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CyberpowerPC has announced a new desktop PC called the Pro Gamer FTW. This new line of systems is "tailored for the seamless integration of gaming and live HD broadcasting." The new line features six different base models, the cheapest of which starts at a mere $1085. The systems also feature the option of NVIDIA or AMD graphics.
"They are powered by a choice of Intel's X79 Sandy Bridge-E platform, Z77 Ivy Bridge or AMD's FX Bulldozer processors; equipped with NVIDIA's overwhelming Kepler-powered GTX or AMD's astounding Tahiti series, and feature AVerMedia's innovative Live Gamer HD." This way, if you're in the Red, Green, or Blue camp, Cyberpower has you covered.
Cyberpower brags that "every system is meticulously built with precise cable routing to ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance" and this one should be no different. Housed in the massive Azza Genesis 9000, there's plenty of rooming for cooling and high-end components. The machines are also highly configurable:
All Pro Gamer FTW systems can be customized with a number of performance hardware and components such as CyberpowerPC's advanced hydro liquid cooling kit, Solid State Drives, Blu-ray drives, performance gaming memory, gaming peripherals, business and productivity software, and more.
For more information, or to order your own, head on over to CyvberpowerPC's website.
We know they're coming, but they're shrouded in the same secrecy that everything Apple makes... but it looks like we should expect new Mac Pro and iMac models soon. AppleInsider is reporting that internal configuration files found in the recently released Mountain Lion are pointing toward unreleased new-generations of Apple's iMac (iMac13,0) and Mac Pro (MacPro6,0).
Both have hinted at USB booting options, where we could see the first time in close to 20 years, with Mac desktops without built-in optical drives. The discovery was found by a keen-eyed AppleInsider source, who found the details in a configuration plist file used by the Boot Camp Assistant to designate Mac model versions capable of supporting either an optical boot disc, or a USB flash drive volume capable of installing Windows to a Boot Camp partition.
We've had hints at updated Macs, but I'm guessing we should expect a Retina-powered iMac, as it would make the most sense right now. The Mac Pro, I hope gets a serious injection of performance over previous generations of Mac Pro's, as it is much needed when compared to the competition from other vendors such as HP, and Dell.
A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlines his estimates to Apple's product launch schedule for the second half of 2012, where he notes we should see an all-new iPod touch and iPod nano models, as well as a new iPhone and iPad mini models, and tweaked internals for the full-sized iPad.
Kuo's report also mentions Apple's Mac range, where he believes Apple will launch their 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the Sept-Oct time frame. He notes that the launch of this 13-inch Retina MBP would be a little on the quiet side, because it would launch close to the new iPhone and iPad mini models:
We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13" MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13" Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor. However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13" Retina MacBook Pro won't be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers' budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.
DigiTimes has a nice rumor here today, where they're reporting that Apple's supply chain will begin supply components for the mass production of Apple's next-gen iMac, with a launch as early as October. The same sources have noted that Apple plans to bake the high-res Retina Display into all of their product lines, which means the iMac will get a beautiful new screen.
DigiTimes' sources state that Apple want to see Retina in all of their products, with hopes to overtake competitors in terms of screen resolution, since most other notebook and tablet PC makers are still catching up to the Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. With limited support for the Retina Display's resolution, it makes it more expensive to make, and adapt, than Full HD panels. Most PC makers have no plans to bump their screen resolutions up to the same spec, but things could change soon.
The all-in-one PC market is getting aggressive, and considering that Apple is the largest player in the all-in-one market, as well as a top-five vendor of the desktop PC market in terms of shipments, this should be something where Apple could really push some high-end products.
The Retina display-powered Apple MacBook Pro's may look awesome and all, but what of Apple's Mac Pro line? Well, according to an Apple spokesperson, we should expect the Mac Pro's to be refreshed next year.
MacRumors first posted about this last week, where they cited David Pogue from The New York Times vaguely stating that Apple's Mac line would get updated, and soon after MacRumors received a tip from a reader who had e-mailed Apple CEO, Tim Cook, about his disappointment in the lack of significant Mac Pro updates, where Cook replied indicating we should expect significant upgrades next year, saying:
Our pro customers are really important to us...don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year.
The original stories included updated iMacs, but Apple PR contacted MacRumors stating that only the Mac Pro is expected to be refreshed next year. Apple had nothing to say of the iMac, so we could even expect an update sometime this year. It has been over twelve months since the iMac has received an update.
