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MSI Launches X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC

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MSI Launches X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC

MSI announces a Micro ATX motherboard addition to the X2999 series-- the X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC, essentially a smaller version of the ATX-sized X299 Gaming Pro Carbon Pro.

Like its larger sibling, the X2999M features a similar I/O cover shape with a painted carbon pattern on the black board. It also offers dual "Steel Armor" PCIe x16 slots for multi-GPU builds, eight SATA ports, dual M.2 slots and the same 10-phase DrMOS PWM. The four DIMM slots handle up to 128GB of 4200MHz quad-channel DDR4 RAM.

On the processor side it supports Intel Core X-series i7 and i9 socket 2066 processors. Further features include dual Intel gaming LAN and wireless network support, dedicated water pump PIN header, MSI OC Engine 2 external clock generator, and Clear CMOS and Flashback+ buttons on the rear I/O panel.

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Lian Li Announces PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Chassis

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Lian Li Announces PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Chassis

PC case maker Lian-Li presents the PC-Q39-- a Mini-ITX tower chassis featuring aluminium construction and a full-cover tempered glass side panel users can attach to the frame via thumbscrews.

A successor to the PC-Q37 chassis, the PC-Q39 allows use of ATX power supplies, as well as triple-slot graphics cards. The main compartment has a dual-chamber design separating motherboard, processor and graphics card from the power supply, HDDs and water cooling components.

Dedicated internal grommets for liquid cooling tubing allow users to move reservoir and pumps to the wider secondary chamber, allowing users to show off the main components behind the tempered glass panel. A large hole in the motherboard mounting plate behind the CPU socket area facilitates heatsink changes without need for motherboard removal.

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EKWB Launches EK-Vardar EVO Fans

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EKWB Launches EK-Vardar EVO Fans

EK Water Blocks launches a range of EK-Vardar EVO fans featuring start-stop functionality, adding what the company claims is a "true 0dB experience."

The extended range PWM fans are available in 120 and 140mm sizes, and promise not only a quieter environment but also prevent dust build-up in idling PCs, extending fan lifespans. To determine when to stop spinning the fans have a PWM curve set so if the PWM duty cycle is below 25-30% PWM (depending on motherboard model) the fan simply stops spinning.

In turn, if the PWM duty cycle is raised by the fan control software the fan starts spinning once again. The fans are built for liquid cooling systems (namely radiator cooling), and EK says the EK-Vardar EVO family should perform well in high-performance air coolers or as case fans for restrictive cases with dust filters.

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

Razer announces a means for customers to add synchronised RGB lighting to pretty much anything-- a modular lighting kit dubbed the Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

The Chroma HDK features the same Synapse 3 controlled RGB LEDs found in the company's PC systems and peripherals. The actual kit consists of 2 LED strips (each with 16 RGB LEDs) together with a base module offering 4 lighting channels. Customers can also add more lighting through a Lightpack Extension Kit packing two RGB LED strips and extension cables.

The base module connects to PCs via USB for data and power, while an optional DC output allows for additional power and brightness. The strips can also be used for internal PC case lighting through an included Molex to DC power adapter. As for the synchronisation and control of lighting, one needs to use either the Synpase 3 or Chroma Studio software.

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

Taiwanese desk maker Lian-Li announces an update on last year's DK-04 standing desk PC case-- the Dual-System DK-05, a motorised adjustable desk chassis described as "the new pinnacle of PC desks."

First seen back at CES 2017, the DK-05 is built out of aluminium, with the top covered in tempered glass. It features a new design offering a pair of 305x276mm motherboard trays, with each tray fitting up to x8 PCI and PCIe cards, power supply and two 2.5-inch HDDs. A shared spaces provides more rooms for various drives.

Between the motherboard trays is a space for liquid cooling systems and required reservoirs, pumps and fan trays for 360mm and 480mm radiators. Since the DK-05 fits two PCs, each side has own I/O panels with USB 3.1, USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI and HD-Audio ports, as well as RGB adjustment dials.

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AMD Presets Radeon RX Vega Graphics Cards

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AMD Presets Radeon RX Vega Graphics Cards

AMD presents its rival to high-end Nvidia graphics cards such as the GTX 1080 and 1070-- Radeon RX Vega, featuring Vega GPU architecture able to handle the !evolving complexity and visual demands of today's games."

Radeon RX Vega cards come in two flavours, RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56. The RX Vega 64 is the higher-end option, with 64 compute units, 1247MHz base clock, 1547MHz boost clock and 8GB HBM2 memory. The result, AMD says, is a card able to power a 5K display via single cable.

Such a powerful card requires plenty of power, and as such it needs 295W (more than the 180W TDP of the GTX 1080). However it does reach performance reaching 12.7 TFLOPs, and supports the growing ecosystem of AMD FreeSync-compatible curved monitors.

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Phanteks Intros Enthoo Evolv Shift, Shift X Cases

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Phanteks Intros Enthoo Evolv Shift, Shift X Cases

PC component specialist Phanteks announces a pair of Mini ITX motherboard-compatible cases-- the Enthoo Evolv Shift and Shift X, both featuring a minimalist design with a sleek and slim stature.

The Evolv Shift measures 170 x 470 x 274mm, while the Shift X is the taller option at 170 x 650 x 274mm. Both are designed for use in either desktop case or tower orientations, and promise to look "clean from every angle." Construction features anodised aluminium panels within a powder-coated steel structure, with top and bottom cooling fins and tempered smoked glass panels on the right and left sides.

Being the bigger case, the Shift X allows for more storage options, with two 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch drives (whereas the Shift holds one 3.5-inch/three 2.5-inch drives). It also allows for more cooling fans and larger graphics cards (529mm, as opposed to 350mm). Both chassis also have space for an 82mm CPU cooler.

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USB Gets 3.2 Update

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USB Gets 3.2 Update

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announces the USB 3.2 specification-- an incremental update defining multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, allowing for faster communications over USB-C cables.

The update allows USB 3.2 devices to handle up to two traffic lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10Gbps operation. As a result, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device is capable of data transfers reaching over 2GB/s over an existing USB-C cable certified for Super Speed USB 10Gbps.

In addition, USB 3.2 continues to use existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques, while a minor hub specification update addresses the increase in performance for seamless transition between single and two-lane operation.

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RGB Monoblocks for MSI X299 Motherboards

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RGB Monoblocks for MSI X299 Motherboards

Slovenian liquid cooling specialist EKWB prepares a monoblock for MSI X299 motherboards-- the EK-FB MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon RGB Monoblock, an all-in-one cooling solution complete with integrated RGB LED strip.

The cooling solution is compatible with the three Intel X299-based motherboards supporting the X-Series LGA-2066 processors, namely the MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, Gaming Pro Carbon and Gaming M7 ACK. The monoblock uses an EK-Supremacy EVO engine to directly cool the CPU and MOSFET module, with liquid flowing directly over all critical areas.

EK says customers can use the monoblock with systems using a weaker water pump, since the efficient VRM cooling on X2999 platforms allows for cooler CPU temperatures compared to traditional CPU water block and stock VRM heatsink solutions. In addition, the cold plate is redesigned to ensure better mechanical contact with the IHS of LGA-2066 socked-based processors, ensuring better thermal transfer.

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