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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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).
Apple has just announced their new all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, and boy does it have some hefty specs. We're looking at Apple's new iMac Pro starting at $4999... and scaling much higher than that if you pack it with all of the tech goodies you can imagine.
Apple's new iMac Pro will begin shipping in December, starting with an 8-core Intel Xeon CPU - but you can choose options right up to the insanely powerful 18-core Xeon processor. Not only that, but you can option it with a 27-inch 5K display and AMD's new Radeon Vega GPU. There's also 10GbE network connectivity, and 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports.
You can option the Radeon Pro Vega with up to 16GB of HBM2 memory, while Apple will offer up to an insane 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. Apple intends for people to buy their new iMac Pro for high-end editing and graphics work, and even gaming and VR since the new iMac Pro is VR-ready as well.
Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, with the introduction of the Surface Pro. Yeah, Microsoft has dropped the numbering scheme from its line up, with the Surface Pro 4 being the last of the numbered Surface Pro products, from now on they'll just be 'Surface Pro'.
The next-gen hybrid laptop/tablet has some pretty significant internal changes, with "about 800 new custom parts in the new Pro" says Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay. Microsoft taps Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors for the new Surface Pro units, with fanless versions of the Core m3 and Core i5 processors.
Because Microsoft makes not just the Surface Pro, but the operating system in Windows 10, it can do hardware and software level tweaks for Surface Pro. This gives Microsoft a very Apple-like future as they continue evolving Surface into something that has not only caught up, but far exceeded what Apple has in the laptop/tablet markets. Because of these tweaks, Microsoft is claiming the new Surface Pro has up to 50% longer battery life than the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft says that the new Surface Pro will have up to 13.5 hours of battery life, which is impressive.