Just in time for Microsoft Win XP Media Center Edition to step aside for Windows Vista Home Premium, Velocity Micro has introduced two dual-core media center PCs. Both the Intel-based CineMagix Grand Theater and AMD-powered CineMagix Pro Cinema offer a home-theater-style black aluminum case design and the option of AMD's new ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner for viewing and recording HD cable content.
The Grand Theater starts at $2,195 with a Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz) processor, 2GB of DDR-2/667 memory, a 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS graphics card, two 250GB Seagate hard disks in a RAID array, and a DVD±RW drive. Options range from a Core 2 Extreme or Core 2 Quad CPU and 2.25TB of storage to a GeForce 8800 GTS card and a Blu-ray drive. The Pro Cinema starts at $1,695 with Athlon 64 X2 3800+ power, 1GB of RAM, 250GB ATI Radon X1950 Pro graphics, one 250GB hard drive, and a DVD burner. It can be configured with an Athlon 64 FX-62 CPU; a dual-drive, 750GB RAID 1 mirrored storage setup; and two TV tuners.
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