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ZOTAC shows off another Intel and NVIDIA powered mini PC, ZBOX EN970

Chris Smith | Jun 1, 2015 11:34 PM CDT

Computex 2015 - We've just told you about the new Zotac Steambox ZBOX SN970 on display and now here's another beastly Intel and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970m powered beast in the shape of this red and black ZBOX EN970.

ZOTAC shows off another Intel and NVIDIA powered mini PC, ZBOX EN970

The ZOTAC ZBOX EN970 comes complete with an Intel Core i5 5200u Broadwell processor, one mSATA storage drive, a single 2.5-inch HDD and yet again features four HDMI output ports, this time specified as running at HDMI 2.0.

This sleek black design is finished off by a cool red-ring power button, a front-facing SD card slot, USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5mm audio jacks.

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The ZOTAC SteamBox ZBOX SN970 discovered with pictures

Chris Smith | Jun 1, 2015 11:23 PM CDT

Computex 2015 - We have just come across ZOTAC's rendition of the Steambox, the powerful ZBOX SN970.

The ZOTAC SteamBox ZBOX SN970 discovered with pictures

Complete with an Intel 6th Generation "Skylake" CPU, this product is set to be released in November and features two DDR3-1600 SO-DIM RAM slots, a single 2.5" SATA 6 Gb/s port for a HDD or SSD, dual gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

This product comes out of the box with four HDMI output ports, SteamOS preloaded, a Steam Controller, a 1TB HDD, a 128GB M.2 SSD, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphical processor.

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Corsair unveils Bulldog, a liquid cooled PC for the living room

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 1, 2015 6:30 AM CDT

Computex 2015 - After teasing the Bulldog just last week, Corsair has fully unveiled its new Bulldog PC. The Bulldog is a DIY PC capable of 4K gaming, in a "gaming console-sized chassis".

The Bulldog system is a DIY kit filled with a liquid CPU cooler, PSU and motherboard, leaving room for customization and future upgrades. The Bulldog features proprietary liquid CPU and GPU cooling technology, offering desktop performance in a console-sized PC for your living room. Corsair will be including a Hydro Series H5SF liquid CPU cooler and HG10-based GPU that will offer a large amount of overclocking of both the CPU and GPU, while keeping the temperatures and noise levels down.

Inside, will be support for mini-ITX motherboards, and on the PSU side of things we have an 600W SFX power supply. The Bulldog will have support for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X, GTX 980 and GTX 970 - but with the launch of the GTX 980 Ti being so close to this - we're sure that Corsair will have support for NVIDIA's latest GM200-powered video card.

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Did you miss it? The 6th Generation Intel Skylake NUC specs are here

Chris Smith | Jun 1, 2015 5:53 AM CDT

Set for release in Q3 (i3) and Q4 (i5), the 6th Generation Intel Core NUC isn't far away from hitting the market.

Featuring fanless technology when used in conjunction with rumored cases to be released by Akasa, HDPLEX, Streacom and cirrus7, this new technology will be paired with Dual-channel DDR4 memory of up to 32GB and features four total USB 3.0 ports.

There's Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora and OpenSUSE operating system support and this NUC release is being claimed as a great solution for photographers and content creators alike.

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Lian Li hopes consumers at Computex like its unique desk PCs

Michael Hatamoto | May 28, 2015 2:52 PM CDT

Computex 2015: Lian Li is inviting Computex attendees to visit its booth to check out the DKQ2 and DK03 desk chassis models. The models are full-size desks likely won't be a quick impulse buy for PC enthusiasts, but offer an extremely unique - albeit pricey - alternative to a regular PC case that just collects dust under your desk.

Both the DKQ2 and DK03 were showcased at CeBit and other computer shows in the past, but Lian Li has made a few changes - including a more sturdier look, so it no longer looks like it will fall over. There are now four adjustable legs as opposed to just two, along with showcasing the tempered glass surface and aluminum body.

The updated models offer better ergonomics, cleaner finished aesthetics, and easier ability to adjust and upgrade hardware.

