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Orwl PC is a new PC that self destructs if it's hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 1:32 am

With all of the stories of companies, personal computers, and everything in between being hacked by the uber-brains in North Korea and Russia (using tools US taxpayers' paid for by the alphabet government agencies that made the tools in the first place) - securing your PC has become a very real thing you should be doing.




This is where Orwl PC steps up to the plate, which has some of the best security you can buy. It's protected even from physical hacking, as the PC has an awesome self destructing feature that will wipe the PC completely clean of your data, if someone physically tries to break into it. It comes with either Windows, Ubuntu, or Qubes OS pre-installed - on top of a bunch of seriously powerful security specs.


We're talking about protection about UEFI and DMA hacks, as well as USB-based exploits, reports BGR. There's even a special key fob that is based on NFC that verifies the user that wants to use the Orwl PC, and if you walk away from your PC with the key fob in your pocket, the Orwl PC will lock its USB ports down from any potential hacking.


If you need a super-secure PC, Orwl is shipping its PCs later this year starting at $1699.

Dell announces Alienware Area-51 with AMD ThreadRipper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 3:02 am

This is big news: Dell has confirmed they are the OEM exclusive partner for AMD's upcoming 12C/24T and 16C/32T parts in their upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPU range.




Dell will be pumping out systems with Alienware and their upcoming Area-51 ThreadRipper Edition gaming PC that will rock up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM (2667/2933MHz), a bunch of GPU configurations including the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 570/580, and GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI. I'm sure there'll also be some Radeon RX Vega graphics card configurations once the Vega-based GPUs launch in August.


All systems will include fully unlocked, factory overclocked on all CPU cores and liquid cooled Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, with options for dual- and triple-GPU configurations and super-fast M.2 storage. Dell will also be selling Alienware Area-51 gaming PCs with Intel's new Core i7 and Core i9 processors, but Intel is locked out at anything more than 10C/20T. Intel will be offering their Core i7-7800X (6C/12T @ 4GHz), Core i7-7820X (8C/16T @ 4.5GHz), and Core i9-7900X (10C/20T @ 4.5GHz).

Apple's new iMac Pro rocks 18-core CPU, Radeon Vega GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 12:11 am

Apple has just announced their new all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, and boy does it have some hefty specs. We're looking at Apple's new iMac Pro starting at $4999... and scaling much higher than that if you pack it with all of the tech goodies you can imagine.



Apple's new iMac Pro will begin shipping in December, starting with an 8-core Intel Xeon CPU - but you can choose options right up to the insanely powerful 18-core Xeon processor. Not only that, but you can option it with a 27-inch 5K display and AMD's new Radeon Vega GPU. There's also 10GbE network connectivity, and 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports.


You can option the Radeon Pro Vega with up to 16GB of HBM2 memory, while Apple will offer up to an insane 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. Apple intends for people to buy their new iMac Pro for high-end editing and graphics work, and even gaming and VR since the new iMac Pro is VR-ready as well.

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Surface Pro continues to evolve, now packs Kaby Lake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 24, 2017 2:35 am

Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, with the introduction of the Surface Pro. Yeah, Microsoft has dropped the numbering scheme from its line up, with the Surface Pro 4 being the last of the numbered Surface Pro products, from now on they'll just be 'Surface Pro'.




The next-gen hybrid laptop/tablet has some pretty significant internal changes, with "about 800 new custom parts in the new Pro" says Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay. Microsoft taps Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors for the new Surface Pro units, with fanless versions of the Core m3 and Core i5 processors.


Because Microsoft makes not just the Surface Pro, but the operating system in Windows 10, it can do hardware and software level tweaks for Surface Pro. This gives Microsoft a very Apple-like future as they continue evolving Surface into something that has not only caught up, but far exceeded what Apple has in the laptop/tablet markets. Because of these tweaks, Microsoft is claiming the new Surface Pro has up to 50% longer battery life than the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft says that the new Surface Pro will have up to 13.5 hours of battery life, which is impressive.

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Rare Apple-1 computer from 1976 auctioned for $130,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 22, 2017 6:46 am

Apple only made 200 of its Apple-1 computers back in 1976, something that was built in Steve Jobs' garage, and was just auctioned in Germany for a huge $130,000. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak designed, and marketed the Apple-1 in 1976.




John Dryden, the original Californian software engineer who owned the Apple-1, admitted it was hard to sell. He said: "(The Apple 1) was one of the first opportunities for someone to possess a real computer. I'd been working with computers for a while but they were huge".


