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Apple releases the macOS Sonoma 14.5 Release Candidate as a public launch nears

Oliver Haslam | May 9, 2024 1:30 PM CDT

Apple has been beta testing the macOS Sonoma 14.5 update for a few weeks now, giving developers and public beta program testers the chance to put it through its paces. Apple hasn't yet confirmed when it will be released to the public, but the expectation is that it will arrive within the next few weeks. That's now become more likely than ever before after Apple made the first Release Candidate version of the update available for download by developers.

Apple releases the macOS Sonoma 14.5 Release Candidate as a public launch nears

This Release Candidate suggests that Apple is almost ready to make the macOS Sonoma 14.5 update available for download by Mac owners around the globe, although it's possible we will see one or two more Release Dancidates made available depending on whether there are any new issues identified by testers.

Perhaps most notable however is the news that Apple has shared details of what people can expect from the big update when it does finally become available for Mac owners. Apple doesn't often share release notes for beta updates depending on the platform and the features it expects to ship, but this Release Candidate does have a release note available for our perusal.

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Minisforum S100 is a compact Mini PC powered by USB or Ethernet cable

Kosta Andreadis | May 9, 2024 1:56 AM CDT

The new Minisforum S100 is a pocket-sized mini PC (that looks like a portable tape recorder from the 1990s) powered by Intel's N100 Alder Lake-N processor. This 6W quad-core chip lacks capabilities like HyperThreading.

Minisforum S100 is a compact Mini PC powered by USB or Ethernet cable

However, 6W for a CPU is not a lot of power at all, and with a boost clock speed of 3.4 GHz, 8GB of LPDDR5-4800 memory, and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage (with read and write speeds of up to 850 MB/s and 260 MB/s, respectively), it's low enough that the Minisforum S100 doesn't need to be connected to a wall socket to fire up.

How does the Minisforum S100 draw power? You have two options: use the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port (an adapter is included) or the 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port that supports powered Ethernet. The latter solution means the Minisforum S100 can get power and data from a single cable. In addition, the Minisforum S100 comes equipped with Windows 11 and can output up to 4K.

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Minisforum AtomMan X7 Ti Mini-PC: Core Ultra 9 185H CPU, touchscreen, video camera, OCulink

Anthony Garreffa | May 8, 2024 7:51 PM CDT

Minisforum is gearing up to launch its new AtomMan X7 Ti Mini-PC, featuring an Intel Core Ultra 9 185H "Meteor Lake" CPU, a built-in 4-inch touchscreen, OCulink connectivity, and so much more.

Minisforum AtomMan X7 Ti Mini-PC: Core Ultra 9 185H CPU, touchscreen, video camera, OCulink

First off, the AtomMan brand from Minisforum is something new, aimed at the Mini-PC market and offering something different than what we've seen over the years. Inside, the new AtomMan X7 Ti features some high-end components, including Intel's flagship Meteor Lake CPU with the Core Ultra 9 185H.

Minisforum's new AtomMan X7 Ti Mini-PC is the first product to feature an Intel Meteor Lake CPU and the new Dynamic Screen, a 4-inch touchscreen that shows system monitoring information like real-time temperature monitoring, CPU, GPU, SSD usage, and more.

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CORSAIR ONE i500 PC officially unveiled, a compact, stylish wood-paneled RTX 4090 beast

Kosta Andreadis | May 6, 2024 11:57 PM CDT

'Compact without compromise' is how Corsair describes its new CORSAIR ONE i500 PC, a stylish new off-the-shelf desktop rig sporting 'real wood panels.' With full liquid cooling and GeForce RTX 4090 level graphics, it can be customized with up to 192GB of DDR5 memory and 24TB of storage to make it an absolute monster.

CORSAIR ONE i500 PC officially unveiled, a compact, stylish wood-paneled RTX 4090 beast

We've reported on the CORSAIR ONE i500 PC a couple of times in the past week, covering a teaser and a premature retail listing for the new PC. Today, the official announcement from Corsair offers full specs and details on the rig - confirming that both the RTX 4090 GPU and the Intel Core i9-14900K processor in this beast are liquid-cooled to shrink the overall size down by up to 30% compared to standard desktop chassis.

The overall look is modern and sleek, with Corsair positioning the rig as something for content creators, AI professionals, and gamers. We're talking about a premium PC here with the Core i9-14900K, GeForce RTX 4090, 2TB M.2 SSD, and 64GB 6000 MT/s DDR5 CORSAIR ONE i500 configuration currently listed for $4,699.99 USD.

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US government auctions off supercomputer with 8,000 Intel CPUs and 300TB of RAM

Jak Connor | May 6, 2024 2:00 AM CDT

An independent agency of the US government has auctioned off an iconic supercomputer that is capable of 5.34 petaflops.

US government auctions off supercomputer with 8,000 Intel CPUs and 300TB of RAM

The US General Services Administration, an independent agency of the US government tasked with supporting and helping the basic functioning aspects of federal agencies, has officially auctioned off its Cheyenne Supercomputer. The 5.34-petaflops system located at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was the 20th most powerful supercomputer in the world in 2016, and as of November 2023, it's ranked 160th.

