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New Maingear AIO gaming desktop rocks liquid cooling, 18 core Xeon CPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 5, 2016 2:00 am

CES 2016 - Maingear has announced a new AIO desktop that packs quite a bit of enthusiast-grade muscle with liquid-cooling support, 4K display options, and workstation-class AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and Intel Xeon processors.




As all-in-one desktops are traditionally made for office work spaces, the builds are quite lacking when it comes to gaming performance. Maingear wants to reinvent AIO's with its new Alpha 34 gaming desktop, which can fit full-sized gaming and workstation video cards and CPU's for blistering performance.


The Alpha 34 sports a curved 34-inch 3480 x 1440p display, and comes in three different flavors: the H110/Z170 build for performance gamers, the X99 build for enthusiast gamers, and the titanic Professional grade that sports Intel Xeon CPU support and workstation graphics. The cheapest option--the Z170 tier-- starts at $1999, and adding top-tier GPU's will boost the price quite a bit. For example, a Alpha 34 Z170 with an AMD Radeon R9 390 and an Intel i7 6700K CPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM will cost around $2,600.

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Lenovo refreshes ThinkPad X1 line with OLED laptop and modular tablet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 4, 2016 6:26 am

On the heels of CES 2016, Lenovo has announced its new ThinkPad X1 family of hardware that includes a new modular tablet, a new Yoga Pro laptop that sports a 360-degree OLED display, and a sleek new all-in-one desktop.



Lenovo has just unveiled its new ThinkPad X1 triumvirate of pro hardware that will push forward into 2016, sporting tech innovations like OLED screens, ultra-thin AIO setups, WiGig wireless docking, USB Type C and a galaxy of peripheral add-ons like 3D sensors and more. Lenovo's X1 trinity is composed of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and finally the all-in-one ThinkCenter X1 AIO desktop.




The modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet is Lenovo's answer to the Surface Book, and features a slew of modular attachments that change up the device's main functions. These peripherals include the basic stylus-and-keyboard combo, but add-ons like an optional $149 3D RealSense camera sensor that captures and renders real life objects aim to transform the tablet.

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iBuyPower reveals futuristic Revolt 2 gaming desktop

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 30, 2015 10:12 pm

Today iBuyPower announces the successor in the popular sleek and modern Revolt gaming desktop, the Revolt 2.



The Revolt 2 gaming desktop is all sleek angles and curves, and the chassis very much resembles a work of futuristic art. The tantalizing design doesn't take away from its utility: the Revolt 2's smallish stature can house enthusiast-grade hardware including a mini-ITX motherboard, a 280mm liquid cooler, 2x SSD's, an HDD and a full ATX power supply.


"[With the Revolt 2], we were inspired to create a PC that highlighted the most important components in a gaming rig and allowed customers to create a PC that's as unique as they are. We chose to lead the revolt against the standard, the generic, the boring, and instead forge a new path," iBuyPower said in their official press release.

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Star Wars fan creates epic custom Star Destroyer gaming PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 30, 2015 4:11 pm

A talented modder fashions an epic chassis that converges on two worlds of nerdery: Star Wars and PC gaming.




With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still fresh in our collective geeky hearts, a specialty modder by the name of asphiax uses the power of Force and skilled tinkering to make a gaming PC out of an Imperial Star Destroyer. The ship itself is known as YAZI, and was built as an entry for MSI's Pro Mod competition...and based on the amazing craftmanship, I think it'll win.


The custom build is based on a Venator-class capital ship and sports everything from fiber optic lights to water-cooling for the GPU, and a massive array consisting of six cooling fans. This behemoth build is one of the more impressive creations I've seen in recent memory, and it's really something you have to see to believe.

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Intel teases Skull Canyon, its 'most powerful NUC yet'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 14, 2015 2:01 am

According to the latest rumors, Intel is positioning itself for a new NUC launch in Q1 2016. Intel has teased that the new NUC is "the most powerful NUC yet... now with Intel Iris Pro graphics" and that it's "coming Q1 2016".




Now, Q1 2016 is an interesting time frame because we have the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off in early January, but Computex is in Q3. As for the NUC itself, it should rock Iris Pro 580 graphics on the flagship Skull Canyon-based NUC. Intel's Iris Pro 580 graphics features 128MB of eDRAM (which acts as super-quick L4 cache) and houses the 72 Execution Units (EUs) on the die itself.


