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

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2019 12:27 am

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 | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 4, 2019 1:56 am

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 | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 22, 2019 3:29 am

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 | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 8, 2019 2:02 am

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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Corsair's new One Pro all-in-one PC now rocks GeForce RTX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 7, 2019 6:55 am

CES 2019 - Corsair is getting out ahead of the crowd with its unveiling of a new One Pro i180 Compact Workstation PC, which can now be tricked out with an Intel Core i9-9920X processor with 6C/12T and up to 4.5GHz, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.



Inside, the Core i9 + RTX 2080 Ti can be configured with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 960GB M.2 SSD and 2TB HDD. Corsair is known for its RGB goodness, so the new workstation ships with RGB lighting which looks great, and its iCUE app so that you can control it.


Corsair One Pro i180 Tech Specs:


  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9920X (6C/12T)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • RAM: 32GB (4x8) DDR4-2666
  • Cooling: Liquid GPU/CPU
  • Storage 1: 960GB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Storage 2: 2TB 2.5-inch 5400RPM HDD
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Weight: 7.38kg (16.2 pounds)
  • Price: $4999

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HP gets into holiday spirit with big discounts on products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 21, 2018 12:25 pm

HP is getting into the holiday spirit with some big sales on a range of their products, with notebooks, printers and full desktops all on special. It ranges between their touch-capable notebooks through to more powerful desktops, right up to the gaming-focused Omen X by HP machines, all discounted for Christmas.




First up is the HP Envy 17 which is a larger-than-life 17-inch laptop where in a world dominated by smaller 15.6-inch panels, HP includes a 4K display on the 17-inch laptop and normally ships for $1799. HP's special drops the 17-inch Envy to just $1199, a discount of a rather large $600. There aren't many 17-inch notebooks on the market so if you're in the market for one, saving $600 on HP's Envy 17 would be a good start.


  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce MX150 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • 16 GB memory; 512 GB SSD storage
  • 17.3" diagonal 4K display


If you're after a small laptop then there's the HP Spectre X360 laptop which features a smaller 13-inch panel, but hefty Core i7 processor, up to 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage. This all usually costs $1429, but HP is discounting the laptop to $1179 during the holidays.

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Microsoft's refreshed Surface Studio 2 costs up to $4799

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 3, 2018 1:55 am

Can you believe it has been close to two years since Microsoft revealed its first all-in-one desktop? The Surface Studio has been here for a while now, and at its latest event, Microsoft revealed the new Surface Pro 2 system.



The revamped Surface Studio 2 might not look that different from the outside, but there is a lot of new things going on under the hood. There are upgraded NVIDIA Pascal-based graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD, and much more. Microsoft says this is the fastest Surface ever. The GPUs inside of the new Surface Studio 2 will include options for a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and GTX 1070.


The same 28-inch display is here but this time Surface Studio 2 is 38% brighter, and has 22% more contrast. This is because Microsoft used a new LCD and oxide transistor technology. Microsoft has added USB-C support and Surface Dial integration with the new Surface Studio 2 including the latest and greatest Surface Pen.

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Acer Predator X: dual Xeon CPUs, dual Quadro RTX 8000, $50K+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 29, 2018 11:16 am

Acer has been pushing its Predator gaming brand for a couple of years now with mixed success in the gaming PC market, but now it is entering a totally new market with its new Predator X brand which is destined to most likely not even make a scratch on the dual-CPU workstation market.




The new Predator X series was just unveiled at IFA 2018 and comes as a 2 x Intel Xeon 8180 system (these processors cost over $10,000 each), 192GB of ECC RDIMM, 2 x NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 (these also cost $10,000 each), then a mix of storage, PSU and other bits and pieces for what will most likely cost over $50,000. The system is being built for the next-gen CPUs from Intel that will arrive in the form of the Cascade Lake-SP family.


The system seems totally out of control when it comes to insane specs and equally questionable price of $50,000+ on components alone, whether Acer can sustain itself with these systems. If they're made-to-order then the company might be okay, but if they're ready on shelves and don't fly off them... Acer could have millions of dollars of unsold systems with components that are highly sought after, especially the new Quadro RTX 8000 cards.

Acer Predator Orion 5000 desktop PC: 8700K, GTX 1080 Ti SLI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 31, 2018 2:31 am

Acer has just unveiled its new Predator Orion 5000 series gaming desktops, which can be configured with some seriously fast PC hardware that will ensure you can play any game on the market, at any resolution and frame rate.




Acer's new Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktops can be configured with Intel's latest Core i7-8700K, 32GB of Intel Optane memory, and up to 2-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, just in case 4K 144Hz HDR gaming was on your wish list.




Jeff Lee, the GM of Stationary Computing for Acer's IT Products Business explains: "Getting the specs right is just half the fight. Predator Orion desktops provide a well-rounded choice for gamers with a striking chassis, built-in airflow management, expandability, and award-winning software that brings everything together, we're excited to add the new 5000 and 3000 series to the Predator Orion family, and together with the top-of-the-line Predator Orion 9000, Acer is providing a full lineup of gaming desktops that cater to a wide range of needs".

MAINGEAR teams with deadmau5 for the best custom gaming PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 16, 2018 11:05 pm

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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