Alienware are well reknowned for bringing some of the most extreme all-out pre-built gaming rigs to town and they've certainly done their best to top any previous efforts with the soon to be available Area-51 ALX desktop PC.
The lucky folks at Hot Hardware were given one of these rigs to tinker with and quickly learned that it brings the best of everything available on the market today, including Intel's new Core i7-980X processor with six cores jammed inside.
The attention to detail with this beauty is second to none and brings several finishing touches not seen on a desktop system before, not to mention unprecedented performance with dual HD 5970s and the aforementioned Gulftown monster of which gets some self-contained water cooling treatment.
Stay tuned for Hot Hardware's full review on this beheamoth. In the meantime, check out the source link for further pics and details on its extensive feature-set.
HP has been offering its line of MediaSmart servers for a while now. The servers are perfect for the home user who has lots of digital content that they use and store across their network. HP has announced a new addition to the server that can be downloaded free.
The new software is the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo. The app lets MediaSmart owners that have TiVo DVRs transfer shows to and from the DVR and the server. DVR recordings on the server can also be managed directly.
Once shows are transferred to the server, they can be sent to any computer on the network for viewing. The new software works on the MediaSmart EX90, EX495, and the HP Data Vault.
Dutch owned company Point of View has just given out details of its upcoming Mobii branded mini PC based on the Intel LGA 1156 platform. They call it the Mobii Core i3 miniPC which runs dimensions of 220 x 330 x 129 mm.
Housed inside we have a 250W PSU, whilst the heart of the system is 2.93GHz Core i3-530 CPU with 2 or 4GB of DDR3 RAM, IGP (plus the option of using the vacant PCIe x16 slot), option of a 320 or 500GB HDD and an 8x DVD writer.
Other features include 10 channel Realtek audio, Gigabit ethernet, eSATA connectivity, DVD and HDMI outputs and the inclusion of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The company hasn't yet revealed its pricing for this model.
I am sure I am not the only geek who has been bored on a long road trip and though it would be cool to have a PC in the car. The inside of a vehicle can be a harsh environment for a computer, especially during the hot and cold months in some areas.
VIA has unveiled a new rugged computer that is aimed at commercial applications and would be great for use in a car. The PC is called the ART-3000 and it is a small fanless rugged machine. It uses the VIA EITX-3000 mainboard and can survive 5Gs of vibration and up to 20Gs of shock with CompactFlash used as storage.
The machine uses a 1.3GHz VIA Nano CPU and a VIA VX8000 media system processor. It has up to 2GB of RAM and graphics are thanks to a VIA Chrome 9 GPU. Three displays are supported and up to two simultaneous different video feeds are supported to the displays.
Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 220 Desktop Computer with Core 2 Duo, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW with 20" LCD Monitor for $449
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell Vostro 220 Desktop Computer with Core 2 Duo, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW with 20" LCD Monitor for $449.
Offer: Thanks to $277 instant savings, you can pick up a nicely equipped desktop computer for just $449. It features a 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with VT processor, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, 250GB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive, dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and a nice Dell 20" E2010H widescreen LCD monitor.
Update: They've also got a slim tower Vostro 220 that comes with a 19" LCD monitor for just $429, and if you're looking for something with more power, they've got OptiPlex 380 and OptiPlex 740 as well as a Vostro 430 desktop computer bundles for you to check out.
In offering support for the Haiti earthquake victims, custom PC builder MAINGEAR are now running their Relief for Haiti charity auction in which they are advertising a special edition verion of their award winning flagship SHIFT gaming system on eBay with 100% of the proceedings to be donated to the "Save The Children" charity organization.
This SHIFT system is one of a kind in that it makes use of one of AMD's rare Phenom II X4 TWKR processors of which only a handful were made. In a previous eBay sale for charity, one of these processors went for over $10,000 alone. They are said to be special hand-picked chips which promise unprecented overclocking headroom.
The below image gives light on the rest of the system configuration that's up for grabs :-
So there you have it; a unique one of a kind gaming PC to be proud of by design and in knowing you've done a lot for a good cause.
As it stands right now, the current bid is at $1,125 U.S. with 9 days and 12 hours remaining.
Many business users and consumers are quickly moving away from desktops in favor of notebook computers. There is still a big market for desktops though, especially in areas where computing power is needed more than portability.
Lenovo has unveiled a new workstation for CAD and digital content creation markets called the ThinkStation E20. The desktop can be fitted with a range of Intel processors including the Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Xeon 3400 series processors. The machine also supports ECC DDR3 RAM.
