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Apple's new iMac will be the highest-end iMac ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 7, 2017 3:42 am

It looks like Apple is pushing into its next-gen iMac in a big way, with Apple's Phil Schiller teasing the new improvements Apple are making to the iMac.




Schiller said: "With regards to the Mac Pro we are in the process of what we call 'completely rethinking the Mac Pro'. We're working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we're committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers".


The new iMac Pro will reportedly feature an Intel Xeon E3-1285 V6 processor, with 16GB (upgradeable to 32GB or 64GB of ECC memory), the latest NVMe-based SSD (up to 2TB) and AMD's latest GPU technology (most likely Vega, or the fastest Polaris at least). Thunderbolt 3 will be included, USB Type-C connectivity, and drum roll... a new keyboard.

Apple's next-gen iMac: 5K display and Kaby Lake CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 6:35 am

Apple is planning new iMac models for later this year, with the 2018 refresh reportedly including a high-end 5K model, with the new iMac powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors.




Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller along with engineering head Craig Federighi have confirmed new iMacs are indeed coming out this year, but they didn't tease any of the internals or the displays Apple would be using. Apple could release a new iMac with a native 5K resolution, while Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of CPUs will surely be on offer - with up to the Core i7-7700K available.


USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 will most likely be the default connectivity, and since Apple has already debuted the TouchBar - something they unveiled on their enthusiast MacBook Pro. The new iMac could feature a TouchBar of some sorts, but I'm sure we'll be filled in with all of the nitty gritty details in the coming months.

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MSI's mini-ITX Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC rocks GTX 1070

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 10:11 pm

MSI today announces a "frosty" variant of its award-winning Trident 3 gaming PC, which melds a small form factor with high-end power.




MSI's limited edition Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC isn't just a white paintjob: the Mini-ITX build rocks a customized ITX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM for performance gaming and VR, complimented by Intel's latest powerful Core i7-7700 3.6GHz CPU "to get performance levels far above its similarly-sized console counterparts." The SFF PC also sports 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, and a single 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage.


The Trident 3 Arctic stays cool as its icy paintjob thanks to MSI's new Silent Storm Cooling 2 system, which "individually cools the most important heat-generating hardware in the system using separated chambers." And what modern rig would be complete without RGB lighting? MSI adds some scintillating flair with its RGB Mystic Light LED array.

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Corsair One: a new line of tiny, but powerful gaming PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 3:25 am

Corsair has just officially launched its Corsair One gaming PC range, with four different variants: Corsair One, Corsair One Pro, Corsair One Pro (webstore only), and the Corsair One Ti (webstore exclusive).



Corsair is pushing its new gaming PC line up as super quiet, with teh company leveraging its awesome Hydro series of cooling products on the CPU and GPU - keeping them as cool, and quiet as possible. It looks absolutely awesome, with the graphics card sitting vertically, with the chassis itself smaller than most traditional PCs.


Now, let's talk some specs. First up, we have the Corsair One Pro - the new mid-range PC in the new Corsair One range.


  • Intel i7-7700K CPU
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 DRAM
  • 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD
  • Z270 Motherboard
  • $2,199.99


Next up, we have the flagship Corsair One Ti:


  • Intel i7-7700K CPU
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPU
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
  • 960GB SSD
  • Z270 Motherboard
  • $2,599.99

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CyberPowerPC's new Ryzen PCs: from $983 up to $2399

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 8:23 am

CyberPowerPC has come out swinging with some new gaming PCs powered by AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors, with systems starting at $983 and ranging up to $2399. All of the PCs feature AMD's new Ryzen processors, the same X340 Killer SLI motherboard, and can be configured to your hearts content.




The company is hosting its own CyberPowerPC Ryzen pre-sale event, with all of the systems including a free upgrade to the Corsair Hydro Series H60 liquid cooler. As for the specs:


AMD Ryzen 7 Configurator - Starting $983


  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core CPU
  • AMD X370 Killer SLI Motherboard
  • AMD RX 470 4GB Graphics Card
  • Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling
  • 8GB (4GBx2) DDR4
  • 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • NZXT Source 340 Elite Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • 600 W PSU

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Scion-32 hybrid melds desktop tower into a monitor

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 11, 2017 5:26 pm

CES 2017 - CES is all about pushing the forefront of technology to new heights with interesting prototypes and amazing builds; first we saw Razer's Project Valerie, which packs three 4K G-Sync displays into a laptop. Now E-BLUE has created the Scion-32, the world's first hybrid-tower monitor.




