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

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

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.




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.




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.




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.




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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ZOTAC unveils new ZBOX mini PC systems

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2017 3:00 pm

Zotac have today announced two groundbreaking additions to their mini PC catalog, the ZBOX MI553 and the ZBOX PI225. These mini PCs are customized to contemporary users' needs and equipped with the latest technology.




"Both ZBOX MI553 and PI255 inherit the defining features of their predecessors, and perhaps employ the most ambitious designs and features yet in a Mini PC. We want to make sure users can enjoy a simple and fast computing experience." Said Chinny Chuang, ZOTAC Global Director of Marketing.


The ZBOX MI553 features a 7th Gen Intel Core processor, revolutionary Optane memory technology, Thunderbolt 3 and is professionally dressed for the office and home environments. Also featuring the largest surface-area of ventilation ever in a mini PC, the all-new ZBOX MI553 is the perfect choice for style, performance and aesthetics.

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Acer drop the Predator Orion 9000 at IFA

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 31, 2017 11:36 am

The Acer Predator name is iconic within the gaming enthusiast industry. This trend continues, with Acer today announcing at their IFA press conference, the Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktop.



"The Predator Orion 9000 is the most powerful PC we've ever made," said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Products Business, Acer. "With 4-way graphics and 18-core processors, it is a platform that takes gamers and intense graphic users beyond their dreams."




As expected, there is PLENTY of power under the black-and-silver spacecraft-like exterior, Acer have included Intel's Core i9 Extreme Edition 18 core/36 thread processor and up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory to ensure performance is never an issue.

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Corsair One updated: GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB RAM, up to $2899

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 7, 2017 1:46 am

Corsair surprised gamers earlier this year with their SFF gaming PC, Corsair ONE, and have since updated it with some new hardware. The new Corsair ONE PRO includes a Core i7-7700K with liquid cooling, the option for either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, and new GPU options.




The new Corsair ONE PRO starts at $2299 with the GeForce GTX 1080 w/LCS, 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, a 480GB NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD, and the options of a 400W PSU for $2299, while there's a $2699 model with the same innards but the GTX 1080 Ti w/LCS. Lastly, there's the $2899 model that includes the faster GTX 1080 Ti w/LCS but bumps up the RAM to 32GB, and includes a 500W PSU.


Corsair worked with MSI on th e GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which sees the GPU clocked at 100MHz higher than NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. The PSU itself is a 500W 80 Plus Gold PSU from Corsair, while the 32GB of RAM is Corsair's own Vengeance LPX RAM. Motherboard wise, Corsair includes an board based on Intel's Z270 chipset, with a custom SFX PSU that features just a single fan.

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USB 3.2 announced, packs double the bandwidth of USB 3.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 26, 2017 7:48 am

USB 3.2 is on its way, with the official USB 3.0 Promotor Group that is a team effort between Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, have announced the USB 3.2 specification.




USB 3.2 is an exciting leap over USB 3.1, with USB 3.2 being an incremental upgrade that will define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C already supports multi-lane operation, but USB 3.2 makes it easier by allowing hosts and devices to be created as multi-lane solutions, which will provide 2 x 5Gbps lanes, or two lanes at 10Gbps each.


The current-gen USB 3.1 cables can only drive 10Gbps, but this new upgrade will see USB 3.2 to USB 3.2 devices have up to 2GB/sec of bandwidth. USB 3.2 cables will be backwards compatible with other USB devices, with USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman, Brad Saunders, explaining: "When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed. The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance".

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Orwl PC is a new PC that self destructs if it's hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 1:32 am

With all of the stories of companies, personal computers, and everything in between being hacked by the uber-brains in North Korea and Russia (using tools US taxpayers' paid for by the alphabet government agencies that made the tools in the first place) - securing your PC has become a very real thing you should be doing.




This is where Orwl PC steps up to the plate, which has some of the best security you can buy. It's protected even from physical hacking, as the PC has an awesome self destructing feature that will wipe the PC completely clean of your data, if someone physically tries to break into it. It comes with either Windows, Ubuntu, or Qubes OS pre-installed - on top of a bunch of seriously powerful security specs.


We're talking about protection about UEFI and DMA hacks, as well as USB-based exploits, reports BGR. There's even a special key fob that is based on NFC that verifies the user that wants to use the Orwl PC, and if you walk away from your PC with the key fob in your pocket, the Orwl PC will lock its USB ports down from any potential hacking.


If you need a super-secure PC, Orwl is shipping its PCs later this year starting at $1699.

Dell announces Alienware Area-51 with AMD ThreadRipper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2017 3:02 am

This is big news: Dell has confirmed they are the OEM exclusive partner for AMD's upcoming 12C/24T and 16C/32T parts in their upcoming Ryzen ThreadRipper CPU range.




Dell will be pumping out systems with Alienware and their upcoming Area-51 ThreadRipper Edition gaming PC that will rock up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM (2667/2933MHz), a bunch of GPU configurations including the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 570/580, and GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI. I'm sure there'll also be some Radeon RX Vega graphics card configurations once the Vega-based GPUs launch in August.


All systems will include fully unlocked, factory overclocked on all CPU cores and liquid cooled Ryzen ThreadRipper CPUs, with options for dual- and triple-GPU configurations and super-fast M.2 storage. Dell will also be selling Alienware Area-51 gaming PCs with Intel's new Core i7 and Core i9 processors, but Intel is locked out at anything more than 10C/20T. Intel will be offering their Core i7-7800X (6C/12T @ 4GHz), Core i7-7820X (8C/16T @ 4.5GHz), and Core i9-7900X (10C/20T @ 4.5GHz).