Items tagged with HTPC

At the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, NVIDIA was demonstrating a new reference platform for an ultra small form-factor multimedia PC and we should underscore the word "ultra".  To say this new product concept is tiny would be an understatement.  Consider if you will, an entire PC, capable of decoding and playing full 1080p HD video content, in a box that fits in the palm of your hand with a 3" x 4" motherboard.  Based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor with the hearty support of NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M core logic MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores, NVIDIA's Ion has to be one of the most capable Atom-based small form-factor... Read more...
Synopsis:  AMD's "Maui" home theater PC platform consists of a combination of AMD hardware and software.  Systems built around the platform feature an energy efficient Phenom or Athlon processor, ATI Radeon graphics, ATI TV tuners, and AMD LIVE! software elements.  The current foundation of the platform is MSI's somewhat unique Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard, which is based on the AMD 780M chipset, and includes a specialized Intersil D2 Ausio DAE-3 audio chip with an accompanying 5.1 channel amplifier, but a 3.1 / 7.1 pre-amplifier card is also an option.AMD's "Maui" home theater PC           For the full video review and more... Read more...
Synopsis:  AMD's "Maui" home theater PC platform consists of a combination of AMD hardware and software.  Systems built around the platform feature an energy efficient Phenom or Athlon processor, ATI Radeon graphics, ATI TV tuners, and AMD LIVE! software elements.  The current foundation of the platform is MSI's somewhat unique Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard, which is based on the AMD 780M chipset, and includes a specialized Intersil D2 Ausio DAE-3 audio chip with an accompanying 5.1 channel amplifier, but a 3.1 / 7.1 pre-amplifier card is also an option. Other AMD Maui Coverage @ HotHardware:AMD Consumer Electronics Event '08 in NYCAMD Maui Platform Bundles Hit Newegg  ... Read more...
Lian-Li launches the all new Tyr X500 HTPC/Gaming Chassis Taipei, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the Tyr X500 chassis designed as a stylish midi-tower HTPC/Gaming chassis. Combining the usual toned down profile of HTPC cases with the arresting larger profile of traditional Lian Li chassis; the Tyr X500 stands out in style. Similar to the X2000 Chassis, there is no hiding of this case as it proudly resembles multimedia speakers, and boldly displays your tasteful style. The Tyr X500 is destined to become your next HTPC/Gaming Chassis allowing unprecedented high performance components to be encompassed in the home theatre environment without compromising on looks and appeal. Not... Read more...
Lian-Li launches the all new Tyr X2000 HTPC / Gaming Chassis 24 June 2008, Taipei, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the Tyr X2000 chassis designed to stand out in your living room in absolute Lian Li style. Taking the original concept of low profile and slim designs and turning it completely around; there is no hiding of this case as it proudly resembles multimedia speakers, and emblazons your fashion sense in style. The Tyr X2000 is aligned to become the most unique HTPC/Gaming Chassis on the market today allowing unprecedented high performance components to be encompassed in the home theatre environment without compromising on looks and appeal. The stylish and unique side panels... Read more...
Alienware, known best for their alien-head shaped gaming rigs, has just announced that they will be entering the home theater PC market with a slick looking new system called the Hanger18. The Hanger18 is a slim DVD-player sized HTPC and it will run Windows Vista Home Premium on an AMD LIVE! platform. "Say hello to your new high-performance, digital living room. Introducing the High-Definition Alienware Hanger18: HD Entertainment Center that combines all of the following components into one box: High-Definition Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for recording and playing back your HD content (up to 1080p) via and HDMI... Read more...
The guys over at XYZ Computing just got their hands on the new Moneual MonCaso 932B HTPC case and have put together a review that may be helpful for anyone who needs to choose a case for their future HTPC. Home entertainment is a very interesting thing. Enthusiasts are willing to spend large sums of money to get the right gear and a small upgrade to parts like tuners, televisions, and speakers can easily bring them from being reasonably expensive to downright unreachable for most consumers. HTPCs have followed this trend- while there is still a very strong enthusiast community lot of companies are beginning to sell expensive pre-built HTPC solutions that cater to hobbyists who want the best and... Read more...
