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Underwater data centers aren't something new, with Microsoft and its Project Natick taking data centers into the depths of our oceans back in 2014, and now China has kick-started the construction of the world's first commercial underwater data center off the coast of Sanya, which is a coastal city south of Hainan Island.
In a new report from China Central Television (CCTV) each of the data storage units can process over 4 million high-definition images in 30 seconds, with an estimated performance of 60,000 regular desktop computer systems all working together. The first of the data storage units was installed back in April, but a few days ago, the engineers added another data storage unit on the sea floor south of the Hainan province.
The company has plans to install 100 watertight data storage units as the building blocks of its underwater datacenter dreams, with each of the data storage units weighing in at 1300 tons, which is the same as 1000 cars. Getting something that big and heavy to the bottom of the ocean isn't easy, as you can imagine. Each of the data storage units takes around 3 hours to move the 35 meters to the bottom of the ocean.
Aftershock PC and SteelSeries have been cooking up their new limited edition SteelSeries x FaZe Clan PC, which is truly a symbol of top-tier gaming excellence and a true piece of esports history.
FaZe Clan are on top of the Counter-Strike 2 world and have been the first to secure themselves a CS2 tournament victory. Aftershock PC was on the ground at IEM Sydney 2023, where FaZe Clan made history with the first CS2 victory and got the FaZe Clan team (Karrigan, Rain, Ropz, Broky and Twistzz) members stop by the Aftershock PC booth and sign the side panels of these gaming PC systems.
It wasn't just at IEM Sydney 2023 either, with FaZe Clan winning 3 consecutive tournament victories, which started at IEM Sydney 2023 and then led to their domination at the Thunderpick World Championship 2023. Then, most recently, the guys smashed it at the CS Asia Championships 2023.
Alienware and Dell recently updated their custom PC lineup with the new Alienware Aurora R16 range that incorporates a brand-new look and feel with 14th-gen Intel CPUs and the latest in GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics. In a surprising move, Dell is now selling the previous Alienware Aurora R15 gaming desktops with a brand-new configuration featuring Intel Arc A770 16GB graphics cards.
Paired with a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 13700F or higher CPU, this is the first all-in-one Alienware gaming desktop to feature Intel hardware for all processing. Surprisingly, the Intel Arc A770 16 GPU can be upgraded to a GeForce RTX 4070 for an additional USD $50 - which is a bargain when you factor in that the Intel Arc A770's performance sits below the GeForce RTX 4060.
The fact that Intel Arc A770 GPUs, even with 16GB of VRAM, can be picked up for under $300, and the USD $1,949.99 asking price for the all-Intel Alienware Aurora R15 gaming desktop feels a bit steep.
Apple's new M3 24-inch iMac is a solid option for people who want their computer and their monitor to be one and the same thing, but it isn't quite big enough for some power users. For those who need extra screen real estate, the 27-inch iMac was perfect until it was killed off. Now, any hopes of it making a return and getting an Apple silicon upgrade have been dashed for good.
That's because despite not normally commenting on rumors, Apple has confirmed in a statement to The Verge that it has no intention of releasing an Apple silicon 27-inch iMac. Anyone who wants something of that size is going to have to look elsewhere.
Unsurprisingly, Apple has the perfect answer. Instead of buying the non-existent 27-inch iMac, customers are instead directed towards the Apple Studio Display and either a Mac Studio or a Mac mini. The end result will of course be similar to a 27-inch iMac, including the 5K display that made the Intel-based one so popular.
The rise in popularity of PC gaming handhelds has been one of the most interesting things in recent years, with devices like the Steam Deck from Valve and ROG Ally from ASUS leading the pack. AMD's mobile processor technology with integrated graphics powers the latter, specifically the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme. An impressive gaming chip that's also found in the new Lenovo Legion Go - which is now available starting from USD 699.99.
With a price point higher than the competition, the Lenovo Legion Go might be the most impressive PC gaming handheld to date, thanks to its cutting-edge design and other notable features. The standout is the 8.8-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS Touchscreen display, which is not only large for a gaming handheld but comes packed with specs like 500 nits of brightness, 144Hz refresh rate, and 97% DCI-P3 color accuracy.
Throw in 16 GB of LPDDR5X-7500MHz, 1TB of internal M.2 SSD storage, and Wi-Fi 6E, and the Lenovo Legion Go doesn't cut any corners. Outside of the impressive specs, one of the big design features is a detachable controller system similar to the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons - except optimized for PC gaming.
