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Apple's highly anticipated Mac Pro was expected to begin shipping this month, but it now appears that the Cupertino-based company's flagship will now ship to consumers in December. First shown off earlier this year at WWDC 2013, the Mac Pro somewhat resembles an under-desk trashcan, but as we all know, looks are deceiving.
The entry-level model houses an Intel Xenon E5 quad-core processor that is clocked to 3.7GHz, and packs in 12GB of ECC RAM. A pair of AMD FirePro D300 GPUs and a 256GB SSD round things out. Those needing more power can upgrade to a 12-core processor, 64GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs are available with 6GB of RAM each as well. Standard on all models is support for upto three 4K displays, or six monitors utilizing Thunderbolt connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and dual Gigabit ethernet is onboard as well to handle connectivity. Pricing starts at just $2,999.
Today CyberPower Inc. launched a new small form factor gaming PC to its already impressive lineup. The new Hadron Air Gaming PC is based on a mini-ITX setup that is housed in EVGA's new Hadron Air chassis. Measuring in at just 6.5-inches by 12-inches by 12-inches, this little PC packs a much larger punch than you would expect.
Available in two base configurations, the Hadron Air Gaming PC features the latest Intel and AMD processors, as well as full size NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan, or AMD R9 290x GPUs. The Chassis is sleek and modern, yet remains minimalist in design, making sure that style meshes perfectly with function.
"The Hadron gaming desktop supports all Mini-ITX form factor motherboards with Intel's Z87 Chipset as the preferred choice for the Hadron 100i, 200i and 300i. Customers can select from nine Intel processors from the Intel Core i3-4130 3.40 GHz processor to a powerful "Haswell" Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz processor with 8MB Intel Smart Cache and Hyper Threading technology. CYBERPOWERPC also has the Hadron 100a featuring AMD A-series "APUs" and its FM2 socket A75 chipset.
If there's one thing that Apple's iMacs aren't, it's cheap. This is all set to change according to an analyst with KGI Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be more aggressive with its iMac pricing in 2014, where it will introduce a new "budget" model.
Kuo believes that the lower pricing stamped onto the iMacs will increase shipments of the all-in-one PC by around 10-20% year-over-year. Right now, the cheapest iMac starts at $1299, which isn't cheap when compared to a decent all-in-one PC. Kuo says that fewer-than-expected iMacs were shipped worldwide after the redesigned models arrived late last year.
The analyst believes that Apple priced it too high, which has forced Apple's hand to prepare a budget iMac that will help shipment numbers in non-US markets.
We are just 11 days from the release of Microsoft's Windows 8.1, and boutique system builders are beginning to announce availability of the operating system on new PCs. Today Origin PC announced that it has now began offering Windows 8.1 on all new desktops and laptops and will begin shipping those systems on October 17th.
"One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is now having the ability to choose where you want to boot directly to, your desktop or directly to the start screen menu." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8.1, it's an evolutionary step in the right direction and we're extremely excited to immediately begin offering it to all ORIGIN PC customers to have it ready to ship by launch day."
Origin PC says that all existing customers who run Windows 8 can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free on launch day through the Windows App store. For those who wish to stick with the tried and true Windows 7, Origin PC says that it will still continue to offer Windows 7 for the time being. With the inclusion of a "start button" Windows 8.1 is slowly working its way back to its roots, but personally, I am sticking to Windows 7.
Boutique system builders usually stock both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs to appease both sides of the "which GPU is better argument," as you will always have customers who want both. It appears that the folks over at Origin PC have decided that stocking AMD GPUs is just not worth it anymore.
Citing "customer experiences" and "poor customer support" Origin PC has decided to stop offering AMD GPUs in their system builds as it has just became too much of a headache. With AMD just launching its new Radeon R series of GPUs, this new development has to be a crushing blow and shows that companies need more than new hardware to keep customers coming back.
This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on NVIDIA GPUs.
If you've got $1,000 to spend this holiday season and didn't want to pick up the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, then you might want to consider Xi3's super-small modular gaming PC, PISTON.
