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When it comes to stepping into the Apple Mac ecosystem, the cheapest way to do it is with the desktop system called the Mac mini. Apple fans looking for a new desktop computer can save $120 off the late 2018 version of the Mac mini at B&H. The regular retail price for that computer is $799, and after the discount is applied, the computer is available for $679.
For the money, what buyers are getting is the entry-level version of the Mac mini fitted with a 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 quad-core processor. The machine also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. This machine uses eighth-generation Intel Core processors meaning the hardware is significantly outdated compared to newer computers on the market from other manufacturers.
Graphics are handled via Intel UHD Graphics 630, and the machine has Thunderbolt 3 ports featuring native DisplayPort outputs. It also has an integrated HDMI 2.0 port, allowing up to three 4K displays to be supported. The machine can also support one 5K display and one 4K display at the same time.
Chenbro has announced the launch of another barebone rack-mount server system called the RB133G13-U10. The system is a 1U server with an integrated dual Xeon motherboard pre-fitted from the factory. It offers support for Intel VROC, Apache Pass, and Redfish compliance.
Chenbro says that the machine is ready for scalable storage server set up and is available globally right now. It offers support for ten hot-swappable NVMe U.2 drives allow users to create an all-flash array. It would also support tiered virtualized storage applications for Enterprise users. Chenbro says that the server system is ideal for high-performance applications like software-defined storage, virtualization, HPC, cloud computing, and SaaS.
It also features end-to-end security and promises easy management. The custom 1U chassis is ready to install a pair of Intel Xeon Scalable processors with up to 28-cores and a 165W TDP. It will support a maximum of 2TB of DDR4 memory, dual 10GbE connectivity, and has a single PCI-E Gen 3 x16 HH/HL expansion slot.
One of the more appealing things about an Apple Mac computer of any sort that is powered by Intel processors is that it doesn't stick the user with macOS alone. Mac users can install a copy of Windows on the computer via Boot Camp mode and have the best of both worlds. However, that will all change with Apple announcing during WWDC 2020 that it would be rolling out new Mac computers powered by ARM processors.
Once the ARM-based Mac computers are available, they will no longer be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode. The reason for this falls on Microsoft's shoulders, not Apple. Microsoft will only license Windows 10 on ARM to PC makers who preinstall it on new hardware.
The version of Windows 10 that runs on ARM computers isn't available for licensing or installation via other methods. The Verge asked a Microsoft spokesperson if the software giant intended to change its licensing agreement, so Windows 10 can be supported on the new ARM-powered Mac computers. Unsurprisingly, the spokesperson only said that it licensed Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs only, and "we have nothing further to share at this time."
All around the world, there are still huge numbers of people who are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. One of the big challenges for many people in households where two parents or partners are working from home while kids are trying to work from home is having enough computers for everybody to use. Amazon has a very small minicomputer on sale from a company called Beelink that is a lightning deal today.
The machine is the Beelink U55 Mini PC, and while the lightning deal is going on for roughly the next five hours, users can get it for $254.99. That's $45 off of its regular price, or a 15% discount. Even better is that there is a digital coupon that will knock an additional $16 off the purchase price.
Buyers get a mini PC that runs Windows 10 Pro and has an Intel Core i3-5005U processor under the hood for the money. The processor is partnered up with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of M.2 SSD storage. The processor operates at 2 GHz, and graphics are handled via Intel HD Graphics 5500.
Amazon Web Services has launched a new device called the AWS Snowcone that it is billing as the newest and smallest member of the AWS Snow family of physical ads computing, and storage, and data transfer devices. The AWS Snowcone is aimed directly at rugged or disconnected environments.
The Snowcone weighs 4.5 pounds and features 8TB of internal storage. It's compact enough and rugged to make it usable in a variety of environments, including desktops, data centers, messenger bags, vehicles, and in conjunction with drones. Snowcone measures 9-inches long x 6-inches wide x 3-inches tall. The device enclosure is tamper-evident and tamper-resistant and uses a Trusted Platform Module to ensure security and full chain-of-custody for data.
The device encrypts data at rest and in transit using keys managed by the AWS Key Management Service, and the keys are never stored on the device. Snowcone features an E Ink shipping label designed to ensure that the device is sent to the correct address and to aid in tracking. Snowcone uses dual CPUs, 4GB memory, wired or wireless network access, and a USB-C power cord or an optional battery.
