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Hands on with GIGABYTE's new ultra compact PC, the BRIX

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the GIGABYTE HQ last night to take a look around, and we got to experience some hands on goodness with their latest BRIX PC. What is GIGABYTE BRIX? Check out the video below and find out.

 

 

GIGABYTE's BRIX PC is similar to the Intel NUC, something I personally reviewed a little while back now, but this thing is smaller, lighter and better equipped. Where Intel's NUC was obviously made and built by Intel, this new BRIX has a custom-made motherboard by GIGABYTE. Also running around inside the BRIX is an Intel Core i3-3227U processor, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots and m-SATA is ready for your storage. Connectivity is something GIGABYTE's BRIX has in spades, sporting both HDMI and DisplayPort output and when it comes to networking, the BRIX has you covered.

 

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We have Gigabit ethernet as well as a Wi-Fi card inside. Filling out the connectivity side of things, we also have two USB 3.0 ports, one on the front and one on the back of the BRIX. We have more images of GIGABYTE's BRIX, which you can check out in the image gallery.

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GIGABYTE's new BRIX, a SFF desktop PC powered by Ivy Bridge CPU's

GIGABYTE has introduced a new small form-factor desktop PC powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU's. It seems interesting that GIGABYTE would launch this new product so close to Intel's introduction of its new Haswell CPU's. The BRIX, as it's called, can be fitted with a wide array of Ivy Bridge chips, SSD's, and RAM.

 

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Exact pricing hasn't been detailed, but because of the wide array of customization, GIGABYTE notes that it covers a "range" of price points. It features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-in, an Ethernet port, and a Mini Display Port, which GIGABYTE says can power up to two monitors simultaneously.

 

If you want a SFF PC to use as a set-top box or HTPC, this new BRIX system could be for you.

HP launches Envy Rove 20, a mobile all-in-one PC with built-in battery power

We've seen several great new products out of HP today. First the Envy TouchSmart 14 with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display, now the Envy Rove 20. HP's engineers appear to be working overtime to produce feature-rich products. The Envy Rove 20 is a "mobile all-in-one PC" and is significant as it is HP's first mobile all-in-one.

 

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Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions:

Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together. HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined.

 

The system can be utilized like a tablet around the house, running on its built-in battery, or as a desktop all-in-one, making it highly versatile. The 20-inch display is of the IPS variety, meaning users can expect excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. I am a bit disappointed that the resolution is just 1,600x900. The Envy Rove 20 will be powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell line of processors.

iBUYPOWER announces their gaming desktops can now be equipped with GeForce GTX 780's

The GeForce GTX 780 was just announced by NVIDIA, and is virtually the same power as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan, but for a hell of a lot less money. iBUYPOWER have come out announcing that NVIDIA's latest Kepler-based GPU, the GeForce GTX 780, is now available for their performance gaming systems.

 

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Darren Su, Co-Founder and Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "We always stay on the forefront of performance, and equipping our systems with the latest graphics technologies allows us to give our customers the best possible experience". For more information on the iBUYPOWER systems with the GeForce GTX 780, check out iBUYPOWER's website.

Apple now offering 256GB and 512GB SSD storage options on iMacs

Apple has updated the selection of available storage devices on the iMac product. The new options are a 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD. Previously only a 5,400RPM 1TB drive or a 1TB Fusion Drive was available. The new options cost an additional $300 and $600, respectively, but should bring a noticeable bump to performance.

 

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These additional choices mostly effect the 21.5-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac did already have a 768GB SSD option available, though it came in at a costly $900. Some users don't require mass amounts of storage and only require speed. Apple is now catering to those users with some reasonable SSD choices.

Digital Storm's new Vanquish line of PCs ends the DIY vs. pre-built debate

For so long, a pre-built gaming PC cost so much more than a DIY rig. The DIY rigs are always down to the components chosen, and the skill of the system builder, but now Digital Storm are going to take not only the headache out of building an awesome gaming PC, but the extra cost of it, too.

 

 

Enter the Vanquish line of PCs from Digital Storm, which reduces the gap between DIY and pre-built PCs to between $23 and $58. The Vanquish line of PCs is a "carefully optimized selection of brand name, high-performance components to deliver a fluid smooth game playing experience".

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Origin unveil a Genesis PC that features four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPUs

Get ready to write that Christmas list, folks, as Origin have just unveiled what will undoubtedly be at the top of any gamers' wish list. Origin PC have just unveiled the availability of a new system with Corsair's 900D full-tower case, to their award-winning Genesis desktops.

 

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What makes this system stand out is the use of 4-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPUs, which are all liquid cooled. The Origin Genesis Corsair 900 features:

  • Supports Up To Five Radiator Mounting Points, Dual Power Supplies and Nine Hard Drive Bays
  • ORIGIN CRYOGENIC Liquid-Cooling Solution for both CPU and GPU
  • Supports Up To 4-WAY SLI Liquid-Cooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITANs
  • ORIGIN PC Custom Automotive Paint Finish Available

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ASUS' all-in-one desktop PC and tablet, the Transformer AiO, touches down in the US

ASUS announced their Transformer AiO last month, which is an Android tablet and Windows 8 desktop PC when docked. The Transformer AiO has now reached retailers in the United States, sporting an interesting design, with two operating systems, how can it go wrong?

 

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It comes with an 18.4-inch 1920x1080 Full HD IPS display, with the display capable of ten-point multi-touch. When in tablet mode, we have an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC with 2GB of RAM. When it's in its docked PC mode, it cranks along with a third-generation Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M GPU with 2GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB HDD and DVD drive.

 

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All of the PC components are in the dock itself, so you can remotely access the PC when using the Transformer AiO, which is a very nice feature to have. The ASUS Transformer AiO sells for $1300.

Raspberry Pi numbers are in - 40k units being made per week, Sony have made their 500,000th Pi

Raspberry Pi production did start off in China, but it has slowly started crawling into the UK since September. One of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's distributors, Premier Farnell/Element14, makes 100% of their Pis in the Welsh Sony factory in Pencoed, where the Pis are built under license.

 

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Sony have been making Pis since September, but have now had their 500,000th Pi roll off their production lines. Another great stat, is that nearly 40,000 Pis are being made in Pencoed every week, with this number set to expand even more. Even at these 'small' numbers, the Foundation are having a hard time keeping up with demand across the world. Gerald Kelly, the GM of Sony's Pencoed plant, said:

 

In June we scheduled 204 units per week. By July that had climbed to 10,000 units per week - this month we will achieve 38,000 output per week, and this is just the beginning! The future is about higher volumes, a second generation Pi [Liz interjects: don't get your hopes up, folks; Gerald's talking about rev3 of the original Pi, which we're preparing at the moment] and accessories such as a camera board. Current total forecast for Pi products indicate that 1,000,000 output will be achieved sometime in July this year.

Code in OSX 10.8.4 confirms Macs will be getting 802.11ac wireless

Code in the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seed seems to confirm that future Macs will be coming with support for the super-fast 802.11ac wireless protocol. Within the systems WiFi-frameworks folder, the following code can be found, supporting previous rumors Apple is working on getting 802.11ac into future Macs:

 

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This means that most, if not all, future Macs will be produced with the 802.11ac wireless standard supported. We'll probably see a refresh of the MacBook Air sooner rather than later and I imagine 802.11ac will be included at that time. This means Apple will likely be releasing 802.11ac compliant AirPort routers and iOS devices.

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