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MAINGEAR teams with deadmau5 for the best custom gaming PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

MAINGEAR Is making some truly gigantic moves in the last few months, with their latest news probably the biggest - the boutique PC maker has teamed with Joel Zimmerman, otherwise known as deadmau5 as an "advisor and investor" to the company.

 

 

He joins MAINGEAR in a time before vertical take off, with deadmau5 himself explaining: "I first found MAINGEAR when looking for a high-end PC for my studio, and started as a customer first. I became a huge fan. Since then MAINGEAR has powered all of my projects including, my recently released "where's the drop?". As a gamer at heart I'm a big believer that the future of PC gaming and eSports has amazing potential for growth. It was obvious to pick MAINGEAR as my first investment in the space and with MAINGEAR's crowd raise you can invest as well".

 

What will deadmau5 bring to the table? Well, he hopes to help guide the future of PC gaming with MAINGEAR by advising the company on future products and projects.

 

MAINGEAR CEO and founder Wallace Santos spoke about the collaboration, with Santos saying: "It doesn't get more authentic than working with deadmau5. He's an amazing artist, hardcore gamer, MAINGEAR customer, and is one of the most technically driven people I have ever met".

 

I reached out to Wallace and he said: "We're in the process of building something beautiful and I couldn't be happier with our accomplishments. Bringing on deadmau5 as an advisor and investor and opening up MAINGEAR for equity is going to allow to continue kicking ass in PC gaming".

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Dell's new Ryzen/Vega-based laptops have a MECHANICAL HDD?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 7, 2018 5:32 am

Dell has just unveiled their refreshed Inspiron 17 5000-series laptops, which are powered with the latest and greatest APUs from AMD in the form of Raven Ridge.

 

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The new Inspiron 17 5000-series come in a few different flavors with AMD's new Ryzen 3 2200U or Ryzen 5 2500U, with both versions packing a 17.3-inch 1080p TN-based display. Inside, there's up to 32GB of RAM, USB 2.0/3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4b output, 3-in-1 SD card reader, fingerprint sensor, and a tray-loading DVD-RW drive.

 

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The strange thing here is that while Dell's new Inspiron 17 5000-series laptops rock AMD's latest Ryzen/Vega Mobile technology, it packs a 1/2TB 5400RPM (!!!) mechanical SATA HDD. 5400RPM! You know, the now super-slow throwback to the mid-2000s 5400RPM mechanical HDD.

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Corsair One updated, now packs an Intel Core i7-8700K CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 16, 2018 12:26 am

Corsair has made some changes to its all-in-one gaming PC, with the refreshed Corsair One now capable of being configured with Intel's latest Coffee Lake CPUs, including the ridiculously fast Core i7-8700K.

 

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Some other changes include an upgrade to the motherboard, where Corsair has switched things up with the refreshed Z370 chipset. Other than that, there's not much changed inside; so we still have two models in the Corsair One Elite, and Corsair One Pro Plus.

 

The Corsair One Pro Plus rocks the Intel Core i7-8700K (6C/12T), 16GB of DDR4-2666, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 480GB NVMe SSD and 2TB HDD. The higher-end Elite model upgrades the RAM to 32GB, but includes everything else the Pro Plus comes with.

 

Corsair is starting the price of the One Pro Plus at $2800, while the Elite model costs $3000.

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MAINGEAR's new F131 gaming PC: handles dual TITAN V cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2018 6:04 am

CES 2018 - MAINGEAR has unveiled their beautiful and beyond beasty new F131 Gaming Desktop with exclusive APEX Cooling, which looks absolutely delicious.

 

 

The company has packed the new F131 gaming PC with some of the latest and greatest technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and others. MAINGEAR has included support for the latest GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA, while supporting AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper (up to 16C/32T) and Intel's best Core i9-7980XE with 18C/36T.

 

Don't worry if you're a multi-tasker or serious workstation user, MAINGEAR provides plenty of storage options alongside up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM.

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Digital Storm reveals enthusiast SFF PC Project Spark

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 9, 2018 11:31 pm

CES 2018 - Digital Storm's new Project Spark is the company's smallest mighty PC yet.

 

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Project Spark might be small, but it can pack some serious enthusiast-grade power. The system comes with a customized liquid cooling solution that can optimize heat levels for discrete graphics cards up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and an Intel Core-i7 8700K CPU.

 

Interestingly enough, Project Spark utilizes a new Micro STX platform to ensure a small footprint (Digital Storm says the build can deliver "the performance of a full-size desktop at a quarter of the size.") The small-yet-beefy Project Spark also comes with three M.2 storage slots, an MXM slot for discrete graphics cards, and a SATA 6Gb/second port.

