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Alienware's new Aurura R9 desktop looks like it's from another world

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 19, 2019 @ 20:16 CDT

Alienware has just unveiled its new Aurora R9 desktop today with a super-sleek, rounded aesthetic that looks out of this world. The new look is part of an extension to Alienware's "Legend" design that started earlier this year with the Area-51m.


With the Aurora R9 desktop PC, we have an awesome-looking system that doesn't look too crazy, but it definitely stands out. The entire front is curved, and looks like a Dyson bladeless fan, except there's a hardcore gaming PC inside of it. It can be specced pretty high, up to the RTX 2080 Ti and 64GB RAM.

Alienware says that it built the new Aurora R9 with improved airflow in mind, so the new rig has been built with less obstruction than the previous design meaning airflow increases leading to cooler temps. Alienware says these changes have reduced temps by 8% which is not bad at all.

This new PC would go beautifully with the Alienware 55-inch 4K 120Hz OLED gaming monitor that goes on sale September 30 for $4000, the design aesthetics between Alienware's new products is really impressive.

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Intel Quartz Canyon NUC crams in Xeon CPU, high-end GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 11, 2019 @ 21:16 CDT

Intel has a new mobile NUC workstation kit in the works with its new "Quartz Canyon" NUC, with FanlessTech reporting on the new Zeon-powered NUC that supports high-end graphics cards.


The new Intel Quartz Canyon NUC supports up to an 8-core Xeon-E and 9th-gen Core i7 vPro processor, as well as high-end graphics cards that would normally go into a high-end PC. The tiny size will attract a large userbase, offering high-end desktop performance in a portable carry-with-you size.

It's also packed with a bunch of connect ivity and features including dual Thunderbolt 3 connectors, dual Ethernet ports, Intel Optane and ECC RAM support. Intel is also including a 500W power supply to get it all juiced, as well as 2.4Gbps Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

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Intel's next-gen NUC is a BEAST, arrives in 2021 with 10nm+

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 11, 2019 @ 20:08 CDT

Intel is preparing its next-gen Phantom Canyon NUC systems that will pack the next-gen Tiger Lake CPUs, and they should be quite the mini powerhouses judging by these specs.


We're told to expect some Tiger Lake-U processors with up to TDP of up to 28W, PCIe 4.0 x4 support for super-fast SSDs, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060 graphics card. This would be absolutely perfect for most gamers, and anything less can be done through a Thunderbolt 3-powered external graphics card.

Inside, you should be able to equip a new Phantom Canyon NUC (seriously, that name is awesome) with 64GB of DDR4 at up to 2400MHz, while faster 2666MHz memory will be limited to 32GB. There should be 2 x M.2 slots, 2.5+1GbE ports, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, and more.

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Custom SNES PC spotted at QuakeCon 2019

By: Derek Strickland | Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 29, 2019 @ 14:58 CDT

Every year thousands of fans gather to celebrate id's FPS legacy, and bring their stylish and crazy builds to the BYOC floor event.


Quakecon started off as the world's largest LAN party, and after 24 years, it's still going strong. This year's show celebrates 25 years of DOOM's legacy, and saw lots of creative custom PC builds including a rad SNES with an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC stuck out of the top (talk about 16 bit power!).

Other builds include a Nuka Cola vending machine, a rad industrial liquid-cooled setup that looks straight out of Quake 4, a PC with a huge Spider Mastermind at the top, a BFG build, and a super-slim PC that glows lime green in a blacklight. Someone even brought their old-school Compaq from the 1990s.

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Origin showcases custom Miami Vice PC at IEM Chicago

By: Derek Strickland | Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 28, 2019 @ 15:24 CDT

Origin brought a flamboyant customized rig that matches insane power with stylish flair to IEM Chicago.


Origin PC is known for their crazy exotic builds--they recently jammed a PS4, Xbox One, Switch and a PC into the same water-cooled box--and the company had some nice builds to show off at IEM Chicago. The most interesting was the Origin Vice custom rig, which sported some rather ludicrous high-end hardware including two water-cooled NVIDIA RTX 2080 Tis in NVLink and the $1,000+ Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme CPU.

The Origin Vice build had a nice stylized paintjob that brings to mind Miami's brilliant sunsets, and had fluid RGB lighting for that 80's neon vibe. Built in Origin's flexible and roomy Genesis case, the rig looked screamed enthusiast gaming at every turn.

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Trump gives Apple the finger, says 'make them in the USA'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 27, 2019 @ 0:19 CDT

Trump has blasted Apple on Twitter today, with POTUS saying that he would not grant the company a tariff waiver for its new Mac Pro.