In the last two years, we've seen a major push for home theater PC's by big names in the computer industry. Intel is pushing their ViiV initiative for HTPC market, AMD is pushing their competing AMD Live! program, and of course, Microsoft got in the game with their Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system. While the product we're looking at today is only directly associated with one of these programs (ViiV), what this all shows is that these billion dollar companies realize the value of getting a foothold in the home theater PC market. As content is increasingly going digital, home theater PC's are becoming more and more viable as a product for the everyday household.... Read more...
ECS Elitegroup Unveils GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard for the Home Theater PC Builders Fremont, CA (October 24, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today released GeForce6100SM-M motherboard featuring NVIDIA GeForce 6100 graphics processing unit (GPU) and nForce 405 media and communications processor (MCP). Designed to support the latest AMD Athlon 64 AM2 based processors, the new ECS Elitegroup GeForce6100SM-M motherboard features premium quality onboard 3D graphics, making it the industry's first integrated design for socket AM2. The GeForce 6100 GPU and the nForce 405 MCP are an innovative mix of north... Read more...
Now here is a swank piece of hardware, folks. Madshrimps just posted a review of Zalman's sleek HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure. I'm not even going to go into detail, just check out this enclosure and be prepared to want to build a home theater PC immediately. "With the HD160 Zalman is expanding their product range, this HTPC enclosure is of high quality and aims to deliver a good balance between cooling and noise generation; it has support for full size ATX motherboards, and comes with a VFD display and Windows Media Center remote control."... Read more...
Tom's Hardware has collected nearly all the quality HTPC cases on the market and conducted a shootout of sorts to see which case is the best choice for building a new Home Theater PC. Here, the gang analyze a collection of cases that range in size from dimunitive and compact to absolutely monolithic. From relative bargains to some painfully pricey models, there is surely a case to fill nearly any need a budding HTPC user could have. The last time we took a crack at building a Home Theater PC (HTPC), we opted for a slimline case from Hiper. However, this resulted in many problems with hardware installation and heat dissipation inside the case.... Read more...
Now this is a case that'll look great in your living room. The Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case is a quality case, providing decent cooling with low noise output. With everyone trying to get a piece of the HTPC market, Thermaltake still manages to stand out. "Front the list of specifications it seems like this is not going to be an undersized case that will prohibit the use of all the peripherals you want to install. Full ATX motherboard and power supply support, five 3.5" bays, three 5.25." bays, and seven expansion slots sounds pretty spacious."... Read more...
A simple yet customizable case is what BigBruin gets the pleasure of looking at. Cooler Master is known for a wide array of products, quality products, and their CM Media 250 HTPC Case aims to keep in step. "If you're one of those folks who wouldn't dream of passing up the opportunity to create a fully customizable HTPC on their own, this case is for you. It can blend in perfectly with either silver or black components, and provides small details that make it fit in well... It's this kind of detail and the simplicity that make the Cooler Master CM Media 250 a great start to an excellent HTPC."... Read more...
It's no coincidence that we've been posting a lot of HTPC related articles in the past few months. The computers that are changing living rooms everywhere just seem to keep getting better and better, with faster processors, more space, and an image overhaul that'll give your house that high-tech look. Tonight XYZ Computing explains why 2006 might be the year of the HTPC. "If this year's Consumer Electronics Show showed me anything about computers, it was that this is going to be the year of the home theater PC (HTPC). With over 2500 exhibitors and a few million square feet of floor space, it is not that easy to identify trends, but one thing... Read more...
Without question, one of the fastest areas of advancement in this industry can be seen in GPU development. Not content with this rapid growth alone, the usual suspects are now placing an emphasis on the entertainment and multimedia aspect of graphics. Anandtech takes a look at the latest crop of TV tuners to see how this market has progressed since their last hardware roundup.Overall, none of the cards reviewed today are perfect. There are three options covered here: great analog with no digital; great digital with no analog recording unless you have a dual-core system; or decent analog and great digital with a slightly less friendly user interface. What we really want now is to have ATI, PowerColor,... Read more...
