Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Israel wanting to know if his list of parts for his PC upgrade all looks good
Q: hello good day... i am the guy who asked about the processor thermal trip warning last year. recently my computer shuts itself after bootup. the worst part is now is, it wont switch on after i heard a loud bang. so i have decided to replace the core 2 quad Q6600 with a more better processor. can you critique my replacements in order to be sure before going to the computer store and buy them in a few days.
here are the list of parts that i will buy:
- Intel core i-5 3450
- Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM
- 8GB X 4 pcs 1333Mhz G-Skill Ripjaw RAM
- CM Hyper 212 evo
- arctic cooling MX-4 thermal paste
A: You can view the answer to Israel's question right here.
CES 2013 - At SAPPHIRE's suite, they were showing off an extremely small form factor PC based upon the AMD APU. The system was about as small as your average router, which means it is smaller than most set-top boxes. The system actually looks very much like a router and would be perfect as an HTPC.
SAPPHIRE bills the system as being good for at home, an engineer, retail, business, gaming, and digital signage. It features either an AMD A4 dual-core or an AMD A8 quad-core, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an either a 320GB HDD or 500GB HDD, depending on the model. The thing really is tiny and full-featured.
Samsung's Chromebox use to resemble Apple's Mac Mini with its rounded aluminum corners, and black surface. The company released the latest design today and things look drastically different.
Ditching the sleek aluminum and acrylic design in favor of injected molded plastic has rendered the Chromebox into something less likely to infringe on an Apple trademark.
The specifications of the new machine remain unchanged and this revision seems to be purely cosmetic. It is however no slouch, sporting a 1.9GHz Celeron Processor, 4GB of memory and 16GB of storage.
The tiny Raspberry Pi has been a popular system among hackers and educators alike. For $35, you get a fully functional PC to mess around with, program, and do what you like. If you own one and don't know where to start, you're in luck, as the system has gotten a free educational manual courtesy of a team of UK teachers from Computing at School.
The manual is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 unported licence, which in non-legal speak means you can use, redistribute, change and copy. There's only one limitation: you can't sell it. There's lots of information in the manual, such as information of Scratch, Python, and the command line.
You can grab it from the Pi Store, or from this link if you don't have a Pi yet.
LG is teasing us with some information about their 2013 lineup of PCs and notebooks ahead of their CES 2013 debut. All of the machines are Windows 8-powered and use LG's IPS display technology, which should make them ideal for users who need accurate color reproduction, such as photographers.
The first is LG's hybrid notebook, the H160 Tab-Book, which features an 11.6-inch display and QWERTY keyboard that is hidden beneath. It weighs in at 2.3 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. It reportedly has 12.5 hours of battery life, though the processor isn't detailed. I would venture to guess an Atom will power the machine. A second model, the Z160, comes with all of the same specifications, but comes with an i5 processor and higher specifications.
LG's Ultrabook, the Z360, comes in at 2.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thick and will be powered by a core i5 processor. It features a full HD IPS display. Finally, LG is showing off the AIO V325, which will have a 23-inch display. The screen will feature 10-point multitouch support and will be powered by an i5 coupled with a GT 640M. Interestingly, it will feature a TV tuner and picture-in-picture so that you can watch both TV and your desktop at the same time.
ORIGIN PC, a boutique manufacturer of laptops and desktops, has announced today that they are bringing back ready-to-ship models for the holidays so that you can get that new system on time to game on Christmas Day. The systems are like most pre-configured system in that they have already been built and can be shipped out next-day.
According to the press release, "These high-performance systems are available while supplies last and offer the same unmatched quality and performance as every custom ORIGIN PC without the wait and without any compromise. Every RTS system is put through the same rigorous benchmarking and testing and built and supported in the United States. With included popular PC games, features such as professional overclocking and award winning Lifetime 24/7 Support, the ORIGIN PC RTS system makes the perfect holiday gift."
You can choose ready-to-ship models from the MILLENNIUM, EON15-S and EON17-S lines of computers. The EONs are both laptops, while the MILLENNIUM is a desktop gaming rig.