Mini PCs can be impressive when you realize how much power they pack into a tiny form factor, and for me, it usually comes down to "What games can it play?" Will it be limited to indie titles that don't require much in the way of GPU hardware, or can it handle playing some modern titles like Resident Evile 4 Remake and Diablo IV with decent visuals and performance?
Chinese manufacturer AceMagic has been creating impressive Mini PCs for a while now; we recently went hands-on with the ACEMAGIC AMR5 AMD Ryzen Mini PC and were impressed with it as an entry-level gaming box. Check out our full review of it here.
For me, I've actually been testing the ACEMAGIC AM20 AMD Ryzen 7 7735H Mini PC as an all-in-one emulation and PC gaming box (I'll have a write-up on it soon) - and have been having a blast. So today's news about the new AceMagic Tank 03 featuring up to GeForce RTX 3080 mobile graphics is enough to grab my attention, even if the overall design looks like a boombox or portable stereo from the late 1990s.
Apple last updated the 24-inch iMac when it was first released way back in 2021. That iMac is powered by the Apple-designed M1 chip, a chip that started the whole transition away from Intel and towards chips built for Apple by TSMC. Now, as we get nearer to the release of the M3 series of chips, it looks increasingly likely that the iMac is finally about to get the love it deserves.
That's because Apple is set to hold an online, streamed event on October 30 with multiple Macs likely to be announced. A refreshed 24-inch iMac is thought to be one of those new Macs and a new report says that it will indeed get an M3 chip to call its own. That's the good news, but as always, there's bad news to go alongside it.
The bad news comes courtesy of Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In a post on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter, Gurman says that Apple is indeed planning to launch the M3 iMac and that it's been working on it for some time. He goes on to add that the machine entered mass production months ago, too.
Lenovo has just unveiled its new LEGION 9000K and LEGION 7000K pre-built Gaming PCs for the Chinese market at this point in time, celebrating the launch of Intel's new 14th Gen Core "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPUs and NVIDIA's powerhouse GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs.
The new LEGION 9000X 2024 Gaming PCs are available in four different offerings: Intel's new Core i9-14900KF processor with the GeForce RTX 4090 for around $4424, or you can drop down to the GeForce RTX 4080 and the LEGION 9000X drops to $3080 or so. The other 14th Gen Core CPU is the Core i7-14700KF with the GeForce RTX 4080 for $2716 or so. Once again, there's another offering with the RTX 4070 Ti, but the price only drops to $2660.
Lenovo also has its LEGION 7000X 2024 Gaming PCs led by the Core i7-14700K and the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti for $1904, but you can switch out the GPU and drop those prices to $1638, $1400, and $1289. That would mean switching out the RTX 4070 Ti at $1904 to the RTX 4070 for $1638, the RTX 4060 Ti for $1400, and the RTX 4060 for $1289. There are also some Core i5-14600KF processor offerings in the LEGION 7000X 2024 family, with the RTX 4060 Ti for $1289 or the Radeon RX 7600 for $910. All of these new Lenovo LEGION 9000X and 7000X systems are available to purchase right now through Chinese e-tailers.
A new Raspberry Pi project used the compact computer board to turn a regular (dumb) washing machine into a smart model of sorts.
This was carried out by Ben (of Ben's Electrical Escapades) as detailed on YouTube (check out the video above).
With the Raspberry Pi powering the smart features, the old washer is now able to notify Ben if anyone has opened the machine after the wash has finished (to take out the load and dry it).
Alienware is quick to announce its new upgrade options for its recently redesigned Aurora R16 gaming desktop PCs, now that Intel has unleashed its new 14th Gen Core "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPUs, but Alienware has a huge GPU upgrade available for gamers.
The new Alienware Aurora R16 gaming desktop now offers Intel's new Core i9-14900KF and Core i7-14700KF processors: both the "KF" variants, meaning they don't have an integrated GPU, and are slightly cheaper than the regular "K" variants that have an integrated GPU.
CPU upgrades: Intel's new Core i9-14900KF processor offers 24 cores and 32 threads of CPU power at up to 6.0GHz, while the Core i7-14700KF features 20 cores and 28 threads of CPU power at up to 5.6GHz. These new 14th Gen Core CPU options join the 12th Gen Core and 13th Gen Core CPUs, including the Core i9-12900F, Core i7-13700F, and Core i9-13900F processors inside of the Alienware Aurora R16 desktops.