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Razer Launches Core X TB3 eGFX Enclosure: Cost-Down Version Complements Core v2

Razer launched the Core v2 eGFX enclosure in Q4 2017. It came with a unique industrial design and dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers that justified its price premium over other eGFX enclosures. Today, coinciding with the introduction of the Razer Blade 15.6, Razer is launching the Core X eGFX enclosure. The Razer Core X does away with the bells and whistles of the Core v2 - the chassis is more economical to manufacture, thanks to a simpler industri

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Razer Launches The Razer Blade 15.6

Today Razer is taking the wraps off a new model in their lineup. The Razer Blade 15.6 slots in between the Razer Blade 14 and the Razer Blade Pro, and boasts some features we‘ve not seen in the rest of their lineup yet. They‘ll be offering it in a variety of configurations, with different displays, and either a NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q, or GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. Razer has done a fantastic job of taking their best-in-class CNC aluminum cha

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ASUS Retires Radeon ‘AREZ‘ Brand: ROG Reigns Supreme

Not long since the termination of NVIDIA‘s ill-fated GeForce Partner Program (GPP), over the weekend ASUS quietly announced via Twitter that the ‘AREZ‘ brand is to be retired, indicating that products would fall back under the ‘Republic of Gamers‘ umbrella. After NVIDIA announced the GPP in March, AIB partners had begun to rebrand their AMD Radeon cards and seemingly separate them from their established gaming sub-b

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NVIDIA Updates on G-Sync HDR: 4Kp144 Monitors On Sale at End of May, Other Models Coming Later This Year

While NVIDIAs upcoming ultra-premium G-Sync HDR monitors have been in the public eye for some time now, the schedule slips have become something of a sticking point, prompting the company in March to state that 27‘ 4K 144 Hz models would be shipping and on the market in April. Needless to say, those displays are yet to launch, though preorders for the Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ were listed in Europe in mid-April. Putting

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HP Upgrades EliteOne 1000 All-In-Ones with Coffee Lake CPUs

HP has introduced new versions of its EliteOne 1000 business All-In-One (AIO) PCs that are based on Intel‘s Coffee Lake processors with up to six cores. The EliteOne 1000 G2 systems feature detachable displays, allowing them to be upgradedand once the monitor or other components no longer offer relevant performance. HP‘s EliteOne 1000 G2 lineup consists of four base models featuring 23.8-inch FHD displays (with and without touch), a

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Cooler Master Announces TUF Gaming Alliance with ASUS

Cooler Master recently announced a partnership with ASUS to produce a new line of TUF Gaming-branded products in collaboration with ASUS‘ TUF Gaming initiatives. TUF Gaming is a product series from ASUS that is focused on durable and reliable gaming products. ASUS‘ TUF Gaming Alliance, in turn, is a joint effort between Cooler Master, ASUS, and others in order to create a line of products for ‘an aesthetically cohesive gaming P

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NVIDIA Releases the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB: More RAM, Fewer ROPs?

Adjusting their GeForce GTX 1050 Family info page over the weekend, NVIDIA quietly announced that the expansion of the GeForce 10-series of cards with another entry: the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB. Slotting between the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and original GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB), the GTX 1050 3GB is, despite the name, not actually equal to the original GTX 1050 2GB. Instead it features 768 CUDA cores but on a smaller 96-bit memory bus. If this story sound

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Intel And Micron Launch First QLC NAND: Micron 5210 ION Enterprise SATA SSD

Intel and Micron are announcing today that their jointly-developed QLC NAND flash memory is now available, and Micron is now shipping the first solid state drive based on QLC NAND: an enterprise SATA drive branded the 5210 ION series. This will join the TLC-based 5200 family as a lower-cost tier with reduced write performance and endurance. QLC NAND flash memory stores four bits of data per memory cell, providing a 33% capacity boost over three

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The ASUS Z370-I Gaming Review: Mini-Me Mega Motherboard

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming is one of the major Mini-ITX options for Intels latest Coffee Lake processors. ASUS has a good history of building substantial Mini-ITX offerings, particularly with the ROG Impact line, however it is the Z-series mainstream Mini-ITX models that are the more cost effective option. For this generation, ASUS is combining dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1, EMI shielded audio and Wi-Fi on this small square platform. In this rev

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Acer To Roll Out Amazon Alexa To All PCs

This morning Acer announced that it‘s the first PC maker to ship Alexa on its PC lineup, and the company has plans to bring the popular assistant across its lineup of devices. Amazon has broadened the reach of Alexa across many device types over the last couple of years, and while Microsoft has shipped Cortana in Windows 10 since launch, it‘s failed to gain much traction outside of the PC. Acer will leverage Intel‘s Smart So

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AMD Releases Unified Graphics Driver for dGPUs & Desktop APUs: Radeon Software Q2 2018

Although AMD‘s Ryzen desktop APUs released back in February with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, official driver support has been limited to the inaugural WHQL launch drivers for quite some time. Finally, late this week AMD has released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Q2 2018 WHQL, featuring support for not only the Ryzen desktop APUs but also for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Originally teased by AMD‘s James Prior during

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Acer‘s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR Display Listed in the USA, to Ship on June 1

After previously being listed in Europe last month, G-Sync HDR monitor listings are finally showing up in the US, answering by far the biggest outstanding question on the new monitors: pricing. As of today, Newegg has started to take pre-orders on Acer‘s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display, listing the monitor at 1,999.99. Meanwhile, Acer has introduced a couple of last-minute changes to the specs of the monitor. Pre-orders on the highly-anti

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Intel Discloses Plans to Spend 5 Billion on Fab 28 Expansion in Israel