A few weeks ago, Apple petitioned the Office of the United States Trade Representative for an exception for its new Mac Pro, after they had decided on moving production out of the USA from Texas, to China. The tariff that Apple is expected to pay is a 25% duty tax on both select components, and parts.

Trump tweeted: "Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!" Trump has previously said that exemptions would be made if companies, like Apple, could show that important parts of the products can only be sourced from China if they're deemed not to be "strategically important".

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New $55 Raspberry Pi 4: 4GB of RAM, dual-monitor support

By: Derek Strickland | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 24, 2019 @ 19:27 CDT

The new Raspberry Pi 4 was announced today, bringing even more potency to the ultra-versatile tiny desktop computer.


The Raspberry Pi has been upgraded with a few new bells and whistles. Major new features include dual video output via two HDMI micro connectors and USB Type-C power connector, allowing for an extra 500mA of current. The flavorful mini-PC comes in three LPDDR4 memory flavors and price points: 1GB for $35, 2GB for $45, and a nice 4GB option for $55.

The new Raspberry Pi 4 sports a beefier 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortext CPU for roughly three times the performance, two USB 3.0 ports alongside two USB 2.0 ports, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

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Apple best-specced Mac Pro could cost up to $50,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 3, 2019 @ 20:56 CDT

Apple has just unveiled its new Mac Pro and holy balls it is a beast when fully-specced. The bare minimum Mac Pro will begin at an already high price of $6000, but the company was mum on the highest-end specs of its new PC.

The base model Mac Pro includes up to a 28-core Intel CPU and support for up to a huge 1.5TB of RAM (12 x 128GB DIMMs) as well as the world's most powerful graphics card courtesy of AMD in the new Radeon Pro Vega II. It is one of the most amazing PCs ever built, and that is coming from someone like me who is quite anti-Mac and super-enthusiast. Holy balls this PC is amazing though, there's no doubt about it.

Let's break it down into its specs:

Base Specs:

CPU: Intel Xeon W - 8 cores @ 3.5GHz

RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB)

GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 580X

Video Processing Hardware: N/A


Top Specs:

CPU: Intel Xeon W - 28 cores @ 2.5GHz

RAM: 128GB (12 x 128GB DIMMs)

GPU: AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo (dual-GPU)

Video Processing Hardware: Afterburner + ProRes and ProRes RAW accelerator card


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Overclockers UK unveils $43,000 gaming PC: 8Pack Orion X2

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 21, 2019 @ 21:29 CST

Overclocker '8PACK' is making headlines today with Overclockers UK unveiling his new 8Pack Orion X2 rig that costs an insane $43,000. What do you get for close to $50K? Well, not one but two damn powerful rigs with some absolutely beautiful custom watercooling and craftsmanship.

The new 8Pack Orion X2 is a dual-system with a fully custom watercooling system inside of the Phanteks Elite Full Tower PC, packing an Intel Core i9-7980XE processor (18C/36T) overclocked to a minimum of 4.6GHz. 8Pack has designed what Overclockers UK explain, and I would have to agree with, one of the "most complex and efficient custom watercooling systems ever installed in a PC".

TBoth of the systems are powered by a power splitter from the 8Pack Edition Super Flower Leadex power supply which provides 2000W of power to the systems, alongside 80Plus Platinum Certification.

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ASUS ROG Mothership: 17-inch Surface Pro style PC for gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2019 @ 20:02 CST

CES 2019 - ASUS has had some huge reveals at CES 2019 so far but one of the most radical changes to their gaming line up would have to be the new, and very awesomely named ROG Mothership. The new ROG Mothership is a Microsoft Surface Pro style gaming laptop with some ridiculous specs.


The new ASUS ROG Mothership arrives as a huge 17.3-inch tablet with a Surface-style hinge at the back, with a native 1920x1080 panel at 144Hz, with 3ms response and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Inside, there is the Intel Core i9-9850HK processor and NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics both of which are overclocked and ready to game at 1080p 144FPS with G-Sync.


There's up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM inside, with 3 x NVMe SSDs in RAID0 for some ultimate speed, Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, normal USB-C port, 4 x USB Type-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and an SD card slot. This is joined by truly insane dual 280W charging ports, since this laptop is pretty much an on-the-go-kinda-I-guess desktop gaming PC specs. ASUS has also included Windows Hello facial recognition support for its built-in webcam, making it easier than ever to get to your desktop and start gaming.

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