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ASUS has commenced working on its first NUC designs, gaming-focused ROG models possible

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 15, 2023 7:56 PM CDT

ASUS has officially taken over developing and distributing Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) lineup of mini-PCs. ASUS Senior Vice President Jackie Hsu recently spoke with news outlet The Register to discuss the transition, outlining that the company will continue to sell NUCs to consumers and commercial customers in addition to the industrial sector.

ASUS has commenced working on its first NUC designs, gaming-focused ROG models possible

ASUS plans to offer custom NUC machines that can change up the I/O configuration to meet the demands of clients, with the company leaning into its history of creating mini-PCs. The report also confirms that when it comes to ASUS taking over the NUC business, it has licensed the NUC IP, which includes the small form-factor motherboard - potentially leading the way for the company to create custom designs for a range of customers.

In a general sense, this means being able to put the hardware in a chassis or setup that isn't a tiny cube-like shape, with ASUS potentially creating custom-made NUC solutions for self-service kiosks, point-of-sale systems, and warehouse operations. And all with ASUS as the single point of contact, as part of its PC business. However, when I think about a mini-PC or a NUC system, I think about how small we can get a viable gaming PC.

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Sketchy rumor claims the 24-inch iMac is getting a refresh, but not the one we expected

Oliver Haslam | Oct 14, 2023 12:45 PM CDT

Apple is long overdue to give the 24-inch iMac a refresh and it's something that we expect to happen within months, if not before the end of 2023. But that refresh has been expected to use a new M3 chip, based on TSMC's fledgling 3nm manufacturing process. However, while a new report claims that the 24-inch iMac refresh is on the way soon, it does dash hopes that it'll have that new chip inside.

Sketchy rumor claims the 24-inch iMac is getting a refresh, but not the one we expected

The report comes via the Japanese blog MacOtakara, a website that has had a relatively hit-and-miss history with these kinds of things. In the case of this report, it notes that the M1 iMac is difficult to get in some international stores right now, with delivery windows stretching into the weeks. That leads the outlet to suggest that a new iMac is on the way and that Apple is letting inventory sell through before releasing it. And that's when things get weird.

We've been hearing from the likes of Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that iMac would use M3 chips for months at this point, and he isn't alone in that assertion. However, MacOtakara now says that the new iMac will instead use Apple's existing M2 and M2 Pro silicon instead.

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ZTE's first 'flagship GPU server' for China has NVIDIA H800 AI GPUs, works around US sanctions

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 12, 2023 7:19 PM CDT

ZTE has just unveiled its very first "flagship GPU server" for the Chinese market, powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and NVIDIA H800 AI GPUs. Check it out:

ZTE's first 'flagship GPU server' for China has NVIDIA H800 AI GPUs, works around US sanctions

China hasn't stopped with its pursuits in artificial intelligence (AI) with multiple Chinese companies making their own "AI solutions" because of it. ZTE is known for its smartphones, networking, enterprise solutions, and more, but now the Chinese company has jumped into the AI industry with the introduction of the ZTE R6900 G5 flagship GPU server.

The new ZTE R6900 G5 flagship GPU server packs an undisclosed Intel Xeon Scalable processor (we don't know how many, or which models, clock speeds, etc) as well as 8 x NVIDIA H800 NVLink GPU modules or 8 x OCP OAM 8-GPU modules. Networking-wise, the new ZTE R6900 G5 server supports IB/RoCE networking between individual notes with up to 4.8TB/sec of non-blocking bandwidth.

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Global PC shipments declined in Q3 2023, with Apple and Dell taking the biggest hit

Kosta Andreadis | Oct 11, 2023 11:59 PM CDT

A new report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) covering Q3 2023 doesn't paint a very positive picture of the ongoing recovery of the PC market. However, PC shipments in previous quarters have slowed the annual decline rate. Per the report, PC shipments in Q3 2023 declined 7.6% year-over-year, which covers 68.2 million PCs for the three months.

Global PC shipments declined in Q3 2023, with Apple and Dell taking the biggest hit

On the plus side, PC inventory looks healthy in 2023; channels aren't overstocked with supply due to the lessened demand. The report highlights increased pressure from the consumer and business space to lower prices. The PC shipments outlined in the report cover desktops, notebooks, and workstations - excluding tablets and x86 servers.

The top five PC makers experienced significant negative growth outside of HP, which experienced 6.4% growth and an overall increase in market share. Apple saw the biggest hit to growth with -23.1% for the quarter, followed by Dell with -14.3% growth.

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Aftershock PC builds exclusive Gaming PC for Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 10, 2023 8:55 PM CDT

Australia's #1 PC builder -- Aftershock PC -- had something truly unique to show off at PAX Australia 2023 over the weekend: an exclusive PC build in partnership with Samsung and AORUS for Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

Aftershock PC builds exclusive Gaming PC for Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios

The Aftershock PC team was honored to collaborate with Nick himself, going through every detail meticulously to create something truly unique for the tennis star. The Aftershock PC Ultra-Lab team outdid themselves with some of the highest-end components on the market, building Nick's PC into something he will be proud to have on his desk.

Better yet, Nick's new Gaming PC features custom artwork that has been heavily influenced by Nick's favorite gaming characters, with some beautiful 3D printed elements. Not only that, but Aftershock PC used a custom water-cooled open loop to emphasize the theme, as well as keep all of the important components inside of Nick's new system nice and chill.

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You can finally buy refurbished 2023 Apple Mac Studios at apple.com

Oliver Haslam | Sep 28, 2023 5:45 AM CDT

We reported a few weeks ago that Apple's high-end 2023 Mac Studio was listed in Apple's online refurbished store for the first time. However, while the Mac Studio was indeed listed in various configurations, it wasn't actually available for anyone to buy. That's now changed for the first time, making it cheaper for people to put Apple's best Mac on their desk.

