Generally, computers and beverages don't mix well. If you spill a beer or a soft drink on your computer, you may be kissing your rig goodbye. I am sure that many people (myself included) are perfectly willing to risk killing their computer in an effort to partake in their favorite frosty beverage while they play some computer games.
One geek has taken his love of beer and computers and used the two things to create an epic casemod that all you beer fans will love. The dude took an old Anheuser-Busch keg and cut it open with various windows and ports to be able to cram his computer hardware inside and keep the stuff running cool. The finished case was powder coated in black and then trimmed in chrome.
Checked your piggy bank lately?? Been doing the paper run for your neighborhood? Good. You'll need it for this beast.
ORIGIN have revealed a $22, 799 PC-Xbox 360 hybrid gaming beast.
This thing is the absolute bees-knees of high end tech, kinda like Cold Rock ice-cream, it mashes together things that shouldn't be mashed together - but ultimately, it tastes awesome. Mixing a high end, overclocked, liquid-cooled PC with the popular Xbox 360 gaming platform is a pretty ingenius idea.
Just look at the specs!!
If you're in the market for a large all-in-one touchscreen PC, and are a fan of the Dell brand, then you're in luck. They've just announced a new all-in-one desktop.
Specs seem to be pretty good for an all-in-one touchscreen PC, coming in with an AMD Athlon II X4 CPU, ATI (or AMD?) Mobility Radeon HD5450, Blu-Ray playback and up to 1TB HDD inside, additionally the PC is a 23" full HD touchscreen LCD.
HP today announced 3 new "all-in-one" PC's today. The TouchSmart 310, TouchSmart tm2 convertible notebook and the Omni100 desktop.
The star in the new releases is the TouchSmart 310 PC, it runs the latest version of HP's exclusive TouchSmart software. HP also announced the HP TouchSmart Apps Centre for one-touch access to free and subscription based applications - this includes touch-enabled games, and applications from companies like Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network.
And for some, the most important feature - the latest version of HP's TouchSmart software now features a built-for-touch Facebook application that can let you create a personalized video greeting and post it directly to a friend's Facebook wall.
Gaming PC builder Digital Storm has just released its latest masterpiece to market in the Black | OPS Assassin.
Digital Storm claims this PC to be the world's most advanced vertically cooled system. Taking into account the fact that heat has a natural tendancy to rise, the chassis works in favour of this to pull cold air in via the three large 180mm fans mounted at the bottom of the case and warm air is forced out through the top.
The Assassin also gets Digital Storm's Sub-Zero cooling system treatment that has connection points for not only the CPU and multiple graphics cards (incl. the GTX 400 series), but also the motherboard's chipset and voltage regulators which will certainly go a long way toward getting an overclock most anyone would be proud of.
In base form, this system will cost you as little as $2,387 and comes with a Core i7 930 processor, 6GB of 1600MHz memory, an eVGA X58 motherboard and choice of single NVIDIA GTX 470, 480 or ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphis cards.
Digital Storm's customization process gives the option for some pretty full on hardware, including up to three GTX 480s, a range of various SSD models in singular or RAID configurations and much more. Depends on just how much money you want to throw into this beast.
For further details on the Black | OPS Assassin, check out the full press release here.
Last week Acer and its subsidiary Gateway launched a slew of new products across its consumer level desktop and notebook ranges as well as the introduction of a new server line-up in the Australian market.
In support of this big launch down under, an event was held by Acer/Gateway at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour last Thursday where it unveiled the new range for the first time.
We were kindly provided with a bunch of photos from Acer which were taken during the event and show off some of the new products in its lineup. While we don't know any specifics about these new products yet, the official press releases for them are said to be rolling out through this week. So keep an eye out in our press release section for those.
In the meantime, check out some of the products in the photos below.
The Chinese laptop market is about to get a new addition from Dragonfly in the QT Pro; a 14-inch sized laptop powered by Intel's Pine Trail platform (together with 1.66GHz Atom D410 processor) with the help of NVIDIAs ION 2 GPU for graphics/video intensive tasks.
