Xi3 Intros Easy-To-Upgrade Modular PC

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kelemvor4

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Ok but aren't all computers (except macs) upgradable and modular? If not, I better call eVGA and see if I can cancel my gtx 580 order ;)
 

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Cool but I think the market for upgradeable PCs will be dead soon, what with services like OnLive and cheap powerful hardware with electronic hardware upgrades. They'll just sell us sealed black boxes, maybe with the ability to change hard drives externally and that's it.
 
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if i understand this correct.... it's a modular motherboard, upgrade from USB3 to light-peak can be handled via simply swapping out the IO module, new CPU can be accommodated via swapping out the CPU module, sounds interesting, have to see it in practice to see if it's viable
 

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Modular to a point. Like any PC, if you replace a main component, like the motherboard, you basically have a brand new PC as far as your operating system is concerned, which means all sorts of driver issues unless you re-install the OS. Not to mention that Windows will probably require re-activation, and if you have an OEM version, then MS may not be too keen on allowing that. Nice concept though, and it look pretty cool.
 

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This is retarded. Another gimmick for some idiot to buy. It's so tiny you could never do any high performance computing in this. Have they gotten with mobo manufacturers to change standardization? I couldn't even fit my 5870 in that case. What's the point here? And good obversation on drivers...Count me out. I'll stick with my mid tower.
 

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My Cosmos is modular as well... As a matter of fact, I've kept upgrading my PC since @ 1997 days, and haven't bought a full PC in that time.... From power supply and case, to motherboard and processor, each time it's an "upgrade", not a replacement.
 

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Looks like a good small scale PC thats modular (something that most tiny PCs lack) However usually if you upgrade the CPU you sometimes upgrade the motherboard, mostly for socket changes, or bus changes.. Unless you go for a full blown MB and go with a cheap CPU to start with.

Most things people upgrade in a computer is graphics card, RAM, and Hardrive, maybe soundcard.
I dunno THG readers, how often would you upgrade your CPU vs your GPU?
 
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athlon 64 x2... that right there tells me these people know nothing about the market.. in less than 6 months AMD is bringing out a whole new platform, (not to mention that the 64 x2 is already what 2 CPU generations old? counting athlon 2 and phenom 1 and 2...) and 2 gigs of ram? for real? 850$ may as well buy a mac... i'll take my 850 and get a mini-itx and custom build my case, and have a true upgradeable modular PC... thank you.
 

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Cute.

That was a compliment. But for THG readers, myself included, I think we'll stick with our boxes and upgrade parts as we see fit. Cheaper... and way more fun!.. that way.
 

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I thought the whole upgradability thing would be an ability to interconnect as many of these as you like to increase performance.Stack-em-up kinda trick?
 

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awsome idea... if onlt somebody had thought of this before... luiek a standardised size/screw layout for easy interchangability ... oh wait thats ATX... or where the power suppl was replacable... oh wait thats also atx... perhaps if processors didn't use different sockets every single model... oh wait wrong again alot of variety in each generation for an easy upgrade..

and finally those damn graphics cars if only they all had a standardised slot liek some sort of pci standard but faster ... a pci-express slot if you will... oh wait we have that too... god people are idiots... i hope this fails, its rediculously easy to build a pc and to upgrade it as it is there is no need for this and i think it'd actually hurt the pc enthusiast market by people refusing to mov on in sockets and such unless its gonna use some kinda adaptor to ada0pt new sockets to old
 

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Hey! ... Why don't you folks build me something I can really USE !!!

You wanna make some real dough ? .. Howz about a 6U sized desktop case where the top 4U consists of six 5.25" (horizontal bays) and the bottom 2U has *ALL* the rear ports and internal ports replicated, on the FRONT panel ???

Include an optional rack-mount kit (ears and rails + screws) and I'd pay for all that.


Nobody has done this and every project studio needs this. Just make sure the ports are on the bottom third, so they don't hang down in front of the drives, please.

Thankyou, Santa.

 

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[citation][nom]Alvin Smith[/nom]The form factor is great ... The specs are WAY LAME !... especially for that price[/citation]

Somehow I missed the specs the first time I read this. Pretty sure an atom based netbook will outpace this system as specced out (even with the top end AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+). High power (compared to a netbook) low performance (compared to EVERYTHING else), high price. If this were early 2007, the system may have been great. Unfortunately it's not.


 
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If these can be had in a multi core CPU and with a stupid amount of RAM, I would consider these for stacking and making a grid cluster out of them.
The cooling would be the big bonus here if (mind you this is a big IF)I can attach them in a sequential order to they would form a "pipe" of sorts.
Also if they were to allow the buyer the ability to remove components that they do not need or want (say like in my case SATA connectors, and USB) to save on heat, cost and redundancy. Or allow for letting me add things that I DO want like gigabit Ethernet or fiber channel.
Also do these things have internal slots for a Mini-PCI SSD card? if so then I could see a great use for this ...possibly.....
 

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The ONLY reason for "PC"(former IBM PC) to rule the market worldwide in last 15 years or so, is that PC already IS modular design, you can (in theory) choose components that you like and they will work (in theory). The reason this fact is "hidden"for modern PC's is that there are many corporations trying to sell their PC's as a final product taking away more or less standard components just to try to take monopol on what they think is their "share of the market". This is just another of those firms, trying to sell something that already exists as a "new product and a revolutionary design". There are too many different platforms and standards in PC world (especially in high end sector) for this to work. Hopefully not too many people will get hooked on this laughable marketing attempt. Yes that means I'm keeping my enormous desktop case with the components I chose to buy. Bue, bue.
 
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