Small embedded systems are becoming more and more popular after being spurred on by Raspberry Pi. The new VIA system is cheap, but not quite as cheap as the Raspberry Pi system. The APC, VIA's new system, will set you back only $49 before shipping. But, after shipping to Europe, USA, or Canada, it will be a total of $87.
The VIA APC sports a VIA WonderMedia 875 800 MHz ARM11 processor, 512MB of memory, and 2GB of storage. And unlike the Raspberry Pi system, this new APC features quite a few more connectivity options. The list below details it's I/O offerings:
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- mic input
- audio output
- 10/100 Etherent
- microSD card slot
There are other competitors in the small form-factor computing market, but none seem to offer quite the connectivity of the new APC. It ships with Google's Android version 2.3 and should be capable of running Linux and other operating systems. Just be sure to not try and put Windows 7 on this. And no, it won't run Crysis.
Computex 2012 - Walking around the show floor at ECS we bumped into our good friends at ECS who were showing off the latest All in One PC or AIO named the G24 Aura. The new Mini-ITX based AIO PC sports support for Intel 2nd and 3rd Generation Core CPU along with Celeron Processors. We've got support for two SO-DIMM DDR3 modules, one 3.5" HDD or two 2.5" ones along with support for a Slim optical drive or another hard drive.
Moving away from the main specifications we've got a 23.6" screen that offers us a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with 10-finger multi-touch being an option. At the front we have a 1.3M Pixel webcam and microphone built into the screen. Across the bottom of the display we can also see two speakers.
Turning around to the back side we've got a place for a slim optical driver or another hard drive, we've got I/O connectivity on both sides along with our main buttons on the rear. Also present is a Kensington Lock along with a VESA stand support...
Computex 2012 - We've already seen quite a few multi-screen gaming PCs at Computex buy so far AMD takes the cake for the most impressive setup which we've seen.
At the booth in the Computex Nangang hall they had a system setup running Dirt Showdown on an AMD system running a single Radeon HD 7970 video card. We didn't get the details on the rest of the system. Hit the play button on the video above to see why you want one for your home.
We were a bit disappointed when one of the AMD managers on duty wouldn't allow us to place a TweakTown Computex Recommended sticker on the system. If anyone from AMD is reading, you may want to speak to whomever that manager was because you guys missed out. Nevertheless, a rather cool demo for sure!
Computex 2012 - ASUS took the stage earlier today unveiling a bunch of new Republic of Gamer-branded devices, first up we have their new desktop gaming rig, ROG Tytan. ASUS have crammed quite a few unique abilities into Tytan, so we'll start with the specs, shall we? Tytan sports Intel's Core i7-3960X 6-core processor with three O.C. modes, but we'll get into that a little later.
Backing up the 3960X we have Intel's X79 chipset, NVIDIA's dual-Kepler GEFORCE GTX 690 GPU, 16GB of DDR3 2133MHz RAM, two 128GB SSDs in RAID0 with a 2TB 7200RPM drive for storage, ASUS' Xonar DX sound card and a Blu-ray writer. Whilst the specs are impressive, its the housing that is the real feature here. I mentioned the three O.C. modes before, which to me is one of the stand-out features of the Tytan.
Overclocking can be quite difficult, and the results vary so much between hardware that it's hard to have a baseline of what to expect. ASUS have removed this effort for the user, with three O.C. modes all at the touch of a button. On the top of the case is a 'speed' button, sans Keanu Reeves and a bus rigged with explosives. The speed button can be pressed three times for 3 pre-defined O.C. speeds. The default stage is stock, then we have 3.8GHz, followed by 4.0GHz and finishing with 4.2GHz. It may not be the break-neck, needs-liquid-nitrogen-to-push-it-speeds, but hey, out of the box overclocking without the need to reboot is impressive.
ASUS have introduced a new all-in-one PC featuring Intel's third-generation Core processors. The new ASUS ET2411 is a 23.6-inch Full HD multi-touch LED-backlit beast, sporting Windows 7, HDMI, and much more.
The touch-screen alone is something that makes the ET2411 standout. The ET2411 also comes with ASUS' SonicMaster Technology which boasts louder volumes, and improved clarity. The all-in-one PC can also be used as a secondary display on another PC by connecting other PCs, laptops or tablets through its HDMI input.
ASUS' ET2411 is also wall-mountable for those with a smaller apartment or house, or those wanting to have it look stylish. It can be specced with a Core i5 or i7, comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD/Blu-ray drive, two USB 3.0 ports on the side, 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear, HDMI-in and out, VGA, card reader, GbE connectivity, and a Kensington lock.
The ET2411 weighs in at a total of 10.8kg. and comes in just one color, black.