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OWC: Refreshed iMac Supports 64GB RAM

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OWC: Refreshed iMac Supports 64GB RAM

Mac upgrade specialist Other World Computing (OWC) confirms customers can boost the 27-inch iMac refresh revealed at the WWDC 2017 keynote by increasing the amount of RAM from 32 to 64GB.

The refreshed 27-inch iMac comes in stock 3 configurations, all featuring Intel Kaby Lake processors, Thunderbolt 3 ports, faster graphics and optional memory and storage upgrades. The 3.5GHz and 3.8GHz 27-inch models carry up to 64GB RAM, but the lower-end 3.4GHz option only offers up to 32GB RAM, leading to questions as to whether the limit is hardware-related or not.

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HP Adds to Omen Gaming PC Range

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HP Adds to Omen Gaming PC Range

HP refreshes the Omen gaming PC range, with products including a pair of desktop PCs, 15- and 17-inch laptops, displays and the HP take on external GPU enclosures.

Omen desktop PCs come in two flavours-- full-size tower and compact. The Omen X Compact Desktop option is the more interesting, since it features a dockable form factor one can use in either desktop or backpack mode. A harness complete with hot-swappable batteries allows one to strap the PC on their backs for portable VR use, while the docking station handles desktop use without cable worries.

Specs include 7th generation unlocked Intel Core i7 CPUs and factory-unlocked GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, inside HP claims is a chassis equipped with advanced thermal and electrical engineering ensuring heat is transferred away from users.

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Zotac Intros External GPU Enclosure

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Zotac Intros External GPU Enclosure

Zotac is the next company to present an external graphics enclosure at Computex 2017-- the self explanatory Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics Dock.

The device allows customers to connect a graphics card to a host system via Thunderbolt 3. Details on the Zotac enclosure are currently scant, but it appears to support cards up to 9-inch in length, restricting it to smaller graphics cards. Power comes through an internal 400W power supply capable of charging a connected notebook, and it connects via Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C.

Also included are extra connectivity options, with four USB 3.0 ports and a Quick Charge 3.0 port.

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Qualcomm Works With Big Names on PCs

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Qualcomm Works With Big Names on PCs

Computex 2017 has Qualcomm announce PC plans-- specifically, the chip maker has been working with big names, including Asus, HP and Lenovo, on mobile PCs running on the Snapdragon 835 SoC.

"Today's consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs than legacy computing models are able to provide," the company says. "With compatibility for the Windows 10 ecosystem, the Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity."

Revealed back in January 2017, the Snapdragon 835 is a premium-tier mobile device processor built using a 10 nanometer process. The 64-bit ARM-based chip comes complete with an own X16 LTE modem and can run Windows 10 and Win32 apps, making ideal for, "next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services for premium-tier consumer devices."

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

Intel launches the Compute Card at its Computex keynote-- the modular, credit card-sized computing platform first revealed at CES 2017, now with partners (Dell, LG, Lenovo) and a shipping date.

The Compute Card concept remains unchanged from that seen back in January 2017. A compact package fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. One can slot the Compute Card in a variety of products, with examples seen at the show including a desktop PC replacement docks, laptops, smart TVs, VR headsets and even refrigerators.

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AMD Unveils Threadripper CPU

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AMD Unveils Threadripper CPU

AMD reveals its near-future compute product roadmap at its Financial Analyst Day, with upcoming offerings including the high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPU and Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs.

Aimed at the high-end desktop segment, the Threadripper is a Zen-based CPU carrying up to 16 cores and 32 threads. It is to feature a new platform with expanded memory and I/O bandwidth, and promises to "fulfill the insatiable desire for more cores and threads that permeates the extreme desktop market" once it launches on Summer 2017. More details should be available soon at Computex 2017.

Also announced is the Q3 2017 availability of Ryzen 3 CPUs, while more PCs from "top 5" OEMs running on Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs should hit the market on Q2 2017.

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Cooler Master Intros Master Box Lite 5

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Cooler Master Intros Master Box Lite 5

Gamer customers wanting a stylish PC chassis on a budget might be interested in the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5, an ATX mid-tower chassis featuring a "DarkMirror" front panel.

As a more mainstream PC case the MasterBox Lite 5 has little in terms of thrills of frills. What it does have is a PSU cover for the hiding of cables, four 120mm fans, space in the front and rear for liquid cooling radiators and up to 400mm space for the fitting of graphics cards. Storage comes in a single 2.5-inch SSD mount plus two combo 3.5-/2.5-inch mounts for two more HDDs or SSDs.

The trim is customisable in either red, black or white, and a transparent acrylic side panel allows one to show off internal components. Customers wanting to customise the chassis further can even get downloadable 3D printing schematics for the top or buttom trim.

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In Win Intros 301 Micro ATX PC Chassis

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In Win Intros 301 Micro ATX PC Chassis

PC case maker In Win presents the 301-- a Micro ATX minitower PC chassis targeted at gaming and performance enthusiasts wanting a machine with a smaller form factor.

Based on the "premium affordable" In Win 303 ATX chassis, the 301 is an even more compact option, measuring 365 x 205 x 370mm. Construction is in 1.2mm SECC steel, with a tool-less push button release tempered glass side panel and the same hexagonal ventilation design as the 303.

The front of the chassis has x2 USB 3.0 ports and HD audio I/O, while the inside has one 2.5-/3.5-inch bay, two 2.5-inch SSDs and four PCI expansion slots. On the cooling side it has enough space for both 240mm plus 120mm water cooling radiators at the front and rear, and one can fit two 120mm fans in the chassis base.

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iCX Cools EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid

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iCX Cools EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid

EVGA presents a "hybrid" version of its iCX cooling technology-- first seen in the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid, a graphics card featuring both direct liquid cooling and heatsink/fan cooling.

The liquid cooling takes care of the GPU, while the heatsink and fan keep the memory and VRM cool. The two cooling systems are combined with an array of thermal sensors and MCUs (iCX), and the company claims the result "gives you unbelievable GPU temperatures, sometimes cutting your GPU load temperatures in half."

The liquid cooling block is accompanied by a 120mm radiator and fan. The dedicated memory cooling plate makes direct contact with the cooling block plus dedicated heatsink/fan for the VRMs, helping push performance to the limit. Behind the scenes, iCX technology allows extensive monitoring and "full control" via Precision XOC software.

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