June 25, 2013 Do It Yourself
This was the first PC I built, and it is designed to be a HTPC that is also for gaming and system emulation. It is definitely a more expensive build than most PCs but it is the most capable one that I can imagine.
This is the breakdown of the components that I used in this build:
Processor – Intel Core i5 3570K – 3.4 GHz overclocked to 4.2 GHz
Processor Cooler – Noctua NH-C14 (there is clearance for this to work in the...
June 20, 2013 Media Center, Software
Just a few days before the arrival of summer, the Raspberry Pi’s XBMC distribution is back with a new update where the changelog mentions quite a few fixes and a few new features.
The main changes to note in this new version is the support of Stealth Nighthawk F117A, an HDMI dongle on XBMC, adding new skins, the ability to use two simultaneous audio outputs (HDMI and analog), or compatibility with Raspberry Pi camera add-on for...
June 18, 2013 Cases, Components
With the ML05, SilverStone perhaps will shake a little the compact HTPC case market segment. Announced at 6980 yens, less than $75, it appears to be in a pretty good position, although its reduced size imposes some restrictions.
Measuring 350 x 99 x 204mm, it is only compatible with a slim optical drive and a SFX PSU, while storage is allowed only four 2.5″ units. Or almost…
As is often happen on the brand, the partial modularity...
June 17, 2013 Projectors, TVs & Projectors
Optoma has launched a new 3D-compatible 720p DLP, the Optoma H100.
The H100 is an Optoma 3D projector with a DarkChip 3 DLP chip, which offers a 720p display. Identically to the HD25-LV, the contrast ratio is announced at 20 000:1, while climbing to 3200 lumens of brightness. It has a 190W lamp whose life is announced between 4500h and 6000h (Brightness Mode / Eco Mode). The operating noise is 26dB (minimum).
The H100 also features a...
June 9, 2013 Do It Yourself
Tutorial building an HTPC with windows 8.
June 7, 2013 Media Center PC
Giada, the Mini PC specialist, evolved its range to include the Intel Core fourth generation. It also features a new chassis with a dedicated graphics card and thought to the living room.
In recent years, Giada has made a specialty of mini PCs, designed on the basis of very thin boxes, accompanied by suitable motherboards. The manufacturer, which offers Intel and ARM solutions to its catalog presented at Computex Taipei the I56,...
June 6, 2013 Media Center PC
Alongside its new tablets, Asus has also unveiled at Computex a new nettop with the Asus VivoPC.
For now, the manufacturer provides very little information, but we already know that the VivoPC will have Intel processors, can not be more vague, but we can imagine that it goes from Celeron to Core i7 as the Gigabyte BRIX. The case is in brushed aluminum finish measuring 56 mm height, 19 cm width.
The upper part of the case is slidable and...
June 6, 2013 Media Center, Software
Just a few months after the release of MediaPortal 1.3, the MP team forges ahead by providing the MediaPortal 1.4 Pre-release version.
On this new version, developers have focused their efforts on optimization, but also on the elimination of bugs, like the problem of image resizing when connecting a PC to a TV or an amplifier via HDMI. From the optimizations size, a faster software boot is noted, support for WASAPI (finally!), the improvement...
May 30, 2013 Components, Storage
Soon, Kingston will propose for sale a new SSD, the KC300. A model that will replace two existing references in the market, namely the KC100 and V200+. with a 2.5″ format and 7 mm thick, The SSD uses a SATA III interface and a SF-2281 controller.
About the flash memory, we are on the MLC, but we have no further details at this time.
The SSD will show 525 MB/s read, 500 MB/s writing. We are on bases 73000-84000 IOPs read and write...
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