The Xi3 PISTON features a 128GB SSD by default, 12 USB ports, patented modular motherboard design, an AMD Trinity quad-core processor clocked at 3.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 7000-Series GPU. A second HDD can be installed, and thanks to Xi3 providing support for Windows, Linux and Unix, this means you can install SteamOS onto the PISTON, making it a quasi-Steam Box.
On top of the 12 USB ports, we have three display outputs: miniDisplayPort, HDMI and DisplayPort which supports up to 4K resolutions. If you pre-order the PISTON now, you will receive it before, or on November 15 compared to the street date of November 29.
The new Apple iMacs were released just days ago, but iFixit has already ripped it apart for its usual teardown treatment. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch models feature the new 802.11ac wireless standard.
The 27-inch model features PCIe-based flash storage, which was first introduced into the MBA in June. The 21.5-inch model has a couple of changes from its bigger brother, where we have a new empty PCIe SSD, so that consumers can upgrade the based model iMac to the awesome Fusion Drive combination HDD/SSD drive that Apple released last year.
The CPU on the 21.5-inch model is soldered onto the logic board, which means there will be no upgrades on the smaller model. iFixit didn't seem too impressed with the 21.5-inch model, giving it a 2 out of 10 score for repairability for the soldered processor. The 27-inch model received a 5 out of 10 score.
This week, MSI launched two new mobile workstations, the GT70 20K and the GT60 20J. Both workstations feature NVIDIA Quadro graphics processors and Intel Core i7 processors for adequate power even when on the go. MSI says that the GT70 and GT60 have both been certified by Adobe, Autodesk, and Solidworks.
The GT70 features an NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics processor and the GT60 sports a K2100M GPU, which have both been designed to tackle the most intensive software out there, including AutoCad Design Suite, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio 16, AutoDesk Smoke, Siemens NX, PTC Creo Parametric 2.0, and more. Both units possess NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables designers and engineers to perform simultaneous rendering or structural/fluid analysis on the same system.
"MSI has long been praised for the performance of our gaming laptops, and the new workstations leverage that expertise to deliver the same quality and effectiveness for professionals," said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales for MSI Pan America Region. "We've successfully combined the power and design of our acclaimed GT70 and GT60 laptops with the performance needed to tackle professional applications.
The GT70 2OK and GT60 2OJ are currently available for $2,599.99 and $2,009.99, respectively, at Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, and Adorama. MSI plans to expand their line of mobile workstations in the following months with a 17-inch K4100M model and a 15.6-inch K3100M model.
Earlier today, Apple unveiled its new range of iMacs that are said to be as much as 50 percent faster than previous models. The company is able to achieve this performance boost because it has switched over to PCIe-based SSD storage in the form of 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drives.
The first model will feature a 21.5-inch screen and will feature a quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and Intel's new Iris Pro graphics. A 27-inch model will also be available, and both machines can be upgraded to a Core i5 processor clocked in at 3.4GHz alongside an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 series discrete GPU.
Both machines come standard with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to as much as 32GB if you have the money to spend. A 1TB Fusion Drive come standard on both models and can also be upgraded to a 3TB model. Pricing begins at $1299 for the base 21.5-inch model, while the 27-inch machine starts out at $1999.
If you haven't been able to tell, I am a certified home theater junkie. I have built my share of HTPCs, Raspberry Pi-based media servers, and even hacked a few phones to serve as streaming devices. Nothing I have done can come close to the awesomeness that Steiger Dynamics has just released.
Today, Steiger Dynamics announced what I consider to be one of the sexiest home theater PCs ever constructed. The new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC is a special edition of the company's Core and Reference lines of elegant, high-end HTPCs.
"The LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming Home Theater PC endows gamers and creative professionals with peak performance capabilities and visually immersive computing," said Martin Hehensteiger, CEO and co-founder of STEIGER DYNAMICS. "The Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC gives enthusiasts an insane amount of power in a system that is both aesthetically beautiful, and incredibly dynamic."
As the name implies, the new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition features black and white hardware, including an all white and black accented water cooling system alongside custom sleeved white cables. All of this is highlighted by built-in interior LED lighting, which can be adjusted based on customer specifications.