Dryden sold the Apple-1 computer with the original receipt for the motherboard and cassette recorder, an operating manual, and something that would be amazing to see in person: notes of telephone conversations between Dryden and Wozniak from 1977. Apple never made an external housing for the Apple-1 computer, with the company selling the power supply, keyboard, monitor, and cassette recorder separately.


It was only in 2014 that another rare Apple-1 computer was auctioned off for $905,000 - and incredible leap from the $130,000 that we're seeing here today. Breker's auction house, which hosted the sale of the Apple-1 and specializes in technical antiques, said that the lowered price is due to the "hype" falling down from Steve Jobs' death five years ago.

Apple's new iMac will be the highest-end iMac ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 7, 2017 3:42 am

It looks like Apple is pushing into its next-gen iMac in a big way, with Apple's Phil Schiller teasing the new improvements Apple are making to the iMac.




Schiller said: "With regards to the Mac Pro we are in the process of what we call 'completely rethinking the Mac Pro'. We're working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we're committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers".


The new iMac Pro will reportedly feature an Intel Xeon E3-1285 V6 processor, with 16GB (upgradeable to 32GB or 64GB of ECC memory), the latest NVMe-based SSD (up to 2TB) and AMD's latest GPU technology (most likely Vega, or the fastest Polaris at least). Thunderbolt 3 will be included, USB Type-C connectivity, and drum roll... a new keyboard.

Apple's next-gen iMac: 5K display and Kaby Lake CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 6:35 am

Apple is planning new iMac models for later this year, with the 2018 refresh reportedly including a high-end 5K model, with the new iMac powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors.




Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller along with engineering head Craig Federighi have confirmed new iMacs are indeed coming out this year, but they didn't tease any of the internals or the displays Apple would be using. Apple could release a new iMac with a native 5K resolution, while Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of CPUs will surely be on offer - with up to the Core i7-7700K available.


USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 will most likely be the default connectivity, and since Apple has already debuted the TouchBar - something they unveiled on their enthusiast MacBook Pro. The new iMac could feature a TouchBar of some sorts, but I'm sure we'll be filled in with all of the nitty gritty details in the coming months.

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MSI's mini-ITX Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC rocks GTX 1070

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 10:11 pm

MSI today announces a "frosty" variant of its award-winning Trident 3 gaming PC, which melds a small form factor with high-end power.




MSI's limited edition Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC isn't just a white paintjob: the Mini-ITX build rocks a customized ITX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM for performance gaming and VR, complimented by Intel's latest powerful Core i7-7700 3.6GHz CPU "to get performance levels far above its similarly-sized console counterparts." The SFF PC also sports 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and a single 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage.


The Trident 3 Arctic stays cool as its icy paintjob thanks to MSI's new Silent Storm Cooling 2 system, which "individually cools the most important heat-generating hardware in the system using separated chambers." And what modern rig would be complete without RGB lighting? MSI adds some scintillating flair with its RGB Mystic Light LED array.

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Corsair One: a new line of tiny, but powerful gaming PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 3:25 am

Corsair has just officially launched its Corsair One gaming PC range, with four different variants: Corsair One, Corsair One Pro, Corsair One Pro (webstore only), and the Corsair One Ti (webstore exclusive).



Corsair is pushing its new gaming PC line up as super quiet, with teh company leveraging its awesome Hydro series of cooling products on the CPU and GPU - keeping them as cool, and quiet as possible. It looks absolutely awesome, with the graphics card sitting vertically, with the chassis itself smaller than most traditional PCs.


Now, let's talk some specs. First up, we have the Corsair One Pro - the new mid-range PC in the new Corsair One range.


  • Intel i7-7700K CPU
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 DRAM
  • 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD
  • Z270 Motherboard
  • $2,199.99


Next up, we have the flagship Corsair One Ti:


  • Intel i7-7700K CPU
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPU
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
  • 960GB SSD
  • Z270 Motherboard
  • $2,599.99

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CyberPowerPC's new Ryzen PCs: from $983 up to $2399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 8:23 am

CyberPowerPC has come out swinging with some new gaming PCs powered by AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors, with systems starting at $983 and ranging up to $2399. All of the PCs feature AMD's new Ryzen processors, the same X340 Killer SLI motherboard, and can be configured to your hearts content.




The company is hosting its own CyberPowerPC Ryzen pre-sale event, with all of the systems including a free upgrade to the Corsair Hydro Series H60 liquid cooler. As for the specs:


AMD Ryzen 7 Configurator - Starting $983


  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core CPU
  • AMD X370 Killer SLI Motherboard
  • AMD RX 470 4GB Graphics Card
  • Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling
  • 8GB (4GBx2) DDR4
  • 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • NZXT Source 340 Elite Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • 600 W PSU

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