A look at DISCover: Part Two -  Alienware


posted 6/11/2004 by The GN Staff
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Gaming Nexus: How do you keep the noise down in the system?

Brian Joyce: We so carefully selected the chassis first of all. It has to be vented correctly because you are potentially going to put it in a closed entertainment center. So we selected an extremely quiet chassis. We use high volume, low noise fans. We’re really careful not to include actively cooled components that would increase the decibel level. So the video card is passively cooled.

Gaming Nexus: Did you use heatpipe technology for the cooling of the video card?

Brian Joyce: No, we didn’t need to use heatpipe technology. The system is whisper quiet at less than 30dcb and doesn’t have an overheating problem.

Gaming Nexus: Talk a little more about the DHS in a network environment.

Brian Joyce: It’s still a PC, let’s not fool ourselves. It’s an entertainment PC, a digital home PC but still a PC so all the networking options is still available to you. And yes, ultimately the vision is the system would bet networked to other devices in the home so you can share that digital media with any room in the house. I think you’re aware of the Bobsled devices that will be coming out shortly right? That’s what really those are for and that’s to extend the reach of the Media Center PC.

Gaming Nexus: Actually no, we haven’t heard about the Bobsled.

Brian Joyce: I believe that’s code word from Microsoft but essentially what it means is a smaller cheaper device that’s the size of maybe a classroom textbook that sits on top of your TB throughout the rest of the home and lets you access the content that you have recorded or where managing in your digital home system. (Actually now that I think about, this seems very similar to the Hauppauge MediaMVP device. – John)

Gaming Nexus: Actually I think I read about that. Weren’t they going to come out with an upgrade to the Xbox to stream media?

Brian Joyce: I think that was talked about yes.

Gaming Nexus: And the availability of the system?

Brian Joyce: The DHS system launched two weeks before E3.

Gaming Nexus: And the DISCover system?

Brian Joyce: Yes, hopefully very shortly. As soon as it’s available, validated, and tested. We will make it available on the DHS line.

Gaming Nexus: Will this be available to current owners to upgrade or will we have to wait for the line to come out?

Brian Joyce: I believe that the functionality of the DISCover technology is driven by software so we are hoping at this point you will be able to upgrade to it.

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