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The latest member of Antec’s gaming chassis family is the Three Hundred Two, a case that features eight expansion slots, eleven drive bays (3 x 5.25-inch, 6 x 3.5-inch, and 2 dedicated 2.5-inch), 170mm of clearance for the CPU cooler, and 318mm for up to three graphics cards. The Three Hundred Two supports ATX, microATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. The front panel includes audio jacks and a pair of USB 3.0 ports and features a mesh design for optimized airflow. The case supports up to six 120/140mm fans, with one rear and one top fan included, and the mesh air filters are easily removable and washable. The Antec Three Hundred Two is available now for $79.95. Antec Unveils the Three Hundred... Read more...
The TouchSmart 520-1070 is a fairly remarkable AIO equipped with high-end hardware and a robust selection of software, all of which comes wrapped in a 23-inch touchscreen display with a speaker bar blasting out Beats Audio. Any fears that HP's recent preoccupation with righting its ship would result in a degraded product line go right out the window when you run your finger down the 520's spec sheet, which includes an Intel Core i7 2600S processor clocked at 2.8GHz, 8GB of DDR3 system memory, a capacious 2TB hard drive, discrete graphics powered by AMD's Radeon HD 6450A GPU, and even a Blu-ray burner. Oh, and there's a TV tuner shoved inside too, for good measure... HP Touchsmart 520 All-in-One... Read more...
Considering how close HP came to selling off or severing its world leading PC division, it's products like the new TouchSmart 520-1070 all-in-one (AIO) that make us glad somebody switched out the company's water supply. Actually, it's HP's old CEO, Leo Apotheker, who was responsible for the OEM's temporary insanity, and not some tainted H2O, but that's a rant for another time and another place. What we're focusing on here is an AIO system that comes well spec'd and offers a surprising amount of performance in a form factor typically more focused on aesthetics and convenience than raw computing power. The TouchSmart 520-1070 is a fairly remarkable AIO equipped with high-end hardware and a robust... Read more...
Polycom is working to spread its RealPresence video collaboration platform far and wide, and it now has Lenovo as a compatriot. Lenovo will soon be offering Polycom’s RealPresence HD Video and HD Voice on some of its laptops and tablets. Polycom’s RealPresence products deliver HD video and voice collaboration tools to the enterprise. The company has already been expanding the reach of its RealPresence products with products such as RealPresence Mobile for tablets, and partnering to offer Polycom-ready products will certainly maintain that trajectory. Look for RealPresence on some laptops in Lenovo’s ThinkPad T, X, L, and W Series as well as the ThinkPad tablet early this year;... Read more...
NZXT is into options; its new Source 810 chassis (available in black or white) is designed to offer gamers a bevy of different ways of easily configuring their preferred cooling setup, from liquid cooling to a slew of fans to a more quiet setup with the vents closed. The case offers support for 280mm radiators (the top 5.25-inch plates comes out to make more space) and up to ten 140/120mm fans. The fins on the vents can be closed or left open, depending on your desire for airflow or noise reduction. Inside, there are plenty of ways to route cables and maximize airflow. There are ten cutouts for cabling, and the two hard drive cages (which accommodate up to 7 drives) are removable. Further, there... Read more...
Using its new Phase Change cooling system (set to be available yet this quarter) and its professional overclockers, ORIGIN PC now offers the GENESIS system with a ridiculous 5.7GHz overclock. The Phase Change Technology can allegedly chill the CPU out as low as -40 degrees C. The above is a pretty cool (pun intended) bit of news, but ORIGIN is sweetening the deal--all of its deal, really--with 24/7 technical support for its customers. Starting today, the service is free and lasts for life. According to ORIGIN, “Any time customers have a question about a game, application, or hardware component; ORIGIN PC will be there to help.” One final bit of news from ORIGIN this CES season concerns... Read more...
Named for a mean-sounding deity, iBUYPOWER’s Erebus GT is the latest rig in the Erebus series and features a reduced size and reduced price without sacrificing features. Cooling is a major focus of the Erebus GT, with a top fill port, a reservoir that is accessible via the front panel, three radiators, and 13mm tubing capable of pumping 4.5 gallons per minute. For better airflow, the hard drive cages are removable and sport mounted fans, and the case features a unidirectional air flow design for 2500W of rated heat dissipation. Those looking professional overclocking can also take advantage of iBUYPOWER’s PowerDrive Overclocking Service, which can boost your system by as much as 30%--all... Read more...
The next generation of ZOTAC’s ZBOX mini-PC platform is here in the form of three new models--the ZBOX ID81, ID80 and AD04. New enhancements include an external WiFi antenna and integrated Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity as well as a Media Remote designed to work with the likes of Windows Media Center. The barebones systems require just memory and hard drives, although some even come with those components on board. You’ll also need an OS, whether that’s Windows 7 or OpenELEC media center OS. ID81 & ID81 mounted on a monitor The ID81 model sports a dual-core, 1.2GHz Sandy Bridge Intel Celeron 857 processor and relies on integrated Intel HD graphics. The standard ID81 has two... Read more...
MAINGEAR’s line of gaming desktops are getting a boost in the form of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 and 7970 graphics cards. The SHIFT and F131 series will get the new cards straightaway, and the VYBE line will see it “in the near future”, according to MAINGEAR. We’ve already waxed long about the pros and cons of the 28nm 7970, including its AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, 3GB of DDR5 memory, DVI and mini-display ports (two of each), HDMI port, multi-card support, and the GCN architecture. MAINGEAR systems equipped with the 7950 or 7970 come with lifetime labor and phone support as well as hardware warranty options of one to three years. MAINGEAR SETS THE NO-COMPROMISE... Read more...
When you think of “compact” or “small form factor”, it’s all too easy to make the leap to “weak” or “underpowered”, but AVADirect’s two new small systems are anything but. The company announced a compact gaming system and a workstation, and both systems pack a wallop. The Compact Gaming PC can be configured with an Intel Core i7-3930K or Core i7-3960K Extreme, up to 32GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, up to two HDDs or SSDs, and up to a pair of graphics cards. The system also boasts a liquid cooling system and a chassis designed for easy portability. Compact Gaming PC Like the Compact Gaming PC, the Workstation PC features a six-core Intel... Read more...
MSI is laying claim to being the first in the industry to use an LED panel on an all-in-one computer. The MSI Wind Top AE2071 AIO indeed features a 20-inch multi-touch LED screen, as well as a 2nd-gen Intel CPU, up to 8GB of DDR2 memory, a 500GB SATA HDD, DVD Super Multi drive, 6-in-1 media reader, and a 0.3MP webcam. Other features include MSI’s Smart Media Link and Smart Sync software for easy sharing with other devices, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and support for USB 3.0. MSI All-in-One; One Green Package for Fun and Sharing MSI Unveils the New Entertainment Series Wind Top AE2071 All-in-One PC (December, 2011 / Taipei) The new Entertainment Series Wind Top AE2071 AIO PC is the first in the industry... Read more...
With the bold proclamation that it is the highest-performing CPU block the company has ever produced, Danger Den announced the availability of the DD-M6 CPU Block. Beginning January 2, customers can get their hands on the new device, which is replacing Danger Den’s MC-TDX block. The DD-M6 is available in brass or nickel-plated finishes and features improved thermal performance, a low flow restriction design, and a new mounting system. An AMD version of the block will follow two weeks after the initial release of the Intel version of the DD-M6. The brass and nickel versions will cost $74.95 and $79.95, respectively. Danger Den DD-M6 CPU Block Danger Den® introduces a new CPU Cooling... Read more...
CyberpowerPC announced the third generation of its Fang gaming PC family, bringing to market new and improved Rattler, Viper, Cobra, and Black Mamba rigs. Features include 2nd Generation Intel Extreme processors, new Intel chipsets, the latest ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards, support for PCI-e 3.0, the company’s Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling, Venom Boost overclocking, and eye-catching chassis. Two of the systems, the Cobra and Black Mamba, come in Azza Fusion 4000 cases which can house two systems in one box. Ideally, the second system is Cybperpower’s OC Media Server Station. Prices for the systems range from $999 for the Rattler to $4,999 for the Black Mamba. The Viper and Cobra systems... Read more...
To meet the needs of GP-GPU computing (General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units) for environments where space is at a premium or a unit needs to be easily transportable, NextComputing has rolled out the Nucleus GP. Crammed into a mini-tower case (17.37” H x 16.75” W x 5.80” D), the “personal supercomputer” supports up to three dual-wide PCI Express 2.0 x16 GPUs, 4- or 6-core Intel Xeon or Core i7 processors, up to 24GB DDR3-1333MHz memory, and as many as 14 2.5-inch SATA or SAS drives. Options available with the Nucleus GP include a rolling case with wheels and telescoping handle, a rugged hard case, and a wireless keyboard with an integrated trackball.... Read more...
