First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

A place to give your thoughts on our reviews!
User avatar
hnzw_rui
Legit Extremist
Legit Extremist
Posts: 604
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:42 am

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by hnzw_rui » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:55 pm

dgood wrote:I think you could recreated this for about 1500 as long as you don't mind adapters to get different video outs.
For $1500, you probably won't get hot-swap... For this project, I'm guessing you can build one for $3000 upper bound. You don't get the nice form factor, though.
File Server/Media Encoder/PVR PC
Antec P182 / Corsair 550VX / Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R / Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53 / Wintec AMPX 2x2GB DDR2 800 / Sapphire 100233L Radeon HD 3450 / WD Caviar SE16 750GB x3 / WD Caviar GP 750GB / Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7190A x2 / XP Pro SP2

unRAID Server
Antec 300 / Corsair 520HX / Abit AB9 Pro / Celeron 430 @ 1.80 / Kingston ValueRAM 2x1GB DDR2 667 / ATI Rage XL / Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB x9 / unRAID 4.3.3

User avatar
dgood
Legit Extremist
Legit Extremist
Posts: 1190
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:54 pm
Location: Lynnwood, WA

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by dgood » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:15 pm

aren't all sata drives hot swap as long as they aren't the OS harddrive?
Image

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by Apoptosis » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:58 pm

from what I've been told yes...

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by Apoptosis » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:25 pm

Ken cracked open the system... anyone want to guess what board is in it? It's the X38 chipset.

User avatar
dicecca112
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5012
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2004 10:40 am
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by dicecca112 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:40 pm

Asus
Image

User avatar
Apoptosis
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 33922
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by Apoptosis » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:50 pm

Apoptosis wrote:Ken cracked open the system... anyone want to guess what board is in it? It's the X38 chipset.
Let's go board and model number to see if we have any good guessers out there.

User avatar
DMB2000uk
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 7095
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:36 pm
Location: UK

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by DMB2000uk » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:52 pm

Could you imagine if Alienware had of gone HDDVD when designing this? :finga:

Erm, I was going to say asus too. I take it is Asus then. and from the looks of it it's not a custom made one?

Dan
Image (<- Clickable)

User avatar
dicecca112
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5012
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2004 10:40 am
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by dicecca112 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:09 pm

Maximus Extreme
Image

User avatar
martini161
Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome
Posts: 3183
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:27 pm
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by martini161 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:25 pm

dfi lanparty x38

User avatar
DMB2000uk
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 7095
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:36 pm
Location: UK

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by DMB2000uk » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:35 pm

dicecca112 wrote:Maximus Extreme
No freaking way matt, I was just looking at that exact board to suggest it :P

Dan
Image (<- Clickable)

User avatar
dicecca112
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5012
Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2004 10:40 am
Contact:

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by dicecca112 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:46 pm

yup its that CMOS button
Image

Spiderv6
Legit Little One
Legit Little One
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:17 pm

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by Spiderv6 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:28 pm

Well, I am (was) seriously interested in this, so surfed the alienware site in detail and then started looking for a config and pricing sheet which isn't to be found - sold through dealers only. Fair enough.

The NJ dealer listed is actually a bulk chemicals company. Strange, must be some mistake, so I 'chat" with an Alienware rep thru the site who point blank refuses to talk about pricing (or the product in general) and says that all questions must be directed through the agent. A bulk chemical reseller, I ask, yes he says, you have to talk to them.

Still confused, I call Alienware, who don't answer the phone, so I'm still in the dark.

Frankly, if they seriously think I'm going to spend $7K on a piece of hi-end equipment that they are unable to discuss and is apparently sold through a local bulk checmical manufacturer, they are sadly mistaken......I wish them luck but predict a disastorous failure. :?

User avatar
Zertz
Legit Extremist
Legit Extremist
Posts: 1118
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:19 pm
Location: Magog, Quebec

Re: First Look: Alienware High Definition Media Server

Post by Zertz » Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:32 pm

dicecca112 wrote:Maximus Extreme
Image

The backplate matches perfectly, except they removed the extra 2 USB ports and PS/2

Post Reply