Corsair has announced updates to its Vengeance gaming PCs. The Corsair Vengeance a4100 and i4200 gaming PCs are now available with AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors or 10th generation Intel Core processors. Whichever processor family you choose, the Corsair Vengeance can be fitted with GeForce RTX graphics from NVIDIA.
The a4100 uses AMD Ryzen processors, specifically a Ryzen 7 3700X. Graphics are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card supporting Ray-tracing technology. This machine is also available with a pre-installed Elgato 4K60 PRO capture card for content creators looking to record or stream their gameplay.
Other features include 16GB of 3200 MHz Vengeance RGB Pro memory, Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU cooler, and RM750 80 Plus Gold-rated power. The Vengeance i4200 is the Intel system featuring a Core i7 10700KF processor featuring eight-cores and operating at up to 5.1 GHz. That machine uses NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super and can be fitted with 16GB or 32GB of the same RAM. It also features the H60 liquid cooling system and an RM750 power supply.
Corsair has announced a new version of its compact gaming PC, the Corsair One. This version is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors and is called the Corsair One a100. Corsair pairs the third-generation AMD Ryzen 3000 processor with GeForce RTX graphics from NVIDIA and a bunch of other premium Corsair products. Corsair is well known for making RAM, cooling, and storage products.
One of the key design features of the Corsair One a100 is that it delivers productivity for content creation and "an extraordinary gaming experience" and refined chassis that takes up less that space the laptop. The machine will come in three configurations, each using the Ryzen 3000 Series processor ranging from the 12 core, 24-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3900X to the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X processor.
Graphics can be handled by up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU. Other hardware features include 32GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200 MHz DDR4 memory, optimized explicitly for the AMD processor. Storage is to a Force MP600 NVMe M.2 SSD. The hallmark of the line is the small chassis that Corsair says is 25% the volume of a conventional desktop PC.
Earlier this week, we mentioned that rumors are going around, suggesting Apple would be unveiling a new iMac that had a design similar to the iPad Pro at WWDC 2020. The rumor claimed that the new iMac would have bezels similar to the Pro display. The new machine is also reportedly to feature a T2 chip, AMD Navi GPU, and to ditch the Fusion Drive.
No Fusion Drive means that the iMac will go all SSD for storage. More weight has been added to the revamped iMac rumor with Apple pushing the ship date of the 27-inch iMac computer until after WWDC 2020 later this month. That suggests that the new machines will be ready to ship on June 22 when they're expected to be announced.
Something interesting is that ship times for the smaller 21.5-inch iMac haven't been changed. That suggests either the smaller machine won't be updated or Apple simply has more of them on hand than it did the larger machine. Either way, Apple iMac fans should be excited as this is even more evidence that refreshed machines are coming.
Apple has always been very big on the design of its products, and as such, it's made some beautiful gear over the years. One of its more attractive products is the new line of iPad Pro tablets that are almost all screen on the front. A new rumor is going around that says when WWDC 2020 kicks off later this month, one of the new products that will be unveiled is a new iMac that has style reminiscent of the current iPad Pro.
A past rumor has suggested that Apple will officially unveil new ARM-powered Macs at WWDC 2020. The rumor of the redesigned iMac comes from leaker Sonny Dickson. The rumor says that the new iMac will have Pro Display-like bezels, a T2 chip, AMD NAVI GPU, and will ditch the Fusion Drive.
Eliminating the Fusion Drive means that there will be no more hybrid storage inside the iMac. Instead, the new iMac is expected to use flash storage exclusively. iMac fans should be thrilled at this rumor as the machine hasn't been updated in over a year. Other rumors have suggested that an updated iMac was coming.
ASUS has just unveiled its new pre-built gaming PC in the ROG Strix PG35, which packs some seriously high-end specs.
We're looking at Intel's new Core i9-10900KF processor offering 10 cores and 20 threads of CPU power, with ASUS using its own ROG Strix Z490 series motherboard, and custom AIO liquid cooling system to keep it cool.
ASUS is using the flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card, Aura Sync RGB lighting throughout, Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5GbE network connectivity, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and a super-fast 1TB NVMe SSD with a 2TB storage SSD.