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August 16, 2016

ZOTAC Refreshes the ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PC with GeForce 10 Graphics

 

ZOTAC has announced that it will refresh its line of ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs with the recently announced GeForce 10 series mobile graphics chips. The ZBOX MAGNUS EN10 series will still be equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake CPUs, but now they will replace the aging GTX 980 graphics chip with the newer, and much more powerful GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 models.

The ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs are aimed at gaming and entertainment in the living room, providing small and efficient solutions for VR gaming.  There is no word on pricing or specific availability yet, but if the EN980 model is any indication, it’ll be a bit more than your [...]

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May 30, 2016

Computex 2016: GIGABYTE Unveils BRIX UHD Gaming Mini PC

GIGABYTE unveiled the latest in its line of BRIX mini PCs, which is aimed at living room gaming. The GIGABYTE BRIX UHD (BNi7HG4-950) features specifications aimed at both 1080p gaming, and 4K UHD video playback.

GIGABYTE Unveils BRIX UHD Mini Gaming PC

The barebones desktop PC (no storage or memory included) features a Skylake-U Core i7 processor paired with NVIDIA’s GTX 950 graphics card. It features support for 2.5″ or M.2 SSDs, and up to two DDR4 DIMMs. The unit measures 220 mm x 110 mm x 110 mm (HxWxL), making it quite the console competitor. The design is also quite minimalist, featuring a black and silver, brushed aluminum chassis, which is mostly [...]

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January 10, 2016

CES 2016: MSI Shows Off Updated Notebook, Desktop, AIO Product Line

As usual, MSI had quite a few announcements to make at CES this year. MSI is one of the top brands for PC gamers and today we will be covering the laptops, desktops and more.

 

Notebooks GS40 Phantom

First on the list is the GS40, MSI’s sleek lightweight 14″ gaming laptop. It is equipped with up to a Skylake Intel Core i7, Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, 16GB DDR4, M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, 14″ IPS display, and Thunderbolt. This laptop weighs in at only 3.75 pounds and is less than an inch thick. Those looking for a powerful gaming laptop while on the move will find it to be an excellent solution for their needs. It is available [...]

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January 6, 2016

CES 2016: Maingear Shows Off Alpha 34 Performance AIO with Curved Display

Maingear seems to be after our hearts by  releasing quite possibly the most powerful AIO to ever hit the market. The Maingear Alpha 34 comes with a 34 inch ultra wide curved 3840×1440 screen, a liquid cooled Intel Core i7 -5960X or 18 core Xeon, the choice between a Nvidia GeForce 980 TI, Titan X, or AMD Radeon R9 390X along with 32GB of Kingston DDR4 and a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVME SSD.

While this may seem completely overkill for most people looking in the AIO market, it’s highly suitable for for a compact, powerful workstation or gaming rig. The beefy GPU is a necessity to process 3D intensive tasks at such a high resolution.

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January 5, 2016

CES 2016: CyberPowerPC Debuts Pro Streamer Series, 34-inch Curved AIO, SK-X Gaming Notebook

CyberPowerPC, best known for their custom gaming PCs and laptops, unveiled several new products today at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. The new products include the new Pro Streamer Series PCs, a 34-inch curved screen All-In-One, a new line of gaming laptops, and several gaming PCs which are “VR Ready”

 

2-in-1 Pro Streamer Series

CyberPowerPC’s all-new 2-in-1 streaming and gaming PCs, dubbed “Pro Streamer Series” are an all new series of systems from the company which feature Phanteks’ Mini XL Dual System chassis to house two complete Mini ITX and MicroATX systems.

The systems will be available in three [...]

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January 14, 2015

CES 2015: Syber Vapor SLIM Prototype, Vapor Stream Prototype

Several weeks ago, we had the opportunity to review the Syber Vapor Xtreme, a new PC gaming console from CyberPowerPC’s newest sub-brand, Syber. Since we were fairly impressed with what Syber had done with their first PC gaming console, we stopped by their suite at CES 2015 to take a look at what’s coming next.

While Syber didn’t have too much to show us just yet, they did have a couple products under development that looked quite promising.

First up is the Syber Vapor SLIM, which is still very much a prototype at this time. As you’d expect from the name, the Syber Vapor SLIM carries most of the features of the [...]