"ORIGIN PC customers have been requesting we bring back our Ready-To-Ship systems, to get a high quality PC without waiting for a custom build." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "All of our RTS systems come specially configured and include our award winning integration and lifetime support. This is why we believe our RTS systems make the perfect PC gift this holiday season."
Chromebooks appear to be taking off as of late, with more and more manufacturers debuting new models. Acer is no stranger to the Chromebook and has debuted a new model today that is based upon the model that they released last month for $199. The new model comes with beefier specs and a larger price tag.
The new model comes in at $299, and while not currently available on Google Play, it is showing on Acer's website. The outside looks identical to the $199 model, but the similarities are only skin-deep. On the inside, it features 4GB of RAM, a useful addition if you like to open lots of browser tabs like I do.
It still sports the same 1.1GHz Celeron processor, but comes with a larger battery. Battery life is expected to be over 6 hours on a single charge--not bad. The hard drive has also been upgrade and now sports 500GB of capacity, as opposed to the 320GB included in the cheaper version.
More and more OEMs are jumping on board the Windows 8 and touchscreen boat. CyberPowerPC is the latest to join in the crowd with its new Zeus Touch all-in-one desktop. Drawing from the iMac, and other simplistic designs, it features Windows 8 and supports up to 10 simultaneous finger inputs.
The new desktop challenges the offerings by the likes of MSI, HP, and others, who are much bigger companies. The system is powered by the latest Intel processors and features a 1080p touchscreen. It also features the other accouterments that one would expect from a desktop all-in-one, including a built-in 1MP webcam.
USB 3.0, 802.11n and Bluetooth, card reader, DVD drive, and the other standard PC features come on the Zeus. Upgrades to the machine include larger hard drives, an mSATA SSD, and more powerful processors. A wireless keyboard is also included for those who aren't ready to ditch it quite yet.
The base configuration is available for $899.
It looks like Apple is doing its best to push the new 27-inch iMacs out the door. The current ship estimate is in January, but for those who put their orders in right when the product launched will see their devices a bit sooner than that. At least one person should be seeing their new iMac on December 13, as long as FedEx doesn't miss the delivery.
9to5mac is reporting that their readers have received shipping notifications for their new iMacs. The estimated delivery date quoted by Apple ranged from December 18 all the way to the end of the month, but now some will be receiving theirs as early as December 13.
The 27-inch iMac shipments all appear to be originating in Shanghai, China, as opposed to some of the 21.5-inch models that have originated from Fremont, indicating that Apple either hasn't had time to build stock of the machine in the US for shipment, or the 21.5-inch iMac is being produced in the US.
Apple's sleek new iMac is hard to produce. Supply is constrained and the 21.5-inch model is facing large delays and the 27-inch hasn't launched yet. Apple had announced on November 30 that the new 27-inch version of the iMac would be shipping within 3 to 4 weeks, though that has now been changed.
The new shipping estimate places the Available to Ship time as January. No date, no week estimates, nothing solid to go on, other than the units will be available to ship sometime in January. This could mean that the systems will be shipping as late as the end of the month, especially if Apple is facing supply constraints and other delays.
ODROID-U is a Raspberry Pi-like device, except it sports a quad-core Exynos processor and starts at $69
If you thought that the Raspberry Pi models found in the cheap Model A and Model B offerings were great - well, things are about to get a whole lot Moore's Law-sy with Hardkernel's latest offering.
The product in question is the ODROID-U, which costs just $69 but sports a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU, you know - the same thing that powers Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II smartphones. On top of its quad-core processor, it has 1GB of RAM, a quad-core Mali 400 graphics chip, micro-HDMI out, USB ports, a headphone jack and Ethernet connectivity.
One thing the ODROID-U doesn't have is on-board flash memory, Hardkernel have left this out and provided a microSD card slot instead. For an additional $20, you can get yourself double the ram at 2GB, and get the chip clocked up to a nice (and hopefully not toasty) 1.7GHz on the ODROID-U2 model.
The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash in the educational and enthusiast markets. For $35, educators, hackers, modders, and others could get a fully functional computer system, albeit ARM-based, that was capable of running Linux. Ironically, that version is the Model B and has been shipping for seven months.