You can finally buy refurbished 2023 Apple Mac Studios at apple.com

The 2023 Mac Studio comes with Apple's best and fastest M2 Ultra chip inside, while the M2 Max is also an option for people who don't need the best of the best. The Mac Studio in its current form was announced back in June of this year with a starting price of $1,999 for the entry-level model. Prices soon increase from there when you add more storage and that fast M2 Ultra chip of course, but that's to be expected and it's still cheaper than the Mac Pro that uses the same silicon.

As for the refurbished model, prices start at $1.699 which is of course $300 less than the price that you'd pay if you were buying a brand-new model.

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The Latest Mac Studio is almost available in Apple's Refurbished Store

Oliver Haslam | Sep 5, 2023 2:00 PM CDT

The Mac Studio is among the best computers you can buy right now, especially if your creative workflow uses some of the apps it's especially well-optimized for. But it isn't cheap which means the prospect of picking up a refurbished model is all the more compelling. The Mac Studio is already available refurbished, but today is the first time that the latest model has been added to the mix.

The Latest Mac Studio is almost available in Apple's Refurbished Store

That latest model is the M2 Max and M2 Ultra version that was released earlier this year. It was announced at WWDC in June alongside the new Apple silicon Mac Pro, and it's now started to appear in Apple's refurbished store online. However, as MacRumors points out, it isn't currently listed as in stock which means that you can't buy it yet.

It isn't yet clear when we can expect that Apple will start actually selling these refurbished 2023 Mac Studios, but it's unlikely to be all that far away. The updated Mac Studio of course gained M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips over its predecessor as well as support for an 8K display and high-impedence headphones. There's also Wi-Fi 6E support for those who need nice and fast wireless networking.

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This Steve Jobs handwritten Apple-1 ad just sold for a whopping $175,000

Oliver Haslam | Aug 28, 2023 2:16 PM CDT

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is still fondly remembered even more than a decade after his death from pancreatic cancer. So it perhaps shouldn't be all that surprising that a handwritten ad for an Apple-1, penned by the man himself, should sell for a big sum of money when put up for auction. But did anyone expect it to fetch quite this much?

This Steve Jobs handwritten Apple-1 ad just sold for a whopping $175,000

Apparently not, because the lot that just sold for almost $176,000 was originally expected to sell for a fraction of that when RR Auction put it up for grabs. But the action ended with one buyer spending $175,759 on the handwritten ad copy as well as Polaroid photos that were taken at a local store - The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California to be exact. Jobs even added his own comment to one of the photos, saying that it was fuzzy because the camera "wiggled" when the image was being taken.

The auction was originally expected to bring in around $30,000 so it's fair to say that it exceeded expectations. It also comes with a letter from the items' former owner that explains where they came from which no doubt helped bump the price up a bit.

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Join GEEKOM as they unveil the world's first Mini PC powered by Intel's 13th Gen i9 CPU

Sponsored Content | Aug 21, 2023 5:00 PM CDT

In just a couple of days, GEEKOM, the Taiwanese maker of mini PCs, will take the covers off its newest SFF computer, the Mini IT13.

Join GEEKOM as they unveil the world's first Mini PC powered by Intel's 13th Gen i9 CPU

It is the first Mini PC powered by Intel's 13th Gen Core i9 processor. The Mini IT13 will come with either the 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900H, i7-13700H, or i5-13500H processors. The top dog Core i9-13900H model will feature 14 cores, 20 threads, and a maximum turbo frequency of 5.4GHz, a staggering amount of power for an SFF PC. GEEKOM says, "This powerful mini PC delivers groundbreaking performance for various tasks, including multitasking, gaming, and video editing. The computing experience is further elevated by the Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics, which provides remarkable graphics capabilities for stunning visuals."

Not only does the Mini IT13 provide huge processing power with whisper-quiet operation thanks to the Mini IT13's efficient cooling system, but it also excels with its display support. It supports 8K displays and multiple screens through its two USB4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports. So, whether you want a small PC to handle a complex task or watch your favorite TV shows, you are covered. In addition, the IT13 includes many I/O ports, including six USB and 2.5Gbe LAN.

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ZOTAC unveils next-gen line-up of Zbox Magnus mini-PCs equipped with RTX 40 series GPUs

Jak Connor | Aug 21, 2023 2:16 AM CDT

ZOTAC has some new all-in-one PCs that are powered by NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs, paired with other high-end components.

ZOTAC unveils next-gen line-up of Zbox Magnus mini-PCs equipped with RTX 40 series GPUs

I originally spotted ZOTAC's latest offerings at Computex 2023, with the company giving me a demo of what has now been officially announced. Let's start with the flagship model, the Zbox Magnus One, which comes in two different variants, the ERP74070C and ERP74070W. Both of these variants are exactly the same component-wise but only differ in color, with ZOTAC offering a white and black version. The Zbox Magnus One is powered by the RTX 40-series GPUs, which utilize NVIDIA's cutting-edge Ada Lovelace architecture. But which GPU does the Magnus One feature?

According to ZOTAC, which was confirmed to me at Computex 2023, the Zbox Magnus One will feature a GeForce ETX 4070 that has been paired with an Intel Core i7-13700. As for memory, the Zbox Magnus One will support 64GB of DDR-56000 through two SO-DIMM slots. Additionally, each of the models features two PCIe 4.0 x 4 M.2 NVMe slots, along with a 2.5-inch drive slot with SATA compatibility for all your extra storage needs.

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