The folks over at Shanzhaiben.com were able to get some specifics about it ahead of launch later this month. The unit is said to weigh in at about 1.9Kg and is a tad over 1-inch thick. The casing is made of aluminum and it uses a 14-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768.
Other specs include a GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI output and 4200mAh battery.
HP have been busy rolling out a refresh on a whole host of desktop and all-in-one systems in the last 24 hours and one of the major highlights is in regards to their refreshment of TouchSmart PCs which now come equipped with Core i5 and Core i3 processors in the 600 and 300 models respectively, as well as a few other trinkets in the software dept.
Some other new additions in their lineup include an AMD quad core equipped (3.00GHz Phenom II 945) Pavilion Elite HPE-210f, All-in-One 200-5020 with 21.5" 1080p touchscreen (shifting from as low as $699) and more.
Full details at the source.
I have wanted a HTPC to put into my entertainment center for a long time. The trick for me is finding one small enough to fit into the cramped space I have. VIA has unveiled a new machine today that is crazy small.
The SFF PC is called the ARTiGO A1100 and is packed in a sub 1-liter chassis. The small rig is only a bit larger than a mobile phone at 5.7" x 3.9" x 2" and packs in decent hardware and connectivity.
The machine runs a VIA Nano 1.2GHz processor and a VIA VX855 media system processor. It also has lots of connectivity with HDMI and VGA out as well as Ethernet, USB ports, and optional WiFi. The small machine is available for $234.
Steampunk really isn't my style, though the art is cool in a very geeky way. Steampunk takes modern things like phones and computers and reimagines them in a sort of old-fashioned motif.
If you do like steampunk, but lack the time and inclination to turn your own computer into a steampunk masterpiece, you can get a cover that will make the transformation of your iMac for you. A steampunk guru known as Woodguy from Old Time Computer has a couple of covers for the iMac that turns the device into a Steampunk design.
The covers can be had in cherry with or without a marble base or Maplewood with a wood base. The covers are cool and leave the screen and webcam uncovered. Pricing is unknown. The cherry is called Shaker Style and the maple is called Maplewood.
ASUS has indicated its new EeeBox EB1007 PineTrail powered nettop isn't powered by NVIDIA's Ion, contrary to earlier reports at CeBIT. This means you can forget about running high definition content on this one with its little Intel Atom D410 processor being the only power on tap.
But apart from that, it's a tidy little unit which could well be an ideal option for users wanting a nettop without unnecessary HD video playback capabilities and what we expect will be a nice low price tag ($350 or less).
Running quickly over the rest of the specs, it's much a standard affair with 1GB of DDR2, 160GB storage, three USB 2.0 ports and 802.11b/g/n WiFi support.
ASUS is yet to disclose the price or a time of availability. We'll keep you posted.
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Shuttle has a hoard of SFF machines for many different uses running the gamut from gaming to general PC users. Shuttle has announced that two new SFF workstations are now shipping on the US.
The new machines include the J1 4100P and the G2 7600P workstations. The machines are available with Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad CPUs or AMD Athlon II X2 or X4 CPUs. Graphics options include NVIDIA Quadro GPUs or ATI FirePro GPUs.
Shuttle also announced that it would be getting a 6-core Gulftown powered SFF workstation ready for a June launch. The two Shuttle machines launching today start at $899.
Shuttle unveiled its cool J1 line of SFF computers in Europe a while back. The machines weren't given a firm date for the US at the time of the European unveil though. Shuttle has now offered up some info for US fans of the SFF gaming rig.
The J1 4100G SFF machine is now available in the US with a price starting at $889. The machine also comes with a free CPU upgrade, free gaming mouse, and a free copy of the Red Faction Guerilla game.
The computer itself supports Core 2 Quad processor and can be had with a GeForce GT 240 GPU inside. If gaming isn't you, thing a version of the machine for media fans and general computer users is also being offered.
An announcement from Shuttle today lets us know they've introduced their new J1 4100 series small form factor PCs that come in three configurations to suit HTPC/entertainment, gaming and professional users.