The Model A, a stripped down version of the Model B, is just now beginning to be produced, with the first engineering samples beginning to roll of off the production line. This new board is set to cost users only $25 and will come with fewer accouterments than its more expensive brother.
The Model A will lack an Ethernet port and only come with 256MB of RAM and a single USB port. According to a blog post by the Raspberry Pi Foudnation, they are already receiving orders from "people making industrial control modules, from roboticists, from people doing automation." The Model A is likely to ship in 2013.
MacRumors is reporting from Belgium-iPhone.Lesoir.be that Apple could finally put their new iMacs on sale today, starting with the 21.5-inch model shipping to Apple Premium Resellers in Belgium starting Wednesday.
The 27-inch model currently has a December shipping frame. The site also believes that the new iMacs should be available for online order at the same time, so get ready - have you mouse prepared, your credit card prepared, and some tissues - just in case you miss out, you can cry into them like I would.
MacRumors also received a tip that the new iMacs would be ready to order tomorrow - but this isn't confirmed. Only hours until we should find out, though!
Raspberry will soon be capable of running Minecraft, 5-megapixel 1080p-capable $25 camera shown off, too
For just $35, the Raspberry Pi offers some unbelievable value - but that is about to get a whole lot better. There's an upcoming camera board that will use the currently unused CSI pins on the board.
This new 5-megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps, and will include a proper mount when released compared to be stuck on with scotch tape when teased at Electronica 2012. The Pi foundation have said that when the snapper ships in 2013, it will come at cost of just $25.
The team have also announced a new port, dubbed Minecraft: Pi edition. Yes - you'll be able to play Minecraft on a damn $35 machine - incredible. There'll also be support for multiple programming languages which will let you "modify the game world with code". This will be made available next week, here.
Sapphire have just unveiled a new member of their mini-PC family, the Sapphire Edge VS series. Sapphire's new Edge VS series is powered by AMD's latest APUs, delivering great performance, graphics and more in a small form factor.
Sapphire's Edge VS series come in two different offerings, the Edge VS 4 and Edge VS 8. Starting with the Edge VS 4, which sports an AMD A4 APU, AMD Radeon HD7400G graphics, a 2.5-inch 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. The bigger brother, the Edge VS 8 sports AMD's A8 APU, AMD Radeon HD7600G graphics, a 2.5-inch 500GB HDD and the same 4GB of RAM.
Both units come with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and both weigh in at 660g. Connectivity wise, they both include 1 x miniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio out, 1 x mic-in, and 1 x SPDIF-out. They come pre-installed with FREE-DOS, and support Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. They consume, at maximum, just 65W.
Apple just can't catch a break lately - iPhone 5s are experiencing issues, their stock is dropping like its not hot, and now there's rumors circling that Apple's previous warnings of the new iMac model would see "significant shortages", may actually push the release of the new Retina-sporting iMacs into 2013.
Apple currently states on their US site that the new 21.5-inch iMac will be released later this month, with the 27-inch model coming next month. But, if the rumors are actually true, we could see a delay of the new iMac in relation to Apple's new production method which has been dubbed "friction-stir welding".
This method utilizes intense heat and pressure, which is used to create an even more seamless join than previous techniques used. We've heard about delays, with Apple CEO Tim Cook stating in a conference call with analysts that the new iMac would see "significant shortages" but didn't state why, but continued to expect that the new Retina iMacs would make their original November and December delivery dates.
The new screen lamination process used on the new iMacs could also be another issue, which is said to be much more complicated than previous designs. The screen bonding used in the new iMac erases close to 2mm of thickness that had formed an "air gap" between the glass and display in previous iMacs. This latest model is sans the optical drive, which allows the new iMac to be as thin as 5mm at the edges - which is very impressive.
Apple's new Retina-based iMac is a thin, petite, great-looking all-in-one, but it does have one, huge flaw: it has no ability to upgrade the RAM after the purchase. Softpedia notes that Apple have removed the optical drive and laminated the glass face to the LCD panel.
