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Microsofts Hyper-V Server 2008 freely available

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Microsoft has just finished its latest virtualization project they call "Hyper-V Server 2008" and it's freely available for download here.

 

Microsofts Hyper-V Server 2008 freely available

 

Hyper-V was built using Windows hypervisor and harnesses the Windows Server driver model and virtualization components to run anything from Linux distributions to Windows XP, Vista and Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. It's also available in multiple language formats.

 

You can learn more about it here folks.

 

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Diamond intro Broodling PC Gaming System

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Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations today announced its impressive looking Broodling liquid cooled PC gaming system.

 

The gaming system is a result of joint effort between the two companies and is based on AMD's Spider platform. It is powered by a 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core CPU and AMD 770-SB600 based ABIT AX78 motherboard with 4GB of Kingston DDR2 memory. Cooling is provided by the CoolIT Eliminator with combination of air cooling and liquid / TEC chilling.

 

As far as graphics go, Diamond's Viper Radeon HD3870 X2 is used along with a 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 HDD and Lite-On 20X DVD+/-RW drive. Power is supplied by the 1250 watt Cooler Master Real Power Pro power supply.

 

The case gets a wicked paint job by Smooth Creations with a scary looking skull design which says, "Don't mess with me!" Take a look for yourself below...

 

 

 


Diamond claim that it has the capability of outperforming an Intel / Nvidia based gaming system and from we can see, probably at a more affordable price, too. It manages to score a default score of just over 14k in 3DMark06 under Windows XP.

 

At press time we didn't get any details on pricing but it is available for sale as of now.

 

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Acer Predator PC gaming system announced

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Acer has long been known for its standard notebooks and systems but not so much for its new line of gamers products.

 


Say hello to the Acer Aspire Predator gaming system and it certainly does look like a beast packing quite a punch in the performance area.

 

You get all the features you would expect from a high-end gaming system such as dual graphics via Nvidia SLI, Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, overclocking support via nTune software, 8GB of memory but it even comes with a custom water cooling setup for the CPU.

 

At this stage we are not sure which motherboard is being used but it is one based on Nvidia's nForce 780i SLI chipset. It will have the option of a range of Intel processors, SLI or 3-way 9800 GTX graphics, come with a TV tuner card (which is a tad strange for a gaming system), 1000 or 750-watt power supply, Blu-ray ROM drive and much more.

 

You can find out more about the Predator over at the Acer website right here.

 

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First look at Alienware HD Media Server

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Our friends over at Legit Reviews somehow managed to score a first look at Alienware's upcoming ultra high-end and uber expensive High Definition Media Server (or HDMS for short).

 

This product is due to come off the assembly line and into consumer hands anytime now and will set you back anywhere from $5000 - $7000 USD - that is two to three times more expensive than most HDTVs, so we're hoping it packs quite a punch for all those dollars.

 

 

 

It looks as if the top end model will be configured with a stunning 4TB of hot swappable hard drive space set up in RAID 5. It is powered by an Intel quad-core processor running with an X38 chipset and it also includes a Blu-ray recorder to make it a truly high-end HD DVR. The base model comes with Windows Vista Home Premium but is upgradable to Ultimate edition.

 

If you're a home theater PC enthusiasts and have been looking to blow a load of cash, consider this one when it comes out. The only negative side besides price which we can see is the fact that there is no HDMI audio, so even though you spent all those dollars, it will be out of date in just a few months (or weeks?) once HDMI PC audio solutions hit the market - unless it is upgradable somehow?

 

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Tyan announce new Intel server boards

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Following the recent launch of Intel's new 45nm dual and quad-core Xeon 5400/5300/5100 series processors, Tyan have announced a new line of Tempest i5400 series server and workstation oriented motherboards.

 

You can learn all about the differing models in the lineup and their feature-sets within the official PR folks.

 


SC07, Sparks, Nevada- On November 12th, 2007, Intel launches their next-generation server chipset, the Intel 5400 series., This new chipset supports both Dual Core & Quad Core Intel Xeon 5100/5300 & 5400 series processors. Tyan Computer, a global leader in server solutions, utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset in their Tempest i5400 S5397, S5393, and S5396 server motherboards.

 

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Microsoft Patent Reveals Future Multi-Component Gaming System

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The lads over at DailyTech have acquired information which relates to the supposed characteristics of Microsoft's next-gen gaming console (which will superseed the 360).

 

A filing to the U.S. Patent Office indicates that the next games machine from MS may well be multi-faceted, incorporating both handheld and console devices by wired and wireless connectivity. Sounds pretty damn impressive, lets hope its true!

 



A filing to the U.S. Patent Office may reveal what Microsoft has planned for its gaming platform after Xbox 360. The patent describes a multi-component gaming system that incorporates both handheld devices and console devices by wired and wireless connections.

 

The patent's abstract describes the system as a process "to take advantage of another gaming component's processing capabilities and memory capacity, each gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component to process gaming applications."

 

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Server Down Time

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Hello folks,

 

Recently we had some down time here at TweakTown which had to do with our database server. There were too many errors being produced by the MySQL server that the other server box blocked it and hence the site wasn't working.

 

We are not entirely sure why it happened but it probably had something to do with being on the front page of Digg two days in a row and a bunch of other big websites.

 

Everything is back to normal now and we should be setup in the future to fix this problem much quicker in the future! Because we were down for roughly 10 hours, we'll be back bigger than ever tomorrow with at least a couple new articles for you to look at.

 

Cheers!

 

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DEAL OF THE DAY - Buy.com - SimpleTech 160GB SimpleShare NAS Office Server Storage for $89.95 with Free Shipping!

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Deal of the Day details:

 

Offer: SimpleShare is the simple way to store and share PC or Mac files over a network. You can also share printers over a network with built-in USB print server.

 

*** For more details on this deal and many more, visit our Deals page - it's the smart place to shop! ***

 

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Koolance ERM-3K4U - water-cooled server chassis

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PC cooling mob "Koolance" have designed a very swish new server chassis for the market recently; dubbed the ERM-3K4U, this chassis is designed for a rack server environment and uses the 4U format, it also boasts a very powerful water cooling system which supposedly allows it to cool up to 20 processors (or up to 3000W of heat) - Phwoar!

 

Check out all the details at Koolance's website folks.

 



The Koolance ERM-3K4U is a dedicated liquid cooling system for very special thermal applications. It can provide up to 3000W of potential heat dissipation, and is housed in a lightweight aluminum enclosure. By default, the ERM-3K4U is offered in a standard 4U profile rack-mountable unit. However, with the handles removed and LED readout rotated, the cooling system can be operated in a vertical "tower" position.

 

The ERM-3K4U5 utilizes five powerful pumps [>6 L/min (1.8 GPM), >3m (10ft) head], each with separate auto-shutoff quick disconnect nozzles. Due to extremely high pressure and flow rate, 20 or more computer processors might be connected to a single ERM-3K4U5 system if within the total dissipation rating.

 

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