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ZOTAC intros two new ZBOX R Series mini PCs

Leading up to Computex 2015 early next month, ZOTAC has just unveiled their new ZBOX R Series of mini PCs, where RAID is a big feature. The two new models are the ZBOX RI531 series, and the ZBOX RI323.

 

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Starting with the new ZBOX RI323, we have RAID support thanks to its two storage bays, while the RI531 has three storage bays. The ZOTAC ZBOX RI531 packs Intel's fifth-generation "Broadwell" processor in the form of the Core i3 CPU, with ZOTAC offering up a "PLUS" version of the ZBOX RI531 which features 4GB of RAM and a 64GB mSATA SSD. Below, we have the full specs of the new ZOTAC ZBOX mini PCs:

 

ZOTAC ZBOX RI323

  • CPU: Intel 2961Y processor
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Display Output: HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2 (2560 x 1600 @60Hz)
  • Connectivity: Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage: 2 x SATA HDD/SSD bays (RAID 0, 1 ready)

 

ZOTAC ZBOX RI531

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-5010U processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Display Output: HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2 (3840 x 2160 @60Hz)
  • Connectivity: Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage: 1 x mSATA slot, 2 x SATA HDD/SSD bays (RAID 0, 1 ready)

Apple rumored to unveil new Force Touch capable iMac, MacBook Pro soon

In the last few days, some of the 15-inch MacBook Pro models were discontinued on Apple's website, leading to rumors that the company would roll out new MacBook Pro models with Force Touch trackpads.

 

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French Apple blog Mac Generation is reporting that Apple will soon unveil a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac, both with Force Touch technology. Their sources are said to have a good track record reports BGR, and with Apple discontinuing several of its models, this is usually the time to expect new models to appear.

 

Apple already has the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, but it's the only model it offers with the new technology. We will update you once we hear more on the story.

ASRock announces fanless mini desktop PC, the BeeBox

Alongside a motherboard focus as always, ASRock is showing off a special new project at the upcoming Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan called the BeeBox.

 

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Powered by Intel's "Braswell" 14nm Celeron N3000 series SoC, this machine is said to be packing 2-4GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, 32-128GB of mSATA SSD storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, HDMI, and DisplayPort to wrap up a long list of connectivity.

 

Hitting the market at the tiny size of 110mm x 46mm x 118.5mm, this machine will be powered by an external power supply with no retail pricing listed just yet.

NVIDIA opens up GeForce Garage competition

NVIDIA has pushed its GeForce Garage competition live in Poland with other countries soon to follow suit.

 

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The overall task is quite simple - build a complete gaming PC, video yourself throughout the whole process, provide interesting commentary and try out something a little different while you're completing the project. Once your entry has been completed, publish it on YouTube and send it in to NVIDIA for judging.

 

The winner of this competition will receive an NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 alongside a Shield Tablet, with second place taking home a GTX 970 and third receiving a GTX960. For more information you can head here.

Gartner: PC prices will increase up to 10 percent in 2015

Even though the PC industry is undergoing change, trying to fight off a shift to mobile devices, manufacturers must increase prices to balance international currency devaluation, according to the Gartner research group. This will lead to price increases up to 10 percent in 2015, with a 4 percent end-user spending increase year-over-year.

 

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Small business will choose consumer PCs, as large organizations reduce PC unit purchases by up to 20 percent because of increasing prices, Gartner notes.

 

"We are currently seeing the sharp appreciation of the dollar against most other currencies reflected in companies' earnings results," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "PC vendors selling to Europe and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to 20 percent since the start of 2015, have little choice than to raise prices to preserve profits."

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This crazy Hardwired PC build will set you back almost $10,000 AUD

Ever wished you could have a build that not only trumps all of your friends in the performance department but also looks pretty damn awesome at the same time? Well Hardwired PC is starting to build some systems with Custom Automotive Finishes and the one we've got to show off here features their metallic gunmetal grey finish.

 

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Featuring a Corsair 900D with the custom finish, this system doesn't miss a beat thanks to the NVIDIA GTX 980's in Quad SLI and an Intel i7 5690X running at 3.0GHz.

 

The total bill for this build will set you back a massive $9,496 AU ($7,595 US) from Hardwired PC themselves, with custom case painting said to cost around $599 AU ($479 US) for a case of this nature. You do get certain measures of quality with this investment however, Hardwired PC will ship your system in a custom wooden case and provide some neat cable management.

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AVADirect announces the new AVA Sixense VR Desktop PC

AVADirect has been on top of custom PCs for a while, but with the Omni VR desktop announced last month, the custom PC maker is adding to that with the new Sixense VR desktop.

 

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The new Sixense VR desktop is a custom PC that has seen the company partner up with Sixense, so that their PC is ready for the STEM system when it launches. We had a play with Sixense's STEM system back at CES 2015 and thought it was revolutionary, but now AVADirect has taken it a step further with a custom PC ready for the STEM.

 

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AVADirect has deployed an EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SuperClocked VGA card, with the option to upgrade to the GeForce GTX Titan X to handle everything you throw at it. This has ensured gamers that they can run games at 1080p at 75FPS minimum. The stock system rocks a Core i5-4460, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB mechanical HDD, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The AVA Sixense VR Ultimate Desktop cranks it up to the Core i7-4790 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 500GB 850 EVO SSD from Samsung, and Windows 7 Professional. Both systems are housed in EVGA's Hadron Air Black Mini Tower, with a Sixense etched side panel.

 

The AVA Sixense VR Desktop starts at $1800, while the Sixense VR Ultimate Desktop starts at $2300. The Sixense STEM system isn't included, and isn't ready until later this year.

ZOTAC unveils its Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs

ZOTAC has just unveiled its latest ZBOX mini-PCs which feature Intel's latest Broadwell processors, with two new models in the ZBOX MI522 nano and the ZBOX MI542 nano.

 

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The new ZOTAC MI522 nano features a Broadwell-based Core i3 processor, making it an easy upgrade path for those who are looking for desktop class performance in a small footprint. The MI542 nano bumps the Broadwell goodness up to the Core i5, with both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs being dual-core parts.

 

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Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs have HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 out with DisplayPort enabling 4K at 60Hz output. We have dual gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for network connectivity. Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs also come with two DIMMs providing dual-channel memory support. Both of the new Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs include 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage out of the box.

Acer new touch-capable 21.5-inch Chromebase features NVIDIA Tegra K1

Acer has just taken the wraps off of its Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, which features a 21.5-inch touchscreen-capable Full HD display. Inside, it is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor.

 

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We have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as an HDMI out. There's also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with a front-facing camera on the front for those Google Hangouts chats on Chrome OS.

 

Acer will be launching the Chrome OS-powered Chromebase in the US and Asia Pacific markets in Q2 2015.

One interesting marketing video - MSI shows you how to build a PC

For those out there looking to partake in their first PC building project, where exactly should you begin? There's a myriad of technology forums, YouTube channels and Facebook pages alongside specific component Facebook groups to help you on your way.

 

 

If you're a fan of the video side of things you may have come across MSI's marketing video titled "How to build a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING PC". This film features a a scantily-clad technology enthusiast partaking in an educational journey of computer building for the benefit of the audience.

 

It's sitting at a massive 1.8 million views at the time of writing this article, but the feedback isn't all positive. With 8,687 thumbs down compared to 8,311 thumbs up, the comments section is filled with criticisms of the advice at hand.

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