Further to this and for a limited time, if purchased directly from Shuttle these J1 4100 series SFF PCs will come bundled with a free additional package that includes a copy of Red Faction: Guerrilla, a Quito 7-button laser mouse and a processor upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (2.5GHz).
You can learn more about each of the varying models in the hotlinks provided above and there's further info about the bundle offer in the press release here.
Rugged computers tend to spend lots of time in the outdoors and often are used in harsh environments where they will have to stand up to drops and bad weather. Logic instrument has unveiled a new rugged touchscreen computer called the FieldBook for rugged environments.
The machine runs Windows and has a 7-inch sunlight readable touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. The machine runs an Atom 1.6GHz processor and the touchscreen works when the user is wearing gloves.
Other features of the machine includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, camera, USB, Ethernet, a Barcode reader, and more. The machine promises up to five hours of runtime thanks to a pair of hot swappable batteries.
The folks at Engadget have spotted a compact nettop'ish type system from Pegatron which is said to be based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform. This would mean it should have no worries in decoding 1080p and flash video content, making it a nice cheap, tidy little option for the right type of HTPC user in the lounge.
The style is interesting, but certainly not to everyones taste. It looks to be a bamboo designed casing over a thin plastic box.
The unit has HDMI, Ethernet, microphone and speaker plugs located round the back.
You can find some more angles of the unit at the source. No word on pricing or availability yet.
Dell has just rolled out its latest Vostro desktop PC members in the 230 series. These two units are available in both mini-tower and slim tower sizes and one of the main points of focus for these is on value, hence pricing beginning at just $389 for the slim tower and $299 for the mini (which can go up depending on what your upgrade path at purchase is).
The base models come equipped with Pentium dual-core CPUs, but you can go for a Core 2 Duo or Quad if you want some more horsepower. Other specs include up to 4GB of RAM, 2TB of storage via a couple 1TB drives, DVD reader/writer and choice of GMA X4500 IGP or GeForce G310/GT220 512MB discrete graphics.
Both units come shipped with Windows 7 pre-loaded and are backed by a 1 year warranty.
Power efficiency is very important tin notebooks and desktops for different reasons. The notebook user wants an efficient machine for longer run time. Efficiency in a desktop means less power used and lowers electric bills.
Fujitsu has unveiled a new line of computers in the proGREEN family that are all power saving with power management features and power optimized CPUs. The Esprimo PC series includes the E9900 and P9900 that have 89% efficient power supplies and are Energy Star 5.0 certified.
The Lifebook E780 and S710 notebooks are 14-inch and 15.6-inch machined that are Energy Star 5.0 certified. They use LED backlit screens and the E780 with two batteries installed can run up to 18 hours per charge. The proGREEN workstations include the Celsius W280 and H700 with NVIDIA graphics. Both machines use Core i7 processors.
Maingear unveiled its SHIFT every day supercomputer a while back and the machine is quite impressive on paper. The boutique computer maker has now announced that the machine has been updated to include the Intel Core i7 980X and some other goodies.
The new 980X is a 6-core processor that runs at 3.33GHz that can execute 12 threads in parallel. The machine has has SATA 6Gbps connectivity and uses the new Crucial RealSSd C300 storage device to hit 335MB/s on sustained reads.
The beast of a computer also gets USB 3.0 connectivity for fast external storage. That is a lot of power in a machine that can also be had with liquid cooling and more. The SHIFT starts at $1,799.
We reviewed Intel's new monster 6-core, 12 threads Core i7-980X 'Gulftown' processor last week and without much surprise found it to totally kick ass in multi-threaded applications and games. Deanzo even impressed us all even more by taking the same processor and overclocking it damn near close to 6GHz on liquid nitrogen.
Word has just arrived from the folks over at CyberPower that three of its top gaming systems, the Black Pearl, Gamer Xtreme 3D and Fang Series Black Mamba will all be getting the 6-core Intel treatment with X58 based motherboards.
The new gaming systems should be shipping within a week or so when Intel finally begin letting the new processors out onto the market. For more details, head on over here and read the press announcement which was just released.