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Gartner: PC prices will increase up to 10 percent in 2015

Michael Hatamoto | Apr 30, 2015 9:30 PM CDT

Even though the PC industry is undergoing change, trying to fight off a shift to mobile devices, manufacturers must increase prices to balance international currency devaluation, according to the Gartner research group. This will lead to price increases up to 10 percent in 2015, with a 4 percent end-user spending increase year-over-year.

Small business will choose consumer PCs, as large organizations reduce PC unit purchases by up to 20 percent because of increasing prices, Gartner notes.

"We are currently seeing the sharp appreciation of the dollar against most other currencies reflected in companies' earnings results," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "PC vendors selling to Europe and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to 20 percent since the start of 2015, have little choice than to raise prices to preserve profits."

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This crazy Hardwired PC build will set you back almost $10,000 AUD

Chris Smith | Apr 29, 2015 12:05 PM CDT

Ever wished you could have a build that not only trumps all of your friends in the performance department but also looks pretty damn awesome at the same time? Well Hardwired PC is starting to build some systems with Custom Automotive Finishes and the one we've got to show off here features their metallic gunmetal grey finish.

Featuring a Corsair 900D with the custom finish, this system doesn't miss a beat thanks to the NVIDIA GTX 980's in Quad SLI and an Intel i7 5690X running at 3.0GHz.

The total bill for this build will set you back a massive $9,496 AU ($7,595 US) from Hardwired PC themselves, with custom case painting said to cost around $599 AU ($479 US) for a case of this nature. You do get certain measures of quality with this investment however, Hardwired PC will ship your system in a custom wooden case (pictured below) and provide some neat cable management.

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ZOTAC unveils its Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 8, 2015 9:13 PM CDT

ZOTAC has just unveiled its latest ZBOX mini-PCs which feature Intel's latest Broadwell processors, with two new models in the ZBOX MI522 nano and the ZBOX MI542 nano.

The new ZOTAC MI522 nano features a Broadwell-based Core i3 processor, making it an easy upgrade path for those who are looking for desktop class performance in a small footprint. The MI542 nano bumps the Broadwell goodness up to the Core i5, with both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs being dual-core parts.

Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs have HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 out with DisplayPort enabling 4K at 60Hz output. We have dual gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for network connectivity. Both of the new ZBOX mini-PCs also come with two DIMMs providing dual-channel memory support. Both of the new Broadwell-powered ZBOX mini-PCs include 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage out of the box.

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One interesting marketing video - MSI shows you how to build a PC

Chris Smith | Mar 30, 2015 6:28 AM CDT

For those out there looking to partake in their first PC building project, where exactly should you begin? There's a myriad of technology forums, YouTube channels and Facebook pages alongside specific component Facebook groups to help you on your way.

If you're a fan of the video side of things you may have come across MSI's marketing video titled "How to build a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING PC". This film features a a scantily-clad technology enthusiast partaking in an educational journey of computer building for the benefit of the audience.

It's sitting at a massive 1.8 million views at the time of writing this article, but the feedback isn't all positive. With 8,687 thumbs down compared to 8,311 thumbs up, the comments section is filled with criticisms of the advice at hand.

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ZOTAC unveils its 'SN970' Steam Machine at GDC 2015

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 4, 2015 8:32 PM CST

GDC 2015 - ZOTAC was one of the first companies to unveil its Steam Machine at the Game Developers Conference, with its weirdly named, but very powerful 'SN970' making an appearance.

ZOTAC's SN970 gets its named from the GPU powering it, the GeForce GTX 970M, the mobile Maxwell GPU from NVIDIA. We have four HDMI 2.0 ports (yes, four!), an unspecified sixth-generation Intel processor, dual GbE, two USB 2.0 ports (with another two on the front) and two USB 3.0 ports. There's also an HDMI in port, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Inside, we have 8GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM RAM, a 64GB M.2-based SSD and a 3.5-inch 1TB mechanical HDD. There's an SD card reader on the front, as well as a microphone and headphone port for audio. We'll see SteamOS preloaded onto the SN970, while the HDMI 2.0 ports can handle a huge 4K at 60Hz for those with the display or TV chops to handle it.

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