VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard Review

VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard Review
Posted on December 8, 2011 by Sean Potter | Motherboards, HDMI, Low Power, HTPC
Ten years have passed since Via announced the Mini-ITX form factor, and I've been a fan of the compact motherboard platform since. To mark the 10 year anniversary, Via announced their latest product based on the Mini-ITX standard, the VE-900. Sold for only an affordable $89 USD, it promises to deliver a high-performance multimedia experience in a small package.

CEntrance MicPort Pro

CEntrance MicPort Pro
Posted on November 27, 2011 by Sean Potter | Audio, Podcast, DAC, Recording
Face it, PCI- and PCI-Express-based soundcards don't always cut it for professional-quality recording. Despite offering digital, optical, line-ins, and microphrone inputs, soundcards simply can't accommodate every piece of high-end audio equipment. Many companies have solved this issue by building external break-out boxes with a variety of additional inputs and outputs, but these boxes lack mobility. Where are the break-out boxes for laptop recording studios?

Lenovo Multimedia Remote N5901

Lenovo Multimedia Remote N5901
Posted on November 14, 2011 by Sean Potter | Mouse and Keyboard, HTPC, Wireless, Input
There have been hundreds of different wireless input devices released over the last several years as home theater PCs have become more popular. The size, shape, and overall functionality of these devices has varied greatly. Lenovo, the successor to IBM's PC division, released the N5901 to set a new standard in wireless input, putting a mouse and keyboard in a form factor that can easily be manipulated with a single hand.

We're Back: The Status of BIOSLEVEL.com

Posted on November 8, 2011 by Sean Potter | Announcements, Open Source, Linux, Site
It's been a long time since we've published new content, or had a fully functioning site here at BIOSLEVEL.com. Much of our past issues are to blame on a hardware failure near the end of 2009. It's been a long time coming, but we're just about back. We're once again ready to bring the Free and Open Source community new articles and reviews on the latest hardware and software. We want to you to come to our site to learn about the compatibility of the latest components and how to get the most out of your Free or Open Source software.

nMedia HTPC 1000-Series Case

nMedia HTPC 1000-Series Case
Posted on March 27, 2009 by Sean Potter | Cases, HTPC
nMedia's HTPC 1000-series cases is a shining example of this design philosophy. The folks at nMedia were kind enough to send us an evaluation unit to try out. The 1000-series comes in either black or silver, and features a hidden optical bay, card readers, optional LCD output, and much more.

Sapphire Radeon HD4550 Videocard

Sapphire Radeon HD4550 Videocard
Posted on January 28, 2009 by Sean Potter | Videocards
The folks at Sapphire were kind enough to send their Radeon HD4550 card at the same time, which will be on the table today. The Radeon HD4550 features 512MB of DDR3 memory, a 600MHz core clock, and 80 stream processors. It's not quite as beefy as the Radeon HD4650, but it can be found for an average of $30 less.

Sapphire Radeon HD4650 Videocard

Sapphire Radeon HD4650 Videocard
Posted on November 9, 2008 by Sean Potter | Videocards
The folks at Sapphire were recently kind enough to send us an overclocked sample of one of these mid-range cards, the Radeon HD4650. Sapphire's overclocked Radeon HD4650 features 512MB of GDDR3, 320 Stream processors, and a 700MHz memory clock. BIOSLEVEL.com will look at how this card fairs against its older brothers, as well as nVidia's mainstream offerings from the 9x00 family of GeForce cards.

NorthQ NQ-3709BL/NQ-3710RL Silent Tornado Fans

NorthQ NQ-3709BL/NQ-3710RL Silent Tornado Fans
Posted on October 30, 2008 by Sean Potter | Cooling
NorthQ, who's BlacKMagic 850W PSU we previously looked at, has taken the game to a new level. They have a series of case fans built from aluminum frames. The Silent Tornado fans, as they're called, promise extreme performance with a good bit of silence.

QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS

QNAP TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS
Posted on October 9, 2008 by Sean Potter | Networking, NAS, iSCSI, NFS
Shortly after QNAP released the TS-409U Turbo NAS, the TS-509 was announced. The TS-509 Pro picks up where QNAP's TS-409 Pro left off. The TS-509 Pro adds a fifth drive bay, as the name may entail. Also included with the TS-509 Pro are: dual gigabit ethernet ports, five USB 2.0 ports, two serial connections, and a single eSATA port. While the form factor is different from the TS-409U, both units promise relatively similar features, with a few subtle differences.

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
Posted on September 15, 2008 by Sean Potter | Cooling
Noctua, whose NF-P12 120mm case fan BIOSLEVEL.com previously reviewed, brings a pro-grade thermal compound to the table, NT-H1. The NT-H1 compound aims to minimize thermal resistance and provide long-term stability. BIOSLEVEL.com will put the compound to the test.
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