We're expecting the core clock on the chip to hit 1GHz, but it could change closer to release. If we put this into perspective, we're looking at similar graphics performance to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 750. The new Skull Canyon NUCs should sport Intel's Skylake-U series processors, replacing the Broadwell-U series parts in the current NUC lineup.

USB Type-C, M.2 SATA and a Skylake processor are all in this mini PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:31 pm

ZOTAC has just announced its new ZBOX Mini PC, packing within a 6th generation Intel Skylake processor, naming its latest creation the ZBOX MI551.




As announced in a recent press release, this small product will pack a serious punch, toting an Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.1 Type-A or Type-C and a 120GB M.2 SATA SSD pre-installed, with expansion to bigger drives a possibility.


While this product promises to offer "desktop level performance," the press release from ZOTAC also promises this grunt "at near-mobile level TDP." This claim means that it will be able to power your OS and favorite games while pulling minimal power and outputting a small amount of heat.

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Watch your back Raspberry Pi, the PINE A64 looks amazing and its cheap

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 2:32 pm

Currently on Kickstarter and sitting at 540% of its $31,000 goal with a massive 44 days to go, the PINE A64 is quoted as "the world's first 64-bit expandable Quad Core 1.2Ghz supercomputer, tablet, media center, and more."




Available for only $15, this product is what seems to be the first real Raspberry Pi competitor. While Raspberry Pi released its Zero computer for only $5 recently, PINE offered up its first backers a $5 PINE A0 system, packed with a quad-core 64 bit processor and no Ethernet port.


The PINE A64 board measures in at 3.125" x 5" and features a 64-bit quad-core ARM A53 CPU, claiming to offer between 20 to 30 percent better performance than the Raspberry Pi-2B and Pi-1A+ while being almost half the price. designed to run Android 5.1, this product has been made with desktop PC processing tasks in mind, however, there are almost limitless options available for tech savvy users looking to tinker and create projects.

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Infinity is a not-for-profit modular laptop and tablet for education

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 9:31 am

Designed through not-for-profit organization 'One Education' by CEO Rangan Srikhanta and his staff, this brand new product is called the Infinity and it's a modular laptop (or tablet) designed for educational purposes.



Aimed at school-aged children, you can find Infinity on IndieGoGo, aiming to reach an overall goal of $50,000. Currently sitting at $18,452 funded thanks to 76 backers with 33 days remaining, a donation of $269 will earn one of these products for yourself.


Set up primarily as an educational tool, Srikhanta has allowed people to purchase a "Give One, Get One" pack, charging $499 for users to receive a device themselves while donating the other to a needy child. Running on Linux, Windows or Android, you can pick one up for yourself or a child in need here.

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Razer injects chromatic flavor into Lenovo's new gaming PC lineup

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 28, 2015 9:25 am

In an effort to boost the appeal of its new gaming PC lineup, Lenovo has joined forces with Razer to make a slew of co-branded gaming systems and peripherals.




As announced by Razer, Lenovo's Y-series gaming devices will now be flavored with Razer's chromatic flair. Lenovo has yet to reveal specifics on the Y-series Razer Edition, but its website notes that the line will be made up of varying grades of hardware. This includes an Ultra HD Ideapad Y50 UHD gaming laptop and the "powerhouse" Ideapad Y700 gaming laptop that sports "discrete graphics and storage options" and "intense quad-core processing power" with an Intel Core i7 CPU.


The full Razer Edition Y Series will feature a wide spectrum of devices including gaming desktops, laptops, keyboards, headsets and mice. The hardware will feature customizable chroma lighting solutions, and will be unveiled at CES 2016 along with specs and pricing. Interested users can sign up here for more information.

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Raspberry Pi Zero sells out in a day

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 27, 2015 9:26 pm

The Raspberry Pi Foundation predicted demand for its new $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer would "outstrip supply for the next little while", and they were right. Tens of thousands of units were made in preparation for the launch yesterday, and they've already sold out, as have issues of The MagPi (which included one for free).




Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi's head of communications said, "We were amazed at the rush on stores that happened as soon as we announced the release."


More as being made as you read this, but Upton expects it will take some time before they can keep up.

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