005 - 07:28 PM |
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To be honest, the front panel of ThermalTake's Tenor reminds of the old storage trays for VHS tapes, but much more stylish.  Brushed aluminium and blue LEDs will make sure that this component stands out in your home theatre, in a good way. Read all about it at Tweaknews.

"Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a kit that brings the user everything needed for a system that cools well, and is oh-so-quiet. The BigWater kit brings the bling, as well.

Source: Tweaknews

Gateway FX400XL System Review

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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What's this?  A Gateway review at HardOCP?  That's right, they are evaluating the new Gateway system that packs a dual core Pentium D and a 6800 Ultra. 

I carry much more disdain for the mouse. Not only is it uncomfortable and not very functional, but it's also actually difficult to operate. It sounds ridiculous, but the effort required to push down the buttons is beyond what should be asked of someone. Besides the monitor, the consumer interfaces with the mouse more than any other item on the computer.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Low Cost Sun Opteron Servers

Subject: Systems | September 12, 2005 - 05:51 PM |
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Sun has released a new series of Opteron servers today, going to a lower cost market with server setups starting under $1000.  The gang at Anandtech has a hands-on-preview of these new machines up today as well.


Another interesting position of Sun's new direction includes the prospect that end users will probably reconfigure the hardware (particularly the entry level components), as soon as they get them.
Source: AnandTech

HardOCP Upgrade Guide

Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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The gang at HardOCP has posted a quickie guide called the "HardOCP 1500" that looks at what system they could buy with a $1500 budget today.  They ended up choosing nearly the same components as I did in our High End System Leaderboard

While holding true to our upgradeability that has become the cornerstone of our guides, we have built the ultimate gaming upgrade that $1500 can buy.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HardOCP System Guide 1000

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2005 - 05:55 PM |
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Keith over at HardOCP has put together another HardOCP 1000 article that finds the best upgrades a user can get for a $1000 at Newegg.com.


After deciding on a CPU, we turned the next few hundred dollars of our money toward a motherboard. There are several boards on the market that could fill our needs for out-of-the-box usability, stability, and performance, but future upgradeability is also a top requirement for us. It is important to target purchases that maximize our investments.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Why You Shouldn't Always Unsubscribe From Emails

Subject: Systems | May 19, 2005 - 10:02 PM |
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Have you ever unsubscribed from one spam related email only to find yourself inundated with countless more later on? Extensiontech has done an Investigative Report on Why You Shouldn't Always Unsubscribe From Emails This may save you some spam in the long run.

This all started from me being spammed by some "Online Adult Dating Service" spam email. Of course my Spam Assassin caught it, and labeled it appropriately though. I guess I just had some weird inclination to go look around.

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Alienware Star Wars PC Debut

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM |
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I got this interesting email this morning, from both NVIDIA and Alienware, touting the new Star Wars PC.

The new Alienware Aurora: Star Wars Edition is the first-ever officially licensed Star Wars PC.  This high performance machine is based on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCPs and offers a GeForce 6600 or two GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs running in SLI mode.  It is packed with exclusive Star Wars content such as movie soundtracks, wallpapers, and desktop skins.

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Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: AOpen
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Introduction and Specifications

The Pentium M is now heading into the SFF market with this AOpen unit that offers performance, low noise and low heat in a nice looking little package.

Shuttle XPC ST20G5 XPRESS 200 SFF

Subject: Systems | April 12, 2005 - 10:12 AM |
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Tech Report has written up a review of the Shuttle XPC system based around the ATI Xpress 200 chipset for the AMD platform. 

Unfortunately, the box isn't perfect. The ST20G5's USB and Gigabit Ethernet performance are disappointing, and our sample's VGA signal quality had some issues above 1024x768 at 75Hz. The BIOS also needs a little work, most notably support for higher HT link speeds and 0.5x CPU multipliers for overclocking.

Shuttle SN25P nForce4 SFF Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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Another review has surfaced of the nForce4 powered Shuttle small form factor box, the SN25P.  Below is a list of some of the things they liked about it:


  • TeraCube - easy to install over 1 TB of storage in a SFF system

  • NF4 chipset brings top notch performance

  • Looks great!

  • Smart fans are really smart

  • Excellent fit and finish

  • Integrated 8-in-1 memory card reader

  • Wonderful audio controller

  • Seamless installation, perfect fit & finish i

Source: hardCOREware