Graphics options include Intel Core HD and a variety of NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards up to the FX1800. The workstations certifications from ISVs like Autodesk and Siemens. Lenovo uses 50% recycled plastic in the construction of the E20. Shipping will start this month with prices as low as $600.
Netbooks are great machines for those who don't need tons of power and want a cheap and portable device. Netbook hardware is also appealing to those who are looking for a computer to use in a home or office, but want a larger screen to work on. This is where the nettop all-in-one computer class comes in.
A new Asus nettop called the Eee Top ET1610PT has surfaced that runs the Intel Atom D410 processor. The machine has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900. Graphics are via Intel GMA X3150 and the machine will be available in black or white colors.
Other features of the machine include WiFi, 1GB or 2GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. The screen is also touch capable for control with a finger. A version with the same specs minus the touch feature is also said to be coming to market. The machine was found after its model number and drivers were posted to the Asus support site.
I already mentioned that Gateway dropped a couple new gaming desktops on us today. Along with the gaming rigs also came a couple updates for more mundane machines including the SX series SFF desktops and the DX series multimedia machines.
The new SX2840-01 SFF desktop sells for $559.99 and uses an Intel Core i3 530 CPU. Graphics are via Intel GMA X4500HD and the computer has 6GB of RAM. Other features include 1TB of storage and a DVD burner. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.
The DX4831-03 is the newest media computer in the DX line. The desktop has been upgraded with a Core i5 650 CPU, NVIDIA GT220 graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a DVD burner. The machine also includes a Blu-ray drive all for $849.99.
The other day we made mention of a rumour that ZOTAC was bringing an NVIDIA ION2 based barebones system to market in March at a price of just $249. But today we've learned from ZOTAC that this information is incorrect.
No word on when or if ZOTAC plans to bring an NVIDIA ION2 powered barebones system to market as yet. We'll keep you posted.
Apple helped to pioneer the all-in-one segment of the computer market with its iMac long ago. The machine is now one of the cooler and more popular Mac computers for many users. The 27-inch iMac is the largest of the bunch, but has had more than its share of issues since it launched.
The screen on many of the large iMacs has had serious issues. Today reports are coming in that the shipment delay on the biggest iMac has grown from the previous one-week estimate to three-weeks now. Apple has offered no official explanation for the delay.
It would be easy enough to assume the screen issues the machine is experiencing are at least a part of the reason for the delay. The 21.5-inch version of the iMac is still shipping within 24 hours.
When my son asked me for a computer, I did what most geeks would do and built one myself. However, if you need a computer for a kid and either you can't build one or you want an all-in-on machine Kid Computers has one just for kids.
The machine is called the Kids CyberNet Station and is an AIO machine with a 19-inch screen. The system has an Intel Dual Core E5200 CPU and that 19-inch screen is touch sensitive. Other features include 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage.
The AIO machine has Intel GMA3100 3D enhanced graphics and HD audio. The machine ships with software packages for kids ranging from K to 12th grade. The big catch is that the machine is very expensive at right under $2000. You can certainly get more in an AIO package for that price.
At a time when focus is more toward compact and power efficient PCs (ie. netbooks and nettops), SPARKLE have added to the mix of options with its new CalibreCUTi Supermicro Computer.
This small form factor desktop PC uses Intel's Dual-Core 1.6GHz Atom processor paired with NVIDIA's Ion platform to provide 1080p capable video playback and DX10 graphics with PhysX support thanks to the integrated 9400 IGP.
Other features of this highly compact and power efficient PC include HDMI and S/PDIF output, DVI-I, 802.11n LAN (plus Ethernet), 5-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth (optional) and six USB ports.
It can take up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and comes with a 160 or 320GB SATA HDD (with the option to use up to 500GB capacity drives or go solid state.
For the full press release, head over to our press room here. No word on pricing or availability just yet.
I have an iPhone, but I have never been able to convince myself that learning a new OS is a good thing for long enough to use a Mac. Some people love the Mac OS though and have a particular fondness for the iMac.
If you are the iMac type, this rumor is just for you. Engadget reports that Apple is said to be working on a 22-inch iMac computer set to debut sometime this year. According to reports, it will be built by Quanta like the other iMac machines.
The screen size would fit well between the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, but why bother with only a half inch extra space? No details are available on the rumor at this time.
I have used keyboards that are projected onto a surface with a laser light before and they sucked. I have also used a few pico projectors and while they are cool and work in dark rooms, they aren't ready for the big time just yet.
