Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Systems | May 23, 2005 - 05:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Systems | May 19, 2005 - 10:02 PM | Chuck Smith
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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.
Subject: Systems | May 3, 2005 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
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.
Subject: Systems | April 12, 2005 - 10:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Systems | April 7, 2005 - 06:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Systems | March 22, 2005 - 12:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
Bringing the nForce4 chipset to the SFF market isn't a small feat, but Shuttle has managed just that with the new SN25P model of their XPC line.
I have to admit that I've become very fond of the SN25P after playing around with it for couple weeks. It really is an amazing little system packed full of features you would never expect, not to mention far more stable than older versions of the XPC. It appears that Shuttle has finally overcome the heat issues that have plagued SFF systems.
Subject: Systems | March 18, 2005 - 08:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to drop a note to everyone that I have updated the Hardware Leaderboard again to reflect some changes in the PC market. Enjoy!
There is a big change in the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard: in this edition, all three systems are using PCI Express motherboard and graphics cards. I have finally seen prices drop on the new platforms to a level where I feel they are ready for entry into every segment of the DIY market.
A couple of our MSI users have just recently put together new systems based on MSI's new K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard. They decided to do some benchmarks and tests to put together an article to compare their respective systems and to give users an idea of what to expect from some of the newest PC technology available. The article can be found in our MSI forums sticky section.