Launching just in time for the holiday season is an affordable gaming system powered by AMD's FX 4100 processor clocked at 3.6GHz and available exclusively at Tiger Direct. It's called the Gamer Power 595D3 and it's a $700 rig with respectable specs that's ready for action right out of the box, iBuyPower says. "Were always excited to partner with Tiger Direct and build systems for their knowledgeable customer base," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. "The Gamer Power 595D3 meets the high performance and value expectations they have come to expect and demand." In addition to the FX 4100 processor, the 595D3 sports an NXZT Source 210 mid-tower case, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive,... Read more...
If a monstrous fire-breathing beast adorned on the side of an overclocked X79 system isn't the very definition of awesome, then we'll punch Merriam-Webster right in the suck hole until it is. It's also part of iBuyPower's Chimera 4, the fourth generation of the boutique system builder's signature gaming line. Each Chimera 4 system ships with a 10 percent overclock, and some configurations come with the option to up the ante to a 20 percent boost. "The vibrant Chimera 4 is the best looking system we have ever designed and one of the most powerful." said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBuyPower. "“It combines performance and style in a unique offering sure turn heads and leave scorched... Read more...
The AIO PC form factor isn't new by any means, but it's only recently begun to make a broad market appearance across a number of manufacturers beyond Apple or HP, who were among the first to pioneer the form factor. Better touchscreen technology, combined with lower prices, has made AIO PCs both practical and affordable. The ET2410 from Asus attempts to be both of these things. It's an $850 system built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and packaged in an ultra-slim body that looks fashionable and takes up very little space, despite bringing a sizable 23.6-inch touchscreen to the AIO party... Asus 23.6" ET2410IUTS-B019C All-In-One PC Review... Read more...
Don't let the doomsayers sell you on the idea that the desktop PC is dead. Far from it, desktops are just now entering their heyday with blazing fast multi-core processors, gobs of RAM, high definition output, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI connectivity, wireless input devices, and everything else you might find on a modern day system. No, desktops aren't dying; if anything, they're finding new ways of securing a permanent spot in your living room, your office, your dorm room, and even places like your kitchen counter or man cave. All of these areas are places all-in-one (AIO) PCs have been known to dwell. The AIO form factor isn't new by any means, but it's only recently begun to make a broad market... Read more...
We pinged three system builders -- Dell, Hewlett Packard, and iBuyPower -- and asked each one to send us a back-to-school PC equally suited for work and play (read: Mainstream). What we're looking for is a flexible configuration that's able to put its nose to the grindstone during the week to tackle multimedia projects, whether they be for school or for work, yet capable of running wild on the weekends with sufficient pixel pushing power to satisfy our jones for blowing something (or someone) up, in the virtual world, of course. Our request leaves a lot up for interpretation, and wouldn't you know it, each vendor took a different path towards the same goal, yet they all chose Intel's Sandy Bridge... Read more...
Alice Cooper sang it wrong, school isn't out forever; with Labor Day in the rear view mirror, school is back in session. That means having to stock up on supplies and investing in essential items to get through the school year; like beer, condoms, and a new PC. You're on your own with the first two, but you've come to the right place for guidance on a new system. We pinged three system builders -- Dell, Hewlett Packard, and iBuyPower -- and asked each one to send us a back-to-school PC equally suited for work and play (read: Mainstream). What we're looking for is a flexible configuration that's able to put its nose to the grindstone during the week to tackle multimedia projects, whether... Read more...
Intel's 'little' screw-up with its 6-Series chipsets for the recently launched Sandy Bridge platform will cost the company an estimated $700 million to fix and repair affected boards and systems, with some saying the cost is likely to be closer to $1 billion. But the SNAFU has also left OEM system builders between a rock and a hard place. Customers who already purchased a Sandy Bridge rig are understandably miffed, and according to Intel, new parts that address the potentially fatal design flaw won't ship until March. Making the best of a bad situation, Origin sent us word that it's implementing a lifetime warranty for all Sandy Bridge boards with a borked chipset. Here are the options, as Origin... Read more...
Gateway just took the wraps off a new line-up of gaming systems and multimedia-ready desktop systems.  The offering ranges from their FX gaming-targeted models, to the DX mini-tower, SX (small form factor), and ZX all-in-one series systems.  All models ship with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, which is a nice touch and will come in handy addressing the rather stout system memory build-outs that are configured with the systems.  The FX models are your standard gaming PC offering but with some all new, swank stylings.  Gateway offers two builds to customize for this machine, ranging from $1300 - $1700 (not too shabby at all). The lower-end model is based on a 2.8GHz Core i7-860,... Read more...
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