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Gateway SX SFF and DX mini-tower PCs announced

Gateway SX SFF and DX mini-tower PCs announced

Gateway have rolled out two new small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PC ranges, its SX Series and DX Series, offering a choice of AMD or Intel processors, HDMI connectivity and compact desk footprints.  The first SX model is the Gateway SX2800-01, a Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz desktop with integrated GMA X4500 graphics, 4GB of DDR memory, 640GB hard-drive and a DVD burner.

 

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AMD Congo detailed: dual-core Neo plus Radeon HD 3200 GPU

AMD Congo detailed: dual-core Neo plus Radeon HD 3200 GPU

AMD may have convinced HP to slap their new Congo into the updated dv2 ultraportable, but if you've been waiting to hear a little more about the dual-core chipset then we've some more detail for you.  Targeted at thin-and-light notebooks rather than taking on Intel's Atom N-series chips, Congo is a combination of the new dual-core AMD Neo processor, updated ATI graphics and an improved chipset.

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AMD show Athlon II X2 250, Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition & ATI Theater HD 750 worldwide HDTV tuner

AMD show Athlon II X2 250, Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition & ATI Theater HD 750 worldwide HDTV tuner

AMD have announced two new desktop processors, the dual-core 45nm Athlon II X2 250 and the X2 550 Black Edition, their first-ever dual-core AMD Phenom II.  The former boasts a TDP of 65W and nifty throttling to cut power consumption by as much as half when its full capabilities are not needed.  Meanwhile desktop and mobile users will soon have the option of watching worldwide HDTV no matter the broadcast standard, thanks to the AMD ATI Theater HD 750.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 21 2009

The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around.  We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99. 

That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day.  Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months.  The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.

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ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

ASUS Eee Box B206 reviewed: mixed HD bag

From the very start, ASUS' Eee Box nettop caught the eye as a potential media PC, and the company themselves threw their hat into the ring with the launch of the Eee Box B206.  Swapping the DVI output for an HDTV-friendly HDMI, and slotting an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 GPU with 256MB of its own DDR2 RAM in instead of the integrated graphics, the B206 promises high-definition playback above its humble Atom roots. 

The Register have been taking a look at the nettop, and in some ways the B206 does deliver.  Standard definition video runs with no problems, and DivX 720p files in Windows Media Player were also smooth; however, the B206 showed itself to be particularly picky about codecs.

The problem is that not all media player apps support DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA), the technology which lets the Radeon HD 3450 GPU get its teeth into the video.  Without that, it's up to the Atom N270 1.6GHz chip to keep things ticking over, and we already know that Intel's CPU struggles with high-resolution media. 

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