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ECS is currently shipping their EOR2 home media center that is powered by an Intel P4 or Celeron D based processor in an Intel 915P/G or Intel 945P/G based motherboard. The system features all of the standard media center options including 7.1 HD audio output with Dolby surround sound, video output to 720p or 1080i, and 802.11 a/b/g mini PCI WLAN with infrared and RF receivers for streaming and sharing. However, the system does not support HDMI output at this time, though it does support all other major video outputs.



The ECS EDH-04 media center will be a follow up to the EOR2 later this year and will feature the Intel G965 chipset, Core Duo support, and will be HDMI capable.



ECS was displaying a working model of their EKT media center that is based on the Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) installed in an Intel G965 based motherboard. The unit supports all of the latest video outputs including HDMI, 7.1 HD audio output with Dolby surround sound along with coaxial/optical output, a Dual TV tuner, and remote receiver with a wireless keyboard. The unit itself can be wall mounted or placed in the traditional horizontal position.



Another model in the ECS media center lineup is the very compact P60 based on the Intel 945GT platform with an available Intel Core Duo processor. The system contains a MINI PCI TV tuner with a coaxial connector. The system is ViiV approved, designed for Windows Media Center 2005, and also contains built-in Bluetooth technology.

AOpen



AOpen was showing an upcoming media center unit that is based on the Pentium 4 or Celeron D series installed in an Intel G965 based motherboard. The unit supports all of the latest video outputs including HDMI, and allows up to 7.1 HD audio output with Dolby surround sound along with coaxial/optical output.



AOpen was also showcasing their G-325 mATX case for use with their MoDT (Mobile on Desktop Technology) motherboards.

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  • Avalon - Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - link

    Too bad Geil's new enthusiast memory line is Black Dragon instead of Golden Dragon. I had some DDR Golden Dragon stuff, and it was awesome...very nice looking modules too. Reply
  • Skobbolop - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    haha.. :D that's so typical. after i posted my comment i just wanted to give the compro USB tuner another shot. and after som tweaking and minor adjustment is actually is quite good. Not as good as a standard televison, but watchable.

    Sorry.

    ps. i still get a lot of those products returned though.. i wonder why.
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  • Gary Key - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    We found their latest products to be on par with others at the show. I think the latest update to the PVR2 software is what made the difference. After comparing the two releases, I can understand why some people would return the product. We were allowed to play with their Release 3 software and were quite impressed. We will have a couple of reviews of their products up in July. Reply
  • Skobbolop - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Well. I sell Compro products and i get alot of them returned. The customers are simply not satisfied with the quality. Don't know about the new products though.

    i've personally tried an analogue USB tuner for a short period of time and i can't say that i was impressed. That said, i've never really tried any other external tv tuner, so i wasn't quite sure what i was expecting when i tried the compro device.
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  • sprockkets - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Hope people know push email is only with Exchange, and good luck getting it to work. Reply
  • xsilver - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    I thought there was a limited timetable for moving to ddr3; but now there is one??
    does ddr3 just bring more bandwith improvements and lower power use at cost of latency again or is there more?
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  • Gary Key - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    DDR3 allows higher clocks which will eventually equate into additional bandwidth although none of the mainstream processors are currently starved for bandwidth with DDR2. Some of the original product roadmaps from SIS and Intel showed DDR3 capable chipsets in Q4 of this year. It now appears these plans have slid to late Q1 / early Q2 of next year. DDR3 samples we noticed were at CAS7 settings, for DDR3, CAS5 will be considered very low latency. Reply

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