Intel and two Israeli ministries this week announced that the chip giant plans to invest 5 billion in its Kiryat Gat fab complex Fab 28 through 2020. Under the plan, Intel is expected to buy various products from local suppliers and hire additional personnel. In return, Israel will provide the processor maker a tax rebate and a government grant. Furthermore, Intel will receive another grant if it upgrades its manufacturing in Israel further. U

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Intel Discloses Plans to Spend 5 Billion on Fab 28 Expansion in Isreal

Intel and two Israeli ministries this week announced that the chip giant plans to invest 5 billion in its Kiryat Gat fab complex Fab 28 through 2020. Under the plan, Intel is expected to buy various products from local suppliers and hire additional personnel. In return, Israel will provide the processor maker a tax rebate and a government grant. Furthermore, Intel will receive another grant if it upgrades its manufacturing in Israel further. U

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EVGA Forgoes Driver DVDs: It‘s All About The USB Flash Drive

Driver disks of some sort have been part of a PC enthusiasts life as far back as I can remember. Before Windows included drivers, they all came from media included with the motherboard. I first recall them on floppies then once optical media took hold, moved to CDs. As the number of drivers and included software increased in both quantity and size, it outgrew the capacity of CDs and board partners moved to DVDs offering more capacity and faster

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HP Unveils EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Convertible: Quad-Core CPU, 700-Nits LCD, 18 Hrs

HP has announced its new high-end 13.3-inch convertible aimed at demanding consumers, enterprises, and government agencies. The third-generation EliteBook x360 1030 hybrid notebook got more compact yet more powerful and longer lasting than predecessors (at least on paper). Premium models will feature displays with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution as well as up to 700 nits brightness. Furthermore, the convertible has a number of exclusive features, s

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EVGA Forgoes Driver DVDs with future Motherboards: It‘s All About The USB Flash Drive

Driver disks of some sort have been part of a PC enthusiasts life as far back as I can remember. Before Windows included drivers, they all came from media included with the motherboard. I first recall them on floppies then once optical media took hold, moved to CDs. As the number of drivers and included software increased in both quantity and size, it outgrew the capacity of CDs and board partners moved to DVDs offering more capacity and faster

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PowerColor Confirms Plans for Mini-ITX Radeon RX Vega: Due Next Month

Over the past few months, we have seen two makers of video cards laying the groundwork for Mini-ITX graphics adapters based on the Radeon RX Vega GPU. This week PowerColor confirmed that its small form-factor Radeon RX Vega is incoming and will be showcased next month at Computex. PowerColor‘s RX Vega 56 Nano Edition will be based on a PCB that resembles the one used for the Red Dragon RX 56 card introduced in late March. The new graphi

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ASUS Unveils Ultra-Thin ZenBook Pro 15 with Six-Core Core i9, GTX 1050, Calibrated 4K LCD

ASUS has introduced a new version of its ultra-thin 15.6-inch ZenBook Po 15 laptop that offers higher performance than predecessors while retaining a very thin z-height as well as a rather low weight. The notebook features Intel‘s latest 8th Generation Core processors with six cores as well as a standalone GPU, a rare combination found in an 18.9-mm thick laptop. To make the PC even more unique, ASUS offers it with a factory-calibrated mon

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StarTech Launches ‘Affordable‘ Thunderbolt 3 ‘Mini Docks‘: USB-A, GbE, DP or HDMI

StarTech on Thursday announced two new Thunderbolt 3 miniature docking stations that the company made more affordable than existing 4-in-1 docks. The Mini Thunderbolt 3 Docks feature two 4Kp60-capable display outputs, a USB Type-A header, and a Gigabit Ethernet controller. StarTech‘s family of Mini Thunderbolt 3 Docks consists of two models: the TB3DKM2DP with two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs enabled by the TI TPS65983 controller and the TB3DK

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ZOTAC Launches ZBOX CI329 Nano: Fanless Quad-Core Gemini Lake

ZOTAC has introduced its new affordable miniature PCs based on Intel‘s Gemini Lake platform. Designed for office and media streaming applications, the new ZBOX CI329 Nano are powered by a quad-core SoC, featuring4Kp60-capable DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0a outputs, and are equipped with two GbE ports. ZOTAC‘s ZBOX CI329 Nano comes in ablack enclosure with a rather distinctive look featuring the manufacturer‘s renowned honeyco

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Mining Can Be Fashionable? Biostar Wants to Sell Millenials its New iMiner Systems

Biostar has this week released new iMiner systems specifically designed for crypto coin mining. The systems arestuffed with AMD RX 500-series video cards in a space black server-like chassis. Biostar positions the iMiner Multi-GPU Mining rigs as fashionable and easy along with dapper-looking young gentlemen in the promotional materialswho look like they cashed in on the bitcoin bubble already. The new devices include an aluminum chassis with

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HP 13-inch Elite x2 1013 2-in-1 PC: Quad-Core, Thunderbolt 3

HP has announced its third-generation Elite x2 2-in-1 hybrid PCs for enterprise and government clients. The new Elite x2 1013 systems received faster quad-core processors along with a larger display while retaining approximate weight and dimensions when compared to previous-gen convertibles released a year ago. When HP introduced its first-gen Elite x2 2-in-1 two years ago, the company revealed its ‘power of a notebook, flexibility of a t

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Intel Shows Xeon Scalable Gold 6138P with Integrated FPGA, Shipping to Vendors

Part of the story behind the Xeon Scalable platform, built upon server-level Skylake processing cores with AVX-512 and a new mesh topology, was that the CPU was designed to be partnered with additional silicon in the same package. Out of the gate immediately were versions bundled with Intel‘s OmniPath controller, allowing for networking fabric connections. There has always been expectation that Intel will launch a Xeon Scalable processor w

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