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January 5, 2015

CES 2015: Gigabyte Brix, Brix s Packs Intel’s New Broadwell CPU

At a press conference here at CES 2015, Gigabyte announced an update to its BRIX mini PC barebones platform. The refreshed BRIX and BRIX s will now come packed with Intel’s 14nm Broadwell Ultra Low Voltage CPUs and HD 5500 graphics.

Specifically, the refreshed BRIX and BRIX s will be configured with the Intel Core i3-5010U, Core i5-5200U, or Core i7-5500U. Not only do these new 14nm processors offer higher compute and graphics performance, they should be considerably more power efficient compared to their Haswell predecessors.

Aside from the new processor, there aren’t many significant changes to the Brix. The [...]

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January 5, 2015

CES 2015: CyberPowerPC Fang Trinity, Zeus Mini II

CyberPowerPC is kicking off CES with a bang, and for 2015 they’re unveiling a brand new concept system they’re calling the CyberPowerPC Fang Trinity.

What’s unique about the Fang Trinity is the futuristic chassis which looks a bit like an alien spaceship. For those wondering how the chassis works, the chassis compartmentalized into a total of three compartments with each of the three compartments enclosed by a thick steel cover. The top compartment holds the GPU and three 2.5″ drives, the bottom left compartment holds the power supply, a slimline optical drive, a 3.5″ HDD, and a 2.5″ drive, and the bottom right [...]

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June 9, 2014

Computex 2014: Zotac’s Sphere Shaped Mini-PC, Fanless Zbox C Series Mini-PCs

As one of the more prominent players in the mini-PC space, Zotac showed off a number of new systems here at Computex, but one of the more interesting systems on display was the Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520, which as its name implies is pretty much a Zbox in a chassis that resembles a sphere. For those who remember the Google Nexus Q, the Zbox Sphere OI520 is literally a splitting image of Google’s now defunct device; however, unlike the ARM A9 powered Nexus Q, Zotac’s Zbox Sphere OI520 packs a serious punch with the Haswell based Intel Core i5-4200U processor and Intel HD 4400 Graphics. The Zbox Sphere OI520 also includes 802.11 AC Wi-Fi, [...]

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February 6, 2014

Sony Sells VAIO PC Business, Spins Off TV Business – Focus on Mobile, Game, Imaging

It’s no secret that Sony’s PC and TV business has been in decline for a number of years and it seems like Sony is finally cutting their losses to focus on areas where they can continue to be competitive – “In the imaging, game and mobile businesses that Sony identified as the three core businesses that would drive the growth of its electronics business…”

Sony’s VAIO PC division was once one of the most recognized brands in the PC industry however, Sony recently announced that they’ll be selling off the brand to JIP (Japan Industrial Partners Inc.) amid expected failure to return the VAIO PC division to profitability by [...]

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January 28, 2014

Lenovo Reorganizing into Four Business Groups, Separates Consumer PC and Mobile Business Groups

As Lenovo continues to expand their reach with their recent acquisition of IBM’s low end server market, Lenovo recently announced that as of April 1, 2014, they’ll be reorganizing their business in order to better “sustain this [strong business] momentum and create a structure that will help growth in new businesses”.

As a part of the reorganization process, Lenovo will be split into four distinct business groups, each catering to its own market segment.

– PC Business Group(including Lenovo and Think brands), led by Gianfranco Lanci, who currently leads Lenovo EMEA.  This group will ensure we continue to innovate, drive [...]

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January 28, 2014

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini SFF Gaming PCs Now Available

At CES 2014, one of the coolest products we saw was the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini SFF (Small Form Factor) Gaming PC and we’ve recently been informed that CyberPowerPC is now taking orders for the new system.

As expected, CyberPowerPC will offer the Zeus Mini in either AMD (Zeus Mini-A) or Intel (Zeus Mini-I) varieties with the AMD edition packing AMD’s latest Kaveri APU along with R7 or R9 graphics and the Intel edition packing Intel’s latest 4th generation Core processors along with Nvidia 700 series graphics. The systems will also include support for 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDD/SSDs, support for an optical drive, ability to install up to 240mm [...]

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