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The First NZXT Motherboard

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The First NZXT Motherboard

PC hardware maker NZXT steps into motherboard space with the NZ Z730-- a surprisingly attractive number (for a motherboard!) based around the Intel Z370 chipset.

As seen at CES 2018, the N7 Z730 is built out of matte black or white metal, with the only exceptions to the minimalist look being the CPU, PCIe slots, power and other connections. NZXT says the design is optimised for both straightforward setup and easy customisability, while Adaptive Noise Reduction optimises cooling and noise balance.

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Apple Ships iMac Pro

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Apple Ships iMac Pro

Apple starts shipping its first professional AIO desktop machine-- the iMac Pro, a workstation-grade machine aimed at demanding workflows such as video and graphics rendering, VR content creation and 3D rendering.

First presented back at WWDC 2017, the iMac Pro comes in a number of configurations, all packed inside the 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880 resolution) display found in the latest iMac. The base model carries an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, Radeon Vega Pro 56 GPU, 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM and 1TB storage. Customers can upgrade the processor to a 10-, 14- or 18-core option, while RAM and storage max out to 128GB or 4TB respectively.

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Zotac Intros MEK1 Compact Upgradeable Systems

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Zotac Intros MEK1 Compact Upgradeable Systems

Zotac announces a family of upgradeable compact form-factor desktop systems-- the MEK1, a gaming PC range available in 2 configurations, both featuring Intel Kaby Lake CPUs and Nvidia Pascal GPUs.

Available in either black or white chassis Zotac says are inspired by "future robotics and mechanical anatomy," the MEK1 PCs are based on the same Mini-ITX motherboard. Included as standard are 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM, a 240GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and a 1TB 2.5-inch HDD, with the difference boiling down to the choice of CPU and GPU.

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Nvidia Claims "Most Powerful PC GPU"

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Nvidia Claims

Nvidia presents what it claims is "the most powerful PC GPU ever created"-- the Titan V, the first consumer-grade GPU based on Volta architecture, previously the preserve of high performance computing applications.

Technically a trimmed-down (and, as such, less powerful) version of the enterprise-grade Tesla V100, the Titan V carries 21.1 billion transistors, 5120 Cuda cores, 640 additional tensor cores and 12GB of HBM2 memory on a massive 815mm sq die. The result is performance reaching up to 110 teraflops, or "9x that of its predecessor."

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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

Taiwanese accessory maker Reeven announces the NAIA 240-- an AIO liquid cooler promising "efficient cooling, simple maintenance and intuitive design" in an all-in-one cooling solution.

First seen back at Computex 2017, the NAIA 240 features a WAP (Water Above Pipe) design to allow installation in any orientation without loss in pumping power. The curved baseplates feature micro channels at just 0.11mm to provide efficient heat transfer, while a pair of 120mm "Coldwing" fans deliver high airflow at 25dBA.

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

EVGA announces a 5th take on the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti- the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW Ultra Silent Gaming, a card featuring "cool, silent running and game-changing performance."

To cover the "cool" and "silent running" parts of the above claims the card features a 2.5 slot design with a larger, thicker heatsink compared to other EVGA offerings, including those with ACX 3.0 cooling and FTW enhancements. Such size minimises active cooling, keeping things relatively silent. It also features 10+2 power phases, 8+8-pin connectors, 235W power ceiling and two BIOS chips for simpler overclocking.

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

Gigabyte announces a first custom designed card based on the AMD Radeon Vega GPU-- the Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G, a black and red offering wrapped around a Windforce 2X cooler design.

The Vega 64 features processors clocked at 1276 MHz base and 1560 MHz base, making it slightly faster than the 1247 MHz base and 1546 MHz boost clocks of the reference card. Allowing such speeds are a dual-fan Windforce 2X cooler, a "well rounded thermal solution" consisting of 5 heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU and a copper plate with an extra heatpipe on the back of the card.

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The AiO EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix Liquid Coolers

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The AiO EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix Liquid Coolers

EK Water Blocks presents an update on the EK-XLC Predator all-in-one (AIO) liqiud coolers-- the EK-MLC Phoenix series, featuring an improved modular design the company says allows for easier configuration.

While the Predator series consisted of a combination of radiator and CPU block, the Phoenix line features a set of fully independent and water blocks. Each component is sold separately, and is pre-filled and terminated with dripless quick-disconnect fittings to allow any number of water blocks to fit in a loop.

The loop should consist of at least two parts-- the radiator module containing the pump and radiator, and a choice of cooling modules (either CPU, Video Card, or both). The radiator core module is a high-fin density EK-CoolStream radiator, and comes pre-filled and complete with pump and high-static pressure EK-Varder EVO fans (with an integrated fan splitter hub to reduce cable clutter).

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IDC: EMEA PC Shipments "Almost Flat" in Q3 2017

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IDC: EMEA PC Shipments

The EMEA traditional PC (desktops, notebooks and workstations) market is "almost flat" in Q3 2017, IDC reports-- shipments total 17.7 million units, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Commercial space sees slight (0.1% Y-o-Y) growth due to enterprise renewals and education deals, while holiday season promotions and gaming boost consumer growth. Notebooks show positive performance across EMEA (0.3%) and strong growth in CEE (5.6%), even if they are negative in both MEA (-4%) and W. Europe (-0.1%). On the other hand desktops are stronger in EMEA, eroding at a softer rate (-2.9%) with strong commercial demand in CEE (8%).

"The overall W. European traditional PC market showed clear signs of strength," the analyst says. "Although notebooks remained the primary growth driver, desktops emerged as a stronger category, declining at a softer rate. But results were varied within the region. While southern Europe witnessed solid results with Spain, Portugal, and Greece finally opening up their IT wallets for PCs, the Nordics slumped after several quarters of solid growth. Among the 3 big Western European economies, France outperformed Germany and the UK."

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