Despite its seemingly low ranking the Cheyenne Supercomputer is still a powerful beast of a computer with capabilities such as carrying out 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second. The supercomputer was typically used to carry out weather predictions and predicting natural disasters.

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Corsair One i500 Mini Gaming PC: new design, Core i9-14900K, RTX 4080 SUPER, costs $3600

Anthony Garreffa | May 2, 2024 9:35 PM CDT

Corsair is about to unveil its new One i500 Mini Gaming PC, but Newegg accidentally listed the new PC showing off the new design and specs. Check it out:

Corsair One i500 Mini Gaming PC: new design, Core i9-14900K, RTX 4080 SUPER, costs $3600

Corsair's new SFF system features a Dark and Light Wood design that looks beautiful, being quite the departure to the company's usual styling. Inside, Corsair has beefed up the hardware considerably, with an Intel Core i9-14900K processor that is liquid-cooled, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER graphics card.

There's also 2TB of SSD (Gen4, I'm presuming) and 32GB of DDR5 memory, with the Corsair logo on the front that will light up, with LED strips on each side of the case. Corsair uses an Intel B760M motherboard, and an in-house Corsair 1000W SFX-L 80+ Gold PSU, with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support.

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Corsair One i500 SFF gaming PC with 'next-gen' components will be unveiled on May 6

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 28, 2024 9:01 PM CDT

Corsair has officially teased its new One i500 compact gaming PC, which will be revealed on May 5 sporting "next-gen components". The official tease was posted on X by Corsair; check it out:

Corsair One i500 SFF gaming PC with 'next-gen' components will be unveiled on May 6

The company will be showing off a brand-new design with a tease of a sleeker chassis with beautiful LED lighting on the sides and bottom, but it's the next-gen component that I want to see. Hopefully we'll get some next-gen AMD Zen 5-based CPU goodness, alongside what I'm sure will be an interesting choice in GPU... Radeon, or GeForce?

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ASUS ROG Ally now supports AMD's driver-based Fluid Motion Frames frame gen

Kosta Andreadis | Apr 26, 2024 2:01 AM CDT

We've extensively discussed AMD's Fluid Motion Frames technology at TweakTown. It presents a driver-based version of frame generation, meaning it can be enabled in countless games without needing game developers to integrate it per game.

ASUS ROG Ally now supports AMD's driver-based Fluid Motion Frames frame gen

It's a different approach to NVIDIA's DLSS 3 Frame Generation, requiring bespoke AI hardware only found in the GeForce RTX 40 Series and game integration. It's also a different approach to AMD's FSR 3 Frame Generation, which improved considerably in 2024, as AMD Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF) doesn't have access to a game's temporal data.

Like other forms of frame generation AFMF, its technology generates frames between those rendered natively by hardware. Thanks to latency reduction measures, it delivers a 2X boost to perceived performance while maintaining fluid movement. The good news? AFMF is now supported by ASUS's powerful ROG Ally PC gaming handheld.

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Two of Apple's desktop Macs could skip the M3 generation of chips and wait for the new M4

Oliver Haslam | Apr 23, 2024 8:45 AM CDT

Apple has already refreshed some of its Mac lineup with new M3 versions including the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. But those who are waiting for Apple to refresh the Mac mini and Mac Pro are likely to be left disappointed, according to a new report.

Two of Apple's desktop Macs could skip the M3 generation of chips and wait for the new M4

That report, a paywalled version of the Bloomberg Power On newsletter written by Mark Gurman, claims that Apple may choose to skip the M3 lineup entirely and instead focus on what comes next. This was a response to a question from a reader about what might happen with the Mac mini and Mac Pro, and Gurman believes that the M3 chips will be skipped with the company instead aiming for the M4 launch.

Expanding on expectations, Gurman said that he believed that Apple would be launching new M4 and M4 Pro chips as soon as the end of 2024 and 2025 with the Mac mini likely to be the beneficiary of that. If that is indeed the case it's unlikely that we should expect any time for Apple to ship a new M3 version of that computer before the M4 versions arrive.

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Lenovo's tiny Chromebox PC that's the size of an iPhone 16 is now on sale

Darren Allan | Apr 17, 2024 2:00 PM CDT

Lenovo has a supremely tiny PC box that runs ChromeOS and has just gone on sale in the US, pitched at the kiosk market.

Lenovo's tiny Chromebox PC that's the size of an iPhone 16 is now on sale

The Chromebox Micro is available at Walmart, Notebookcheck.net noticed, although it'll set you back $361 from there, and the PC is cheaper elsewhere.

Indeed, you can pick it up for $250 at CDW, which is a massive difference - the catch being that it's not currently in stock. However, it's still possible to back-order the Chromebox Micro if you wish, although there's no timeframe provided for when the PC might come back into stock.

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