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XBMC running on $25 Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is shaping up to be a great thing for modders and the hobbyist community. The latest tease is the $25 unit running popular home-theater PC software, XMBC. Considering the Raspberry Pi is more-or-less the size of a credit card, this is an amazing feat.

 

 

It was recently demoed showing off XMBC, and for the cost of less than a thumb drive, it offers an ARM11-based Broadcom BCM2835 processor with a built-in multimedia engine. The chip is capable of decoding high-profile H.264 content at 1080p, and XMBC seems to take advantage of that very nicely.

 

It also sports a 3.5-mm audio jack, onboard SD slot, built-in HDMI and USB ports and the base of Raspberry Pi has the necessary ingredients for a basic home-theater PC. There is a second model available which includes an extra USB port, 10/100 Ethernet, and double the onboard memory for an additional $10.

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Alienware intro X51, small form factor gaming PC

Alienware have started 2012 by letting lose their X51 desktop. The X51 is a slim gaming PC that is designed to orient itself vertically, or horizontally on the desktop. Even the Alienware logo properly rotates depending on the positioning, nice touch!

 

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The Alienware X51 sports a Core 13 or Core i5, a slot-loading optical drive and an option for Blu-ray. The X51 can be configured to take 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. GPU wise, it sports a full-size NVIDIA GeForce GT 545, upgradeable to the GTX 555, an external power supply in both 240W and 330W versions.

 

Connectivity on the Alienware X51 includes HDMI 1.4, on-board Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and digital 7.1 surround sound. Additionally, the computer's accent colors can be modified with the Alienware Command Center software. Customers can place orders right now, starting at just $699.

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Maingear taps some of that sweet AMD Radeon HD 7970 power for its Shift, F131 and Vybe desktops

CES 2012: We all knew that when AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, that it would find itself plugged in and abused in the best of systems and Maingear is doing just that.

 

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They've just announced that they will be offering the Radeon HD 7970 in their Shift and F131 desktops as well as the Vybe in the future. Maingear will offer the setups with CrossFireX-based configurations, which should whet the appetite of the most power-hungry users.

 

Backed up by lifetime warranty, Maingear systems also include phone support in the U.S. as well as three-year hardware warranty options. Also keep in mind that the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) from AMD can be very power-concious, by either powering the cards off (when only one is required) or down to very low idle power states. Even better value for money if you ask me.

Japan gets Vending Machine 2.0, see-through Full HD display, facial recognition

Ok. If I were rich enough, I admit it: there would be one of these in each of my rooms. But, Japan gets it first, as they are the country of not only vending machines, but super-new technology and tech items.

 

 

Developed by Japan-based tech companies Sanden and Okaya (as well as Intel), this "vending machine 2.0" features a 65-inch see-through display with full HD resolution as its biggest selling point. When there are no potential customers nearby, it turns into a digital clock and also includes various animations to attract people.

 

Of course, the facial recognition feature is one of the stand out features of the new vending machine 2.0. Once a person is standing in front of the machine, facial recognition picks up the gender and approximate age and serves up personalized ads. The machine is suggested to sell "luxury" items such as cosmetics and wine.

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Dell rollout LGA 2011-based Alienware Aurora desktops, plan to take over the world

Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.

 

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It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.

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TweakTown Admiral PC SBG updated with Sandy Bridge-E

We just got done updating the TweakTown Admiral PC SBG for the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform. Of course being our top-dog system with no budget limitation, the Admiral PC gets the best. We have switched out the old CPU, motherboard and RAM.

 

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As for the motherboard, incoming is the impressive ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (bundled with BF3) and of course the CPU of choice is the mega expensive yet super fast Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Extreme Edition (3.3GHz up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) Six-Core processor and for the RAM we have no less than 64GB of Corsair Vengeance memory.

 

Hit on up the Admiral PC over here!

Shuttle launches Matrox-powered Mini PC, supports up to 16 displays

So this is where Matrox has been hiding, it has been in a love dungeon with Shuttle and they've been getting jiggy with it, and the results? A new mini PC, powered by a Matrox M-Series multi-display graphic card that powers the new Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC. The M-Series PCI Express x16 boards support up to eight DisplayPort or single-link DVI monitors at resolutions of up to 2560x1600 per display.

 

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But, get this, a second M-Series card can be combined within the H7 5820S workstation which allows integrators to use a wide range of multi-display installations in corporate, digital signage, security surveillance, process control, stock markets, share traders, crazy-insane monitor lovers and other professional environments.

 

One of the best features, is that its only 19 centimeters (7.5-inches) in height, which means its quite the mini PC indeed. The Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC sports an Intel Core i7 processor with up to six cores and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The high-performance H7 5820S can be incorporated with one or two M9128 dual-monitor, M9138 triple-monitor, M9140/M9148 quad-monitor, and M9188 octal boards.

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Commodore C64x Extreme, sports Core i7, 8GB RAM, sans external floppy drive

Ah, the Commodore. I have such great memories of thee. But, Commodore USA's C64 computer recreations have been quite good since last year, and now we have the third variant, the C64x Extreme. This unit sports the 80s flair, but 2011-specced. Inside, it features an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU capable of turbo boosting to 3.3GHz.

 

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Also, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD integrated graphics and a decent 2TB. On the outside, where this thing looks quite amazing, we have two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port. Also included is HDMI, 3.5mm S/PDIF, VGA and DVI. Apart from the kitchen sink, the C64x Extreme also includes Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, an Ethernet port and even a DVD-RW drive.

 

The only downfall is it comes with Linus Mint 11 pre-loaded, and will only fully support Windows once the company's "retro inspired" Commodore OS Vision becomes available. While it looks insanely cool and will most likely being a nostalgic tear to your eye, it will also kick you in the balls and rob you, too. It'll set you back $1,500. But, to you, it might just be worth it. I'll be down on the ground holding my nads in pain, while dreaming of this amazing beast.

 

Commodore USA plans to ship orders played by November 25th before December 15th, if that helps.

RumorTT: Apple to discontinue Mac Pro line?

Even though Sandy Bridge-E is about to drop, Apple might not be interested in investing anymore time or money into their full-size workstation line outside of this year because of limited sales of the Mac Pro. Apple has reportedly developed a revision to the Mac Pro, that may or may not even get released according to people familiar with the matter said management as far back as May of this year.

 

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Apple have reportedly had discussions about the future of the Mac Pro, and that their days were inevitably numbered. Internal discussions have gone as far as mentioning that the sales of the Mac Pro to both consumers and enterprises have dropped off so considerably that the Mac Pro is no longer a particularly profitable operation for Apple. Then there's the Thunderbolt issue.

 

Thunderbolt was introduced this year, and allows the other, more popular members of the Mac family to assume the vast majority of the roles that once required the high-end Mac Pro's.

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Shuttle intros the multi-display loving H7 5820S mini workstation

Shuttle still has some momentem happening with its once super popular XPC range of SFF PCs, releasing the new H7 5820S mini workstation today which sports one (or optionally two) Matrox M-Series graphics card(s).

 

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The system is built around Intel's LGA1366 platform in Shuttle H7 series aluminum chassis measuring in at 32.6 x 20.8 x 19.6 cm and gives support for all LGA1366 processors right up to the Core i7-990 hexa-core model. It comes with 8 or 16GB memory, up to a 240GB SSD and 2TB HDD (you can house just one, or two drives in it), a DVD or Blu-ray writer/Combo drive and as mentioned earlier, up to two Matrox M9188 2GB graphics cards.

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