Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.
It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.
We just got done updating the TweakTown Admiral PC SBG for the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform. Of course being our top-dog system with no budget limitation, the Admiral PC gets the best. We have switched out the old CPU, motherboard and RAM.
As for the motherboard, incoming is the impressive ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (bundled with BF3) and of course the CPU of choice is the mega expensive yet super fast Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Extreme Edition (3.3GHz up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) Six-Core processor and for the RAM we have no less than 64GB of Corsair Vengeance memory.
Hit on up the Admiral PC over here!
So this is where Matrox has been hiding, it has been in a love dungeon with Shuttle and they've been getting jiggy with it, and the results? A new mini PC, powered by a Matrox M-Series multi-display graphic card that powers the new Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC. The M-Series PCI Express x16 boards support up to eight DisplayPort or single-link DVI monitors at resolutions of up to 2560x1600 per display.
But, get this, a second M-Series card can be combined within the H7 5820S workstation which allows integrators to use a wide range of multi-display installations in corporate, digital signage, security surveillance, process control, stock markets, share traders, crazy-insane monitor lovers and other professional environments.
One of the best features, is that its only 19 centimeters (7.5-inches) in height, which means its quite the mini PC indeed. The Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC sports an Intel Core i7 processor with up to six cores and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The high-performance H7 5820S can be incorporated with one or two M9128 dual-monitor, M9138 triple-monitor, M9140/M9148 quad-monitor, and M9188 octal boards.
Ah, the Commodore. I have such great memories of thee. But, Commodore USA's C64 computer recreations have been quite good since last year, and now we have the third variant, the C64x Extreme. This unit sports the 80s flair, but 2011-specced. Inside, it features an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU capable of turbo boosting to 3.3GHz.
Also, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD integrated graphics and a decent 2TB. On the outside, where this thing looks quite amazing, we have two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port. Also included is HDMI, 3.5mm S/PDIF, VGA and DVI. Apart from the kitchen sink, the C64x Extreme also includes Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, an Ethernet port and even a DVD-RW drive.
The only downfall is it comes with Linus Mint 11 pre-loaded, and will only fully support Windows once the company's "retro inspired" Commodore OS Vision becomes available. While it looks insanely cool and will most likely being a nostalgic tear to your eye, it will also kick you in the balls and rob you, too. It'll set you back $1,500. But, to you, it might just be worth it. I'll be down on the ground holding my nads in pain, while dreaming of this amazing beast.
Commodore USA plans to ship orders played by November 25th before December 15th, if that helps.
Even though Sandy Bridge-E is about to drop, Apple might not be interested in investing anymore time or money into their full-size workstation line outside of this year because of limited sales of the Mac Pro. Apple has reportedly developed a revision to the Mac Pro, that may or may not even get released according to people familiar with the matter said management as far back as May of this year.
Apple have reportedly had discussions about the future of the Mac Pro, and that their days were inevitably numbered. Internal discussions have gone as far as mentioning that the sales of the Mac Pro to both consumers and enterprises have dropped off so considerably that the Mac Pro is no longer a particularly profitable operation for Apple. Then there's the Thunderbolt issue.
Thunderbolt was introduced this year, and allows the other, more popular members of the Mac family to assume the vast majority of the roles that once required the high-end Mac Pro's.
Shuttle still has some momentem happening with its once super popular XPC range of SFF PCs, releasing the new H7 5820S mini workstation today which sports one (or optionally two) Matrox M-Series graphics card(s).
The system is built around Intel's LGA1366 platform in Shuttle H7 series aluminum chassis measuring in at 32.6 x 20.8 x 19.6 cm and gives support for all LGA1366 processors right up to the Core i7-990 hexa-core model. It comes with 8 or 16GB memory, up to a 240GB SSD and 2TB HDD (you can house just one, or two drives in it), a DVD or Blu-ray writer/Combo drive and as mentioned earlier, up to two Matrox M9188 2GB graphics cards.
