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Google and ASUS have been collaborating for quite some time on the Chromebit, which is essentially a computer on a USB stick that can be plugged into your TV or monitor. Now the day has come to launch the thing.
With the launch comes an updated price: $85 over the previously reported $100. The specs we already knew, but in case you haven't heard or forgot, you get a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB port. And of course, it runs ChromeOS.
With all the talk of Intel's next generation Xeon processors featuring an insane 44 threads of pure CPU power, Tyan is teasing the latest it has to offer in the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.
Tyan highlights its latest HPC optimized 1U/2U/4U server platforms that support Intel's latest Xeon E7-4800 v3 and E5-3600 v3 product families, with Tyan's latest offering for the HPC community being the 4-socket FT76-B7922. Tyan's new FT76-B7922 supports 4 x Intel Xeon E7-8800/-4800 v3 processors, an insane 96 x DDR4 DIMMs, up to 4 x Intel Phi coprocessors, and 8x 2.5-inch SAS 12Gbps HDDs or SSDs in the 4U chassis.
Tyan was also showing off much more hardware at SC15, with other GPGPU systems like the FT77C-B7079 supporting 2 x Intel Xeon processors (of the Haswell-EP family), 8 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor modules, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. The TA80-B7071 supports 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, 4 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, 16 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. Tyan is also displaying plenty of SMB and datacenter/cloud application systems at SC15.
Intel is preparing its new wave of NUC units, which will be compatible with the company's new Skylake processors. The new Intel NUCs will be available with both Core i3 and Core i5 processors, with the Core i5 version rocking Iris 520 graphics.
Why is the Core i5 version of the new Skylake-powered NUCs so important? Up until now, Intel has reserved the Iris-powered NUCs to the higher-end Core i7 models, but now the Core i5 model will feature the better integrated graphics power. Both models will include SDXC slots, full-sized HDMI with 4K video and 7.1-channel audio support, two USB 3.0 ports on the front, two more USB 3.0 ports on the back, miniDisplayPort out, Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.
We should expect a release date for the new Skylake-powered NUCs soon.
LG held its UltraWideFestival last month, where LG wanted people to "show off your creative CARDBOARD SETUP" where you could win yourself a slick new LG UltraWide 34UC87C monitor. Well, there's one entry (that didn't make into the top 20 in the end) that blew us away.
YouTuber 'Mickey W' has done an incredible job here, right down to the glowing "GEFORCE GTX" part on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. He meticulously used cardboard, paint and many other small parts to make the entire cardboard PC, quite literally, come to life. It's an incredible thing to see, and one of those YouTube videos where I sat back and just thought "wow... just, wow" and envisioned a slow clap meme.
MAINGEAR has just announced that its impressive DRIFT Steam Machine is now available, with the SteamOS-powered gaming PC built for 4K gaming anywhere - including your living room.
The company has provided the ability to customize the DRIFT all the way up to Intel's expensive, but super-fast Extreme Edition Haswell-E or new Skylake processors, as well as full-sized video cards like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X. Inside, you can configure the DRIFT with up to 16GB of DDR4 from Kingston, and various storage options with 3 x HDD bays that can be kitted out with 2 x Samsung 850 Pro SSDs, and a huge 6TB HDD for storage.
MAINGEAR's DRIFT PC can be placed both vertically and horizontally, thanks to it being cooled by the Epic 120 liquid cooling system - which is a "maintenance-free system that keeps the Steam Machine running incredibly cool at top speeds for extended periods of time". The DRIFT system includes Valve's new Steam Controller, and starts at $1,099 on MAINGEAR's website.
ZOTAC has been making Mini PCs since 2008, and now they're trying their hand at Steam Machines with NEN, a small form system that lets you play Steam games with ease.
NEN features a GeForce GTX 960 with a 192-bit memory bus and 3GB GDDR5 VRAM, an Intel Core i5-6400T (quad-core, 2.2 GHz, up to 2.8 GHz), 8GB RAM (up to 16GB) and a 1TB HDD (with an option for a SSD). As well, ZOTAC claims "whisper quiet levels at maximum cooling performance", courtesy of its dual radial coolers.
Pricing and availability are not yet announced.
PAX Australia 2015 - We stopped by Australian IT retailer PLE Computers at PAX Australia this year, as they had some great stuff that caught our eye. They were pushing a very comfortable, and slick-looking line of gaming chairs, had custom gaming PCs on show, and so much more.
This custom system looked incredible, and was getting a lot of people stopping in awe and snapping photos of it. The color scheme really works with NZXT's custom lighting really displayed well here.
One of the cool things on display at PLE was this awesome HOTAS system.
PAX Australia 2015 - Alienware was making a big push this year at PAX Australia, where they had countless Steam Machines and even the new Steam Controllers.
Alienware teased the Area 51 system once again, but the cable management was atrocious.
One of the more impressive things at the Alienware booth were the Steam Controllers, and now that we've had some very brief hands-on with the Steam Controller, I can personally say I have faith. The touch pads were very responsive with our quick testing, but I need some more time with it to provide more thoughts on it.
PAX Australia 2015 - Not only were InWin showing off some great looking PCs, but MSI were in action at PAX Australia this year with some slick looking custom PCs.
The second image below, if you look in the top right, has an awesome looking dragon that really adds to the entire look of the PC.
A few different angles of the dragon PC.
Up until now, Microsoft has reserved its customized NVIDIA GPU configuration to the more expensive Surface Book models, meaning the budget tier was locked out. But now the catalogue has been updated and Microsoft now offers dGPU options to every Surface Book make and model--for a price.
If you plan to opt in for the dual-GPU solution for the Windows 10-powered laptop, Microsoft tacks on an extra $200 to the retail price. $200 might sound like a lot, but the difference is pretty substantial: default Surface Book models come equipped with Intel's integrated Iris Graphics, and the extra cash will unlock a second graphics solution, a custom Maxwell-based NVIDIA GPU that will enable more graphically-intense workloads.
Equipped with the second dGPU in the keyboard base, the budget Surface Book with a Skylake Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 128GB HDD now rises to $1,699. We've reported that the Surface Book's custom NVIDIA GPU is actually equal to a GeForce 940M with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM.