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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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Cooler Master Intros MasterAir RGB Coolers

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Cooler Master Intros MasterAir RGB Coolers

Cooler Master announces a pair of additions to the MasterAir Pro CPU air cooler series-- the MA410P and MA610P, a pair of RGB coolers based on the company's CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) 2.0 technology.

The MA410P is an upgrade of the MasterAir Pro 4. Cooler Master says it is "not only silent and efficient in heat transfer, but also the most vibrant and fun choice when it comes to air cooling," thanks to a combination of CDC 2.0 and MasterFan 120 Air Balance RGB.

The CDC 2.0 construction comes in the shape of 4 heatpipes compressed together at the base, providing a contact area 45% larger than the previous generation. The cooler features a single fan, but customers can add an exhaust side fan for push-pull configuration and greater performance.

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

A Hong Kong summit sees Qualcomm further detail what it describes as "Cellular PCs"-- Windows 10 machines running on ARM-based processors promising a "hypermobile experience."

Such devices were first revealed last summer at Taipei's Computex 2017, where Qualcomm presented "Snapdragon PCs" combining PC functionality with the always-on convenience of mobile devices. The show featured Snapdragon 835-powered laptops running Windows 10 and popular applications, including Office and Photoshop, with the 64-bit ARM-based processor providing enough power for convincing x86 emulation.

As for the aforementioned Hong Kong summit, Trusted Reviews reports Microsoft was in attendance to confirm the existence of such machines. Set for a December 2017 launch, they are still based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and promise nothing less than multi-day battery life Microsoft claims is a "game-changer.

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Asus ROG Intros Mini-ITX Ryzen Motherboards

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Asus ROG Intros Mini-ITX Ryzen Motherboards

Asus ROG announces a pair of motherboards for the AMD Socket AM4 platform-- the Strix X370-I Gaming and Strix B350-I Gaming, both aimed for customers wanting to build a compact AMD Ryzen system.

While built around the diminutive mini-ITX format, the two motherboards offer liquid-ready cooling, M.2 SSD heatsink, amped-up audio and addressable RGB lighting. They use the same 6-phase VRM design as full-size Asus ATX boards for AM4, and handle the higher memory clocks required by the platform through shorter traces in the dual-DIMM configuration.

5-Way Optimisation technology promises simpler overclocking through an intelligent auto-tuner able to automatically overclock the CPU and configure the cooling based on the components making the PC. First-timers can overclock the machine with a single click, while veterans can tweak settings manually.

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MSI Intros Vortex G25

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MSI Intros Vortex G25

MSI announces one of the first small form factor (SFF) PCs featuring a Coffee Lake CPU-- the Vortex G25, a slim followup to the previous Vortex G65 offering a slimmer redesigned chassis.

Whereas the G65 had a cylindrical design reminiscent of the 2013 Mac Pro, the G25 keeps things more traditional with an rectangular appearance more akin to a games console. It carries up to an Intel Core i7-8100 processor, 16G DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and 802.11ac wifi.

Connectivity comes through two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one is Gen 1 and the other is Gen 2), four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two HDMI ports, S/PDIF, and separate headphone and microphone ports.

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IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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IDC: Traditional PC Market

The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

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Lian-Li Presents PC-Q38 mITX Case

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Lian-Li Presents PC-Q38 mITX Case

PC case specialist Lian-Li announces a small form factor (SFF) chassis-- the PC-Q38, a windowed Mini-ITX case built out of full aluminium with a focus on performance per litre.

Aimed at customers who find the previous PC-Q37 a bit too big, the PC-Q38 measures 180 x 295 x 372mm. It has an acrylic window and supports CPU coolers up to 140mm tall, graphics cards up to 315mm and SFF power supplies up to 140mm long. An optional mounting bracket allows installation of standard ATX power supplies.

One can install a pair of 120mm fans in the mounting locations in the top of the chassis, together with a radiators and all-in-one coolers up to 240mm in the top (or side, depending on orientation) of the case. In addition the case features mounting locations for one 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch HDDs, two USB 3.0 and HD audio jacks.

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Enermax Intros RevoBron PSUs

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Enermax Intros RevoBron PSUs

Enermax announces a successor to the Triathlor PSU line-- RevoBron, a portfolio of 3 products featuring 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency and a semi-modular cable designed aimed at the mid-range market.

The RevoBron PSUs feature DC-DC converters for the generation of minor rails, together with twister-bearing fans. The internals feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors, while the addition of a Dust Free Rotation (DFR) function allows the PSUs to self-clean by rotating the fans in the opposite direction for a period of time in order to extract dust accumulated inside.

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

Intel launches the 8th generation of Coffee Lake desktop processors-- a CPU family built using a 14nm process aimed at "gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance."

The Coffee Lake family ranges from Core i3 to i7 and, in company firsts, includes a 6-core Core i5 desktop processor and the 4-core i3 desktop processor. For maximum performance Chipzilla offers unlocked "K" processors with per-core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery and updated Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Extreme Memory Profile.

In further performance enhancements, Intel promises 32% faster (when compared to the previous generation) 4K 360-degree video editing, or up to 65% faster editing compared to a 3-year old PC. All processors also support Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

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