A new design concept submitted to a Dell design contest by Pauline Carlos has turned up today using both a pico projector and a projected keyboard. The thing looks cool, but with the tech available today it just won't work in most instances.
The concept is constructed from a biodegradable starch-based polymer and lacks a mouse. In the future Dell computers will just read your mind I guess.
Many computer buyers are opting for notebook computers today for the portability and smaller space requirements that they offer. However, there is still a market for desktop computers. Many gamers, enthusiasts, and businesses still prefer desktops.
Lenovo has announced a new desktop computer called the ThinkCentre A63 that is aimed at small businesses. The desktop can be had with AMD Sempron, Athlon II, or Phenom II processors at a price starting at $329.
The machine can be fitted with up to 1TB of storage and uses 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. GPUs used in the computer support DirectX 10 and multiple monitors. The machines are also green and have the Greenguard certification. The A63 line starts at $329.
CES 2010 - AVADirect displayed two systems at CES in 2010. The first system was used in a private showing at NVIDIA and the second system was showcased at CoolIT's booth. Here we see the system in all its glory. This was the same system used for a magazine shootout a few months ago and it is still looking good.
The motherboard and video cards are from EVGA, one of AVADirect's leading partners.
The cooling was all CoolIT and the system was so quiet we couldn't hear it on the show floor even with our ear right next to the case. The storage system was run off of four OCZ Technology solid state drives in RAID 0 and they managed to make the system extremely fast at, well everything!
Here we see AVADirect's Misha Troshin with Geoff Lyon, the CEO of CoolIT. These guys are working on some really cool products for 2010; some of them are already announced but a few will be disclosed later this year. Keep an eye on TweakTown for some announcements here in a few months.
Buffalo has just put the finishing touches on its new TeraStation (TS-XEL/R5) series of NAS devices.
The family comes in 2, 4 and 6TB capacities with the enclosure supporting up to four SATA HDDs in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 modes. Of course, it also supports hot swapping and Apple's Time Machine and sports Active Directory integration. Connectivity for extra storage is possible via two USB 2.0 ports and the unit can be connected via dual Gigabit Ethernet.
The first shipments will begin in Japan this month at prices of $946, $1,180 and $1,535 for the 2, 4 and 6TB models respectively.
The notebook has pretty much taken over in many categories with the average home user and office drone preferring the smaller notebook to more bulky desktops. For some uses, the desktop is still popular through and among the most popular growing category of desktops are small form factor machines.
Dell has announced a couple new SFF machines for its OptiPlex line including the ultra small form factor 780 and the 380 available in three styles. The 780 claims to be the world's smallest fully functional desktop and has lots of options for graphics, storage, and uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Pricing for the OptiPlex 780 starts at $629.
The OptiPlex 380 is offered in minitower, SFF, and desktop versions and pricing starts at $329. Both models can use Vista, XP, Windows 7, or Linux operating systems.
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I can see the commercials now with the latest proof that no product is ever perfect. The new Apple iMac with Intel's Core i7 CPU are showing up cracked, and to make matters worse DOA. Apple, for their part have been replacing both under warranty when these issues are discovered but the issue throws a ton of mud in the face of the boasts that Macs are better quality products. The myth is that Apple has higher standards for quality, better manufactured parts and better QA processes in place. This is one of the reasons they can charge so much more than the same specification PC.
The problem is that they do use the exact same parts that your typical PC uses. In fact they are made in some of the same shops that some Dells, Gateways, and HP systems are made. SO how does this make them better hardware? Now I know I am going to get more than a few e-mails from Apple fans but before you hit the send button think about this. I am not saying Apple has bad products, I am saying that they are attempting to fleece the consumer by claiming their products are better than they really are. They purposely create an aura of infallibility and performance that is just not there. If you are an Apple fan you should be livid by this more than anyone else. Apple is basically laughing in the face of your loyalty and support by putting out products that fall short of your expectations. After all you would never accept this type of behavior from a PC manufacturer or Microsoft, why are you allowing it from Apple?
A few days back I mentioned that the Dell Zino HD desktop computer had debuted in the UK. Dell has now announced that the device is available in America as well. The machine has pretty much the same features as the UK version of the Zino HD.
The desktop computer is tiny at 7.75-inches square and 3.5 inches tall. The size means you can put the computer on top of your desk and it will certainly find its way into many entertainment centers to be used as an HTPC. The basic Zino HD with HD capable graphics will start at $229.
Many options can be added that will drive that price up including a Blu-ray player, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a discrete GPU with 512MB of RAM. Basic machines use a DVD player and ATI integrated graphics.