Computer Systems News - Page 2
Falcon Northwest has just announced it's giving away one of its Talon mid-tower gaming PCs with a custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 SUPER series UV-printed theme, and it looks gorgeous. Check it out:
Inside, you'll find some great hardware including an Intel Core i7-14700K processor clocked at up to 5.6GHz, custom Falcon Northwest CPU liquid cooling, installed into an ASUS ROG Strix Z790-F Gaming Wi-Fi motherboard.
There's also a brand new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER graphics card, Kingston Fury 32GB of DDR5-6000 memory, a 2TB Kingston Fury Renegade NVMe SSD, a 1000W Seasonic Vertex power supply, and custom cabling from the folks at CableMod.
MAINGEAR has a few things to show off at CES 2024, where the company has collaborated with MSI and Phanteks on its new MAINGEAR Rear Connection (MG-RC) technology and two new desktop gaming PC systems that utilize the clean build look. Check them out:
The first of which is the MAINGEAR ZERO Drop that is found inside of the MSI MAG Pano M1000 PZ white chassis, and the MSI B760M Project Zero motherboard. MSI's new B760M Project Zero motherboard is designed with the backside connectors that take those dangly cables from the front of the system, as well as the beautiful MSI MAG Pano M1000 PZ case, which looks killer.
Inside, MAINGEAR is using NVIDIA's newly announced GeForce RTX 40 SUPER series graphics cards, with MAINGEAR gearing up to use the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER graphics card inside of this system, with the MAINGEAR ZERO Drop being released on January 24 with limited numbers available.
ASUS has officially teased its first gaming NUC, with a brief teaser posted on X, and will join existing pre-built gaming designs like the ROG C22H. Check out the ASUS ROG NUC:
The teaser video that ASUS posted makes it look like the upcoming ROG NUC machine will feature a style that looks similar to Intel's older NUC 12 Enthusiast design, which was codenamed Serpent Canyon. Intel's NUC 12 Enthusiast featured an Intel 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" mobile processor and Intel Arc A770M graphics; we should expect much more power inside of the gaming-focused ASUS ROG NUC, though.
In the tweet, ASUS teased: "gamers, get ready for a gaming revolution at #CES2024ROG! We are about to unveil the world's first ROG NUC! Embrace the ultimate freedom to conquer in style and revolutionize the way you game. Mark your calendar & join us for the event on Jan 8th!"
Minisforum has just announced its first Mini Workstation PC, with the introduction of the new MS-01; check it out:
Inside, the new Minisforum MS-01 mini workstation PC features an Intel Core i9-12900H processor starting at $549, while you can have the newer Intel 13th Gen Core i9 CPU with the Core i9-13900H processor. There's up to 64GB of RAM available, dual onboard X710 10GbE SFP+ ethernet ports, dual 2.5GbE ethernet ports, dual USB4 ports, and more.
On the back, the new Minisforum MS-01 mini workstation features not one, but two 10GbE SFP+ ethernet ports with support for link aggregation, as well as dual 2.5GbE RJ45 ethernet ports, dual USB4 ports with simultaneous support for 20Gbps Thunderbolt ethernet. There are also two USB 3.0 ports to the right, and then the power connector.
GEEKOM has just teased some new Mini-PC systems that will include AMD's new Hawk Point APUs and Intel's new Meteor Lake CPUs, which it will be detailing at CES 2024 in early January 2024.
The company will be releasing three new models at CES 2024: the GEEKOM IT14 Pro, A8 Max, and APro8 Max Mini-PC systems. Firstly, the new GEEKOM IT17 Pro features a tiny NUC-style 0.7-liter chassis powered by Intel's new Core Ultra 7 155H "Meteor Lake" processor with 16 cores and 22 threads of Meteor Lake CPU power behind it.
This system uses the integrated Intel Arc GPU with 8 Xe cores enabled -- or 128 EUs -- with an NPU inside for AI goodness heading into 2024. We don't know about RAM, storage, networking configuration, or anything else just yet; that's what CES 2024 is for.
ASRock is the first out of the gate to unveil a new Mini-PC based on AMD's just-released Ryzen 8040 series "Hawk Point" APU with its new 4x4 BOX 8040 series Mini-PCs. Check it out:
The new ASRock 4x4 BOX 8040 series Mini-PCs come in two variants: the 4x4 BOX-8840U and 4x4 BOX-8640, with each of them packing an AMD Ryzen 8040 series APU, supporting DDR5-5600 memory, multiple displays (four in total) and super-fast USB4 connectivity.