The Scion-32 Hybrid Tower essentially melds a Mini-ATX build with a QHD display, with a mini tower on its backside that houses the components. The Scion-32 is touted as a flexible and modular custom-built "revolutionary all-in-one masterpiece unifies the mainframe computer with HD monitor, unleashing limitless gaming experience."


E-BLUE's hybrid-tower supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards, but we're not sure if it's compatible will full-sized desktop video cards or not. E-BLUE affirms the Scion-32 rocks enough space and ports for "multiple devices and USB connection," and features two storage slots--one each for a HDD and SSD.

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Intel's tiny credit card sized PC rocks a Kaby Lake CPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 9:31 pm

CES 2017 - We've seen some amazing things at CES so far, including NVIDIA's amazing new 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync monitors, Zotac's tiny-yet-mighty NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mini video card, AvaDirect's beastly custom desktop rig, and Razer's new Project Valerie laptop with triple 4K G-Sync monitors, but now it's Intel's turn: introducing the Compute Card, a fully-fledged computer system that fits in your wallet.




As the name suggests, the Compute Card is the size of a credit card, and is mainly aimed at powering new Internet of Things (IoT) systems and solutions--not consumers. The Compute Card features everything you'd find on a full computer: an onboard Intel SoC that rocks CPUs up to its latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake processors, onboard flash storage, and flexible wireless connectivity to ensure the device can meet a number of different solutions and form factors--from refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras.


"Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs. This reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices."

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Supermicro's silent fanless PC rocks GTX 1060, Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:59 pm

CES 2017 - Supermicro is mostly known for enterprise grade storage solutions, but the company has been expanding its gaming hardware footprint, and took to CES 2017 in Las Vegas to showcase its latest Supero PC gaming hardware. One of Supermicro's most interesting builds showcased at the event is its new fanless mini-ITX desktop PC.




The Supero SYS-5130DB-IL is a mini-ITX concept build that uses passive cooling for near-silent operation, but also rocks dedicated hardware to ensure decent desktop-grade performance. This fanless desktop PC features Supermicro's own proprietary C7ZB250-CG-ML Mini-ITX motherboard from its Core Gaming lineup alongside a seventh-gen Intel Core i7-7500 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card, technically making it VR-ready.


"Enabling customers to have a budget friendly system that features a mix of all the latest technologies, SYS-5130DB-IL is equipped with C7ZB250-CG-ML motherboard, a feature-rich CSE-DS3A-261B mini-tower chassis, and a 260W power supply."

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AVADirect is making the 'most advanced' custom gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:25 am

CES 2017 - AVADirect is aiming at the gaming PC market in a big way this year, continuing their efforts from 2016 - where they pushed into VR gaming PCs and so much more - but now they're teaming with GIGABYTE on a new gaming PC that they're calling the "most advanced" custom gaming PC.




Inside of the new AVA Z270 Scorpio is GIGABYTE's feature-packed Aorus GA-Z270X-GAMING 7 motherboard, which takes the new Kaby Lake family of CPUs - with the Z270 Scorpio system powered by the Core i7-7700K processor. We also have GIGABYTE's on-board TURBO B-Clock Tuning IC that lets you tune clock rates for performance, stability, and more.


AVADirect will let you customize the AVA Z270 Scorpio with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a slew of storage options. The components are placed into the system with a "showroom quality appearance", which is clearly visible from the images you can see here.

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MSI's console-like Trident 3 rocks GTX 1060, Kaby Lake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 8:22 am

CES 2017 - MSI's latest Trident 3 small form factor PC blurs the lines between desktop and console gaming with a fully-fledged PC powerhouse at a console's smaller footprint.




Using NVIDIA's flexible and efficient 16nm Pascal GPU architecture and Intel's latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPUs, manufacturers are now able to make VR-ready desktops that are basically the size of PS4 and Xbox consoles. MSI's new Trident 3 compact small form factor (SFF) PC fits this bill nicely, but instead of woefully outdated, scaled back, and consolidated hardware, it rocks a dedicated a desktop-grade video card, processor, and onboard DDR4 RAM.


The MSI Trident 3 sports an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 ITX video card in both 3GB and 6GB GDDR5 VRAM configurations for VR and traditional gaming, an Intel Kaby Lake H110 Core i7-7700 or Core i5-7400 CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM, and options for HDD, SSD or M.2 storage. All in all the Trident 3 is very much akin to ASUS' new VivoPC X small form factor PC.

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