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IDC: EMEA Traditional PC Market Returns to Growth

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IDC: EMEA Traditional PC Market Returns to Growth

The traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks and workstations) continues to stabilise in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- shipments show "modest" 1.6% Y-o-Y growth, reaching 17.4 million units.

Notebooks show the strongest performance, growing by 8.9% Y-o-Y across EMEA with 9.2% growth in W. Europe and 8.3% in CEMA. Commercial notebooks are up by 18.6% in CEMA and 11.2% in W. Europe, the result of a push to avoid price increases and favourable exchange rates against the dollar, while consumer notebooks are up by 8.1% in CEMA and 7.5% in W. Europe thanks to previous quarter backlogs.

Desktop shipments are still on the decline however, as EMEA shipments are down by -12% Y-o-Y.

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MSI Bundles Optane Drives With Motherboards

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MSI Bundles Optane Drives With Motherboards

MSI announces a trio of 200 series motherboards with an exclusive addition-- a pre-installed 16GB Intel Optane Memory drive, adding further value for customers.

The motherboards getting this addition are the Z270 Tomahawk, B250M Bazooka and the B250M Pro, as denoted with an OPT BOOST suffix. The first two motherboards have x2 Turbo M.2 slots, providing space for a fast PCIe SSD card, while the B250M Pro appears to have a single M.2 slot.

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FSP Intros Windale 4, 6 Coolers

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FSP Intros Windale 4, 6 Coolers

Power and cooling specialist FSP announces a pair of Windale series CPU coolers-- the Windale 4 and 6, able to handle CPUs with up to 180 and 240W TDPs respectively.

The naming is based on the amount of heat pipes equipped, thus the 4 and 6. Being the larger and more powerful model, the Windale 6 also gets the addition of a black radiator finish and blue LED illuminated fan. FSP says both coolers have direct contact 6mm diameter copper heat pipes for better cooling performance, as well as a patented solder-less louver fin assembly to further increase heat pipe effectiveness.

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The NZXT Kraken G12 GPU AiO Cooler Mount

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The NZXT Kraken G12 GPU AiO Cooler Mount

Power and cooling specialist NZXT launches the Kraken G12-- a liquid cooler to graphics card mounting kit with support for over 30 liquid cooling systems, including several from 3rd parties.

The Kraken G12 promises improvements on compatibility and ease of fitting compared to its predecessor, the G10. It obviously supports the latest Kraken X42, X52 and X62 AiO coolers, together with a number of 3rd party systems, and is compatible with 40 different GPUs, including reference and non-reference AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.

According to NZXT the Kraken G12 offers 40% better cooling over stock GPU coolers. It features a 92mm dedicated fan for both memory and VRM compatible with aftermarket VRM heatsinks, and has a redesigned bracket for easier installation.

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Gartner: -6.9% Y-o-Y Decline for Q1 2017 EMEA PCs

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Gartner: -6.9% Y-o-Y Decline for Q1 2017 EMEA PCs

EMEA PC shipments total 17.9 million units in Q1 2017, Gartner reports-- a -6.9% Y-o-Y decline, with all major regions making the territory suffering decline.

A single exception is Russia, since a stabilised local economy brought about to single-digit PC shipment growth.

On a global level, the Q1 2017 PC market also sees decline-- shipments are down by -2.4% Y-o-Y to 62.2m, the first time quarterly shipments are below 63m units since 2007. The market does see some "modest" growth from the business segment, but this is offset by declining consumer demand.

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Apple Promises Mac Pro Update

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Apple Promises Mac Pro Update

Apple insists it has not forgotten about the Mac Pro-- SVP of global marketing Phil Schiller tells Daring Fireball a "completely rethought" Mac Pro is to launch some time next year.

As one might expect Schiller gives very little details as to what the next generation of Apple pro desktop PC will offer. He does promise it features a "modular system," since Apple reportedly feels "sorry" about the concept behind the Mac Pro.

"The current Mac Pro, as we’ve said a few times, was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it," Schiller says. "And for that, we’re sorry to disappoint customers who wanted that, and we’ve asked the team to go and re-architect and design something great for the future that those Mac Pro customers who want more expandability, more upgradability in the future."

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In Win Intros tòu 2.0 Chassis

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In Win Intros tòu 2.0 Chassis

In Win updates the 2013 tòu PC chassis with the tòu 2.0-- a version featuring a sleeker angled design while retaining the same tempered glass with dual-mirror effect.

Like the original, the tòu 2.0 has a cool gimmick where ith looks opaque when powered down (or all internal LEDs are off), but becomes transparent once internal lighting is on. The name actually suggests such a name, since tòu refers to transparency in Mandarin Chinese.

Holding the thicker tempered glass panels (5mm, rather than 3mm) together is an aluminiuim alloy frame. The thumbscrews are hidden below the ventilation vents, and the front has a touch-sensitive panel for lighting control. A SIV-1065W illuminated power supply is included, and I/O options come through a quick-access USB 3.1 type-C on the bottom of the front panel plus x3 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and microphone socket.

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EVGA Preps Custom GTX 1080 Ti Cards

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EVGA Preps Custom GTX 1080 Ti Cards

EVGA presents a trio of custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, all featuring the company's iCX cooling technology to provide users with granular temperature monitoring and control.

According to the company, iCX involves the embedding of 9 thermal sensors into the card circuit board. The sensors pick up extra heat and direct the asynchronous fans to cool the card down accordingly. Users also get "interactive cooling" through a "thermal LED display system," allowing them to check the sensors in real time.

The SC Black Edition is the entry level option. It features a simplified dual-fan version of the iCX cooler without the thermal sensors, and offers overclocked core speeds of 1556MHz base and 1670MHz boost. Following it is the SC2, a card featuring the same dual-fan setup and overclocked speeds together with iCX sensors.

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MSI Prepares for AMD Ryzen CPUs

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MSI Prepares for AMD Ryzen CPUs

MSI is ready for the launch of the latest AMD desktop CPUs with a selection of Ryzen-ready AM4 motherboards featuring mainstream B350 and high-end X370 chipsets.

Lower-end customers get a choice of 3 B350 motherboards-- the Tomahawk, Mortar and Gaming Pro, all compatible with Summit Ridge Ryzen chips and the upcoming 7th generation Bristol Ridge APUs. The B350M Gaming and B350M Mortar are microATX boards with metal-reinforced PCIe x16 slots, four SATA 6Gbps ports and an M.2 PCIe slots. Both have red LED illumination and the Gaming has red silscreening on the PCB.

The B350 Tomahawk is a full-size ATX option, with two steel-plated PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, NVMe M.2 slot and a pair of PCI ports.

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