BlizzCon 2011 - As we walked through the BlizzCon 2011 halls, we manage to spot one of the Blizzard Battle.net gaming blade servers from around the world that are going on sale for charity.
These are HP p-Class server blades that were previously used to provide Blizzard's Battle.net gaming service. This particular server was named "Eldre Thalas" and was in operation between February 22, 2005 to June 9, 2010. The plaque reads:
Blizzard Entertainment has carefully preserved and archived our retired server blades, releasing only a limited number for a noble cause. to us, this server blade is more than just hardware: within the circuits and hard drive, a world of magic, adventure, and friendship thrived. From fishing in quiet lakes to defeating Arthas in Icecrown Citadel, this blade was home to thousands of immersive experiences across the world of Azeroth and beyond. We thank you for the safekeeping of this important part of our history.
If you are interested in buying one of these unique servers that will surely only increase in value over time, you can find out more information over here. All money from sales of the servers will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Good on you, Blizzard!
BlizzCon 2011 - Our first stop at BlizzCon 2011 was at the ASUS booth where we saw a number of cool new Republic of Gamers (ROG) products.
The one that got our attention the most was the ASUS X79 demo system. We met up with Mark from Intel who was kind enough to give us a run down on the system and what it will offer. Watch now:
As many of you would know, the upcoming X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors are still under NDA, so there are only so much information that can be disclosed.
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ASUS is about to unleash a new ROG gaming rig in the form of a desktop machine which it calls the Tytan CG8565. It was first seen on radar during Computex earlier in the year, but a date of release wasn't mentioned at the time. A pre-order listing for it has just been spotted in Europe, however, indicating it to be just around the corner now.
Upon first glance the mid tower sized chassis looks to have been inspired by 'ballistic missile submarines', which was of course ASUS' intent with several of its Republic of Gamer series notebooks also running off similar design queues.
As for the most important aspect, its guts, it runs a 2nd-gen Core i5 or i7 processor on Intel's Z68, up to 32GB RAM, GeForce GTX 560 Ti or GTX 590 graphics card, DVD writer or Blu-ray combo drive and ASUS Xonar audio.
Samsung has just launched its latest all-in-one PC to market in the US which it dubs the Series 7. It is a 23-inch sized offering that is based around the Sandy Bridge platform and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The LED backlit, 23-inch touch-enabled display is quite thin at just 16mm, giving a native 1920x1080 resolution and can be tilted by up to 90 degrees.
Meanwhile, the base that holds all the components is quite low-profile, giving a Core i3 or i5 processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, Intel IGP, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, slot-in optical drive, 4 Watt Harman stereo speaker setup, 1.3MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a USB 3.0 port as well as four USB 2.0 ports.
The base model will set you back $999 USD, while the higher spec'd model comes in at $1,199. The wireless keyboard and optical mouse shown in the picture is bundled with both models and they are said to become available on October 10th.
GIGABYTE has added a new 21.5-inch (1920 x 1080 w/ touchscreen) all-in-one barebone system into its lineup this week dubbed the GB-AEDT which uses Intel's H61 powered LGA1155 platform.
Measuring 531.05 x 392.48 x 69.35 mm, it makes good use of the Mini-ITX platform and gives support for up to 8GB of DDR3-1333MHz RAM, a 3.5-inch sized SATA HDD bay, a spare bay suited to a slim optical drive, mSATA connector for easy hookup of a compact SSD, 4-in-1 card reader, built-in webcam, a couple USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Gigabit ethernet, and optional WiFi and/or TV tuner.
Pricing and availability are both yet to be disclosed on the GB-AEDT.
ASRock's upcoming Sandy Bridge-based HTPC, the Vision 3D 2nd Gen Series has been leaked. It sports a switchable GT540M card, 1333MHz RAM and a HDMI 1.4a port. It also comes packed with a Blu-ray drive, NVIDIA's 3D Vision, a media remote, four USB 3.0 ports and your choice of Core flavor, i3, i5 or i7. It doesn't look too bad either with the Blu-ray drive a slot-load system and audio jacks on the front also.
