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Acer revealed a new laptop that is sure to pique the interest of sports car fans. The new Porsche Design Acer Book RS features cutting-edge components, including Intel's Evo platform with 11th gen Core processors. And as the name suggests, Porsche, the famous sports car brand, had a hand at designing it.
The new Porsche Design Acer Book RS features an all-metal chassis, a unibody hinge, with a carbon fibre cover. It also includes a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen made of antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. The display supports 100% sRGB color and produces 340 nits of brightness.
The Porsche Design Acer Book RS will not crush any gaming records. The system is set up well for productivity, though, with the latest Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics. Acer Book RS computers come equipped with up to a 1TB of PCIe SSD.
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card is finally here (our review on the RTX 3090 FE, and MSI's custom RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO) but Maingear's new SFF gaming PC is something you need to check out.
Maingear's new Turbo line of gaming PCs is a small form factor family (SFF) of rigs that have the company's hand-crafted APEX liquid cooling. This means it can keep the CPU (both Intel and AMD's latest chips) as well as NVIDIA's new 8K monster GeForce RTX 3090 nice and chilled under water cooling.
CEO of Maingear, Wallas Santos, explained: "Paired with our hand-crafted revolutionary APEX liquid cooling and custom desktop designs, our new line of gaming PCs deliver the most performance that we have ever offered. When equipped with the incredible RTX 3090, our Turbo desktop in particular truly transforms into an unbeatable small-form-factor beast unlike any other pre-built on the market".
ASRock Industrial today introduced a new series of mini PCs that packs a lot more power than you would expect for a business computer. The new 4x4 BOX-4000 series offers Ryzen 4000 APUs with built-in Vega graphics.
ASRock's new line of workplace mini PCs are a lot more powerful that the average office computer. These compact systems feature AMD's mobile Ryzen 4000 CPUs, which you can get in Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U, or Ryzen 7 4800U flavours.
Each option includes a 7 CUs of Vega 7 graphics to handle all your display needs, including support for up to four displays with one DisplayPort 1.2a, one HDMI 2.0a, and two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C ports that support DP1.2a. Each output can drive a 4K panel at 60Hz, which would give you a tremendous amount of desktop space to work with.
Following NVIDIA's bombshell reveal of the RTX 30 series graphics cards, Acer announced that it would soon offer preconfigured Predator Orion gaming desktop computers with RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 graphics card options.
Acer's Predator Orion lineup includes three models that represent different price points. The Predator Orion 9000 is the high-end option, which supports Intel's Core i9-10980XE Extreme-Edition. These systems will support up to NVIDIA's top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card.
The mid-tier Predator Orion 5000 is not quite as powerful as the 9000-series, but these systems are no slouches. The Predator Orion 5000 machines come equipped with the slightly more pedestrian Intel Core i9-10900K processor. Acer will drop any RTX 30 series card into one of these, including extreme RTX 3090.
NZXT has just surprised with a single step right before Microsoft and Sony release their next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles -- a new trio of pre-built gaming PCs guaranteeing 60FPS gaming.
The new StarterPC pre-built computers start at $699, with the introductory model packing an Intel Core i3-9100F, 8GB of RAM, MSI GeForce GTX 1650 D6 Ventus XS OC, and 512GB of Intel 660p M.2 SSD storage. The step up from there is $200 more at $899, with a faster Core i5-9400F, 16GB RAM, MSI GTX 1660 SUPER Ventus XS 6G OC and the same SSD.
Up from there is another $100 from the StarterPlus, with the StarterPro priced at $999 -- it rocks the same Core i5-9400F processor, upgraded MSI GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS 6G OC, and larger 1TB of Intel 665p M.2 SSD.
The systems are upgradeable, so it's not like you buy the StarterPC and are stuck without being able to upgrade it. NZXT chief executive Johnny Hou explains: "Building a gaming PC can be very difficult for beginners. Not everyone wants to take the time needed to fully understand how to configure and build a system. They just want to play their favorite games".
Lenovo has just unveiled a bunch of new gaming laptops and desktops in its Legion gaming brand, with a pretty kick ass new Legion Tower 5 gaming PC.
The new Lenovo Legion Tower 5 can be configured with some seriously powerful hardware, with the system starting at $830. From there, you can configure it with kick ass hardware like AMD's new Ryzen 9 3950X processor and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics card.
Lenovo lets you option up to 128GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, up to 2 x 1TB PCIe SSDs and even 2 x 2TB 3.5-inch HDDs for storage.
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.