ASRock's new Mini-PCs are powered by either the AMD Ryzen 7 8840U or Ryzen 5 8640U processors, with the Ryzen 7 8840U featuring 8 cores and 16 threads boosting at up to 5.1GHz, and the Ryzen 5 8640U featuring 6 cores and 12 threads boosting at up to 4.9GHz. On the integrated GPU side of things, the Ryzen 7 8840U features a Radeon 780M with 12 CUs, while the Ryzen 5 8640U features a Radeon 760M with 8 CUs on board.
PC shipments are expected to go through a huge sales boost in 2024, which will be driven by the "AI PC" wave that we're going to see begin in January 2024 and not stop throughout the year.
According to research outlet Canalys, in their new report, they see 2024 being a "delight" for the PC business. We've been seeing dips from the heights of the pandemic when pre-built system builders were essentially selling everything they could get their hands on and build.
But, after the pandemic, the PC industry saw huge drops in sales units dipping after the 2021 high, down in 2022, and down even more in 2023, but now 2024 is expected to be back up towards 2022 levels, and 2025 will get closer to 2020 levels. The entire PC business isn't doing great, but AI PCs are expected to see shipments increase by 8% up to 267 million units.
The mini PC market has returned in a big way in recent years, and if you've been following the space, then no doubt you've come across the competitive and powerful range from GEEKOM - a company that specializes in mini PCs to suit any need - and it's upcoming products could very well be little gaming powerhouse. And that's all due to them housing AMD's Ryzen 7 7840HS and Ryzen 9 7940HS processors.
These high-end mobile processors make up the flagship offerings in AMD's 'Phoenix' series, including Zen 4 architecture with AMD Radeon 780M graphics (12 CUs and up to 2.7 GHz clock speed). With the recent launch of the ROG Ally from ASUS, the Legion Go from Lenovo, and product companies like AYANEO, we've seen this type of APU - in Ryzen Z1 Extreme form - do some pretty amazing things.
With a Ryzen 7 7840HS or Ryzen 9 7940HS processor, GEEKOM's upcoming Mini IT13 PCs will undoubtedly be great little gaming boxes. The sort of device you could connect to a TV and treat it like a dedicated (and tiny) gaming console.
Thanks to the advances in the APU space, namely with low-power mobile Ryzen processors from AMD. And with that, we've seen a recent resurgence in mini-PCs that can be used for a lot more than just basic network tasks, from being able to handle complex content creation apps to serving as portable media platforms and servers to even little game boxes that can sit next to a TV or monitor for compact PC gaming on a device a lot smaller than even an Xbox Series S.
AYANEO is a company known for making some of the most powerful and capable PC gaming handhelds on the market (recently covered the impending launch of the company's new AYANEO Slide), but its latest release is a mini-PC. More specifically, the AYANEO Retro Mini PC (AM01) - sets itself apart from the pack with a retro design that makes it look like a miniature classic Macintosh. And ti comes with interchangeable decorative magnets and a set of stickers to help you make your AYANEO Retro Mini PC your own.
Outside of the gorgeous retro look, the AYANEO Retro Mini PC design features a 35W silent heat dissipation system, so there's none of that loud, tiny fan sound found in many other mini PCs. The retro beige shroud encloses some decent hardware, with the AYANEO Retro Mini PC's entry-level ($150 early bird price) variant equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, 8GB of DDR4 Dual Channel Memory, and 256GB of storage.
When you think of a computer you think of something like an all-in-one, like an iMac, or a laptop like the countless models that are on the market today. But there is a third type of computer that technically isn't a computer at all. That's a thin client, and it's a device that acts as a go-between between the user and a remote computer somewhere in the cloud. Now Amazon has a new one on offer, and it looks very familiar indeed.
That's because it looks like an Amazon Fire TV Cube, a little box that was designed to be like a Fire TV Stick but offers more capabilities. Now, TechCrunch reports that Amazon has leveraged what it did with the Fire TV Cube to create new $195 devices that can connect to virtual desktop environments over the internet - like AMazon's own Amazon WorkSpaces.
The new thin client has USB and HDMI ports for connecting to monitors and input accessories like keyboards and pointing devices. You can even plug a headset and other things into it, too. The whole thing is designed to be installed and managed by an IT department in a business of course, something that makes the similarities to the Fire TV Cube all the more fun. Because this looks nothing like the IBM computers you're used to seeing litter offices around the globe.