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ASRock is said to be close to launching its highly anticipated M8 barebones PC. The mini-ITX-based PC was designed in collaboration with BMW's Design Works team and is one hot looking mini PC. Although it may be small, the M8 barebones packs one heck of a punch even before the processor, RAM, and GPU have been added.
The M8 features an ASRock Intel Z87 mini-ITX motherboard, which supports 4th-Generation Intel Core Processors code named Haswell. Also included is built-in Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 HD audio, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. ASRock has also integrated its A-Command with G-Sensor technology and the device supports ASRock Key Master. 3 Months of XSplit Premium is also included in the package.
TweakTown got to take a sneek peek at the new ASRock M8 during the Computex 2013 show that was held in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this year. Our own Shawn Baker was quite pleased with the new M8 and said that it is an innovative little PC. You can find his full preview here along with many photos of the new micro-PC.
ASUS unveiled its M70 PC over the weekend, which has become the world's first desktop PC with NFC. ASUS also included Qi wireless technology in the M70 PC, which will charge your Qi compatible smartphone or tablet by just resting it on top of the M70 itself.
The company is offering a choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, all Haswell of course. Up for grabs in the GPU department is a maximum of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650. ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology and its Universal Storage Module (USM) hot-swap drive bay are also on offer. Both pricing and availability are not yet available for the ASUS M70.
Earlier this week at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced the addition of two new products to its small form-factor NUC lineup, both of which feature the company's new Haswell processors. The D54250WYK sports a Core i5-4250U and the D34010WYK houses the i3-4010U.
While both of these Haswell processors feature hyper-threading, only the Core i5 model supports TurboBoost, which can boost the processor's clock speeds up to 2.6 GHz when temperatures are favorable. The Core i3 model is stuck at its 1.7GHz clock and features a slower integrated GPU than the HD Graphics 5000 IGP inside the i5.
Other than the processors, the two models are basically the same machine. Both feature 4K monitor support thanks to DisplayPort technology, and a mini HDMI connector also provides additional video out connectivity. Gigabit Ethernet is also supported via a port on the back of the box.
You will need to bring your own memory, storage, and Wi-Fi to the party, but with a pair of SO-DIMMS and full and half-height mini PCI-Express slots, there is plenty of room for an mSATA SSD and wireless card. The NUC chassis measures in at just 4.59 inches by 4.41 inches and enclosure is only 1.36-inches thick.
IDF 2013 - While at the DisplayLink booth, Trace Hagan was able to check out a demo of a very early prototype of a mobile device running Intel's new Merrifield Processor which is one of the first USB 3.0 compatible mobile chipsets. The massive board seen in the middle is what your Android phone most likely looked like in the very early stages of its development.
The demo also shows off a Dell S2340 monitor which features DisplayLink's USB to Video connector in its base. The whole elaborate demo is designed to showcase DisplayLinks DL3700 product which enables touchscreen display technology over USB. Displaylink says that this now enables the smartphone to become a major productivity device.
Intel unleashed its Ivy Bridge-E processors not too long ago and premier gaming desktop maker Alienware has announced customers can now option Intel's latest and greatest CPU into its Aurora range of desktop gaming PCs.
The new Ivy Bridge-E processors are 6-core beasts with 15MB of cache and see stock overclocking abilities of up to 4.3GHz. The new IVB-E options within Alienware's Aurora range of PCs start from $1,399.
Our Tweakipedia section has a new post.
To start September, we built a new Tweakipedia testbed, which consists of some of the best components on the market for the LGA 1150 Haswell platform. We have had some help from GIGABYTE, SAPPHIRE, NVIDIA, Corsair and InWin for some truly epic components. We have two videos included, one introducing the system itself, and one checking out the video cards that we'll be playing with in the weeks and months to come.
You can read more on the Tweakipedia article right here!
IDF 2013 - During our stop at the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Lenovo's Michael Kendall took us on a walkthrough of the company's new ThinkServer TS440, a 1T server with massive storage options. The TS440 is one of Lenovo's most popular small server models. It features a new processor and more I/O than its predecessor the TS430.
Kendall went on to show off the hot swappable drive bays and notes that they are labeled with Lenovos signature red stripe which signifies that the drives are hot swappable. The front door of the 1T case features a lock that enables HDDs with sensitive data remain secure. Kendall says that the TS440 is labeled as the quietest 1T server on the market today and that it retails between $600 and $1500 when fully loaded.
IDF 2013 - This morning our own Trace Hagan took a few minutes to stop by the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, and got a chance to look at Lenovo's new ThinkServer TS140. Michael Kendall, a spokesperson for Lenovo was on hand to clue us in on the new ThinkServer's key highlights.
The ThinkServer TS140 is designed to be small, quiet and still pack a punch strong enough to handle all your server needs. Kendall says that the ability to run Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server, make it an ideal solution for environments that do not justify a full rack mount unit. The TS140 was also designed to be much quiter than its already quite predecessors.
When you think servers, you might want to think about Lenovo's just-announced ThinkServer Tower Series of PCs - I enjoyed the play on words, did you? The company has just announced two new tower servers, the ThinkServer TS140 and ThinkServer TS440.
Both of these new server PCs feature Intel Xeon E3 processors and Intel AMT 9.0 for remote manageability. Lenovo says that thanks to the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, the two new server PCs can offer 15% faster performance than previous generations. Lenovo has also done the world some good, with the TS140 using 65% post-consumer recycled plastic, making it a green-friendly choice for retail stores and offices.
The Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 kicks it up a notch, featuring the ability to have up to 32GB of RAM installed, advanced hardware RAID and chassis intrusion alert. The TS440 is also environmentally friendly, with optional 92% efficiency PSUs. The TS440 also uses 65% post-consumer recycled plastic. The best bit is that these systems won't set you back thousands to start with, as the ThinkServer TS140 starts from $421 and the ThinkServer TS440 starts from just $679.
I think we're going to see more of these devices in the future, but Acer has taken some time out before IFA kicks off in Berlin to announce its new DA241HL.
The Acer DA241HL features an ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC which powers the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean side of things, with the all-in-one PC crammed into a 24-inch 1080p display. The all-in-one PC can also use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. It will launch mid next month starting at 429 euros.