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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.
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.