We just got done updating all three of our SBG systems. Starting off with the TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD) it gets a new CPU cooler in the form of the Xigmatek Gaia and due to popular request, we have got rid of the old HDD and replaced it with a 7200 RPM spinning drive from Western Digital.
Moving onto the TweakTown Commander PC ($2000 USD) we see the addition of new SSDs. Before we were using older SATA II drives, now we have made way for two new Corsair Force Series 3 SF-2200 SATA III SSDs in RAID 0. These drives even when not in RAID offer great performance for the price.
And finally we finish up with the TweakTown Admiral PC (Unlimited Cost) which gets an additional 3TB hard drive for increasing storage demands as well as the top-end sound card from ASUS, the Xonar Xense.
While things are a little up in the air as to what exactly is on the cards for HP following this news late last week, it hasn't stopped them releasing new models just yet, with a new all-in-one PC becoming available in stores from today under their Compaq series.
The new Compaq 8200 Elite is a business oriented all-in-one PC which uses a 23-inch LED-backlit 1920x1080 display. Packed inside is a 2nd Gen Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) processor, up to 8GB of system memory, a HDD (or optionally, SSD), webcam, SRS Premium Sound and highly efficient power supply (up to 89% efficiency).
HP backs the Compaq 8200 Elite with a 3 year warranty (honored, regardless of what becomes of the company in its volatile future) and bears a base price of $999 USD.
More news from Dell today reveals details on their next AIO (all-in-one) computer, the Vostro 360. A leaked Dell document has exposed specific info on the business-oriented machine.
The Vostro 360 will use Intel's H61 Express chipset with options for Core i3, i5, i6 or Pentium dual core processors, up to 8GB of RAM, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M (if not sticking with the integrated graphics to save $), and choice of touch-enabled or regular display.
It will also house a DVD-RW (combo) drive, 1x3.5-inch SATA HDD, built-in webcam, 8-in-1 card reader and USB 2.0-only connectivity.
A new cheaper version of the iMac has popped up on Apple's education-only store today which should quickly to be quite a popular option for schools buying in quantity.
The 'crippled' Education-Only iMac costs just $999 which is 21.5" sized with a 3.1GHz Core i3, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk, Radeon HD 6750M w/ 256MB RAM and a mini DisplayPort connector. No thunderbolt port to be seen on this cut down model, but otherwise it's much like the base-model Sandy Bridge iMac that came out earlier in the year at a price point of $1,149 for education customers.
Accessible only to people purchasing systems on behalf of their institution, there is also the option to purchase the white unibody MacBook as well as an earlier (2009) model of the iMac - the 20" Core 2 Duo one, each costing $899.
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After launching initially to the Korean market alone back in June, word's come out today that LG's 3D-capable all-in-one-PC will be available elsewhere very soon, including Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia.
The V300-DE10K is quite a nicely rounded all-in-one unit with the added bonus of sporting a 3D capable (relying on polarized glasses) LED-backlit (1920x1080) 23-inch IPS panel with multi-touch support.
Internally it uses a Sandy Bridge Core processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD (with Windows 7 pre-installed), Radeon HD 6650 GPU, built-in 2.1 speaker arrangement, DVD or Blu-ray ROM, TV Tuner, 802.11b/g/n WiFi (with DLNA support), Bluetooth, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports.
No word on pricing at this time. We'll keep you posted on that and when they're starting to hit stores.
It's a big day for Apple today with an explosion of updates coming out as well as the market seeing the world's first Thunderbolt display launched.
On the subject of the new display, this is a 27-inch model which as mentioned, is the first ever to feature a Thunderbolt port. The IPS panel is based on Apple's LED Cinema Display, featuring an aluminum and glass enclosure and running a native resolution of 2560x1440.
The monitor is also packed to the kilt with a ton of other stand-out features, including an ambient light sensor, a FaceTime webcam, built-in 2.1 speaker arrangement, MagSafe charger, Gigabit ethernet connector, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and as mentioned, the Thunderbolt plug.
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