This is great, it makes it thin, with 5mm-thick edges, but now the RAM can't be upgraded once you've purchased it. Normally there'd be just a few screws to undo, slap the new RAM in and away you go. The stock 21.5-inch iMac sports 8GB of RAM, but there are power users who would like the option of moving up to 16GB, maybe not one day-one, but down the track.
There are two options to get out of this, buy a 21.5-inch iMac with 16GB RAM at the time of purchase, or ride right up to the 27-inch iMac that does have user-serviceable RAM.
Being based in Australia is great for some things, the culture, the laid-back lifestyle, health care, and the weather - but there are huge downsides in that we don't see a lot of great IT brands getting any recognition in this company which excites me that little bit more when I get to be involved with companies like Digital Storm and their latest creation, Bolt.
Digital Storm's new Bolt is the company's slimmest, custom-designed gaming PC yet. Digital Storm's engineers went on a search for a slim chassis, but didn't find any on the market that suited their needs, so they did the next best thing - created their own chassis from the ground up, as you do.
This means that every aspect of Bolt's design from cooling, performance and upgradeability were designed not only specific to the bolt, but to the highest possible standards. Digital Storm's Bolt measures in at just 3.6-inch wide, and 14-inch tall. The thin chassis that makes up the Bolt is also designed to effectivity vent out heat allowing it to sport the best components on the market, without worrying about it breaking a sweat.
"The Mac mini is packed with great features. But the action on this product and the update is on the inside." Four USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI, i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB or 256GB of flash. Server model comes with a 2.3GHz i7, 4GB of RAM, and dual 1TB drives for $999. Both ship today.
Phil really rushed through that to get to the iMac refresh. The iMac has gone through 7 generations, with "each one better than the last." The new one is incredibly thin. "It's stunning from every side. Edge-to-edge glass... Would you like to see one in person?" "The most beautiful Mac we've ever made."
And here comes the specifications. At the edge, its only 5mm thick. It features no optical drive, an IPS screen, and all of the internal components have been "re-engineered."
And now, a peek inside. It features 802.11n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0, NVIDIA Kepler graphics and up to 768GB of flash storage, along with an i5 or i7 processor and 32GB of RAM. It can also be configured with a 3TB HDD or what Apple is calling a Fusion Drive, which mixes 128GB of flash storage with a 1 or 3 TB HDD.
RumorTT: Apple to update Mac mini at iPad mini event on October 23, seems to have a theme of miniaturizing
Apple seems to be coming with a theme for the October 23 event. October 23 is when the iPad mini is "scheduled" to be announced, though no official confirmation has come as of yet. Reports are now surfacing that the Mac mini will also see an upgrade at the event, giving the thought that the theme is "miniaturizing."
Rumored upgrades that will be bestowed upon the Mac mini include a new Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0. Packing this kind of hardware into the now somewhat large (take a look at some of the stuff Intel is doing) Mac mini isn't exactly impressive, but it is nice of them to upgrade the hardware anyway.
There is a definite performance upgrade by switching out a Sandy Bridge processor for an Ivy Bridge. However, there is nothing revolutionary with stuffing it into the same package. The same thing goes for USB 3.0; nice, but not exactly revolutionary. There is also talk that there will be three versions of the Mac mini. One will likely run OS X Server and the other two will likely be a low-end and high-end configuration for consumers.
I'm sure many of you can still remember the older Apple Macs that were powered by PowerPC chips. These chips were designed and built by IBM with Apple engineers directly collaborating with IBM. They eventually gave up this idea and started using Intel chips around 2006/2007, which helped with performance, power efficiency, and being able to install Windows on a Mac.
A new rumor is suggesting that the company's leadership has "deliberated" over moving away from Intel chips in order to differentiate its computers from the competition. While I find it somewhat unlikely that Apple would attempt to make the move to a custom chip, they have done just that with the new A6 processor with great success.
It just seems like Intel has quite a bit more experience in this area. Perhaps a collaboration with AMD would be a better move. This way they could gain access to the x86 instruction set as well as AMD's existing fab agreements and expertise. Likely, though, they will continue to use Intel and possibly AMD chips for the foreseeable future.