PowerColor X800 GT Xtreme Edition Review @ The Tech Zone: "Power for the X800 GT Xtreme is provided by ATI's R480 chipset running at 500MHz. This is 25MHz faster than the standard X800 GT. The Xtreme achieves this higher core speed with a better cooling solution. The normal X800 GT use 256 Meg of 2ns GDDR3 memory running at 980MHz. The Xtreme version use 1.6ns memory running at 1050MHz. All together, it adds up to a faster video card for just a few dollars more." HTPC Primer, Part II @ Bigbruin.com: "In the first of a two-part series of Tech Tips on getting started with a Home Theater PC, or HTPC, we looked at the two most basic features to be considered: audio and video. With... Read more...
ThermalRock Mystic HTPC Case @ ThinkComputers.org: "HTPC cases, we are seeing more of them as HTPC's are becoming more popular, and easy to setup. My current HTPC is sitting in a Raidmax Scorpio Case. Which as you can see is not the best case for an HTPC. Today we will be taking a look at ThermalRock's Mystic HTPC case. ThermalRock is a subsidiary of Thermaltake, who we all know are known for making good products. This is my first HTPC case so I'm excited to take a look at it! We will see if it will replace the Raidmax case, and become part of my home theater system." Logitech Harmony 800 Home Theater Remote Control Review @ The TechZone: "Taking the 880 out of its packaging, I could immediately... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm back. Some disturbing news for Red Sox fans tonight, Matt Clement received a head injury with a line drive hit by Carl Crawford. It was powerful enough to knock him off his feet, and he remained almost motionless for about 5 minutes before he was taken away on a stretcher. A standing ovation was given by both Red Sox and Devil Rays fans as he left the field. Let's hope for a speedy recovery :) Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC @ PCStats "Computers are a perfect fit for the entertainment room, and building your own home theatre PC is not more difficult than assembling a standard system - as long as you have the right components for the task. In this Do-It-Yourself... Read more...
Good evening friends, sorry about the later post tonight, but, I just walked in the door from work.  Oh the joys of being on call ;)  Nonetheless, it is getting late and there is a ton of "special" emails to filter through so let's get down to business.  Here is your nightcap...  HTPCnews Exclusive: Uneed International 7inch TFT HTPC "The Uneed x15 case certainly is unique and fairly well designed case.  The touch screen was a great add on that really makes this case stand out from the rest of the market and even allows you to put your own personal touch on, as I did with the Konfabulator widgets. This is by no means an average case and can house just about... Read more...
Good afternoon HotHardware fans! BW here, stopping by with a quick update to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Silverstone's sleek LC11 HTPC case. The LC11 is designed to mesh well with the various components of a home theater, while accommodating a standard Micro-ATX motherboard and other standard PC components. Click here to check it out...... Read more...
As the old saying goes, "Times are a changing".  When the personal computer first caught on, word processing and text based gaming was all the rage, and then there was this thing called the "Internet" on the rise.  Today, the Internet is at the center of the technological universe and the PC has become a powerful tool commonly used in everyday life.  Today's PCs have a myriad of uses from running the latest games to controlling all of the electrical components in our homes.  The possibilities available to the average consumer are now only limited by imagination and budget. One of the more popular, and natural progressions for the PC is in the Home Theater. ... Read more...
Hey gang, happy Friday to ya!  I'm still trying to shake a nasty bug and the NyQuil fog from last night.  So let me wish you a great weekend and start you off with the morning news.  Thanks for stopping bye! A.C.Ryan RyanPower2 450w Modular PSU @ Viper Lair: "Overall, the AC Ryan 450w modular power supply is an excellent unit. The only negative thing that I found about it is that there were not enough mini 4-pin connections for my setup. Aside from that, the voltage levels all stayed at proper levels, the modular cable system makes my case look a whole lot cleaner, and actually makes installation easier since I don't have to hunt around for my cables." TR's CPU decoder... Read more...
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