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Intel's next-gen NUC features Radeon RX Vega M graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 8, 2018 6:50 am

CES 2018 - Now that Intel's relationship with AMD has reached this point, with the company unveiling their next-gen Core processors powered by Radeon RX Vega M graphics, and snagging Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri in the process, we can get on with the awesome product announcements.

 

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Intel hasn't just announced a new Core processor range with Radeon graphics, it has also unveiled their latest NUC that is the smallest VR-capable PC, ever.

 

Intel's new NUC is codenamed Hades Canyon, which is a bit thicker and taller than its predecessor, Skull Canyon, released in 2016. The new Hades Canyon NUC comes in two different versions, with the flagship model rocking the Core i7-8809G processor and more powerful Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics, with the CPU clocking in at 3.1GHz base and 4.2GHz boost.

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iMac Pro will feature A10 chip for always-on 'Hey Siri'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:51 am

Apple's new iMac Pro is right around the corner, but now we're hearing that it will feature Apple's own mobile A10 Fusion processor that will be used for always-on 'Hey Siri' functionality.

 

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The use of the A10 Fusion mobile processor is a first for Apple, but it isn't all sunshine and rainbows according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who took to Twitter to say that the A10 "Seems to handle the macOS boot & security process, as expected; iMac Pro lets Apple experiment with tighter control without the rest of the userbase freaking out". The developer added that unlike the Touch Bar, the inclusion of the A10 processors means the new iMac Pro might "always be running, even when macOS is shut down".

 

 

Furthermore, the developer adds that it "looks like the A10 in the iMac Pro is what boots up the x86 and passes it an EFI firmware to load. One could say that the x86 is the coprocessor, and the A10 is in control...".

 

This is just the beginning of Apple's even-taller walled garden, with a mobile processors that is always-on inside of your expensive new PC that should be off, when it's off... is a step in the wrong direction. I'm sure there will be absolutely no way to disable the always-on A10 Fusion processor, because we're talking about Apple here.

MSI set to release Infinite X high-end gaming desktop PC

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:28 am

MSI is expanding their Infinite Gaming Desktop series to include Intel's 8th generation Core Processors with the MSI Infinite X. The MSI Infinite X takes MSI's desktop gaming series to the next level, with i7-8700K processor, up to 64GB DDR-2400Mhz memory and MSI's own graphic cards- no boring, sub-par performing reference cards.

 

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The Infinite X is targeting high-end gaming performance with the added potential of overclocking. MSI have included their exclusive Silent Storm Cooling 3 thermal design, this multiple-chamber design allows for efficient cooling when overclocking using MSI software. Regarding storage, the Infinite X can house 2x 3.5" HDD, 1x 2.5" SSD and 2x M.2 SSD, the perfect all-round solution.

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HP's new Z8 workstation: 56C/112T, 3TB RAM, 1700W PSU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 16, 2017 1:09 am

HP has just unveiled its new and improved dual-processor Z8 workstation PCs, with the new machines boasting two Intel Skylake-SP Xeon CPUs with 56C/112T, up to 3TB of DDR4 RAM, mega loads of storage, and 9 x PCIe 3.0 slots, oh and 10GbE networking.

 

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HP's new Z8 workstations will be some of the best off-the-shelf (can I even say that with everything online these days) PCs you can buy, which is a dying breed with so much moving into the cloud and into supercomputers, and even the growing power of quantum computing with companies like D-Wave.

 

Inside of the new HP Z8 workstation PC are 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors with 28C/56T of CPU power in total, both rocking 205W TDP each. This means 410W of heat needs to be moved from the CPUs alone, so HP has put some engineering efforts into the Z8 workstation so that the company didn't need to rely on liquid cooling.

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ZOTAC release ZBOX MAGNUS EK and ER Gaming Mini PCs

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 10:21 am

ZOTAC are well known for their impressive Mini PCs and have continued to push innovation, this time with the all-new MAGNUS EK and ER range Mini Gaming PCs. That's correct, the first Mini PCs ever to be built with desktop sized graphics cards. These VR ready Mini PCs are available with a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070.

 

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The EK Mini PC features a 7th Gen Intel Core quad-core processor and includes the revolutionary Intel Optane memory that enables SSD like performance while the MAGNUS ER series is the first Mini PC to feature an AMD Ryzen processor. Both options feature support for 32GB DDR4-2400MHz memory, 2.5" and M.2 SSD support and smart thermal design to allow for amazing cooling properties.

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